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-- The death of a Beloit woman whose body was found in a storm-water holding pond has been ruled accidental.
BELOIT - The death of a Beloit woman whose body was found in a storm-water holding pond has been ruled accidental.
Police said 49-year-old Michelle Silbar died from falling several times. Her body was found last Saturday in a retention pond behind a Walmart store. Officers checked surveillance video from several stores as part of their investigation. Police captain Bill Tyler said Silbar fell multiple times and entered the pond on her own. She was considered to be impaired, but police won’t know for sure until they get toxicology test results. Tyler could not say why Silbar was behind the Walmart – even though she’s been known to walk a lot around Beloit.
Thousands of Wisconsin veterans will be honored in Milwaukee this summer. The Stars-and-Stripes Honor Flight organization will hold a tribute August 11th at the Miller Park baseball stadium for veterans of World War Two and other conflicts. The Honor Flight program offers free flights for aging World War Two veterans to see their memorial in Washington D.C. before they die. Group chairman Joe Dean said the Miller Park tribute was planned after realizing there was a pent-up demand to honor those veterans. The event will feature World War Two re-enactments, a patriotic tribute to veterans, and the showing of an Honor Flight documentary on the stadium’s large video screen. Net proceeds from the event will be used to pay for future Honor Flights.
Wisconsin’s largest city is apparently more easy-going than we might have thought. According to Sperling’s Best Places, the Milwaukee-Waukesha area is the 12th least stressful metro area among 50 that were surveyed around the country. The rankings are based on several stress factors that include divorce rates, crime, suicide, unemployment, and traffic congestion. Milwaukeeans have the shortest average commute among the 50 metros surveyed – just under 25 minutes one way. The area’s rates for the other stress factors were close to the average – which might be surprising, since Milwaukee has had some of the nation’s highest poverty rates the last few years. Sperling says the Minneapolis Saint-Paul region, which includes parts of western Wisconsin, is the nation’s least stressful metro. The Chicago area, which includes Kenosha County, is the 16th most stressful. Tampa-Saint Petersburg is No. 1 for stress, followed by Las Vegas, Miami, Jacksonville, and Detroit.
The Powerball jackpot was won last night for the second time in the last five drawings. A ticket sold in New Jersey won $70-million. Wisconsin had fewer total winners than normal – only about 99-hundred. And $200 were the most anybody from the Badger State won, by having the Power Play option and matching either four regular numbers or three-plus-the-Powerball. The jackpot goes back to $40-million for the next drawing on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Mega Millions jackpot is at 290-million dollars for tomorrow night. That’s the third-highest since the Wisconsin Lottery started offering the game in February of 2010.