Sunday State News Briefs: Body found in Lake WinnebagoWisconsin News
-- A fisherman spotted a body floating in Lake Winnebago Friday afternoon.
BROTHERTON - A fisherman spotted a body floating in Lake Winnebago Friday afternoon.
The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s office says the caller provided GPS coordinators, leading deputies to the body about three miles west of Brotherton in Calumet County. An empty vehicle and boat trailer had been sitting in a parking lot on the other side of the big lake for the last five days. So far, no reports of a drifting boat have been made. An autopsy on the body was done yesterday in Fond du Lac County. Authorities haven’t released the victim’s name yet.
A man who admitted he stole more than $78,000 dollars worth of merchandise from several Walmart stores has been sentenced to 21 months in prison. Forty-two year old Robert Morgan was trying to sell the stolen items online using his sister’s eBay account. Morgan admitted stealing items from Walmart stores in Marshfield, Plover, Wausau and Wisconsin Rapids between May 2009 and June 2010. He asked the federal judge for a minimal sentence, but was rejected. The judge pointed to six prior convictions and the high dollar amount of goods taken when he called Morgan a “lifelong thief.”
The board of education in the Beaver Dam Unified School District will vote on closing a school when it meets in June. The board has already approved borrowing six million dollars for maintenance projects on district buildings. The local tax levy won’t go up. District officials say the loan payments will be covered by reallocating maintenance money and cutting expenses by shutting down Trenton Elementary School. The board meets June 18th. Trenton would close its doors at the end of the next school year. Students going to class there would be moved to Prairie View Elementary.
Two people were seriously injured in a house explosion and fire in Glendale early last night. A woman was critically injured and her father suffered serious injuries as well. The home was destroyed and damage was done to two nearby houses. A firefighters, a neighbor and a person passing by also suffered minor injuries. The man and woman are being treated at Columbia-St. Mary’s Regional Burn Center. The man was said to be in his 80s. Six surrounding houses were evacuated while firefighters fought to bring the flames under control.
The person sitting next to you, texting, may be communicating with his or her parking meter. Starting next month, hundreds of meters in Milwaukee and Madison will be able to send text messages when the time is almost up for their parked car. Those car owners will be able to add more time to the meter using credit cards. The system is already being used in Lake Geneva. There would be an extra fee to add time to a meter through a text message. An official with the city of Milwaukee says it will be convenient for parkers and increase revenue for the city at the same time.
Catching footballs in the high pressure of a Super Bowl can get you a lot of attention, but apparently not as much as showing your moves on the dance floor for a television show. The agent for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver says his client is in high demand since he emerged the winner on this year’s “Dancing with the Stars>” Driver had played for the Packers since 1999, but he may be about to start a new career. He has done work for Goodwill, Kwik Trip, McDonald’s and Nike in the past. Agent Brian Lammi says Driver has an incredible story and is an outgoing, personable guy. He says Driver is in a good position to add a few professional commitments.