Sunday State News Briefs: Shawano man arrested after dead cattle found in barnWisconsin News
-- Shawano County deputies have arrested a 50-year old man after they found two dozen dead cattle inside a barn.
SHAWANO - Shawano County deputies have arrested a 50 year old man after they found two dozen dead cattle inside a barn.
Deputies were investigating a report of a stench coming from that barn. Tentative charges against the suspect are of animal neglect. The sheriff’s department says the bad smell was reported Friday and other neighbors confirmed they smelled it, too. Authorities used a search warrant to check out the farm in the Town of Belle Plaine. It’s possible charges could be filed as soon as tomorrow. If convicted, the maximum penalty on the animal neglect charge would be 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.
A 25-year old man from Hilbert will stand trial in connection with an accident which left two motorcycle riders dead and seven others injured. Clinton Lovelace faces a half-dozen serious charges, including second-degree reckless homicide. He is accused of crossing the center line in Fond du Lac County earlier this month and striking 10 of the dozen motorcycle riders traveling together. Two of the victims are still in intensive care. A defense attorney moved to have the charges dismissed during a Friday court appearance, but the judge found there was probable cause to allow the case to continue.
Crews at Navarino Nature Center say they have been looking for a 10-foot python since the Memorial Day weekend. A visitor took a picture of the snake then. The nature center is located on the Navarino Wildlife Center in Shiocton. Since pythons aren’t native to the area, the center director says it is most likely an abandoned pet. He says it offers little threat to human beings, saying the snake would be much more interested in the center’s smaller animals, like beavers, otters and ducks.
Wisconsin Tea Party members hold what they called a Liberty-Vention the last two days in Wisconsin Rapids. Following two weekends of annual state conventions held by Democrats and Republicans, members said they were hoping to refresh people following the instability of the recall elections and growing politic divisions. Four groups worked together to put on the weekend gathering. They say they don’t agree on everything, but most of those attending do support the ideas of constitutionally-limited government and less government spending.