State News Briefs: Victims identified in Clark County road accidentWisconsin News
-- Two vehicles plunged 12-15 feet into a hole created when a Clark County roadway washed away.
Two vehicles plunged 12-15 feet into a hole created when a Clark County roadway washed away. Three people were killed near the small town of Willard, about 50 miles southeast of Eau Claire. Thomas and Susan Jurceka of Milwaukee were in the pickup truck which crashed first. Then, a second vehicle driven by 24 year old Mary Malinowski of Thorp landed on top of the truck. A motorist discovered the crash site at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service reports the area got only one to three inches of rain Wednesday, but heavy rain had saturated the ground previously. That created the rushing water that washed away a 50-foot section of highway.
A convicted arsonist from Marquette County has filed a new appeal. Joseph Awe is serving three years for setting fire to JJ’s Pub in Harrisville in 2006. Awe argues investigators misread clues and used faulty logic to determine the fire was an arson he had committed. He says his attorney should have called witnesses who would have supported the testimony he gave. Awe had told the court he was home in Friendship when the fire started. The motion he filed also includes information from a Florida fire investigator who reviewed the case. John Lentini concluded the fire started in a circuit box in the 130 year old business. That circuit box had a history of electrical problems.
Lincoln County officials have now released the name of the 42-year-old man who drowned while trying to help his daughter. Xavier M. Patton swam out to help the girl when she began to struggle in Crystal Lake Wednesday afternoon. When Patton went under, a witness dove in, located him and towed him to shore. Patton was pronounced dead by doctors at Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk. The daughter made it out of the lake okay.
Officials with the Bayfield County Health Department want residents to follow procedure when cleaning up from flood damage from earlier this week. They say flood water may have contained sewage and precautions are necessary to keep yourself and your family and pets safe from harmful bacteria. They recommend getting rid of items that can't be washed or disinfected including drywall and insulation. There are special precautions for homeowners who use a private well. Find those and other tips at www.dhs.wisconsin.gov.
Some Columbia County employees will be receiving back pay for furlough days they took two years ago. The county's Board of Supervisors voted to pay for two of four days that were required to be taken back in 2010. The decision will cost the county as much as 109-thousand dollars. Employees eligible for payment include both union and non-union workers.