Sunday State News Briefs: State a part of big SUV recallWisconsin News
-- Wisconsin is one of 20 states where more than a quarter-million SUVs were sold which are now being recalled.
Wisconsin is one of 20 states where more than a quarter-million SUVs were sold which are now being recalled.
General Motors and Isuzu are conducting the recall to fix short-circuits in power window and door-look switches which can cause fires. Involved are 2006 and 2007 model Chevrolet TrailBlazers, GMC Envoys, Buick Rainiers, Isuzu Ascenders and Saab 97s. GM says it has received reports of 28 fires, but no injuries caused by the problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted documents yesterday saying dealers will replace the switches for free.
An advocacy group called The Park People Board is calling for creation of a parks district which would have taxing authority and no ties to Milwaukee County government. The suggestion comes after the abrupt firing of Parks Director Sue Black. That would allow the county parks to avoid competing directly with other county services for property tax dollars. The group says the move is needed because the county can’t afford to maintain its parks. Backers of the idea say the need is immediate because the parks are in poor shape after years of county budget cuts and inadequate money for maintenance. Creating a parks district would require a change in state law. Previous efforts have failed.
Deputies with the Racine County Sheriff’s office seized more than $69,000 and a gun from a car early Saturday morning after a traffic stop on I-94. The Chevy was stopped at about 12:30 a.m. as a part of a drunken driving crackdown. The 30 year old driver was arrested for operating while intoxicated. When the passenger was patted down, a loaded Glock handgun fell out of his waistband. The passenger had 18 hundred 50 dollars in his pocket. The two men said they didn’t know anything about the 70 thousand dollars which was then found in the trunk. Both men were arrested.
A southern Wisconsin securities dealer is accused of making fraudulent sales to elderly customers. Christopher Kline has been barred from future work in the industry. Kline was a broken for Brookstone Security in its office in Prairie du Sac. Kline and the business owner have been ordered to pay more than two and a half million dollars in fines and restitution after an investigation by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. They were accused of selling risky mortgage obligations to investors who believed they were buying government-guaranteed bonds. The ruling has been appealed.
A Kenosha woman is cited for inattentive driving after slamming into the rear of a second car. She wasn’t texting or talking on her cell phone at the time. The 23 year old woman was apparently trying to spit out of her car window when she wound up crashing into a parked car. After she spit, some of her saliva landed on her window, so she looked away from the road for a brief moment to wipe it off. That’s when she ran into the other car.