Western Wisconsin News Roundup: Hayward man ordered to stop procreatingWestern Wisconsin News
-- It’s not a very good pick-up line – but a Hayward man will go to prison unless he tells any woman he meets that he’s a convicted felon, and that he owes past-due child support.
HAYWARD - It’s not a very good pick-up line – but a Hayward man will go to prison unless he tells any woman he meets that he’s a convicted felon, and that he owes past-due child support.
28-year-old John Butler was recently ordered to stop fathering children until he has caught up with his support payments for the kids he has. And Circuit Judge Eugene Harrington ordered Butler to tell women about his felony matter within three minutes after he meets them. He must also keep a job, get counseling, and stay sober. Butler was put on two years’ probation for getting more than four months behind on his child support in 2011. Other Wisconsin judges have ordered deadbeat dads to stop making babies – but the judge in the Sawyer County case is pushing the envelope into new areas. Harrington said he would not elaborate on his sentence.
In December, Corey Curtis of Racine was told to stop having kids until he pays 90-thousand-dollars to support the nine children he’s had. Judge Tim Boyle said he wished he had the authority to sterilize Curtis.
Wisconsin’s third state-run nursing home for veterans will be dedicated this afternoon in Chippewa Falls. Governor Scott Walker and state Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos will appear at the ceremony. It took a year-and-a-half to build the $20-million facility, which will have more than 70 beds and provide skilled nursing care to veterans their spouses. It took a while to find a site and get the project going, after lawmakers approved funding in 2003 for a veterans’ facility to serve northwest Wisconsin. The state’s other veterans’ homes are at Union Grove in Racine County, and King in Waupaca County. For Governor Walker, today’s dedication is one of several stops planned around the state. He’ll also appearances in Schofield, La Crosse, and Superior to hammer home the points he made in Tuesday night’s State-of-the-State address. And tonight, the Republican Walker will speak at an annual chamber-of-commerce meeting at Wisconsin Rapids.
A second person has died in the crash of a seaplane in Florida last weekend that killed a pilot from Wisconsin. 63-year-old William Jackson of Ann Arbor, Michigan died Tuesday from severe burns suffered in the crash. 70-year-old John Ardoyno of Hayward was killed when the crash occurred last Saturday near the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Officials said the plane failed to gain enough altitude after it took off – and it abruptly crashed about 100 yards from a college campus building. Federal officials continue to investigate. Ardoyno was a flight instructor with the International Seawind Pilots Association. According to a business partner, Jackson was an avid flier – and he was thinking about buying the seaplane he was in, so he could fly between Ann Arbor and his cottage in Canada.