Monday State News Briefs: Two vehicle collison near Brooklyn kills oneWisconsin News
-- A woman was killed and another person was seriously hurt this morning, after two vehicles collided in far southern Wisconsin.
BROOKLYN - A woman was killed and another person was seriously hurt this morning, after two vehicles collided in far southern Wisconsin.
It happened just after 7 a.m. on Highway 14 near Brooklyn in southern Dane County. Sheriff’s deputies said a 32-year-old female driver from Brooklyn was going south when her car veered onto the right shoulder, over-corrected, and hit an oncoming SUV. Both drivers had to be extricated and were sent to the UW Hospital in Madison. The car driver died there, and the SUV driver was admitted at last word with serious injuries. The crash remains under investigation.
An autopsy was set for today to determine how an 18-year-old woman died in eastern Wisconsin. Calumet County authorities said Monica Batts of New Holstein was found dead on Friday outside a man’s house in New Holstein. The man said he was walking to his garage when he found the body. He said he didn’t know Batts – and officials say he’s cooperating with investigators. Officials said she was fully clothed, did not have visible trauma, and appeared to be outside for six hours.
Get ready for more slush-and-ice. The National Weather Service says a low-pressure system from the west will move into central Wisconsin today. And that will bring some more rain and freezing rain to most parts of the Badger State before it changes to all snow tonight. Forecasters say very light snow accumulations are expected in most of Wisconsin. But the far north could 3-to-7 more inches of lake-effect snow from Lake Superior by tomorrow night. The Weather Service has issued winter weather advisories from 6 p.m. this evening until 6 p.m. tomorrow night in Vilas County, and until 10 p.m. tomorrow night in Iron, Ashland, and Bayfield counties. It was mild early this morning, with temperatures in the 20’s-and-30’s in most of Wisconsin. But it’s supposed to get colder after the low-pressure system goes through. The forecast calls for highs in the teens statewide tomorrow and Wednesday. Another storm system is due in on Thursday, with the possibility of several more inches of snow before it clears out on Friday.
Authorities in Milwaukee are trying to identify a body found in a dumpster last night on the city’s northwest side. A woman was taking out her trash when she found a decomposed body in a white sheet early last evening. Her sister called police, and officers will try to determine the victim’s identity today. The woman told WTMJ-TV that she and her sister speculated on whether the body could be that of 22-year-old transgender rap artist Ebony Young – who’s been missing since New Year’s Day after an apparent internal gang dispute. The Dumpster is about a mile-and-a-half from where Young went missing. Five people have been charged with her murder, although her body was never recovered. Last week, police gave up looking for Young’s remains in a landfill, after reports that Young’s dead body was thrown into a trash bin and later hauled away.
A 19-year-old Milwaukee man is due in court Thursday, after being accused of assaulting a staff member at a state school for delinquent boys. Kevin Johnson was recently moved from the Lincoln Hills boys’ school at Irma to the Lincoln County Jail in Merrill. He’s being held on a 25-hundred-dollar bond on a felony charge of battery by a prisoner. Johnson waived a time limit to hold a preliminary hearing. Thursday’s hearing will decide how the case will proceed.
UW-Stevens Point says it will offer a new bachelor’s degree program in nursing. It will train registered nurses for leadership roles. They’ll take classes both in-person and online – plus a mix of the two. Sue Raab of UW-Stevens Point says the new degree will help Wisconsin deal with the growing numbers of baby boomers who will need more care. The nursing degree is part of UWSP’s Partnership for Thriving Communities’ program. It’s designed to help let the school respond to major needs in central Wisconsin.
If you call for an ambulance in Wisconsin, the vehicle might be as injured as you are. Gannett Wisconsin Media found that 23-percent of ambulances inspected in the last two years violated at least one state requirement. And that’s after providers get a one-week notice that an inspector is coming. Most violations are minor. Gannett said one of every 10 problems was for interior lights that were burned out. But of the nearly 11-hundred ambulances inspected in two years, 19 of them had bad emergency brakes. And others had inadequacies with medicines, defibrillator pads, and pediatric pads. According to the Gannett review, seven ambulances in Wisconsin were told to stay off the roads until their problems were fixed. And a provider in Waupun lost its state license for not making its required improvements.