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WISCONSIN NEWS BRIEFS: Middle-schoolers find body in Madison park lagoon


MADISON - A scary moment for a group of middle-school students on a field trip yesterday afternoon.

 Madison police say the students discovered a fully-clothed body floating offshore at the Warner Park lagoon. Authorities say the body appears to be a male and the Dane County medical examiner’s office will investigate a cause of death. Officials say a group of eighth graders from Sherman Middle School and a supervisor discovered the body.


 Mourners gathered to pay their respects to a former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice yesterday. Justice Donald Steinmetz passed away last Saturday, he was 88. Steinmetz served in the U-S Air Force during World War II then earned his bachelor and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin. The Milwaukee-born justice served 19 years in the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He is known for decisions in the case of Jackson vs. Benson, which challenged the legality of school choice in 1998.


 A Wisconsin tribe has launched a series of television ads, asking Governor Scott Walker to approve a casino in Kenosha. The $800-million proposed casino by the Menominee tribe is facing some criticism from the Forest County Pottawatomie tribe, despite running a casino in Milwaukee. The 30-second spot was revealed yesterday, claiming the casino would boost the economy in Southeast Wisconsin and create thousands of jobs.


A Sheboygan man has been sentenced to ten years in prison for distributing heroin. 32-year-old Osvaldo Reyes was accused of selling heroin around Sheboygan and other communities. A criminal complaint shows Reyes had over 87 grams of heroin on him when he was arrested. A U.S. District judge sentenced him yesterday.