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WISCONSIN NEWS ROUND-UP: One hunter killed, another injured after being struck by vehicle

GILMAN - Taylor County authorities say a hunter was killed and another injured after being hit by a vehicle on Friday evening.

The County Sheriff’s Office says the two men - both from Roscoe, Illinois – were standing near County Line Road, about nine miles west of Gilman, when they were struck by a passing vehicle at a high rate of speed. One of the hunters, a 53-year-old, was declared dead on the scene. The other, a 52-year-old, was taken to the hospital with leg injuries. The driver of the vehicle, a 42-year-old Sheldon resident, was also hospitalized. Authorities say alcohol may have been a contributing factor.


Funeral plans have been revealed for a 50-year-old comic actor and writer who died while hunting in Wisconsin. Family members of Jay Leggett announced his funeral will be held on December 7 in Tomahawk. Leggett appeared on various TV shows, including “In Living Color” and “NYPD Blue”. He also was a writer and producer in several movies. He died while hunting at a family cabin in Tomahawk on November 23, the first day of deer season.


The Wisconsin State Supreme Court has suspended the license of a Wausau lawyer who allegedly asked his client to buy him pot. Ronald Moore, who pleaded no contest to several ethics violations, was suspended from legal practice for three years and ordered to pay over one-thousand dollars in court costs. According to court records, the 55-year-old attorney gave his unidentified client $400 to purchase an ounce of marijuana in February. He is also accused of tipping off the same client about a potential police raid at his house.


Some good news for dairy farmers in the state. A new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows butter consumption has reached a 40-year high in consumption and production. Last year, over 1.8  billion pounds of butter was produced in the U.S., well over 2004’s total of just over a billion. Experts say the shift from margarine and substitute to real butter is mainly due to the movement of more natural foods. Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day is the golden time of the year for butter, where an estimated 40-percent of all consumption and sales take place.