WISCONSIN NEWS ROUNDUP: Siren was the coldest spot in the state this morning at 21-below zero
Wind chill advisories continue through noon in all of Wisconsin, as January's second major cold snap enters its final day. Siren in Burnett County was the state's cold spot at eight this morning, with an actual temperature of 21-below zero and a wind-chill of minus-37. Parts of southeast Wisconsin were the only places above zero. Sheboygan was at plus-three, and the region had wind-chills generally in the minus-teens. Much of far northern Wisconsin along Lake Superior did not get as much lake-effect snow as predicted. Herbster in Bayfield County had one-and-a-half inches, and Cornucopia picked up three-inches before the snow tapered off this morning. Gile in Iron County had just under six-inches as of last night, and it was still coming down. That area could get the predicted total of seven-or-more inches. A sunny day is in store for today, with highs from zero-to-10-above. It could get down to minus-12 tonight, before warming up into the 20's tomorrow with more light snow. Colder highs in the single-digits are forecast for the weekend.
Cody Cousins is due in court today. He's the Purdue University engineering student accused of killing fellow student and West Bend native Andrew Boldt on Tuesday. The 23-year-old Cousins, of Centerville Ohio, is being held without bond on a preliminary murder charge. Police said Cousins apparently targeted the 21-year-old Boldt, but nobody has said why -- and both families are trying to come to grips with what happened. Last night, about 150 people attended a prayer service at the Boldt family's Catholic church in West Bend. Most family members didn't show up. The Reverend Nathan Reesman said they wanted to pray in private for now. Reesman said Boldt was just like the rest of his family -- reserved, police, friendly, and bright. Authorities said Cousins stepped into a classroom, shot Boldt while he was serving as a teaching assistant, and left. The suspect turned himself in a short time later. Both were seniors, and Purdue is not commenting on Cousins' future status as a student. While last night's service was going on in Wisconsin, Purdue authorities responded to a report of another shooting -- this one in a housing complex that has students with families. Police later said they couldn't find a problem there, and there was no threat to the campus.
A Crandon woman will not go to jail for running an unlicensed day-care center where her son admitted molesting young kids. 62-year-old Nancy Anderson was put on two years' probation yesterday, after she pleaded guilty to three Forest County charges of not having a state license. Four counts of child neglect were dropped in a plea deal. Prosecutors said she wasg away running errands last year while her son molested four children ages-4-to-6. A judge said Anderson could only watch over kids to whom she's related -- and she must perform 100 hours of community service. Her son, 39-year-old William Anderson, has pleaded to a charge of repeated child sex assault, plus four felony counts of exposure. Another sex assault charge was dropped in a plea deal, and he'll be sentenced on February 18th.
A one-thousand-dollar reward is being offered for information about a northeast Wisconsin woman who's been missing for almost nine months. 60-year-old Victoria Prokopovitz of Pittsfield in Brown County was last seen at her home on April 25th. Authorities said she left her purse, cell-phone, and I-D behind. She had no medications when she disappeared, and her family said she might be a harm to herself as she suffers from depression. Those with information are asked to call the Brown County sheriff's office.A Milwaukee man has been charged in the shooting death of another man outside a strip club. 27-year-old Ezra French is facing a count of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of 30-year-old Julian Noblin last November 16th outside the Cheetah Club on Milwaukee's north side. According to prosecutors, French walked to a car and pointed a gun at Noblin's brother. Noblin batted a gun away from his brother, and he tried getting out of the car when he was shot through an open window. Noblin was hit in the back and died at the scene. French is currently in the Manitowoc County Jail. That's after he was charged in Manitowoc last month with obstructing an officer as a repeat offender, and illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
A Milwaukee man has been charged in the shooting death of another man outside a strip club. 27-year-old Ezra French is facing a count of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of 30-year-old Julian Noblin last November 16th outside the Cheetah Club on Milwaukee's north side. According to prosecutors, French walked to a car and pointed a gun at Noblin's brother. Noblin batted a gun away from his brother, and he tried getting out of the car when he was shot through an open window. Noblin was hit in the back and died at the scene. French is currently in the Manitowoc County Jail. That's after he was charged in Manitowoc last month with obstructing an officer as a repeat offender, and illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
Wisconsin's largest company reports a 31-percent increase in its quarterly profits from to a year ago. Johnson Controls of suburban Milwaukee said this morning it made 469-million dollars from October-through-December. That's up from 359-million at the same time in 2012. Earnings per share totaled 69-cents. That's 17-cents more than a year ago, and a penny higher than what independent analysts projected. C-E-O Alix Molinaroli said Johnson Controls benefited from an increase in motor vehicle production around the world -- plus cost-cutting in its auto-related businesses that don't involve car seats or state-of-the-art lead-acid batteries. Johnson Controls is the world's leading supplier on both those items. It also provides heating-and-cooling systems for large buildings. Molinaroli said the building business had lower revenues than the year before, but there are signs that the global commercial building market will improve later this year. As for cutting costs, Johnson Controls recently sold its automotive electronics' operation -- and it's looking into a sale of an auto parts division that does not involve car seats.
Wisconsin farm activist John Kinsman died this week. The 87-year-old organic farmer from Sauk County created a summer exchange program in the 1970's, in which black children from Mississippi would spend time on Wisconsin farms -- and youngsters from the Badger state would do the same down south. Kinsman said the program showed him that black farmers were not being treated fairly by the U-S-D-A. He helped them pursue a discrimination suit which was later settled with U-S Ag Department. In the 1990's, Kinsman was a key player in a "Dump the National Dairy Board" campaign. In '94, he founded the Family Farm Defenders' group, in which he served as president until his death. It allowed him to travel the world to speak about food sovereignty, help farmers organize and make progress, and meet heads-of-state. Kinsman was steadfast in opposing bovine growth hormone, genetic engineering, and dairy pricing policies. He lived what he professed, raising 10 children on a 175-acre dairy farm at Lime Ridge in Sauk County.