STATE NEWS ROUNDUP: Waupun police officer found and arrested
A Waupun police lieutenant was arrested late yesterday in far northwest Wisconsin after he allegedly broke into a restaurant and a cabin, stole two vehicles, and led officers on a chase. 43-year-old Bradley Young was taken to the Burnett County Jail without incident around 5:10 p-m. Eau Claire T-V stations said Young was found at a cabin he allegedly burglarized about 10 miles west of Spooner – and he knew he was surrounded, so he called 9-1-1 to turn himself in. SWAT teams from Burnett, Douglas, Barron, and Washburn counties helped with the arrest, as did the state D-N-R and Justice Department. A car he allegedly stole at Rice Lake was found nearby. Young’s alleged crime spree began early Monday with a break-in at the Walkers Kollerville Restaurant in Green Lake. A deputy saw a man in camouflage leave. The suspect was chased until he ran off in a cornfield. A vehicle said to be Young’s was found near the restaurant. Officials said Young stole a pick-up truck in Green Lake about two hours after the break-in. It was spotted in Barron County Monday night, where authorities said it got into a crash and Young ran off before stealing a car yesterday morning near Rice Lake. Young lives in Brandon. He’s a 22-year veteran of the Waupun police force. Deputy chief Scott Louden said his department is shocked – and there was no sign that he was in trouble. He’s married with a child in college, and another in high school.
Wisconsin’s attorney general says three Catholic hospital networks would violate federal law if they refuse to let abortion doctors admit patients at those facilities. J-B Van Hollen said in a federal court filing that hospitals which take federal funds cannot discriminate against doctors because they’re involved with abortions. Van Hollen is defending a new state law requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of their clinics. Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services have filed suit to strike down the measure, saying it’s unconstitutional and it would end all abortions north of Madison and Milwaukee. Court records show that Wheaton Franciscan Health-care, the Hospital Sisters’ Health System, and Columbia-Saint Mary’s would not grant admitting privileges to abortion doctors. Planned Parenthood said recently that seven of its doctors have asked for local hospital privileges, and the group does not expect to get them. Last week, Federal Judge William Conley of Madison blocked the new law at least until a trial in the case is finished in November. Van Hollen asked the judge yesterday to put the law into effect until then.
Heavy thunderstorms overnight left almost 65-thousand electric customers without power in the northern half of Wisconsin. Appleton Police said 90-percent of the city was in the dark at one point. Winds hit 86-miles-an-hour in Appleton. Parts of Barron County had golf-ball-sized hail. The National Weather Service said there was heavy damage to Trinity Lutheran Church in New London. That’s also where camper units flipped over at the Huckleberry Campground. No injuries were reported there, but the weather service said injuries were possible at the Apple Creek campground near Wrightstown in Brown County. Officials said many trees fell on houses on Appleton’s southeast side. Trees and power lines fell throughout eastern and central Wisconsin, as far west as Marshfield. Kaukauna had gas leaks. A semi-truck overturned on Interstate-43 near Maribel in Manitowoc County. As of five a-m, We Energies reported about 48-thousand customers without power, mostly in the Appleton region. Wisconsin Public Service had 13-thousand customers out, mostly in Brown and Manitowoc counties. Wisconsin Power-and-Light had over 14-hundred customers out in rural Wood County. X-cel Energy had fewer than 500 customers out in Chippewa County. The storms have cleared out, and a partly cloudy day is in store throughout Wisconsin with highs in the low-to-mid-70’s.
Ben Sebena has asked a judge to let him go free someday. The 30-year-old Iraq war veteran will be sentenced to life in prison on Friday, for killing his wife Jennifer while she was on-duty as a Wauwatosa police officer early last Christmas Eve. Sebena pleaded guilty. In a document filed yesterday, Ben Sebena’s lawyer asked for leniency by granting his client extended supervision at some point. Milwaukee County Circuit Judge David Borowski can set a minimum release date at least 20 years down the road. The report also indicated that Sebena killed his wife so she could go to heaven. He was apparently worried that she would carry out a threat to kill herself if he committed suicide first – and he couldn’t bear the thought of Jennifer losing her access to heaven if she killed herself. The filing also summarized the effects of Sebena’s combat experience in Iraq, where he claimed to have killed 68 people in combat. Last December, Sebena waited outside the Wauwatosa Fire Station, and killed his wife right after she took a break there during her shift. The defense sentencing document said Sebena went home right after the shooting and tried killing himself – but two weapons would not fire. Police called Sebena’s home a short time later. He was questioned for six hours before he was arrested.
Another U-S auto-maker will start using a new fuel-saving battery developed by Johnson Controls. The suburban Milwaukee firm says the advanced battery will be sold in the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu starting this fall. The system automatically shuts down a car’s engine when idles at places like stop-and-go lights – and the engine reactivates once the brake pedal is released. Johnson Controls says the new unit will increase the Malibu’s fuel efficiency by about five-percent. Earlier this year, Ford started using the same batteries in its Fusion model. Johnson vice-president Craig Rigby says the technology has been growing in popularity in Europe for the last several years.
A grant from the U-S Agriculture Department will help build a new fire station in northwest Wisconsin. The Polk-Burnett rural electric cooperative of Centuria was given 300-thousand dollars by the USDA’s Rural Development agency to build a new station for a fire-fighting association that covers six towns. It’s part of a 12-million-dollar package designed to create new job opportunities in rural states. Seventeen states are sharing the new funds. Two groups in Missouri each received loans of a million-dollars each to create revolving loan funds for small businesses.
A Sheboygan escape artist pulled off one of his most daring stunts yesterday. Anthony Martin shackled himself in a locked casket and fell out of a plane 14-thousand feet in the air. The stunt took place at a farm near Serena Illinois, about 70 miles southwest of Chicago. Martin was dropping at up to 130-miles-an-hour while he picked the locks of his shackles, and then struggled to open the door of his casket just in time to parachute to the ground. He somersaulted out of the casket. When he hit the ground, the 47-year-old Martin waved to the cameras and the crowd that looked on. The only injury was to a skydiver who scraped an arm and cut his lip, while trying to make the box steady before it was pushed out. Martin started teaching himself to pick locks when he was six years old. He’s been an escape artist ever since – and he pulled off yesterday’s jump one other time, in 1988. Martin chronicled numerous experiences in a recent book called “Escape or Die.”
A Boy Scout troop near Eau Claire has been told to find a new meeting place, after a Catholic church objected to the scouts’ new policy of admitting openly gay youngsters. Bob Thill, the scoutmaster of Troop-90, said Saint Mary’s Catholic Church of Altoona is giving his group until the end of the year to leave. The troop has met there for over two decades. The Reverend Derek Sakowski tells the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram has his church pastoral council strongly recommended ending ties with the scout troop. He said he’ll meet with the scouts’ parents before making a final decision.