Afternoon News Brief - Three killed near Greenwood in Clark County after driving into 50 foot hole created by roadway washed away.
Clark County authorities now say a 50 foot stretch of roadway near Greenwood washed away and three motorists were killed when two vehicles drove into that hole. A pick up truck with two people inside crashed into the hole and so did another vehicle with one person in it. Chief Deputy Jim Backus said a passer by discovered the wreckage and called 911 around 1:35 this morning. But he said it's not clear exactly when the mishaps occurred and investigators could not say if it was raining at the time. All three victims were pronounced dead at the scene, and there were no survivors. The National Weather Service said Clark County had 1 to 2 inches of rain in the 24 hours ending at seven this morning. The three deaths were the first in Wisconsin to be blamed on the massive rain storms that dumped up to six and a half inches of rain in the far north on Tuesday and Wednesday and up to 10 inches in nearby Duluth Minnesota.
The Wisconsin based Kohl's department store chain is expanding its number of stores with solar power by 25% this year. The Menomonee Falls company said today it will install solar panels at 30 of its stores around the country. By the end of the year, Kohl's says it will have solar generators at 150 locations in 13 states. Those solar panels provide around 20 to 50 perrcent of each store's total electric needs. Kohl's said it began its solar program five years ago in California and it installs panels when it's feasible and provides cost savings. Also, Kohl's is a big buyer of renewable energy. The firm has bought 1.5 billion kilowatt hours of green power, second only to the Intel computer chip company.
A poll conducted by the Marquette Law school shows former governor Tommy Thompson leading the Republican field as the August 14th primary approaches. Likely voters give him 34 percent of their support. Former Congressman Mark Neumann is in second, with 16 percent, and businessman Eric Hovde has 14 percent. Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald checked in at 10 percent, while 25 percent of the respondents were undecided. If Thompson winds up running against Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, he has the edge on her campaign right now by eight percentage points. Candidates running for U.S. Senate have less than eight weeks to build enough support to win at the polls.
Prison escapee Ronald Schwensow says he thought he'd take one more chance at freedom. Schwensow was arrested yesterday (Wednesday) on the steps of the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. He had escaped from the Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary prison camp last year. Schwensow was serving a 22 year term at the time. When U.S. Marshals picked him up at about 3 p.m. he told them he had three or four years to go on his federal firearms conviction sentence and his health wasn't getting any better.
Wisconsin State Representative Bob Ziegelbauer has withdrawn from a lawsuit aimed at preserving Wisconsin's Voter ID law. He took the step after questions were asked about how attorney fees in the case were being paid for. The Liberal group One Wisconsin Now has asked the Government Accountability Board to determine if the Manitowoc Independent and Republican state Representative Robin Vos violated ethics laws by the legal help they received to intervene in the case. Ziegelbauer says he respects the ethics code and was concerned about the possibility of a technical violation, so he told the parties involved that he wants his name taken off of the case. Ziegelbauer says he doesn't know where any of the money is coming from.