Wisconsin roundup: More snow headed this way Monday night; Dunn County snowmobile fatality reported; more state news stories
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for all of southern Wisconsin starting Monday evening and lasting for at least 24 hours.
A low-pressure area is promising to bring a lot of snow throughout the Midwest. Amounts of 4-8 inches in the Badger State are likely. Forecasters say the snowfall will gradually taper off to just flurries during the day on Tuesday, ending that night. The smallest accumulations are expected in southeastern Wisconsin, but that region will be dealing with totals which could reach two inches.
The NWS forecast for the River Falls area calls for 5-9 inches by Tuesday.
Dunn County crash among 4 four fatal snowmobile incidents
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reports four people were killed Saturday in four separate accidents.
A fifth person who was hurt Friday afternoon in Iron County is said to be on life support. A snowmobile rider was killed when a machine was hit by a car in Langlade County. A 29-year-old man from Boyceville died in Dunn County when he was ejected from his snowmobile in the town of Colfax. Alcohol and speed are thought to be factors in a fatal wreck in Calumet County and a fourth person was killed when they were ejected on Pickerel Lake and hit by a following snowmobile.
40-car wreck shuts down Interstate 94 near Eau Claire
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reports seven semi-trucks and 33 cars were involved in a chain reaction crash on Interstate 94 Sunday shortly after noon.
One person was critically injured and seven others required medical treatment. State officials were warning drivers to be careful because the snow was creating slick road conditions. Traffic was routed off the Interstate while the injured were removed and the scene was cleared. That stretch of I-94 in western Wisconsin was reopened to traffic several hours later.
Accused cop killer charged with first-degree intentional homicide
The 26-year-old man accused of shooting a Milwaukee Police Officer to death was officially charged with first-degree intentional homicide Sunday during a court appearance.
Detectives say Jordan P. Fricke told them he didn't know it was police who were trying to knock down his door. Fricke apparently fired an A-K-47 through the door, fatally wounding veteran officer Matthew Rittner. The officer was using a battering ram to knock down the kitchen door. Fricke says he thought he heard somebody yell "police," but he didn't believe it was actually the police trying to break in.
Evers seeks to borrow $70M for groundwater contamination
Gov. Tony Evers says a request to borrow $70 million to deal with groundwater contamination will be included in his two-year budget plan.
Evers has promised to make clean water a priority. Three-million would fund grants for Wisconsin farmers to build infrastructure to reduce water pollution. There would also be grants for local governments trying to cut back on stormwater runoff. At least some of the money would be used to replace lead pipes.
Bret Michaels concert will close Wis. arena where ‘Every Rose’ was filmed
Rock-and-roll artist Bret Michaels will put on the last concert at the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena April 6.
The frontman for the group Poison has performed at the soon-to-be-closed Green Bay venue six times previously. The "Nothing But A Good Time For The Last Time" concert will feature Michaels, his band, Warrant, and Lita Ford. Thirty years ago the video for Poison's hit "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" was filmed at the arena.
Excessive errors sends Brown County back to old dispatch system
Brown County is pulling its old 911 dispatch system out of mothballs after the new $1.2 million system proved to be undependable.
Law enforcement officers have said the new one put them and the public in danger. It often failed to identify stolen cars, sent officers to the wrong locations and delayed response times. After weeks of trying to fix the issues, the county decided to dig the old equipment out of storage and use it as long as possible.