- Associated Press - Thursday, July 3, 2014
Pilot in ultralight crash identified

POYGAN, Wis. (AP) - Authorities have identified the pilot of an ultralight plane that crashed in central Wisconsin.

James M. Sakowski, 57, of Oshkosh, died in the crash in a field west of Omro around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office said.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

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Information from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.comhttp://www.fox11online.com

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Man whose wife dumped in swamp gets 35 years

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) - A Lincoln County man convicted of killing his wife and disposing of her body in a swamp has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

WAOW-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1pZrZezhttp://bit.ly/1pZrZez ) that Mark Bucki can petition for extended supervision after he serves the time. But Judge Jay Tlusty said in passing sentence Thursday that it was likely the 50-year-old Bucki would spend the rest of his life in prison.

Bucki was convicted in April in the death of his wife Anita, 48. She had been strangled and stabbed in the chest seven times before her body was dumped about 20 miles from the couple’s home.

Her body was found in May 2013.

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Information from: WAOW-TV, http://www.waow.comhttp://www.waow.com

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Fire caused $15m damage to government building

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - State officials say a fire in a Madison government building in May caused about $15 million in damage.

The Madison Fire Department initially estimated the damage at $350,000. But the state Department of Administration released a statement Thursday saying the damage estimate grew as the agency spoke with the state’s insurance provider. The agency said the $15 million figure could fluctuate in coming months as repairs are completed.

The state’s insurance policy requires the state to pay the first $3 million in damages.

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ACLU to judge: Lift Wisconsin gay marriage stay

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union wants a federal judge to lift a stay on gay marriages in Wisconsin.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb declared Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional in an ACLU lawsuit June 6.

Crabb issued an injunction a week later barring clerks from enforcing the ban but granted Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s request for a stay pending appeal.

The ACLU filed a motion Thursday to lift the stay, arguing Van Hollen has had weeks to file notice of an appeal but has done nothing in hopes of delaying a ruling as long as possible. The motion was referred to U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker.

Van Hollen has until July 21 to file notice under court rules. His spokeswoman says the ACLU’s impatience won’t affect his timing.

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