- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014
Beloit College remembers graduate who was slain in Yemen

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) - A Beloit College graduate killed earlier this month in Yemen was remembered for his compassion, photojournalism and love for travel Sunday during a small ceremony.

Luke Somers was working as a freelance photojournalist in Yemen when he was captured by an affiliate group from al-Qaida in September 2013. His death on Dec. 6 came during a U.S. rescue attempt against his captors.

The 33-year-old who was born in England was a member of Beloit College’s graduating class of 2008 and earned a bachelor’s degree in creative writing.

Emily Carver, who also graduated from the college in 2008, described Somers as funny and easygoing and said he was able to “resonate with the unknowns of your heart.”

Somers’ photos and notes were displayed during the ceremony at the college’s Eaton Chapel.

English professor Shawn Gillen said Somers’ eye always found the human moment during great tragedy.

It was clear from Somers’ college application how much he loved to travel, Beloit College President Scott Bierman said. Somers’ trips started alongside his mother when he was young, and they spent time in Turkey, Greece and Austria.


Dozens treated for carbon monoxide at ice rink

LAKE DELTON, Wis. (AP) - Authorities on Sunday blamed an ice resurfacing machine for a suspected carbon monoxide leak that sent dozens of people to hospitals after a junior hockey game at a Wisconsin rink.

At least 81 people were treated for symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning after the leak was discovered Saturday at Poppy Waterman Ice Rink in Lake Delton.

Delton Fire Chief Darren Jorgenson told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis the carbon monoxide was coming from one of the rink’s two propane-fueled resurfacing machines. Jorgenson said the machine “wasn’t fully combusting the propane,” and the ventilation system was unable to offset the problem.

The employee operating the machine thought it was functioning properly, Jorgenson said. Both machines, which the fire chief said passed inspections just before the hockey season began this fall, will be inspected Monday.

While the rink is not required by law to have a carbon monoxide detector in the building, Jorgenson said, “any space that people occupy where there is a fuel-burning appliance, it’s great to have as many (CO detectors) as possible.”

Players reported having headaches, dizziness and nausea after a game between the Dells Ducks and the Rochester, Minnesota, Ice Hawks, the Delton Fire Department said. One player fainted, the department said.

Only one person was known to still be receiving treatment Sunday. One Ducks player was getting oxygen therapy at a hyperbaric chamber in Milwaukee, the Minnesota Junior Hockey League said.


Milwaukee police search for man who attacked woman

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee police say they have identified and are searching for a man suspected of trying to sexually assault a woman in a park.

Police said Sunday a 25-year-old woman reported the attempted assault that happened Friday evening in the city’s Riverwest neighborhood.

She tells police she was walking on the sidewalk around 7 p.m. when the man forced her into the small park. Police say he hit her several times and ran away when she screamed.

They say she was taken to a hospital for treatment for injuries that weren’t life threatening.

Police say they are looking into whether the assault is connected to others that have happened on the city’s north side in recent months.


Salvation Army gifts down $65K in Milwaukee County

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Salvation Army has raised nearly $1.8 million in donations to its red kettles in Milwaukee County, down $65,000 compared to this time last year.

The charity says it’s trying to raise $3.8 million to fund more than 80 programs and services in the area.

Divisional commander Dan Jennings says the organization is very concerned that donations are down. He says it needs additional volunteer bell ringers and donations to keep the programs and services operating for families in need.

Spokeswoman Faithe Colas says she doesn’t think people are necessarily giving less. She says a later Thanksgiving this year meant a later start for red kettles and bell ringers, which might have delayed donations.

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