- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Ex-teacher pleads not guilty in sex case

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A former Green Bay grade school teacher has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted two students.

Fifty-eight-year-old Jer Lovaj (jehr LOH’-vah) of Oconto pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of first-degree child sexual assault in one case. He also pleaded not guilty to a charge of repeated sexual assault of a child in another case.

Prosecutors contend Lovaj inappropriately touched two students at Anne Sullivan School on Green Bay’s east side, where he taught English as a second language between October 2013 and February 2014.

The Green Bay Area Public School District says Lovaj is no longer employed with the district.

Press-Gazette Media (https://gbpg.net/1n25eTI) reports he is due back in court on Aug. 18.

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Information from: Press-Gazette Media, https://www.greenbaypressgazette.comhttps://www.greenbaypressgazette.com

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Suspect in 2 Illinois killings appears in court

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - A man suspected in two Illinois homicides who was arrested after a high-speed chase appeared during a court appearance to be injured.

Police say they arrested Terence Doddy July 4 after the car he drove crashed into a tree near Beloit, Wis.

According to the Rockford Register-Star (https://bit.ly/1j9F0n5), Doddy used a wheelchair and had black eyes when he appeared in a Janesville, Wis., courtroom Monday. Details of his injuries were unavailable.

Doddy is charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He has not entered a plea.

Illinois State Police say the 36-year-old Doddy is a suspect in the late-June killing of 37-year-old co-worker Todd Hansmeier of Rockford and the July 1 death of 44-year-old Tonya Bargman of Monticello at an Interstate 39 rest stop.

Illinois authorities plan to extradite Doddy.

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Democrat Vruwink joining budget committee

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Democratic state Rep. Amy Sue Vruwink (VROO-wink) is joining the Legislature’s budget committee.

Vruwink’s appointment to the Joint Finance Committee was approved by Republican Speaker Robin Vos on July 3 and announced Monday by Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca.

Vruwink, of Milladore, replaces Rep. Jon Richards, of Milwaukee. Richards is running for attorney general and not returning to the Legislature next year.

Vruwink joins state Rep. Cory Mason, of Racine, as the only Democrats from the state Assembly on the powerful committee that writes the state budget every two years. Republicans hold a 12-4 majority on the panel.

Vruwink has been a member of the Assembly since 2003, representing the 70th Assembly District which includes portions of Wood, Portage, Monroe and Jackson counties.

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4 Republican candidates all support term limits

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - All four Republicans running for Congress in Wisconsin’s 6th District say they will self-impose term limits if elected.

State Rep. Duey Stroebel, of Saukville, released a column Monday stating his support in general for term limits for members of Congress. State Sen. Glenn Grothman, of West Bend, issued a statement in response saying if elected he would serve no more than 10 years.

Stroebel then said he has no intentions of serving more than 10 years if elected.

A third Republican running for the seat, state Sen. Joe Leibham, of Sheboygan, says he would serve no more than 12 years if elected. A fourth GOP candidate, Tom Denow (DEE’-noh) of Oshkosh, says he also supports term limits.

All four are running for the seat being vacated by Rep. Tom Petri, who is retiring after serving 35 years in Congress.

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