- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Historic headstones vandalized at Racine cemetery

RACINE, Wis. (AP) - Racine police are investigating vandalism to two dozen gravestones at a cemetery.

Police say some of the damaged stones date to the 1880s and, because of the materials used, are irreplaceable.

The Journal Times (https://bit.ly/1mtBgNi) reports 24 gravestones at Mound Cemetery were discovered damaged and pushed off their bases Monday.

The vandalism happened sometime between Friday and Monday. Police don’t know who was responsible and if the vandalism was done by one person or a group.

Cemetery supervisor Steve Bedard is still assessing the damage. He says at least some of the stones can be put back together and brought upright.


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Democratic candidate for governor issues jobs plan

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Mary Burke, a Democratic candidate for Wisconsin governor, released a five-point plan Tuesday that would invest in entrepreneurs, focus on higher education and promote the creation of an online guide showing how well the state is meeting its job-creation goals.

Burke said her “Invest for Success” plan evolved from her business experience as a former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive. She said she’s concerned because the state lags its neighbors in job creation and capital investment, despite the rosier economic picture Republican Gov. Scott Walker is touting.

“For all the talk about being pro-business, the failure to take a businesslike approach to growing jobs here is holding our economy back,” Burke said.

Burke’s announcement came one day after Walker signed a bill that provides half a billion dollars in property- and income-tax cuts statewide.

The issue of jobs will be key as Burke tries to unseat Walker in November. Walker had pledged during his 2010 campaign to add 250,000 private-sector jobs by the end of this year, a goal that appears unlikely to be met.

Unlike Walker, Burke isn’t committing to creating a specific number of jobs. At a question-and-answer session Tuesday afternoon at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Burke said her goal is to make Wisconsin “a top-10 thriving economy,” measured in percentage job growth year over year.

“We need to not only look at how many jobs we’re creating but we have to understand how much those jobs are paying,” she said in reference to a question about whether the majority of new jobs would be minimum-wage positions.


Court: Green Bay improperly revoked plant permit

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The city of Green Bay overstepped its authority when it revoked a conditional use permit for an alternative energy plant backed by a company the Oneida Tribe owned, a Wisconsin appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Oneida Seven Generations Corp. and its subsidiary, Green Bay Renewable Energy, received a permit for a waste-to-energy facility. The Green Bay City Council voted in March 2011 to approve a Plan Commission recommendation to grant a permit to Seven Generations and granted it a building permit that August.

But after opposition to the plant grew, the city revoked the conditional use permit on Oct. 16, 2012, based on supposed misrepresentations opponents alleged Seven Generations made about the plant’s potential environmental impact.

A circuit court agreed with the city’s decision. Seven Generations appealed, and the appeals court agreed with the tribal company, WLUK-TV reported.

“Fickle and inconstant fairly describe the City’s action here,” the appeals court wrote in its decision. “We are disappointed the City did not so much as mention the Plan Commission’s conclusions in its decisions.”

The appeals court ruled the city failed to show proof of any misrepresentation on the corporation’s part, Press-Gazette Media reported.

“Nowhere in its decision did the City actually identify the alleged misrepresentations,” the appeals court said. “We cannot help but believe the City’s decision was based not on a rational analysis of the statements Seven Generations made to the Plan Commission, but the public pressure brought to bear on the Common Council.”


UW police captain fired in equipment probe

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department has fired a veteran captain after an internal investigation revealed he used department cameras to take hundreds of inappropriate photos of department employees and members of the public.

Agency spokesman Marc Lovicott said 17-year department veteran Peter Ystenes (ISS’-niss) was fired on March 12. Lovicott says an internal investigation is still ongoing and detectives are trying to identify and contact people in the photos to ask about what action they would like to see taken.

Lovicott declined to describe the photos beyond saying they were inappropriate and they didn’t involve any nudity.

No residential listing could be found for Ystenes.

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