- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014
Murder suspect arrested in Racine

RACINE, Wis. (AP) - Racine police say they’ve arrested a suspect in a Chicago area murder.

Authorities say the 19-year-old man was arrested Thursday on an Illinois warrant after officers pulled him over in Racine.

The suspect is wanted for fatally shooting 20-year-old Kenneth Groves during a house party in Kankakee last November. A second person was shot, but suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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Man gets 7 years in prison in teen’s heroin death

PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin man accused of supplying the heroin that killed a teenager in 2012 has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Milton Moore, 23, of Fitchburg, pleaded no contest Thursday in Columbia County Circuit Court to first-degree reckless homicide by delivery of drugs. After his prison term, Moore will be on extended supervision for seven years.

Judge Alan White said while those who take heroin are responsible, it is important to also hold people who supply the drug to addicts accountable, especially when someone dies from an overdose.

“The people who are doing the selling are, to me, the most culpable,” White told Moore. “They are making money off their misery.”

Moore apologized at the hearing to the family of the victim, 17-year-old Jacob Adler of Lodi, and to the people of Columbia County, the Portage Daily Register (https://bit.ly/1gYNEyA) reported.

Adler’s mother, Shelly Johnson, said at the hearing that she hopes her son’s story might save other lives. She told Moore she hopes he is able to do something else with his life.

“I want you to help others not suffer,” Johnson told Moore.

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Senate plans to vote on elections bills Tuesday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican-backed bills to limit absentee voting hours and make other election-law changes are scheduled for votes next week in the Wisconsin Senate as lawmakers rush to finish their work for the year.

The bills were included on the agenda released Friday for the Senate session on Tuesday. They are among more than 50 bills to be voted on by the Senate in what is expected to be one of its last days in session before adjourning either later this month or the first week of April.

A number of other high-profile bills - including one that would allow the Legislature to write new academic standards for Wisconsin’s public schools to replace Common Core standards - were not scheduled for debate, increasing the odds they will not pass this year.

Also in limbo are bills to toughen the state’s drunken driving laws, loosen regulations on high-capacity wells, increase the speed limit and prohibit local governments from creating new sand mine regulations.

One of the election bills up for a vote Tuesday would limit in-person absentee voting to between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays in the two weeks before an election. A similar version passed the Assembly in November.

Democrats oppose it because it would reduce the hours that Milwaukee and Madison polls could be open. Both cities, which are Democratic strongholds, held extended nighttime and weekend hours in 2012 when President Barack Obama carried Wisconsin.

Another bill up for a vote would create buffer zones for election observers. And a third would allow lobbyists to make campaign donations starting on April 15, rather than June 1, in an election year.

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Anchor Bank sends wrong mortgage statements

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Anchor Bank is offering an apology to nearly 200 customers who were sent the wrong mortgage statements.

Janesville railroad engineer Joe Martin says he received a March statement that should have been sent to a Madison couple. Martin tells WISC-TV (https://bit.ly/1dxtBbRhttps://bit.ly/1dxtBbR ) that he’s concerned his statement ended up in the wrong hands.

Anchor Bank spokeswoman Jennifer Ranville says a mailroom malfunction is to blame for the problem. The statements included loan information, but did not include checking, saving or Social Security numbers. The Madison bank is offering one year of fraud protection to those affected.

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Information from: WISC-TV, https://www.channel3000.comhttps://www.channel3000.com


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