- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014
Teen arrested for stealing car with baby in it

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A 16-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly stealing a car with a baby inside.

Police say the teen abandoned the car and the 14-month-old child was unharmed.

Police say in a news release that the toddler’s mother left the car running at a BP gas station Friday night in Milwaukee. Her baby was strapped into a child seat inside when the 16-year-old got in and drove away.

A witness followed the teen until he abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. He was arrested a short time later.

Police are investigating whether he may be responsible for other auto thefts in the area.


Deep snow, cold takes toll on swans, ducks

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) - This year’s deep snow and extreme cold have taken a toll on Minnesota wildlife - especially swans and other waterfowl that can’t find open water on the state’s many frozen lakes.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota is treating birds that have come in with injuries, Minnesota Public Radio News reported (https://bit.ly/1gfZnr4https://bit.ly/1gfZnr4 ).

Veteran Agnes Hutchinson recently corralled one of about a half dozen of the birds. She said the swans and other birds are having difficulty finding open water.

“They have to stand on ice a lot more than they usually would have to. And that’s really hard on their feet,” Hutchinson said as she wrapped a swan in towels. He “probably got caught without anywhere to go and protect his feet, and he just got frostbitten.”

Center director Phil Jenni said birds are also starving because they can’t find a food source on land. And, when there is no open water, birds are also more vulnerable to attack from raptors and other predators.

All over the Midwest, swans, mallards and even loons have been stranded by the coldest weather in more than 30 years. Rescuers along Lake Michigan in Milwaukee have brought six times as many diving ducks into the Wisconsin Humane Society.

Hutchinson said the center’s staff is doing what they can to get animals back on their feet, such as cutting away dead tissue or giving the birds food.


Hospital group to post when newborn tests are sent

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Hospital Association says it will soon post data online that will show expecting parents whether the hospital where they plan to have their baby promptly sends newborn screening samples to the lab for testing.

The hospital group announced its plan Friday. It will begin posting the data on its CheckPoint website in April, and will publish the data for a year before deciding whether to keep listing it publicly.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported (https://bit.ly/1ckL1Kghttps://bit.ly/1ckL1Kg ) that newborn screening has been under review since a November investigation by the newspaper found dozens of Wisconsin hospitals weren’t quickly sending samples to the state lab. Thousands of hospitals nationwide were also delaying in sending samples in.

The newspaper investigation started after a baby almost died from a treatable condition. The New London hospital where he was born delayed sending his blood test to the lab.

About one in every 800 babies is born with a potentially severe condition that can be treated if testing is done properly. Nearly every child has blood sample taken within 24 to 48 hours of birth for the screening. The sample is supposed to be sent to a lab within 24 hours.

An analysis of one year of data in Wisconsin showed 2.9 percent of samples - or 1,769 - were delayed five or more days. Statewide, 87 percent of newborn screening samples arrived at the lab within three days of collection. Federally backed guidelines recommend samples take no more than three days to arrive at labs.

Data published to CheckPoint will gauge how many samples are received at the state lab within four days of collection.


Man killed in snowmobile crash in Wheaton

WHEATON, Wis. (AP) - A 20-year-old man is dead after he lost control of a snowmobile and crashed into a tree in Wheaton.

The Chippewa Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1hYbtcNhttps://bit.ly/1hYbtcN ) the crash happened Friday night on a public snowmobile trail.

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department says the man was snowmobiling with three friends when he lost control and hit a tree.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. Authorities say speed and the driver’s unfamiliarity with the trail contributed to the crash.


Information from: The Chippewa Herald, https://www.chippewa.comhttps://www.chippewa.com

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