- Associated Press - Friday, May 16, 2014
Funeral set for soldier who died in Kosovo

KIEL, Wis. (AP) - A funeral will be held next week for a soldier originally from Wisconsin who died in Kosovo.

U.S. Army Sgt. Heidi Ruh was fatally shot on May 9. Ruh died while serving on an Army base in Kosovo.

The 32-year-old grew up in Kiel. She lived most recently in Barrington, Illinois.

WLUK-TV (https://bit.ly/1oypwKD) reports a funeral for Ruh with full military honors will be held at 5 p.m. Monday at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Kiel.

Ruh volunteered to go to Kosovo in February. The cause and circumstances of her death are under investigation.


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Investigation into 1982 homicide reopened

PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) - The Columbia County sheriff’s office has reopened an investigation into a cold-case homicide.

The decomposed body of a woman was found along a rural road in the Township of Caledonia in 1982. She died of blunt-force trauma to the head.

Authorities were not able to identify the remains. She was buried in 1987 as a Jane Doe.

Detectives exhumed her body last month. Investigators are working with the FBI Crime Laboratory to compare her DNA against others in a missing persons index.

The victim is described as a Caucasian woman standing 5-foot-5 ½ inches to 5-foot-6 ½ inches tall, ranging in age from 45 to 60s. She probably had given birth.

Anyone with information should contact Sheriff Dennis Richards.


Businessman wants bottling plant in Two Rivers

TWO RIVERS, Wis. (AP) - A Manitowoc businessman and co-principal of Paragon Partners wants to bring a bottling plant to Two Rivers.

Dan Wergin says the plant for Danny’s Deliriously Delicious Coconut Water and Increase Energy drink may open by the end of this year at the former Paragon manufacturing plant.

Wergin tells HTR Media (https://htrne.ws/1j2Vfjuhttps://htrne.ws/1j2Vfju ) the beverages are currently produced at a Mexican bottling plant and distributed in the U.S., but additional production capacity is needed.

After initial production starts up, he estimates the plant will bring up to 200 jobs to Two Rivers.

The Manitowoc County Loan Review board gave Wergin and his partner a $250,000, 10-year loan to help acquire the building. Two Rivers is reviewing another $750,000 loan, and Paragon Partners is putting $1.15 million toward the $2.15 million purchase price.


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Prosecutors object to keeping probe records secret

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Prosecutors overseeing the investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s recall campaign and other conservative groups are objecting to a request that some of the records in the case remain secret.

Attorneys for Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and two of his prosecutors filed a motion in federal court late Thursday saying documents the Wisconsin Club for Growth wants to keep secret are the most important ones that outline the reasons for the probe and explain why the activity being examined was illegal. The attorney for another investigator, Dean Nickel, filed similar objections Friday.

The secret investigation, known as a John Doe, began in August 2012 and focused on alleged illegal campaign fundraising, spending and coordination between conservative groups, Walker’s campaign and others during recall elections in 2011 and 2012.

The investigation has been a distraction for Walker as he runs for re-election against Democrat Mary Burke, a former state commerce secretary and Trek Bicycle Corp. executive. Walker is also considering a run for president in 2016.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa last week halted the investigation, saying that the free speech rights of the Wisconsin Club for Growth was being violated by the probe. Prosecutors have appealed that ruling and requested a stay in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Separately, Randa is considering whether to make public dozens of currently sealed documents encompassing hundreds of pages of material.

Both Wisconsin Club for Growth and prosecutors have agreed that most of the secret documents should be made public, given that so much information is already known about the investigation. The request to release the documents was first filed by five journalism groups.



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