- Associated Press - Monday, November 24, 2014
Superior police say officer used justified force

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) - A Superior police investigation has found an officer’s use of force was justified in an arrest captured by a police dashboard camera.

The Superior Police Department says Officer George Gothner will be back on duty this week after its internal investigation determined he used reasonable force consistent with state and local policies during the January arrest. Gothner had been on administrative duty after the video showed him punching the arrested woman in the face. Gothner has said the woman was scratching him in the face.

Gothner was given a 10-hour unpaid suspension for using vulgar and unprofessional language during the arrest.

A special prosecutor decided not to charge Gothner last month. The woman’s misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge from the arrest was dropped soon afterward.


Reports: Wisconsin derailment due to human error

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A two-train collision and derailment last July in southeastern Wisconsin was caused by human error when the rear of a freight train was unintentionally backed onto another rail line, according to reports submitted to federal transportation officials.

Incident reports released by the Federal Railroad Administration say the wreck in the village of Slinger caused more than $3.1 million in damage, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1reVhpr) reported.

More than 120 village residents had to be evacuated. An estimated 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the lead locomotive.

Minutes before the July 20 collision, a northbound Wisconsin & Southern Railroad train of two locomotives and 64 freight cars stopped after it had cleared the other track at the crossing of two rail lines. The engineer then decided to back up the long train - known as a shoving movement - to pick up a crew member at the rail crossing, according to the company’s report.

Without the aid of a spotter at the train’s end as it backed up, the engineer drove too far in reverse and several cars were pushed across the other rail line, according to the company’s incident report. Federal regulations do not require a person to be placed at the end of a train when it is reversed.

By that time, a southbound Canadian National Railway Co. train with three locomotives and 98 freight cars already had entered the village and a signal light gave it authority to proceed into the crossing when the crash occurred at 8:34 p.m. The train was traveling at a speed of 38 miles per hour, the company’s report says.

All three of the Canadian National locomotives and four freight cars derailed in the collision. Five cars derailed from the Wisconsin & Southern train.


Police: 2 men rob Mount Pleasant restaurant

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) - Police say they are searching for two men who fired two gunshots during a robbery at a busy Mount Pleasant restaurant.

WITI-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1pedpnLhttps://bit.ly/1pedpnL ) Mount Pleasant police were seeking the men Sunday after the armed robbery Saturday at Jose’s Blue Sombrero. Police responded to a report of shots fired at the restaurant before midnight. No injuries were reported.

Police say the men entered the restaurant wearing white masks and displayed a gun while demanding an employee open the safe. Police say they opened fire and took money before fleeing on foot through the parking lot.

It’s unclear how much money the men took.


Information from: WITI-TV, https://www.fox6now.comhttps://www.fox6now.com


Sheriff: Wisconsin driver turns himself in

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Authorities say a wrong-way driver has turned himself in after sideswiping a minivan on a highway and leaving the scene.

WISN-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1C3Q0v6https://bit.ly/1C3Q0v6 ) the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department says the 50-year-old pickup truck driver hit the minivan Saturday while traveling south in a northbound lane on Interstate 794. Authorities say the minivan driver was hospitalized with injuries that weren’t life threatening.

Authorities haven’t released either driver’s name. They say the pickup truck driver had a blood alcohol content of 0.08.

No charges have been reported. Authorities are investigating the incident.


Information from: WISN-TV, https://www.wisn.comhttps://www.wisn.com

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