- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014
La Crescent event ex-treasurer faces theft charges

LA CRESCENT, Minn. (AP) - A former treasurer for La Crescent’s Applefest is facing charges that she stole money from the community event.

The La Crosse Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1vSO6YShttps://bit.ly/1vSO6YS ) the 32-year-old woman from La Crosse, Wisconsin, is due in Houston County court in November on felony charges of financial transaction card fraud, theft by false representation and theft.

Applefest Board President Mary Lehrman says the treasurer used the organization’s checks and debit card for personal expenses last year and cash was missing from beer sales. She says $8,000 was missing in total.

Police say the woman admitted to taking money to pay her cellphone bill and to authorizing relatives and other board members to use the organization’s credit card for gasoline. They say she admitted taking about $2,400 for personal expenses.

It’s unclear if she is in custody.

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Information from: La Crosse Tribune, https://www.lacrossetribune.comhttps://www.lacrossetribune.com

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Walker pushes back amid criticism of abortion ad

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker pushed back Wednesday against criticism from abortion rights advocates who say it is wrong for the Republican to argue in a new campaign ad that he has worked to protect women’s health and safety.

The issue of women’s health and abortion has exploded in recent days in the governor’s race, with Walker and supporters of Democrat Mary Burke flooding the airwaves with conflicting messages.

On Tuesday, Walker took to the air with an ad in which he talks directly to the camera and says, “I’m pro-life. But there’s no doubt in my mind the decision of whether or not to end a pregnancy is an agonizing one. That’s why I support legislation to increase safety and to provide more information for a woman considering her options.”

He ends the ad by saying that reasonable people can disagree on the issue but that his priority is to “protect the health and safety of all Wisconsin citizens.”

Walker is a longtime abortion opponent. He believes that abortion should not be allowed, even in cases of rape, incest or when the health of the mother is at stake. Last year, he signed into law a requirement that women get an ultrasound before having an abortion and that doctors who perform abortions have admitting credentials at nearby hospitals.

The regulations Walker signed into law do nothing to protect the health and safety of a mother, said Dr. Douglas Laube, a gynecologist with more than 40 years of experience in Wisconsin and a past president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Laube joined with Planned Parenthood leaders in a conference call to denounce Walker’s ad.

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AG race focus turns to complaint, marriage comment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican attorney general hopeful Brad Schimel illegally used campaign donations to pay his children’s baby sitters, a liberal group alleged in a complaint filed Wednesday with state election officials.

The complaint came the same day that a Democratic state representative told reporters that Schimel said last month he would have had to defend interracial marriage bans if he were an attorney general in the 1950s.

Schimel, the Waukesha County district attorney, is locked in a tight race with Democrat Susan Happ, Jefferson County’s district attorney. A Marquette University Law School poll last week showed they’re about even as the Nov. 4 election looms.

One Wisconsin Now’s complaint to the Government Accountability Board contains campaign finance records that indicate Schimel spent nearly $500 in campaign funds for expenses described as baby-sitting for 16 events between October 2009 and February 2013. The complaint alleges the spending violates a state law that prohibits candidates from spending campaign funds on nonpolitical events.

Schimel, who has served as Waukesha County district attorney since 2006, didn’t enter the attorney general race until October 2013. His campaign spokesman, Johnny Koremenos, said in an email that the expenditures came from Schimel’s previous campaigns and were clearly reported to the GAB years ago.

“He’s being accused by a notorious Madison organization of making sure his own children were safe and cared for properly,” Koremenos said.

GAB spokesman Reid Magney said the board had received the complaint but declined further comment.

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Man who killed 3 daughters begins appeals process

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A lawyer for a Wisconsin man convicted of killing his three daughters has taken the first step in the appeals process.

Attorney Tom Provis filed a notice of appeal Friday. He told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Wednesday (https://bit.ly/1uDmSoUhttps://bit.ly/1uDmSoU ) he’s looking for legal errors in the case against Aaron Schaffhausen. He says he expects it will be at least three months before the first briefs are filed.

Schaffhausen pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide but maintained that he was insane when he cut his daughters’ throats at their River Falls, Wisconsin, home in 2012.

After a 12-day trial last year, a jury determined he was sane, a decision that sent him to prison rather than a mental institution. He was sentenced to life without parole.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, https://www.twincities.comhttps://www.twincities.com

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