- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Lawmaker’s daughter faces new drug charges

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The daughter of a Wisconsin lawmaker appeared in court Monday on new narcotics possession charges.

Cassie Nygren, 25, was arrested Friday morning. Nygren, of Marinette, appeared in Brown County court to face two counts of possession of narcotic drugs and one count of possessing an illegally obtained prescription, Press-Gazette Media reported.

Nygren’s struggle with heroin has made her a face of recovery and prompted her father, Republican state Rep. John Nygren, to draft legislation aimed at helping addicts. In April, Gov. Scott Walker signed into law seven bills written by Rep. Nygren, dubbed Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education, or HOPE, that target Wisconsin’s heroin epidemic.

“During last session, I shared with the people of Wisconsin the story of my daughter Cassie, and her struggles with addiction. Unfortunately, she has succumbed to her addiction after being sober for over a year,” Rep. Nygren said in a statement Monday.

Nygren told WBAY-TV that he’s “disappointed, saddened, a little angry” but probably not surprised by his daughter’s arrest. He did not appear at her hearing, the station said.

Court documents filed Monday show Cassie Nygren was arrested with two others at a home in Green Bay. Investigators say they found prescription pills along with liquids and substances “consistent with heroin.”

“The drug is so powerful,” Rep. Nygren told WBAY. “They will lie. They will cheat. They will steal. They’ll manipulate.”


Naked, screaming man arrested at Wisconsin Capitol

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - State officials are looking into how a naked man found his way into the Wisconsin state Capitol’s rotunda.

The man appeared undressed in the rotunda around 4 p.m. Monday and began shouting at the top of his lungs. It was unclear what he was saying.

A Capitol Police officer quickly led him away.

Stephanie Marquis is a spokeswoman for the state Department of Administration, which oversees the Capitol Police. She says the man was screaming that he was Jesus Christ. She says he will be taken to jail on suspicion of disorderly conduct and lewd and lascivious behavior.


Woman accuses Wisconsin billionaire of assault

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A second woman has accused Racine billionaire Samuel Curtis Johnson III of sexual assault.

The woman filed a civil lawsuit in Racine County in July alleging Johnson sexually assaulted her several times while she was on vacation with Johnson’s family in Mexico and the Bahamas and while she was at Johnson’s home between March 2007 and July 2009.

The lawsuit said the woman, who now lives in California, was a minor who lived in Racine when the assaults allegedly occurred. Johnson inflicted so much psychological and emotional distress that she will need mental health treatment and counseling “on a permanent basis,” according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and attorney fees.

Johnson’s attorney, Michael F. Hart, said the lawsuit was just recently served on Johnson. He called the allegations baseless, saying the woman tried to convince the Racine County district attorney to charge Johnson in 2011 but he refused.

“Unfortunately these types of spurious allegations are not uncommon in cases involving high net-worth individuals. Her claims are unequivocally and demonstrably false,” Hart said.

The Associated Press left a message seeking comment from the Racine County district attorney’s office late Monday afternoon.


Democratic faithful gather to hear Michelle Obama

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Wisconsin residents are lining up in Milwaukee to hear first lady Michelle Obama speak.

Obama was campaigning Monday in Milwaukee for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke. Burke is locked in a tight race with Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Most of those lined up outside Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Center say they had already decided to vote for Burke before the first lady’s visit was announced. They describe Mrs. Obama’s visit as a bonus.

Mequon resident Natasha Smet says she planned to vote for Burke as soon as the former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive announced her candidacy. Smet says the majority of her college education was financed by a scholarship established by Burke’s father and she thinks the candidate comes from “good stock.”

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