- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Death of doctor who was missing over 3 weeks ruled suicide

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) - The death of a Fox Valley doctor who was missing for over three weeks has been ruled a suicide.

The Brown County Medical Examiner’s Office said Tuesday it estimates Dr. Jeffrey Whiteside died June 29. That was the last day he was seen alive at his family’s boat slip in Ephraim. He walked away after a disagreement with his wife. His body was found July 22 in a wooded area in Door County.

Investigators say a .22-caliber revolver found near Whiteside’s body apparently belonged to him. The gun had been fired once.

Whiteside was a physician at Fox Valley Pulmonary Medicine in Appleton and served on the ThedaCare health system’s board of trustees.

WLUK-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1Jg45mWhttps://bit.ly/1Jg45mW ) that ThedaCare says it hopes his death will highlight the importance of suicide prevention.


Information from: WLUK-TV, https://www.fox11online.comhttps://www.fox11online.com


Officials celebrate Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest

SOLON SPRINGS, Wis. (AP) - A ranking U.S. Department of Agriculture official joined Sen. Tammy Baldwin and others in northwestern Wisconsin to celebrate what’s billed as the largest land conservation effort in state history.

The Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest protects over 67,000 acres in Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas and Washburn Counties.

Speaking Tuesday in Solon Springs, Baldwin said it delivers on environmental protection and sustainable growth. She says it shows why the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund is so important for local economies.

USDA Deputy Undersecretary Butch Blazer says Congress needs to reauthorize the fund, which is due to expire in 44 days, to preserve a critical tool for protecting healthy forests and waters while creating jobs in forestry and tourism.

Wisconsin has received over $211 million from the fund over the past five decades.


Wisconsin sees strong showing in residential housing market

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Economic experts credit the state’s unemployment rate and pent up demand for Wisconsin’s strong showing in residential real estate, which is on pace for its best year in a decade, according to state and national reports.

Sales of existing homes rose nearly 17 percent in July from a year ago, with more than 8,650 homes sold last month, and are up 14 percent in the first seven months of this year compared to the same period last year, the Wisconsin Realtors Association said on Monday.

“This is the strongest spring and early summer sales volume we’ve seen since before the recession,” Dan Kruse, Wisconsin Realtors Association chairman, said in a statement.

Home sales in northeastern Wisconsin saw the most growth in the state, with a 30.3 percent increase from July 2014. South central Wisconsin saw a 21.8 percent increase, followed by the western part of the state with 14.6 percent and the southeastern part with 11.9 percent.

Sales have been up every month since January in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties, the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors announced last week.

And the median sales price of a home sold in the state increased by 3.8 percent to almost $164,000 in July, compared to $158,000 a year ago, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1HTGlnFhttps://bit.ly/1HTGlnF ) reported.

Additionally, home construction across Wisconsin is off to its strongest start in eight years. The state has seen more than 1,000 starts in three consecutive months for the first time since 2008, according to U.S. Census Bureau data on single-family housing.


1 person dead, another wounded in Wood County shooting

SARATOGA, Wis. (AP) - Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a fatal shooting in Wood County.

Authorities say they were called to a shooting in Saratoga Monday about 10 p.m. They found a woman who had been fatally shot and a man who was wounded.

Sheriff’s officials say the man remains hospitalized. Investigators say those involved knew each other and there’s no threat to the community.

The circumstances of the shooting and the identities have not yet been released.

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