- Associated Press - Monday, May 25, 2015
Family gets 1 week to fix issues after 80 calves found dead

BRIGHTON, Wis. (AP) - The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department says it has wrapped up its “on scene” investigation of animal abuse at farms in Brighton and Paris townships and is forwarding the case to prosecutors for possible charges.

Authorities found more than 80 dead calves at the two farms on Friday. The animal carcasses have since been removed and cleanup is underway.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth has given the family that owns the farms one week to fix the issues there.

Fifteen calves that were moved from the Brighton Township farm are being cared for at another location. About 100 live cattle remain at the Paris Township farm, and it appears they had been fed and are in good health.

The department said earlier that the farm owners were cooperating.

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Critics blast legislators over surprise sports measure

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Critics are blasting legislators after the state’s budget committee passed a surprise motion last week that would allow private, home-schooled and online charter students to participate in public school district athletics and activities.

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee passed a motion early Wednesday morning that included the plan. The plan wasn’t addressed in the meeting.

“For that to be done in a sneaky, behind the scenes fashion and passed at 1:30 in the morning without any discussion … that’s a problem,” said Larry Kaseman, executive director of the Wisconsin Parents Association.

While non-public school students in some cities are currently involved in activities or co-op sports teams, the provision would extend the opportunity to students across the state to be involved in their resident district’s public school activities and athletics. Students enrolled in charter and private schools wouldn’t be able to join a public school sports team if their school offers the sport. Students involved in the public school programs and activities would be subject to the same academic and disciplinary standards.

But the additions in the proposal went a step too far, Kaseman said. Kaseman, head of the home-schooling advocacy group, said Rep. Bob Kulp, R-Stratford, reached out to the association in February to gauge their support for the measure. Kaseman sent a reply letter to Kulp in February that said the association opposed the measure because it could lead to increased government regulation of home-schooled students.

“We are opposed to this and have been for the past 15 years,” Kaseman said. “Most home-schoolers in the state don’t want this.”

Kulp didn’t respond to a request for comment Friday.

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Man dies after being trapped in fiery truck in Racine County

KANSASVILLE, Wis. (AP) - A man has died after he became trapped in a fiery pickup truck in Racine County.

Authorities say the incident happened after a crash Sunday on state Highway 75 in the Town of Kansasville. The driver of a sport utility vehicle had fallen asleep and drifted into the lane of a pickup truck that was pulling a trailer.

The driver of the pickup truck was forced into a ditch and became trapped before his vehicle caught fire.

The Racine County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrived to find the truck engulfed in flames.

Authorities say the crash is being investigated and it’s unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor.

The name of the victim hasn’t been released.

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Authorities search Wisconsin River for Chicago man, 21

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (AP) - Authorities in Columbia County are using sonar to try to find the body of a 21-year-old Chicago man who disappeared in the Wisconsin River near Wisconsin Dells.

Authorities say the man went under water at about 7:15 p.m. Saturday while swimming to shore. He did not resurface.

Divers from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office worked until midnight to find the man. Search efforts resumed Sunday morning.

The incident happened in the Lower Dells, a few hundred yards south of the dam. Authorities say the man was fishing on a rock island area and appeared to get caught in a current as he was swimming back to shore. Family members and witnesses tried to rescue him but couldn’t.

The victim’s name is not being released at this time.

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