Fire Bans Declared In Several SW Wis Counties
Fireworks and firecrackers will be everywhere around the U-S this week...except maybe in places where the risk of wildfires is high.
About half the counties in Wisconsin are considered very dry by the DNR, and Crawford and Richland Counties have been placed under an emergency burning order until further notice. Catherine Koele from the DNR says several factors were used to decide where bans on campfires and outdoor smoking would go. Cities that have holiday fireworks planned can still have those displays, even if they're within the restricted zone.
Blast At Campground In Houston County Injures Kids
Somebody poured the wrong kind of thing on a campfire in Houston County over the weekend, and four young people had to be hospitalized with burns as a result.
A four-year-old girl was sent to a St. Paul hospital, while three other young people were taken to La Crosse for treatment. A man also was injured. An adult in a camping group poured an accelerant on the fire, and an 'explosion' followed, according to investigators. It happened late Friday night at the Money Creek Haven campground near Houston.
Arrest Made In 2 Year Old Monroe County Crash Death
The Monroe County Sheriff's Department has made an arrest in a two year old vehicular homicide case. At the time of the accident, in 2009, it couldn't be determined who the driver of the car was. A combination of DNA evidence, and witnesses in the investigation allowed detectives to make an arrest. Until today. 26 year old Jason Schodeberg was arrested for killing his brother in a car crash in July of '09. He is being held in the Monroe County Jail pending a bond hearing on Monday.
The accident occurred in front of a residence on Highway 33 in Cashton. Detectives were able to establish that Schodeberg was the driver of the vehicle that killed his brother, Glenn , who was 30 at the time of the crash. They say alcohol was involved. Schodeberg was arrested with a charge of Homicide by Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
3 Heroin Overdoses In 3 Days In Lax...One Person Dead
La Crosse police are investigating three heroin overdoses this week. One of them was fatal.
An unidentified person was found dead on Thursday, and police found evidence that heroin had been used. On Wednesday, a 19-year-old woman was revived after passing out in a room at a hotel near Rose Street. And today, at another north-side hotel, first responders saved the life of a 46-year-old man who also was unconscious, apparently after taking heroin. The police department says an 'extremely potent' supply of heroin may have been brought to the La Crosse area, and it's asking citizens for help in tracking down who's been distributing the drug.
Weak Job Growth Leads to Call for Special Legislative Session
Wisconsin certainly did have job growth last year. It was just pretty anemic. That's the evaluation of the feds this week in revised job totals. Real numbers on job growth show the state adding 20 thousand jobs last year. One of the worst rates in the nation. High time for governor Walker to call a special jobs session for the legislature, says Onalaska state rep, Steve Doyle.
Initial estimates had pegged Wisconsin with thirty thousand jobs losses until the feds revised those estimates sharply upward.