The Latest On A Courthouse Shooting In Minnesota
(AP) A courthouse shooting in northern Minnesota that left two men injured has prompted other courthouses in the state to beef up their security. Anoka County is spending $50,000 to install bulletproof glass in offices where prosecutors and others work. Ramsey County now has armed deputies guarding offices. A Minneapolis Star Tribune report says in several cases, the safety upgrades were already in the works but sped up following the December shootings. In Washington County, the county attorney's office is considering safety upgrades that could include bulletproof glass in reception areas. Officials acknowledge that tight budgets can be a problem, but they say safety is a priority. The say there's always an element of risk when dealing with unstable people whose court cases don't go the way they hope.
Bomb Threat Closes Brown County Airport
(AP) The Austin Straubel International Airport was evacuated for about an hour and operations were disrupted for even longer while authorities investigated a bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax. Airport director Tom Miller says the FBI and Brown County Sheriff's Department are trying to figure out who made the threat.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that someone used a cell phone to call 911 shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday to say a bomb would go off at the airport at 7 p.m. Officials from several agencies began investigating. By 6:30 p.m. the airport was closed and evacuated. No outbound flights were scheduled at that time, but United Airlines canceled an inbound flight from Chicago that was to arrive at 7:05 p.m. The airport reopened at 7:30 p.m.
Grimm Review Anything But From Former Instructor
If you haven't yet heard UWL graduate Reed Grimm on American Idol, you're missing a show
Grimm's brought plenty of new eyes to the show, especially among his former instructors at UWL
Karyn Quinn's a senior Lecturer in the music department. She's also from Grimm's hometown and recruited him to come to UWL, where he was a featured talent for various groups at the school. Grimm also performed locally in the groups Three Beers til Dubuque and Shoeless Revolution.
Watchdog Group Finds Similarities With Scandals Past and Present
Not that long ago, the state capitol in Madison was tossed into turmoil after the so-called caucus scandal. Then, it was legislative staffers doing campaign work on state time. Eerily similar, says Jay Heck with Wisconsin Common Cause, to the scandal that's erupted with several of governor Walker's former aides getting charged with various crimes
Heck says, for the governor to remove any suspicion that he's hiding something regarding his former staffers, Walker needs to come clean about everything during an upcoming meeting with the Milwaukee county DA.
Stranger Helps Himself to Beer
There's making yourself at home and then there's what Thomas Sullivan did this week-end. La Crosse police say a guy on the southside found Sullivan sitting on his couch at about bartime Saturday morning. Guy doesn't know Sullivan, but there he was. Sitting. Laughing. Drinking a beer from the fridge. And then Sullivan gut surly with cops when they showed up. They said the highly inebriated 42 year-old acted as if he'd done nothing wrong. He faces a couple of charges. Including one for resisting arrest.