Bond Set For Sparta Man Shot By Police
A Sparta man who was shot by police after pointing a rifle at them last month, was in a Monroe County courtroom today. Bond in the amount of $2500 was set for 19 year old Jacob Olsen. Olsen was shot twice by Sparta Police Sgt. Booker Ferguson January 19th after ignoring several commands to drop the rifle. Olsen was taken to a hospital in Sparta, but was later transferred to Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse for treatment of gunshots wounds to the chest and abdomen. Olsen was released from the hospital last Friday, and was booked into the Monroe County Jail on possible charges of pointing a gun at an officer and second degree recklessly endangering safety. More charges are pending a review of a Department of Justice investigation. Olsen was scheduled to appear in court again next week.
Want Some Packer Stock Eh!
(AP) Canadians who want to buy a share of Green Bay Packers stock will now get their chance. The team said Monday it has cleared Canadian regulatory requirements and is now selling shares north of the border. Each share costs $250. In the U.S., there's also a $25 handling fee. In Canada, the charge is $35. The team had offered 280,000 shares for sale. It says it had 17,000 left as of Feb. 14, and the sale will end Feb. 29 unless the team sells out first. The money is being used to fund stadium expansion. The shares pay no dividends and have virtually no re-sale value. But they do come with a piece of paper declaring holders a team owner and conferring the right to attend the annual stockholder meeting.
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.
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.
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.