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3 arrested in drug investigation

Three individuals were arrested on Wednesday as part of a multi-jurisdictional marijuana trafficking investigation, which has been ongoing for the last several months, according to a report. The Waupaca Sheriff’s Department SWAT team and investigators executed search warrants at two residences in the rural Clintonville area, police say. As a result of the warrants, Allan J Shubert, 53, Lynn M. Koszuta, 47, and Thomas C. Blodig, 51, were arrested and booked in the Waupaca County Jail with pending charges. The residences on Behnke Road resulted in the recovery of more than 56 pounds of harvested marijuana buds. Additional stalks of recently harvested plants were found, along with computers, digital media, cellular telephones, drug paraphernalia and related documents, police say. Tentative charges could include manufacturing/delivery THC, possession with intent to deliver THC, possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintain drug trafficking place.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:26:58 GMT

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Chemical spill sends dozens of Mauston students to hospital

Dozens of students at a Mauston middle school were taken to the hospital after a reported chemical spill Friday morning. Mauston fire Chief Kim Hale said a pool hose came off at Gordon Olson Middle School causing a chemical to leak at about 10:30 a.m. In a combined statement received Friday afternoon from the Mauston School District, police and fire departments, officials called the incident a chemical pool system failure. Officials also said parents of the students who were transported to Hess Memorial Hospital for evaluation were notified immediately by phone. Approximately 40 students were taken to the hospital as a precaution, Hale said. Gordon Olson Middle School said the school was evacuated and students and staff were taken the Mauston High School gym. Hale said shortly after noon that the leak was contained. The middle school said in an advisory online that parents of the children taken to the hospital will be notified by the school nurse. The remaining students were safe at the high school and will be transported home at the end of the regular school day, GOMS said in a statement. Hale said the middle school will stay empty for the rest of Friday and be ventilated.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:34:42 GMT

Janesville man charged with 11th OWI

Janesville police said a  48-year-old Janesville man is facing his 11th charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he was pulled over near downtown Janesville early Friday morning. Janesville police Chief David Moore said while the number of offenses is shocking, this is not an isolated incident. "We see more than our fair share of OWI offenses in Wisconsin. We are known for our alcohol consumption and also well known for our driving while under the influence. It's really a culture issue with this state and it's something we need to change," said Moore. Police said Bradley Skelly was pulled over by an officer for speeding near the corner of West Court Street and Center Avenue just after 12:30 a.m. Friday. The officer reported he was driving 45 to 50 mph in a 30-mph zone. The officer stopped the car and immediately noticed Skelly had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, along with bloodshot eyes, according to police. Police said Skelly failed field sobriety tests and was arrested. Skelly was driving with his 14-year-old son at the time of his arrest. According to a criminal complaint, Skelly told police he had just come from picking up his son at his ex-wife's house before being pulled over. This is the seventh time Skelly has been arrested for an OWI with a passenger under the age of 16 in his car. Skelly spent five years in prison and his licenses were revoked for three years after his last OWI conviction, in 2004. Despite his 10 previous arrests, police said Skelly had a valid Wisconsin license. It's because of cases like this that the Janesville Police Department implemented Project Sober Streets, three years ago. The Internet program available on their website maps out repeat drunken driving offenders to bring awareness to the community. "There's also a public shaming issue to it as well. The science on this shows OWI, this is one of the few offenses where public shaming really is effective," said Moore. Skelly now faces a minimum of eight years in prison; he is being held on a $10,000 cash bond. However, Moore fears if he is released he could endanger the community. "From today until that court hearing or that conviction, we have little assurance of safety to the community. Persons of means can many times make bail but they are still a threat to the community," he said. Skelly was also cited for having no insurance. He is scheduled to be back in court on Friday, Nov. 14.

Published: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 03:10:31 GMT

Teen wins $4M on lotto tickets given as birthday gift

A Chicago teen really hit the jackpot, winning $4 million on lottery tickets she received as a birthday gift. Deisi Ocampo told WMAQ she received two $100 Million Money Mania instant tickets for her 19th birthday from her father. "It turned out to be the best birthday present ever," she told Illinois Lottery officials Ocampo scratched off the tickets on her way to work and couldn't believe what she saw. "I started sweating. I couldn’t believe it was possible," she told WMAQ. "I worked the whole day without saying a word to anyone." The teen's parents didn't believe her at first either. Ocampo, who works at a clothing store while attending college, said she plans to use the money to help pay for school and buy her family a new house.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:02:51 GMT

Brittany Maynard: Waiting for 'right time' to die

Brittany Maynard says she hasn't decided yet when she'll end her life, but it's a decision she's still determined to make. "I still feel good enough and I still have enough joy and I still laugh and smile with my family and friends enough that it doesn't seem like the right time right now," Maynard says in a video released to CNN on Wednesday. "But it will come, because I feel myself getting sicker. It's happening each week." Maynard says she has stage IV glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of terminal brain cancer. In April, she says, doctors gave her six months to live. The 29-year-old Oregon woman's story spread rapidly on social media after she revealed her plans to take medication to end her life. A video explaining her choice has garnered more than 8.8 million views on YouTube. And she's become a prominent spokeswoman for the "death with dignity" movement, which advocates that terminally ill patients be allowed to receive medication that will let them die on their own terms. She's also become a lightning rod for criticism from people who oppose that approach. In her latest statement, a nearly six-minute video produced and released by end-of-life choice advocacy group Compassion & Choices, Maynard acknowledges that some have been skeptical about her story. "When people criticize me for not waiting longer, or, you know, whatever they've decided is best for me, it hurts," she says, "because really, I risk it every day, every day that I wake up." Compassion & Choices spokesman Sean Crowley declined CNN's request to speak with Maynard's doctors, saying they "prefer to remain anonymous for now because opponents of death with dignity sometimes harass doctors who write aid-in-dying prescriptions." Maynard says her health has been getting worse. She describes a recent "terrifying" day when she had two seizures and found herself unable to say her husband's name. "I think sometimes people look at me and they think. 'Well you don't look as sick as you say you are,' which hurts to hear, because when I'm having a seizure and I can't speak afterwards, I certainly feel as sick as I am," she says, her voice cracking as she tears up. When she first started speaking out about her decision, Maynard said she planned to take the medication she'd been prescribed in early November. In her latest video, she says she's still waiting to see how her symptoms progress before deciding on a date. But taking too long to make that choice is now one of her greatest fears, Maynard says in the video. "The worst thing that could happen to me is that I wait too long because I'm trying to seize each day," she says, "but I somehow have my autonomy taken away from me by my disease because of the nature of my cancer." National campaign Compassion & Choices says the latest video, which was recorded on Oct. 13 and 14, is part of a campaign "to expand access to death with dignity in California and other states nationwide." Maynard was living in California when doctors diagnosed her with brain cancer. "We had to uproot from California to Oregon, because Oregon is one of only five states where death with dignity is authorized," she said in an opinion column she wrote for CNN earlier this month. Oregon, Washington and Vermont have "death with dignity" laws that allow terminally ill, mentally competent residents to voluntarily request and receive prescription drugs to hasten their death. Judicial decisions in Montana and New Mexico authorize doctors to prescribe fatal drug doses in such circumstances, although the rulings haven't become state law. Now, changing that has become part of Maynard's mission. "My goal, of course, is to influence this policy for positive change. And I would like to see all Americans have access to the same health care rights," she says in her latest video. But she says she's also focused on simpler goals. "They mostly do boil down to my family and friends and making sure they all know how important they are to me and how much I love them," she says. Family supports her decision The video also includes statements from Maynard's family. Her mother, Debbie Ziegler, says she supports her daughter. "It's not my job to tell her how to live, and it's not my job to tell her how to die," she says. "It's my job to love her through it." Her husband, Dan Diaz, says they're taking things day by day. "That's the only way to get through this. You take away all of the material stuff, all the nonsense that we all seem to latch onto as a society," he says, "and you realize that those moments are really what matter." Last week, Maynard visited the Grand Canyon -- a trip she described as the last item on her bucket list. Photos on her website showed her and her husband standing on the edge of the canyon, hugging and kissing. In the video, Maynard says she's hoping her mother and husband will be able to bounce back after her death. "I understand everyone needs to grieve, but I want him to be happy, so I want him to have a family," she says. "And I know that might sound weird, but there's no part of me that wants him to live out the rest of his life just missing his wife, so I hope he moves on and becomes a father." Debate over 'death with dignity' The so-called "death with dignity" movement is opposed by many religious and right-to-life groups, which consider it assisted suicide. And Maynard's decision has drawn criticism from some religious leaders. "We believe she's made in the image of God, we believe that God determined when she would be born and God should determine when she's going to die," Dave Watson, pastor of Calvary Chapel of Staten Island, told CNN's Brooke Baldwin earlier this month. "I certainly sympathize. And when I read the story, I prayed for the woman and her family. I can't imagine the agony for a decision like this. But I don't think that necessarily we're saying the right things about death." What if Maynard had showed a gun in her video, instead of a pill bottle, he asked. Philip Johnson, a Catholic seminarian who says he was also diagnosed with incurable brain cancer, criticized Maynard's choice. "A diagnosis of terminal cancer uproots one's whole life, and the decision to pursue physician-assisted suicide seeks to grasp at an ounce of control in the midst of turmoil," he wrote in a column posted on the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh's website. "It is an understandable temptation to take this course of action, but that is all that it is -- a temptation to avoid an important reality of life." But polls have shown that most Americans support having a say in how they die, especially if the process is described not as doctors helping a patient "commit suicide" but as ending a patient's life "by some painless means." "I think there is something of a movement here," Arthur Caplan, professor of bioethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center, told CNN's Don Lemon earlier this month. "When you push Americans to say, 'Do you want choice on this matter?' I think a lot of them are going to say yes." Caplan said Maynard's first video speaking out about her decision raised some concerns. "I wouldn't want her to feel pressure that she had to do it because she just told us all she was going to," he said. Maynard has stressed that she isn't suicidal. "If all my dreams came true, I would somehow survive this," she says in her latest video, "but most likely, I won't."

Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:12:01 GMT

Multiple people hospitalized after south side crash

Madison police say more than three people were sent to the hospital after a crash on the city's south side. A call came in at 8:14 p.m. Friday for an accident at South Park Street and Buick Street. Police are still investigating the crash, but say possibly five or six people were involved.  They are still in the process of interviewing those people. No one has life-threatening injuries.

Published: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 02:55:15 GMT

Woman leaves crash scene, cited

An Albany woman was arrested after she left a crash scene and deputies found open intoxicants in her vehicle, according to a release from the Green County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were called to State Highway 59 near County Road SS in the town of Sylvester at 2:50 a.m. for a report of a crash. Investigators said Shaliko F. Keepers, 28, was traveling east on Highway 59 when she lost control of her vehicle while negotiating a curve, causing it to hit an embankment and overturn. Keepers left the scene without reporting the crash and was later found at a residence, according to deputies. She was injured and claimed she was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Keepers was cited on suspicion of failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle, failure to report a crash to law enforcement and having open intoxicants in a motor vehicle. Deputies said Charis C. A. Turner, 38, of Albany, gave Keepers a ride from the crash without reporting the crash. He was cited on suspicion of knowingly assisting a person fleeing from a crash.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:30:10 GMT

Walker lifts restrictions on petro trucks

Gov. Scott Walker has lifted hour restrictions on trucks carrying petroleum to compensate for a pipeline shutdown. The Badger Pipeline runs from Illinois to Wisconsin. Walker's office says the pipeline was shut down for a safety inspection on Wednesday after a contractor's equipment came into contact with the pipeline. His office didn't offer any further details, referring questions to the state Department of Administration. A DOA spokeswoman didn't immediately return an email Friday. Walker's office says no leaks have been detected and the pipeline is expected to be back online within a few days. However, it could take as long as 10 days for supply to return to normal in southern Wisconsin. Walker declared an energy emergency Friday. He lifted hour restrictions on petroleum transportation as part of the declaration.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:06:37 GMT

Walker and Burke hitting all parts of the state in final four days before election

The candidates for governor are hitting all parts of the state, including Central Wisconsin, on a final four-day blitz. Democrat Mary Burke started the morning at Lane’s Bakery in Madison. She addressed the recent attacks about her time at Trek, ones saying she was fired from her job there. She continues to call them false, and even started an ad going after the story’s source. Burke is not concerned that these allegations came out so close to the election. She hopes it helps voters learn something else about her. “I would hope with regard to me that they will understand that I am up for this job. I can take anything that is thrown at me,” said Burke. Gov. Scott Walker continued down his own trail Friday, touring Wausau Supply in Schofield with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. “Defending every incumbent is important, but the fact is that there are some states where the Washington special interests are trying to make an example of people,” said Christie. However, Walker is more focused in the final days with manufacturers, and leading voters with his well-worn message. “We’re talking about how much better things are than they were four years ago, how much better they’ll be in the next four years. We’re ending up on a positive, optimistic message,” said Walker. Both candidates have at least four stops a day scheduled from Saturday until Tuesday.

Published: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 03:02:47 GMT

Man gets 40 years in prison in deputy wounding

A 28-year-old man convicted of shooting and wounding a Taylor County sheriff's deputy last year has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. WSAW-TV reports Alexander Schneider will be on 20 years extended supervision after he's released from prison. Investigators say Schneider shot Deputy Chad Kowalczyk in the stomach Sept. 8, 2013. Kowalczyk had gone to Schneider's home to investigate a woman's complaint that Schneider had sent her at least 16 text messages that day, in violation of a restraining order. The deputy was released from the hospital about a week after he was shot. Court documents say Schneider admitted he was under the influence of synthetic marijuana at the time and was feeling suicidal.

Published: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:34:59 GMT

Dane County board members taking advice from 911 center in South Carolina

As the Dane County Board of Supervisors prepares to take a vote next week to change how the 911 Center should be governed, its political peers in Charleston County, South Carolina are offering caution. The Charleston County 911 Consolidated Dispatch Center struggled with slow call answer times and dispatching emergency crews before making dramatic changes to meet national standards over the last two years. News 3 traveled there in search of solutions to the similar problems recently uncovered at the Dane County 911 Center, which has not been close to performing at national standard levels in recent years. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi calls the current 911 Center Board, comprised of EMS directors, fire chiefs and police chiefs, "clunky" in responding to change. He has asked the county board to shift its responsibilities for policies and procedures at the 911 Center to the county. Charleston County, which is roughly the same population and fields roughly the same number of 911 calls as Dane County, is currently governed by a board of emergency responders with county officials providing the funding. "Although (the County) Council controls the budget, we want these people's input because they do the day-to-day operations," said Teddie Pryor, Sr., the president of the Charleston County Council. "You have to remember it's about the people. It's not about the politicians. It's not about the directors. It's about the people and saving lives.” "If you ask me about politics, I'll be able to give you a greater answer, better than someone who's an EMS director or someone who's a fire chief, but when it comes to saving lives, you got to go to the first responders and those people who know best,” said Pryor. Charleston County 911 Director Jim Lake said he initially was skeptical about having "customers" in the form of first responders in addition to serving the public and the politicians. However, he said it's "been a lot easier than I would have anticipated." The Charleston County officials say the makeup of the 911 Board has broken down walls that once existed between the county sheriff, local police departments and various fire departments in their community. Further, it's encouraged conversations with the politicians about needs in the community. "It's two completely different approaches--with the first responders and the politicians," said Charleston Asst. Fire Chief Mark Smith. "It's quality of service and a lot of times, it's looking at the bottom dollar. The bottom dollar and quality of service do not always go well together. Police, fire and EMS do not make money. We're a burden on the tax system but we still have to provide the best service that we can. Ultimately, the fire chiefs, the police chiefs, the EMS directors, they know what is best for the citizens. They just have to be given the latitude to do that." The ordinance to change the governing of the Dane County 911 Center was passed by a county committee earlier this week.

Published: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:07:12 GMT

Farm accident kills 1 in SE Wisconsin

High winds are blamed for a fatal farming accident in southeastern Wisconsin. The Racine County sheriff's office was called to the Town of Yorkville just after 2 p.m. Friday. Officers found that a 51-foot grain auger blew over because of high winds and fatally injured a 64-year-old property owner. The victim's name was not immediately released.

Published: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:02:00 GMT

WIS 73 reconstruction complete in Dane County

A nine-mile stretch of WIS 73 in southeastern Dane County is open after seven months of construction, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Southwest Region. Work began in mid-April on the $10.4 million project, which extended from Interstate 39/90 north to US 12/18 near Cambridge and Deerfield. WIS 73 was closed to through traffic in this work zone as construction crews improved roadway deficiencies including poor pavement conditions, drainage issues, substandard sight distances, and intersection safety along WIS 73. Some final work will take place next week with minor traffic impacts.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:23:33 GMT

Verona Road construction shifting overnight

Verona Road (US 18/151) southbound traffic, between the Beltline and Raymond Road, will be shifted to the new southbound roadway Friday overnight, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Two lanes of traffic will still remain open in each direction. Verona Road frontage road traffic movements will also change with this shift. Only right turns in and right turns out will be allowed at the Verona Road and Atticus Way/Summit Road intersection. No left turns will be permitted at this intersection. Vehicles that need to cross Verona Road or turn left from Atticus Way/Summit Road onto Verona Road must travel underneath Verona Road through the roundabout to the other side of the roadway. You can find a full list of construction time details on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:59:00 GMT

Milwaukee game-maker helps creator of Operation afford surgery

The creator of the board game Operation can't afford an operation of his own. But John Spinello, of Bloomingdale, Illinois, is finding out how much people love the 50-year-old game after friends raised beyond their expectations in an online campaign. Spinello invented the buzzing game as a college student and sold the concept for $500 to a toy invention firm. The game was later licensed to Milton Bradley. But Spinello never got any royalties from the game or merchandise. Now he can't afford the $25,000 for oral surgery. Peggy Brown, a game-maker from Milwaukee, and another friend started raised more than $30,000 online since Oct. 22 and about $15,000 through signed games. Brown says she also hopes the campaign gets Spinello some recognition for his work.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:57:21 GMT

What's going on this weekend?

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are some highlights from Madison Magazine's Weekend 608. Friday, October 31:   Fridays mark our Freebie Friday Facebook giveaways. Like us on Facebook for a chance to win great prizes every Friday!Have a penchant for storytelling? Or just love hearing others’ wild tales? Head to Johnson Public House on East Johnson Street for this month’s Story Slam. The theme this month is (appropriately) “fear,” and there will be a costume contest. johnsonpublichouse.com   ·         It’s a Freakin Halloweekend at the High Noon Saloon! Bands covering such famed acts as Blink 182, New Pornographers, ZZ Top and Garbage perform Friday and Saturday, with a costume contest at 11 p.m. October 31–November 1, high-noon.com ·         Wisconsin natives Horseshoes and Hand Grenades offer up some seriously folky music at the Majestic Theatre. Costumes are highly encouraged for this alternative Halloween festivity. majesticmadison.com ·         The classic tale of Drakula comes to life in the annual production by StageWorks Projects and Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts. This spooky performance is woven together with ballet, drama and storytelling at the historic Stoughton Opera House. Through November 1, stoughtonperformingarts.com Saturday, November 1: ·         Celebrate Halloween, music style, with three of Madison’s best bands at the Harmony’s Night of the Dead party! Enjoy tunes from the Grasshoppers, People Brothers Band and the Material Boys and rock your best Halloween getup for the costume contest. harmonybarandgrill.com ·         Don’t get too lost in Halloween shenanigans to celebrate this traditional autumn holiday! Come to the Day of the Dead Costume Party at Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace’s for good food and spooky revelry. Come dressed up and receive free chips and salsa. textubbstacos.com ·         Mmmmm… bacon. The premier Madison Bacon Festival at Alliant Energy Center showcases everything good about the not-just-breakfast mainstay, including demonstrations, dishes, lectures and the crowning of a bacon queen. There’s even a bacon-eating competition for those who can’t get  enough of the sizzling stuff. blueribbonbaconfestival.com ·         Celebrate thirty years of downward dogs and sun salutations at the Mound Street Yoga Center’s 30th Birthday Party. The event celebrates one of the nation’s oldest yoga studios with live jazz, cake, prizes and storytelling. moundstreetyoga.com ·         The annual black-tie Arts Ball celebrates the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Madison Symphony Orchestra with a sophisticated evening of dancing, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and live and silent auctions. mmoca.org ·         One of the most famed events of the year, Freakfest returns to the streets of Madison for a night of wild Halloween fun. This year’s headliners Atmosphere and American Authors promise a great time. madfreakfest.com ·         Prefer to celebrate Halloween over a pint of local craft beer? Hop Head Beer Tours has you covered with "A Terrifying Tour," a bus tour that includes stops at Tyranena Brewing, Screamin' Acres Haunted House and Viking Brewpub in Stoughton. Pick-up and drop-off at the Alchemy. hopheadbeertours.com ·         Music festival staples Gov’t Mule head to the Orpheum to show off their psychedelic blues-rock. This jam band recently released double album Shout!, which features the likes of Elvis Costello and Dave Matthews for a consistently exploratory sound.  majesticmadison.com ·         Madison’s #1 retro dance party 80s Vs 90s Halloween Costume Ball is back for another year. Don your most fabulous get up and get ready to groove at the Majestic Theater. majesticmadison.com ·         Some outfits are too fantastic to take off. Let your kids keep their costumes on all weekend at Madison Children’s Museum’s Beakers and Broomsticks Weekend. November 1–2. madisonchildrensmuseum.org Sunday, November 2: ·         REAP Food Group’s tenth annual Pie Palooza bills itself as a “local food brunch for local folks.” A long list of local restaurants and bakeries will curate a long buffet of both sweet and savory pies, tarts, quiches and other goodies, served up along with salad and beverages. reapfoodgroup.org ·         Singer, composer and actor Lyle Lovett is about as creative as they get. The Texas-based Renaissance man has released fourteen albums over his career and performs with his acoustic group at the Overture Center. overturecenter.org There's more of Weekend 608 at MadisonMagazine.com. For a complete list of local events for every day of the week, check out the Channel3000.com Events page.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:44:45 GMT

Madison Children's Museum asks for donations

Madison Children's Museum is warning parents this week that without support, it will no longer be able to meet the needs of the community. Directors said in a letter to families it is "extremely concerned" for its future, citing an ability to adequately address repairs because of $2.3 million in construction debt. "We felt that people needed to know the reality of it, that it is a choice every day, what we spent our resources on," said executive director Debbie Gilpin. Gilpin pointed to roofing issues and a need to resurface floors, both projects the museum can't set money aside for because of its construction loan. Expanding new exhibits is another hurdle, she said. "We want to do more, and that's something we can't do without more funds," Gilpin said. Now, the museum is asking for help from the community to pay off its debt and save on another four years of accruing hundreds of thousands in interest - more than $600,000, according to Gilpin. "We have to stabilize," she said. "We have to stabilize the situation so we can move forward." Through the Keystone Campaign, a project launched to help further this goal, the museum raised $1.3 million but is looking for another $1 million before the end of the year. Despite the strongly-worded letter, Gilpin says the museum is still operating at 98 percent functionality. The deadline to donate is Dec. 31. You can do so at <https://10059.thankyou4caring.org/justonechance>.

Published: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:13:04 GMT

Charge dropped against woman in arrest video

A judge has dismissed a charge against a woman whose arrest was captured on police dash cam video in Superior. WDIO-TV reports at a hearing Friday, Judge Kelly Thimm approved a motion to dismiss a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge against Natasha Lancour. Prosecutors had originally charged Lancour with felony battery of an officer but later downgraded the charge. Lancour alleged the police officer used excessive force in arresting her in January. Last week, a special prosecutor announced that Officer George Gothner would not face criminal charges in the arrest. Gothner remains on administrative duty while the Superior Police Department considers disciplinary action.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:54:26 GMT

Wisconsin basketball player joins lawsuit against NCAA

A Wisconsin basketball player has reportedly joined a lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association. CBS Sports reports sophomore Nigel Hayes is named a plaintiff in a lawsuit that seeks a free market to pay college athletes. Three plaintiffs left the lawsuit. Those were athletes whose eligibility had ended recently. Hayes joins Anfornee Stewart, a Middle Tennessee football player, and Martin Jenkins, a Clemson football player. Jenkins' name is on the lawsuit. CBS Sports says the Jenkins plaintiffs are suing the NCAA and five major conferences to allow a free market. The plaintiffs want to end NCAA rules that stop athletes from getting benefits in those leagues. The suit also wants to stop the NCAA and the conferences from creating rules that prevent schools from negotiating remuneration with athletes. The Jenkins plaintiffs are scheduled to file their first motion for class certification next week.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:42:31 GMT