WISCONSIN RECEIVER-THE LATEST
The Latest: Judge orders trial for Wisconsin’s Cephus
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge has ordered Wisconsin receiver Quintez Cephus to stand trial on charges that he sexually assaulted two drunken women this spring.
Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky on Tuesday rejected a motion from his attorneys to dismiss one of the counts alleging that the women weren’t as impaired as investigators say. She later ordered him to stand trial after testimony at a preliminary hearing from a police detective who interviewed one of the alleged victims.
Prosecutors charged Cephus in August with second- and third-degree sexual assault, which are both felonies. The second-degree charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. According to a criminal complaint, Cephus sexually assaulted two drunken women at once in the bedroom of his apartment in April.
Cephus has denied any wrongdoing. He appeared in court Tuesday but did not testify.
FATAL APARTMENT FIRE
Toddler rescued from Menasha fire has died
(Information from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.com)
MENASHA, Wis. (AP) — A toddler rescued from an apartment fire last week in Menasha has died.
Fire officials say the 18-month-old boy died Monday night at Children’s Hospital in suburban Milwaukee. WLUK-TV reports about a dozen people were inside the apartment building at the time of the fire last Thursday. Four people, including the toddler, were pulled out of the building by firefighters.
Officials say an older child playing with a cigarette lighter started the fire.
Fatal shooting of man, daughter investigated as homicides
(Information from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.com)
MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Manitowoc police say the deaths of a father and daughter are being investigated as a double homicide.
Fifty-one-year-old Richard Miller and his 19-year-old daughter, Jocelyn Miller, were found fatally shot in a home on Sunday.
WLUK-TV reports police have not announced any arrests, but say they don’t believe the public is in danger.
VILLAGE EVACUATION-GAS LEAK
Residents allowed home after gas leak in Wisconsin village
BOYD, Wis. (AP) — Residents are being allowed home after a gas leak prompted the evacuation of a village in Chippewa County.
Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk (koh-WAHL’-zik) says a 4-inch gas main was broken in Boyd, triggering the evacuation. The village has a population of about 550.
The Stanley Police Department posted on Facebook late Tuesday morning that the gas leak has been contained and that residents may return to their homes.
Students in Boyd were being taken to Stanley Elementary School where they were to be picked up by their parents. We Energies is on the scene.
The Latest: New Walker ad touts $5,000 college credit
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s launching a new television ad to promote his proposal to give college graduates who remain in Wisconsin $5,000 over five years.
The ad released Tuesday features Walker talking to students in a classroom, where he touts his plan to continue a University of Wisconsin System tuition freeze for four more years.
His new initiative calls for making $1,000 available to UW or technical school graduates who remain and work in the state. It would be available for up to five years.
Walker says it would be an incentive for Wisconsin college graduates to remain in the state.
The incentive would be available both to students who graduate with student loan debt or those who have none.
ENBRIDGE ENERGY-LINE 3
Minnesota regulators postpone Line 3 meeting after protests
(Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com)
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators have postponed a meeting on Enbridge Energy’s planned Line 3 replacement after protesters disrupted the meeting.
Protests erupted Tuesday as the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission met to discuss whether Enbridge met conditions earlier imposed by the panel.
The PUC approved the project in June, giving Enbridge a green light to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across Minnesota.
The Star Tribune reports the protests prompted PUC Chairwoman Nancy Lange to recess the meeting and eventually cancel it.
Enbridge says the conditions are intended to protect Minnesotans and that the protests “crossed the line.”
Line 3 runs from Alberta, Canada, across North Dakota and Minnesota to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. Native American and environmental activists contend the new line risks spills in fragile areas.
Wisconsin receiver due in court for hearing in assault case
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge is set to decide whether to bind Wisconsin receiver Quintez Cephus over for trial in a sexual assault case.
Prosecutors charged Cephus in August with second- and third-degree sexual assault. According to a criminal complaint, Cephus sexually assaulted two drunken women in his Madison apartment in April.
Cephus’ attorneys are seeking to dismiss the case, alleging the women weren’t drunk.
Cephus is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing, during which a judge is expected to decide whether the case is strong enough to proceed to trial.
Court records show Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky will preside. She has been a fierce advocate for crime victims, serving as the state Department of Justice’s crime victim services office director before she got on the bench.
Wisconsin Red Cross volunteers head for Carolinas
(Information from: WTMJ-TV, http://www.todaystmj4.com)
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Volunteers from the Wisconsin American Red Cross are headed to the Carolinas to help with preparation for Hurricane Florence and recovery from its aftermath.
So far, 13 people in Wisconsin have answered the chapter’s call for volunteers. Wisconsin regional CEO Patty Flowers tells WTMJ-TV the volunteers will begin to depart from Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee beginning Tuesday. Flowers says they will be tasked with setting up shelters for those moving to safer territory.
Following the hurricanes and flooding in 2017, more than 350 volunteers from Wisconsin traveled to help. Flowers expects the same to be true this year if Florence continues on its current path.