Hunter finds Wisconsin fugitive hiding in makeshift bunker
RINGLE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin fugitive is in custody after a hunter discovered him hiding in a makeshift bunker in the woods.
WSAW-TV reports that Thomas Nelson of Wausau noticed a bunker carved into an embankment on state land in the township of Ringle west of Wausau several months ago. He returned to the bunker on Friday to see who was inside. He entered the bunker and discovered Jeremiah Button, who disappeared in 2016 just weeks before he was to stand trial on child sexual assault and child pornography charges.
Nelson called police and led them to the bunker. A short standoff ensued before Button surrendered. Martahon County Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Stefonek said Button used solar panels and a pedal-powered generator to power lights, radios and fans inside the bunker.
Buttons’ attorneys didn’t immediately return phone messages left Wednesday.
Foxconn leaders, Wisconsin officials meet; details unclear
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group executives are in Wisconsin meeting with government officials.
State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos tweeted Wednesday that he and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald met with the Taiwanese electronics giant’s chairman, Young Liu, Vice Chairman Jay Lee and U.S. strategist Alan Yeung. Vos said they got an update on company plans. He didn’t elaborate.
Foxconn spokeswoman Myranda Tanck issued a statement saying only that Liu is meeting with Gov. Tony Evers and state and local officials.
Evers’ spokeswoman, Melissa Baldauff, confirmed the governor met separately with the Foxconn executives. She said Evers wants to build a relationship with Liu, who took over as chairman this summer after former chairman Terry Gou decided to run for president in Taiwan. She didn’t offer any further details.
Foxconn is building a flat-screen manufacturing plant in Mount Pleasant.
This story has been updated to correct that the plant is being built in Mount Pleasant, not Pleasant Prairie.
GOP bill would allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican lawmakers find themselves in an unusual position, advocating for a bill they’ve introduced that broadens birth control access.
Anti-abortion groups that are typically their allies are firmly against the measure, which would allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control pills. A public hearing on the bill was set for Wednesday in the Assembly Health Committee.
The measure gives Republicans a chance to argue they are advocating for women on the issue of expanding access to birth control, an area where Democrats typically lead.
No Democrat is signed on to the measure, even though they also favor expanding access to birth control. Democrats introduced their own bill that has fewer restrictions on pharmacists. That measure has no Republican co-sponsors and has not been scheduled for a hearing.
Ten other states have laws allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control.
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Protester to plead guilty to seeking radioactive material
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A political protester from Wisconsin who once ran against then-House Speaker Paul Ryan will plead guilty to seeking radioactive material under terms of a plea agreement filed in federal court.
Jeremy Ryan, no relation to Paul Ryan, was arrested last year by FBI agents after they caught him trying to buy radioactive material online. Ryan’s attorney had said he intended to use the material to kill himself.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports Wednesday that under a plea agreement Jeremy Ryan will plead guilty to attempting to receive and possess nuclear material or a byproduct. Under the deal, he would get a “time served” sentence, meaning he would not serve any time in prison.
He was to formally enter the plea Friday in federal court in Madison.
Jeremy Ryan was known for riding a Segway while protesting in the state Capitol in 2011. He used his notoriety to mount an unsuccessful underdog race against Paul Ryan in 2014.
No Republicans sign letter supporting paralyzed Democrat
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — No Republicans have signed onto a letter supporting a paralyzed Democratic lawmaker who wants to be able to call into some meetings when he’s not able to get there in person.
Rep. Jimmy Anderson, of Fitchburg, released the letter Wednesday that was signed by all 35 of his Democratic colleagues but not a single one of the 63 Republicans.
Anderson sent the letter to Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. He has repeatedly denied Anderson’s request for accommodations, including not holding floor sessions overnight and allowing him to call into committee meetings. That is currently barred under Assembly rules.
Vos has accused Anderson of “political grandstanding.” Vos has offered to provide Anderson with recordings of hearings he missed, but not let him phone in.
UWGB chancellor leaving to take post at University of Akron
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller is leaving to take over as president at the University of Akron.
UW-Green Bay announced the move Wednesday. Miller will officially step down from his post at UW-Green Bay at the end of September.
Miller took over as chancellor in August 2014 after serving as chancellor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. During his stint at UW-Green Bay he established the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering. He led the university to four straight years of increasing enrollment.
UW System President Ray Cross issued a statement calling Miller an effective leader.
Man arrested on 12th drunken driving offense
(Information from: WQOW-TV, http://www.wqow.com)
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Police say a man found passed out behind the wheel at an Eau Claire gas station is facing his 12th drunken driving charge.
WQOW-TV reports Keith Bondie appeared in Eau Claire County Circuit Court Tuesday where bond was set at $10,000 cash. The 60-year-old Elk Mound man was arrested Saturday at the Kwik Trip. First responders told police they were unable to wake Bondie. He eventually got out of the car after officers arrived.
Authorities say Bondie told officers he had five or six beers two hours before he arrived at the gas station. Officials say Bondie had a blood alcohol content of 0.23, nearly three times the legal limit to drive.
Bondie is charged with 12th offense operating while intoxicated and driving with a revoked license.
Milwaukee police shoot, wound suspect
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police have shot and wounded a suspect on the city’s north side.
Officers were dispatched about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday to a neighborhood where shots were fired. They spotted a man with an object in his hand. Officers chased the man as he fled on foot.
Assistant Chief Michael Brunson says at some point during the pursuit the man, armed with a gun, turned toward officers who commanded him to drop the weapon. Brunson says the man refused and was shot. The 29-year-old suspect is hospitalized in stable condition.
The 31-year-old officer who shot him is on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.