Neylon decides against a run for Sensenbrenner seat
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Adam Neylon says he won’t challenge Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald for an open congressional seat next year.
Fitzgerald announced last month that he’s running to replace retiring Republican Jim Sensenbrenner in southeastern Wisconsin’s 5th Congressional District. Neylon had been mentioned among a number of Republicans considering a bid for the seat.
Neylon announced Wednesday that he won’t enter the race. He says the timing isn’t right for him and his family.
Other Republicans still mulling a bid include former U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson; state Sen. Chris Kapenga; Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s spokesman, Ben Voelkel; and Vince Trovato, President Donald Trump’s first state director in 2016.
Tom Palzewicz, an entrepreneur and Navy veteran who lost to Sensenbrenner in 2018, is running as a Democrat.
WISCONSIN-INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY
Evers: Second Monday in October is Indigenous Peoples’ Day
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has declared the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Wisconsin, following similar moves in other states away from recognizing it as Columbus Day.
WLUK-TV reports that Evers signed an executive order making the designation on Tuesday at Indian Community School in Franklin. Evers says by signing the executive order the state is recognizing and appreciating tribal nations and indigenous people and the contributions they’ve made to Wisconsin.
Wisconsin is home to 11 recognized American Indian tribes.
Oneida Nation Chairman Tehassi Hill says the change has been a long time coming and can serve as an educational tool about tribal culture and history.
Other states that have moved away from observing Columbus Day include Minnesota, Vermont, Florida, Hawaii, Alaska, New Mexico and South Dakota. Columbus Day remains a federal holiday.
FATAL BIKE CRASH-WISCONSIN
Garbage truck strikes, kills 9-year-old boy on bike
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — Sheboygan police say a city garbage truck hit and killed a 9-year-old boy as he rode his bicycle.
The crash happened around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Sheboygan Police Chief Christopher Domagalski says the truck was making a turn when it struck the boy, who was riding on a sidewalk.
The boy died at the scene. He was from Sheboygan. His name has not been released.
The Sheboygan Press reports the garbage truck was driven by a 35-year-old man who has worked for the city of Sheboygan for about two years. A 55-year-old man who has been employed by the city for more than 20 years was collecting trash from the back of the vehicle.
The Wisconsin State Patrol was contacted to investigate.
SCHOOL BUS CRASH-WISCONSIN
No major injuries when pickup collides with school bus
TOWN OF RANDALL, Wis. (AP) — No serious injuries are reported after a pickup collided with a school bus in southeastern Wisconsin.
Kenosha County authorities say the Randall School bus had 21 people including the driver on board and was stopped to pick up a student when a pickup rear-ended the bus around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Two students later sought treatment for minor injuries. The 44-year-old Twin Lakes man who was driving the pickup reported minor injuries but was not taken to a hospital.
Authorities say the bus was displaying its stop sign and warning lights. The bus was able to leave under its own power, and the students were brought to school.
The Kenosha News reports investigators believe inattentive driving led to the crash.
Duffy’s daughter born with holes in heart, Down syndrome
WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Former Congressman Sean Duffy’s ninth child was born with Down’s syndrome and will require open heart surgery in three to four months.
Duffy’s wife Rachel Campos-Duffy posted Monday on Facebook that their daughter, Valentina StellaMaris Duffy, was born with two holes in her heart that will require open-heart surgery as expected.
The Wausau Daily Herald Media reports that Campos-Duffy also posted that the girl has Down syndrome.
Duffy resigned from Congress on Sept. 23, a week before his daughter’s birth, to spend more time with his family. Campos-Duffy required an emergency C-section to deliver the baby a month before its due date.
There will be a special election to replace Duffy in the 7th Congressional District, which includes northern, central and northwest Wisconsin.
Large-scale methamphetamine bust at Appleton area hotel
(Information from: Press-Gazette Media, http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com)
GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a drug raid at a hotel near Appleton could be the largest methamphetamine bust ever in northeastern Wisconsin.
Brown County District Attorney David Lasee said Tuesday night the seizure of about 60 pounds (27.2 kilograms) of meth has put a “serious dent” in the region’s supply.
Authorities say the drugs were found in a guest room at the Wingate by Wyndham in Grand Chute last month. Police also seized about 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms) of heroin or fentanyl and a handgun.
Twenty-six-year-old Derek Liebergen, of Kaukauna, is facing federal charges of possession with intent to distribute the drugs.
Press-Gazette Media reports Lasee says the drug bust shut down the flow of meth into the region for now.
POLITICAL CONSULTANT CHARGED
Felony battery case dropped against ex-Nevada GOP consultant
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Felony charges have been dropped in Nevada against a former Republican political consultant who was accused of imprisoning and battering his girlfriend.
Benjamin Sparks’ attorney, Joshua Tomsheck, said Wednesday that prosecutors wouldn’t have been able to prove kidnapping, domestic battery and coercion charges in a grand jury indictment filed in January.
The case stemmed from allegations Sparks scuffled with his girlfriend in March 2018 at their home in Las Vegas.
Tomsheck declined to say where his 37-year-old client now lives or what work he does.
Sparks still faces trial in Las Vegas on a misdemeanor battery charge. Tomsheck says he’ll plead not guilty.
Sparks had worked on Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign and for former Nevada Congressman Crescent Hardy, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and New Mexico congressional candidate Yvette Herrell.
Police ID man killed on Interstate 5 in Oregon last week
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police in Portland, Oregon, have identified a 41-year-old man as the pedestrian who was struck and killed last week while attempting to walk across Interstate 5.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Eric M. Tomlinson was killed Thursday about 6:48 p.m. on I-5 southbound, police said.
Officers say Tomlinson had a Wisconsin driver’s license. According to public records, in January he provided a Northwest Portland homeless shelter as his address.
Tomlinson was reportedly trying to cross the freeway near the Fremont Bridge when he was hit by a semi-truck.
The truck driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with police investigators.