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Pierce County's human services director announced Monday that he'll be taking a job in Madison as deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. Reggie Bicha said Tuesday that he couldn't pass up the opportunity to be part of sweeping health care changes in Wisconsin. "I enjoy influencing statewide policy and programs," said Bicha, the county's human services director since 2001. "I'm excited about what's happening in our state." Bicha's last day will be March 9. He will replace Sue Reinardy, who is retiring after 30 years in state government.
A Prescott man is in fair condition after rolling his vehicle Tuesday morning. Blaine W. Wilhelmy, 41, was listed in fair condition by a representative for Regions Hospital in St. Paul as a result of injuries suffered in a one vehicle accident on Highway 35 at the intersection with Pierce County Highway O in the town of Diamond Bluff. At around 10:45 a.m. Wilhelmy was northbound on Highway 35, when his vehicle entered the ditch on the northside of the road, hit a culvert and then rolled over, according to Sgt. Doug Ducklow of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.
A woman from Madison is accused of getting thousands in donations for a cancer she never had. Angelia Culberson, 36, was charged this week in Columbia County with felony theft. Attorneys will meet with a judge on Tuesday to decide how the case will proceed.
The flu season is officially here. Wisconsin recorded its first official case yesterday, after a 35-year-old woman got sick in Vernon County. State health officials say it's not too late to get a flu shot. They also urge good hygiene -- like keeping your hands off your nose and mouth, and staying home from work or school if you're sick. Wisconsin's flu season normally runs from early December to March. The most cases occur in January or early February.
A rural Ellsworth man was taken to jail Saturday night after an argument led to gunshots being fired. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department says the incident occurred at around 8:50 p.m. in the Town of Trimbelle about eight miles northwest of Ellsworth. The 16-year-old daughter of Mark J. Bushinski, 45, was being followed home by her 23-year-old boyfriend, Joseph Hayes, Ellsworth, according to court reports, when the elder Bushinski blocked the roadway with his car forcing Hayes to stop. Words were exchanged between the father and the boyfriend.
Testimony from a Minnesota Ramsey County medical examiner and two St. Croix County Sheriff's deputies Wednesday was enough for a St. Croix County Circuit Court judge to set a hearing date for a rural Somerset man accused of killing his girlfriend last month. A hearing was scheduled for Monday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. after Judge Eric J. Lundell heard more than two hours of testimony during the preliminary hearing. He said he found probable cause that a felony was committed and probable cause that the defendant, Peter Gamble Whyte, 50, committed the felony.
One of two men arrested in the break-in and vandalism at St. Croix Central Middle School in Hammond last spring was sentenced to do jail time. Judge Edward F. Vlack sentenced Christopher Thomas Bardsley, 24, 1015 Davis St., No. 2, Hammond, to 10 months in jail, 100 hours of community service and probation for three years. A three-and-a-half-year prison sentence was stayed. In addition, Bardsley was fined $373 and ordered to pay $11,426 restitution. The other defendant in the case, Eric Brandon Bowers, 20, 1015 Davis St., No.
MADISON -- Kraft Foods, which owns Madison-based Oscar Mayer, may soon become an independent company. Kraft was bought by Phillip Morris, later called the Altria Group, in the 1980s. According to Dan Olszewski, director of the Weinart Center For Entrepreneurship at University of Wisconsin-Madison, many expected Altria to spin off Kraft at a recent board meeting, but so far nothing has happened. He says Kraft has been moving towards a split for some time.
BELOIT -- The chair of the Bad River Band of Chippewa and city officials in Beloit are celebrating a temporary victory in their efforts to build a casino. A bill in Congress aimed at restricting the spread of off-reservation casinos failed to get the two-thirds vote needed for passage. Beloit has been working with the Bad River Tribe for five years to get approval for a three-hundred to four-hundred million-dollar casino that city leaders say would create thousands of jobs and pump millions of dollars into the local economy.
Election results for all of Pierce County from Tuesday's statewide primary election. Governor Jim Doyle - Democrat (I):2,030 Mark Green - Republican: 1,181 Nelson Eisman - Wisconsin Green Party: 26 ____________________________________ Lt.