Wisconsin roundup: Second drowning in 2 days in Dunn County; Wisconsin Dems get warning, pep talk at DNC; nine more state news stories
DOWNSVILLE -- For the second day in a row, a person has drowned on the Red Cedar River in western Wisconsin.
Dunn County deputies were called late Monday afternoon to the Downsville boat landing in the town of Dunn. Officials say the man was unconscious when he was pulled from the river near the boat landing, and some inner tubers he tried to save gave him CPR before he was flown to an Eau Claire hospital where he died.
The tubers drifted by a takeout point at the landing, and the drowning victim's name was not immediately released. An investigation continues into an incident Sunday on the Red Cedar River at Sand Creek, where 43-year-old Susan Shackleton of rural New Auburn was swept downstream.
She was reported missing Sunday afternoon after she was last seen at the boat landing at Riverside Park in the town of Sand Creek. Authorities conducted search by land and water and found Shackleton downstream. She was later pronounced dead by the Dunn County Medical Examiner's Office.
Authorities believe alcohol and swift river currents were contributing factors.
Former DNC leader gives Wisconsin Dems warning, pep talk
PHILADELPHIA -- Wisconsin Democrats could face another long decade as a political minority if they don't win the governor's office in 2018.
That warning comes from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a former leader of the Democratic National Committee. He told Wisconsin's convention delegates how crucial it is for Democrats to have the majority in at least one house of the Legislature, when lawmakers start redrawing Assembly and Senate districts after the 2020 Census.
Republicans had that sole task in 2011 and critics are still in court over those maps, alleging that they unconstitutionally load most districts with so many GOP voters that Democrats have almost no chance to break through. McAuliffe says it's most important for his party to win the 2018 governor's election. Republican Scott Walker has not said yet whether he would run for a third term.
Trump's running mate to campaign in suburban Milwaukee
WAUKESHA -- Donald Trump's running mate is expected to make his first solo campaign appearance Wednesday in Waukesha.
The campaign has not made it official yet, but WITI-TV in Milwaukee says Republican Mike Pence will hold a rally at the Waukesha Expo Center. Trump first announced on July 15 that the Indiana governor would be his running mate, and Republicans nominated him last week at their national convention.
Robin Moore, who heads the Republican Women of Waukesha County, says Pence helped unify the GOP after a rough start at the convention in Cleveland. She believes Pence will help attract voters who heavily endorsed Ted Cruz in the April primary.
Wisconsin crops doing well despite more storms
MADISON -- Wisconsin crops are still in good shape, despite a second straight week of thunderstorms that damaged at least some farm buildings and fields.
The National Ag Statistics Service says the corn and soybean crops grew nicely last week in response to the hot and humid weather. Farm animals felt stress from the heat, but observers say there was plenty of soil measure which limited the heat stress for crops and encouraged pollination.
Eighty-six-percent of the Wisconsin corn and soybeans are rated good to excellent, while only 9 percent of fields are short of moisture. Almost two-thirds of the corn has reached its silking stage, four days earlier than last year at this time -- and three percent of the Wisconsin potato crop has been harvested, with 94 percent of the spuds rated good to excellent.
Police shooting video won't be released until decision on charges
WAUWATOSA -- The family of Wauwatosa police shooting victim Jay Anderson wants more answers after meeting with prosecutors about the June 23 incident.
Jay Anderson Sr. says the family was shown a 20 second video of the shooting last week, and they heard a few minutes of police scanner activity. The district attorney's office says its investigation would not be hurt if the audio and video were made public -- but Wauwatosa Police say it would be a "disservice" to release things piecemeal until after a decision is made on whether the unnamed officer will be charged.
Anderson says the video showed that his son had his hands up when the officer approached him -- but he won't know what happened until he sees more of the video. Police said Anderson was sitting in a car in a park with a gun next to him, and the officer shot the man because he felt threatened.
Church guitarist reaches plea deal in sex case
SHEBOYGAN -- A guitar player at a church in Sheboygan has reached a plea deal on charges of molesting two girls.
Nineteen-year-old Clayton Michener pleaded no contest Monday to second degree child sexual assault and a count of first-degree sex assault to a child under 13 was dropped, but it will still be considered when Michener is sentenced on Aug. 30. Sheboygan County prosecutors say they'll recommend a two year prison term, plus eight years of extended supervision.
Police started investigating in April after a parent complained that a youth pastor at Sheboygan's City Church was molesting girls -- but an internal investigation later found that it was Michener, who was not a youth leader or employee at the church. Police say Michener had the improper sexual contact with the girls after he broke up with his girlfriend.
Wisconsin at DNC: Moore demands unity, delegate starves
PHILADELPHIA -- Milwaukee House Democrat Gwen Moore says the results could be "drastic" if Bernie Sanders' delegates don't get behind Hillary Clinton.
Sanders himself made the case Monday night when he spoke to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, but his plea for unity was met by a chorus of boos. Moore spoke to the Wisconsin delegation earlier Monday, in advance of her speech to the full convention Tuesday. Sanders said Clinton would be a far better president than Donald Trump -- but Sanders' delegate Matthew LaRonge of Portage County says he has tried to encourage the so called "Bernie or Bust" delegates to support the ticket and they won't.
Meanwhile, the Rev. John Stanley, a Sanders delegate from DeForest, says he's been on a hunger strike for eight days -- and while he admits feeling dizzy, he vows to continue taking only water until Sanders gets nominated.
Man charged in drunk-driving death faces new count
WAUPACA -- An east central Wisconsin man charged in a drunk driving, hit and run traffic death last year is facing a new count of felony bail jumping.
Prosecutors say 42-year-old Allen Guse of Marion was caught drinking beer last week, in violation of an order that he stay sober while free on bond. A Waupaca County judge set bond at $5,000 at a hearing on Monday, and Guse is due back in court Aug. 23 for a preliminary hearing in his new case.
He was charged in March of last year with homicide by drunk driving, and hit and run causing death for a crash in which he allegedly struck a van and left the scene, killing Matthew Egerer. Online court records show that the State Patrol has completed a reconstruction of the accident scene -- and it's under a peer review before it will be considered as evidence in court.
Pilot injured upon arriving at EAA Show identified
OSHKOSH -- A pilot injured in a crash upon arriving at the EAA's Air Venture Show in Oshkosh has been identified as 39-year-old Richard Maisano of Pennsylvania.
He was taken to a Neenah hospital with non-life threatening injuries, after the crash occurred Sunday night on a runway at Wittman Regional Airport where the week long EAA show began Monday. A federal aviation official says the small craft stalled while approaching the runway. Maisano was the lone passenger on the aircraft. The FAA is investigating.
Dozens of events are being held on the first day of the AirVenture show, which runs through next Sunday with about 500-thousand people expected.
Walkaway prisoner back in custody
KENOSHA -- A minimum security inmate is back in custody at the state's correctional facility in Kenosha.
State corrections officials say 28-year-old Henry Hicks of Milwaukee was discovered around 11 a.m. Monday, after he walked away from a work site last Friday. He was convicted last fall on a felony charge of possessing drugs.
Police merger studied for Lake Delton, Wisconsin Dells
LAKE DELTON -- A new study will look into a proposed merger of the police departments of Lake Delton and Wisconsin Dells.
The possibility has been discussed for decades, and a merger study was first done in 1981. The University of Wisconsin-Madison suggested combining the departments 35 years ago, but money issues kept the merger from happening.