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Two firefighters suffered minor injuries fighting a blaze at a Richland Center manufacturer overnight, a fire official said. Richland Center Fire Chief Bob Bindl said one firefighter suffered a mild concussion, and another was treated for smoke inhalation and dehydration Saturday after battling the blaze at Seats Inc. that began Friday night. Bindl said the department received a report of a fire at building on the corner of Highway 14 and Sextonville Road at about 9 p.m. The fire started on the west end of the building in a dumpster and the wind carried it into the building, the fire chief said. The last truck returned to the fire department at about 8:30 a.m., Bindl said. He said the low temperatures overnight, estimated at about negative 5 early Saturday morning, complicated fighting the blaze causing them to freeze up. "The hose lines were freezing up if we didn't keep water going through them at all times," Bindl said. "And obviously this taxes the firefighters because of the cold." He said the below-zero temperature also affected the breathing systems used by the crews. The area was closed for several hours as crews battled the fire, according to a news release. Construction equipment was brought in to help crews get into the building, Bindl said. About 20 percent of the building suffered fire, smoke and water damage, Bindl added. The cost of damages was not available Saturday morning. The fire is still under investigation, the fire department said. Multiple area agencies responded to the fire including Muscoda, Spring Green, Cazenovia, Viola and Lone Rock fire departments. The Richland County Emergency Management Services, county and city police, EMS and local utilities also assisted.
Published: Sat, 07 Dec 2013 20:21:30 GMT
There's no warm-up in the Wisconsin forecast this weekend. The National Weather Service says the Arctic blast that has brought frigid temperatures will linger across north-central Wisconsin on Sunday. A separate storm system is expected to bring 3 to 5 inches of fluffy snow to the area by Monday, plus another inch or two in cities along Lake Michigan. The combination of snow and freezing temperatures could make for hazardous driving conditions. A wind-chill advisory has been posted for parts of north-central and far northeast Wisconsin. Wind chills could get as cold as minus 25 degrees. The cold isn't expected to ease up until the middle of next week. Wind chills of minus 10 degrees to minus 30 degrees are expected Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights across southwestern Wisconsin.
Published: Sun, 08 Dec 2013 14:45:23 GMT
A man found unconscious and not breathing was pronounced dead after being transported to a local hospital. According to Madison police, the man was found around 6 p.m. in front of a home at 1922 East Washington Avenue on Madison's east side. Authorities said paramedics at the scene attempted CPR before the man was transported to Meriter hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to the release, police are investigating the death but do not suspect foul play.
Published: Sat, 07 Dec 2013 03:29:10 GMT
Snuggles stopped for good Friday at a downtown Madison business offering what it calls "touch therapy" through one-on-one cuddling sessions, according to an online message. The Snuggle House opened its doors to customers Nov. 15 after weeks of hurdles, like challenges obtaining insurance, that prevented professional cuddlers from opening shop. Three weeks after its opening, the company said it had closed Friday for good. In an update on the company's Facebook page, the Snuggle House said the "push back and harassment (are) not worth it, honestly." The company offered private time with a professional snuggler at $60 an hour at its 123 E. Main St. second-floor location, which included four rooms with beds. Owner Matthew Hurtado and employees asserted that the service was based on therapeutic touch and not sexual. A surveillance system was installed to ensure nothing outside of its rules of conduct took place during a session. The Snuggle House said sessions could include holding, hugging, lying next to and conversing with the snuggler, but the service is "not meant as a precursor to sexual activity." The Snuggle House thanked its supporters online in the closure announcement, saying, "Snuggle on!"
Published: Sat, 07 Dec 2013 20:46:17 GMT
A former employee at Verona-based Epic Systems has filed a class-action lawsuit accusing the software company of failing to pay overtime wages. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that the lawsuit was filed Friday on behalf of former employee Evan Nordgren and others. The suit alleges that the company denied overtime pay to him and other employees over a three-year period. Epic said it believes its workers were properly paid because they're classified as salaried professionals, not hourly workers. It said the lawsuit "is without merit." The lawsuit said Nordgren and others regularly worked more than 40 hours per week without overtime pay. It said they're not exempt from overtime pay. The suit estimates the number of people involved could exceed 1,000 employees.
Published: Sat, 07 Dec 2013 20:32:37 GMT
Authorities said a deputy was injured Thursday in a scuffle with an inmate. The Dane County Sheriff's Office said a deputy and jail staff at the Dane County Jail were attempting to move an inmate to another cell for health and safety monitoring at about 3:20 p.m. Initially the inmate agreed to cooperate but when deputies entered the cell, the inmate began fighting, the report said. A deputy was taken to UW Hospital and treated and released for a fractured shoulder, the sheriff's office said. The deputy may be unable to work for several weeks. The inmate was charged with causing injury by resisting an officer, officials said. The inmate was taken to Mendota Mental Health Institute Thursday night after the scuffle and remained there Friday, according to sheriff's office spokeswoman Elise Schaffer. Schaffer said the department did not share the inmate's name because doing so would violate privacy laws concerning personal health information. On Nov. 19 Sheriff Dave Mahoney told News 3 the county is in need of a new jail to accommodate inmates with mental health issues. Two days later the sheriff's office said an elevator motor malfunctioned causing smoke in the building but no damage or injuries.
Published: Fri, 06 Dec 2013 22:23:05 GMT
With a frigid forecast, a mediocre team and no Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers tickets are uncharacteristically easier to come by this weekend. The Press-Gazette Media reported that tickets for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons are affordable and available. Dennis Garrity, the president of Event USA and Pacer Fan Tours in Ashwaubenon, said the lower prices have meant brisk sales for ticket brokers this week. He said prices for a regular-season game haven't been this low in years. The cheapest tickets range from $37 to $56, while the priciest are going for anywhere from $249 to $1,102. The Packers are 5-6-1, and Rodgers is still sidelined with a broken collarbone. The forecast calls for a high of 19 degrees and a chance of several inches of snow.
Published: Sat, 07 Dec 2013 23:05:14 GMT
The state Department of Natural Resources is set to get more information on the 2013 gun deer hunt. DNR officials are expected to present a report to the Natural Resources Board during a meeting Tuesday detailing results from the nine-day season. Preliminary data shows the DNR sold about 140 more licenses this year but hunters still killed 7 percent fewer deer than in 2012. The buck harvest was down 15 percent. DNR officials say cold weather forced many hunters to cut their outings short this year.
Published: Sun, 08 Dec 2013 14:41:54 GMT
For video on this story, visit http://video.channel3000.com or the video section of our app Sometimes the best inventions come from necessity. Twenty-year-old Wes Schroll is living proof of that. He and his friend Tyler Kennedy are the founders of a new grocery app that promises to be the cheapest way to shop. Schroll was finishing up his freshman year in Madison, and it was the first time he needed to buy groceries for himself. However, he found that shopping could be frustrating. "I just thought it was really inefficient," said Schroll. "I thought especially the couponing was very flawed." He said he remembers going to a big-box store and the clerk actually giving him coupons for an item he just bought. "It was frustrating because I easily would have bought a second pack of eggs," said Schroll. "So it kind of started right there." When Schroll met Kennedy in a collegiate entrepreneurship organization, the two started brainstorming business plans and getting ideas from experts. "We've been working with our moms," laughed Kennedy. The Fetch Rewards app is designed to give users mobile discounts with their smartphone. You simply scan each item, and the app will tell you if there's a discount. You can create lists, share lists and see what specials are available through the app. The idea is that you get discounts on items that you actually buy, like beer, soda and chips. The Fetch team works with manufacturers for deals, and often you'll find one thing free available in the app, like orange juice. You can even pay for groceries with Fetch points. "It's kind of exciting that there hasn't been a change in the grocery industry for decades," said Kennedy. "Finally there's something coming around besides loyalty programs that are completely going to change the way people shop." Right now, Schroll is putting school on hold to keep developing the app. He has a team of 13 full-time employees and is constantly working to improve the product. Fetch is currently running in Fresh Madison Market downtown, but the idea is to expand. The app is free for both Android and Apple.
Published: Sat, 07 Dec 2013 23:32:40 GMT
A program in which a central Wisconsin high school district planned to partner with a Chinese school has been delayed due to issues with the Chinese government. A News-Herald Media report said the three-year program would have allowed about 400 students in China to earn diplomas from Pittsville High School. School leaders hoped to launch it at the beginning of the current school year but it's been held up. District administrator Terry Reynolds said the Chinese government wanted more information so it hasn't granted its full approval. The partnership between the Pittsville School District in Wood County and two schools in China was announced this summer. It's part of a larger program designed to help American and Chinese learn about each other's cultures and traditions.
Published: Sun, 08 Dec 2013 00:37:19 GMT
Gun-rights advocates are preparing a court challenge to a Madison policy that bans weapons on city buses. Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Carry Inc. said it plans to file a lawsuit in the next few weeks challenging Metro Transit's policy banning "weapons of any kind." The group said the policy violates the state's concealed-carry law. But city officials said they're confident the policy is legal. Metro spokesman Mick Rusch said it's in the best interest of passengers not to allow guns on buses. The Wisconsin State Journal reported the city also bans guns in city buildings and Metro shelters. Nik Clark is the president of Wisconsin Carry. He said the policy infringes on a person's right to carry if they rely on public transportation or live in a high-crime area.
Published: Sat, 07 Dec 2013 21:42:47 GMT
Packers fans headed to Sunday's game in Green Bay are being reminded that closure of the Leo Frigo Bridge on Interstate 43 is expected to cause traffic delays. The state Department of Transportation said that closure as well as ongoing construction on U.S. 41 and state Highway 29 will cause traffic delays on game day. Motorists are reminded to be prepared for orange barrels, narrow lanes, soft shoulders and increased volume. The DOT is telling travelers to allow extra time to reach their destinations. About 30,000 vehicles travel across the Leo Frigo bridge on a Packer home game, but that is all being diverted. The heaviest congestion is expected on Sunday between 8 a.m. and noon and between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Published: Sat, 07 Dec 2013 20:43:16 GMT
A Madison man was charged with felony drunken driving after officials said he was driving on a county highway in Springdale on a tire rim. The Dane County Sheriff's Office said Ernest Newel, 39, was arrested on suspicion of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated Friday. According to the report, a citizen reported an impaired motorist to the department at about 10:39 p.m. The caller told authorities a vehicle was driving on the rim of a tire that had blown out on County Highway J. A deputy stopped the vehicle near County Highway G, the report said. Newel was also cited on suspicion of inattentive driving and expired registration. He was taken to Dane County Jail.
Published: Sun, 08 Dec 2013 00:40:51 GMT
At Four Winds in Verona, time can be measured with Ernie Johnson's footsteps. Johnson has been walking the hallways volunteering at the nursing home since 1962 and this month, he celebrated his 104th birthday.
Published: Sat, 07 Dec 2013 20:13:12 GMT
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Published: Sat, 07 Dec 2013 22:22:05 GMT
A faded black and white photo serves as a reminder of service and sacrifice. The photo is of two young United States Marines from Wisconsin, Clyde Stephenson from Milwaukee and Earl Wallen from Green Bay. They were best friends. Both were serving aboard the battleship USS California docked in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. When Japan launched a massive attack on the morning of December 7, 1941, only one of the men would survive. Stephenson had gone ashore to the Marine rifle range for training. Wallen stayed aboard the USS California. “The California got hit with a couple torpedoes and one big bomb hit the deck,” says Stephenson. “Earl got killed on the ship.” Hundreds of Japanese plans attacked Pearl Harbor, targeting the U.S. battleships docked in the port. The Japanese planes also destroyed U.S. planes at Hickam Field. “It was just a disaster,” says Stephenson. Following the initial attack, Stephenson and his fellow Marines were assigned to patrol the beaches of the island out of fears of a Japanese invasion. At 93 Stephenson’s memory of that day is crystal clear. He wants the memory of what happened that day to remembered by future generations so the service and sacrifice of men like Earl Wallen is not forgotten. “Remember, he gave his life up for his country,” says Stephenson.
Published: Sat, 07 Dec 2013 16:19:01 GMT
For video on this story, visit http://video.channel3000.com or the video section of our app. Gas prices are dropping below $3 a gallon in some parts of the state. It's welcome news for many consumers. Friday afternoon cars and trucks were lining up to get gas at the Mobil on Walworth Street in Darien. "I've been working here for five years and I think it's been once that I've seen it under $3," cashier Tiffany Cruz said. For the last two days customers have been bringing vehicles to their driveway to the Darien food mart and filling up. "It helps on the pocketbook a little bit, you save a little bit of money," said Janesville resident Roger Ellingsrud. Landry Loftus of Elkhorn is a contractor. He was filling up before heading to another job in the Beloit area. "It's a little nicer to be able to afford to be able to put more than 20 bucks in at a time when it gets down this low," he said. The question on everyone's mind is how long the low prices will last. Madison College economics professor Richard Shaten, said prices going up and down is common, but exactly when they'll drop is hard to predict. "It's speculation in the market place that kind of drives these weekly and monthly gasoline prices. And right now we're in a cycle where speculators aren't real confident about where oil prices are going to be a month from now," Shaten said. He added seasonal fluctuations are common. That's what folks at the Frawley's Citgo in Delavan experienced on Thursday. "It was chaotic. We didn't run out of gas, until this morning we ran out eventually," cashier Kayla Acosta said. Thursday customers like Helen Talis, got a pretty sweet deal at the gas station on Sugar Creek Street. "Usually around the holidays you expect to see the gas prices go up, so it was wonderful." Acosta said it's too bad it didn't last. "Everybody was ecstatic and now that we're back up a little bit everybody is already like what happened, everybody is already stressing it," she said. Professor Shaten said everything from holiday shopping to the weather could impact the price we pay at the pump. Customers at the Mobil tell News3 several gas stations in the Delavan and Darien area have had gas at $2.99 for the last few days. The last time the nation averaged under $3 for gas was 2010.
Published: Sat, 07 Dec 2013 21:07:16 GMT
We are just getting started on our Secret Santa month here at WISC-TV. What do you guys do for the holidays at your office? Susan Siman always coordinates a cookie exchange in December. I'm not sure how it works yet but I know people end up with a boatload of cookies. We just started Secret Santa. Here's how we do it. We spend $5 a week on our person starting in December, and then the last week, we can spend $10. Now, some people will overachieve, but I'm a big believer of trying to stretch my dollar. The funniest things I don't have pictures of, which include our grumpy photographer Lance, getting a DVD of the movie, Grumpy Old Men. Hilarious. We tried to take a picture of him, but it coincidentally didn't take. Eric Franke got a Sponge Bob mug set with hot chocolate. He's always mimicking Sponge Bob, so it's fitting - it's because he has two young boys. They'll love the mugs. My secret Santa knows me VERY well apparently. Got me two HUGE bottles of Frank's Red Hot sauce. I can't say how much that's appreciated because I just ran out! So, this was a pretty cool surprise. Watch Eric open his gift Anyway, I need a good idea for a finale. Got any ideas on how we should reveal ourselves to one another? We have nearly another month! It has been very comical to hear people guess out loud who theirs is... and to hear things like, "My secret Santa gets me." Love the mood here right now! Seriously, what do you do? I'd love to hear your ideas for the office. @MichelleLiTV
Published: Sat, 07 Dec 2013 02:15:40 GMT
An officer who spotted a suspected bank robbery getaway car led to the arrest of a man for a bank robbery in Madison and another in Monona. The officer spotted the Honda CRV parked near a residence in the 5000 block of Camden Road on Nov. 26. The officer believed it matched the description of a vehicle used in the robbery of an Anchor Bank branch on Cottage Grove Road on Nov. 25. Madison police and officers from two other departments talked with Jason J. Yapp, 42, the day after the vehicle was spotted and he was taken into custody on a probation hold. He’s also suspected in the Nov. 18 robbery of an Anchor Bank branch at 6501 Monona Dr. Police are asking that Yapp be charged with two counts of robbery.
Published: Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:00:21 GMT
A 24-year-old man who told police he uses heroin is suspected in three robberies, according to Madison police. Ryan J. Coyle was arrested Thursday on suspicion of robbing the Klinke Cleaners at 939 S. Park St. on Oct. 8, Nov. 19 and Nov. 27. In the Nov. 27 robbery, the robber kept a hand in his yellow hooded sweatshirt, making it appear that he might have a gun. In each case the robber got away with cash. Crime map
Published: Fri, 06 Dec 2013 22:24:43 GMT