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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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Thursday, November 18, 2004
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Buy, sell, trade: Call Classified Toll Free at 1-888-774-7744 The Sheboygan Press, Thursday, November 18, 2004 ' A3 localState ERSEFS Man arrested for stealing backhoe Authorities arrested a 50-year-old Town of Lyndon man Tuesday for the theft of a backhoe from Tim Michels Construction of Brownsville in June, police said. The backhoe, valued at $60,000, was stolen from a construction site between Silver Springs Lane and county Highway S, said Sheboygan , County Sheriff's Lt. Cory Roeseler. Deputies recovered the backhoe early Sunday in the woods near county Highway PP, between county Highway M and Bridgewood Road. The Town of Lyndon man was arrested after authorities served a search warrant on his residence at 4 p.m. Tuesday, said Sheriffs Capt. Dave Adams. The backhoe originally was yellow in color, but was -orange when recovered, Adams said. Officers recovered cans of orange spray paint and a ladder and respirator that had orange paint on them on the man's property, Adams said. The man also owns a construction business. Military family group to meet Military Families Connect will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22 at the American Legion Hall, 40 Stafford St., Plymouth. The evening will begin with a potluck dinner; attendees are asked to their own beverages and a dish to share. Plates, napkins and silverware will be provided. Susan Whiteaker, an operational stress officer for the Army Reserve, will speak after the meal. Family members from all branches of the armed forces, including Reserves, National Guard, Coast Guard and full-time military units, are welcome to join this countywide network. Anyone interested in attending this meeting may call The Family Resource Center at 892-6706 or 208-6266 to register. Child care is available if requested in advance. Man accused of strangling woman OSHKOSH (AP) - A man told police he strangled a 20-yearold woman who was "obsessed" with him after she agreed to be handcuffed before having sex with him, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday. Thomas J. Blake, 20, of Neenah, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the killing of Christina RossofMenasha. Her parents found her body Monday night in the trunk of her mother's car parked at a Neenah grocery store. According to the criminal complaint, Blake told investigators he had known Ross for about four years, and she "was obsessed with him." He told investigators he invited her to his apartment, then wrapped an extension cord around her neck four times, pulling on it for about 40 minutes to be sure she was dead. Tommy Thompson to climb Kilimanjaro MADISON (AP) - With President Bush shuffling and replacing cabinet appointees for his second term, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson plans to be high above the fray over the weekend. The former Wisconsin governor's daughter, Tommi Thompson, confirmed Wednesday that her dad would follow through on plans made months before the Nov. 2 election to climb at least part of Mount Kilimanjaro Sunday and Monday, while he is in Tanzania to attend a three-day meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Still, Madison lobbyist Brandon Scholz, who was a point man for the Bush campaign in Wisconsin, said the trip wouldn't necessarily keep Thompson from consulting with others about his future.- Thompson is considered a possible choice to take over the Department of Homeland Security. . ;r,,w, ,.,.- ofijf . mm gBt fer ifm Accused of setting fire to his apartment to collect insurance By Troy Laack Sheboygan Press staff A man who set fire to his own apartment to try to cash in on a $50,000 renter's insurance policy will spend the next year It's beginning TIM GLOCKE of Howards Grove decorates his house on Lincoln Drive with Christmas lights on Wednesday afternoon. Many people took advantage of Wednesday's warmer weather to take care of outside projects. Press photoLindsay Steiner Dec. 21 trial set in home burglary By Emmitt B. Feldner Sheboygan Press staff s He appeared in Sheboygan County Circuit Court Branch 3 on Wednesday under the name John M. Dean, his fingerprints came back from the FBI matched to the name Danny Marino, and he apparently is wanted in California for a parole violation under the name Daniel Fleetwood. Whatever his name, the 49-year-old Chicago man and two co-defendants entered pleas of not guilty to felony charges of burglary to a building or dwelling and theft Wednesday before Judge L. Edward Stengel, sitting in for Branch 3 Judge Gary Langhoff. A trial for Dean; Nick Costa, 27, of Schaumburg, 111.; and Frank Velez, 27, of Phoenix, Ariz., was scheduled for Dec. 21 in Branch 3, although attorneys for all three defendants and District Attorney Joe DeCecco indicated they would seek to have that date delayed in order to have time to prepare their cases. All three men waived their preliminary hearings on the charges. Stengel denied a motion by Dean's attorney, Frank Schiro, to have his bail reduced from $75,000. The judge did agree to lower Costa's bail to $45,000 following a motion by his attorney, Barbara Kirchner. Mark Richards, attorney for Velez, did not file a motion to have his bail reduced from $75,000. All three men are being held in Sheboygan County Jail. The three are accused of stealing a safe containing more Today Bingo Sheboygan. Elk's Club, 6:30 p.m. (457-2176) Krueger Fine Arts Series Franklin. "The Taming of the Shrew." Bradley Fine Arts Building, Lakeland College, 8 p.m. Through Saturday. Live music Sheboygan. Weekend Warm-ups: Full Moon Karaoke. Sky-Box Sports Pub & Grille, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free (694-0088) Sheboygan. Music for kids with Judy Stock from 9:30-10 a.m.; accordion music with the Sheboygan Accordion Club from 7-9 p.m. Wonderful World Cof in jail. Mark T. Hein, 39, also was placed on 12 years' probation Friday. Judge L. Edward Stengel ordered Hein to pay more than $26,000 in restitution and more than $4,000 in fines and other costs. A jury found Hein guilty in June of felony arson and reckless endangerment for setting fire to his apartment at 1036-B to look a lot like Christmas More victims sought Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco said he is looking for more people who may have been victims of a home invasion burglary scheme allegedly perpetrated last week by three men. "In our experience with these types of schemes, there are a number of these 'teams' operating in different areas for a specific time," DeCecco said. "If anyone in the last two weeks had someone take them out of their home or if anyone has escorted an 'inspector,' 'agent' or 'Realtor' or anyone else to a property line, they need to check all their valuables and if any are missing contact their local police immediately." DeCecco also said that the alleged burglars might have contacted neighbors of their victims in order to gain information used to lure the victim out of their home. DeCecco said residents should always ask to see photo identification from anyone coming to their door to conduct business and should be wary of strangers asking for information about neighbors. "If something doesn't seem right to you, notify police," DeCecco said. than $20,000 in cash along with securities and documents from the home of a 68-year-old Town of Greenbush woman Nov. 10. The criminal complaint alleges that Costa came to the woman's door posing as a state Department of Trans feehouse. Free (694-0300) Mom's Evening Connection Sheboygan. Moms with children up to 5 years old are welcome to attend Hobby Night; bring a hobby to enjoy for a night away from the kids while socializing with other moms. Campus Life Family Center, 6:30 p.m. (457-2381) Friday Autumn Pleasures activity programs Elkhart Lake. Fishing, crafts, culinary workshops, pajama parties, hayrides. Osthoff Resort; call for days and times. Costs range from $6-$10 (920-876-3366) Ontario Ave. on June 19, 2003. Hein said he forgot about a lit cigarette in an ashtray in his kitchen while he and his wife went to a grocery store at 1:30 a.m., shortly before the blaze was reported to police. However, Nancy Hein told police her husband said he wanted to set the apartment ablaze to collect insurance money, the criminal complaint said. Mark Hein told portation employee and convinced her to follow him into a field behind her house, then asked her to wait there until his partner came to put in a stake for a future highway project. The men allegedly took the safe while the woman was in the field. The three were captured in Port Washington later that same day. They were allegedly involved in a similar incident earlier in the day in Kaukauna, where they posed as representatives of a contracting company. Charges of burglary have been filed in Outagamie County Circuit Court against the men in connection with that incident. DeCecco, arguing against a reduction in bail for Dean, presented information that he is wanted in California for violating probation on a charge of first-degree burglary in Santa Cruz under the name Daniel Fleetwood, while a check of his fingerprints with the FBI came back matched to the name Danny Marino. Other aliases for the 49-year-old defendant, according to DeCecco, were Dean John, Daniel Mitchell and Marino Fleetwood. Velez, meanwhile, is wanted in Pennsylvania for a parole violation after a conviction on a charge of imposter burglary under the name Paul Miguel, DeCecco said. His fingerprints came back from the FBI matched to the name John Chase and he also showed an alias of Steve Miguel. Reach Emmitt B. Feldner at or 453-5119. Todays Tomorrow Bingo Sheboygan. St. Peter Claver, 6:30 p.m. (457-2176) Craft show Sheboygan. Wreaths, center- pieces, Santas, cake and cookie mixes, swags, snowmen. Crafts by Patti, 631 Grand Ave., Friday 3-7 p.m.; Saturday 10-4 p.m. Fish Fry Sheboygan. Perch dinner with french fries or German potato salad, coleslaw or applesauce, homemade desserts. Haddock and shrimp available. VFW Post 9156, 552 S. Evans, 4-9 p.m. (458-0801) Sheboygan. VFW Post 1 230, 1138 Union Ave., 4-9 p.m. police that he and his wife were financially well off, but Nancy Hein said they were considering bankruptcy. Three people in an adjoining apartment were awakened by firefighters and evacuated. It was unlikely that a cigarette caused the fire, Sheboygan Fire Inspector Robert Kocmoud said during a July 2003 preliminary hearing. Doyle blasts UW System's budget reduction plan MADISON (AP) - Gov. Jim Doyle criticized University of Wisconsin System officials Wednesday for submitting a budget-cutting plan that would reduce enrollment and academic staff rather than trim administrative costs. The governor had asked all state agencies to submit plans by this week showing how they would cut 10 percent from their budgets. UW officials gave the governor a plan Tuesday that would cut $28 million over two years by eliminating academic staff and reducing student enrollment by 1,650 freshmen across the system. "It is not conceivable that the university ... cannot find administrative cuts to be made," Doyle said Wednesday. "I don't think going through an exercise of trying to identify the administrative cuts that can be made should ... lead to the loss of opportunities for students." Lawmakers and system officials have been butting heads since Doyle cut $250 million from the system in the last Meyer appointed to Bay-Lake commission By Troy Laack Sheboygan Press staff Gov. Jim Doyle appointed a Howards Grove woman to the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission earlier this month because of her years of work related to the organization's programs. Flossie Meyer "has a strong commitment to her community and region," said Ethnie Groves, Doyle's deputy press secretary. "The governor thinks she will make an excellent addition" to the commission. Meyer, 56, worked for Cal Potter when he was a state senator in the 1990s and she attended all the Bay-Lake meetings then, she said. Meyer also was the Sheboygan County Democratic Party chairwoman for 12 years. Her term on the commission will expire Nov. 1, 2010. Doyle specifically pointed to Meyer's work on the Pubic Works and Parks committees as a Howards Grove Village Board trustee, Groves said. "He said that will make her a great fit for the planning and delivery of public services to Holiday on the Lakeshore Manitowoc. Retailers and artists display a wide variety of goods for sale, plus live music, specialty dessert cafe, cash raffle and more. Holiday Inn, Friday 2-9 p.m.; Saturday 9-2 p.m. (920-683-8362) Krueger Fine Arts Franklin. "The Taming of the Shrew." Bradley Fine Arts Building, Lakeland College, 8 p.m. Live music Sheboygan. Guitarist Brett Hayward from 8-9:30 p.m.; Irish musician Spencer Hamann from 9:30-11 p.m. Wonderful World Coffeehouse; free (694-0300) Authorities found an empty can of charcoal lighter fluid outside the apartment and a charcoal bag and briquettes near the kitchen table, Kocmoud said. The official cause of the fire was listed as a portable ignition device with a liquid material, Kocmoud said. Reach Troy Laack at t! and 453-5133. state budget as he grappled with a $3.2 billion deficit. Projections show the state will face at least a $1.5 billion deficit in the next two-year budget, which begins in July. Linda Weimer, UW vice president of university relations, said the system's administration took most of the $250 million cut. "The question is how much more can we give and keep this operation intact and running?" slic Sciid ' -; 1 1 !. i-. ' The UW Board of Regents drew legislators' ire after a state audit in September found one-fourth of system employees work in administration and the system had raised top executives' salaries over the last three years. Lawmakers grew more annoyed after the board asked for 7.2 percent more money in the next state budget and then voted earlier this month to recommend raising employee salaries by $50.5 million and raising tuition by 4.3 percent - after increasing it 18.7 percent on some campuses to offset the cuts in the last budget. the Bay-Lake region," Groves said. The commission, established by Gov. Patrick Lucey in 1972, covers Sheboygan, Brown, Door, Florence, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette and Oconto counties, according to its Web site. There are 17 cities, 39 villages, 120 towns and the Oneida Nation in the Bay-Lake region. . - Sheboygan County Board Supervisor James Gilligan chairs the 22-member commission and Sheboygan Mayor James Schramm also is a member, the Web site said. The commission provides advisory planning on regional issues. Meyer represents local governments on state and federal planning programs, and provides planning assistance to communities. "They make long-range plans for the development of things like transportation, recreational facilities and land usage," Meyer said. "It does the planning for traffic patterns in the county." Meyer attended her first commission meeting as a member Friday, she said. The commission is planning for de- velopment of the Ice Age Trail. Opening reception: Adornment Elkhart Lake. Annual holiday exhibition of fine art, fine craft and ornaments for gift giving. Two Fish Gallery, 244 E. Rhine St., Friday 5-8 pm.; Saturday 10-5 p.m. (920-876-3192) Ultimate Entertaining Home Tours Kohler. Showplace of home design and entertaining ideas along with special prices of furniture and accessories. Proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity. 225 Woodlake Road, Friday-Saturday 11-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m. $6 admission ( it

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