Wausau Daily Herald from Wausau, Wisconsin on January 2, 1985 · 8
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Wednesday, January 2, 1985
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Page I The Daily Herald. Wausau-Merrill, Wis.-Wednesday. January. 2, 1985 Boy killed when pickup truck strikes sled By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A Marquette County boy was killed when a pickup truck struck a towed sled he was riding on a road in front of his house about 7 miles south of Endeavor. - Jason W. Fredrick, 7, of the town of Moundville, died of massive head injuries Tuesday at Divine Savior Hospital in Portage, according to the Marquette County Sheriffs Department His brother Todd W. Fredrick, 14, suffered head and shoulder injuries and his sister Billie Jo Fredrick, 13, suffered a broken leg and rib injuries when the truck struck the sled, which was being towed by a three-wheel all-terrain vehicle. The boy's death marked the first highway fatality in 1985, compared with four on the same day a year ago. The traffic toll on the last day of 1984 was 817, compared with 734 at the end of 1983. Youth held in slaying of mother's boyfriend PADDOCK LAKE (AP) - A 17-year-old Paddock Lake boy is being held in Kenosha County jail in connection with the shooting death of the man who shared a home with him and his mother. Donald R. Sims, 45, of Paddock Lake was shot once about 6:50 p.m. Monday and died about 7:15 p.m. at the Wetosha Emergency Center in Silver Lake. The boy's 35-year-old mother was shot twice in the shoulder and was treated at Kenosha Memorial Hospital and released. The incident occurred after Sims and the boy's mother argued for several hours about whether the boy could go out with friends to celebrate New Year's Eve, authorities said. Wisconsin Power & Light seeks higher rates MADISON (AP) The Wisconsin Power & Light Co. has requested a rate increase that would boost consumers' electric costs by about $3.90 per month. Natural gas heating costs would be increased about $21 a year under the proposal. The utility has asked the state Public Service Commission for a 2.2 per cent natural gas rate increase and an 11.3 percent electric rate increase, effective July 1. Woman charged with shooting her husband OSHKOSH (AP) Ruby Petrich, 63, of North Fond du Lac, has been charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 27 slaying of her husband, Hubert. , Petrich was charged Monday in Winnebago County Circuit Court. Police said she shot her 57-year-old husband five times with a .22-caliber handgun after he reportedly told her he wanted to divorce her. Bond was set at $40,000. Milk cartons are featuring lost children CHICAGO (AP) The Chiqago police and a Wisconsin dairy have launched a joint effort to help locate at least a few of the thousands of children who disappear from the city every year. Starting Thursday, two missing children will appear on milk cartons produced by the Hawthorn Melody Farm Dairy, based in Whitewater, Wis. ' "Their faces will be there at the breakfast table," said Joe Mayo, commander of the police youth division. "People will have to think about it. Their children will ask them questions. If it helps us find one child, it will be worth it." The first two children to appear on a Hawthorn Melody milk carton will be Tricia Kellet and Gary Antonio Feltman. Tricia was 9 years old when she was last seen playing near her Northwest Side home in May 1982. Gary was 2Vi when he disappeared in August 1982 shortly after a judge had awarded custody of the child to his father. Their pictures will appear on the carton for several weeks before being replaced by other missing children, Mayo said. Four criteria will be used to determine if a child's photograph will appear on a milk carton: suspected foul play; the child has been missing for more than two months; the child is under 13; and the abduction is believed to be family-related. The plan was suggested by Walter Woodbury, vice president and general manager of Hawthorn Melody, who was inspired by an Iowa dairy that published the photographs of two missing Des Moines-area news-paperboys. Hawthorn Melody sells about 2 million cartons of milk a month in the Chicago area, Woodbury said. Hardy souls plunge into 1985 MILWAUKEE (AP) - One man dressed in a rabbit costume proved skittish, but another 70 hardy souls marked the New Year by dashing into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan in the annual Polar Bear plunge. The Polar Bears, clad in bathing suits and other skimpy garb, ran in a line into the lake at about noon Tuesday. Most immediately dashed back out of the water, brown from agitation and white and frothy from high waves caused by the winter storm that dumped nearly a foot of snow on the city. ' About 200 spectators, some from as far away as Chicago, showed up to witness the annual rite. Some came armed with cameras and others wore Hawaiian shirts, sat in beach chairs and barbecued bratwurst in the best Milwaukee summer tradition. Bob Pavel and his 12-year-old son Jim drove from a Chicago suburb, about 100 miles distant, "to see the goofs, to see the nutty people." . ' . " , . After toweling, dry from their polar dip, some swimmers lounged in bathing suits on a municipal beach despite an air temperature of 27 at lake side. Frost formed on the hair of one swimmer as he stood on the beach wearing only bathing trunks and a tie. The water temperature was estimated by a National Weather forecaster at below freezing. "We're thrill seekers, I guess, or just plain stupid," said Kevin Pionke, 20, of Menomonee Falls, in explaining why he and his 26-year-old brother Brian took the plunge. "Once you get out in the air, it's not so bad," said .Gordy Stafford, 24, a member of the minor league Milwaukee Admirals ice hockey team. "It was exciting. It's everything it's cracked up to be." Keith Grabel of Milwaukee, who said he participates every year no matter where he is, bragged: "This is nothing. Up north we have to cut holes in v the ice to go in." v "It's not as bad as you think. After you go in f there, you're completely numb, and you feel nothing. ' It's great," he said. After his dip, Grabel stood by the street in his shorts and shouted "Happy New Year" at. passing cars. North escapes state storm By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A foot-thick blanket of wet, sloppy snow put a damper on the New Year's Day celebration in southeastern Wisconsin and caused the death of at least five people in Milwaukee County. A storm system, which had pushed into Wisconsin -, from central Texas and collided with a cold air mass, moved northeast into Canada, leaving behind mostly sunny skies and cold temperatures today, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service reported snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches south of Ozaukee County and west of Lafayette County. Milwaukee reported a fall of 10.9 inches. Madison reported 8.1 inches and Green Bay reported 4.5 inches. Snowfall was light in Lincoln and Marathon counties and other north central Wisconsin counties. "We certainly did get the brunt of it," said Timothy W. Oster, a weather service meteorologist in Milwaukee. "This kind of system has a lot of moisture, which made the snow heavier and more difficult to shovel." The Racine County Sheriff's Department reported 12 to 14 inches and the Kenosha County Sheriff's Depart- Worst storm of season lashes eastern states. Page 28. ment reported 6 to 8 inches along Lake Michigan and a foot inland. -' Other sheriff's departments in southern and eastern counties reporting significant accumulations were: Door, 7 inches; Green, 8 to 10 inches; Jefferson, 8 inches; Rock, 7 to 12 inches, and Walworth, 12 inches. The counties bordering Lake Superior received 1 to 4 inches, but sheriff's departments in Bayfield and Ashland counties reported as much as 14 inches in the extreme northern sections of the counties. The weather service forecast mostly sunny skies today with highs from 10 in the northwest to the teens in the southeast. Skies tonight should be clear to partly cloudy and low temperatures should range from 5 to 15. Thursday should be mostly sunny and warmer with highs in the 20s. The storm stranded several hundred travelers at Milwaukee's Mitchell Field, according to an airport spokesman. EarVs plans hinge on budget outcome : MADISON" (AP) - Gov. Anthony S. Earl says his decision on whether to challenge U.S. Sen. Robert W. Kasten Jr., R-Wis., or run for reelection in 1986 depends in part on how much flak he gets during budget deliberations early this year. "I've promised myself that (I) will wait until the end of the budget debate and see if I am interested in continuing to be the focus of accountability, or whether I'd prefer to seek a role that has more diffused accountability," he told The Milwaukee Sentinel in an interview published today. :. "Right now, I've lots of enthusiasm for what I'm going into. I hope nobody misunderstands that," he said. "But I'll keep my options open. I've told a number of people and I mean it that once the budget is done, I feel I have a responsibility to everybody to let them know what I'm going to do." A number of state Democrats say they are waiting for word from Earl before deciding on runs for either the governorship or Kasten's seat. Among them are Lt. Gov. James T. Flynn; state Democratic Party Chairman Matthew Flynn; Assembly Speaker Thomas A. Loftus, D-Sun Prairie, and state Senate Majority Leader Timothy F. Cullen, D-Janesville. . "I think they all ought to have a running start on what they're going to go after," the governor said. Earl predicted his budget decisions would be controversial and make some interest groups unhappy particularly his call for elimination of most state income tax deductions and the lowering of the state income tax rate ceiling from 10 percent to 8 percent. The governor denied that his tax plan was a bid to curry favor with business interests, which have supported Kasten. "You know that those who are beneficiaries of the tax cut won't say much about it. Those who feel disadvantaged because they didn't share in it will raise Cain," he said. "I'd like to do it because I think it is the right thing to do. But if I were just going to put together a budget on which I was going to premise a re-election bid, I would probably take the budget we have and tinker with the margins," he said. "But I haven't gone through what I did to get this far to do that. It was a lot of work and effort to get elected. And having got elected, I didn't simply want to patch up what we had to sort of survive for four years. I wanted to do right. And that involved some unpopular things." Karr still bases plea on mental illness : ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) - Earl Steven Karr, the man accused of planting pipe bombs in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois, will base his defense on mental illness, his attorney says, even though court-ordered psychiatric tests do not support a mental illness defense. Karr, 24, pleaded innocent and innocent by reason of mental illness to the 13 charges filed Aug. 13 in Stearns County District Court. He is accused of planting six pipe bombs in St. Cloud over the Memorial Day weekend. The bombs were discovered and defused by bomb experts May 27 and 28. Karr also is charged in connection with pipe bomb plantings in La Crosse, Wis., Milwaukee and Mason City, Iowa. In addition, pipe bombs were found in Stillwater, Minn., and Chicago. ; The results of tests done -by psychiatrists at the Minnesota Se-cuirty Hospital in St. Peter were issued to 7th District Judge Paul Hoffman, who has resided over most of Karr's hearings. ' A cover letter with the report stated that the hospital would not support 'the mental illness defense even though some psychiatrists who examined Karr think he may have been mentally ill at the time the crimes allegedly were committed, said Karr's attorney, Dan Eller. The hospital also found that Karr is able to understand the court action and communicate with his attorney sufficiently to stand trial, said Eller, a St. Cloud public defender. Karr's defense will depend largely on expert testimony from psychiatrists who have examined him, Eller said. Karr's court proceedings have been suspended since Aug. 27 when he was taken from the Stearns County jail to the St. Peter hospital for the court-ordered psychiatric tests. The case will become active again after Karr makes an early January court appearance, Eller said. Eller said he plans to ask at that time that a trial be set for sometime between mid-March and mid-April. Eller said he has talked to prosecutor Thomas Heffelfinger, an assistant U.S. attorney, about devising a program of treatment at a mental hospital instead of holding a criminal trial. Lowest Rate in 10 Years Getting the money for your new or used car is now a real deal at First Financial. Our interest rates haven't been this low in 10 years. Lowest Rate in Town We've done the shopping for you. Last time we called our competitors, not one local bank or savings and loan could beat our car and truck financing rates. Lowest Rate for You There's no need to be a current First Financial customer. You're qualified for the best loan rate, whether or not you have other accounts with us. Same day approval for both new and used car loans, too. 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