Wisconsin State Journal from Madison, Wisconsin on November 30, 2006 · 7
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Wisconsin State Journal LOCAL Thursday, November 30, 2006 C7 Hundreds ask to avoid court of Kenosha judge Associated Press .. KENOSHA The reputation of one Kenosha County circuit judge is apparently so daunting ' that hundreds of defendants request a different judge, creating imbalances in the work loads of different felony courts. Judge Bruce E Schroeder says he isn't sure why as many as 250 people since August have requested that someone other than he hear their cases. Under state law, a person charged with a crime has the right to ask once for a different judge. "It almost becomes irrational. I've had people file on me who had a traffic ticket for bald tires," Schroeder said. Schroeder is known for his occasional fiery style, sharp Ofs big. Even with Christmas down the road, Irs tempting to overspend this time of the year. Now is the perfect time to make a holiday budget and apply for a lower cost holiday loan. 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He can also be unpredictable, says defense attorney Michael Cicchini. "From a defense standpoint, clients like somewhat more certainty," Cicchini said. Many of the cases transferred out of Schroeder's courtroom land in the court of the Judge Wilbur W. Warren m, the county's other felony judge. Warren said Schroeder's reputation for being harsh is more a matter of perception than reality. "I think Judge Schroeder is sometimes stern in his sentences, but the sentences are no longer on the average, no worse than any other judge," Warren said. Warren's court squeezes in the additional cases by starting earlier in the morning .and'; sometimes ending later in the day.-. . " . - Mayor Season Continued from Page CI the week before Thanksgiving until about the week after Thanksgiving. Throughout the season, Nelson said he gets about three shipments, totaling around 47,000 pounds of evergreen boughs, delivered to his workshop. Stores run out of wreaths and need them fast, Nelson said. "It's real busy here." Outside the shed, heaps of balsam and other evergreen boughs wait to be clipped and attached to frames, creating wreaths that vary in size from 18 inches to 8 feet Inside, evergreen needles litter the floor where a handful of women gab and laugh as they make the traditional holiday decorations. Some trim twigs to equal lengths to attach to wreaths, while others wire on pine cones, berries or candy canes. Rachel Raether of Marshall, who is more than 80 years old, ties 2,500 red ribbons a year "just in her spare time" for each season's crop of wreaths. . She's also worked for about 10 years making wreaths during the holiday rush. Why does she keep coming back? "I would miss all the girls," she said. "The girls" include Alice Bohn,79ofDeerfield. "I've been doing this 37 years," Bohn said. "I love the variety of work." She works six days a week during the busy times and says wreath-making has gotten easier over the years. The clamp system is a lot easier on the hands, she said. "Everybody just loves the smell, and the camaraderie," said Joan Steindorf, 72, of Marshall The majority of wreaths are made from balsam cuttings, but some incorporate white pine and cedar. Nelson and his crew also can create 8-foot wreaths, crosses, garland or swags for special orders. "These are more premium wreaths," Nelson said. "We try to do a better wreath with better service." Dina Pocernich, owner of Prairie Flowers and Gifts in Sun Prairie, said she buys from Nelson because he has a beautiful, fresh product "We just always try to go local with anything we can do," she said. Pocernich buys wreaths, roping and loose greens for swags- and floral arrangements. "We're just helping everybody deck the halls and it's just a blast" Disorganized? Distracted? Restless? WE MAY BE ABLE TO HELP! Is it hard for you to pay attention to detail? Are you forgetful in daily activities? Are you having a hard time focusing at work? 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NO ADJUSTMENTS ON PRIOR PURCHASES. DOES NOT INCLUDE SIGNED AND NUMBERED ART. Continued from Page CI went to my head a little bit . In '05, on too many issues I tried to say, "This is the way it's going to be.' And I didn't actually get anything accomplished." In addition, he said, last fall he felt frustrated by another tumultuous Halloween on State Street and the slowness of city government "All that evolved into a style toward the end of '05 that wasn't serving me very well," he said. " : Cieslewicz said he consciously decided to reach out more to members of the City Council and the community, and it has worked. String of successes And a little luck never hurts. While building the 2007 budget, he was blessed with a $2.3 million windfall he'd budgeted for a 10 percent increase in city health-insurance costs, but the numbers came in flat He used that and another $1.5 million savings in borrowing costs to mollify some detractors by spending money on community services and child-care subsidies in the 2007 budget "His budgets have been good budgets, getting better as they go along, I think," said Aid. Paul Van Rooy, 18th District, who is not running for reelection. Van Rooy last year criticized the mayor for not being "as open with council members as he should be." City Council President Austin King, 8th District, said the mayor also dodged another bullet: Halloween's Freakfest was smaller, calmer and more controlled. "For the first time in four years, we all woke up happy on Sunday morning," King said. On Monroe Street, Ciesle-wicz's home turf, you'd expect comments to be positive. Floral designer Jackie Reisenauer, for example, said he's done a great job. "I really supported the smoking ban," she said Wednesday, another centerpiece of Cieslewicz's early success. Leader wanted, but ... But not everyone's so happy with the mayor. Revelations earlier this year that some city wells were showing high concentrations of manganese and the industrial carcinogen carbon tetrachloride in some city wells, and that Madison Water Utility was slow in reacting to the problems, led to criticism Mayoral candidate Allen on Wednesday blasted City Hall's reaction to near East Side residents who have been battling bad city water from Well No. 3. The city turned the well off in September, and water utility officials are recommending that it be replaced. "Residents want their local government to be more responsive when it comes to basic services like our drinking water," Allen said, "and people are fed up with the sluggish response of City Hall on this issue." Longtime Madison raconteur and television producer John Roach said Cieslewicz was a nice, honest guy. "(But) I wish he understood power better and yielded it more effectively," he said. That's the problem with leading Madison, Cieslewicz said. "I am trying to get a balance between leading and facilitating," he said. "That's the tricky part of being mayor of Madison. People want the mayor to be a leader, but they don't want you to be too much of a leader." SHOPPING FOR MR. TRADITIONAL A Year round Pure Wool Suits A Harris Tweed Sport Coats A Cashmere & Wool Flannel Slacks A Corduroy Slacks Ind. W3S&37 A Luxurious Dress Topcoats A Gltman Brothers Shirts A Exact Sleeve length Shirts A 100 Cotton Wrinkle Free Shirts A Plaid Sport Shorts and. 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