Wisconsin State Journal from Madison, Wisconsin on December 4, 2002 · 13
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Wisconsin State Journal from Madison, Wisconsin · 13

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002
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WISCONSIN: Council covers Police Department shortfallIB Daily Record Obituaries Weather B2 B4-B5 B6 LOCAL J Wednesday, December 4, 2002 Gty Editor Phil Glende, (608) 252-61 17 Wisconsin State Journal Shared revenue, aid to schools could be cut By Tom Sheehan State government reporter State aid to local governments and two-thirds state funding of public schools will not be protected from budget cuts, the new co-chair of the Legislature's budget-writing committee said Tuesday. -...'' & . - ' .. v -'.'. fa. - v , Line locator's work is suitable for framing Jeremy Badger, an underground utility line locator for SM&P Utilities Resources' Madison office, does his thing at Landmark Place along the frontage road of the Beltline just west of Todd Drive. Badger spray painted and flagged the location of telephone lines before landscape lighting construction begins. RIGHT: To document that the work was done properly, Badger photographs it when he's done. Trial about revenge or legal Two say they operate under the Di-Strict Court of the Unity States . of Our World. By Ed Treleven Courts reporter As a trial started Tuesday for two people accused of serving phony legal documents on local officials, there appeared to be a disagreement over what the trial was about. Assistant Attorney General Roy Korte, in his opening statement to the jury in Dane County Circuit Court, said the case was simply about taking revenge by serving bogus summonses to court and police officials. But Jason Zellmer, 22, of Oconomowoc, and Janice Guard's stop After guard found pliers on suspect, police found a Salvation Army bucket, complaint states. A Madison man was charged Tuesday with stealing pliers from a Monona ShopKo store last week apparently so that he could pry open the Salvation Army donation bucket that he had also stolen. Dennis E. Hackbarth, 61, was stopped by a security guard on Friday leaving the ShopKo store at 2101 W. Broadway with pliers he had "It's a real challenge if you're taking those things off the table," said Rep. Dean Kaufert, R-Neenah, who was appointed to the post Tuesday by incoming Assembly Speaker John Gard, R-Peshtigo. Kaufert will oversee the Joint Finance Committee with Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, who was appointed Monday by Senate Majority Leader-elect Mary Panzer, R-West Bend, who will be the new Senate majority leader. Kaufert was first elected to the Assembly in 1990 and has served on Joint Finance since 1997. Kaufert said the burden of Logan, 46, of Chatham, III, have set out to prove the credibility of their alternative legal system, the Di-Strict Court of the Unity States of Our World, and the odd twist of the English in which it writes its documents. The pair are charged with six counts of simulating legal process for allegedly serving phony summonses to six people connected with the prosecution of Zellmer last year on misdemeanor charges. A third defendant, Russell Gould, 29, of Arapahoe, Wyo., is at large. Each faces up to 30 years in prison. Zellmer and Logan practice a legal system that they call "The Truth," which consists of odd twists of English, punctuation and syntax, with hints of maritime law. It was developed by of suspect leads to discovery taken from a shelf, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday. While searching several bags that Hackbarth was carrying, Monona Police Officer Jeremy Winge found a Salvation Army donation bucket, some needle-nose pliers and about 10 hacksaw blades, the complaint states. The bucket lid appeared as though someone had tried to cut it open. The bucket, which contained $537, had been taken from the front of the ShopKo store, the complaint states. Hackbarth is charged with retail theft, theft, possessing tools to break overcoming a state budget deficit projected to reach $1.6 billion in 2004 should be shared by all agencies and spending categories. State employees also should contribute toward the cost of their health insurance premiums, Kaufert said. "We need to m Kaufert send a message that this is a partnership, and state workers are going to be asked to r The pair are charged with six counts of simulating legal process for allegedly serving phony summonses to six people connected with the prosecution of Jason Zellmer last year on misdemeanor charges. Zellmer's uncle, David- Wynn Miller of Milwaukee, who claims the legal and language systems have millions of users in 250 countries. In January, Zellmer, Logan and Gould allegedly served summonses to Judge Moria Krueger, Assistant District Attorney Lana Mades, Clerk of Court Judith Coleman and three police officers. All were involved in a 1999 case in into a locked coin box and bail jumping. He had been free on signature bond on a Sept. 18 shoplifting charge. He has four shoplifting charges pending, including one stemming from a Nov. 16 incident at the same Shopko. The Friday arrest occurred after the guard recognized him from the Nov. 16 incident, authorities said. He was jailed on $1,600 bail after a court appearance Tuesday. Ed Treleven contribute toward their health care. In the real world, in the mills and the factories, a large percentage of income goes toward helping to pay health insurance coverage," Kaufert said. State aid to local governments, also known as shared revenue, and two-thirds funding for schools, were largely spared from cuts in the 2001-03 state budget and budget repair bill approved last summer. Gov. Scott McCallum had proposed eliminating shared revenue by 2005 but vowed to maintain two-thirds funding of schools. JOSEPH W. JACKSON IllWSJ photos r system? which Zellmer was convicted and sentenced to probation. The six were ordered to appear in U.S. District Court before Logan, a self-described "Di-Strict Judge" of the Unity States of Our World. After Mades testified Tuesday how she was served with her summons by Zellmer and another man, she was put through a lengthy cross-examination about the functions of state and federal courts, what constitutes the simulation of legal process and which courts have authority to accept court filings. "As far as I'm concerned, the Di-Strict Court, if it exists, doesn't have any legal validity, so there's no authority for the Di-Strict Court," Mades said. Sunset In the waning, suyu ni imunvuu rain m maoiiiiciu. "This time, everything has got to be on the table," Kaufert said. McCallum's plan to end shared revenue drew scorn from many local officials. But those officials may support a lesser cut of 5 percent, for example, given the state's budget problems, Kaufert said. Some savings from cuts in shared revenue could be used to encourage local governments to save money by consolidating, Kaufert said. Other top-five spending categories that account for about three-quarters of Report: out of zone CWD positive It's a first that chronic wasting disease is found in a deer outside eradication zone. Associated Press A wild deer was discovered with chronic wasting disease for the first time outside a 411-square-mile zone near Mount Horeb, a newspaper reported. A 3-year-old buck shot in Grant County in southwestern Wisconsin during the nine-day hunting season that ended Sunday tested positive for the fatal disease, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The Wisconsin Viral Research Group in Wauwatosa is conducting the lab work for test kits marketed to hunters through sporting goods stores. Tom Hauge, a Department of Natural Resource wildlife Authorities say chase was justified Three young men died after a car crash Saturday following a chase by a Deerfield police officer. By Barry Adams Poiice reporter Suspicions of drunken driving and the way in which a car sped away justified a chase that ended in the deaths of three men shortly after the pursuit was terminated, Deer-field Police Chief Tom Cipri-ano said Tuesday. The Dane County Sheriffs Office is investigating Saturday's chase and crash. As of late Tuesday, officials had not found any wrongdoing on the part of Deerfield Police Officer Matthew Ritzema. "We are determining whether he was following proper procedures. Every indication is that he was doing just that," said Sgt. Gordon Disch of the Sheriffs Office. Matthew Hottman, 22, and Jeremy Budahn, 20, both of Cottage Grove, and Kyle walk wintry light of Monday's sunset, a solitary walker strides along a pond's expenditures of tax dollars include the state Department of Health and Family Services, Corrections and the University of Wisconsin System. While Republican control of the Senate and Assembly likely mean support for Kaufert, he may be at odds with Gov.-elect Jim Doyle. Doyle, who is expected to present his budget plan in January or February, has said he wants to protect shared revenue for local governments and keep two-thirds state funding for schools. Doyle wasn't available to comment Tuesday. Deer administrator, said he was not surprised by the lab's finding. "If there is an expectation that there is more CWD out ..J there, I wouldn't be surprised" to find it in that part of the state," Hauge said. Grant County borders Iowa County, part of which is included in the DNR's eradication zone, where it wants all the deer killed in an effort to fight the disease. So far, 41 wild deer have tested positive within the zone. The private lab is using technology that is not approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It has tested about 300 samples out of about 600, with only the one positive result. The lab's founder, Kons-tance Knox, said the company's testing technology is under review by the USDA The lab will use a different, Please see DEER, Page B2 Smith, 19, of Deerfield, died as a result of injuries from the crash, which occurred shortly before midnight Saturday. The car that Hottman was driving went through a T intersection in the town of Sun Prairie, crashed into a frozen farm field and rolled. Hottman and Budahn died at the scene. Smith died later at UW Hospital. A fourth person in the car, Mary Reinhart, 17, of Deerfield, the only one wearing a seat belt, was released from UW-Hospital on Monday. . The chase began at about 11:50 p.m. Saturday when Ritzema, 24, a Deerfield police officer since January who has more than four years of police experience, was following another car whose driver had been reported as being de- !ressed and despondent, po-ice said. Ritzema did a U-turn on Main Street after an approaching car did not dim its headlights, Cipriano said. However, before Ritzema, ; who suspected the driver was Please see CHASE, Page B2 Associated Press

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