Sunday, July 23rd

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A Racine man was charged Wednesday with the fatal shooting of his 3-year-old son.

Jeffery Pitt Jr., 30, faces three criminal charges: first-degree reckless homicide; first-degree recklessly endangering safety; and possession of a firearm by a felon. He also has previously been convicted making him a repeat offender on all three charges. 

Pitt told investigators a borrowed gun accidentally discharged while he was sleeping with the boy. Pitt said he wasn't aware the gun had been fired and never woke up until the next morning.

According to the criminal complaint filed Wednesday, Racine police investigated a report that a child died in the upper unit on Howe St. on July 12.

Investigators found the child lying on the floor with a gunshot wound through his chest and a single 40-caliber bullet casing next to the body. He was pronounced dead just before 8:00 a.m. that day. 

Pitt told investigators that he had consumed about five shots on alcohol the night before on July 11 before returning home around 7 p.m.

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State lawmakers are considering relying more on borrowing for major road projects like the Zoo Interchange work.(Photo: Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

 

MADISON – Two years ago, Republicans in the state Senate tried to prevent the state from issuing more bonds to build roads, declaring they were dead set against relying on borrowing for highways. 

That attitude is in the past. Now, they're eager to break out the sate's credit card to pay for highways as they try to end a budget stalemate.

"We're not going to kick the can down the road," Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) said in November 2015 when she and other Senate Republicans unsuccessfully tried to block issuing $350 million in bonds for I-39/90 and four other projects.

But on Tuesday, Darling — the co-chairwoman of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee — joined her Senate colleagues in embracing a plan that would borrow $712 million over the next two years for roads.

Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.(Photo: Josh Clark, Associated Press)

Timm Kopp is a letter carrier from Marshfield and a whistle-blower who will take center stage Wednesday in Washington, D.C., at a hearing on political campaigning by postal workers.

Kopp's complained that certain postal workers were taking leave without pay to work for union political campaigns and that the absences caused operational problems. That prompted an investigation by the U.S Office of Special Counsel.

The counsel concluded that the U.S. Postal Service was in violation of the Hatch Act, which restricts political activity of federal employees while on the job. The investigation found that the Postal Service did not take political sides but sought to maintain good relations with the union.

"I didn't expect it to get to this point," Kopp told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "All I wanted was an explanation on a few things. This needs to be fixed and needs to be taken care of so the Post Office does not look biased.

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MADISON - Two men accused of robbing a Wisconsin fast-food restaurant are facing murder charges after a bystander suffered a fatal heart attack during the incident.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that a criminal complaint released Monday alleges 25-year-old Xavier Fleming and 32-year-old Nicholas Ivy took nearly $4,300 from a Culver’s restaurant in Madison last month.

Contractor Christ Kneubuehl was in the restaurant with his crew at the time. Crew members told police Kneubuehl agreed to help the men break into the safe to ensure everyone’s safety, but he then suffered a heart attack.

Court documents say one suspect refused to call an ambulance and continued to grab money.

The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office says Kneubuehl’s heart attack was caused by stress.

Court documents don’t list attorneys for Fleming or Ivy. They’re scheduled for a hearing next week.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (left), Gov. Scott Walker (center) and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (right).(Photo: Associated Press)

MADISON –Hoping to move past a budget stalemate, Republicans in the state Senate on Tuesday proposed a two-year spending plan that would rely on borrowing for roads and eliminate a property tax paid by businesses. 

But the budget remains as stuck as ever because GOP senators remain at odds with Republicans who control the Assembly over transportation and other issues. 

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and seven of his colleagues unveiled their proposed budget at a Capitol news conference, but Fitzgerald also acknowledged he did not know if he had enough votes to pass it in his own house. 

"The reason I’ll say that I’m not sure where the votes are is because of the smaller items that are somewhat parochial that I’ve talked to members about," he said. "So I’m not going to make that prediction that I have the votes right now.