Local News 4/17/18

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WQOW

Closing arguments will begin this morning in the murder trial of Cullen Osburn.   Osburn is on trial for felony murder and aggravated battery. He's accused of punching Hussain Alnahdi outside a Menomonie pizza place on Halloween weekend 2016.  Monday, the defense rested.  Osburn did not take the stand. The prosecution called several witnesses Friday. Including two law enforcement officers who have been investigating the case since the beginning. They also called two people to testify to Osburn's behavior while he was behind bars, specifically another fight he had gotten into. The trial is slated to continue through most of the next week.

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A man has been sentenced after showing a gun and running into a Water Street bar in January.   Police said Ryan Malone was eventually tased inside The Pickle bar after showing a gun at two other bars. Police said he also threw the loaded gun over the beer garden fence when running from officers.   Monday, Judge Michael Schumacher sentenced Malone to 20 days in jail. 10 of those days can be served by doing 80 hours of community service.  Malone had been charged with endangering safety, possessing a gun while intoxicated, and possessing a controlled substance. 

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Another G-O-P member of the state Assembly has decided to step away from political life and not seek re-election. Representative Joel Kleefisch of Oconomowoc announced Monday that he won't run again.  Kleefisch is married to Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.  He becomes the ninth Republican Assembly incumbent to announce they won't seek re-election. Three Democratic members also have announced they won't run again.

-Wheeler News Service

There's now a new law that expands benefits for Wisconsin National Guard members. It was one of 93 bills signed by Governor Walker Monday.

The Republican bill requires the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs to pay a guard member injured on state active duty until he, or she, is able to return to active duty or their assignment ends. A bill also signed into law Monday will hopefully save more lives. The 911 dispatcher bill will allow dispatchers around the state to give CPR instructions over the phone. The governor also signed a bill to market Wisconsin to young professionals. The new law creates a $6.8 million ad campaign targeted at millennials that live in the Twin Cities and Detroit areas. Democrats criticized the move for not addressing the issues that have caused young people to leave the state.

-Wheeler News Service

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