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The governor of Wisconsin declares an emergency over forest fires
MADISON, Wisconsin – Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers declared a state of emergency on Monday in response to dangerous forest fire conditions across the state.
The executive order will ensure the support of the Wisconsin National Guard and the deployment of the Guard’s Blackhawk helicopters. It directs all government agencies to help prevent, respond and restore forest fires if necessary.
More than 320 wildfires have been reported in Wisconsin, burning over 1,400 acres. Firefighters anticipate a slightly longer than average fire season as snow melts earlier across the state.
“With almost the entire state exposed to high or very high fire risk, protecting the Wisconsinites from the devastating dangers of forest fires is a top priority,” Evers said in a statement.
The National Weather Service said weather conditions continue to be conducive to forest fires, including gusty winds, low relative humidity and dry fuels.
Siblings, ages 1 and 2 found after Amber Alert was issued
MILWAUKEE – Two young siblings who were the subject of an Amber Alert have been found and their mother is recovering after she was shot dead in Milwaukee.
The warning for the children at risk was issued around 5 p.m. on Sunday. Police said the children, aged 1 and 2, were taken away by their father after he shot their mother on the north side of town and escaped in her vehicle.
The 20-year-old woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated in a hospital.
Authorities canceled the Amber Alert around 11 p.m. after the children were found. Details of how the siblings were found or what their conditions are, have not been released.
Her father is at large.
Authorities: Iowa woman killed in wildfire out of control
MARION, Iowa – A woman in eastern Iowa was killed in a grass fire that she was participating in and which got out of hand.
The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon near a football complex north of Marion, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
Investigators said Marion’s Carol Woodson, 79, tried to maintain the fire. Rescue workers found Woodson on the ground, engulfed in smoke and flames. She died on the scene.
The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office is helping investigate her death.
While there were no fire bans in the state at the time of the fire, the National Weather Service had advised against open burns due to increased wind gusts, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported.
Cedar Rapids Police are investigating fatal stitches at the hotel
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Cedar Rapids police are investigating a fatal sting of a man at a local motel over the weekend.
The sting occurred at midnight on Sunday when someone called 911 to report that a person had been stabbed in a guest room at the Residence Inn, police said in a press release on Monday.
Arriving officers and paramedics found a 33-year-old man who had been stabbed in the upper body. The man, whose name was not immediately released, died on the scene despite attempts by medics to save his life, police said.
Two men were arrested at the scene of the knife stab, including Victoriano Dias-Barrera, 39, who was arrested on suspicion of first degree murder, was deliberately armed and was attacked with a lethal weapon. The second man, 29-year-old Anthony Diaz, was arrested on an arrest warrant in Texas that charged him with murder in a separate case in that state, police said.
Investigators believe there were several people in the room at the time of the knife stab. An initial investigation found that the victim and the suspect, who knew each other, had quarreled before the knife stab.
A Chicago suburb man charged with the stabbing death of a relative
BELLWOOD, IL. – A man from suburban Chicago, charged with a fatal knife stab by a relative, stabbed the 76-year-old victim dozens of times in her home with a “samurai knife,” a prosecutor said.
Isaiah Jones, 20, is charged with first degree murder in the murder of 76-year-old Jearlean Willingham on Thursday in the Cook County village of Bellwood. Cook County judge Susana Ortiz denied Jones’ bail on Sunday, citing the evidence and “maliciousness” of the crime.
Assistant Cook County Prosecutor Christina Dracopoulos said at the trial on Sunday that Willingham was Jones’ “step-great-grandmother” and lived with her at her home, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Dracopoulos said Jones took what the suspect referred to as a “samurai knife” and repeatedly stabbed Willingham in her home early Thursday. She suffered at least 35 stab wounds, some of which pierced her heart and lungs.
Willingham’s daughter found her body covered in blood, said Dracopoulos.
Jones, who was arrested nearby about five hours later, admitted killing Willingham and admitted the blood covering his body was hers, Dracopoulos said.
Authorities said Jones was found with disassembled pieces of a gun and knife, loose currency, and bank envelopes containing $ 525.
Jones attorney Greg LaPapa said his client works in a clothing store and is trying to get his GED. He noted that his client’s face was not seen in a surveillance video taped at Willingham.
The Illinois bar caused 46 COVID-19 cases and the school closed
CHICAGO – An indoor event at an unnamed bar in rural Illinois sparked 46 cases of COVID-19, the hospitalization of a resident of a long-term care facility, and the closure of a school. This comes from a report published on Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Participants at the bar opening event in February reported “inconsistent” mask wear and negligent physical distancing. Those who tested positive for COVID-19 ended up including three bar staff, 26 patrons and 17 others who were infected by those who went to the bar. A school with 650 students had to close because so many people were in quarantine, according to the CDC.
The results show that “broadcasts from a company such as a bar not only affect the customers and employees of the bar, but can also affect an entire community,” the report said.
For example, a bar patron who reported a runny nose two days after the event had close contact with 26 people during personal lessons and indoor sports training at the school. Within a few days, two student athletes tested positive for COVID-19. The school closed for two weeks from Feb. 18 because 13 school employees were isolated, quarantined or had a child who was quarantined.
The report did not name the facility or local health department that investigated the infections, but the Illinois Department of Health confirmed Monday that the outbreak occurred in Douglas County of fewer than 20,000 residents. A quote in the CDC report stated that several authors work for the Douglas County Health Department.