Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Wheeler News - Afternoon State News #3 - 12/4/13

Wheeler News Service – Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - Afternoon Summary #3

Editor on Duty: Jonathan Daniels (402) 858-4973
Story contributions:

Here are the headlines:

Update on Leo Frigo Bridge: Repair work should be done on time.
Waukesha man charged in the death of a motorcyclist.
Deer season numbers are down, cold weather to blame.

Here are the stories:

The Leo Frigo Bridge repair project in Green Bay is on time...and on budget. Wisconsin Department of Transportation regional design and construction Chief Brian Roper says crews are finishing their work on 20 concrete shafts that will support five piers of the bridge. He adds that work will be completed by the middle of next week, then crews will turn their attention to the sagging section of the bridge and put it back in place. Roper says the I-43 Bridge should reopen on or before January 17th.


A Waukesha man will face charges in a crash that killed a motorcyclist in October. 23-year-old Edi Gomez has been charged with homicide by negligent operation of a motor vehicle and operating with a suspended license. Court records show Gomez was running late for work and attempted to pass 58-year-old James Solvenson on the shoulder, losing control of his S-U-V and hitting Solvenson. The motorcyclist was thrown off his bike and struck his head on a metal pole, he was pronounced dead on the scene. Gomez is being held at the Waukesha County Jail, bail set at 500-thousand dollars.


The cold weather during the opening weekend of the nine-day gun deer hunt had a big impact on final numbers for the season. DNR big game ecologist Kevin Wallenfang says many hunters told the agency that they just were not able to spend much time out in the frigid temperatures during the first few days. Opening weekend numbers were down about 18-percent from last year during the opening weekend, but picked up later in the week through the end of the season on Sunday. In the end, this year's season was down about seven-percent from 2012, with preliminary numbers showing about 226-thousand deer were harvested.