Local Things You Need To Know
No easy solution to road project funding
problem, says state official
WAUKESHA — As budget season wears on in Madison,
the problem with paying for the state’s construction and
transportation needs has still not been resolved.
In Gov. Scott Walker’s current budget, he proposes to borrow
$1.3 billion for road projects, including $600 million to pay
for the Zoo Interchange upgrades, according to Craig Thompson,
executive director of the Transportation Development
While that total is likely to be reduced following complaints
from state Assembly and Senate leaders, Thompson said the plan,
as it currently sits, would result in lower priority road
projects being delayed, possibly for years, until projects like
the Zoo and the Interstate 94 North-South plans are completed.
For more details, see Saturday’s Freeman.
Memorials and Memorial Day Weekend in Waukesha
WAUKESHA — There are memorials throughout Waukesha
County for those who have served our country.
Some honor military veterans. Others are dedicated
to police and firefighters. Some are specifically dedicated to
those who gave, as Abraham Lincoln said in the Gettysburg
Address, “the last full measure of devotion.”
For a list and photos of these memorials, as well as a
schedule of Memorial Day Weekend events in Waukesha County, see
Warm, mostly dry Memorial Day Weekend
SULLIVAN — As the song says, two out of three ain’t
The National Weather Service predicts Saturday will be dry and
the chances are good Sunday will follow suit. But there’s a 60
percent chance of showers in the morning on Monday — Memorial
Otherwise, Saturday is shaping up to be lovely, with mostly
sunny skies, a high temperature around 75 degrees and zero
chance of precipitation. The temps will be slightly cooler
Sunday, topping out around 67 degrees, and the day will be
generally cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain, according to
After the storms Monday morning, it should be warm and windy,
with temps nearing 80 degrees.
Milwaukee alderman killed in motorcycle crash
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say a Milwaukee
alderman who was killed in a motorcycle crash was driving
Authorities say 56-year-old Joseph Dudzik died after his
Harley-Davidson motorcycle hit some construction barricades on
the city’s southwest side about 11:30 p.m. Thursday. He was
thrown about 75 feet. Dudzik died at a hospital early Friday.
Amid an outpouring of tributes from colleagues Friday, the
Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office said Dudzik had a
blood-alcohol level of 0.137 percent. Wisconsin’s legal limit is
0.08 percent. He died of blunt-force injuries including a
significant head injury. He was not wearing a helmet.
Dudzik was elected to the Milwaukee Common Council in 2002 and
represented the 11th District.
Milwaukee man pronounced dead, then moves
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee County medical
examiner’s report says a 46-year-old man was pronounced dead
after collapsing at his Milwaukee apartment, but started moving
his limbs as he was about to be taken to the morgue.
The report says the man’s girlfriend called police Tuesday
because she had not heard from him recently. A police officer
entered Thomas Sancomb’s apartment and found him at the foot of
his bed. The report says authorities found him ‘‘cold to the
touch and in rigor’’ and didn’t attempt to resuscitate him. He
was pronounced dead and his family was notified.
The report says as his body was about to be removed, he began
moving his limbs. Paramedics rushed him to a local hospital. His
diagnosis was redacted from the report.
Sancomb’s brother, John, says he’s ‘‘doing better every day.’’
Cushing Memorial Monument anniversary events kicks off
DELAFIELD— The first day of the events celebrating the 100th
anniversary of the Cushing Memorial Monument began Friday with
educational programming for students in Cushing Memorial Park.
From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at St. John's Northwestern Military
Academy there will have a Memorial Day ceremony in the academy's
Parade Field, 1101 Genesee St. Tonight at dusk, SJNMA will put
off fireworks in its Sports Field.
For the full schedule of Cushing Memorial Monument
anniversary events, see Saturday's Freeman.