Local News 5/3/18


Two-and-a-half years after police said a man murdered his sister in rural Eau Claire County, charged against him have been dismissed. James Bonczkowski was accused of strangling and stabbing Alexandra Marifke at her rural Augusta home in October 2016. When her body was found, she had a knitting needle sticking out of her chest.  Last year, Bonczkowski, 75, was found not competent to stand trial due to his Alzheimer's disease, and other health problems - including strokes and brain bleeds. This week, an Eau Claire County judge dismissed the murder case against him, pointing out that two psychologists believe he will never regain competency. Earlier - a judge signed off on an order on Thursday that would transfer Bonczkowski to the Mendota Mental Health Facility in Madison and detain him there, after a final hearing at a later date.

WQOW News 18

Wisconsin and Minnesota fishery officials are considering the first changes to bag and size limits on the Mississippi River in 50 years.  The two state agencies say they don't have any specific plans yet but will begin gathering information at five public hearings later this month.  The first will be held May 14th in Red Wing, Minnesota.  The two Wisconsin hearings are set for May 16th in Prairie du Chien and May 17th in La Crosse.  Any suggested changes would have to go through the ruling-making process, meaning the earliest they could go into effect would be 2020.

-Wheeler News Service

Columbia County investigators say a 73-year-old Portage man admitted trapping and killing cats in his neighborhood, then dumping them on a neighbor's property.  Paul Greiner made his first court appearance Wednesday.  A neighbor, Liz Masterson, says she watched Greiner step out of a vehicle which had stopped in the road in front of her house and throw a dead cat onto her property.  Masterson says her family has had ongoing issues with Greiner.  She says she believes the cats were being used to threaten her family.  Greiner reportedly told deputies he has post-traumatic stress disorder from his military service, affecting his behavior.

-Wheeler News Service


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