Want a free necklace? Show your job-termination slip

Categories: Weird Wisconsin
Interesting things happen when the economy plummets. Wisconsin already has a running start.

Laid off? Here's a free heart necklace
APPLETON -- An Appleton jeweler hopes a bit of free jewelry will brighten Valentine's Day for people who have lost their jobs or homes. Rick Sawotka of Sawotka's Diamond Center is giving away 100 sterling silver heart necklaces. To receive one, customers have to bring in a job-termination slip or foreclosure notice, plus personal identification.

Inmate's nights on a wet mattress worth $30,000, not $300,000
A federal judge on Tuesday slashed a jury award to a state prison inmate from nearly $300,000 to just under $30,000, calling the amount granted to a prisoner forced to sleep on a wet mattress as "excessive." The man sued the state and New Lisbon Correctional Institution prison guard Jerry Allen over having to sleep on a wet and moldy mattress and was awarded $295,000 by a jury in September.

Make a bomb threat at school, pay for lost school time
MADISON -- A student who made a bomb threat at his Wisconsin high school must pay more than $15,000 in restitution to cover lost instructional time, an appeals court ruled today.

Guy accused of showing naked pics now in more trouble for fight with parents
An 18-year-old rural Chippewa Falls man who was charged for allegedly taking nude pictures of his former girlfriend without her consent is facing additional charges of felony bail jumping and misdemeanor domestic abuse in an unrelated incident.

Students stop applying to UW-Madison when they realize they are paying tuition to drink MADISON -- Undergraduate applications for fall admission to the University of Wisconsin-Madison have dropped for the first time in five years.

Another man found dead outside from apparent exposure
HAYWARD -- Police say a man found dead in a field in the town of Hayward near Round Lake apparently was a victim of exposure.

Four dogs euthanized after attacking woman
Four dogs that mauled a woman as she walked down a western Wisconsin street have been euthanized. Deputies say Kathleen Benish, 68, was attacked Friday afternoon while walking in the town of Tilden. They say the dogs dragged her into a ditch and tore most of her clothing before owner Matthew Mikula could control them.

UW students and parents shocked their information is public
MILWAUKEE - Some parents of University of Wisconsin students are raising alarm after learning anyone can get their children's personal information under the state open records law. Students' so-called directory information is considered public, and UW-Madison will provide it to anyone for $90.



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