Saturday, June 12, 2021
|A sign is displayed outside a McDonald's restaurant, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall)|
Gas prices in southeastern Wisconsin have hit $3 a gallon, the latest reflection of pent-up interest in traveling after more than a year of being cooped up because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine and Kenosha counties all recorded average prices of $3 a gallon for regular gas on Friday, according to the American Automobile Association. That's about eight to nine cents more than a week ago.
Across Wisconsin, the average was $2.92, which is three to four cents more than the previous week’s average. A year ago, the average gallon of regular gas cost $2.04 in Wisconsin.
Gas industry experts say the prices reflect the reopening of the U.S. economy and ramping up of summertime travel.
“Economic gains are filtering down into increased gasoline consumption as people hit the road for vacation. It’s a whole lot of pent-up demand,” said Jim Ritterbusch, president of Ritterbusch and Associates, an oil trading and advisory firm.
A Milwaukee Press Club event has landed Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson in hot water with YouTube.
On Friday, Johnson was slapped with a one-week suspension from uploading videos to YouTube after the company said he violated the website's COVID-19 "medical misinformation policies."
A YouTube spokesperson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other outlets Friday: "We removed the video in accordance with our COVID-19 medical misinformation policies, which don’t allow content that encourages people to use Hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin to treat or prevent the virus."
According to a copy of its policy statement: "YouTube doesn't allow content that spreads medical misinformation that contradicts local health authorities’ or the World Health Organization’s (WHO) medical information about COVID-19."
Johnson's office said the comments were flagged from his Milwaukee Press Club appearance on June 3, in which he criticized the Trump and Biden administrations for "not only ignoring but working against robust research (on) the use of cheap, generic drugs to be repurposed for early treatment of COVID.
RACINE — During a drug bust in Racine, deputies say they also found three young children in the house.
The Racine County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Thursday that its drug unit raided a house in the 3400 block of 21st Street in the city of Racine Wednesday morning.
The office said they believed a man, identified as Parnell McCray, 31, was running a marijuana and crack cocaine operation there.
Inside the home, deputies say they found cannabis plants, growing equipment, crack cocaine, a gun, cash and other items.
According to the office: "Agents located 12 marijuana plants, grow tents, grow lights, marijuana seeds, ventilation equipment, and marijuana product drying. Additional items located with the residence were a loaded 9mm handgun, 454.4 grams of marijuana (approx. street value $2000.00), 2.3 grams of crack cocaine (approx. street value $250.00), $1172.00 in US currency, digital scales, money counter, food saver sealer, packaging materials, plastic bags with cocaine residue, baggies with corners missing, drug notes of sales, cell phones and a computer."
During their search of the home, deputies also found three young children. The Racine County Human Services Department responded under drug endangered children protocol.
Parnell McCray was brought to the Racine County Jail on the following charges:
• Possession of marijuana with intent to deliver
• Manufacture THC
• Possession of cocaine with intent to deliver
• While armed enhancer
• Keeper of a drug place enhancer
• Possession of drug paraphernalia
• Second degree recklessly endangering safety (regarding the children in the residence)
Local activist groups say Malcolm James was bullied in the Racine County Jail for having a 'soft voice'
Friday, June 11, 2021
A teenage girl and her boyfriend charged with killing her father in Las Vegas laughed about “murdering somebody” and then having lots of sex in a deranged cellphone video they recorded while still on the lam.
The shocking footage, obtained by KLAS, is being used by prosecutors as evidence against Aaron Guerrero, 18, and his 16-year-old girlfriend, Sierra Halseth, the daughter of a former Nevada state senator.
“Welcome back to our YouTube channel … Day 3 after murdering somebody …,” Guerrero, with a smirk on his face, says into the camera.
“Whoa! Don’t put that on camera,” Halseth replies while giggling.
“It was worth it,” Guerrero adds before pecking his girlfriend on the forehead.
The teen girl then brags how they “had sex a lot today,” which her boyfriend mumbles was “payment for doing it.”
He then softly slapped her face and put his hand around her throat, with Halseth pretending to choke before finally looking at the camera with her eyes wide, saying casually, “So, yeah.”