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News from around Wisconsin (9:56 p.m. 11/23/09)

Harris, Kampman lost for season with knee injuries

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay cornerback Al Harris and linebacker Aaron Kampman will both have season-ending knee surgery.

Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that losing the two veterans will be a major challenge to the Packers, who have a 6-4 record and are in the middle of the NFC wild card race after Sunday’s victory over San Francisco.

With a Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit just three days away, McCarthy says coaches still are considering their options at each position.

Harris and Kampman both taken to the locker room after being hurt on separate plays in the second half. McCarthy would not confirm the specifics of either injury, but both appeared to hurt their left knees.

Wis. hunters take 100,000 deer on opening weekend

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State wildlife officials said hunters killed dramatically fewer deer during the opening weekend of Wisconsin’s traditional gun deer season than last year.

The Department of Natural Resources says hunters took about 100,000 deer, down about 25 percent from 133,800 last year. They killed about 49,500 bucks, down about 3,000, and 50,400 antlerless deer, down 31,000 from last year.

DNR officials caution the numbers are preliminary. But they say they anticipated a smaller harvest this year.

They say the deer population has decreased in some areas. They also point to the suspension of the earn-a-buck program, which required hunters to take an antlerless deer before a buck as a means of controlling a burgeoning deer herd.

They also noted opening day this year was foggy until midday, making hunting difficult.

Wis. man with alleged child porn shrine charged

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man transformed his apartment into a pornographic shrine to young girls, arranging mannequins in a sex act, plastering every flat surface with pictures and setting up a bed covered with stuffed animals, investigators said Monday.

Kevin M. Derks’ collection featured photographs of Hollywood starlets, including a poster of actresses Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen with a caption inviting himself to join in sex acts with them, DVDs of child pornography and photos he said he took of girls at local beaches.

Prosecutors charged Derks, 53, of Kenosha, with 20 felony counts of possessing child pornography. His attorney, Nancy Barasch, said she had just learned of the case Monday afternoon and knew little about Derks so far.

A criminal complaint said Derks allegedly told investigators the world has gotten “worse and worse” so he turned to children because they are beautiful. He denied ever having sexual contact with a child, and said no children had been to his apartment in the town of Kenosha and that he never tried to lure any there.

State Department of Justice agents learned about Derks through a tip from federal immigration officials investigating online child pornography. They said Derks purchased a 30-day membership to a site in 2006, according to court documents.

Derks fainted when state agents tried to interview him on Tuesday. He was taken to an area hospital.

Agents searched Derks’ apartment the next day. The criminal complaint said every surface, including cupboard doors and shelves, was covered with posters, photos and computer printouts of girls in various poses, states of undress or engaged in sex acts.

Lions QB Stafford may not play vs Packers

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson played the game Sunday that Detroit Lions fans had been waiting all season to see.

Stafford set an NFL rookie passing record with 422 yards in a 38-37 victory over Cleveland and became the youngest player to throw five touchdown passes in a game. Johnson had seven catches for a career-best 161 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown.

Trouble is, a national TV audience might not get to see either player on Thursday.

Stafford and Johnson were both injured on a chaotic play as time expired, and Lions coach Jim Schwartz didn’t sound optimistic that either would be available to face Green Bay on Thanksgiving Day.

Stafford suffered a dislocated left shoulder when he was hit as he threw a desperation pass into the end zone. The pass was intercepted, but Cleveland was called for pass interference. After a time-out, Stafford returned to the game to throw his fifth touchdown pass, but that didn’t do anything to heal the injury.

“He’s extremely sore today,” Schwartz said. “Most of the tests have come back, and there doesn’t appear to be any long-term structural damage, but there’s a lot of pain. If that continues, he’d be unlikely to play on Thursday, but we’re not closing the door on anything yet.”

Schwartz said that Daunte Culpepper, who was on the field for the final snap before Cleveland called time-out, would start if Stafford couldn’t play.

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