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News from around Wisconsin (9:47 p.m. 12/4/09)

Wis. man linked to 4 slayings charged in 2 deaths

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man police say is linked to the deaths of his two young daughters and their mothers remained at large Friday. He was charged in two of the slayings.

Tyrone Adair, 38, of Middleton, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of his 33-year-old girlfriend, Tracy Judd, and their 23-month-old daughter. Judd’s older daughter told detectives Adair called her Thursday to say her mother and the child would not be home because they had been in a bad accident.

Their bodies were found that night in the trunk of Adair’s vehicle in a Middleton parking lot, less than three hours after another of Adair’s daughters and that girl’s mother were found shot to death in a vehicle in the garage of their Madison home, authorities said.

Madison Police spokesman Joel DeSpain cautioned Friday that Adair is armed and dangerous. His photograph was distributed to law enforcement nationwide.

“At this point in time we don’t know where this guy has gone,” said Madison Police spokesman Joel DeSpain.

Court records indicate Adair was involved in paternity cases with Judd and a woman who lives in the same block as the Madison double slaying.

Police were called to a duplex on Madison’s southwest side around 6 p.m. Thursday and discovered the mother and daughter shot inside a vehicle in the garage.

Decision soon on closing lock to stop Asian carp

CHICAGO (AP) — A decision could come within days on whether to temporarily close a vital Chicago area shipping waterway in an increasingly desperate bid to stop the invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, an Obama administration adviser said Friday.

Cameron Davis, the Great Lakes adviser to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, told The Associated Press that discussions were under way about shutting the O’Brien Lock while crews poison part of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal to kill the giant carp.

“It’s going to happen soon,” he said about a decision. “We’re talking, best guess, within the next two or three days.”

Before making a final decision, officials want to finish searching for Asian carp and conduct other tests along the canal to pinpoint where they might be located, Davis said. If officials do choose to close the lock, it would shut down immediately.

Authorities are trying to make sure the voracious carp don’t reach Lake Michigan where they could starve out smaller, less aggressive competitors and cause the collapse of the $7 billion-a-year Great Lakes sport and commercial fishing industry.

But closing the lock could also disrupt the movement of millions of tons of iron ore, coal, grain, salts and other goods.

The American Waterways Operators, a trade group representing the tug and barge industry, said Friday that a safety zone set up by the U.S. Coast Guard to search for Asian carp near the O’Brien Lock already made it impassable for commercial vessels.

Wis. DNR tables proposal for 16-day deer hunt

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has tabled its proposal for a 16-day deer hunt season next year.

DNR Secretary Matt Frank said in a letter Friday the department first wants to analyze data from the recently completed nine-day hunt, which produced the lowest kill number in years.

Frank said a 16-day season remains an option for population control in the future. But he said it’s more important now to review this season’s numbers so the DNR can make better decisions in the future.

Preliminary figures show Wisconsin hunters killed fewer than 200,000 deer this year. In recent years the November hunt netted 320,000 to 350,000 deer.

Frank’s letter was addressed to the Natural Resources Board.

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