ONEIDA COUNTY - Robin Mendez's attorney tried to shift blame for Barbara Mendez's murder to another man Tuesday.
Attorney Peter Prusinski called four final witnesses, some who saw a man at the credit union who may have been Thomas Boze on the night of the murder.
Thomas Boze was at the Park City Credit Union the day Barbara Mendez was killed. Prosecutors don't dispute that.
Boze and his brother Michael tried to cash a check, but couldn't because they didn't have a membership at the credit union.
Barbara Mendez worked at Park City, and gave them an application for a membership card. The card was found at the scene of the murder later that day.
Barbara Jurries was at the credit union at the same time as the brothers.
"She had filled out the membership cards but she didn't give it to them because they didn't have $5. The only part that I remember is that they said they would be back and they were quite huffy about it," said Jurries.
Another witness saw a man who looked like Boze standing near Park City Credit Union while she drove past around 5:15 p.m. the night of the murder.
Both attorneys will give closing arguments Wednesday morning, then Judge Jill Falstad will make her decision about whether Mendez is guilty or not guilty.
MERRILL - A church in Merrill went without an associate Pastor for almost three years. Finally, the void has been filled.
Adam Rodriguez wanted to be a pastor for a while.
"I realized quite quickly that there was a shortage of pastors because when you don't have a pastor, you need to rely on the pastors in the area," said Trinity Lutheran Church Associate Pastor Adam Rodriguez.
Now, he's at the next stop in his lifelong journey at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill.
"Being placed in the pastor office was humbling," said Rodriguez.
MERRILL - The Lincoln County fair brings about 35,000 people to the Merrill Festival Grounds.
Organizers say one of the main reasons those people come is to interact with animals.
Families gathered in the barn for a chance to see cows, pigs, horses, and other farm animals up close.
People learned about all the work it takes to keep these animals healthy.
Local farmers said they were happy to share their way of life with others.
"When people come into the barn they're like 'hey look at all these cute animals.' They don't get to see them as much as we do. We get to see them every day on the farm," said Brenna Allen, a farmer who showed her cow.
MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order #38 to address the issue of clean energy in Wisconsin. The governor was joined by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Public Service Commission Chairperson Becky Cameron Valcq and Department of Natural Resources Secretary-designee Preston Cole.The governor was joined by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Public Service Commission Chairperson Becky Cameron Valcq and Department of Natural Resources Secretary-designee Preston Cole.
Executive Order #38 orders the Department of Administration to create the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy and in partnership with other state agencies and state utilities, achieve a goal of ensuring all electricity consumed within the state of Wisconsin is 100% carbon-free by 2050.
The Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy will be charged to promote the development and use of clean and renewable energy across the state, advance innovative sustainability solutions that improve the state's economy and environment, and diversify the resources used to meet the state's energy needs.
"Today, our administration is taking a step that promises an opportunity to create cleaner and safer jobs, to stimulate the economy, to once again have an abundant and prosperous agriculture industry, and the opportunity to restore and enjoy the beautiful natural resources our state has to offer," said Lt. Gov. Barnes.
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