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Wisconsin man must remove sunken barge

FRANKLIN, WI (KWWL) -- A Wisconsin judge has ordered a Franklin man to pay nearly $37,700 in forfeitures after failing to remove a sunken barge from the Menomonee River.

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Thomas R. Cooper also has ordered Basil E. Ryan Jr. to set aside another $100,000 to pay to remove the barge.

According to state Justice Department officials, Ryan kept the barge moored to his car towing business in Milwaukee. He was ordered to remove the barge in 2005. He did not and the barge sank a year later. Prosecutors charged him with maintaining an obstruction in the river.

Ryan's attorney, Daniel Biersdorf, says he will appeal. He argues the barge was the state Department of Transportation's responsibility.

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