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  • On the road: Don’t miss NYE Cheese Drop in Wis. Dec 20, 2014 6:30 AM
    Only in Wisconsin would the citizenry revel in a New Year’s Eve Cheese Drop. Join the folks in the Plymouth Arts Center, which will be open for a casual evening of live musical entertainment, food, socializing and the nationally acclaimed Big Cheese Drop at midnight. Closer to home, the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center presents its first New Year’s Eve Family Bash.

     
  • 300-year-old oak tree at UW-Madison to be felled Dec 19, 2014 9:31 AM
    The oldest tree on the University of Wisconsin’s Madison campus is coming down. The 300-year-old bur oak is known as “The President’s Tree” because it stands on Observatory Hill next to the former home of university presidents, which is now the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

     
  • Great Lakes wolves back on protection list Dec 19, 2014 4:38 PM
    The order affects wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dropped federal protections from those wolves in 2012 and handed over management to the states.U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell in Washington, D.C., ruled Friday the removal was “arbitrary and capricious” and violated the federal Endangered Species Act.

     
  • Humane Society blames lead bullets for bald eagle death Dec 19, 2014 4:42 PM
    One bald eagle has died and another is in serious condition in Wisconsin after ingesting lead from ammunition.

     
  • Hatchet murder suspect fit to stand trial Dec 19, 2014 4:41 PM
    An Arlington Heights man charged with killing his estranged wife with a hatchet last month was declared competent to stand trial Friday during a hearing in a Racine County, Wisconsin, courtroom, according to published reports. The Journal Times reported that a circuit court judge declared Cristian Loga-Negru, 38, of Arlington Heights competent to stand trial based on the findings of a psychologist.

     
  • Girl, 13, competent to stand trial in Slender Man stabbing Dec 18, 2014 1:14 PM
    One of two girls accused of stabbing a classmate in a southeastern Wisconsin park to please a fantasy character known as Slender Man is competent to stand trial for attempted homicide, a judge ruled Thursday. A state psychiatrist determined the girl was able to assist in her defense, but her attorney disputed the finding, saying he had a report from another doctor who disagreed. Both reports are sealed. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren said the girl is competent to stand trial. The decision keeps the case tracking toward a preliminary hearing. Prosecutors have charged both girls with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the attack in May in Waukesha, a city of 71,000 about 15 miles west of Milwaukee. They say the girls plotted for months to kill classmate Payton Leutner, luring her to a wooded park after a sleepover and stabbing her 19 times. After her attackers left, Leutner crawled through the woods to a sidewalk where a bicyclist found her and called 911. The two girls charged in the case were found walking toward a national forest where they said they believed Slender Man lived in a mansion. They told investigators they believed killing Leutner would curry favor with the figure. All three girls were 12 at the time of the attack. The girl whose competency was in question has since turned 13. Wisconsin law requires suspects in severe crimes to be charged as adults if they are at least 10 years old. The Associated Press is not naming the girls because their attorneys have said they may still try to move their cases into juvenile court, where proceedings are closed to the public.

     
  • Police: DNA links Milwaukee man to sexual assault Dec 18, 2014 12:00 PM
    Authorities have charged a Milwaukee man whose DNA they say links him to a rape on the city’s north side. WTMJ-TV reports 24-year-old Robert Brown is charged with robbery, kidnapping and sexual assault of a woman in the September incident. Authorities say evidence from the assault scene matched Brown’s DNA in the state’s database. Authorities say Brown approached the victim as she was walking to a friend’s house. She tells police he asked her for a cigarette before dragging her behind a house while holding a gun to her head. Police say he stole the woman’s cellphone. It wasn’t immediately clear if Brown has an attorney. ——— Information from: WTMJ-TV, http://www.todaystmj4.com

     
  • Oshkosh Corp. has another Army order Dec 18, 2014 12:16 PM
    Oshkosh Corp. says it has another order from the U.S. Army to make tactical vehicles and trailers. The company said Thursday the contract for 256 medium tactical vehicles is worth $67 million. The vehicles are to be delivered next year and 2016. Oshkosh Corp. says it has delivered more than 22,000 trucks and 11,000 trailers to the Army since 2010. The Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles, or FMTVs, are used by the Army and National Guard at home and abroad.

     
  • Wisconsin ranks 32nd in private-sector job growth Dec 18, 2014 12:16 PM
    Wisconsin ranks 32nd in private-sector job growth for the 12-month period ending in June. The latest figures were reported Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. They show that Wisconsin grew private-sector jobs between July 2013 and the end of June this year by 1.45 percent. That lags the national average of growth at 2.3 percent. Wisconsin ranks 32nd nationally and behind Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development also reported Thursday that unemployment dropped from 5.4 percent to 5.2 percent between October and November. The national unemployment rate for November is 5.8 percent. The monthly also shows Wisconsin added 16,500 private sector jobs in November.

     
  • Supporters of Kenosha casino rally for jobs Dec 18, 2014 12:16 PM
    Hundreds of supporters of a new casino in Kenosha rallied for jobs at the former greyhound dog track. Local and state officials were among those who showed up to support the proposed Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Wednesday night. The rally was held at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha. Officials estimate the casino could generate more than 10,000 jobs. Supporters of the Menominee Indian tribe’s plan say the $800 million hotel and casino would have a huge economic impact on the area. There’s strong opposition to the project as well. The Potawatomi tribe is concerned it will draw business away from its Milwaukee casino.

     
  • Wanted felons arrested after shooting, chase Dec 18, 2014 11:39 AM
    Two suspects accused of shooting at officers during a police chase have been arrested following a manhunt in the woods of northeastern Wisconsin. Marinette County sheriff’s officials closed a section of Highway 141, evacuated some homes and locked down two bars Wednesday night as they searched for the armed men near Middle Inlet. Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve says the events began to unfold when authorities in Michigan informed his deputies two wanted felons were staying at a hotel in Crivitz. Officials say the men may have been responsible for home burglaries in Pound and Stephenson. WLUK-TV reports the suspects’ car was spotted north of Crivitz and deputies began a chase. Sauve says the suspects shot at a pursuing squad car, later crashed in the woods and fled on foot. Deputies arrested the men about three hours later. ——— Information from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.com

     
  • Wisconsin gov: Guard prepared for any unrest over shooting Dec 18, 2014 11:53 AM
    Gov. Scott Walker says the Wisconsin National Guard is prepared to respond to any unrest that might occur following an announcement on whether to charge a police officer who fatally shot Dontre Hamilton in a Milwaukee park. Walker says he fully expects any demonstrations to be peaceful — but nonetheless is prepared to call on guard members if protests get out of hand. He says the National Guard has been meeting with law enforcement in the Milwaukee area. Hamilton was killed April 30 after a confrontation with Officer Christopher Manney at Red Arrow Park. Manney was later fired. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm is expected to make a decision soon on whether criminal charges should be filed against Manney.

     
  • Coalition of Wisconsin business owners opposes right to work Dec 17, 2014 1:25 PM
    A newly formed coalition of more than 300 construction-related private businesses in Wisconsin announced Wednesday that it will work to defeat a right-to-work proposal being discussed by Republican leaders in the Legislature.

     
  • Out-of-work Wisconsin electrician wins $1 million Dec 17, 2014 1:25 PM
    An out-of-work Wisconsin electrician whose long-term disability ran out over a year ago has won $1 million from the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. Karl Jonsson was home with his wife and teenage daughter on Tuesday when the Prize Patrol staff showed up and surprised him with roses and balloons, a large ceremonial check for $1 million and a real check for $25,000.

     
  • 10 charged in credit card fraud and ticket scheme Dec 17, 2014 1:25 PM
    Federal authorities have charged 10 people in a scheme that allegedly used stolen credit card numbers to purchase $1.7 million worth of sports and concert tickets and then resold them at venues across Wisconsin and the U.S.

     
  • Police: Milwaukee woman fatally strangled sister Dec 16, 2014 9:25 AM
    Authorities have charged a Milwaukee woman who they say fatally strangled and suffocated her sister during an argument at their home. Authorities said Monday that Marcia Render is charged with second-degree reckless homicide and strangulation. The 51-year-old faces up to 31 years in prison if convicted of both charges. Police arrested Render last week in the Dec. 9 death of 52-year-old Sheri Head. They say Render called 911 at least eight times during the argument because Head was breaking her things. Police say Head could be heard yelling in all of the calls expect the last one. Police say Render admitted that she pinned Head down and waited for officers, causing Head to pass out. Responders were unable to revive her a few minutes later. Online court records didn’t indicate an attorney.

     
  • Baraboo adopts transgender athletic policy Dec 16, 2014 10:18 AM
    The Baraboo School Board has amended its athletic and co-curricular activities policy to prohibit discrimination against transgender students. The change adopted by board members on a vote of 4-3 Monday night includes “gender expression” and “gender identity” in the district’s anti-discrimination policy. School board members in favor of the policy amendment say it’s necessary to comply with federal guidelines and those from the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. The issue drew about 70 people to the board meeting at the high school library. While the majority of speakers supported the change, those opposed say there are too many unanswered questions about it, including how students would use school facilities like restrooms and locker rooms.

     
  • Indiana man gets 65 years in cousin’s slaying Dec 16, 2014 10:18 AM
    A central Indiana man convicted last month in his cousin’s fatal shooting has been sentenced to 65 years in prison. Nineteen-year-old De’Auntaye White of Anderson received the maximum possible sentence Monday for his murder conviction in last year’s slaying of 21-year-old Quayshawn Jordan. Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings tells The Herald Bulletin he normally does not seek the maximum sentence for someone as young as White. But the prosecutor says “that was what needed to be done” in light of White’s previous involvement in two prior shootings. That includes a 2010 incident in which White three times at his older brother with a loaded revolver. A Madison County jury convicted White in Jordan’s killing last month. ——— Information from: The Herald Bulletin, http://www.theheraldbulletin.com

     
  • Driver gets 12 years for fleeing from fatal crash Dec 16, 2014 10:18 AM
    A driver that fled from a Dane County crash that killed his friend has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Bradley Pellmann told a judge Monday that he’s ashamed that he panicked and failed to stay at the scene of the crash that killed Nathan Trickel. Authorities investigating the accident initially though the 31-year-old victim was driving because the car belonged to him. Both had been drinking at a party before the crash. The State Journal says Pellmann earlier pleaded no contest to hit and run involving death. ——— Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

     
  • Police: Man arrested in Jacksonville killing Dec 16, 2014 10:18 AM
    Jacksonville authorities say they have arrested a man wanted in an October shooting death after he spent nearly eight weeks on the run. Police say the U.S. Marshals Service arrested the 19-year-old Monday. Jacksonville Lt. Adam Mefford said he was being held in or near St. Louis. The man is accused of shooting 24-year-old Marcus Jackson outside a home in Jacksonville. Police announced a wide search for the man four days later and noted his ties to the Jacksonville, Springfield and Decatur areas. No charges have been reported.

     
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