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  • Wisconsin police locate suspect in puppy case Jul 16, 2014 9:35 AM
    Oshkosh police say they have located a Missouri man who they suspect left a puppy behind a truck stop trash bin.Oshkosh Northwestern Media reports that police say they spoke to the man and he admitted he left the puppy. The investigation continues and no charges have been filed.

     
  • Wisconsin site to host War of 1812 re-enactment Jul 15, 2014 8:17 AM
    A southwestern Wisconsin historical site is set to host a re-enactment of a War of 1812 battle. The Villa Louis mansion will commemorate the 200th anniversary of a battle on Saturday and Sunday. The battle, which pitted U.S. troops against British-Canadian soldiers, took place on what is now the mansion’s west lawn from July 17 through July 20, 1814. It was the only battle in the war that took place on Wisconsin soil.

     
  • Kenosha cleans up damage from powerful wind Jul 14, 2014 8:26 AM
    Kenosha continues to recover from winds that reached up to 100 mph over the weekend, ripping up trees and knocking out power. Yards are littered with broken trees and branches felled by the straight line winds. Ann Bailey tells WISN-TV she heard debris flying around, saw trees twisting and thought it was a tornado.

     
  • Wisconsin police search for man who abandoned bagged puppy Jul 14, 2014 8:28 AM
    Oshkosh police are searching for a man seen leaving a puppy behind a truck stop trash bin.The two-week old puppy was found July 10 in a black plastic bag at the Planeview Truck Stop. Police say a man is seen in surveillance video walking behind the trash bin with a dark object and leaving empty-handed.

     
  • Arlington Heights siblings recovering from boating accident Jul 11, 2014 5:59 PM
    Two children from Arlington Heights are recovering at a northern Wisconsin hospital after being injured in a boating accident, authorities said. The 12-year-old girl and her 11-year-old brother were on an inner tube being pulled by a ski boat Thursday afternoon when they struck the side of a pontoon boat.

     
  • Witness sought in Iowa deaths found in Wisconsin Jul 11, 2014 8:20 AM
    A man sought as a witness to the suspicious deaths of two elderly people in northwest Iowa has been found in Wisconsin.Authorities say 44-year-old Jonathan Neunaber was detained by police in La Crosse, Wisconsin, after he was stopped for a traffic violation on Thursday night. He was held on the Iowa warrant for a material witness.

     
  • Missing kayakers found safe in Door County Jul 11, 2014 8:06 AM
    The woman and two boys who went missing while kayaking in Door County have been found safe about 12 hours after they were reported missing. The U.S. Coast Guard says the three were found in their kayaks about 14 miles from where they set out on Thursday afternoon. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the 43-year-old woman and two 9-year-old boys out of their kayaks and into the chopper about 6 a.m. Friday.

     
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court to rule on hearsay law Jul 9, 2014 6:09 AM
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to rule on whether judges can allow hearsay evidence during preliminary hearings. Hearsay is testimony that quotes someone who isn’t available to testify. Such testimony was generally barred at preliminary hearings, the step where a judge decides whether a case is strong enough to continue, until 2012. Republicans passed a law that year allowing it during the hearings, saying it would spare crime victims from testifying and eliminate the need for multiple witnesses. A Walworth County couple facing child abuse charges and a Kenosha man charged with child sexual assault have challenged the law, arguing that allowing hearsay violates their right to confront their accusers and their right to due process. The court is expected to issue a ruling Wednesday morning.

     
  • Milwaukee man to be sentenced for dogfighting Jul 9, 2014 6:09 AM
    A Milwaukee man convicted of participating in a dogfighting ring is scheduled to be sentenced. Thomas S. Zollicoffer pleaded guilty Monday to training pit bulls to fight and arranging their bouts. The 25-year-old faces a maximum penalty of 4½ years in prison and a $20,000 fine when he’s sentenced Wednesday morning. Prosecutors say Zollicoffer hosted dog fights, and sometimes killed dogs by hanging them from his basement beams. He was one of at least 13 people arrested in April, as part of what authorities described as a countywide dogfighting ring. Investigators recovered 22 living dogs, as well as the fresh corpse of a bloody dog in one suspect’s backyard. A message left with Zollicoffer’s defense attorney was not immediately returned.

     
  • Gypsy moth spraying planned for 5 counties Jul 8, 2014 6:14 AM
    Low-flying planes plan to spray for gypsy moth caterpillars in five southern and western Wisconsin counties this week. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says spraying is scheduled in Grant, Crawford, Iowa, Richland and La Crosse counties Wednesday through Friday. Maps of spray sites are available at http://gypsymoth.wi.gov. Information is also available at 1-800-642-6684. Spraying can start as early as sunrise and state officials warn the single-engine applicator planes are loud. The spraying is done to kill the caterpillars, which are invasive pests and can feed on the leaves of many species of trees and shrubs.

     
  • Walker, Burke campaigning around Wisconsin Jul 8, 2014 6:15 AM
    Both Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke are planning on campaigning across Wisconsin on Tuesday, exactly 17 weeks before the Nov. 4 election. Burke plans to tour a hops farm in Mazomanie and the Potosi Brewing Co. before heading west to the Food Enterprise Center in Viroqua. Meanwhile, Walker plans to tour a powder coating plant in Oregon, south of Madison, and a specialty wristband manufacturer in New Berlin. The events come five weeks before the Aug. 12 primary. Walker is unchallenged while Burke is being taken on by state Rep. Brett Hulsey. He is mounting a longshot campaign against the better-funded Burke, who is a former state Commerce secretary and Trek Bicycle Corp. executive.

     
  • Police capture suspect in rest stop killing Jul 5, 2014 10:32 AM
    Authorities say they’ve captured an Illinois man suspected in the deaths of a co-worker and a woman at an interstate rest stop. Authorities say the man was arrested Friday, July 4, in Wisconsin after a 25-minute chase.

     
  • FAA: Pilot killed in ultralight plane crash Jul 3, 2014 6:04 AM
    A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says an ultralight airplane crashed in central Wisconsin and the pilot was killed. Elizabeth Isham Cory said Wednesday in a statement that the pilot was the sole occupant of the single-engine plane. It crashed in a field west of Omro around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. Oshkosh Northwestern Media reports multiple law enforcement and emergency medical departments in western Winnebago County responded to the report of a crash. The Omro Police Department blocked off a section of the town road until about 9 p.m. Isham Cory says the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

     
  • Detective: Man said he killed 2 during rough sex, hid bodies in suitcases Jul 3, 2014 11:13 AM
    A detective in Wisconsin says a former police officer told him that he killed two women during rough sex and then put their bodies in suitcases that he hid for months before dumping them in rural Wisconsin. The suitcases were found June 5 about 50 miles southwest of Milwaukee.

     
  • FBI report analyzes Wisconsin heroin problem Jul 2, 2014 10:13 AM
    Wisconsin’s heroin problem continues to grow because traffickers have figured out how to meet the demand for a cheaper alternative to prescription drugs with an inexpensive but highly pure product, the FBI said Tuesday. Law enforcement officials have seen a spike in heroin usage since about 2008, but the actual scope of the problem is hard to quantify because of differences in how usage is reported throughout the state.

     
  • Doctors: 12-year-old Wis. stabbing suspect incompetent to stand trial Jul 2, 2014 11:09 AM
    Doctors have found one of two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fictional online horror character mentally incompetent to stand trial, attorneys said Wednesday. The doctors’ reports have not been made public, but the girl’s defense attorney, Anthony Cotton, said a doctor for the state of Wisconsin and a doctor hired by her defense agree that she is not mentally competent.

     
  • Apparent tornado hits rural southern Wisconsin Jul 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    An apparent tornado has damaged homes and farm buildings in rural southern Wisconsin. The storm hit around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Damage stretches from south of Highland to north of Dodgeville. Iowa County Emergency Management Director Keith Hurlbert says crews are trying to make their way to the hilly, northern half of the county to assess damage. No injuries are reported. Hurlbert says some brief flash flooding also hit the area. The National Weather Service says the storm continued into Dane County, causing a 4.3 mile path of wind damage. There are reports of numerous downed trees, roof damage to a barn and a house at a stables and a grain elevator blown down. Forecasters say more storms could fire up in southern Wisconsin Monday afternoon into the evening.

     
  • New book details infamous Wisconsin Avery case Jun 30, 2014 10:17 AM
    An eastern Wisconsin man’s conviction for killing a photographer on Halloween 2005 after being released from prison for a rape he did not commit was one of the most dramatic criminal cases in recent state history.

     
  • Dog coughs up missing wedding ring Jun 30, 2014 4:52 PM
    A Wisconsin woman who lost her diamond wedding ring five years ago had given up all hope of finding it after searching high and low. It turns out her mischievous dog had it all along.

     
  • Man wanted in Gurnee woman shooting surrenders Jun 30, 2014 10:03 AM
    Kenosha police say the man wanted in a shooting at a tavern that killed an Illinois woman has surrendered. Police say the man turned himself in at the Kenosha Police Department.

     
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