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  • 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.

     
  • Wisconsin elections board to discuss audit Dec 16, 2014 9:36 AM
    The state board that oversees elections and ethics in Wisconsin plans to discuss a new audit that found problems with its operations that is fueling calls by Republicans for an overhaul. Tuesday’s meeting of the Government Accountability Board comes just days after the audit’s release. The 6-year-old board is comprised of nonpartisan former judges. It handles ethics, elections and campaign finance issues and has drawn the ire of both Democrats and Republicans over the years on a variety of issues. Republicans who control the legislature say an overhaul is needed and they are working on legislation to do that. The audit found a number of problems, including that board staff did not consistently follow a penalty schedule for enforcing campaign finance, lobbying and code of ethics laws.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Wisconsin man gets 16 years in heroin case Dec 16, 2014 11:07 AM
    A Racine County man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for conducting heroin sales with their small children present. WITI-TV reports 33-year-old Blair LaRose of Salem was also sentenced Monday to nine years of extended supervision after pleading guilty or no contest in October to charges of selling heroin and second-degree recklessly endangering safety. The Racine County sheriff’s office says LaRose and his children’s mother sold heroin to undercover officers three times. The suspects had the children, ages 1 and 3, with them on two of those occasions. Authorities say the couple offered to leave one child as collateral to ensure their return with more drugs. The 26-year-old woman is also charged in the case. The children were placed in the protective custody of Kenosha Human Services. ——— Information from: WITI-TV, http://www.fox6now.com

     
  • Marquette University receives $3.5M donation Dec 16, 2014 10:20 AM
    Marquette University has received a $3.5 million gift to fund capital improvement projects in the school’s oldest building. The university’s Diederich College of Communication said Monday it received the donation from the Bernice Shanke Greiveldinger Charitable Trust. The money will fund renovations to Johnston Hall starting in January. Renovations are expected to run through August 2018. Bernice Shanke Greiveldinger graduated from Marquette’s School of Journalism in 1942 and worked in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s advertising department for over 40 years. She died in 2008. The Greiveldinger Trust donated $1 million toward construction of Marquette’s new Jesuit Residence in July.

     
  • Police arrest man in Milwaukee sex assault attempt Dec 16, 2014 10:20 AM
    Milwaukee police are working to determine whether a man arrested in an attempted sexual assault on the city’s north side is responsible for other assaults in the area. Police said Monday they arrested the man late Sunday. They say he attacked a 25-year-old woman Friday evening in the city’s Riverwest neighborhood. The woman tells police she was walking on the sidewalk around 7 p.m. when the man forced her into a small park. Police say he hit her several times and ran away when she screamed. They say she was taken to a hospital for treatment for serious injuries that weren’t life threatening. It’s unclear how police identified the man. No charges have been reported.

     
  • Police: Woman found dead in car was homicide victim Dec 15, 2014 10:44 AM
    Milwaukee police say the woman found dead in a car on the city’s northwest side was apparently a homicide victim. Investigators responded to an apartment complex Sunday afternoon where the car was parked in an alley.

     
  • Sentencing for man who killed half-brother with autism Dec 15, 2014 10:43 AM
    A man convicted of fatally beating his autistic half-brother is to be sentenced in Dane County. Jeffrey Vogelsberg is due back in court Monday after earlier pleading no contest to second-degree reckless homicide in the 2012 death of 27-year-old Matthew Granville. Vogelsberg reached a plea deal on the original charges of first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and intimidating a witness while his trial was under way in September. Prosecutors plan to ask that Vogelsberg be sentenced to 12 years in prison and seven years of extended supervision. The defense will ask for eight years in prison.

     
  • On the road: Spend a night at ‘Nutcracker’ Dec 13, 2014 7:00 AM
    JW Marriott Chicago partners with the Joffrey Ballet for a holiday experience with “A Night at the Nutcracker” package perfect for those who want to take in the holiday sights in the city. Or if you'd rather do the dancing, the Old Town School of Folk Music presents a Global Dance Party on Friday nights.

     
  • Officials close Milwaukee road, bridge for safety Dec 11, 2014 6:15 AM
    Milwaukee County Parks officials have closed a road and walking bridge in Lake Park amid safety concerns. Officials say pieces of cement have been falling from the Ravine Bridge, which is more than 70 years old. Signs and barriers now block off Ravine Road, which runs below the bridge. Officials say they couldn’t guarantee the safety of people passing underneath the bridge while its structural integrity is in question. Jeff Baudry of the parks department says officials have hired an outside engineering firm to evaluate the bridge. The department says it’s too early to know how serious the damage is or how much repairs might cost. The damage to the bridge isn’t related to a November incident in which a semitrailer drove onto a different footbridge nearby.

     
  • Stolen kittens returned to Wisconsin shelter Dec 11, 2014 6:15 AM
    Two kittens have been returned to a Milwaukee-area animal shelter after someone snatched them last week. The Washington County Humane Society said Wednesday it’s glad to have Chicken Nugget and Big Mac back at the shelter. The 3-month-old kittens were taken when a cage was accidently left unlocked and unsupervised. The kittens were being treated for roundworms before they were taken. Community relations director Deb Block says the humane society received a message Tuesday night after the animals’ pictures appeared on television. An anonymous caller reported knowing their location. The person dropped the kittens off Wednesday afternoon with no questions asked.

     
  • Milwaukee man charged in wife’s fatal shooting Dec 11, 2014 6:15 AM
    Authorities are searching for a Milwaukee man who they say fatally shot his wife in front of her daughter. Anthony Bradley was charged Wednesday with four felony counts including first-degree intentional homicide and kidnapping in the death of Karen Bradley on Friday. Authorities say the 42-year-old man shot his wife once in the head in front of her 16-year-old daughter after her 11-year-old daughter ran from the apartment for help. Karen Bradley was pronounced dead at the scene. The daughters tell police Anthony and Karen Bradley were fighting in the days before the attack and that he was abusive toward her. Bradley faces life in prison if convicted of homicide. He was on probation for drug possession with intent to deliver at the time of the shooting. Online court records didn’t indicate an attorney.

     
  • Wisconsin man dead, 2 injured in North Dakota crash Dec 10, 2014 10:56 AM
    A three-vehicle crash in the western North Dakota oil patch has killed a Wisconsin man and injured two other people from out of state. The Highway Patrol says the crash happened shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. Highway 85, about 5 miles north of Alexander.

     
  • Police investigate death of Milwaukee woman Dec 10, 2014 9:27 AM
    Milwaukee police are investigating after they say a 52-year-old woman died in a home on the city’s west side. WITI-TV reports police say squads were dispatched to the home early Tuesday. They found the Milwaukee woman inside and performed life-saving measures but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

     
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