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  • Sheriff: Man steals Wisconsin police chief’s truck Aug 22, 2014 6:48 AM
    Wisconsin authorities have charged a Michigan man with breaking into the Wausau police chief’s home and stealing his truck. WAOW-TV reports 39-year-old Jason Warner faces up to 19 years in prison if convicted on the felony and misdemeanor charges. The Marathon County Sheriff’s Department says the break-in happened Tuesday at Police Chief Jeff Hardel’s home in the Town of Maine. Officers from the State Patrol picked Warner up after getting a call about a man walking along Interstate 94. They say his family in Michigan had reported him missing. Authorities say they found Hardel’s truck about 4 miles away at a rest stop. It wasn’t immediately clear if he has an attorney.

     
  • Weather service confirms Wisconsin tornado Aug 22, 2014 6:48 AM
    The National Weather Service says a tornado this week was the first to hit ground in north central and northeastern Wisconsin. Post-Crescent Media reports the service confirmed on Thursday that Monday’s storms generated the tornado. Green Bay meteorologist Jeff Last says it was relatively weak and touched down about 3 miles northeast of Winchester. It felled trees and caused other light damage. Another weak tornado briefly touched down in Lake Winnebago near Oshkosh on July 27. There are typically six or seven tornadoes in the area during the summer. The National Weather Service Green Bay office has issued about half the average number of warnings this season. Last says cooler temperatures have reduced thunderstorms’ strength, but the area has seen above-average rainfall.

     
  • Wisconsin shelter pauses cat adoptions after virus Aug 22, 2014 6:48 AM
    Cat adoptions will be temporarily suspended at the Wisconsin Humane Society shelter in Racine after four cats tested positive for a contagious and often fatal disease. The Journal Times reports cat adoptions will resume Sept. 2. A Wisconsin Humane society spokeswoman says adoptions of dogs and other animals won’t be affected because the disease is only transmissible to cats. The four cats that tested positive were euthanized or have died from the disease, called feline panleukopenia (pan-loo-kah-PEE’-nee-ah) virus. The 120 cats at the Racine shelter will be tested for antibodies and observed. The Wisconsin Humane Society last saw a case of the virus in 2012 in Milwaukee. It is advising people who recently adopted cats to look for signs of the virus including lethargy, vomiting and loss of appetite.

     
  • Police: Body of woman found in Wisconsin apartment Aug 21, 2014 1:01 AM
    Authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found hidden in a Milwaukee-area apartment. The Cudahy Police Department said Tuesday the woman was found “concealed” in an upstairs apartment on Aug. 13. A search warrant says the mummified body was wrapped in a blanket and covered with paperwork.

     
  • Wisconsin police given $28 million in surplus military gear Aug 21, 2014 10:39 AM
    Records show the Pentagon has given police agencies in Wisconsin more than $28 million in surplus military gear in the past decade, including assault rifles, grenade launchers and mine-resistant trucks.

     
  • Ryan says he’d love to see Romney run again Aug 21, 2014 11:36 PM
    U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said Thursday he would love to see Mitt Romney run again for president and teased the GOP’s former nominee at one point that the “third time’s the charm.” Appearing with Ryan in Chicago, Romney offered his own good-humored praise by saying that Ryan “wouldn’t be a bad president” himself.

     
  • Lindenhurst boy dies after three-vehicle crash in Wisconsin Aug 20, 2014 5:40 PM
    Wisconsin authorities say a 9-year-old Lindenhurst boy has died after a three-vehicle accident last week. Officials said Ilan Hurtado died Tuesday from injuries suffered in the Aug. 15 crash in the town of Beaver Dam. He was in a car driven by a 45-year-old woman also from Lindenhurst.

     
  • Police: Wisconsin man bungee jumped off crane Aug 19, 2014 8:38 AM
    Sheboygan police say a 26-year-old man bungee jumped off a 140-foot crane and posted a video of the stunt online.Nick Propson of Maribel faces up to nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine if convicted of misdemeanor entry onto a construction site. Propson voluntarily reported to the police four days after the July jump at the Acuity Insurance site. A criminal complaint says he admitted he was the jumper.

     
  • Wisconsin ourt set to release John Doe documents Aug 19, 2014 9:02 AM
    A federal appeals court is poised to release nearly three dozen files in a lawsuit over an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's 2012 recall campaign and a host of conservative groups.

     
  • Deadline looms for disabled deer hunt sign-up Aug 19, 2014 9:10 AM
    Wisconsin wildlife officials are reminding disabled deer hunters the deadline to sign up for the state's special disabled hunt is approaching.

     
  • Man accused of tweeting threat to Wisconsin governor’s son Aug 19, 2014 1:24 PM
    A Milwaukee man accused of sending dozens of threatening and obscene tweets to Gov. Scott Walker’s adult son told investigators he was angry at Walker and that his son was just an “innocent bystander,” an investigator alleges in a criminal complaint. Robert C. Peffer, 31, is due in court Monday for a pre-trial conference. He was charged last month with four misdemeanor counts of sending threatening or obscene computer messages, and a court commissioner set a $250 signature bond.

     
  • Self-serve beer proposed for Wisconsin park Aug 19, 2014 1:09 PM
    Self-serve beer could be on its way to Miller Park. Milwaukee Sportservice has filed an application with the city to install two beer vending machines at the Milwaukee Brewers ballpark.

     
  • Former Wisconsin officer to enter plea in suitcase slaying Aug 18, 2014 8:36 AM
    A former police officer accused of killing two women and hiding their remains in a pair of suitcases is due back in a Kenosha County courtroom. Steven Zelich is expected to enter a plea Monday to charges of first-degree homicide and hiding a corpse in the death of Jenny Gamez, of Cottage Grove, Oregon.

     
  • Wisconsin human waste spill causes traffic delays Aug 18, 2014 12:22 PM
    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says human waste has spilled on a highway in Racine County. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the spill caused traffic delays Sunday afternoon for about three hours on Interstate 94 eastbound. The department says a “liquid non-hazardous substance” spilled across all lanes.

     
  • Woman cited for climbing into zoo’s giraffe pen Aug 17, 2014 6:07 PM
    Police say a California woman was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo and getting kicked in the face. A police report says 24-year-old Amanda Hall, of San Luis Obispo, California, climbed over one fence and almost got over the second fence of the giraffe enclosure at the Henry Vilas Zoo about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

     
  • Officials search for Wisconsin osprey, owl shooter Aug 15, 2014 9:20 AM
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials are searching for whoever is shooting federally protected raptors in Wisconsin. A spokeswoman for the service’s Midwest region tells (Wisconsin Rapids) Daily Tribune Media at least one osprey and one barred owl were shot in Bayfield County in recent weeks. Both species are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

     
  • Activists confront diocese over pig wrestling Aug 14, 2014 8:06 PM
    Activists weren’t happy about a pig-wrestling fundraiser that a Green Bay-area church held, so they’re offering the bishop cash if he takes the pig’s place in the muddy pit. A Press-Gazette Media report says Steve Hindi made the offer Thursday. He’s the founder of an animal-protection group called SHARK. He presented the Green Bay diocese with a video of Sunday’s event. It showed one animal limping and others being dropped from a few feet. Hindi says pig wrestling amounts to animal cruelty. He brought thousands of dollars in cash and said Bishop David Ricken can have it if he and other event organizers take the pigs’ place. Diocese spokeswoman Justine Lodl says the church made sure the pigs were safe. Outagamie County deputies have said the event doesn’t constitute animal abuse.

     
  • Police searching for Zion man after Amber Alert Aug 14, 2014 9:28 PM
    Police are still searching for a Zion man they say abducted his two children early Thursday morning, triggering an Amber Alert. The children were safely turned over to Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Custody, but police on Thursday night said their father, Dejavonte Finley, remains at large and could be armed and dangerous.

     
  • 3-year-old pulled from backyard pool in Racine Aug 11, 2014 7:54 AM
    A 3-year-old boy is hospitalized in critical condition after he was found in a swimming pool in Racine. Authorities say the boy was not breathing when he was pulled from the pool at a home Sunday afternoon. Police are investigating how the child got into the pool area.

     
  • Police: Wisconsin man found lying in road dies Aug 11, 2014 7:56 AM
    Police in western Wisconsin say a 20-year-old man has died after being thrown from a car driven by someone suspected to be intoxicated. KARE-TV reports Ellsworth Police say Nicholas Rhiel died from injuries Sunday after being found unconscious on a residential road early Saturday.

     
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