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Wisconsin Rapids man gets life in 2008 homicide

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) – A 55-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury convicted him of killing his daughter’s ex-boyfriend. Jurors deliberated for less than two hours Thursday before finding Joseph Reinwand guilty of first-degree intentional homicide. Wood County Judge Greg Potter sentenced Reinwand to More >

Wisconsin GAB predicts 56.5 percent voter turnout

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin election officials are predicting a little more than half of the state’s voting-age population will go to the polls next week. The Government Accountability Board officials said Thursday it expects about 2.5 million people will vote Tuesday. That’s about 56.5 percent of the 4.3 million people in Wisconsin old enough to More >

US judge considers dismissing ‘coordination’ suit

MILWAUKEE (AP) – An attorney for the board that oversees Wisconsin elections has asked a federal judge to step aside in a dispute over the state’s campaign coordination law. The Milwaukee-based group Citizens for Responsible Government Advocates filed a lawsuit Oct. 2, asking U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa to declare unconstitutional a law limiting coordination between More >

DOJ to dispatch attorneys, agents to polls

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen plans to dispatch state Justice Department attorneys and agents to polling sites across the state on Election Day to ensure compliance with state election laws. Van Hollen, a Republican, plans to send teams to Milwaukee, Madison, Appleton, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Janesville, Beloit, Kenosha, Racine, Wausau, Stevens More >

Humane Society says dirty dogs weren’t in dumpster

BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP) – The Dodge County Humane Society says two neglected dogs brought to the shelter weren’t abandoned in a dumpster as the man who delivered them had claimed. Humane Society president Ryan Vossekuil says when police investigated the case of possible animal neglect, they found the man wasn’t telling the truth. He More >

Judge orders DOJ to release Schimel videos

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Madison judge says the state Justice Department must release videos of two training presentations Republican attorney general hopeful Brad Schimel gave to prosecutors but will give the agency a chance to appeal his ruling. The state Democratic Party filed a records request with DOJ seeking videos of Schimel, the Waukesha County More >

Dogs found abandoned in outdoor trash bin

BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP) – The Dodge County Humane Society is caring for two small dogs found abandoned in a dumpster behind a Beaver Dam grocery store. Police are looking for the person or persons who abandoned them. Humane Society president Ryan Vossekuil says someone heard the dogs barking and whining Tuesday afternoon behind Rechek’s More >

2 women charged in heroin death

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Two women who police say tried to revive a man who had overdosed on heroin have been charged in his death in Dane County. Prosecutors say one of the women is the victim’s cousin. Joshua Hendrickson was found dead in his pickup truck in a restaurant parking lot in Stoughton last June. More >

Judge to hold hearing on releasing Schimel videos

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Madison judge could rule on whether to release videos of what Democrats believe is Republican attorney general candidate Brad Schimel making inappropriate remarks at prosecutorial training seminars. The state Democratic Party has filed an open records request with the state Justice Department seeking five videos of presentations Schimel, the Waukesha County More >

DOJ records show agent was fired over ICAC delays

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Newly released records show a state Justice Department agent that left her job over delays in assigning Internet child pornography cases was fired. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced in March that two investigators in DOJ’s Milwaukee office had left their jobs after DOJ officials discovered they had left nearly four dozen More >