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Ex-Milwaukee County official charged with bribery

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A former Milwaukee County official has been charged with accepting bribes. Dennis Dietscher, of Hales Corners, faces six felony counts related to funneling more than $10 million in restoration work to the same contractor for repairs to county property. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Dietscher played a key role in coordinating millions of More >

Suspect in baseball bat death pleads insanity

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) – A Plover man has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the baseball bat beating death of his stepfather. Thirty-three-year-old Andrew Pray entered his plea Monday before Portage County Circuit Judge Thomas Eagon, who ordered a competency exam. Pray is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the May 26 attack. More >

Green Bay man sentenced for killing 2-year-old

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – A Green Bay man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing the 2-year-old son of his girlfriend. Thirty-year-old Nicholas Willies was convicted of second-degree reckless homicide in the January 2013 death of Alex Fountain, who died of head and abdominal injuries. His attorney, Raj Singh, said Willies took responsibility More >

Judge delays trial in 2007 killing until January

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) – A judge has delayed the trial for a woman charged in the shooting death of her former domestic partner nearly seven years ago. Diana Siveny was due to go on trial next week on a charge of being a party to first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Lara Plamann. On Monday, More >

Group revokes endorsement of GOP candidate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A conservative group has revoked its endorsement of a Republican legislative candidate. Wisconsin Family Action’s political action committee released a statement Monday saying it had revoked its endorsement of Ashton Kirsch in south-central Wisconsin’s 81st Assembly District. The statement said the committee has decided Kirsch’s views on marriage differ too much from More >

Sheriff says highway shooting was road rage

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says road rage led a motorcyclist to shoot at another vehicle on a busy freeway, injuring the driver with flying glass. Clarke told reporters the rage stemmed from who was going to be able to enter the freeway first. He says the suspect, a 35-year-old Milwaukee man, could More >

Unknown parties want Doe documents to stay secret

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A conservative group has filed a motion asking a federal appeals court not to release nine documents linked to a secret investigation of possible illegal coordination between Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign and right-leaning organizations. The Wisconsin Club for Growth, one of the targets of the investigation, filed a federal lawsuit More >

Alleged confession preceded charges in 1984 death

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) – Court documents say a Wisconsin Rapids man now accused of killing his wife decades ago was charged because he allegedly confessed to relatives and fellow inmates. Joseph B. Reinwand is scheduled to make an initial appearance Tuesday. He was charged last week in the death of his 19-year-old wife, who More >

Crash kills 3 people in western Wisconsin

ARCADIA, Wis. (AP) – Authorities are investigating a crash that killed three people in Trempealeau County of western Wisconsin. Sheriff Richard Anderson says an eastbound SUV and a westbound minivan collided on Highway 95 between Arcadia and Blair around 7:30 a.m. Monday. The van caught fire. The driver of the SUV, who was alone in her vehicle, More >

Ex-officer pleads not guilty in suitcase slaying

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – A former police officer accused of killing two women and hiding their remains in a pair of suitcases has pleaded not guilty in the death of one. Steven Zelich pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of first-degree homicide and hiding a corpse in the death of Jenny Gamez, of Cottage Grove, Oregon. A More >