Mauston Man Pleads No Contest to Take and Drive Vehicle w/o Consent Charge

A Mauston man has pleaded no contest to a charge of taking and driving a vehicle without consent. Last Wednesday in Juneau County Court, 20-year-old Joseph Lester had his sentence withheld and put on three years probation. All other charges were dismissed and read-in.

Last month was the least deadly August on Wisconsin roads since World War II

With 50 traffic fatalities, August was the safest month on Wisconsin roads in terms of traffic deaths since World War II. Traffic fatalities last month also were 14 fewer than August 2015 and 15 fewer than the five-year average for the month August, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). The More >

One Receives Injuries in Motorcycle Accident in Vernon County

A Sparta man was injured in a motorcycle accident in Vernon County Saturday afternoon. Sheriff John B. Spears said 59-year-old Terry L Brown was traveling west on County Road F in the Town of Hillsboro, when he failed to negotiate a curve. He traveled on the shoulder of the road and went over an embankment, and rolled over, More >

Tomah Memorial Cardiovascular Rehab Receives Certification

A local rehabilitation program designed to help people with cardiovascular problems has been recognized by a national rehab association. The cardiac rehab program at Tomah Memorial Hospital has been recertified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Tomah Memorial cardiac rehab coordinator Shana Steele says the certification recognizes the program for its commitment More >

4 months at Lincoln Hills: Nearly 500 incidents, 32 injuries to youth

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Staff logs from Wisconsin’s troubled youth prison show nearly 500 incidents of aggression, fighting and violence in the four months preceding a December raid at the facility in northern Wisconsin. The logs were provided to the Wisconsin State Journal ( ) by the Department of Corrections under the state’s open records law. More >

Sun Prairie authorities investigating a domestic homicide

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in the Madison suburb of Sun Prairie are investigating a domestic homicide. Police say a 35-year-old man died at a hospital after suffering a laceration to his arm during the incident Friday night. Police Chief Patrick Anhalt said in a statement that it was an isolated incident involving domestic partners. Authorities have More >

Flames engulfed abandoned school in northeastern Wisconsin

TOWN OF ROCKLAND, Wis. (AP) — Flames have engulfed an abandoned school in northeastern Wisconsin, leaving behind a pile of rubble. Firefighters were dispatched to the old Lincoln School building in Brown County’s Town of Rockland before 2:30 a.m. Monday. They found the building fully engulfed. Mark Decleene, assistant chief with the Greenleaf Fire Department, tells WBAY-TV More >

Man charged in stabbing death of Pfister chef

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Greenfield man is charged in the fatal stabbing of a Milwaukee chef outside of a bar. Twenty-year-old Hussain Sami was charged Friday with first-degree reckless homicide, as a party to a crime. Sami was charged in the death of 32-year-old Shawn Ostrom, who died of knife wounds suffered outside of a Milwaukee bar. More >

Dead crow in Rock County found with West Nile virus

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Health officials say a dead crow in southern Wisconsin has tested positive for the West Nile virus. The Janesville Gazette ( ) reports the crow was found in Rock County. The county public health department says it’s the first bird found infected in the county since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began More >

Mayor Barrett announces more cops, ‘significantly larger’ police budget

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says the city plans to hire more officers and give police more money after a deadly month. Barrett said Friday the Police Department budget “will be significantly larger than this year’s budget.” He also says the city will be funding “multiple classes of new officers.” Barrett says the final numbers More >