Governor signs human trafficking bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that tightens Wisconsin’s human trafficking laws and gives victims a way to void any crimes they may have committed. Current Wisconsin law defines trafficking as recruiting, enticing, harboring or transporting someone against their consent. The bipartisan bill removes the consent element and adds using schemes More >

Local unemployment rates drop throughout Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Unemployment rates have dropped in most Wisconsin counties and cities. The state Department of Workforce Development reports Wednesday that preliminary rates for March are down in all but three of the state’s largest 32 cities. Unemployment was unchanged in Mount Pleasant and it increased in Menominee Falls and Racine. Similarly, rates are More >

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Two Sentenced for Smuggling Marijuana into Federal Prison

John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Bernisha Woods, 23, Bloomington, Illinois, and her brother, Donald Woods, 27, an inmate of the Federal Correctional Institution at Oxford, Wisconsin, were sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb for smuggling marijuana into FCI-Oxford. Bernisha Woods was sentenced to More >

Wisconsin facing $700M transportation shortfall

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker is looking for new ways to fund a state transportation budget that is projected to fall short by as much as $700 million by 2017. The Janesville Gazette reports ( ) Walker was in Rock County on Tuesday for a Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. board meeting. The Republican governor More >

Half-eaten cinnamon roll leads police to car thief

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A half-eaten cinnamon roll helped Madison police track down a suspected car thief. The car was stolen Monday about 4:30 a.m. The driver parked at a hotel with the key in the ignition, and when he walked inside he heard his car start up. Surveillance video got a glimpse of the suspect, More >

Wisconsin investment officer gets biggest bonus

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Chief Investment Officer David Villa is receiving the largest bonus out of the $13.3 million being awarded the state’s pension fund managers as a reward for strong investment returns. The bonuses approved by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board are 66 percent higher than the $8 million awarded last year. The More >

Warrantless GPS tracking before court decision OK

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A state appeals court says Wisconsin police were within their rights to place GPS trackers on cars before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled they need warrants. Police in Kenosha attached a tracker to Scott Oberst’s car without a warrant in 2011. They used the tracker to gather evidence to build a drug More >

Multiple Charges for a Reedsburg Man

A Reedsburg man was arrested and has multiple charges being brought against him. According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement was dispatched to the Lyndon Station Fire Station on Monday for a combative subject attempting to start a fight. Investigation revealed that 24-year-old Kevin Helm entered the building with a bump and a laceration on More >