Berit Beck case goes to jury, continues Tuesday

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Jury deliberations have begun in the trial of a man accused of killing an 18-year-old Wisconsin woman in 1990. Sixty-two-year-old Dennis Brantner is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Berit Beck. The Fond du Lac Reporter ( ) says the jury got the case Monday afternoon and will More >

Twenty-eight private schools register to offer vouchers for students with special needs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Twenty-eight private schools in Wisconsin have registered to offer vouchers for students with special needs in the first year of the program. The state Department of Public Instruction released the list of schools on Monday. Most are in the Milwaukee area, with 15 in the city. The program is open to special-needs students More >

Walker Wants DOT Budget Plan Earlier For “Full Public Discussion”

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is calling on his state Department of Transportation secretary to deliver a full two-year spending request earlier than usual. Walker tells Secretary Mark Gottlieb in a letter Monday that his budget request should not include any tax or fee increases and bonding should be held to a “reasonable level.” More >

Wildlife Experts Help Mishicot Police Search For Python

Wildlife experts are helping police in eastern Wisconsin search for a python that its owners reportedly tossed out a window after biting a poodle. Police in the Manitowoc County community of Mishicot say a four foot ball snake injured one of the dog’s ears in the owners’ apartment early Monday, and they freed the dog More >

City of Elroy to Hold Public Input Meeting on City Hall/Public Safety Building

The City of Elroy Common Council is hosting a public meeting to gather input on the future of the City Hall building. The City Hall/Police Department building has numerous issues that need to be addressed and the city is aware of issues with the Fire Station. The Common Council is considering either remodeling City Hall More >

Teachers Cited for Vandalism Enter Pleas

Two educators, who were cited for vandalizing a school official’s vehicle on May 27, have entered no contest pleas in Reedsburg Municipal Court. 44-year-old Tracy L. Chambas of Baraboo entered her plea and paid the fine with the city on June 23 and 50-year-old James L. Reynolds of Hillpoint did not appear in court on More >

Mauston Man Pleads No Contest to Drug Charge

A Mauston man has pleaded no contest to a charge manufacture/deliver THC Thursday. Court records show 19-year-old Daren Garza had his sentenced withheld, but will serve two years on probation for the charge. Additional records show if Garza completes his probation successfully; the case may be expunged. According to the criminal complaint, Garza allegedly sold More >

Greater Mauston Area Chamber of Commerce Moving to New Location

The Greater Mauston Area Chamber of Commerce is moving to a new home. The chamber is moving from its current office inside the Bank of Mauston to Union Street Plaza, next to H&R Block. It will share the office space with Juneau County S.E.A. of Change as well as the Greater Mauston Tourism Association. The More >

Man dies after choking on piece of meat at festival in Racine

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a man has died after choking while eating at a weekend festival in Racine. The Racine County medical examiner says the 73-year-old Caledonia man choked on a piece of meat at Greek Fest Saturday night. The Journal Times ( ) says first responders were called to Kimissis Tis Theotokou Church More >

Police say fight between two people turned deadly

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police say a fight between two people turned deadly. Authorities say a 32-year-old man was fatally stabbed during the altercation Sunday about 8 p.m. First responders attempted to save the man, but he died from his injuries. Police say a person of interest is in custody.