Vernon County Sheriff John Spears Reports

SHERIFF JOHN SPEARS REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ONGOING ACTIVITIES FOR THE YEAR AND NARRATIVE EXCERPTS FROM THE WEEK ENDING February 13, 2017. 2/7                        Mitchael Beckwith of Hillsboro was traveling eastbound on County Road F, Town of Hillsboro, negotiating a curve and hit an icy spot on the roadway.  Beckwith lost control and traveled into the ditch, More >

Sex Offender Information Bulletin

February 10, 2017 The City of Mauston WI Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to Wisconsin State Statute 301.46(2m) which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s release when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety, awareness and protection. The individual More >

Public Information Meeting on County Highway Z Reconstruction in Adams County

There will be a public information meeting on Thursday, February 23, for the reconstruction of County Highway Z. It will be held at the Rome Town Hall from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m and plans will be available for viewing. Representatives from Adams County and Mi-Tech (design consultants) will be present to discuss the project More >

2 killed in collision with logging truck in Shawano County

SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) — A man and woman in their 70s have been killed in a traffic crash with a logging truck in Shawano County. Sheriff’s officials say the collision happened about 4 p.m. Monday when the victims’ vehicle was struck by the truck at an intersection in the Town of Grant. A 77-year-old male More >

Appellate court takes up ‘Making a Murderer’ inmate’s case

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court will consider the fate of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer.” Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in the death of photographer Teresa Halbach two years earlier. Dassey told detectives he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill More >

Judge allows girl’s confession in Slender Man case

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A judge has ruled that confessions made to police will be admissible at the trial for one of two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please a fictional horror character called Slender Man. Judge Michael Bohren on Monday also rejected a defense request to move 14-year-old Morgan More >

Syrian refugee in Wisconsin sues over travel ban

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Syrian refugee living in Dane County has filed a federal lawsuit alleging President Donald Trump’s executive order halting immigration from seven countries is unconstitutional. The man filed anonymously Monday to protect his wife and 3-year-old daughter, who are still in Aleppo, from being targeted by military regimes. He had applied More >

AG: Doctors, Feds Should Decide on Medical Marijuana

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says the medical community should decide whether marijuana is suitable medicine, not state lawmakers. Democratic legislators have proposed legalizing medical marijuana after Republican state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he’s open to the idea. But the effort faces long odds given opposition from Republican Senate More >

Wisconsin, Minnesota AGs Team up to Take on Painkiller Abuse

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota and Wisconsin are teaming up to tackle prescription painkiller abuse. The attorneys general from both states met at the Minnesota Capitol Monday to discuss their “Dose of Reality” campaign. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says prescription opioid deaths now outpace heroin overdoses nationwide. Their campaign includes a startling public More >

Fire officials ask for use of circuit interrupters in new homes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin fire officials are calling on Gov. Scott Walker to expand the use of circuit interrupters in new homes. Fire fighters, electrical inspectors and other fire safety officials held a news conference at the state Capitol on Monday asking Walker to enact the recommendation of an advisory panel of experts. The More >