Man accused of killing half-brother reaches deal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A man accused of fatally beating his autistic half-brother and hiding his body has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in Dane County. Jeffrey Vogelsberg returned to court Tuesday and pleaded no contest to second-degree reckless homicide in the 2012 death of 27-year-old Matthew Granville. Vogelsberg’s trial on charges of first-degree More >

Body of retreat owner found in submerged car

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say one of the owners of a western Wisconsin retreat has been found dead in a submerged car on the property. Polk County sheriff’s officials say the body of 39-year-old Blair Piper was discovered Sunday at the Big Rock Creek Retreat north of St. Croix Falls. The Star Tribune More >

Wisconsin needs $760 million more for Medicaid

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Health Services says it needs $760 million more over the next two-year state budget to pay for current services in the Medicaid program. The new estimate was included in the agency’s budget request submitted to Gov. Scott Walker’s administration made public Tuesday. That budget begins in mid-2015. The More >

Mauston Man Arrested for OWI-6th Offense After Chase in Downtown Mauston

A Mauston man was arrested for 6th offense OWI, after he led police on a brief chase at accelerated speeds through downtown Mauston. 47-year-old Brian L. Wilcox Jr. was observed traveling east on East State Street with no headlights on Saturday at approximately 10:30 p.m. Police say after the officer activated his emergency lights and More >

Team Work Saves the Life of a New Lisbon Woman

A Monroe County deputy and personnel from Shaw’s Wrecker Service worked together to save a New Lisbon woman who was trapped in her vehicle when it was submerged in water. Juneau County Sheriff Brent Oleson said on Monday morning, around 10:40 the Juneau County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a woman who said her More >

Necedah School Board Talks Safety Plan and 2014-2015 Budget

The Necedah School Board held its monthly meeting on Monday night. The board discussed the district’s safety plan. Superintendent Larry Gierach said they are just beginning the process of redoing the plan and updating it. When the safety plan is updated, it is taken to the board for its approval. The safety plan addresses procedures More >

Rep. Brooks Receives WI Restaurant Association Endorsement

State Representative Ed Brooks has received the endorsement of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA) for the November 2014 general election. Ed Lump, President and CEO of the WRA stated, “Rep. Brooks agrees with WRA on many key issues and knows what it takes to keep our economy moving forward. Additionally, he understands the important role More >

Teacher charged with sexually assaulting student

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – A high school teacher is charged in Brown County with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student. Investigators say 32-year-old Christopher Wieber pursued a relationship with a girl he had in his biology class last year at Bay Port High School near Green Bay. WLUK-TV ( ) says Wieber is charged with More >

Lyndon Station Man Charged with 2nd Degree Sexual Assault

A Lyndon Station man was charged on Friday with second degree sexual assault by use of force. According to the criminal complaint, the alleged victim had told a Juneau County detective that on August 29, 30-year-old Juan Flores had called her and told her that her boyfriend wanted to meet her had Flores’ residence. When More >

Area Schools and School Districts Receive Report Cards From the State’s DPI

State education officials say the majority of Wisconsin public schools and school districts meet or exceed expectations for student achievement for the 2013-2014 school year. Overall, 88.3 percent of 2,100 public schools and 98.1 percent of the state’s 424 districts with accountability scores had ratings of meets expectations or better. This includes local schools such More >