State News

Man charged in death of 4-year-old boy

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — A Sheboygan County man is accused of causing the death of his fiancee’s 4-year-old son. Thirty-one-year-old Armando Aguirre is charged with second-degree reckless homicide in the boy’s death last week at the home the couple shared near Cascade. A judge in Sheboygan County Circuit Court set bond at $50,000 cash Friday. More >

Alliant Energy wants to build $750 million plant near Beloit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Alliant Energy Corp. is asking regulators to build a $750 million gas-fired plant near Beloit. The Madison-based utility company on Friday filed an application with the state Public Service Commission to build a plant it says will provide cleaner power than the coal plants it’s shutting down. Alliant will close a More >

Trial delayed for ex-officer accused in suitcase deaths

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — The trial for a former police officer accused of killing a woman whose body was found in a suitcase along a rural Wisconsin highway has been delayed until November. Steven Zelich is also suspected in the death of another woman who was found in a second suitcase at the same location More >

Taco Bell employee alerts police to drunken driver

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — A woman who went through the drive-thru twice raised the suspicion of an employee at a Taco Bell in Janesville. The fast food worker called police, suspecting the woman was drunk. Police say she, in fact, was very intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .27, more than three times the More >

Slender Man suspect won’t be moved for psychiatric treatment

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A judge has denied a request to move a 12-year-old girl to a psychiatric center after she was accused of stabbing a classmate to please the horror character Slender Man. The judge also denied a motion to reduce her $500,000 bail to a signature bond. Her attorney, Anthony Cotton, says the More >

McCain Foods closure costs Fort Atkinson 120 jobs

FORT ATKINSON, Wis. (AP) — McCain Foods is closing its plant in Fort Atkinson. That means about 120 people will soon lose their jobs. McCain Food president Frank Finn says the decision to close the plant is due to the overall business climate. Food products made in Fort Atkinson will be manufactured in other McCain More >

Teen accused of killing parents due in court

TOWN OF PIEHL, Wis. (AP) — A teenager accused of killing her mother and stepfather in Oneida County is due in court. Seventeen-year-old Ashlee Martinson has been brought back to Wisconsin from Indiana where she was arrested last month. Authorities say Martinson is scheduled for a Friday afternoon appearance in Oneida County Circuit Court. Martinson More >

Hearing for ex-police officer accused in suitcase deaths

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A former police officer is due in court for a hearing on accusations he killed a woman whose body was found in a suitcase discarded along a rural Wisconsin highway. Steven Zelich is also a suspect in the death of another woman whose remains were found in a second suitcase at More >

Attorney wants Slender Man suspect moved for psych treatment

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — The attorney for a 12-year-old girl accused of stabbing a classmate to please the horror character Slender Man plans to ask a court to move his client from juvenile detention to a residential psychiatric treatment center. Anthony Cotton also wants the girl’s $500,000 bail reduced to a signature bond. A hearing More >

Walker political group to reimburse travel costs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s nonprofit political group says it will reimburse the state for costs related to the likely presidential candidate’s political travel. Our American Revival spokeswoman AshLee Strong said Thursday that the group will pay for the travel costs, including those related to Walker’s state patrol security detail. Strong says taxpayers More >