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Green Bay Packers wide receiver helps promote the need for foster parents

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Green Bay Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery is helping to promote the need for foster parents across Wisconsin. Montgomery’s mother, Lisa, has fostered 17 children as her son was growing up. Lisa Montgomery says Ty needed some brothers to play with, so she jumped into foster care. The Coalition for Children, Youth and Families More >

$1 million bond set for Brown Co. murder suspect

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Bond has been set at $1 million for a Brown County man accused of killing his live-in girlfriend. Thirty-four-year-old Douglass Detrie appeared in court Wednesday but has not been formally charged in the death of Nicole VanderHeyden. The body of the 31-year-old mother of three was found in a Bellevue field More >

Madison man seeks freedom in Gangster Disciples case

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for a Wisconsin man targeted in a nationwide probe of Gangster Disciples street gang members say he should be freed while awaiting trial and allowed to return home, where he contributes to the arts and music scenes there. A pair of indictments unsealed this month in federal courts in Atlanta and Memphis, More >

Remains found in river confirmed as those of missing Mequon woman

MEQUON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say remains found in the Milwaukee River have been identified as those of a Mequon woman who disappeared in November. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office used dental records to identify 53-year-old Jacquelyn Ranallo. Mequon Detective Chuck O’Connell says the autopsy found nothing suspicious nor any signs of foul play, and the More >

Former “Saved by the Bell” star back in jail in Wisconsin

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) — Former “Saved by the Bell” star Dustin Diamond is back in jail in Wisconsin after an official says he violated the terms of his parole. Ozaukee County jail records show Diamond, who was recently released after serving time for disorderly conduct and concealed-weapon convictions, was arrested Wednesday. An official at the jail More >

Wisconsin joins federal lawsuit challenging Obama on defining gender identity

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is joining a multi-state lawsuit against the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity. The lawsuit was announced by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and filed in federal court in Texas on Wednesday. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad More >

Chinese citizen working for Rockwell charged with stealing trade secrets

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A software engineer is charged in federal court in Milwaukee with stealing trade secrets from his former employer, Rockwell Automation. Forty-five-year-old Tan Liu is accused of stealing information about new Rockwell products in development. A federal indictment says Liu copied thousands of files to a flash drive in 2014 after informing his superiors More >

La Crosse Man Charged With 46 Calls To 911 In Two Hours

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A La Crosse man is facing criminal charges on accusations of calling 911 dozens of times in two hours. Police say the man called emergency dispatchers 46 times from three different phone numbers. Authorities say some of the calls were silent with music in the background. Other calls asked police to More >

Police: Two Madison Deaths Appear To Be Murder-Suicide

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police say the deaths of a teenager and her father appears to be a murder-suicide. Police Chief Mike Koval says a 39-year-old man apparently shot and killed his 19-year-old daughter and then killed himself Tuesday. Koval says the crime scene was found by a middle-school-aged family member about 6 p.m. Police say More >

Two Walker major supporters serving on Trump committee

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two of Gov. Scott Walker’s major financial backers are now helping to raise money for Donald Trump. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced the creation of the Trump Victory Committee on Tuesday. One of the vice-chairs is Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks. Campaign finance reports show Hendricks gave $5 million last year to More >