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Vice President Pence to hold fundraiser in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is holding a fundraiser next week in Milwaukee. Pence plans to hold the event on Sept. 28 at an undisclosed location in Milwaukee. An invitation for the event obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press shows that it’s to benefit the Trump Victory fund, a joint fundraising committee for More >

Grandmother and boyfriend plead not guilty in caged child case

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman and her boyfriend have pleaded not guilty to locking her 9-year-old granddaughter in a basement kennel. Forty-six-year-old Gail Lalonde and 48-year-old Dale Deavers entered their pleas Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court. Authorities say the girl was locked in a wire kennel every night and let out in More >

Businessman indicted on $9 million fraud

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin businessman is facing new federal charges alleging he fraudulently obtained more than $9 million in loans and investments. U.S. Attorney Gregory Haanstad said Wednesday a grand jury has indicted 62-year-old Ronald Van Den Heuvel of De Pere on wire fraud and money laundering charges. The indictment alleges Van Den Heuvel More >

Wisconsin DOJ investigating memorial graffiti

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police are trying to find whoever spray-painted a message calling for justice for a black man killed by a St. Louis police officer on the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial outside the state Capitol. The state Department of Justice issued a news release Wednesday saying someone spray-painted “#Justice4AnthonySmith” on the memorial Saturday. More >

Wisconsin trees may have less vibrant fall colors this year

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With the first day of autumn right around the corner, experts predict recent weather conditions in Wisconsin could mean fall colors will be less vibrant. Colleen Matula, a forestry specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Ashland, said forest health, temperature, precipitation and cloud coverage can all affect how More >

Waukesha DA Probes Facebook Comments During Jury Deliberations

(Waukesha, WI)  —  Waukesha County’s chief prosecutor says she’s investigating comments on Facebook, to see if a man had inside information from the Slender Man jury during its deliberations. District Attorney Sue Opper says the man who posted the comments could have been bluffing or made innocent predictions but she’s using caution by having an More >

Senate Could Act Next Month On Concealed Weapons Without Permits

(Madison, WI)  —  The Wisconsin Senate could act as early as October on a bill to let people carry concealed weapons without permits or training. The Republican measure was endorsed Tuesday by the Senate’s judiciary panel on a 3-2 party line vote. It would still keep Wisconsin’s permitting system in place for those who choose More >

18 men arrested in Milwaukee in nationwide drug operation

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eighteen people have been arrested in the Milwaukee area in a nationwide drug distribution and money-laundering operation. Law enforcement officials say about $1.3 million in cash was seized along with large amounts of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana. U.S. Attorney Gregory Haanstad in Milwaukee says the drug operation stretched from Mexico to More >

$1 million bond set for man in wife’s death, house explosion

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Bond is set at $1 million for a Wisconsin man who authorities say killed his wife and tried to cover it up by blowing up their house. Steven Pirus appeared in Dane County Circuit Court on Tuesday, four days after his wife’s body was found in the rubble of their Madison More >

Timber sales increase at national forest in Wisconsin

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) — A national forest in northwest Wisconsin expects to sell its largest amount of timber since at least the mid-1990s. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest may sell 123 million board feet of timber by the end of fiscal 2017, WJFW-TV reported . That would mark the fifth annual increase in a row for the forest, More >