State News

Police officer dies in 2-vehicle crash in Dane County

TOWN OF ALBION, Wis. (AP) – A police officer has died in a two-vehicle crash in a rural area of Dane County. WMTV-TV ( ) reports it happened around noon Monday on County Highway N in the Town of Albion. Authorities say the officer had just started his shift. Dane County sheriff’s spokeswoman Elise Schaffer says a More >

Wisconsin DNR spent $5.2 million on property maintenance

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A new report says the state Department of Natural Resources paid contractors about $5.2 million to maintain agency properties over the fiscal year that ended June 30. A law passed as part of the 2007-09 state budget require the DNR to submit a report on maintenance contract expenses to the Legislature’s finance More >

Hunter fatally shot in Columbia County

TOWN OF CALEDONIA, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a hunter has been fatally shot in Columbia County. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spokesman Jon King says a man was lifting a loaded rifle to a hunter in a tree stand when the gun fired and struck the 39-year-old man on the ground. The shooting happened More >

Boy killed in underage driver crash in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner is investigating the death of a 14-year-old boy who was a passenger in a car driven by a 13-year-old driver. Investigators say the 15-year-old lost control of the vehicle early Saturday in Milwaukee and struck a tree. The passenger was pronounced dead Saturday night at Children’s Hospital.

Driver held in fatal Oneida County crash

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) – A Rhinelander man has been arrested in an Oneida County crash that killed a passenger in the truck he was driving. Sheriff’s officials say 23-year-old Jacob Juedes died Saturday when the truck struck a power pole in Pine Lake. Investigators say the 20-year-old driver was apparently intoxicated when the crash occurred. WJFW-TV More >

Father of 4 fatally shot outside his home

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Police are investigating a shooting that took the life of a father of four outside his home on Milwaukee’s northwest side. Bridgett Macklin tells WITI-TV ( ) the victim killed Sunday morning is her brother, Timothy Houston. Macklin says her brother didn’t have any enemies, so his death is hard to understand. More >

Man pleads not guilty in Kenosha County slaying

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – A Kenosha County homicide suspect who eluded capture for nearly two weeks has pleaded not guilty to the 32 charges he faces in connection with the case. Thirty-six-year-old Andrew Obregon of Bristol pleaded not guilty Friday morning to the charges, including fleeing an officer, obstructing an officer and criminal damage to property. More >

Hospital: Man hurt in Wisconsin wagon accident has died

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) – A Vesper man has died after a pickup crashed into the horse-drawn wagon he was riding in. A spokesman for Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield tells Daily Herald Media ( ) the man died at the hospital. The man and a 10-year-old boy were thrown from the wagon when it was hit. More >

Student hit by school bus in Manitowoc in coma

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a student hit by a school bus in Manitowoc is in a medically induced coma. HTR Media reports ( ) that 15-year-old Jacklynn Gienke was hit while walking to Wilson Junior High School about 7 a.m. Thursday. A family friend, Ken Ivey, told HTR Media that Gienke suffered extensive injuries including More >

Audit: Insurance fund finished FY 2015 $6 million in red

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A new report shows the state fund that insures local government property finished the last fiscal year in the red. The Legislative Audit Bureau’s review Friday found the fund’s financial position has deteriorated since the state insurance commissioner’s office issued a $12 million dividend in fiscal year 2009-2010. Net losses and other expenses More >