State News

Motion for new homicide trial to be heard Sept. 4

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – The new attorney for a Minnesota man convicted of killing a father and son at a La Crosse photography store argues his client’s previous lawyers failed him when jurors were selected during his trial. Jeffrey Lepsch’s attorney, Steven Zaleski, says the previous lawyers failed to eliminate three jurors who reached More >

Man accused of tweeting threat to governor’s son

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Milwaukee man is charged with sending threatening and obscene tweets to Gov. Scott Walker’s adult son. A criminal complaint says the 31-year-old man told investigators he doesn’t know Matthew Walker, but directed the tweets to him because he dislikes the governor. The complaint says the 20-year-old Marquette student reported the tweets More >

Self-serve beer proposed for Miller Park

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Self-serve beer could be on its way to Miller Park. Milwaukee Sportservice has filed an application with the city to install two beer vending machines at the Milwaukee Brewers ballpark. The self-serve machines debuted at Target Field in Minneapolis in time for the All-Star Game. Users buy a card they can scan More >

Police: Wisconsin man bungee jumped off crane

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) – Sheboygan police say a 26-year-old man bungee jumped off a 140-foot crane and posted a video of the stunt online. Nick Propson of Maribel faces up to nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine if convicted of misdemeanor entry onto a construction site. Propson voluntarily reported to the police four days after More >

UW-Madison researcher studying Ebola strain

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A University of Wisconsin-Madison scientist is studying a noninfectious strain of the Ebola virus. The university’s biosafety manager Rebecca Moritz says Yoshihiro Kawaoka is testing potential drug therapies for the virus. Moritz says not a lot is known about the virus. The State Journal ( ) reports Kawaoka is doing the More >

Deadline looms for disabled deer hunt sign-up

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin wildlife officials are reminding disabled deer hunters the deadline to sign up for the state’s special disabled hunt is approaching. The 2014 disabled hunt is set to begin on Oct. 4 and run through Oct. 12. The hunt will take place on more than 76,000 acres of land that property owners More >

Court set to release John Doe documents

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A federal appeals court is poised to release nearly three dozen files in a lawsuit over an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign and a host of conservative groups. Prosecutors have been looking into whether Walker’s campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups during the recall. The prosecutors are using a More >

Ex-Milwaukee County official charged with bribery

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A former Milwaukee County official has been charged with accepting bribes. Dennis Dietscher, of Hales Corners, faces six felony counts related to funneling more than $10 million in restoration work to the same contractor for repairs to county property. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Dietscher played a key role in coordinating millions of More >

Suspect in baseball bat death pleads insanity

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) – A Plover man has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the baseball bat beating death of his stepfather. Thirty-three-year-old Andrew Pray entered his plea Monday before Portage County Circuit Judge Thomas Eagon, who ordered a competency exam. Pray is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the May 26 attack. More >

Green Bay man sentenced for killing 2-year-old

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – A Green Bay man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing the 2-year-old son of his girlfriend. Thirty-year-old Nicholas Willies was convicted of second-degree reckless homicide in the January 2013 death of Alex Fountain, who died of head and abdominal injuries. His attorney, Raj Singh, said Willies took responsibility More >