State News

Caledonia Family Christmas Presents Swiped — Neighbors Come Through

(Caledonia, WI)  — Caledonia police say a burglar broke into a house three days before Christmas, stealing all of a family’s presents. The homeowner and her granddaughter say they left for just a moment to run a quick errand. When they came home, someone had broken through the dining room window and ransacked the house More >

Wisconsin hairstylist accused of snipping a customer’s ear

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police say they arrested a hairstylist accused of snipping a 22-year-old customer’s ear. Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says the victim told officers the hairstylist told him to stop fidgeting and moving his head before nicking his ear on Friday. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that DeSpain says the hairstylist then ran the More >

Police identify 2 women killed in Oshkosh train crash

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Oshkosh police have released the names of two women killed when their car collided with a train last week. Authorities on Tuesday identified the victims as 37-year-old Emily Mueller and 43-year-old Jessica Roby. The crash happened Friday night on the east side of Oshkosh. Authorities continue to investigate.

Man Accused Of Ramming Vehicles At Lambeau Makes Court Appearance

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The 40-year-old man accused of ramming five vehicles at Lambeau Field last week has made an appearance in a Brown County courtroom Tuesday. Chay Vang is facing four charges of recklessly endangering safety. He had argued with a co-worker in the food services area before he was fired. Vang apparently returned More >

Madison Mayor: To Start Campaign For Governor “In A Few Weeks”

(Madison, WI)  —  Madison Mayor Paul Soglin is asking his supporters to spread the word that he will run for governor. Soglin says he will make his campaign announcement in a few weeks, but first he wants to see the potential benefits of using Facebook. He says social media will play an important role as More >

Police: Woman who died in car fire may have been disoriented

KAUKAUNA, Wis. (AP) — Police in Wisconsin say an elderly woman whose charred remains were found in her car may have caused a fire when she became disoriented and drove over railroad tracks. Kaukauna police say it could take weeks to confirm the identity of the woman officers found Saturday after reports of a fire. WLUK-TV reports More >

Doctor Commits Suicide, Ending Hospital Standoff

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  SWAT team members joined Milwaukee County deputies and hospital security in an effort to end a dangerous situation Monday.  A 43-year-old physician at Medical College of Wisconsin had pointed a gun at another worker Christmas day, then threatened to kill himself.  Law enforcement officers searched the hospital for Doctor Wayne A. Hendrix More >

Madison named top choice for advanced F-35 fighter squadron

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Truax Field in Madison is the military’s top choice become home to an F-35 fighter squadron. Officials say the 18 advanced jets would be flown by the Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing and replace all of the old F-16 fighters currently based at Truax Field. The planes would arrive in More >

Police in Wisconsin city hand out hams instead of tickets

ALTOONA, Wis. (AP) — Police in the western Wisconsin city of Altoona have handed out something different to traffic violators – hams instead of tickets. WEAU-TV reports that an anonymous donor gave the police department $500 to spread some holiday cheer. With that money, officers partnered with a local Woodman’s supermarket and went on ham patrol Thursday. More >

Wisconsin unemployment rate lowest since 1999

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is the lowest since 1999. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that the unemployment rate of 3.2 percent in November was down 0.2 percentage points from October. The national unemployment rate in November was 4.1 percent. The state rate is the lowest it’s been since November More >