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Cellphone signal leads searchers to crashed plane

BRISTOL, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say they tracked a cellphone to southeastern Wisconsin in their search for a small plane that was long overdue at the Experimental Aircraft Association convention. The bodies of two men were discovered in a crashed plane in a field in Kenosha County on Sunday. Authorities had picked up a signal More >

Lab that received anthrax decontaminated

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin commercial laboratory that mistakenly received live anthrax spores had been decontaminated and reopened. BBI Detection, of Madison, was one of 86 facilities in 20 states and seven other countries that received the anthrax specimens in May from the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. The Army said it More >

Police renew search for lion-like animal

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Officers armed with rifles and Department of Natural Resources staff carrying tranquilizer guns searched a ravine and surrounding neighborhood for an elusive lion-like animal after police were among those who spotted big cat in Milwaukee. Police called in canine units as they searched thick bushes near Lincoln Creek Sunday. Curious citizens joined More >

Motorcyclist killed in crash with car in central Wisconsin

PORT EDWARDS, Wis. (AP) — A 38-year-old man has died after a car collided with the motorcycle he was riding in central Wisconsin. The Wood County Sheriff’s Department says the man from Nekoosa was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday night in Port Edwards. The department said in a news release that the motorcycle slowed More >

Milwaukee County Zoo to add 2 snow leopard cubs

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee County Zoo is getting two snow leopard cubs after the death of a snow leopard at the zoo earlier this summer. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) reports the pair of cubs could come from Germany, Sweden or Russia. The zoo’s curator of large mammals, Tim Wild, says six cubs More >

2 men die in plane crash in SE Wisconsin

VILLAGE OF BRISTOL, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in southeast Wisconsin say two men who were on their way to the Experimental Aircraft Association convention in Oshkosh have died in a plane crash. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office was contacted Sunday morning by Winnebago County authorities about an overdue plane. The Zenith CH601XL airplane was last More >

Law agencies seek better communication after trooper killing

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — Officials from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are trying to improve their communication after a Wisconsin state trooper was killed earlier this year. Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) the agencies plan to meet this week. Marinette County is where serial bank robber More >

Deal elusive in Milwaukee County transit labor dispute

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A deal remains elusive for Milwaukee County union bus drivers weeks after they went on a three-day strike. The early July strike disrupted the lives of tens of thousands of county residents. But more than three weeks later, the Milwaukee County Transit System and the union representing its drivers and mechanics appear More >

Wisconsin nonpartisan elections board targeted for overhaul

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s nonpartisan elections and ethics oversight board created under a broad bipartisan deal now faces elimination by Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislators upset with a series of its decisions. They question the Government Accountability Board’s involvement in a secret investigation into Walker and other conservative groups that the Wisconsin Supreme More >

Woman believed to be oldest Wisconsin resident turns 112

WAUSATOSA, Wis. (AP) — A woman believed to be Wisconsin’s oldest living resident has celebrated another birthday. Viola Jacobi turned 112 on Saturday. She celebrated with cake and lemonade at the Lutheran Home in Wauwatosa. Jacobi, who is known as Vi, marked her birthday with family members that included great-great-grandchildren. She told the Milwaukee Journal More >