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Man charged with holding girls while armed

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) – A man accused of barricading himself in a bedroom with two young girls while armed with a knife is charged in Marathon County. Ben Chapa, of Unity, faces two felony counts of false imprisonment while armed and several misdemeanor charges. Marathon County Assistant District Attorney Lesli Pluster said at a court More >

Group calls for rewrite of Wisconsin taxes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A conservative think tank is calling on Wisconsin policy makers to make more goods and services subject to the state sales tax, along with lowering income and property taxes. The report by the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute released Tuesday injects a new wrinkle in the final weeks of the governor’s race, where More >

Medical College of Wisconsin gets $2.5M grant

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a $2.5 million federal grant for genetics research. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1tdytGN ) the center will use the four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to analyze the genes of patients with undiagnosed diseases. It will work with genetics company Illumina to sequence More >

Man killed in windshield tire crash identified

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A passenger who was killed after a tire flew off an oncoming vehicle and through the windshield of the victim’s car in southern Wisconsin is identified as an Illinois man. The Wisconsin State Patrol says 55-year-old Mark Bolan, of Lombard, Illinois, died Monday in a crash on Interstate 39/90 in Dane More >

Mother accused of abusing son wants reunification

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) – The Manitowoc mother accused of beating and scalding her 5-year-old son who has Down syndrome wants her family reunited. Ruth Gneiser cannot see the boy or her other son as a condition of her bond. The boys are staying with Gneiser’s parents. The 31-year-old mother appeared in Manitowoc County Circuit Court More >

Better Business Bureau hosts ‘ShredFest’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Better Business Bureau in Wisconsin is hosting “ShredFest” at three locations Saturday to help protect people from identity theft. Many Better Business Bureau offices across the United States offer similar events where people can bring personal documents with sensitive information like account numbers to have them shredded for free. Free document More >

DNR says hunters need to upgrade sunrise app

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources is reminding hunters they need to upgrade the agency’s sunrise-sunset mobile app. The DNR created the app in 2012 to help hunters check for the start and end of legal hunting hours. Agency officials say they’ve created a sunrise-sunset calculator in the Official Guide for Wisconsin’s More >

Naked, screaming man arrested at Wisconsin Capitol

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – State officials are looking into how a naked man found his way into the Wisconsin state Capitol’s rotunda. The man appeared undressed in the rotunda around 4 p.m. Monday and began shouting at the top of his lungs. It was unclear what he was saying. A Capitol Police officer quickly led him away. More >

Lawmaker’s daughter faces new drug charges

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – The daughter of a Wisconsin lawmaker faces new criminal charges accusing her of possessing narcotics. Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Nygren of Marinette appeared in Brown County court on Monday after being arrested Friday morning. A report by Press-Gazette Media said Nygren faces two counts of possession of narcotic drugs and one count of More >

Woman accuses Wisconsin billionaire of assault

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Another woman has accused Racine billionaire Samuel Curtis Johnson III of sexual assault. The woman filed a civil lawsuit in Racine County in July alleging Johnson sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions between March of 2007 and July of 2009 while she was on vacation with Johnson’s family in Mexico and the More >