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Man accused of hiding brother’s body found competent

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A Ripon man accused of hiding his brother’s body has been found competent to stand trial in Fond du Lac County. Forty-five-year-old Robert Diamentis is accused of hiding his brother Richard’s body in a plastic barrel at their Ripon home. A criminal complaint says he hid the corpse for More >

Wisconsin court upholds Facebook defamation judgment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld a judgment against a man accused of defaming a college lecturer on Facebook. According to court documents, John Beckett posted remarks in 2010 calling Stephen Laughland, a lecturer at Milwaukee-area colleges, a low-life swindler. Beckett posted the comments to impress his girlfriend, who was going More >

Court upholds judgment against Green Box

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court has upheld an $813,700 judgment against a Green Bay company that accepted more than a million dollars from Gov. Scott Walker’s troubled economic development agency. The 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a Brown County judge properly awarded the money to Green Box NA Green More >

More abuse victims included in Milwaukee archdiocese filing

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The bankruptcy reorganization plan filed by the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee includes compensation for more clergy abuse victims than originally announced in a settlement earlier this month. In a filing Monday in U. S. Bankruptcy Court, 33 additional victims would be compensated by the $21 million settlement, which is part of the More >

Number of fatal bike crashes double last year

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The number of bicyclists killed in crashes this year in Wisconsin is more than double last year. Nine people have died while biking compared to four fatalities in 2014. An analysis by a University of Milwaukee traffic safety researcher found more than a third of recent fatalities involved vehicles that hit the More >

Woman sentenced to 7 years in homicide conspiracy

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (AP) — A Clark County woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for trying to hire someone to kill the fathers of her two grandchildren. Forty-seven-year-old Shari Klimmer will also serve nine years of probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree intentional homicide. A criminal complaint says Klimmer offered More >

Police: Suspect in custody in crash that killed bicyclist

GERMANTOWN, Wis. (AP) — Police say a suspect is in custody in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist in Germantown in Washington County. The Germantown Police Department said Monday night that it had also found the car believed to be involved in the Sunday night crash. Earlier in the day Monday, the More >

Man charged in struggle over Waukesha County deputy’s gun

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A Hartland man is accused of trying to take a deputy’s gun at the Waukesha County Juvenile Center and shooting himself in the leg. Dale Schaefer was charged Monday with disarming a peace officer, recklessly endangering safety and operating a firearm while intoxicated. Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper also said More >

Thrivent employee accused of stealing $400 from client

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — A Thrivent Financial adviser in Wisconsin faces charges after police say she stole $400 from a client. Jean Walsh-Josephson of Oshkosh is charged with felony forgery and misdemeanor counts of theft and obstruction. She is free on a signature bond ahead of a court appearance Sept. 3. Lt. Kevin Konrad told More >

Birds test positive for West Nile virus in Portage County

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) — Health officials say two dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus in Portage County. The county’s Division of Public Health said Monday that a blue jay and a crow tested positive for the disease. These are the first birds to test positive for West Nile in Portage County More >