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Walker Pretending To Be A Democrat

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — It’s not every day you hear Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talk like a Democrat. But that’s what he’s doing as he helps Donald Trump’s running mate get ready for the vice presidential debate. A Republican familiar with debate preparations says Walker is playing Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine in debate preparations with More >

Bellevue murder suspect charged

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A Green Bay man is charged in the killing of a woman whose body was found in a field in northeastern Wisconsin last spring. Thirty-eight-year-old George “Steve” Burch was charged Friday with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of 31-year-old Nicole VanderHeyden. Her beaten and strangled body was found in a More >

Wisconsin Attorney General agents finish investigation into the fatal police shooting in Milwaukee

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says his agents have finished their investigation into the fatal police shooting that sparked riots in Milwaukee. Schimel said Friday that the Department of Justice has forwarded its findings on Syville Smith’s Aug. 13 death to Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm for a charging decision. Schimel said More >

Husband accused of killing suspected romantic rival

GRAND RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) — A central Wisconsin man accused of killing a man he believed was having an affair with his wife is being held on $1 million bond. Court documents allege 58-year-old Mark Kusters shot 42-year-old Richard Flynn early Thursday at the couple’s Grand Rapids home near Wisconsin Rapids. A probable cause statement says More >

Milwaukee County medical examiner’s son dies of suspected drug overdose

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The son of the Milwaukee County medical examiner has died of a suspected drug overdose. Twenty-nine-year-old Adam Peterson died Monday at a friend’s apartment. Emergency responders tried to administer Narcan, which can stop an opioid overdose, but it was not successful. His father, Medical Examiner Brian Peterson, asked for privacy Thursday. An outside agency is More >

Death in Milwaukee County Jail ruled homicide; cause of death was dehydration

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner says an inmate found dead in the county jail four months ago had died of dehydration, and his death was ruled a homicide. Thirty-eight-year-old Terrill Thomas was found in his cell April 24. Nearby inmates told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) and police that corrections officers had turned More >

Oneida police to release more on deaths

ONEIDA, Wis. (AP) — Police say the deaths of a man and a woman on the Oneida reservation in northeastern Wisconsin were the result of a double murder. The victims were identified Thursday as 77-year-old Harry Brown Bear and his 67-year-old wife, Lorraine Brown Bear. Police found their bodies on Wednesday after a neighbor reported not seeing More >

Family fights to keep chickens because they’re therapeutic

GREENFIELD, Wis. (AP) — A Greenfield woman says she’s fighting to keep chickens in her backyard because they are therapeutic. Local health officials however, say the six chickens have to go because they are not allowed in the city. They’ve given Susan Tubic 30 days to get rid of them. Tubic tells WISN-TV ( ) she tried More >

Mount Pleasant officer narrowly escapes injury as a car careened directly toward him

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) — An officer in Mount Pleasant narrowly escaped injury by jumping into his police van as a car careened directly toward him. Authorities say the motorist sideswiped the driver’s side door of the van, destroying it. The officer was able to grab the van’s steering wheel and pull himself inside as the More >

Same-sex parents win suit over birth certificate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Wisconsin must put the names of many same-sex parents on their children’s birth certificates. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( reports U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb granted judgment in favor of a Madison couple. Chelsea and Jessamy Torres filed the discrimination lawsuit last year because the state More >