State News

More Rain Could Make A Bad Situation Worse For Madison

Meteorologists are predicting another half-to-one inch of rain for Madison tonight, with a chance of thunderstorms Sunday and Monday.  That means more flooding for the capital city.  Parts of the Isthmus could be underwater by early next week.  Lake Monona is at its 100-year flood level now and city officials are saying it will rise More >

Former School Bus Driver Pleads No Contest To Felony Sexual Assault

Wood County officials say a former school bus driver has entered a no contest plea to felony sexual assault charges.  Forty-six-year-old Scott Thiel was driving a bus for Pittsville schools when he repeatedly assaulted an underage girl.  He pleaded guilty to two felony charges and two others were dismissed.  Thiel will be sentenced next month.  More >

Milwaukee Store Employee Accused Of Inappropriate Behavior

A Milwaukee woman says an employee at K-and-G Fashion Superstore poked his head through the curtains of a changing room three times while she was trying on clothes.  Patricia Donald was in the store to buy clothes for a special occasion.  She says that employee made sexually suggestive comments.  Donald filed a police report and More >

Madison Drivers Warned About Additional Street Flooding

More rainfall could mean the Madison Isthmus will become a water-logged traffic nightmare.  City officials are warning drivers that rising lake levels will flood busy roads like East Johnson, Main Street, Mifflin and East Washington.  Water is already standing on some downtown roads.  Releases from Lake Mendota into the Yahara River and Lake Monona give More >

Federal Charges Filed Against Retired Beloit Police Officer

Federal authorities are charging a retired Beloit police officer with taking an underage girl across state lines to have sex with her.  Larry Woods has been indicted by a federal grand jury.  He is accused of transporting the minor from Wisconsin to Illinois for sex.  The girl told investigators Woods had sexual contact with her More >

Portage Police Seek Restraining Order, Tell Court Of Harassment

Portage police officials are asking a Sauk County Circuit Court judge to issue a restraining order against a man they accuse of harassing them for years.  Fifty-nine-year-old Michael O’Grady has filed numerous court actions alleging corruption, racketeering, and murder by department officials.  O’Grady represented himself in court Tuesday.  Police Lieutenant Dan Garrigan testified he believed More >

State Of Emergency Declared In Dane County

A state of emergency has been declared in Dane County by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.  Heavy rainfall totals topping 11 inches have led to widespread damage from flooding.  The governor says the state of Wisconsin is ready to help the local recovery efforts after the Monday storms.  Walker is scheduled to be at the Emergency More >

Lake Belleville Dam Overflowing After Heavy Rain

Dane County authorities are said to be monitoring the developing flood situation in Belleville.  Village officials confirm the Sugar River is overflowing the dam at Lake Belleville.  The entire community has been involved in the sandbagging effort after the dam was breached.  Residents on the southeast side of the town have been evacuated and roads More >

Milwaukee Man Accused Of Meeting Boy For Sex At Police Station

A 16-year-old victim tells Milwaukee police a man he met online had sex with him in a restroom inside the District Seven Milwaukee Police station last October.  Eighteen-year-old Terrell Harris is charged with felony exploitation of a child and child enticement.  Harris is accused of convincing the victim to send him a nude video, then More >

Madison Dive Teams Search For Missing Man In Swift-Flowing Flood Waters

Emergency responders say three people became trapped in their stranded car in rapidly rising flood waters Monday night, but only two of them made it to land.  Dive teams were called in to search for a missing man who was swept away in Madison.  The National Weather Service reports the city experienced nearly nine inches More >