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Pain doctor, ‘Oxyczar’ assistant indicted over “pill mill”

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee-area doctor and his former clinic office manager have been indicted on multiple charges for allegedly illegally giving powerful painkillers to patients. Federal documents say Dr. Steven Kotsonis gave out prescriptions without thorough exams, and sometimes without seeing patients. His office manager, Susan Moyer, allegedly called herself the “OxyCzar” and handed out More >

Madison Teen In Viral Arrest Video Released From Jail

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A black teenager whose arrest at a Madison mall sparked protests alleging discrimination has been released from jail under orders from the Dane County district attorney. Eighteen-year-old Genele Laird was freed around 7:45 p.m. Thursday. District Attorney Ismael Ozanne declined immediate comment. Earlier Thursday, Laird’s supporters gathered for her initial court appearance, but More >

Milwaukee gets 1 million loan for lead pipe replacement

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee is getting a $1 million state loan to begin the costly task of replacing 70,000 lead water pipes throughout the city. Public works officials say the priority is replacing pipes to 385 state-licensed day care centers in Milwaukee, since none of the city’s public schools get their water through lead pipes. The More >

State Patrol Now Says Fond Du Lac Crash Victims Were Father, Son

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two people, including an 8-year-old boy, killed in a crash in Fond du Lac. The crash happened around 11:40 a.m. Wednesday in the northbound lanes of Interstate 41. The Wisconsin State Patrol says a semitrailer was slowing down when the crash happened. A vehicle behind More >

Body of man recovered at Appleton fire scene identified

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man who died in a group home fire in Appleton. Police identify the victim as 24-year-old Milo Huempfner, a resident of the home. Huempfner’s body was recovered after firefighters extinguished the basement fire on Wednesday. A 55-year-old Appleton man who worked at the group home was More >

Milwaukee Police Probe Shooting Death By Tosa Officer

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) — Police say an officer in a Milwaukee suburb has fatally shot a man in a park. Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber says the officer encountered the man armed with a gun sitting in a vehicle at Madison Park about 3 a.m. Thursday. Weber says the officer feared for his safety and shot the More >

MATC briefly locked down as man with gun arrested

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The downtown campus of Milwaukee Area Technical College was briefly locked down after a man was spotted with a gun. The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/28TzXbD ) reports Milwaukee police responded to MATC just before noon Thursday and arrested the man. Police recovered a handgun. No one was hurt. — Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,http://www.jsonline.com

Boats sink after fire at Algoma Marina

ALGOMA, Wis. (AP) — Five boats have been damaged in a fire at the Algoma Marina. The U.S. Coast Guard says three of the boats sank to the bottom of Lake Michigan and a fourth was partially submerged. A fifth boat also sustained damage when the fire broke out just after midnight Thursday. The Coast Guard’s Zach More >

Officer fatally shoots man in Wauwatosa park

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) — Police say an officer in a Milwaukee suburb has fatally shot a man in a park. Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber says the officer encountered the man armed with a gun sitting in a vehicle at Madison Park about 3 a.m. Thursday. Weber says the officer feared for his safety and shot the More >

Changes to state employees’ work rules to take effect next week

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s administration is telling state employees what changes to their work rules will take effect next week. On July 1 a state law signed by Walker takes effect that reshapes the state’s 111-year-old civil service system, making it easier to hire and fire workers. Walker’s administration on Wednesday emailed all state More >