State News

Hunters kill dozen wolves in first day and a half

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Hunters have killed a dozen Wisconsin wolves over the first day and a half of the season. The third annual wolf season got underway Wednesday. According to data on the state Department of Natural Resources website as of mid-afternoon Thursday showed hunters had taken 12 wolves, including three in far northwestern Wisconsin’s More >

Cost of visiting Apostle Island ice caves may rise

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) – Visitors to the ice caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore may have to begin paying more to see the Lake Superior wonder. The St. Paul Pioneer Press ( ) reports the National Park Service, which operates the park in northern Wisconsin, has proposed a $5 special recreation fee to see the More >

Milwaukee police turn out to support fired officer

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Dozens of police officers are gathering City Hall in Milwaukee to support an officer fired after shooting and killing a mentally ill man who had been sleeping in a downtown park. Police Chief Edward Flynn fired Officer Christopher Manney on Wednesday for instigating a fight with 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton. Manney shot Hamilton 14 More >

Medical examiner investigates infant death

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office says investigators are looking into the death of a 2-month-old boy on Milwaukee’s north side. The medical examiner says initial reports indicate the infant was co-sleeping with his mother and grandmother. The child was pronounced dead at 3:30 a.m. Thursday. An autopsy is expected to be More >

Group to renew push for guns on school property

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A gun rights group is renewing its effort to change Wisconsin law prohibiting firearms on school property. Carrying a gun on school grounds is currently a felony. The organization Wisconsin Carry says parents and guardians who pick up their children at school should be allowed to carry a firearm if they More >

Wisconsin AG hopeful proposes gun deal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican attorney general hopeful Brad Schimel says he would devote state Justice Department resources to helping Milwaukee prosecutors go after gun crimes – if they agree not to drop charges in plea deals. Schimel’s campaign released a statement Thursday saying Schimel believes Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm has been dropping charges More >

Court begins for Wausau man accused of homicide

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) – A Wausau man has made his first appearance in court since police accused him of killing a 22-year-old woman during a robbery and burying her body nearly four years ago. Kristopher Torgerson was charged last month with first-degree intentional homicide, armed robbery and hiding a corpse in connection with Stephanie Low’s death. More >

DEA: 51 charged in illegal prescription drug sales

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says 51 people have been charged following a two-day operation targeting illegal prescription drug sales. The agency said Thursday that arrests were made after a yearlong investigation done by the DEA and other law enforcement agencies in the Milwaukee area. Law enforcement agents and prosecutors have called an afternoon More >

About half of school districts will get more aid

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction figures show about half of public school districts will get more state aid this year than the previous school year. The state will provide nearly $4.5 billion in general aid to schools for the 2014-2015 school year, an increase of about 2 percent. General aid is More >

Plea deal reached in videotaped child assault case

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – A Bangor man is facing at least six years in prison following his conviction for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl and videotaping the attack. Twenty-eight-year-old William Clark pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing child pornography. Charges of repeated sexual assault of a child and intimidating a victim will be More >