State News

Menard Inc. agrees to change policies violating labor laws

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Menard Inc. has agreed to change some practices after the National Labor Relations Board found it was violating federal labor law. The board found in April that the Eau Claire-based retailer has been improperly requiring employees to sign mandatory-arbitration agreements that bar them from engaging in class-action lawsuits. The board also found More >

Snakes, other animals seized from Milwaukee-area home

ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say at least a half-dozen snakes and other animals were seized from a Milwaukee-area home after a snake bit the animal’s owner. The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission says this was at least the third time in recent years that animal control workers have responded to the St. Francis More >

Police: 3 dead in apparent murder-suicide in Wisconsin Rapids

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) — A man and two children are dead in what Wisconsin Rapids police say is an apparent double murder-suicide. Lt. Brian Krzykowski tells The Associated Press the father of the children fatally shot them and then himself at their home in Wisconsin Rapids. Police were called to the house about 2:15 a.m. More >

Two-Year-Old Boy Grabs Gun, Kills Mother Who Was Driving

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Relatives say a woman was fatally shot in the back by her 2-year-old son as she drove in Milwaukee. Antonio Price says investigators told him his sister Patrice was driving with her two sons, ages 1 and 2, riding in the backseat Tuesday when she was shot. Price says investigators told him the More >

Show Dome to reopen Friday at Mitchell Park, 2 days early

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele says the Show Dome at Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory will reopen two days earlier than the target date. The Milwaukee landmark commonly known as the Domes was closed in February after a piece of debris fell inside one of the three structures in late January. The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1SzBWNg More >

Gomoll found guilty of murdering girlfriend

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — A jury has convicted a 31-year-old Oshkosh man of killing his girlfriend last year. The jury convicted Samson Gomoll of first-degree intentional homicide on Tuesday in Winnebago County Circuit Court. Gomoll was accused in the Sept. 20 fatal shooting of 42-year-old Stacey Strange at the couple’s apartment. The trial began Monday, with jurors hearing More >

Man charged with death of 2-year-old girl who police say was abused

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Madison man is charged in the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter earlier this month. Twenty-five-year-old Joshua Gehde was charged Tuesday with first-degree reckless homicide. Cash bond was set at $300,000. According to the complaint, police and medical personnel were called on April 12 to an apartment on Madison’s far east side More >

Coroner: Prom Shooter Pointed Weapon At Officer Who Killed Him

(Antigo, WI)  —  The Langlade County coroner says the teen who shot two students outside the Antigo High School prom pointed his rifle at the police officer who killed him. Larry Shadick says an autopsy says the injuries to 18-year-old Jakob Wagner show that he was aiming at Antigo officer Andrew Hopfensperger when the patrolman More >

Ex-GB schools employee formally charged with stealing kids’ pills

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A former employee of the Green Bay Area Public School District is accused of stealing students’ medication. Prosecutors say 25-year-old Cameron Drake took nearly 200 doses of various drugs, including those which treat attention deficit disorder. Drake is charged with theft and drug possession. The complaint says the school district began an More >

Sun Prairie man accused of killing his mother has been ruled competent

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Sun Prairie man accused of killing his mother with a sword has been ruled competent to stand trial. Matthew Skalitzy was found incompetent last October and sent to a state mental health institution. Skalitzy is accused of decapitating his mother, 68-year-old Jane Skalitzky, on Sept. 11. He’s charged with first-degree intentional More >