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Competency hearings set in Slender Man stabbings

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A judge plans to hold competency hearings this week for two girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please the fictional character Slender Man. Attorneys for both girls are challenging findings from state doctors that the girls are fit to stand trial on attempted homicide charges. Waukesha County Circuit Judge More >

Milwaukee police search for man who attacked woman

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee police say they have identified and are searching for a man suspected of trying to sexually assault a woman in a park. Police said Sunday a 25-year-old woman reported the attempted assault that happened Friday evening in the city’s Riverwest neighborhood. She tells police she was walking on the sidewalk around 7 More >

Salvation Army gifts down $65K in Milwaukee County

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Salvation Army has raised nearly $1.8 million in donations to its red kettles in Milwaukee County, down $65,000 compared to this time last year. The charity says it’s trying to raise $3.8 million to fund more than 80 programs and services in the area. Divisional commander Dan Jennings says the organization is very More >

Former Walker aide appeals case to Supreme Court

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A former aide to Gov. Scott Walker when he was Milwaukee county executive has appealed her conviction of misconduct in office to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Kelly Rindfleisch filed the appeal on Friday. It comes after a state appeals court on a 2-1 vote upheld her conviction last month. Rindfleisch was one of More >

River Hills woman, 70, crushed in her driveway

RIVER HILLS, Wis. (AP) – Police say a 70-year-old River Hills woman is dead after she was crushed by her own vehicle in her driveway. Authorities said Friday that Kap Bae’s death appears to be accidental. Police say they were called to the home at about 7 p.m. Thursday night after Bae’s husband found her More >

At least 2 die on slippery Wisconsin highways

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – At least two people have died in accidents as freezing drizzle made for slippery roads in parts of Wisconsin. Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain says a man was checking his SUV for damage after he fishtailed and slid into a concrete barrier, when he was struck and killed by a pickup truck More >

Republicans say elections audit shows changes needed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican critics of the board that oversees elections and ethics law in Wisconsin say a new audit shows that an overhaul is needed. The Audit Bureau released its long-awaited report on the Government Accountability Board on Friday. It found numerous problems with the board’s operation, and made recommendations for improvement, but did More >

Woman gets 30 years for toddler’s overdose death

WHITEHALL, Wis. (AP) – A western Wisconsin woman has been sentenced to 30 year prison for giving a lethal overdose of a narcotic to a toddler. Calling the crime “unimaginable,” Trempealeau County Judge John Damon on Thursday sent 24-year-old Amanda Butts, of Osseo, to prison for the death of 22-month-old Alexis Behlke. Butts had been watching Alexis More >

4-hour police standoff ends peacefully in Kaukauna

KAUKAUNA, Wis. (AP) – A four-hour police standoff in Kaukauna has ended peacefully with one man in custody. Police say they got a call about 4:30 a.m. Friday of a disturbance in a home involving a man brandishing a gun. About 30 officers responded, including the Outagamie County emergency response team. Police say two women safely More >

Audit details problems with Wisconsin elections board

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – An audit of the nonpartisan board that oversees ethics and elections in Wisconsin has identified a number of problems with its operations, including not conducting required reviews to identify felons who may have voted and having no written procedures for considering complaints. The audit of the Government Accountability Board released Friday comes More >