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Wisconsin Chief: Police First Line Of Defense For Terrorism

(Washington, DC)  —  A Wisconsin police chief says local officers are the first line of defense against domestic terrorists, and the federal government should recognize that by putting up more training funds. Wally Sparks of the Everest Metro police force near Wausau was invited to testify in Washington Tuesday to the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee, More >

Stronger Penalties Endorsed For Lying To Get Jobless Benefits

(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsinites could soon face tougher penalties for lying to get unemployment benefits. The Assembly public benefits panel voted 10-5 Tuesday to raise the maximum fine from $500 to $10,000 for lying on jobless benefit applications. Jail terms would rise from the current maximum of 90 days to nine months for fraud of More >

25-year-old woman has been fatally shot in a store parking lot

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police say a 25-year-old woman has been fatally shot in a store parking lot in Madison. Madison police say the woman was shot Tuesday night outside Metro Market. Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says it appears the woman had been targeted in the shooting and that it “wasn’t a random act of violence.” Police More >

Milwaukee area lawyer sentenced to four years in federal prison for stealing more than $2 million

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee area lawyer has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for stealing more than $2 million from a pair of her estate planning clients. Sarah Laux of Mequon will be on five years of supervised released after she’s released from prison. The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1NOIl3s ) reports U.S. District Judge Charles More >

A La Crosse teenager has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting another teen

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A La Crosse teenager has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting another teen last summer. Eighteen-year-old Deshawn Randall pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree intentional homicide. WXOW-TV reports Randall’s attorney said during the hearing that pleading guilty was a better option for his client than going to trial. Randall was accused of shooting 17-year-old George More >

Most Wisconsin Public Schools Are Closed

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Thousands of students across Wisconsin have the day off because travel conditions are expected to deteriorate as a strong winter storm bears down on the state. Heavy snow spreads in from the south Tuesday morning accompanied by gusty winds. More than a dozen Wisconsin counties are under a winter storm warning issued by More >

All four suspects wanted in the shooting death of a 5-year-old boy are in custody

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — Police say all four suspects wanted in the shooting death of a 5-year-old boy in Beloit are in custody. Beloit police say the latest arrests were made outside Wisconsin and two men are in custody. Authorities didn’t say where the two men were found. Two others wanted for killing Austin Ramos Jr. on More >

Plane Clips Semi-Truck On I-94 Near Racine

(Yorkville, WI)  —  A small plane lost its landing gear when it hit the top of a moving semi-truck, as it was about to land at an airport west of Racine. The 65-year-old pilot and his wife escaped injury Monday evening, and authorities never found the trucker who kept going south on Interstate 94. The More >

A woman has died in a snowmobile crash in northern Wisconsin

PHILLIPS, Wis. (AP) — A 55-year-old woman has died in a snowmobile crash in northern Wisconsin. The Price County Sheriff’s Office says the crash was reported around 7 p.m. Saturday on Solberg Lake, east of Phillips. WSAW-TV (http://bit.ly/1Q4vfRv ) reports the initial investigation shows the snowmobile was crossing the lake when it struck the shoreline. The driver More >

A rule change in a federal food assistance program

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A rule change in a federal food assistance program means about 1.1 million poor people in 21 states stand to lose government food stamps if they don’t spend enough time looking for work, volunteering or getting education or training. Wisconsin began phasing in work requirements last spring. About two-thirds of the roughly 22,000 More >