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Wisconsin man gets 9.5 years for drunk driving

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for leading police on a drunken driving chase that ended in a near-fatal crash. The Journal Sentinel reports ( ) 41-year-old Kevin Hutchins Jr. of Milwaukee reached speeds of 100 mph during a seven-mile police chase. Deputy Scott Griffin was critically More >

Trial begins in Wisconsin baby kidnapping case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The trial has begun for a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures. Kristen Smith, of Aurora, Colorado, faces one count of kidnapping in federal court. She could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted by a jury in Madison, Wisconsin. Prosecutors argue More >

Sheriff: If you see something, say something

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The sheriff of Milwaukee County is asking citizens to be particularly vigilant about activities around local religious sites due to hostilities in the Middle East. Sheriff David Clarke says there’s a potential for agitators to attack or vandalize synagogues, temples and mosques in protest. Clarke says if citizens see any suspicious activity, More >

Wisconsin mural honors passenger pigeon extinction

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) – The University of Wisconsin’s natural history museum is installing a new mural to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passenger pigeon’s extinction. Stevens Point Journal Media reports ( ) the museum features the painting by local wildlife artist Mary Bratz. A preserved passenger pigeon is mounted in front of the mural. More >

West Bend man drowns in Minocqua lake

MINOCQUA, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say the man who drowned in Oneida County over the weekend was from West Bend. Police in Minocqua say 56-year-old Russell Steiner drowned in Lake Shishebogama Saturday about 11 p.m. The man’s family tried to rescue him after he began struggling in the water and brought him to shore. WAOW-TV More >

EAA AirVenture draws 500,000 to Oshkosh

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – Aviation enthusiasts from as many as 70 countries are gathering in Oshkosh this week for the annual Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture. The convention draws about a half million people to the weeklong event at near Wittman Regional Airport. Thousands of planes have already landed at the airport. On Monday, NASA representatives More >

Trial to start in Wisconsin kidnapping case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures is about to go to trial. Kristen Smith faces one count of kidnapping in federal court. Her trial is scheduled to begin Monday in Madison. She could face life if convicted. Prosecutors believe Smith kidnapped days-old More >

Police: Wisconsin woman fatally struck by train

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Rapids police say an elderly woman has died after being hit by a train. A police lieutenant says the woman was pronounced dead at the scene in Wood County on Sunday. He says the woman attempted to cross the tracks while walking west and was struck by a southbound Canadian More >

Woman killed in Janesville lawn mower accident

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a 65-year-old southern Wisconsin woman has died after a riding lawn mower accident. Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden says deputies were called to a home Saturday afternoon in the town of Janesville, where they found a woman partially trapped under a small riding lawn mower that was tipped upside down. More >

Illinois woman dies rescuing boy in Wisconsin lake

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) – Friends and family are mourning the death of an Illinois woman who drowned while rescuing a 9-year-old boy in a Wisconsin lake. The Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports ( ) 47-year-old Karen Wessel of Arlington Heights died Tuesday. The Vilas County Sheriff’s Department says she went under the water in Star More >