State News

Police Chief’s Nephew Pleads No Contest To Battering Charge

The 23-year-old nephew of Madison Police Chief Mike Koval has reached a plea agreement for his role in a December incident.  Connor Koval will be on probation for 18 months after pleading no contest to a charge of battering a law enforcement officer.  Police say Koval lunged at Sergeant Matthew Baker outside a Madison bar, More >

Supreme Court To Discuss Dassey Case Thursday

The U-S Supreme Court will discuss the Brendan Dassey murder case during a Thursday conference.  Dassey is serving a life sentence for his role in the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County.  Dassey’s case was headed for discussion last week, but that conference was delayed by the court without explanation.  His attorneys say More >

Federal Lawsuit To Be Filed On Behalf Of Bucks Player

A federal civil rights lawsuit will be filed today (Tuesday) concerning the January arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown.  A press conference will be held at 11:00 A-M at Milwaukee City Hall.  Brown was tased and arrested during a confrontation outside a drug store.  He had parked his vehicle across two handicapped parking spaces More >

Search For Teen In Silver Lake Now Recovery Effort

Crews resumed their search for a 13-year-old boy this (Monday) morning that went missing Sunday in Silver Lake. Search and rescue boats arrived back at the lake in Portage just before 8 A-M.  Columbia County officials said earlier today that the search and rescue mission was now a search and recovery effort. Portage police say More >

Foodborne Illness Advisory: Pre-Cut Melons Linked to Salmonella

Consumers should throw away potentially contaminated foods The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) are alerting Wisconsin consumers to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide infections linked to the consumption of pre-cut melons. At this time, no cases have been identified in Wisconsin residents, but the recalled products More >

Charges Filed Against Sisters Who Stabbed Each Other

Two Madison sisters will be charged after stabbing each other during a Saturday fight.  One of the women called the police to say she had been stabbed.  When officers arrived, they found the sisters — 23 and 24 years old — with stab wounds on their arms.  The injuries weren’t life-threatening and the sisters were More >

Teacher Suspected Of Sexual Assault Is Arrested Again

Fox Valley Metro Police say they have arrested a teacher for a sexual assault which allegedly happened almost 20 years ago.  Jason La Vigne’s alleged victim was a student at Little Chute High School at the time.  She came forward earlier this month after La Vigne was charged in Marinette County with sexually assaulting a More >

Milwaukee Police:  Man Fired Gun While Sitting In Squad Car Backseat

A Milwaukee man was sitting in the backseat of a police squad car last weekend when officers say he fired a gun.  Thirty-one-year-old Marquel Hinkle said he forgot he had the weapon and, when he took it out of his waistband to put it on the floor, it accidentally went off.  Hinkle was in that More >

Eight years later and still celebrating a smoke-free Wisconsin

Thursday, July 5th marks the 8th Anniversary of Wisconsin’s Smoke-Free Air Law, which means 8 years of clean indoor air for employees and customers across Wisconsin. Tobacco is still a problem in Wisconsin. Wisconsin going smoke-free has been an incredible success, but it didn’t magically make tobacco use disappear. Cigarette use is still the #1 More >

Dane County Sues Drug Companies

Drug manufacturers are being accused of selling highly addictive opioids while lying to doctors about the threat of addiction.  Dane County is one of several local government entities filing federal lawsuits against the major drug companies.  County Executive Joe Parisi cites the tremendous toll on the local community in a Thursday news release.  He says More >