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Wisconsin recruit sentenced in sexual assault case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A former University of Wisconsin football recruit has been sentenced to a year in jail for sexually assaulting a woman during a visit to the Madison campus last December. A judge also sentenced 18-year-old Dominic Cizauskas on Monday to probation after his jail term, and he will have to register as a More >

Ashley Furniture official: No plans for layoffs

ARCADIA, Wis. (AP) – An Ashley Furniture official tells the state’s business lobby the Wisconsin-based company has no plans for any layoffs and instead plans to add jobs. That’s despite a published report saying Ashley Furniture sought $6 million in state tax credits on condition the company be allowed to retain only half of its workforce More >

Activists preach peace, warn of simmering outrage

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Community activists say the sort of violence that broke out in Missouri over an officer-involved shooting this month could also happen in Wisconsin. More than 100 people rallied Monday at the federal courthouse in Milwaukee. Speakers called for continued peace, but say continued police mismanagement could eventually lead to an eruption of violence. It More >

US attorney backs gay couples in marriage case

MILWAUKEE (AP) – U.S. Attorney James Santelle says the federal government is behind gay couples who are suing to have the right to marry. The federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of Wisconsin spoke Monday at a rally in Milwaukee before gay couples and their supporters boarded a bus to Chicago, where arguments will be held More >

Dane County to launch suicide prevention campaign

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Dane County is launching a new suicide prevention campaign that encourages middle-aged men to talk about mental health. The Wisconsin State Journal ( reports that the campaign promotes a web-based service that uses male humor to stimulate conversations about mental health assessments and treatment. “Man Therapy,” which launched in 2012, was developed More >

1 dead, 1 in custody in Beloit

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) – Beloit police are investigating a death they say is a domestic-related homicide. Officers were called to a residence shortly before 2 a.m. Monday. The victim is a 58-year-old man. The Beloit Daily News ( ) says a 30-year-old man is in custody. — Information from: Beloit Daily News,

Deputy held in slayings of wife, sister-in-law

FITCHBURG, Wis. (AP) – A Fitchburg police lieutenant says charges are likely early this week against a recently retired Dane County sheriff’s deputy accused of fatally shooting his wife and sister-in-law. Lt. Todd Stetzer says Andy Steele is being treated at a hospital for injuries consistent with a suicide attempt. Fitchburg police say Steele is More >

Outagamie County gets alcohol detection bracelets

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) – Outagamie County will use alcohol detection bracelets to monitor repeat drunken drivers in a special court program. Post-Crescent Media reports ( ) the county received a $14,000 grant through two community foundations to buy five bracelets that detect alcohol levels through the wearer’s skin. Authorities will also buy three remote breath-testing devices More >

Vintage base ball team to wrap up season

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin historical site’s vintage base ball team is getting set to close out its season next month. Old World Wisconsin’s Eagle Diamonds will face the Chicago Salmon at Wade House, a historic 1860s stagecoach inn located in Greenbush, on Sept. 13. The game will mark the end of the Diamonds’ four-game More >

Deaths of 2 women in Fitchburg ruled homicide

FITCHBURG, Wis. (AP) – Authorities have released the names of two women who died after a shooting in a Fitchburg home. The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office says 39-year-old Ashlee Steele of Fitchburg and 38-year-old Kacee Tollefsbol of Lake Elmo, Minnesota, were killed Friday as a result of homicidal violence. Police said the women were More >