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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 >

2 People Drown In Separate Incidents In SE Wisconsin

Law enforcement agencies are investigating two Thursday drowning incidents in southeastern Wisconsin.  The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reports an 81-year-old man died when he was trapped under a weed cutter in Wallace Lake at about 2:00 P-M.  The machine capsized and he wasn’t able to get free.  A 53-year-old man was swimming at Big Foot More >

Bankruptcy Court Approves $365M Asset Sale Of Former Appleton Papers

Eight months after the company went out of business, a bankruptcy court has approved a 365-million dollar sale of its assets.  The company once known as Appleton Papers filed for bankruptcy protection last October.  It announced it was cutting 200 jobs in November.  Appvion sales the asset sale approved last month will reduce its debt More >

Suspect Not So Happy After Not Getting His Happy Meal

All he wanted was a burger before going to jail.  Bloomer police report the arrest of a 50-year-old suspect who was determined to get a meal at McDonald’s before heading to jail.  An officer tried to stop the car driven by Jack Rasmussen because there was an arrest warrant in his name.  Rasmussen refused to More >

State, Federal Agencies Investigating Sauk City Nursing Home

Allegations of abuse by a resident has both state and federal agencies investigating a Sauk City nursing home.  Galen J. Malisch was accused of sexually assaulting two other residents at Maplewood of Sauk Prairie last month.  Malisch is charged with a half-dozen counts, including sexual assault and abuse.  He’s also charged with failing to update More >

Wisconsin Democrats Gain Legislative Seat In Special Elections

The two political parties split Tuesday’s special elections to fill a pair of Wisconsin legislative seats.  Democrats are still claiming a victory because they gained a seat in the 1st Senate District when Caleb Frostman prevailed.  That office had been held by a Republican.  The 42nd Assembly District Seat stayed with the Republican Party when More >

Man Injured Seriously In Collision With Semi In Columbia County

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office says a man was injured seriously when his car struck a semi Monday afternoon. Sheriff’s officials say the man was driving on Highway A at around 4 P-M when he missed a stop sign at Highway 16 in the town of Otsego. His car went into the intersection and hit More >