State News

Wisconsin facing $700M transportation shortfall

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker is looking for new ways to fund a state transportation budget that is projected to fall short by as much as $700 million by 2017. The Janesville Gazette reports ( ) Walker was in Rock County on Tuesday for a Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. board meeting. The Republican governor More >

Half-eaten cinnamon roll leads police to car thief

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A half-eaten cinnamon roll helped Madison police track down a suspected car thief. The car was stolen Monday about 4:30 a.m. The driver parked at a hotel with the key in the ignition, and when he walked inside he heard his car start up. Surveillance video got a glimpse of the suspect, More >

Wisconsin investment officer gets biggest bonus

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Chief Investment Officer David Villa is receiving the largest bonus out of the $13.3 million being awarded the state’s pension fund managers as a reward for strong investment returns. The bonuses approved by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board are 66 percent higher than the $8 million awarded last year. The More >

Warrantless GPS tracking before court decision OK

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A state appeals court says Wisconsin police were within their rights to place GPS trackers on cars before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled they need warrants. Police in Kenosha attached a tracker to Scott Oberst’s car without a warrant in 2011. They used the tracker to gather evidence to build a drug More >

Homicide trial delayed due to new evidence

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin trial for an Arizona man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend’s fiance has been delayed while the defense analyzes new evidence. Terrance Luukkonen, of Duluth, Minn., was shot in his vehicle outside his workplace in Superior last May. Forty-two-year-old Juan Padilla, of Fort Mojave, Ariz., is charged in his death. More >

Footprints in snow led police to homicide suspects

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – Court records say investigators followed footprints in the fresh snow to arrest two men charged with fatally shooting a driver who crashed into a house in Kenosha. Nineteen-year-old Markese Tibbs and 22-year-old Joseph-Jamal Brantley are each charged with first-degree reckless homicide and other felony counts in last week’s shooting death of More >

Autopsy shows Baldwin woman drowned

TOWN OF HAMMOND, Wis. (AP) – A medical examiner has determined the cause of death for a woman whose body was found in a western Wisconsin lake. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office in Minnesota says 38-year-old Kristelle Wolle, of Baldwin, drowned in Pine Lake last weekend. St. Croix (kroy) County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched More >

Wisconsin GAB to certify spring election results

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin election officials are set to certify results from the 2014 spring election. The state Government Accountability Board is set to meet on Thursday morning in Madison to certify the results in races for appellate and circuit judges. No statewide or legislative offices were on the ballot. Municipal and county canvassing boards are More >

Sen. Baldwin to discuss politics at Marquette

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is scheduled to talk politics during an hour-long forum at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Baldwin’s office says she’ll discuss health care reform, immigration, minimum wage and Washington’s political divide at Wednesday’s event. The 52-year-old was elected to the Senate in 2012. She previously spent 14 years in Congress, and More >

5 Milwaukee museums offer free, reduced admission

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Five Milwaukee museums are offering free or reduced admission to help promote each other. They are part of the Milwaukee Museum Mile, which includes five small and medium museums located within a mile of each other along Lake Michigan. The museums are the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, The Charles Allis Art Museum, Museum More >