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Wisconsin State Patrol trooper who suffered severe injuries and the loss of part of his right leg two years ago is back on the job

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper who suffered severe injuries and the loss of part of his right leg two years ago is back on the job after a grueling recovery. Trooper Justin Hansen says it has been a long and difficult journey to get back to work. Hansen was responding to More >

Milwaukee man accused of shooting and wounding a Wauwatosa police officer in June has pleaded guilty

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man accused of shooting and wounding a Wauwatosa police officer in June has pleaded guilty to charges. Najee Harmon pleaded guilty Monday to two reduced counts of recklessly endangering safety and one count each of first-degree reckless injury and possession of a firearm as a felon. He was originally charged with More >

Defense attorney for a Racine man accused of fatally shooting his friend shouldn’t be found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A defense attorney for a Racine man accused of fatally shooting his friend has told jurors he did shoot him, but shouldn’t be found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide. The Journal Times (http://bit.ly/1V01J3i ) reports the trial of 28-year-old Jacob Rogers opened Monday. He’s charged with first-degree intentional homicide and possession of More >

Kloppenburg Has Money Lead In Supreme Court Race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — New campaign finance reports show state Supreme Court hopeful JoAnne Kloppenburg is outpacing rival Joe Donald in fundraising. Reports covering the month of January were due to the state Government Accountability Board on Monday. Kloppenburg’s report shows she had about $269,000 on hand as of Feb. 1. She raised about $55,925. Donald More >

$50,000 bond set for former Kenosha County Detention Center supervisor charged with sexually assault

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Bond is set at $50,000 for a former Kenosha County Detention Center supervisor charged with sexually assaulting an inmate. Twenty-eight-year-old Jonathan Kwiatkowski (kuh-TOW’-skee) appeared in court Monday on the felony charges. The Kenosha News reports (http://bit.ly/1UYV21f ) Kwiatkowski is accused of sexually assaulting a female inmate who was in the jail’s work More >

Wisconsin couple is a facing numerous felony charges after being found intoxicated and a 9-year-old behind the wheel

BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin couple is facing criminal charges after authorities say they found the two highly intoxicated in their pickup truck and the woman’s 9-year-old daughter behind the wheel. Jason Roth and Amanda Eggert have pleaded not guilty to charges in Polk County Circuit Court. KMSP-TV (http://bit.ly/1PfUgeU ) reports the two were arrested More >

10 vehicles a total loss after breaking through the ice during the Lake Geneva’s Winterfest

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (AP) — Lake Geneva police say 10 vehicles apparently are a total loss after breaking through the ice during the city’s Winterfest. The cars were parked on the ice of Lake Geneva when they began breaking through Saturday. Officers arrived and found 15 vehicles were partially submerged in the water. Tow companies removed the More >

A 24-year-old woman has died after striking a tree while skiing

PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) — A 24-year-old woman has died after she struck a tree while skiing in south-central Wisconsin. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office dispatch was notified around 10:30 a.m. Saturday that an injured person needed medical assistance at Cascade Mountain Ski Hill. The sheriff’s office and emergency medical workers responded, along with the ski patrol from More >

A snowmobiler is dead after a crash in northern Wisconsin

TOWN OF PHELPS, Wis. (AP) — A snowmobiler is dead after a crash in northern Wisconsin. The Vilas County Sheriff’s Office got a 911 call reporting the crash in the Town of Phelps late Saturday night. An initial investigation found the snowmobiler was driving on the roadway off of the marked snowmobile trail. He struck an embankment More >

University of Wisconsin-Madison spent at least $8 million to keep top faculty members following cuts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Madison has spent at least $8 million since last summer to keep top faculty members following the Legislature’s cuts to higher education. UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank is telling the Board of Regents that retaining key professors will take a continuing investment as other universities try to lure them away. More >