State News

Law on collecting DNA upon arrest takes effect

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new state law is taking effect that greatly expands the collection of DNA samples by law enforcement officials. Beginning Wednesday, local police will be required to take DNA from anyone arrested for a violent felony and send the sample to the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The agency won’t process the More >

Brown County’s Lambeau sales tax to end by September

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Shoppers in Brown County will soon have a little extra cash in their wallets. The Green Bay-Brown County Professional Football District Board says the half-percent sales tax imposed nearly 15 years ago for Lambeau Field bonds and maintenance is coming to an early end. Unlike the Miller Park tax which More >

More Wisconsin grads take AP exams

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State education officials say more Wisconsin high school graduates are taking Advanced Placement exams and earning scores high enough for college credit. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s annual report on AP exam participation shows 34 percent of graduating seniors in 2014 took at least one exam. That’s up from 19 More >

Milwaukee police identify suspect in fatal shooting at party

MILWAUKEE (AP) — An 18-year-old Milwaukee man has been identified as a suspect in a fatal shooting at a house party. The man was arrested last week while driving a stolen car. He was charged in an unrelated shooting during an armed robbery in mid-March. Police also have identified the man as a suspect in More >

Charge dropped for Wisconsin woman who left gun in bathroom

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A 67-year-old Oconomowoc woman has been cleared of criminal charges for the second time after leaving her loaded handgun in a Brookfield church last year. Susan Hitchler forgot the weapon in a woman’s restroom while visiting Elmbrook Church last March. A janitor discovered the gun and turned it over to security More >

Oshkosh joins 2 other campuses with retirement offer

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh is the third campus to offer voluntary retirement buyouts for faculty and staff as the UW System faces possible budget cuts. The university said Tuesday it’s offering eligible employees a one-time payment equal to 50 percent of an employee’s annual base salary. UW-Eau Claire and UW-Superior have More >

Service Tuesday for victim of suspected bank robber

WAUSAUKEE, Wis. (AP) – A funeral service is scheduled for the Marinette County man authorities say was killed by a bank robbery suspect who later fatally shot a state trooper. A visitation and service will be held Tuesday for 59-year-old Thomas Christ (krist) at the Presbyterian church in Wausaukee. An online obituary says Christ is survived More >

Prison guard properly fired after bullying colleague

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A state hearing examiner says a prison guard who bullied a colleague who later committed suicide was properly fired. The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission examiner cites an internal investigation following the guard’s death in which dozens of staffers were interviewed at Oakhill Correctional Institution. The State Journal ( ) says examiner More >

Police search for driver who fled from chase

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – Police in Kenosha are looking for a driver who fled on foot after crashing a vehicle in the front yard of a home. Debris scattered the yard in Kenosha where the suspect rammed into a parked car, flipping it over early Tuesday morning. WTMJ-TV reports police began chasing the driver about More >

Police declare South Milwaukee shooting death a homicide

SOUTH MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities have declared the shooting death of a 68-year-old South Milwaukee woman as a homicide. South Milwaukee police initially reported Scheherazade Mae Chadwick was killed last week in an accidental shooting, but they said Monday that she actually was the victim of a homicide. Officers responded to a report of an accidental More >