State News

Naked, screaming man arrested at Wisconsin Capitol

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – State officials are looking into how a naked man found his way into the Wisconsin state Capitol’s rotunda. The man appeared undressed in the rotunda around 4 p.m. Monday and began shouting at the top of his lungs. It was unclear what he was saying. A Capitol Police officer quickly led him away. More >

Lawmaker’s daughter faces new drug charges

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – The daughter of a Wisconsin lawmaker faces new criminal charges accusing her of possessing narcotics. Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Nygren of Marinette appeared in Brown County court on Monday after being arrested Friday morning. A report by Press-Gazette Media said Nygren faces two counts of possession of narcotic drugs and one count of More >

Woman accuses Wisconsin billionaire of assault

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Another woman has accused Racine billionaire Samuel Curtis Johnson III of sexual assault. The woman filed a civil lawsuit in Racine County in July alleging Johnson sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions between March of 2007 and July of 2009 while she was on vacation with Johnson’s family in Mexico and the More >

La Crosse Oktoberfest attendants flip car

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – The annual Oktoberfest celebration in La Crosse has ended without major incident, despite police reports of attendants flipping a car and damaging several others. Local police reports say one car was flipped on its side and the widows of at least six others were smashed. The La Crosse Tribune ( ) More >

Milwaukee school settles discrimination claim

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The U.S. Justice Department says Milwaukee Montessori School will pay $55,000 to settle a claim that the school discriminated against a disabled student. The department alleged the private day school failed to accommodate and then “impermissibly disenrolled” a young child because he stumbled and fell “more frequently than his peers.” In a statement Monday, More >

Man questioned for double homicide released

BERLIN, Wis. (AP) – Green Lake County’s top prosecutor says the man being questioned about two deaths in Berlin has been released. Police have described the deaths of Melissa Tuinstra and Justin Daniels as a double homicide. They were found slain late Saturday. The crime resulted in an Amber Alert for Tuinstra’s 8-year-old daughter who More >

Director asks John Doe DA to investigate himself

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The director of a conservative group trying to shut down an investigation into whether right-leaning organizations illegally coordinated with Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign wants a prosecutor working on the probe to investigate himself. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and several other prosecutors launched the so-called John Doe investigation in 2012, looking More >

55 died as a result of domestic violence in 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A new report sheds light on the life and death consequences of domestic violence in Wisconsin. The organization End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin released a study that shows 55 people died as a result of domestic violence in 2013. Thirty-nine people were homicide victims, 12 perpetrators took their own lives and four More >

Cranberry crop estimated at 5.3 million barrels

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) – Growers expect Wisconsin will lead the nation as the top cranberry producer for the 20th consecutive year. The harvest is underway in the Badger State where about 5.3 million barrels of cranberries are expected to be produced this year. Each barrel contains about 100 pounds of cranberries. The 2014 crop More >

Man killed after tire flies through windshield

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A passenger in a car was killed after a tire flew off an oncoming vehicle and through the windshield of the victim’s car on the interstate in Dane County. The State Patrol says the fatal accident happened shortly after 1 a.m. Monday on Interstate 39/90 near Madison’s Beltline interchange. The driver More >