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Authorities investigating headless chickens in county parks

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Authorities are investigating reports of beheaded chickens and roosters found in Milwaukee County parks. Milwaukee County Sheriff’s deputies say a headless chicken was found near tea candles at Grant Park in south Milwaukee. WITI-TV ( ) reports another chicken was found with its head cut off last week at Bender Park in Oak More >

Milwaukee team, college to build multipurpose facility

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks and Marquette University are teaming up to build a multipurpose center supporting collegiate and professional athletes, academic research and wellness initiatives. Marquette University President Michael Lovell announced the partnership Thursday, along with goals to double research funding over the next years and focus on mental health research. The university says More >

Packers fan caught in Super Bowl ticket mess still waiting

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – An Ellison Bay man says the NFL is making good on a pledge made after a Super Bowl ticket debacle four years ago in Texas. Pete D’Amico and his son were among hundreds of fans who had tickets, but were initially turned away because temporary seating was deemed unsafe. Affected More >

Feds alleges Watertown insurance agent ran $10M Ponzi scheme

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is alleging a Watertown insurance agent ran a $10 million Ponzi scheme out of his agency. The SEC filed a securities fraud lawsuit this week against 69-year-old Loren Holzhueter and one of his companies. A federal judge froze Holzhueter’s assets in response. The lawsuit alleges at least 122 More >

Wisconsin appeals court: Protest policy was unconstitutional

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin appeals court says a requirement that singers in the state Capitol obtain a permit was unconstitutional. The case involves Michael Crute was cited for joining in a daily sing-along protest in the Capitol rotunda in July 2013. State rules then prohibited anyone from participating in an unpermitted event in state More >

Dubuque man gets 50 years for Platteville cab driver murder

LANCASTER, Wis. (AP) – A Dubuque man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison and 18 years of supervised release for robbing, kidnapping and killing a Platteville taxi driver. The Telegraph Herald reports ( ) 26-year-old Tommy L. Johnson Jr. was sentenced Thursday in Lancaster, Wisconsin, on charges of kidnapping, armed robbery and first-degree reckless More >

Milwaukee man, 18, charged in brother’s fatal shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) – An 18-year-old Milwaukee man who says he accidentally shot his brother is now charged with negligent homicide. Dennis J. Jackson faces a felony count of homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon. Jackson’s brother, 23-year-old Leroy Smith, died Monday at a house in Milwaukee. According to the criminal complaint, witnesses told police that More >

Walker to attend Southern Republican Leadership Conference

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is headed to Oklahoma to speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in May. The Oklahoma Republican Party announced Wednesday that Walker planned to attend to conference that runs May 21 to May 23. Other potential 2016 presidential candidates who are slated to appear include former Sen. Rick More >

Department of Natural Resources to offer eagle license plate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources official says she hopes a new set of bald eagle license plates will take flight across the state. Erin Crain, director for the department’s Natural Heritage Bureau, said Wednesday that the agency is accepting bald eagle photo submissions. A winning photo could be featured on the More >

Parents charged with 2006 kidnapping arrested in Illinois

LAKE COUNTY, Ill. (AP) – Authorities say a man and a woman have been arrested in Illinois for allegedly kidnapping their children from Las Vegas nine years ago. According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, 40-year old Marie Rosaline Malagon-Castillo and 39-year old Manuel Ruiz-Garcia fled Nevada to avoid an investigation of Malagon-Castillo’s alleged drug use More >