State News

Former Library Director Must Pay Fines, Restitution For Theft By Fraud

The former director of the Manitowoc Public Library pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges of theft by fraud last week.  Fifty-eight-year-old Cherilyn Stewart had been accused of creating false library cards to boost circulation numbers.  Manitowoc County funding for the library is based on the number of users.  Stewart will have to pay fines More >

Workers Evacuated From Portage Facility Due to Carbon Monoxide

Workers at a plant in Portage had to be evacuated Wednesday, with several taken to the hospital in ambulances.  A spokesman for the Portage Fire Department reports very high levels of carbon monoxide were detected inside Dawn’s Fresh Foods at 800 parts-per-million — up to 200 times the normal level.  A problem with a water More >

La Crosse Man Bound Over For Trial

A La Crosse County Circuit Court judge has decided there is enough evidence to hold a trial for a man charged with first-degree intentional homicide.  Erik Sackett is accused of killing a woman whose body was found in Runge Hollow Lake in Vernon County.  Prosecutors say Sackett killed Erin Somvilai and dumped her body there.  More >

Good Samaritans Help Woman Who Was Being Sexually Assaulted

A 20-year-old sexual assault victim was saved by two nearby construction workers Tuesday in Madison.  The woman was walking at about 11:45 A-M when she was attacked by a man later identified as Kevin E. Kiernan.  She says she started yelling for help when he groped her and started to drop his pants.  The construction More >

Former Marshfield Bus Driver Reaches Plea Agreement During Trial

A former Marshfield bus driver had his felony sexual assault charge reduced to two misdemeanors before he reached a plea agreement.  Three witnesses had just offered testimony against 53-year-old Herbert Andres in court Tuesday.  He was accused of making sexual advances on a 17-year-old girl at a New Year’s Eve party held at his home.  More >

VP Pence Returns To Wisconsin To Support Scott Walker

Vice President Mike Pence will make two stops in Wisconsin today (Wednesday) to help the reelection campaign for Governor Scott Walker.  Pence and Walker will appear together at the Oneida Golf and Country Club after Air Force Two lands in Green Bay.  A release says the two will discuss Walker’s agenda to keep Wisconsin working More >

Baldwin, Vukmir Sound Off About Health Care In 1st Of 3 Debates

Republican U-S Senate candidate Leah Vukmir says she would “fall in front of a truck” before she would let pre-existing conditions keep people from getting health coverage.  Vukmir and Democratic incumbent Tammy Baldwin met in the first of three scheduled debates Monday night on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus.  Baldwin says Vukmir’s desire to repeal More >

“Slender Man” Defendant Appealing Her Case

The attorney for “Slender Man” defendant Morgan Geyser isn’t specifying the basis for the appeal he filed Monday in her case.  Geyser and Anissa Weier were both committed to mental health institutions for a stabbing attack on a classmate four years ago.  Payton Leutner survived 19 stab wounds.  Geyser entered a guilty plea to attempted More >

Alligator Found In Lake Michigan

Animal control officers in northeastern Illinois confirm the discovery of a four-foot alligator in Lake Michigan.  A kayaker made the discovery at Waukegan Harbor about 200 yards from the shore.  The gator was turned over to the WildlifeDiscovery Center in Lake Forest.  Experts say it wouldn’t have survived long because its jaws were held shut More >

Governor’s Father Dies After Extended Illness

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has set aside several campaign events due to the illness and death of his father.  The Reverend Llewellyn Walker died Sunday morning after an extended illness.  The elder Walker had served as pastor of a church in Plainfield, Iowa, before moving his family to Delavan in 1977.  Weekend events were canceled More >