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Madison man accused of fatally shooting a former grocery store co-worker has been ordered to stand trial

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Madison man accused of fatally shooting a former grocery store co-worker has been ordered to stand trial. Twenty-six-year-old Christopher O’Kroley waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Dane County Circuit Court. A criminal complaint says O’Kroley blames Caroline Nosal for getting him fired at Metro Market. The complaint says the More >

Report finds Wisconsin public schools are still restraining disabled students

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A report finds Wisconsin public schools are still restraining disabled students, despite a 2011 law aimed at reducing those practices. Three disability-rights groups released the report Tuesday. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1o0Xdr0) reports the groups called on legislators to strengthen the law. Advocacy specialist Sally Flaschberger with Disability Rights Wisconsin says such incidents More >

Group of Wisconsin landowners suing Enbridge to force the company to carry spill insurance

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of Wisconsin landowners is suing Enbridge to force the company to carry spill insurance on a pipeline that will carry Canadian tar sands oil across the state. The landowners live within 350 yards of the pipeline. The Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/1RnIrWy ) reports the lawsuit was filed Monday in Dane More >

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 >