State News

Wildlife managers investigate shooting of sandhill cranes

SHAWANO COUNTY, Wis. (AP) – Wildlife managers are investigating to find out who killed a pair of protected sandhill cranes in Shawano County. Stockbridge-Munsee Conservation Warden Beau Miller says the large birds were standing in a field near a road when they were shot, likely with a high-caliber rifle. He says a few people heard More >

Former Thrivent adviser faces more charges

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Prosecutors in Winnebago County have leveled 20 theft charges against a former Thrivent Financial adviser. Oshkosh Police said in a news release that 56-year-old Jean Walsh-Josephson is suspected of stealing over $1 million from two elderly clients. Prosecutors filed the charges on Tuesday. A court commissioner set Walsh-Josephson’s bail at $10,000 during More >

Ejected Badger fan sends police 240 coconut doughnuts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – University of Wisconsin-Madison Police say a California man sent them 20 dozen coconut doughnuts as payback after officers threw him out of a Badger football game Saturday. UW-Madison Police spokesman Marc Lovicott says the man traveled from Los Angeles to see the Badgers play Northwestern at Camp Randall Stadium. He was seated More >

Hunter killed by apparent stray bullet

TOWN OF MOUNT MORRIS, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a hunter has been killed by an apparent stray bullet in Waushara County. Sheriff Jeff Nett says the 56-year-old Wild Rose man was hunting on his property in the Town of Mount Morris north of Redgranite Monday afternoon when he was hit. The sheriff says the More >

Court: Wisconsin man can legally possess switchblade in home

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – An appeals court says an Appleton man can legally possess a switchblade in his home. Cory Herrmann cut himself with his switchblade in his home in 2012. He called 911 and was eventually charged with possessing a switchblade. He argued that Wisconsin’s ban on possessing switchblades violates his constitutional right to bear arms. More >

Court upholds firing of Milwaukee officer who punched woman

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A state appeals court has upheld the firing of a Milwaukee police officer who punched a woman and pulled her out of a police car by her hair. The 1st District Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the 2012 firing of Officer Richard Schoen for excessive force. Schoen argued the city’s Board More >

Corrections overtime policy implemented

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is implementing a new overtime policy as it deals with a shortage of prison guards. Corrections officials say overtime will be assigned on a rotation system instead of forcing the newest officers to work those shifts when no one else has volunteered. Veteran guards and sergeants More >

Milwaukee police identify boy dead in underage driver crash

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Authorities have identified a 14-year-old boy who died in a crash involving a vehicle driven by a 15-year-old boy in Milwaukee. The victim was identified Monday as Daquan A. Nichols. He died Saturday at a hospital after suffering serious injuries when the vehicle he was riding in struck a tree. The driver and More >

Police officer dies in crash with Wisconsin DNR vehicle

TOWN OF ALBION, Wis. (AP) – A police officer has died in a crash with a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources vehicle in a rural area of Dane County. WMTV-TV ( ) reports it happened around noon Monday on County Highway N in the Town of Albion. Authorities say the officer had just started his shift. More >

Federal court rules Wisconsin abortion law unconstitutional

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A federal appeals court panel says a Wisconsin law requiring abortion providers to get hospital admitting privileges is unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the decision Monday, upholding a federal judge in Madison who struck down the law in March. Planned Parenthood and Affiliated More >