State News

All-clear given after Kenosha County ammonia leak

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have given the all-clear after an anhydrous ammonia leak in southeastern Wisconsin. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department says a pickup was hauling a trailer with two tanks of anhydrous ammonia in the Town of Paris Wednesday morning when a valve on the tank trailer malfunctioned, releasing the toxic gas. Crews More >

Alcohol use among Wisconsin senior citizens on the rise

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Alcohol use among Wisconsin senior citizens is on the rise. The state Department of Health Services reported Wednesday that annual rates of alcohol use, binge drinking and heavy drinking among people age 65 or older was higher as measured in 2014 than the previous year. The per capita alcohol consumption rate More >

Emerald ash borer eats its way through Door County trees

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) — The invasive emerald ash borer is killing thousands of trees in Door County, one of Wisconsin’s top tourism destinations. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials told Wisconsin Public Radio ( ) that the highly destructive beetles have killed tens of millions of trees across the country since first being spotted More >

Kenosha Bradford Reopens After Student Stabbing Incident

(Kenosha, WI)  —  Kenosha Bradford High School is reopening Wednesday, with counselors on hand to help students deal with a stabbing incident at the school on Tuesday. Police say a dispute between two students resulted in one stabbing the other, and a police resource officer broke it up and took the alleged stabber into custody. More >

Milwaukee County Executive Praises Judge’s Immigration Ruling

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee County executive says he’s glad that a federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to withhold federal funds to “sanctuary cities.” The Justice Department told Milwaukee County last week it could take away $900,000 in justice assistance funds if the county interferes with local law enforcement’s efforts to report the More >

Man accused of hiding bodies along rural road set for August jury trial

ELKHORN, Wis. (AP) — A former police officer accused of leaving two bodies stuffed in suitcases on the side of a rural Wisconsin road in 2014 is set for a trial in August. Steven Zelich faces two counts of hiding a corpse in Walworth County. They are the only remaining charges against Zelich that have More >

Wisconsin Legislature set to give wells bill final OK

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bill relaxing high-capacity well regulations in Wisconsin is scheduled for final legislative approval next week. The state Assembly announced Tuesday that it plans to vote on the bill May 2. It would then go to Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration. The Senate passed the bill earlier this month. The More >

Jakubowski declines to stand for judge in court

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man accused of stealing a cache of weapons and sending an anti-government manifesto to the White House refused to stand for a federal judge at his arraignment. Joseph Jakubowski appeared in court in Madison Tuesday on felony possession and theft of firearms charges. Jakubowski didn’t stand as Magistrate Judge More >

Prosecutor: Wisconsin deputy was justified in shooting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A prosecutor says a Lincoln County deputy who shot and killed a man during a traffic stop was justified in his actions. According to documents the state Department of Justice released Tuesday, Deputy Samuel Steckbauer was dispatched on Feb. 27 to investigate a report of a vehicle in a ditch in More >

Prosecutors: Inmate’s water cut off for 7 days before he died of dehydration

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Prosecutors say Milwaukee County Jail officers cut off an inmate’s water for seven consecutive days before the man died of dehydration. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) reports that Assistant District Attorney Kurt Bentley told jurors at an inquest Monday that Terrill Thomas was mentally unstable and unable to ask for help More >