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Fired Milwaukee police officer describes shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Milwaukee police officer fired after shooting and killing a mentally ill man says he became concerned about his safety as soon as he saw the odd way the man was lying on the ground in a park. Police Chief Edward Flynn fired Officer Christopher Manney on Wednesday for instigating a fight that More >

DEA: 51 charged in illegal prescription drug sales

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says 51 people have been charged following a yearlong investigation into illegal prescription drug sales. The agency said Thursday that 26 people had been arrested over two days as part of an operation involving the DEA and other law enforcement agencies in the Milwaukee area. It says 47 More >

Hunters kill dozen wolves in first day and a half

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Hunters have killed a dozen Wisconsin wolves over the first day and a half of the season. The third annual wolf season got underway Wednesday. According to data on the state Department of Natural Resources website as of mid-afternoon Thursday showed hunters had taken 12 wolves, including three in far northwestern Wisconsin’s More >

Cost of visiting Apostle Island ice caves may rise

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) – Visitors to the ice caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore may have to begin paying more to see the Lake Superior wonder. The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/1wbdeZk ) reports the National Park Service, which operates the park in northern Wisconsin, has proposed a $5 special recreation fee to see the More >

Milwaukee police turn out to support fired officer

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Dozens of police officers are gathering City Hall in Milwaukee to support an officer fired after shooting and killing a mentally ill man who had been sleeping in a downtown park. Police Chief Edward Flynn fired Officer Christopher Manney on Wednesday for instigating a fight with 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton. Manney shot Hamilton 14 More >

Medical examiner investigates infant death

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office says investigators are looking into the death of a 2-month-old boy on Milwaukee’s north side. The medical examiner says initial reports indicate the infant was co-sleeping with his mother and grandmother. The child was pronounced dead at 3:30 a.m. Thursday. An autopsy is expected to be More >

Group to renew push for guns on school property

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A gun rights group is renewing its effort to change Wisconsin law prohibiting firearms on school property. Carrying a gun on school grounds is currently a felony. The organization Wisconsin Carry says parents and guardians who pick up their children at school should be allowed to carry a firearm if they More >

Wisconsin AG hopeful proposes gun deal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican attorney general hopeful Brad Schimel says he would devote state Justice Department resources to helping Milwaukee prosecutors go after gun crimes – if they agree not to drop charges in plea deals. Schimel’s campaign released a statement Thursday saying Schimel believes Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm has been dropping charges More >

Court begins for Wausau man accused of homicide

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) – A Wausau man has made his first appearance in court since police accused him of killing a 22-year-old woman during a robbery and burying her body nearly four years ago. Kristopher Torgerson was charged last month with first-degree intentional homicide, armed robbery and hiding a corpse in connection with Stephanie Low’s death. More >

DEA: 51 charged in illegal prescription drug sales

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says 51 people have been charged following a two-day operation targeting illegal prescription drug sales. The agency said Thursday that arrests were made after a yearlong investigation done by the DEA and other law enforcement agencies in the Milwaukee area. Law enforcement agents and prosecutors have called an afternoon More >