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Man dies after choking on piece of meat at festival in Racine

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a man has died after choking while eating at a weekend festival in Racine. The Racine County medical examiner says the 73-year-old Caledonia man choked on a piece of meat at Greek Fest Saturday night. The Journal Times (http://bit.ly/28YcYsQ ) says first responders were called to Kimissis Tis Theotokou Church More >

Police say fight between two people turned deadly

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police say a fight between two people turned deadly. Authorities say a 32-year-old man was fatally stabbed during the altercation Sunday about 8 p.m. First responders attempted to save the man, but he died from his injuries. Police say a person of interest is in custody.

Miss Green Bay Area crowned Miss Wisconsin

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Miss Green Bay Area Courtney Pelot has been crowned Miss Wisconsin. Pelot, who danced to “Pretty Hurts” for her talent, will represent the state at the Miss America competition in September in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She told the Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/28VKBtn ) that she had competed in local pageants for two years More >

Former Uber driver sues company saying company owes overtime tips

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A former Uber driver in the Milwaukee area has sued the ride-hailing company in federal court, seeking overtime pay, tips and other expenses on behalf of all current and former Wisconsin drivers. Lamont Lathan is asking the court to “properly classify” Uber drivers as employees, not as the independent contractors Uber says they More >

City of Racine settles lawsuit against officers for $100,000

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — The City of Racine has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by a man who says he was handcuffed and beaten outside his home after police came to investigate a car accident he wasn’t involved in. The City Council has agreed to pay Miguel Veguilla $100,000. The lawsuit filed by Veguilla last More >

First responders rescued six people on Lake Monona

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — First responders rescued six people, including a young child, after their boat capsized on Lake Monona. Dane County sheriff’s deputies say seven people were in the boat when it overturned on the lake shortly after midnight Sunday, spilling the passengers into the water about a mile from shore. One boater was able More >

Pain doctor, ‘Oxyczar’ assistant indicted over “pill mill”

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee-area doctor and his former clinic office manager have been indicted on multiple charges for allegedly illegally giving powerful painkillers to patients. Federal documents say Dr. Steven Kotsonis gave out prescriptions without thorough exams, and sometimes without seeing patients. His office manager, Susan Moyer, allegedly called herself the “OxyCzar” and handed out More >

Madison Teen In Viral Arrest Video Released From Jail

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A black teenager whose arrest at a Madison mall sparked protests alleging discrimination has been released from jail under orders from the Dane County district attorney. Eighteen-year-old Genele Laird was freed around 7:45 p.m. Thursday. District Attorney Ismael Ozanne declined immediate comment. Earlier Thursday, Laird’s supporters gathered for her initial court appearance, but More >

Milwaukee gets 1 million loan for lead pipe replacement

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee is getting a $1 million state loan to begin the costly task of replacing 70,000 lead water pipes throughout the city. Public works officials say the priority is replacing pipes to 385 state-licensed day care centers in Milwaukee, since none of the city’s public schools get their water through lead pipes. The More >

State Patrol Now Says Fond Du Lac Crash Victims Were Father, Son

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two people, including an 8-year-old boy, killed in a crash in Fond du Lac. The crash happened around 11:40 a.m. Wednesday in the northbound lanes of Interstate 41. The Wisconsin State Patrol says a semitrailer was slowing down when the crash happened. A vehicle behind More >