State News

Federal declaration requested for winter damage

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker is asking the federal government to help eight Wisconsin counties recover from infrastructure damage caused by the severe winter weather. Walker has requested a federal disaster declaration to help pay for about $11 million in damage to broken water mains and frozen water towers due to the extreme More >

Appeals court asks unnamed parties for information

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A federal appeals court is asking two unnamed parties related to an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign and other conservative groups to explain why they are entitled to remain anonymous. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday asked the unnamed parties to address that in briefs due More >

Women say restaurateur drugged them, took photos

CEDARBURG, Wis. (AP) – A man who owns an Ozaukee County restaurant is being investigated anew on allegations that he drugged women’s drinks, took nude photos of the women and sexually assaulted at least one person. Federal, state and local law enforcement authorities raided the man’s Wauwatosa home and Cedarburg restaurant. A search warrant filed Monday More >

Man says he robbed bank to stay out of jail

RICE LAKE, Wis. (AP) – Court records say a Rice Lake man told police he robbed a local bank to get money to pay court obligations so he wouldn’t go to jail. The 19-year-old man was arrested last week after he was seen running from the Sterling Bank in Rice Lake. Police say he had More >

Fourth suspect at large in interstate shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Authorities are looking for a fourth suspect in a shooting on an interstate in Milwaukee County. Sheriff David Clarke says people in a minivan and another vehicle were shooting at each other in a “running gun battle” on Interstate 43 Tuesday afternoon. One vehicle struck the other and the minivan spun into the More >

Organic meat processor to close after dispute

VILLAGE OF BLACK EARTH, Wis. (AP) – A popular organic meat processor has decided to close after a dispute with village of Black Earth officials. Owner Bartlett Durand says Black Earth Meats expects to close by the end of July after it lost it loan with the Bank of New Glarus. That followed the Village Board’s More >

Democratic attorney general candidates at forum

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The three Democratic candidates for Wisconsin attorney general know they agree on most issues, so they’re trying to differentiate themselves by touting their experience and ability to win in November. The candidates are two district attorneys – Susan Happ in Jefferson County and Ismael Ozanne in Dane County – and state Rep. More >

Convicted Minnesota murderer seeks new trial

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – A Minnesota man who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a father and son has asked for a new trial. The La Crosse Tribune reports ( ) Jeffrey Lepsch of Dakota, Minnesota filed a motion in La Crosse County Circuit Court. It claims nine of the 12 jurors believed More >

Wisconsin GOP files complaint over Trek ad

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Republican Party has filed a complaint with the state elections board over a full-page newspaper ad by Trek Bicycle Corp., saying it amounts to an illegal contribution to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke. She is the sister of Trek president John Burke. Their father started the company in the 1970s More >

Railroad tracks open following Slinger derailment

SLINGER, Wis. (AP) – The railroad tracks have been cleared of derailed train cars in Slinger. Canadian National Railway spokesman Patrick Waldron said Tuesday the tracks are once again open to train traffic. More than a dozen cars and locomotives from Canadian National and Wisconsin & Southern Railroad derailed Sunday night at a rail intersection More >