State News

Oneida police to release more on deaths

ONEIDA, Wis. (AP) — Police say the deaths of a man and a woman on the Oneida reservation in northeastern Wisconsin were the result of a double murder. The victims were identified Thursday as 77-year-old Harry Brown Bear and his 67-year-old wife, Lorraine Brown Bear. Police found their bodies on Wednesday after a neighbor reported not seeing More >

Family fights to keep chickens because they’re therapeutic

GREENFIELD, Wis. (AP) — A Greenfield woman says she’s fighting to keep chickens in her backyard because they are therapeutic. Local health officials however, say the six chickens have to go because they are not allowed in the city. They’ve given Susan Tubic 30 days to get rid of them. Tubic tells WISN-TV ( ) she tried More >

Mount Pleasant officer narrowly escapes injury as a car careened directly toward him

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) — An officer in Mount Pleasant narrowly escaped injury by jumping into his police van as a car careened directly toward him. Authorities say the motorist sideswiped the driver’s side door of the van, destroying it. The officer was able to grab the van’s steering wheel and pull himself inside as the More >

Same-sex parents win suit over birth certificate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Wisconsin must put the names of many same-sex parents on their children’s birth certificates. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( reports U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb granted judgment in favor of a Madison couple. Chelsea and Jessamy Torres filed the discrimination lawsuit last year because the state More >

Rural Owen teenager dead after a farm accident in west-central Wisconsin

TOWN OF HIXON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a teenager from rural Owen is dead after a farm accident in west-central Wisconsin. Clark County sheriff’s authorities got a 911 call Wednesday morning that the 16-year-old was in a manure tank in the Town of Hixon. Investigators say the boy apparently was spreading manure in a field when More >

Coroner: Farmer died of gas poisoning

AMHERST, Wis. (AP) — The Portage County coroner says a farmer was accidentally killed last month when he was exposed to hydrogen sulfide gas. Coroner Scott Rifleman said Wednesday that 29-year-old Michael Biadasz was using a piece of farm equipment to agitate a large outdoor manure pit on his family’s farm near Amherst. That opened a More >

Dubuque man charged in Wisconsin with attempted murder and battery

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Police have arrested a 34-year-old Dubuque man charged in Wisconsin with attempted murder and battery in the assault of another Dubuque man there three years ago. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department in southwestern Wisconsin says it is has been investigating the July 2013 assault of 30-year-old Joshua Milligan with the Iowa Division More >

Two found dead in Oneida home

ONEIDA, Wis. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the deaths of two people whose bodies were found in a home on the Oneida reservation in northeastern Wisconsin. Oneida police were called Wednesday after the bodies were discovered in the Town of Oneida. Names of the victims have not been released. Authorities have released few details. But tribal spokeswoman More >

Walker promises to keep road borrowing low in next budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says he’ll keep borrowing for road projects low in the next state budget. The state faces a $940 million shortfall to pay for road projects already approved. Walker has directed his Department of Transportation to deliver a budget that identifies cost savings, prioritizes needs and doesn’t raise taxes and More >

Police: 3 Kenosha banks robbed in 1 day; Suspect sought

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Kenosha police say three banks were robbed in town in just over a half-hour. The first robbery happened at a Chase Bank at 1:56 p.m. Tuesday. Another Chase Bank was robbed at 2:08 p.m. The third robbery happened at Johnson Bank at 2:30 p.m. Details of the robberies were not released. Police are More >