State News

Elections board: Primary turnout was 12.7 percent

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Turnout for Wisconsin’s primary elections two weeks ago was even lower than state election officials predicated. The state Government Accountability Board had predicted turnout would be 15 percent of eligible voters. The agency released figures Tuesday showing the official turnout for the Aug. 12 elections was 12.7 percent. The GAB said 552,342 More >

Woman sentenced in alleged murder-for-hire plot

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) – A Merrill woman accused of trying to hire someone to kill her boyfriend has been sentenced to more than three years in prison. Thirty-three-year-old Jessica Strom of Merrill also was ordered to serve four years on extended supervision once she gets out of prison. WAOW-TV (http://bit.ly/1tPXCsS) reports Strom broke down in court Tuesday More >

Victim’s family takes step toward suing Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The family of a man killed by a Milwaukee police officer four months ago has filed a notice of injury with the city, a procedural step that hints at a possible lawsuit. The notice was filed Tuesday by the family of Dontre Hamilton. The 31-year-old had been sleeping in a park April 30 More >

Year in prison for hiding a corpse

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) – One of three men accused of burying a homicide victim in Rusk County has been sentenced to a year in prison. A judge also sentenced 50-year-old Timothy Zamsky, of Holcombe, to three years of extended supervision. Zamsky and three others were charged with hiding the body of Frederick “Brian” Harvey. More >

Wisconsin woman charged with selling heroin to mom

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) – Authorities have charged a 23-year-old Sheboygan woman for selling heroin to her mother, who overdosed. Sheboygan Press Media reports (http://shebpr.es/1tF5fTX ) Abbey Miller is charged with felony manufacturing or delivering heroin and second-degree recklessly endangering safety. She faces more than 12 years in prison if convicted. Police say Miller’s brother called 911 More >

3 boats destroyed in marine fire

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) – Three boats have been destroyed by fire at a marina in Door County. Crews worked overnight to clean up the damage left by the fire at Skipper Bud’s Quarterdeck Marina in Sturgeon Bay. Firefighters say three fiberglass boats docked close together burned Monday night. The cause is under investigation.

Alpine Valley Music Theatre for sale

EAST TROY, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin music venue tucked away in the rolling hills of Walworth County that has hosted such musical greats as the Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam and the Grateful Dead is for sale. Alpine Valley Music Theatre is also the place where guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and four others were killed More >

Mountain biking club league is launched

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) – Mountain biking is a new club sport for teens in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin High School Cycling League includes middle and high school riders who compete in a series of fall races that culminates with championship competition at Cascade Mountain in Portage. The league kicks off with 19 teams across the state, More >

Wisconsin DNR plans waterfowl chat

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin wildlife officials are planning an online chat for waterfowl hunters. The Department of Natural Resources has scheduled the chat for noon on Aug. 27. Participants can log on through the DNR’s website by searching for the keyword “chat.” Agency experts will be on hand to answer any questions during the chat.

Train hits, kills woman walking dog in Wisconsin

SOLON SPRINGS, Wis. (AP) – Douglas County authorities are investigating the death of a woman who was hit by a train. WDIO-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1pBfDfa ) it happened in Solon Springs on Monday evening. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says the 59-year-old woman was walking her dog and had just left a grocery store. Authorities say she walked More >