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Former Wisconsin prosecutor gets jail time in sex case

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) — A former Jackson County district attorney accused of posting bonds for women and paying for their drugs in exchange for sexual favors has been sentenced to 25 days in jail. The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reports that 64-year-old James C. Ritland was sentenced Wednesday. He’s been a lawyer in Black River Falls More >

Wisconsin police chief resigns amid misconduct allegations

OWEN, Wis. (AP) — A central Wisconsin police chief accused of abusing his power and misusing public resources has resigned. Owen Mayor Charles Milliren confirmed that Andrew Schade submitted his resignation on Wednesday. The Owen City Council had ordered an investigation into Schade after suspecting that he had failed to enforce city, county and state More >

Slender Man Defendant Will Be In Mental Hospital For 25 Years

(Waukesha, WI)  —  A Waukesha County Circuit Judge has sentenced one of the two so-called “Slender Man” defendants to a mental hospital for 25 years. Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser lured a classmate to a wooded area near Milwaukee three years ago and Geyser stabbed her 19 times. Payton Leutner survived. Weier had pleaded guilty More >

Committees to hold hearing on ending wetland permits

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two legislative committees are set to hold a public hearing on a Republican bill that would let developers build on state wetlands without a permit. The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy and the Assembly Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform are set to convene the joint hearing Thursday morning at More >

1 of 2 girls in Slender Man stabbing to be sentenced today

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — One of two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to win favor with a horror character named Slender Man is about to learn how long she will spend in a mental health facility. Anissa Weier pleaded guilty in August to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide, but claimed she More >

UW-Madison School of Business dean to resign, provost says

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business is resigning after just one semester. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Dean Anne Massey told faculty and staff she’ll join the faculty after her resignation takes effect Dec. 31. Massey faced a backlash in October when the school proposed halting admissions to More >

No charges to be filed against Jackson Co. deputy in fatal shooting

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors say no charges will be filed against a Jackson County sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot a man in October. The Jackson County district attorney’s office said Wednesday that Deputy Justin Wathke reasonably acted in self-defense. Authorities say Wathke was responding to a call about a domestic incident and More >

Zepnick no longer caucusing with fellow Democrats

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin state representative accused of kissing two women against their will at political events is no longer caucusing with fellow Democrats. Rep. Josh Zepnick, of Milwaukee, has refused calls from Democratic leaders to resign his seat in the face of the allegations. He had been removed from his five committee More >

Assembly Speaker: Bill allowing permit-less concealed carry unlikely

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says a Republican-backed bill to allow the carrying of concealed weapons without a permit is unlikely to pass the Legislature next year. Vos said Wednesday that the measure is likely doomed because “there’s not a big hue and cry” to pass it. He says voters are more More >

Jarchow tops Zimmerman in western Wisconsin GOP primary

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State Rep. Adam Jarchow defeated Rep. Shannon Zimmerman in a Republican primary for a northwestern Wisconsin state Senate seat. Jarchow, of Balsam Lake, advanced Tuesday to take on St. Croix County medical examiner Patty Schachtner in the Jan. 16 general election. Schachtner won a three-way Democratic primary. The seat is open More >