State News

Man accused of fatally shooting wife in Sawyer Co.

HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) – A man is accused of fatally shooting his wife in Sawyer County. The 26-year-old man is due in court Friday for a bond hearing. He’s being held on a possible charge of first-degree intentional homicide. Authorities say the man called 911 on Oct. 5 to report that his wife had been More >

Woman charged with trying to kill husband

CLAYTON, Wis. (AP) – A 22-year-old Polk County woman is charged with strangling and stabbing her husband, who survived the attack. Authorities say Samantha Blackwell told investigators she had been fighting with her husband about finances and household responsibilities Tuesday night. WQOW-TV (http://bit.ly/1sYXR8s ) reports Blackwell admitted to slapping and punching her husband, stabbing him More >

DNR urges waterfront owners to check for invasives

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin environmental officials are urging waterfront property owners to check for invasive species clinging to their docks and swimming rafts as they pull them out of the water for the winter. State law requires anyone pulling a boat or other items such as docks, lifts and rafts out of the water to More >

Madison police use armored vehicle in standoff

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Madison police used their new armored rescue vehicle to end a standoff with a man who fired toward officers. The man, who is in his 50s, was taken into custody Thursday night after the 90-minute standoff. He was taken to a hospital for an evaluation. Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain tells the Wisconsin More >

Motorcycle gang fugitive, sought since ’97, caught

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The U.S. Marshals Service says a member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang has been captured after 17 years on the run. Fifty-eight-year-old Randy Mark Yager was apprehended Wednesday near Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. Yager was president of the Outlaws’ Chicago region when he and 16 other members of the Detroit-based gang were indicted by More >

Wisconsin AG hopeful proposes gun deal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican attorney general hopeful Brad Schimel says he would devote state Justice Department resources to helping Milwaukee prosecutors go after gun crimes – if they agree not to drop charges in plea deals. Schimel’s campaign released a statement Thursday saying Schimel believes Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm has been dropping charges More >

Fired Milwaukee police officer describes shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Milwaukee police officer fired after shooting and killing a mentally ill man says he became concerned about his safety as soon as he saw the odd way the man was lying on the ground in a park. Police Chief Edward Flynn fired Officer Christopher Manney on Wednesday for instigating a fight that More >

DEA: 51 charged in illegal prescription drug sales

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says 51 people have been charged following a yearlong investigation into illegal prescription drug sales. The agency said Thursday that 26 people had been arrested over two days as part of an operation involving the DEA and other law enforcement agencies in the Milwaukee area. It says 47 More >

Hunters kill dozen wolves in first day and a half

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Hunters have killed a dozen Wisconsin wolves over the first day and a half of the season. The third annual wolf season got underway Wednesday. According to data on the state Department of Natural Resources website as of mid-afternoon Thursday showed hunters had taken 12 wolves, including three in far northwestern Wisconsin’s More >

Cost of visiting Apostle Island ice caves may rise

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) – Visitors to the ice caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore may have to begin paying more to see the Lake Superior wonder. The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/1wbdeZk ) reports the National Park Service, which operates the park in northern Wisconsin, has proposed a $5 special recreation fee to see the More >