State News

Police identify woman killed crossing Mount Pleasant street

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) — Police have identified a woman who was fatally struck by a car as she and her husband tried to cross a street in Mount Pleasant. Mount Pleasant police say 71-year-old Ulla Theuer died at the scene Tuesday where her husband, 74-year-old Otto Theuer, was also struck. According to police, he was More >

Woman sentenced for Waupaca County crash that killed teen

WAUPACA, Wis. (AP) — A 40-year-old woman accused of driving drunk in a crash that killed a teen in Waupaca County has been sentenced to a year in jail. Heather Schmidt of New London was also sentenced Wednesday to 10 years of probation for the 2012 crash that killed 18-year-old Dylan Thorne. She had pleaded no More >

Leon Varjian, known for UW-Madison pranks, dies at 64

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The man behind such famous Madison pranks as the 1,000 pink flamingoes on Bascom Hill and the Statue of Liberty head on frozen Lake Mendota has died. A relative says Leon Varjian was found dead at his home in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, on Tuesday. He was 64. Varjian was a longtime mathematics teacher More >

DOJ asks appeals court to reconsider ruling in poison death

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Justice Department has asked a federal appellate panel to reconsider overturning the conviction of a man found guilty of fatally poisoning his wife. A 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled earlier this month that a handwritten note from Mark Jensen’s wife, Julie, saying he would be her first More >

Walker says exiting race allows him to help Johnson

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With his run for the White House behind him, Gov. Scott Walker says he will now be free to campaign aggressively to help fellow Republican Ron Johnson win re-election to the U.S. Senate in a rematch against Democrat Russ Feingold. The question for Johnson is whether that’s good or bad news. The latest More >

Officers take on store that sold gun used to shoot them

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Two Milwaukee police officers are in court where they are taking on the gun store that sold a firearm to the man who shot them. The officers are suing for negligence and want financial compensation from owners of the former Badger Guns store in West Allis, a Milwaukee suburb. Officer Graham Kunisch was shot More >

Board chair warns GOP changes could disrupt 2016 elections

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The chairman of the nonpartisan board that oversees Wisconsin elections is warning Republicans that overhauling board operations could have serious consequences for the 2016 contests. Republicans are crafting a bill that would re-shape the Government Accountability Board, a group of six retired judges that oversee elections and ethics laws. Republicans are expected More >

Little progress made in getting repeat OWI drivers off road

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin has made little progress in getting repeat drunken drivers off its roads, with more than half of its counties seeing no change or an increase in convictions for driving drunk five times or more. An analysis of state Department of Transportation data by Gannett Wisconsin Media ( ) found 822 motorists More >

Brown County Lambeau Field sales tax ends

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A sales tax imposed in Brown County about 15 years ago is coming to an end. The half-percent sales tax went into effect in January 2001 to pay for Lambeau Field renovations after voters approved it in a referendum. WLUK-TV ( ) reports the tax ends Wednesday. The revenue was More >

Board says Redgranite Quarry to stay open following 3 deaths

REDGRANITE, Wis. (AP) — Village officials say Redgranite Quarry Park in Waushara County will remain open following the deaths of three people there this summer. Post-Crescent Media ( ) reports the Redgranite Village Board had a special meeting Tuesday that was prompted by calls to close the park. After a closed session, board members said More >