State News

Nine cases of enterovirus 68 suspected

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Doctors suspect there are at least nine Wisconsin cases of the respiratory and stomach virus that has hospitalized hundreds of children around the country. Samples of the nine suspected cases in the Madison area were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Test results should be back in about More >

Former Wisconsin teacher pleads guilty in sex case

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota man who taught in a western Wisconsin high school has pleaded guilty to having sex with two female students. Thirty-seven-year-old Matthew Koenen of Stillwater entered the plea Monday in Washington County court to two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He said he had separate “inappropriate and romantic” relationships with More >

Wisconsin DNR launches fall photo contest

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is launching a fall photo contest. The agency is looking for fall photos taken on state properties such as parks, forests, trails and recreation areas for its “Fall in Love with Wisconsin State Parks” contest. People can enter one photo per day on the DNR’s Facebook More >

Man arrested after dead cows found in Wisconsin

BARRON, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a 47-year-old western Wisconsin man was arrested after officials discovered 25 dead cows on his farm. The Barron County sheriff’s office says the man was taken into custody Saturday on suspicion of mistreating animals and failing to provide food and drink to animals. The Leader-Telegram reports the man was booked into More >

Minnesota man charged with homicide in Wisconsin

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) – A Minnesota man who called police to ask for help a passenger in his car who’d been shot has been charged in Wisconsin with first-degree intentional homicide. Twenty-two-year-old Tanner J. Rix, of Lake City, was charged Monday in St. Croix County in the death of his girlfriend, 28-year-old Angel C. Linderman, of More >

Wisconsin DOJ wants $738K for death investigations

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Justice is asking Gov. Scott Walker for an additional $738,600 to cover investigating local officer-involved deaths. The agency submitted its 2015-17 budget request to Walker on Monday. Wisconsin legislators passed a law earlier this year that requires police departments to let outside agencies run probes into officer-involved deaths. More >

Wisconsin woman gets 9 months in jail for beating

CRANDON, Wis. (AP) – One of four people charged with beating a Wisconsin man and leaving him in the woods to die has been sentenced to nine months in jail. WAOW-TV reports ( ) 38-year-old April Jones pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in exchange for the dismissal of three felony charges. Online court records show she More >

Judge halts proceedings in child stabbing case

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) – A judge has halted court proceedings for one of two 12-year-old girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please a fictional character called Slender Man. The girl’s attorney, Maura McMahon, told Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren on Monday that she has questions about the girl’s ability to assist in More >

Brown County releases IDs in murder-suicide case

EATON, Wis. (AP) – Brown County authorities say a man shot and killed his estranged wife before committing suicide. The victims were identified Monday as 55-year-old Linda Budzban, of Eaton, and 58-year-old Richard Phillips, of the Luxemburg area. Sheriff John Gossage says the two were in the process of getting divorced. It happened Saturday night More >

Burke supports repeal of voter ID requirement

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke supports repealing the requirement that voters present photo identification at the polls. The requirement was signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker and on Friday a federal appeals court overturned a lower court’s decision blocking it, meaning voters will have to show photo IDs at the polls More >