State News

John Doe probe into Lincoln Hills ends under law’s new limits

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state John Doe probe into allegations of abuse at Wisconsin’s youth prison has expired under new time limits Republicans imposed last year. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday ( that Attorney General Brad Schimel and Lincoln County District Attorney Don Dunphy didn’t seek an extension for the investigation at the Irma More >

Businessman, wife, loan officer face bank fraud charges

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin businessman indicted in an alleged scheme to fraudulently obtain bank loans says he did nothing wrong. Ronald Van Den Heuvel of De Pere was indicted Tuesday along with his wife and a bank employee. The indictment alleges Van Den Heuvel; his wife, Kelly; and Paul Piikkila, a loan officer at Horicon Bank, More >

Police investigating a shooting death outside a Madison bar and restaurant

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police say a 30-year-old man has died from gunfire outside a bar and restaurant near West Towne Mall. Police Chief Mike Koval says a gun fight erupted in the parking lot of Martin O’Grady’s Irish Pub about 1 a.m. Tuesday. The Dane County medical examiner’s office identifies the victim as Martez More >

Elderly woman is dead after a house fire

TOWN OF BEECHER, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Wisconsin say an elderly woman is dead after a house fire. A passer-by reported the fire in the Town of Beecher around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. The Marinette County Sheriff’s Office says the body of the woman was found after firefighters put out the blaze. The name of the More >

Sturgeon spawning has begun

MANAWA, Wis. (AP) — One of the more unique rites of spring has started in eastern Wisconsin. The annual sturgeon spawning season is underway. The large, ancient fish make their way up the rivers that feed the Lake Winnebago system to spawn. It’s a big draw for nature lovers who come to the Wolf, Fox and More >

Police investigating apparent homicide at Madison bar and restaurant

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police say they’re investigating an apparent homicide at a Madison bar and restaurant. Authorities say one person is dead and another has non-life threatening injuries at Martin O’Grady’s Irish Pub. Police were called to O’Grady’s about 1 a.m. Tuesday. No other details were released.

Milwaukee County District Attorney running for a fourth term

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The prosecutor who launched two secret John Doe probes of Gov. Scott Walker’s associates and his recall campaign is running for a fourth term. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced his re-election bid Monday. The Democrat was elected Milwaukee County’s top prosecutor in 2006. In a statement, Chisholm says his pledge is to More >

Jury awards Epic Systems nearly $1 billion in damages in infringement case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal jury in Wisconsin has awarded health care software firm Epic nearly $1 billion in damages in its lawsuit against an Indian firm it had accused of stealing trade secrets. The Wisconsin State Journal ( ) reports that Epic alleged that Tata Consultancy Services employees, while on contract with Kaiser Permanente More >

Sen. Johnson’s campaign finished a million dollars less in the first quarter than Feingold’s

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s campaign finished the first quarter of the year with about a million dollars less in the bank than opponent Russ Feingold. Johnson’s campaign spokesman, Brian Reisinger, says Johnson finished the quarter with $5.5 million on hand. A Johnson campaign memo says he raised more than $2.1 million during More >

Victim ID’ed in fatal turkey hunting accident

TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN, Wis. (AP) — The Rock County Medical Examiner’s Department has identified a Janesville man who authorities say was fatally shot while turkey hunting. The department identified the man Monday as 37-year-old David Tilton. According to the department, an autopsy was done Monday at the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office, and preliminary results confirm More >