State News

Vandals topple Abraham Lincoln statue in Burlington

BURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) — Vandals have toppled a statue of Abraham Lincoln that has stood for more than a century in the southeastern Wisconsin city of Burlington. Burlington Historical Society vice president Don Vande Sand says police got a call shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday and have identified a suspect. Vande Sand tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel More >

A motorist who killed a tow truck driver on the interstate sentenced to probation

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) — A motorist who struck and killed a tow truck driver on the interstate in Jackson County has been sentenced to probation for negligent homicide. Nathan Walsh was loading a disabled vehicle on his flatbed truck along Interstate 94 in October 2014 when he was hit by a pickup truck. Steven More >

Third Child Dies In Fire, Memorial Service Set

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. (AP) — A memorial service is scheduled Monday for three young children who died in a Sheboygan Falls house fire. Their parents, Chris and Kristi Maki, released a statement saying they are humbled and appreciative of the community support they’ve received since Tuesday’s fire. The Makis say 10-year-old Ben Martin died Thursday evening More >

Second Big Load Of Stolen Wisconsin Cheese Recovered

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) — For the second time in a week, police in Wisconsin have recovered a stolen load of cheese worth tens of thousands of dollars. Marshfield Police Lt. Darren Larson says 41,000 pounds of parmesan cheese worth $90,000 was stolen from a Marshfield distributor Jan. 15. A semi picked up the cheese that day, More >

A Milwaukee woman has pleaded not guilty in the death of a 6-month-old girl

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A suburban Milwaukee woman has pleaded not guilty in the death of a 6-month-old girl she was caring for in her home. Thirty-year-old Carrie Heller of Cudahy pleaded not guilty to first-degree reckless homicide and waived her right to a preliminary hearing Thursday. Heller gave conflicting statements to police about what happened Jan. 13 More >

Fire forces UW union evacuation

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Firefighters have extinguished a blaze that forced an evacuation at a University of Wisconsin-Madison student union. UW Police spokesman Marc Lovicott says the Madison Fire Department got a call of a fire at the Memorial Union on Thursday afternoon. Madison Fire Department spokeswoman Cynthia Schuster says the fire broke out just beneath the More >

Wisconsin Supreme Court says a Mexican immigrant can withdraw her guilty plea

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court says a Mexican immigrant who wasn’t told that pleading guilty could result in deportation can withdraw her plea. Melisa Valadez was convicted of drug charges in multiple cases a decade ago and served jail time. She later alleged she couldn’t renew her permanent resident card because of the More >

Bill Would Fine Officials For Destroying Public Records

(Madison, WI)  —  Those who watch over public records would be fined for destroying them, under a bill proposed by Wisconsin Democrats. Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca says there’s “no recourse” if agencies destroy records during the times they’re supposed to be kept. He and Senate Democrat Kathleen Vinehout of Alma are seeking cosponsors for More >

Couple Sentenced For Child Neglect, Chinchilla Mistreatment

(Waukesha, WI)  —  A suburban Milwaukee couple will spend two years on probation for neglecting three kids and mistreating more than 300 chinchillas. Fifty-one Garrett Rees and 39-year-old Tricia Rees of Muskego pleaded no contest Wednesday to two Waukesha County charges of child neglect and having improper animal shelters. Three similar counts for each were More >

State Warns Of Malware From Social Media Imposters

(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin consumer protection officials say they’re getting more complaints about computer viruses from e-mail senders posing as social media. Many of us use Facebook and You-Tube, and state consumer spokesman Jerad Albracht says high-tech thieves try to take advantage, by getting us to open “phishing” e-mails that look official. They’ll have indirect More >