State News

Post office named after local war hero

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A post office in Fond Du Lac has been named in honor of a World War II Army veteran. The Fond Du Lac Reporter ( ) reports that a crowd of 100 veterans, family and friends gathered at the post office Tuesday to honor 99-year-old Lt. Col James Megellas, who More >

Gov. Scott Walker: It’s the media’s fault

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says it’s the media’s fault that people feel bad about the state. Walker reacted Wednesday to a Marquette University Law School poll showing 50 percent of respondents believe Wisconsin is headed in the wrong direction. Walker said on a conference call that when he does listening sessions across Wisconsin he More >

Man found competent to stand trial in homicide

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A judge in Kenosha County has determined a man accused in a fatal group home stabbing is mentally competent to stand trial. Sixty-six-year-old Marcel Kudzin has been living at the Mendota Mental Health Institute since a court in December found he wasn’t mentally competent for trial. Kudzin is acused of stabbing 52-year-old James More >

Natural Resources Board wants answers on ‘surprising’ DNR audit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The chairman of the board that makes policy for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says members were surprised and disappointed by a recent audit that found serious deficiencies in enforcement of water pollution laws. In his first public comments about the audit, chairman Terry Hilgenberg tells the State Journal ( ) More >

Father of slain teen first witness in homicide trial

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — The father of a teenager killed nearly 26 years ago broke down on the witness stand in Fond du Lac County as he recounted the last conversation with his daughter. Dave Beck was the first witness Tuesday in the trial of Dennis Brantner, who is accused of killing 18-year-old Berit More >

Girl dies after being pulled from pond in West Bend

WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) — West Bend police say a 6-year-old girl has died after she was pulled from a pond during a family outing over the weekend. The police department says on its Facebook page that Swannie Her was pronounced dead Tuesday at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa. Police say the child was found unresponsive More >

Authorities say they have busted a heroin ring in southeastern Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say they have busted a heroin ring in southeastern Wisconsin. U.S. Attorney for Eastern Wisconsin Gregory Haanstad said Tuesday that 18 people have been charged in a federal indictment with conspiring to distribute heroin. Earlier Tuesday, federal, state and local law agencies arrested 17 of the defendants in Milwaukee, Kenosha and Chicago. One More >

Former Milwaukee police detective pleads guilty to assaulting suspect

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A former Milwaukee police detective has pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of a handcuffed suspect by assaulting him. Forty-nine-year-old Rodolfo Gomez Jr. entered his plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court. Prosecutors says Gomez admitted he repeatedly punched the suspect in the face and head and kneed him in the torso while one More >

A Democratic candidate for open state Assembly seat will not be on the ballot

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of three Democratic candidates for an open state Assembly seat in Milwaukee will not be allowed on the ballot. The Government Accountability Board voted unanimously Tuesday to deny ballot access to Brandon Jackson because required information was missing from his nomination papers and not enough valid signatures were collected from people More >

Police: UW-Stout student bled to death after drunken fall

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a University of Wisconsin-Stout student from Minnesota bled to death after a drunken fall through glass on a church marquee in April. Menomonie police issued their report Tuesday on the death of 22-year-old Rickey Alan Hible of Shakopee (SHAHK’-uh-pee), Minnesota. Hible was found dead on a driveway off campus the More >