Attorney general aims to lawyer up
MADISON -- State Attorney General Brad Schimel says he'll ask lawmakers to approve millions of dollars for additional prosecutors statewide.
The Republican Schimel also tells the Wisconsin State Journal he wants to move forward with an approved council of prosecutors to create a bigger and better voice on their staffing needs -- and the requests will be made before next year's state budget is considered.
Total numbers of criminal cases filed in Wisconsin have dropped from 130,000 in 1998 to 112,000 last year. But Schimel and local prosecutors say their cases have become a lot more complicated, now involving things like identity theft and child pornography -- plus higher numbers of serious crimes including homicides.
Schimel says cases take longer to review, making it harder for both crime victims and defendants to develop cases for possible trials.
UW-Stout praised for recycling
MENOMONIE -- Students and teachers at the UW-Stout campus recycle more bottles and cans than any other school in Wisconsin, and almost as many as any other school in the nation.
Stout campus managers announced the results of Recyclemania, managed by Keep America Beautiful, Thursday. UW-Stout is tops in Wisconsin, and 28th in the country. Students recycled almost 68,000 pounds of paper, plastic, and aluminum during the contest.
Governor directs questioners elsewhere on refund queries
EAU CLAIRE -- It isn't clear why the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation hasn't been able to recover taxpayer money from companies that sent jobs overseas.
Grainger Industrial Supply reportedly became at least the third company in the last four years to outsource Wisconsin jobs after it had been awarded tax credits. The three companies in question received more than $9 million in tax credits, even though they have sent 300 Wisconsin jobs to other countries.
Gov. Scott Walker has asked that taxpayer money be returned, but he told reporters in Eau Claire to direct their questions to the companies.
New report: milk marketing board chief 'asked' to leave
MADISON -- A former longtime CEO of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board now says he was "asked" to leave.
James Robson tells Madison farm broadcaster Pam Jahnke the board wanted what it called a "different strategic direction" and a "different individual" to lead the agency. Robson headed the state's milk marketing campaigns for 15 years, and Jahnke quoted him as saying he remains "baffled" about his April 21 dismissal.
The board announced the same day that Robson resigned, and an agency attorney told the Wisconsin Ag Connection he was not asked to leave and it was his own "personal decision." The agency's chief financial officer, Jessica Rogers-Heintz, is the interim CEO until a new person is named.
Attorney general asks appeals court for emergency stay
MADISON -- Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is asking the Wausau-based 3rd U.S. District Court of Appeals for an emergency stay of a judicial order.
Schimel wants Dane County Judge William Foust’s ruling, striking down the right-to-work law, put on hold while an appeal is pending. Schimel says the ruling is causing confusion.
Right-to-work laws keep businesses and unions from agreeing to force all workers – not just union members – to pay union dues. Judge Foust agreed with unions earlier this month that the law lets non-union workers benefit from their representation without paying for it.
State military police unit heads to Cuba
MILWAUKEE -- A National Guard unit that's based in Milwaukee will soon head to Cuba.
About 120 members of the 32nd Military Police Company will help a joint task force to conduct detention operations at the U.S. naval station at Guantanamo Bay.
State Guard officials say the unit has been planning for the mission since 2014, and about 60 percent of the group's 200 members will participate. They're a part of the guard's 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. Details for a sendoff ceremony are still being worked out.
Assembly Democrats question DHS withholding infection information
MADISON -- Assembly Democrats want to know the reason state health officials delayed telling people that a blood infection was spreading in Wisconsin.
The Department of Health Services began investigating an Elizabethkingia outbreak in December. The agency told hospitals to be on the lookout for infections in January but didn't announce it to the public until March.
Assembly Democratic leaders sent Gov. Scott Walker a letterThursday asking for an explanation. DHS officials said this month that they didn't want to alarm the public because they hadn't determined the source, which limited advice on how to avoid infections.
A Walker spokesman said Friday that DHS officials would respond to the lawmakers and clarify their reasoning. Walker this month approved nine additional DHS positions to help investigate the outbreak.
Suburban Milwaukee manhunt ends with interstate shootings
MILWAUKEE -- A man wanted for a Sunday morning murder in suburban Milwaukee is under arrest after a police chase along Interstate 94 in Dane and Columbia counties, and a drive-by shooting south of Wisconsin Dells in Sauk County.
Authorities and media reports say a 20-year-old West Allis man shot and killed a fellow resident of his apartment building, 42-year-old Gabriel Sanchez. Other law enforcement agencies told about the killing tracked the suspect down.
Officials say the police chase later resulted in the drive-by shooting near the Dells, where three people in the shooter's vehicle were arrested, including the West Allis murder suspect. There was also a report of one woman being injured during the episode, but details were not immediately available. One report says the woman was hospitalized in critical condition at last word at UW-Hospital in Madison.
State, local officials probe fatal fire near Blanchardville
BLANCHARDVILLE -- The state Fire Marshal's office is investigating a house fire in far southern Wisconsin that killed a 37-year-old man.
Crews from New Glarus were called Sunday to a rural home near Blanchardville. Green County sheriff's officials say the house was engulfed in flames and the roof had collapsed when fire crews arrived.
The victim was later found dead inside the home, and his identity was not immediately released. The Green County coroner's office is investigating the death.
Superior student arrested for having guns in his vehicle
SUPERIOR -- Having been found with unloaded guns in his car leads to the arrest of a 17-year-old Superior High School student.
The teenager's name wasn't released, but he is a student at the school. Investigators say the boy was in the vehicle when the guns were discovered at about 9 a.m. Thursday. The weapons were never brought into any school buildings, but they were on school property.
He was taken to the Douglas County Jail on a felony charge of possessing a firearm in a school zone.
Two dead, 1 injured in weekend crash
WISCONSIN DELLS -- The State Patrol continues to investigate a weekend traffic crash that killed two people and injured another.
It happened Saturday afternoon near Wisconsin Dells on Adams County Road B, and officials have not said how the two-car mishap occurred. Two men, ages 72 and 65, died at the scene -- and a 24-year-old man was sent to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Meanwhile, a pregnant woman killed in a rollover crash in Columbia County has been identified as 27-year-old Alexandra Veith of Madison. Authorities say Vieth and her unborn child both died after her vehicle rolled over multiple times last Thursday morning on Highway 51 north of DeForest -- a male passenger received minor injuries -- and excessive speed may have been a factor.
Two men shot while leaving Milwaukee funeral
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police are investigating the Saturday afternoon shooting of two men while they were leaving a funeral service.
The men, whose names weren't released, were wounded as they walked out of Greater Mount Sinai Church of God in Christ at about1:30 p.m. The shooter ran away and is being sought.
A 29-year-old victim was taken to a nearby hospital, while the 28-year-old man who was shot was able to take himself to seek medical treatment. Both are expected to survive.
Madison police seek 3 men in fatal pub shooting
MADISON -- Madison police have named three men they want to interview in the fatal shooting at O’Grady’s Pub and Grille two weeks ago.
Police say 25-year-old William Flowers, 35-year-old Billy Richmond and 28-year-old Travis Smith are considered material witnesses, but not suspects. Police are investigating the murder of 30-year-old Martez Moore early in the morning April 19.
No one has been arrested and investigators say the few witnesses to the incident at 1:00 a-m that morning are not helping.
Bomb squad called to 'neutralize' suspicious package
GRAND CHUTE -- The discovery of a suspicious package outside the John H. Bradley Veterans Clinic Friday in Grand Chute had law enforcement agencies scrambling for a few minutes.
The Brown and Outagamie County bomb squad was called in to neutralize the package found on top of an ashtray outside the clinic’s front entrance. A water explosion test eliminated any danger, though an X-ray seemed to suggest the package wrapped in electric tape included a device for a car.
Nobody was evacuated, though people were moved inside the building to an opposite end. The scene was cleared after about three hours.
Wisconsin Rapids police ID man, children in double murder-suicide case
WISCONSIN RAPIDS -- Wisconsin Rapids police have identified the 36-year-old man and two children who died in what was apparently a double murder-suicide earlier this week.
Investigators think Justin Bohn killed his 5-year-old daughter, Paige, and his 3-year-old son, Devon. Their bodies were found in the home at about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday when police were called to check on a distraught person.
The children’s mother wasn’t at home at the time. A preliminary autopsy showed each person died of a single gunshot wound.