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Wisconsin roundup: Marquette poll: Walkers, Evers in virtual tie; more state news stories

Democrat Tony Evers (left) and Republican incumbent Scott Walker are now locked in a virtual dead heat in the governor's race, according to a recent poll. File photos

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has made up some ground, but this week's Marquette University Law School Poll shows the incumbent in a dead heat with Democratic challenger Tony Evers.

The last poll had Evers up by 5 points. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin leads her Republican challenger Leah Vukmir by 10 points, 53-43 percent. That result is basically unchanged from the last one.


Good Samaritans help woman who was being sexually assaulted

A 20-year-old sexual assault victim was saved by two nearby construction workers Tuesday in Madison.

The woman was walking at about 11:45 a.m. when she was attacked by a man later identified as Kevin E. Kiernan. She says she started yelling for help when he groped her and started to drop his pants. The construction workers saw what was happened and they ran over to help. The 32-year-old suspect was found by police and taken into custody.


Iowa DNR searching Mississippi River for missing Wisconsin boater

The Iowa DNR and other agencies are searching for a missing Wisconsin boater on the Mississippi River along the state border.

The Cassville Fire Department responded to a boat spinning in circles Saturday and crews were able to stop the motor and ram it to the shoreline. Conservation officers received a call that a 56-year-old man from Burlington, Wisconsin was believed to be boating by himself and had gone missing. Investigators believe the man likely fell out of the boat and was not wearing a life jacket. Search efforts continue with underwater surveillance tools and rescue boats using sonar equipment.


Pence stumps for Walker in western Wis.

Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday stumped for Governor Scott Walker as he campaigns for a third term.

The vice president appeared at a GOP event with the governor earlier today at a Green Bay country club. Pence and Walker later visited a pipeline business in Eau Claire before a Republican Party fundraiser later in western Wisconsin. Walker said in a statement, "Vice President Pence is a good friend and a champion of the kind of reforms we have accomplished here in Wisconsin. I am deeply grateful for his willingness to travel to our state again and stand with us in this tough election battle against the big government special interests." A new Marquette University Law School poll shows Walker with a slight 47-46 percent lead over Democratic challenger Tony Evers.


Workers evacuated from Portage facility due to carbon monoxide

Workers at a plant in Portage had to be evacuated Wednesday, with several taken to the hospital in ambulances.

A spokesman for the Portage Fire Department reports very high levels of carbon monoxide were detected inside Dawn's Fresh Foods at 800 parts-per-million — up to 200 times the normal level. A problem with a water heater may have caused the "very dangerous situation," though that hasn't been confirmed. One person in the plant noticed the problem and worked quickly to get everybody outside.


Body found in Wis. lake ID’d as man missing since 1996

It took nearly a year, but the body found in Okauchee Lake last October has been identified as a man who was last seen in 1996.

Thomas Engel was reported missing after a boating accident on the lake 21 years ago. He was 31 years old at the time. Oconomowoc Police Chief James Wallis remembered the cold case and he tracked down family member to get a DNA sample. It took 11 months to get the test results back and confirm the identity.


Portage County authorities ID 2 victims of boating accident

The Portage County Sheriff's Department has identified the two Stevens Point men who drowned in a boating accident last weekend.

Sixty-year-old James Glodowski's body was recovered shortly after the boat capsized on the Wisconsin River Saturday. The body of 56-year-old Timothy Coulthurst is still missing and he is presumed dead. Poor weather and dangerous river conditions have hurt the search efforts near the dam on Lake DuBay.


State Street attack KO’s college football fan

A 27-year-old man from Mequon was attacked and knocked out on Madison's busy State Street last weekend.

The victim was in town for the Badgers football game against Nebraska. Investigators say 34-year-old Nicholas D. Brune talked to him and punched him in the head at about 2:15 a.m. Bystanders quickly alerted a police officer who was nearby and Brune was taken into custody after a struggle. The victim had to be hospitalized for treatment of his head injuries.