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Wisconsin state news briefs: 2 people arrested after accidental shooting in Milwaukee; and more state news stories

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police confirm the arrest of two women after an accidental shooting involving two children.

Police say a 10-year-old girl fired the shot which grazed a 12-year-old boy Thursday morning. He is expected to be okay. No names have been released and police say the family isn't cooperating with the investigation. Family members say that is because police didn't treat them fairly.

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Dane County deputies arrest 6 juveniles accused of stealing 2 cars

MADISON-- Six juvenile car theft suspects have been taken into custody and sent to the Dane County Juvenile Reception Center. Offenders as young as 13 are accused in the theft of two cars.  

The incidents don't appear to be related and no names have been released. Two Dane County police dogs were involved in rounding up three of the suspects. There were two chases involving deputies, but no wrecks and no injuries were reported.

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Wisconsin Rapids man pleads no contest to 1st degree intentional homicide

WISCONSIN RAPIDS -- A 59-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man entered a no contest plea to a charge of first degree intentional homicide during a Thursday hearing.  

Gary Bohman is accused of shooting his ex-wife's husband to death inside Higher Ground Bakery and Cafe last March. Surveillance video showed 39-year-old Christopher Race working behind the counter when he was killed with his young children present. Bohman will be sentenced Dec. 18.

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Eau Claire residents warned about ticks, Lyme Disease

EAU CLAIRE -- Recent cool weather hasn't resulted in Eau Claire County health officials giving the all-clear concerning Lyme disease.

A microbiologist reports 40 percent of the ticks found in Eau Claire city parks are infected. The same problem is extended to county parks. The experts say the ticks are hanging around despite the cooler weather. Ticks are reportedly active until the thermometer falls below 40 degrees.

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President approves federal disaster declaration for Wisconsin

WASHINGTON, DC -- Presidential approval of a federal disaster declaration for Wisconsin opens the door for funding to help with the recovery from a series of storms which hit the state last summer.  

Heavy rain, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding and landslides did millions of dollars in damage between mid-August and mid-September. Residents and local governments in eight central Wisconsin counties will be eligible for the federal assistance -- including grants, low-cost loans and other programs to help with the recovery.

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Shooter who killed 6-year-old boy given 25-year prison sentence

MILWAUKEE -- Calling him a "menace to society," a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge has sentenced a man to 25 years in prison for his role in the death of a 6-year-old boy.  

Justin Evans was killed by a stray bullet while he played outside his grandmother's house in July 2017. Judge David Borowski said Robert Anderson is a "threat and a danger to any human being he comes in contact with."  

Anderson was part of a group of men exchanging gunshots. He pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless homicide and was sentenced Thursday morning.

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Teen who escaped from interview room now back in custody

JANESVILLE -- The Rock County Sheriff's Office reports a 17-year-old suspect who escaped from an interview room has been recaptured.  

Officials say Quantrell D. Schwartzlow was wearing handcuffs when he was left alone in the locked room. He managed to escape through a second-story window and was at-large for about four hours. Schwartzlow was taken back into custody shortly after 3:30 p.m.Thursday. He was being questioned about a case of sexual assault, strangulation, suffocation and battery.

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Drivers involved in crashes warned to stay in vehicles for safety

DODGEVILLE -- An incident involving a woman who hit a deer while driving in Iowa County has the sheriff warning people to stay in their vehicles after a crash.  

A department Facebook post says that woman was approached by a man after the accident in the Town of Dodgeville. He told her to come with him and tried to grab her by the wrist, but she was able to close her door and lock it. He left the area  The Facebook post advises drivers to stay in their vehicles with the doors locked when possible after they have an accident.

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Wisconsin unemployment remains below 3 percent for 8th month

MADISON -- The state Department of Workforce Development said Thursday that Wisconsin's unemployment rate is under 3 percent for an eighth straight month. The agency reports that the state lost 900 private-sector jobs between August and September but was up 35,900 jobs from the previous year. Prior to last year, Wisconsin's unemployment rate never dropped below 3 percent. The record was set in April when it dipped to 2.8 percent.

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Janesville health clinic to close after 46 years

JANESVILLE -- A free health clinic in Janesville is set to close its doors at the end of the month.  First Choice Health Care has provided free, essential services to the region for the last 46 years. Patient numbers have dropped by half since the Affordable Care Act went into effect. That has resulted in a drop in reimbursement for the health services which are offered. The First Choice clinic in Beloit had already shut its doors two weeks ago.

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Dead bodies could have been dumped in Milwaukee alley

MILWAUKEE -- People living nearby are speculating the bodies of a man and woman may have been dumped in a Milwaukee alley Tuesday night. Police say they're investigating it as a double homicide. No names have been released. Crime scene investigators were looking for evidence for about three hours, then neighbors say they returned a few hours later to tow a van and a car from the scene.

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3 people arrested in counterfeit money operation in Eau Claire

EAU CLAIRE -- Three people are facing charges in a counterfeit money operation at an Eau Claire hotel. Eau Claire police say the suspects were running the operation out of the Quality Inn on Craig Road. Investigators say the arrests were made Wednesday at the hotel and at the Walgreens on South Hastings Way. Police say about a half dozen businesses were affected by the operation.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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