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Police: Bomb threat at Janesville Mall a hoax

A bomb threat that forced the evacuation of the Janesville Mall Saturday evening was likely a hoax, said police. Crews responded to the mall at 5:40 p.m. after someone posted a threat on Facebook, saying C4 was inside and outside the mall. Officers evacuated customers and staff a few minutes later. Residents were also asked to avoid the area. Employees inside the mall say they weren't told right away what was going on. "I was thinking, did someone get shot? Was there a gunman? And seeing people running I was like, oh my I need to hurry up and get out of here," said Tiffanie Lamb, assistant manager at Vanity. "We just kind of all assumed if it was a bomb threat, it was a hoax, because there is a lot of that kind of stuff going on," said John Paul Cupertino, worker at Kryptonite Kollectibles. Authorities say they did not find any suspicious devices. Crews continue to investigate who posted the bomb threat on Facebook.

Published: Sun, 29 Nov 2015 03:50:46 GMT

Wisconsin beats Minnesota for 12th straight time, 31-21

Dare Ogunbowale rushed for a career-high 155 yards and a touchdown and Wisconsin beat Minnesota for the 12th straight time, 31-21 on Saturday. Taiwan Deal rushed for 90 and two scores and Wisconsin (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten) kept Paul Bunyan's Axe, which goes to the winner of the most-played rivalry game in college football. Mitch Leidner was just 16 for 37 for 223 yards with a touchdown, three interceptions and a fumble for Minnesota (5-7, 2-6), which hasn't beaten its border rival since 2003. The Golden Gophers turned the ball over five times. The Badgers rushed for minus-26 yards in a loss to Northwestern last week that ended a five-game winning streak. They rushed for 199 of their 257 yards in the first half against Minnesota.

Published: Sun, 29 Nov 2015 02:04:03 GMT

Police: Man shot on Beltline suffers non-life-threatening injury

A Madison man suffered non-life-threatening injuries when he was shot on the Beltline Saturday afternoon, police said. Madison police said a 26-year-old man arrived at St. Mary's Hospital at 1:10 p.m. with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Madison police Lt. Kelly Donahue said the shooting is believed to have occurred on the westbound Beltline just east of Park Street. "At this time, the investigation is continuing," Donahue said in a news release. "It is our belief that the victim and the suspect are acquainted and that this was not a random act." Police asked anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call the department at 255-2345 or CrimeStoppers at 608-266-6014.

Published: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 22:07:52 GMT

Police attempt to rescue person in Mauston lake

A person was pronounced dead after first responders attempted a rescue from a lake Friday in Juneau County. The Mauston Police Department said officers responded to a report of an individual in Decorah Lake near West Monroe Street during the early-morning hours. Police said first responders attempted to rescue the individual. The Juneau County Coroner pronounced the individual deceased at the scene. Police said Friday that the incident was under investigation by the Mauston Police Department and the Juneau County Coroner Office. The Mauston Fire Department, Mauston Area Ambulance, Juneau County Sheriff's Department and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources also assisted in the incident.

Published: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 20:41:06 GMT


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PHOTOS: 20 one-of-a-kind Christmas trees

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Published: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 21:57:33 GMT

Officials: 34-year-old killed in rollover; speed, alcohol factors in wreck

A man was killed and two people were injured in a single-vehicle crash near Portage early Saturday, state traffic officials said. The Wisconsin State Patrol said a 25-year-old man from Friendship was driving a 2007 Chevy Malibu west on Interstate 90/94 when the vehicle left the roadway near mile marker 105 at about 3 a.m. The car traveled into the median and overturned multiple times. The front seat passenger, a 34-year-old man from Wautoma, was ejected and killed in the crash, according to the report. Another passenger, a 33-year-old man from Plainfield, suffered serious injuries and was taken to UW Hospital. The driver was taken to Divine Savior Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. State patrol said alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors in the wreck. According to the report, all three in the car had been drinking. The driver was wearing a seat belt. It wasn't clear if the passengers were belted at the time of the crash. The crash is under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol reconstruction unit. The names of the driver and passengers were withheld by officials pending notification of the family.

Published: Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:08:38 GMT

Mt. Horeb school nixes reading of book about transgender kid

A southern Wisconsin school district has canceled plans for elementary school students to read a children's book about a transgender girl after a group threatened to sue. The Capital Times reported that the Mount Horeb Area School District released a statement saying it won't proceed with its planned reading of "I Am Jazz." Parents were told last week that Mount Horeb Primary Center students would read the book because one student identifies as a girl but was born with male anatomy. A Florida-based group, the Liberty Counsel, threatened to sue, saying concerned parents had reached out and that reading the book would violate parental rights. The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the Liberty Counsel as a hate group that advocates for "anti-LGBT discrimination, under the guise of religious liberty." Transgender teen Jazz Jennings, of Florida, co-authored the autobiographical picture book "I Am Jazz" when she was 12 about what is is like to have "a girl brain but a boy body," according to her foundation's website. Jennings has worked with LGBT-advocate group GLAAD and was the subject of a reality TV show on the TLC network about her life.

Published: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 17:20:09 GMT

Suspected drunken driver crashes not once but twice, police say

Police said a Wisconsin driver had a difficult night when he crashed his car not once but twice. The Chippewa Herald reported that Lake Hallie police responded early Friday to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 29. They found one vehicle in the median and a white Chevrolet Cavalier blocking the eastbound lane. An officer parking his squad car saw the Cavalier drive into the median, emerge from the ditch and head west. The officer pursued. About a half mile away, police say, the Cavalier, traveling at high speed with no working lights, rolled into the median. Nobody was hurt. Police say the 23-year-old Gilman man told officers he'd consumed five or six beers. He was jailed on suspicion of drunken driving, attempting to flee police and reckless driving.

Published: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 23:20:47 GMT

Funeral scheduled Tuesday for officer killed in Albion crash

Police shared information about a funeral next week for the McFarland police officer who was killed in a car wreck Nov. 23. Janesville police said the funeral for 33-year-old Officer Ryan Copeland will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, 612 N. Randall Ave., in Janesville. Officials said 25-year-old Colleen M. Sutheimer, a wildlife biologist with the DNR, was driving a DNR truck when she crossed the centerline and struck Copeland's squad car on Country Road N in the town of Albion. A short visitation will be held prior to the service starting at 9 a.m. and ending promptly at 11 a.m. N. Randall Avenue from E. Milwaukee Street to E. Memorial Drive will be closed to through traffic from approximately 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., or until the end of the procession to Mt. Olivet Cemetery. All law enforcement personnel or public attending the funeral are asked to enter from the intersections of East Milwaukee Street and North Randall Avenue or East Memorial Drive and North Randall Avenue. Both entrances will be staffed with personnel to direct attendees to proper parking areas. The public is welcomed to view the funeral procession, which will travel from First Lutheran Church to Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 1827 N. Washington, by way of E. Memorial Drive west to N. Washington Street, and north on N. Washington Street to the entrance of Mt. Olivet. During the ceremony at the cemetery, North Washington Street and County Road E will remain closed to through traffic. Long traffic delays are expected at the church location and all travel routes. The public should find alternate routes of travel to avoid those areas. It is the wish of the Copeland family that the funeral ceremony not be recorded. Dozens of first responders sent off a 20-car procession on Nov. 24 with a hearse carrying Copeland's body from Madison, through McFarland and to the funeral home in Janesville Nov. 24. Nearly 1,000 McFarland residents greeted the procession outside the police department.

Published: Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:07:36 GMT

State's deadliest deer season in past 5 years nears end

This has been Wisconsin's deadliest gun-deer season in the past five years, with two shooting fatalities already recorded. Daily Herald Media reported that the two fatalities brought to an end a three-year series of seasons that had been free of firearm deaths. Four other hunters also have been wounded. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, hunters violated some of the fundamental rules of gun safety in all the incidents. A man was killed last Sunday in Columbia County when he was shot while passing a loaded rifle to a companion in a tree stand. Wearing mittens, she grabbed the gun near the trigger and it went off. On Monday, a hunter in Waushara County was killed by a stray bullet. The nine-day season runs through Sunday.

Published: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 22:40:10 GMT

Feds: Cocaine smuggled to Milwaukee in elevator parts

Federal agents have disrupted a drug-dealing operation that allegedly smuggled cocaine to Milwaukee hidden inside metal elevator parts. Citing court documents, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the loads ranged as large as 130 pounds. The cocaine was sealed in elevator parts that were trucked from California to a Milwaukee warehouse. It took a metal-cutting torch to get the drugs out. Cash from sales was sealed back into elevator parts and returned to California. A criminal complaint said two men were charged this month after agents found more than 30 pounds of cocaine in their car. If convicted, they face at least 10 years in prison. One is free pending further proceedings while the other remains jailed. Prosecutors expect to present the case to a grand jury Tuesday.

Published: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 22:48:29 GMT

10 percent of Wisconsin suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder

It's a time to be merry and bright, but not everyone is cheerful this holiday season with millions of Americans suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder. "Ten percent of people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder in Wisconsin,” said Carola Pfortner, the chair of the Psychology Department at Madison College. Seasonal Affective Disorder or S.A.D. is a form of depression triggered by lack of light. Pfortner said the key to overcoming it is more daylight. "Go outside and play and get active,” she said. However, if going outside isn't your thing try turning on a light box, doctors say just 30 minutes in front of one can really brighten your mood. Dr. Zorba Paster uses one himself. At just under $70 on Amazon he recommends the Sphere Gadget Lightphoria to just about anyone with the winter blues. "It may produce more oxytocin which makes us feel better, and dopamine, we know that some people have depression in this is their treatment for depression in the winter time and they don't need anti-depressants,” he said. So whether you try a light box, or sitting in the sun you could be well on your way to a happier holiday. Experts said getting together with loved ones this winter can really boost your mood too. If you don't have friends or family nearby, that's o.k, volunteering or joining a group can be just as impactful.

Published: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 22:53:21 GMT

Small Business Saturday returns to Monroe Street

For some shoppers finding the perfect gift this holiday season means skipping Black Friday to get their shopping done on Small Business Saturday. Carol "Orange" Schroeder, co-owner of Orange Tree Imports, said this is the fifth year businesses on Monroe Street have teamed up for the event.  Most shoppers, including mother-daughter duo Shirley Mccallum and Arlene Kennedy, appreciate the personal touch a mom and pop shop gives.  "There's a lot more unique gifts in the smaller businesses that are local," Mccallum said. "It's fun shopping versus getting beaten up at another store (on Black Friday)." The Monroe Street Merchants' Association was offering a free sampler bag to give shoppers a taste of what the mile-long retail strip has to offer.  Schroeder said it was the association's biggest year yet, with over 100 businesses participating. "We've seen a lot of social media posts about Small Business Saturday," Schroeder said. "We know there's a lot of buzz going on."

Published: Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:30:26 GMT

Fugitive convicted sex offender arrested in Appleton

The U.S. Marshals Service said a convicted sex offender who was wanted for violating the terms of his release has been arrested in Appleton. The agency said 63-year-old L.C. Streeter, of Milwaukee, was previously convicted of four separate sexual assaults from 1976 to 1985. Wisconsin committed him as a sexually violent person in 1996, and he remained in treatment until his release in 2013 under intensive supervision. The service said in a statement that he cut off his GPS and electronic monitoring bracelets and fled supervision on Monday, resulting in a warrant for his arrest. Federal marshals and Appleton police arrested him without incident in Appleton on Friday. Kevin Carr, the U.S. marshal for eastern Wisconsin, said Streeter was "an absolute danger to the community based upon his past convictions."

Published: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 18:25:45 GMT

Update: Medical examiner releases name of 10-year-old killed in car crash

Authorities released the name of the 10-year-old girl who died after a car crash near Deforest along I-39/90/94 Monday morning. Jadah Wright of Black River Falls was pronounced dead Wednesday at a Madison hospital. The medical examiner says she died from injuries sustained in the crash. Three other people were injured in the crash, according to a release. A State Patrol dispatcher told News 3 there was a crash Monday at 10:30 a.m. at mile marker 128 in the eastbound lanes. All of the eastbound lanes were blocked, but they reopened at about 12:45 p.m. Officials said 16-year-old Esperanza J. Cook, of South Milwaukee, was driving a 2000 Honda Civic when she stopped on the median shoulder with possible mechanical issues. As she was driving from the median shoulder back into traffic, she was hit by a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, being driven by 22-year-old Ashley N. Imme, of New Berlin, investigators said. Imme was not able to see the Honda because of other traffic blocking her view. The Honda went into the median ditch, rolled over and landed on its wheels with severe rear-end damage, according to a release. The Chevrolet stopped on the median shoulder with severe front-end damage. Cook and two of her passengers, 34-year-old Teresa M. Greengrass, of Black River Falls, and 19-year-old Emilio Christopher Fregoso, of Wauwatosa, were taken to UW Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said. None of the people in Cook's car were wearing a seat belt. Imme was not injured, officials said. Two Med Flight helicopters were called to the scene. The traffic backup was longer than 3 miles. Motorists were asked to use an alternate route to avoid delays. The crash remains under investigation.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 01:23:29 GMT

Republican wants to impound cars if drivers lack license

A Republican legislator has introduced a bill that would require drivers who lack valid licenses to immediately surrender their vehicles to police. Rep. Joe Sanfelippo of New Berlin began circulating the proposal for co-sponsors on Tuesday. He said in a memo to his fellow lawmakers that the measure would keep dangerous and irresponsible motorists off the road. Under the bill, police would have to immediately impound the vehicle if the driver is caught operating with a suspended or revoked license or simply doesn't have a license. Cars not claimed after more than 30 days following the end of the impoundment period could be sold. A spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos didn't immediately return an email Friday inquiring about the bill's chances.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:29:56 GMT

Wisconsin vs. Minnesota: A rivalry that really isn't one

As far as rivalries go, the longest-running one in college football really hasn't been much of one lately. Wisconsin and Minnesota have been going at it since 1890, meaning the blood has been boiling between these border states for 125 years. Paul Bunyan's Axe has gone to the winner every season since 1948, but the Golden Gophers hardly know what it feels like. border battle twt badgerfootball The Badgers have taken it home 11 straight times--the longest winning streak in the series--and 18 of the last 20 times these two teams have met. "The day we show up on the game for the Axe and we play better for four quarters than Wisconsin does, we'll bring the Axe back home," Gophers coach Tracy Claeys said. "It's a very simple formula. It's hard to execute." Wisconsin (8-3, 5-2 Big Ten) has never lost in three trips to TCF Bank Stadium and has won five straight in Minneapolis overall. Only two games of the last 11 have been decided by fewer than 10 points and the Badgers will likely come in with an added edge after a controversial loss to Northwestern at home last week snapped a five-game winning streak. "It's our axe," defensive lineman Chikwe Obasih said sternly. "It's our axe." The Gophers haven't won a game in the series since 2003, and they are well aware of the dubious streak. "I told the O-line on Saturday after the (Illinois) game that we take a group picture after every time we win one of the trophy games, and I still don't have one," offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover said. "I have a space open in my den for one of those, for the Axe. Everybody knows and everybody will be ready to go. Those kids will play their tail ends off. They understand." A win on Saturday would make the Gophers (5-6, 2-5) bowl eligible. But they aren't thinking about the postseason. "There is no comparison," Claeys said. "It's the rivalry game and getting the Axe. No disrespect to the bowl but that's a side product to this. I don't think you're respecting the tradition if you go and talk about the bowl games, because this Axe has been in play for a long time, and we haven't had it for a while." QUARTERBACK QUERIES: Wisconsin's Joel Stave was treated for a concussion after being knocked out of the game against Northwestern, but Chryst said he was in good shape for this weekend. Same goes for Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner, who wore a walking boot on his left foot after beating Illinois last week. Leidner said on Tuesday he was ready to practice all week and wouldn't miss the game. BOLD TALK: Despite the Gophers' losing streak in the series, Minnesota offensive lineman Jon Christenson sounded very confident. "Not having beat them yet in my career," he said, "it will be something that will be pretty special when we do." KILL RETURNS: Gophers coach Jerry Kill was forced to retire in the middle of the Big Ten season due to epilepsy. Saturday is the school's fourth annual epilepsy awareness game, and Kill will be in the stadium for the first time since he retired. "For everything that he's done for here and how that all went down, I think it would be a very appreciative day for him to be here," Claeys said. TAKING A JAB: Badgers coach Paul Chryst's predecessor, Gary Andersen, liked to buck tradition by keeping the Axe displayed in the end zone during the game. When asked about the protocol, Claeys called himself a "traditionalist," then said of Andersen, who bolted for Oregon State last year, "Gary's no longer in the Big Ten." He punctuated the jab with a wink. ELITE COMPANY: A win on Saturday would be the 30th of Stave's career, which would move him into a tie with Brooks Bollinger for the winningest quarterback in school history.border battle twt badgerfootball

Published: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 19:38:22 GMT

Girls hold teddy bear drive to raise awareness of rare disorder

An annual holiday drive is raising awareness for a rare neurological disorder.  This year is the fifth annual teddy bear drive for Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome, also known as OMS. The syndrome is diagnosed in young children and affects their balance and speech. The teddy bears collected will be handed out to pediatric patients at area hospitals. The drive is organized by Meghan Cota and Chloe Bruland, both have lived through the disorder. "Statistics are one in 10 million have the disease," Cota, who is a sophomore at Onalaska High School, said. "You're not technically in remission until there are no symptoms." The drive is collection teddy donations through Dec. 6. To learn more about OMS or how to donate to the teddy bear drive, head to

Published: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 18:55:44 GMT

Tomah VA announces 100-day plan for improvements

Amid its recovery after investigations into reports of over-prescribing medications, the Tomah VA announced a new plan to further improve patient care. The new 100-day plan revealed Friday aims to make care more openly available, improve employee relations, and rebuild the trust lost in the VA. The VA will work towards these goals by expanding its psychiatric division, opening an Employee Wellness Center and Personal Development Plans, reestablishing the Diversity Committee, and more. This comes after a 30-day plan announced in June which addressed the cultural change, improved tools for providers, access for veterans, and the employee-leadership relationship. For more information head over to the Tomah VA's website.

Published: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 18:36:14 GMT