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Jump off Monona Terrace rooftop prompts safety talk

An incident in which a man jumped from the ledge of Monona Terrace into the lake below may prompt talks about more safety precautions at the Madison landmark. A YouTube video was posted Tuesday of a man jumping from the top of Monona Terrace into Lake Monona. The video shows the man standing on a ledge, which officials at Monona Terrace say is a finable offense. Monona Terrace spokesperson Fran Puleo said there is a city ordinance that makes standing on the ledge a finable offense, because it is trespassing to go past the railing on the rooftop. "The city has chimed in with creating that kind of ordinance preventing them and discouraging them because it's a hefty fine if and when you're caught," Puleo said. Puleo said building officials are disheartened by the incident and want to discourage anyone from doing it. She also noted that something similar happened about seven years ago. There are cameras and a railing with no-trespassing signs on the rooftop, but Puleo said the incident may be a catalyst for looking into additional safety precautions. "I don't think we'd want to do anything to impede on people's enjoyment of the space up here, and hopefully people utilize common sense and know not to do that kind of thing," Puleo said. "Here at Monona Terrace we want to keep it a great family venue, and don't want to make it so it's fences and chains." In 2007 two teenagers who jumped off the same ledge were fined $400 each. Video

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:06:27 GMT

Mom's regret over MH17 victim's plane fear

The mother of two brothers killed in the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 told CNN she regrets not taking her youngest son's fears about the flight more seriously. Ten-year-old Miguel Calehr died alongside his older brother Shaka, 19, when the Malaysia Airlines jet came down in Ukraine, close to the border with Russia, last Thursday. The pair were on their way to the Indonesian island of Bali for a fun-filled holiday with their grandmother. Their middle brother, Mika, 16, was supposed to be on the flight too, but it was fully booked, and he had to take a seat on a later plane. Just hours before the flight was to depart for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Miguel told his mother he was nervous. "After entering the passport [line], he came back to me and said 'Mama, I love you. I'm happy to see Oma [Grandma], but I'm going to miss you,'" Samira Calehr told CNN. Then, she said, he asked her, "'What happens when the plane will crash?' "I said, 'Come on, don't be silly, you've been traveling already so many times. Everything's going to be OK.'" It was the sort of pre-flight fear many travelers will be familiar with, brushed off by a casual remark parents all over the world are used to making. But single mom Calehr says she now wishes she'd paid more attention to his worries: "If I could just turn back time. I didn't listen to him. I don't know, I have no words to say..." Still stunned by the tragedy which has overtaken her family, she pleads: "Why didn't they take my life? They are still young, they still have a future. Why? Why the children? Why not me?" Samira's brother Harun told CNN his nephew Mika was being "very brave" -- like his mother and grandmother. "It comes in waves," he explained. "One minute they're completely distraught and inconsolable, and the other minute they're smiling and reminiscing and talking about the fun things that the boys did: the good things, the fun times, the memories." Harun said the boys were good students. "They worked hard, they were honest, they were fun to be around." Above all, he said, "they were such a blessing to my sister. ... They were a joy to her, and the reason for her being." The boys' grandmother, Yasmine Calehr, said the family was heartbroken: "Everybody is crying, everybody is losing something that belonged to them, but we feel like we have lost ourselves as well." Harun said they were now focused on ensuring the boys' remains are repatriated to the Netherlands, where they can be given a proper farewell. "As devastating as this process has been, we would like to have a grave, something to put into a grave... some remains or possibly the bodies intact to come home," he said. Mika, now the only surviving son, told CNN he has lost his "best friends" but insists the bond he has with Miguel and Shaka will go on beyond the grave. "It feels like they're already one with me now," he said. "They're my best friends, they're my brothers, and I feel like they're going to watch over me forever."

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:10:29 GMT

Reality Check: Ad continues attacks on Trek outsourcing

In his second attack ad on the subject, Gov. Scott Walker once again slams Mary Burke's work at her family's company. He never names the company in the ad, but he's talking about her work at Trek Bicycle. "Mary Burke is trying to sell us on her experience at her family business," the ad says. "But she forgot to mention that they make 99 percent of their bikes overseas in places like China, where her company has outsourced for years." News 3 finds this needs clarification, and there's no way to tell whether it's true or false because Trek won't disclose its production data. The ad cites a 2011 article at, where Trek's public relations manager made some estimates of its production. He said it was almost impossible to give a number of how many bikes were made in the U.S., but that it was somewhere in the 10,000 range. He admits that most of their bikes are manufactured overseas, but when asked how many, he said it was "hard to say" and that Trek sells around 1.5 million bikes a year. If both of those figures were accurate, it would mean 0.7 percent of their bikes were made here and more than 99 percent were made overseas. News 3 finds that while it's true that the company has outsourced jobs, it is not unique to Trek amongst bike makers. The National Bicycle Dealers Association says 99 percent of all bikes are manufactured overseas. Mary Burke has used her latest ad to defend Trek. "The real story? Mary Burke helped build Trek where almost a thousand people go to work every day, making more bikes in the U.S. than anyone," Burke's ad says. News 3 finds this needs clarification. We can't prove the figure because Trek won't tell us exactly how many bikes it makes here. What we do know is that the National Bike Dealers estimate total U.S. production of bikes at only 56,000 bikes a year amongst more than a dozen bike makers. In that 2011 interview, Trek claimed to make possibly 10,000 of those. One other claim in the governor's ad says taxpayers paid for Trek workers to be retrained. News 3 finds that's also true, as Trek workers were eligible for trade adjustment assistance during layoffs in both 2004 and 2013. If you have an idea for a Reality Check, send it to us at

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:11:54 GMT

Vehicle crashes into trees; 1 killed

One person was killed when a vehicle ran off a road and crashed into several trees early Thursday morning, according to a release from the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were called to County Road V in the town of LaValle at 1:14 a.m. for a report of a single-vehicle crash. Investigators said the vehicle was traveling west on County Road V at a high rate of speed when it left the road and struck several trees. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The identity of the driver is being withheld pending notification of family members. The Reedsburg Fire Department and EMS, LaValle Fire Department and Sauk County Coroner’s Office assisted at the scene.

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:16:47 GMT

Women say restaurateur drugged them, took photos

A man who owns an Ozaukee County restaurant is being investigated anew on allegations that he drugged women's drinks, took nude photos of the women and sexually assaulted at least one person. Federal, state and local law enforcement authorities raided the man's Wauwatosa home and Cedarburg restaurant. A search warrant filed Monday said they seized cameras, computers and drugs, including a numbing agent used in minor surgery. The Associated Press is not naming the 34-year-old because he has not been charged. Authorities previously investigated him in 2008 after several women said he offered them drinks, and that they had foggy memories afterward. One said she received a text photo of herself without pants, with a text that read, "round 2?" Cedarburg police said new allegations in April helped advance the investigation.

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:36:54 GMT

Fond du Lac police search for naked intruder

Eastern Wisconsin police are searching for a naked man who Fond du Lac residents say has entered and lurked near their homes. The city's Assistant Police Chief Steve Klein said the man entered an unlocked house Wednesday but didn't steal or damage anything. Klein said a resident chased him out of the house and down the block. He said a naked man was seen lurking outside another house in the neighborhood Tuesday morning. The man ran away when a resident walked out of the house and tried to approach him. Klein said police are investigating the incidents and advising people to lock their doors.

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:42:41 GMT

Man arrested in deadly shooting outside hotel, police say

A suspect in a drug-related homicide case was arrested in Chicago on Tuesday, according to a release from Madison police. Marcius Lee, 42, was arrested on a first-degree intentional homicide warrant in the death of Robert France, 46, of Portland, Oregon, according to the release. “It appears he stays in various locations, often at hotels. He does have contacts here in the Madison area. He is not a Madison resident and has no permanent residence in the city,” Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain said. Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel at 9:07 a.m. Sunday. Officers found that France had been shot and killed. Police said they believe the homicide was related to drug activity. “We believe the motivation for this crime was drugs and/or drug money,” DeSpain said. “We’re still investigating. We have people in the Chicago area at this time looking through things, trying to figure out what he had on his person in the area where he was staying.” On Sunday officers found a "vehicle of interest" that may be related to the shooting. Police said the SUV had been reported stolen before Saturday morning. According to the release, France died from gunshot injuries.

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:54:16 GMT

State to stop enforcing birth control law

Gov. Scott Walker's administration will no longer enforce the state's contraception coverage law for employers with religious objections following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month. The decision riled birth control advocates and Democrats, who said Wednesday that Wisconsin law is not affected by the decision. The Supreme Court ruled that companies with religious objections, like Hobby Lobby, can avoid the contraceptives requirement of the federal health care overhaul law. Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner's office spokesman J.P. Wieske said Wednesday that the state had no decision to make because it is federally pre-empted from enforcing the law. Democratic attorney general candidate Jon Richards says if elected he would initiate legal action to require enforcement of the law. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke and others including Planned Parenthood also decried the decision.

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:46:48 GMT

Man, insurance co. settle over wrongful conviction

A Friendship man who spent almost three years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of arson has reached an undisclosed settlement with his insurance company. A Wisconsin State Journal report Wednesday says 44-year-old Joseph Awe is satisfied with the deal. Awe was convicted of burning down a bar he co-owned with his wife in 2006. Experts hired by Mt. Morris Mutual Insurance Co. of Coloma testified that electrical malfunction was not the cause. A fire marshal then declared the fire arson. But on appeal, experts for the defense said the fire was caused by a faulty electrical system. A judge agreed, saying the previous investigators used a now-discredited method to reach their conclusion. Mt. Morris attorney Terry Johnson did not immediately return a message Wednesday seeking comment.

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:50:53 GMT

2 children injured in Milwaukee shooting

Two Wisconsin children are recovering after being shot inside a vehicle. A 10-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the Milwaukee shooting Wednesday night. Deputy Inspector Stephen Basting said the children were in a vehicle being driven by their mother. He says the mother drove them to a local hospital and they are expected to be released soon. Basting said police are trying to determine if another person in the vehicle was the target of the shooting.

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:56:08 GMT

2 injured when car strikes tractor

A 75-year-old man from Lyndon Station is facing life-threatening injuries after his car struck a tractor in rural Juneau County, according to a release from the Wisconsin State Patrol. Crews were called to County Road HH south of Dombek Road in the town of Kildare at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a two-vehicle crash. Investigators said a car driven by the 75-year-old man struck the rear left tire of a tractor that was mowing the right shoulder of the road. He was flown to UW Hospital in Madison and is in serious condition. The driver of the tractor, Douglas Bachim, 56, of Mauston, was taken to Hess Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was treated and released. The road was closed about four hours during the investigation and cleanup.

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:46:06 GMT

Both suspects in Stradivarius theft due in court

A Milwaukee man who pleaded guilty to a role in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin is due to be sentenced, and his co-defendant is expected to change his not-guilty plea. SalahSalahadyn and Universal K. Allah are both due in court Thursday. Salahadyn initially pleaded not guilty to felony robbery. His attorney has requested a new plea date, which suggests Salahadyn plans to change his plea. Allah pleaded guilty to felony robbery. Prosecutors say he provided the stun gun used to attack a concertmaster in January as he left a performance. Allah's attorney has said Allah wasn't at the scene of the robbery. Prosecutors say Salahadyn been plotting for a while to steal a Stradivarius. Police recovered the 300-year-old Stradivarius in good condition after nine days.

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:38:57 GMT

Supreme Court to decide cell tracking cases

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is expected to clarify whether police can use cellphone data to track suspects The justices are expected to release rulings Thursday in a pair of homicide cases in Milwaukee and Kenosha counties. Police in both cases used data from their cellphone providers to track them down. They arrested the suspect in the Milwaukee case, Bobby Tate, in his mother's apartment. They arrested the Kenosha suspect, Nicolas Subdiaz-Osorio, in Arkansas. In Tate's case, police obtained a warrant before tracking his phone. He argues detectives didn't have enough evidence to justify the order. Subdiaz-Osorio contends the search of his phone was illegal.

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:38:45 GMT

Supreme Court to decide murder-for-hire case

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to rule in a case involving a man convicted for his role in plotting to kill his lover's husband. The court is set to issue an opinion Thursday looking at whether Carlos Cummings invoked his right to remain silent when he told police during an interrogation to "take me to my cell." A state appeals court last year upheld Cummings' conviction, saying his comment about wanting to be put in a cell was unclear. Cummings was convicted of conspiring with his girlfriend, Carla Glodowski, of hiring Linda Dietze to kill Carla Glodowski's husband, James. Dietze shot James Glodowski in a Stevens Point park in 2008. The man survived but lost an eye.

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:49:24 GMT

Humane Society hopes to expand horse care

For 14 years Roger and his wife Shirley have been fostering horses that were once neglected. Last November they took in a horse, Rebecca, who was pregnant and severely malnourished. “She didn’t look very thin, but that was only because she was carrying a baby,” Roger said. “Once you brushed her hair you could see her ribs.” Shirley and Roger gave Rebecca and her foal, Robbie, a chance at a new life. “We wouldn’t know what to do if we didn’t have foster care places,” said Betsey Halat, the senior adoption counselor at the Dane County Humane Society. “We would not be able to help the same amount of horses we do now, and we would have to turn a lot of people away.” In an effort to help even more horses in southern Wisconsin, the Dane County Humane Society is hoping to build a new barn. The facility combined with foster parents would double the amount of horses that are currently taken care of. “We are hoping that we could potentially break ground by the end of the year,” Halat said. “We are still hoping that we can reach out to the community to get more help with raising funds.” In the meantime, the humane society is relying solely on people like Roger and Shirley to nurse horses back to health before being adopted. The new facility could cost up to $400,000. Donations can be made online.

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:24:08 GMT

Fourth suspect at large in interstate shooting

Authorities are looking for a fourth suspect in a shooting on an interstate in Milwaukee County. Sheriff David Clarke says people in a minivan and another vehicle were shooting at each other in a "running gun battle" on Interstate 43 Tuesday afternoon. One vehicle struck the other and the minivan spun into the ditch near Fox Point. Three people in the van were arrested. Authorities say a fourth person left the scene. No other vehicles were struck by gunfire on the busy interstate. The incident backed up traffic for miles and took several hours to clear.

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:24:08 GMT

Construction worker hurt at Kenosha Amazon site

An accident at the construction site of an Amazon distribution center in Kenosha has sent a worker to the hospital. The Kenosha News reports the man was pinned between a beam and an aerial lift Wednesday. Kenosha police and fire crews responded about 3:30 p.m. Sgt. James Beller says the man was freed by co-workers and taken to a hospital with a shoulder injury. Beller says no other workers saw the accident. Police are investigating.

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:41:40 GMT

Walker, Burke still tied in new Marquette poll

The latest Marquette University Law School poll shows Gov. Scott Walker in a dead heat with Democratic challenger Mary Burke. The poll released Wednesday showed Walker with 46 percent among registered voters, compared with 45 percent for Burke. That is within the poll's 3.5 percent margin of error. “This election is tight. Another poll just came out today that shows we’re up a point amongst registered voters, so it’s an incredibly tight election,” Walker said. “We believe in the end, grassroots will make the difference.” Among likely voters, Burke leads 46 percent to 45 percent. But that is also within that question's 4.3 percentage point error margin. Mary Burke’s communications director said in a statement that the numbers showed voters were responding enthusiastically to her comprehensive plan. The poll shows Burke is gaining ground with the coveted independent voters. In May, Walker led independents 49 percent to 40 percent. This month his lead shrank to just 45 percent to 44 percent. “It’s a very small shift,” Marquette Law School professor Charles Franklin said. “I think the question is going to be, ‘Do we see any persistence in that?’” The latest poll of 804 registered voters was done between July 17 and Sunday.

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:46:19 GMT

Van Hollen: Gay marriage isn't a fundamental right

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause doesn't cover sexual orientation the same way it does gender discrimination and there's no fundamental right for gay couples to marry. Van Hollen made his arguments in a brief filed Wednesday with a federal appeals court in Chicago. He is asking the court to overturn a federal judge's decision declaring Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. Van Hollen said Wisconsin has always defined marriage as between a man and a woman and that was confirmed in 2006 when voters amended the state constitution to limit marriage to one man and one woman. He said the case is really about whether a federal judge can rewrite state laws to create a new right for gay couples to marry.

Published: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:46:08 GMT

Teachers learn to grow education in garden

At the Troy Kids Garden the tomatoes are growing and so is the knowledge of school teachers in Wisconsin. The 14 teachers are part of the Growing Farm to School project. They are learning how to develop a school garden where students can learn about growing food, nutrition and about life. “This is our fifth year and we’ve had almost 150 educators from area schools,” said Nathan Larson, education director for Community GroundWorks. The organization runs the week-long program for teachers. Community GroundWorks received a $400,000 Community-Academic Partnership grant to operate the program from the Wisconsin Partnership Program, an endowment at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. The goal of the Growing Farm to School project is to increase the number of school gardens by giving teachers and child care providers the technical resources, training, curriculum and ongoing support. The project is provided to teachers free of charge. Once the teachers develop the school gardens it will give students a chance for hands-on learning. “It is very experiential. They are in the soil, they are planting things, they are tending the food and they are harvesting,” Larson said. Jennie Mattern-Bicksler, an elementary school teacher in Madison, has used a school garden for three years and has seen the results. “They are so excited, and part of what we’re learning here is to just initially give them time to explore,” Mattern-Bicksler said. The week-long program also gives the teachers information about the nutritional value and benefit of garden grown fruits and vegetables for students. Three UW-Madison faculty members serve as academic partners to the program. Sam Dennis, Ph.D., provides advice on landscape architecture while Dr. Aaron Carrel, a pediatrician, and Dale Schoeller, Ph.D., give insight on the nutritional advantages of a school garden for students. Previous studies have shown that garden-based nutrition intervention programs can increase student awareness and appreciation for fruits and vegetables, which can improve healthy choices by children. Organizers hope that what teachers are learning in the Troy Kids Garden will grow throughout the state. “That is a satisfying part of the program in that ripple effect,” Larson said. “By the end of this week everyone leaves feeling more inspired and more equipped to go out and really run these great programs all over the place.”

Published: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:11:49 GMT