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Six teens injured in 2-vehicle crash

Six teenage girls were injured in a crash Saturday night on Highway 12/18 near Deerfield. The Dane County Sheriff's Office tells News 3 the teens were in a car driving eastbound and making a left turn into Schuster's Playtime Farm, when the driver of the car struck a vehicle heading westbound. Several agencies assisted in the call, which came in before 7:30 p.m. One of the girls was flown by medflight to UW Hospital, the others were transported by ambulance. None have life-threatening injuries. The Dane County Sheriff's Office said the teen driver of the car will likely be cited for failure to yield.

Published: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:31:58 GMT

7-year-old killed by dog

A 7-year-old died after being attacked by a dog Friday afternoon. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home in the town of Hustisford at 5:20 p.m. for a report of a dog attack. The child was pronounced dead at the scene. The identity of those involved and details of the attack are being withheld out of respect for the family, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Neosho/Rubicon/Ashippun police, Dodge County medical examiner, Hustisford fire and first responders, Lebanon EMS, Hartford EMS, Iron Ridge Fire Department, Woodland Fire Department and Flight For Life assisted at the scene. 

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:01:47 GMT

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Fitchburg apartment fire damage estimated at $500K

Damage to a Fitchburg apartment building was estimated at $500,000 after a fire early Saturday, fire officials said. The Fitchburg Fire Department said it responded to a report of a structure fire at 4395 Crescent Road at 2:26 a.m. Police had been first on the scene and reported heavy fire and smoke showing from an balcony. Firefighters found that flames had extended into the attic and burned through the building's roof. Four of the eight residential units in the condo building sustained extensive fire damage, according to the report. The fire was stopped at a firewall in the middle of the building. Officials said there were no injuries reported. One cat was rescued and is in the care of its owner, firefighters said. The Red Cross and Salvation Army are assisting the displaced residents, Fitchburg said. The city of Fitchburg Fire Investigation Team is investigating the cause and origin of the fire. The building has a residential sprinkler system in the common areas but not in the living units or attic. The units had working smoke detectors, the fire department said. Multiple area departments also responded to the fire including Middleton, Blooming Grove, McFarland, Verona, and the town and city of Madison. PHOTOS: Fitchburg condos damaged in overnight fire

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:35:47 GMT

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Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:07:18 GMT

Thief steals 160,000 diapers from charity

Police say more than 160,000 diapers donated to a children's charity have been stolen. The Captain Hope's Kids charity in Dallas, Texas reported that the massive supply of diapers was seen on security footage being hauled off on a dolly by an unknown man, reports Dallasnews.com. The stolen diapers were worth more than $34,000. Dallas police are still investigating the situation, but no arrest has been made yet. Captain Hope's Kids distributes more than 16,000 diapers a week and works with 44,000 children a year across North Texas.

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:09:22 GMT

Badgers rout Terrapins 52-7; Gordon runs for 3 TDs

Melvin Gordon rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns, and Wisconsin's restocked defense stifled mistake-prone Maryland for a 52-7 win on Saturday. Gordon had his three scores in the first half, when the Badgers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) raced out to a 24-0 halftime lead on a sunny homecoming weekend game. Joel Stave threw for two scores in the second half against Maryland (5-3, 2-2). The Big Ten rookie Terrapins accomplished little with the ball in their first visit to Camp Randall Stadium. Dual-threat quarterback C.J. Brown faced pressure all afternoon from the blitzing Badgers, who were fortified on defense with the returns of top tackle Warren Herring and run-stopping linebacker Marcus Trotter from injuries. Maryland avoided their first shutout of the season on Stefon Diggs' 21-yard touchdown catch with 57 seconds left in the game.

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:08:08 GMT

Man killed in car crash in Dane County

On Friday afternoon, a 23-year-old Middleton man was killed in a car accident near the town of Springfield. The accident occurred at the corner of Schneider and Capital View roads. The 23-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. According to Madison police, the driver was traveling eastbound on Schneider Road while a semitrailer driver, John J. Beuthin, 61, from Mazomanie, was traveling westbound on Schneider Road. As Beuthin tried to make a left turn onto Capital View Road, the 23-year-old crashed into the semi. Police say no one has been ticketed yet, and the area is expected to be cleared within the next hour. This crash remains under investigation by the Dane County Sheriff's office.

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:09:52 GMT

Parties compete for turnout in 'purple' counties

In the season of changing colors, campaigns are out on the ground, trying to take so-called "purple" counties in the state, and turn them red or blue. Sauk, Columbia and Richland counties all supported Gov. Scott Walker for election in 2010, and supported President Barack Obama in 2012. "I don't think we're seeing a different set of people," said Judy Spring, chair of the Sauk County Democratic Party.  "I think we're seeing folks who are sometimes leaning Republican and sometimes vote leaning Democratic." On Highway 33 in Reedsburg, the Democratic and Republican offices fall just more than a block apart.  Volunteers inside are in the midst of great efforts to turn out voters on Nov. 4th. Spring said voters have been coming into their offices willing to switch sides. "We see a lot of people who voted for Walker in the previous election and they come to us with a sense of embarrassment mostly because they feel betrayed," said Spring. Spring said they've been hitting as many doors and making as many calls as they can trying to ensure that outcome. But down the street, enthusiasm is high at the Republican Party offices, where volunteers believe they can ensure a repeat outcome for Walker. "I've seen way more of us out there hitting up doors and making sure that our voters have what they need to know," said volunteer Tia Field. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, was firing up volunteers in Madison Friday, and said he thought some voters may regret their votes for Obama and lean back to the GOP. "I think President Obama was a historic figure, I think electing the first African-American president  that all of America celebrated that," said Johnson.  "Now try and get the past behind us.  Unfortunately President Obama has not been that great unifier." Those on the ground still have miles to go, though, before the day when independent Sauk County voters will make up their mind. The outcome may also be a question of how many people turn out at the polls in November.  In Sauk County, turnout was 22,166, it was 26,649 in the recall election and 31,927 in the 2012 presidential election.

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:53:27 GMT

Officials: 2 kids in car at OWI arrest

A Janesville man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving with two children in the vehicle Friday night, officials said. The Wisconsin State Patrol DeForest Post said it received a report of a vehicle driving erratically on Interstate 90 at mile post 155 at about 7:45 p.m. State Patrol said a trooper stopped the vehicle and conducted a field sobriety test. Lamont Y. Williams, 37, was arrested on suspicion of first-offense operating a motor vehicle under the influence with passengers under the age of 16. Officials said Williams was taken to Rock County Jail. The children were released to their mother.

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:07:14 GMT

Insurers in state signing up same-sex couples

Several Wisconsin insurance companies are holding special sign-ups so same-sex couples can add spouses to their health plans. The special enrollment period is needed because gays and lesbians who got married this summer were unable to add spouses to their coverage amid the uncertainty surrounding the legal status of their marriages. People generally can make changes to a health plan during the year only after a "life-changing" event, such as a marriage, divorce, or birth or adoption of a child. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that WPS Health Insurance, Dean Health Plan and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin are among the health insurers that are offering special enrollment periods. Humana also plans to offer a special-enrollment period but is working out the details.

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:07:37 GMT

Suspect sought in 2 stabbings near UW-Oshkosh

Police are seeking a suspect in the stabbings of two students near the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Authorities said the stabbings happened around 11 p.m. Friday in a neighborhood east of campus. A police statement said the suspect confronted the first victim and took his cellphone, then stabbed him in the ensuing struggle. Police said the second victim chased the suspect, another struggle ensued, and he was also stabbed. A university statement said both students were seriously injured but are recuperating at an area hospital. Police describe the suspect as a lone, white male, 5-foot-9 to 6-feet tall, weighing about 250 pounds with a buzz haircut and dark, baggy clothing. Oshkosh Northwestern Media reported that a police K-9 unit searched yards in the area on Saturday.

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:43:15 GMT

Milwaukee police union plans no-confidence vote

The Milwaukee Police Association plans a no-confidence vote on the city's police chief next week following the firing of an officer who fatally shot a man in a downtown park. Union president Mike Crivello says morale among officers has been "broken" by the firing of Officer Christopher Manney. Police Chief Edward Flynn fired Manney earlier this month, saying Manney instigated the fight that led to the shooting. While Thursday's vote is nonbinding, Crivello told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he hopes it would send a message to city leaders. In a statement, Flynn says a chief who worries more about his popularity with his officers "than doing the right thing" has become ineffective. Manney shot 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton on April 30, sparking protests in Milwaukee. Manney has appealed Flynn's decision.

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:03:16 GMT

AG candidate accused of changing stance

Democratic attorney general hopeful Susan Happ is accusing Republican opponent Brad Schimel of softening his stance on defending a state law that bans outside groups from coordinating with candidates. The law is at the heart of an investigation state election officials have launched into whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker's campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups. Schimel has said he would. A moderator asked Schimel during a debate Friday again whether he would defend state election officials' interpretation of the law. Schimel said he believes he can't defend state agency rules that exceed constitutional boundaries. Happ immediately accused Schimel of flip-flopping on the law and deviating from his philosophy that he must defend every law the Legislature passes. Schimel countered that the question was whether he would defend state officials.

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:06:21 GMT

Sex offenders must stay home Halloween

Police are teaming up with parole agents across Wisconsin to make sure sex offenders stay home on Halloween night. All of Wisconsin's 5,000 registered sex offenders under active community supervision are subject to special restrictions on Halloween. Grace Roberts, who heads the Department of Corrections sex offender program, told Wisconsin Public Radio the agency began actively enforcing the rules under the Halloween Knock and Talk program about eight years ago. Offenders are barred from putting up Halloween decorations that might attract children to knock on their doors. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says his officers will be out both this weekend and next reminding registrants they're being watched.

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:10:37 GMT

Man robs east Madison liquor store at gunpoint

A man robbed an east Madison liquor store at gunpoint Saturday morning, police said. Madison police said a man entered Rocky's Liquor Store at 4429 Milwaukee St. at 11:38 a.m. with a handgun. The robber demanded money and fled the area on foot, according to the report. Police said a K-9 assisted in the investigation, but the robber was still at large Saturday afternoon. The man was described as 30, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thin build and a full beard. He was wearing a green coat and a black baseball cap. Police said no one was injured in the robbery.

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:59:09 GMT

Man charged in connection with September business burglaries

According to a release from the Monona Police Department, a 47-year-old man was charged on Tuesday in connection to burglaries that happened in September. Derrick L. Richards was charged with entry into/onto a building, construction site or room and criminal damage to property. According to police, Richards was identified as the suspect for burglaries that took place at the 4900 block of Monona Drive on Sept. 4. The Monona Police Department is still investigating several unsolved burglaries the same date, as well as others reported on Oct. 2 in the 100 block of River Place.

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:45:33 GMT

Police: Phone used to take pictures in tanning salon

A Madison man used a phone to take pictures of a woman changing her clothes in a tanning salon, according to a report from Madison police. A 24-year-old customer of the suntan business on East Campus Mall told police a person in a neighboring booth slipped a phone into her tanning area on Oct. 3. She told police she believed the man used the phone’s camera to take pictures of her while she was undressed. Benjamin J. H. Brossard, 28, was arrested on suspicion of representations depicting nudity. Police said the business is cooperating with the investigation.

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:48:51 GMT

Teens nabbed for at least 2 dozen thefts from cars, garages

At least two dozen reports of thefts from cars and garages in Waunakee are connected to four Madison teens, according to Waunakee police. Chief Kevin Plendl told News 3 thieves were spotted looking in vehicles at 1 a.m. Thursday. An officer found some of the suspicious people who led a foot chase on Kearney Way. Police said they found the vehicle the teens fled to and waited until a third person arrived before they approached the car, not knowing the extent of the thefts. Stolen property includes wallets, money, sporting good and electronics, police said. Plendl said he believes there are more victims, and that this case might be connected to thefts in other communities. The four teens involved are age 16, 17, 18 and 19. One remains at large. Plendl asks the public to keep vehicles and garages locked. He said the thieves didn’t break any windows. 

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:35:07 GMT

DA won't seek investigator in John Doe probe

Milwaukee County's top prosecutor won't ask a judge to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate his rationale for launch a probe into whether conservative groups illegally coordinated with Republican Gov. Scott Walker's campaign. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday that John Chisholm sent Milwaukee County Chief Judge Jeffrey Kremers a letter on Oct. 8 saying he would not ask for such a special prosecutor. Chisholm opened a so-called John Doe investigation in 2012 to probe whether organizations including Wisconsin Club for Growth illegally coordinated with Walker's recall campaign in 2011 and 2012. Wisconsin Club for Growth Director Eric O'Keefe sent Chisholm a letter last month demanding that Chisholm ask judge to appoint a special prosecutor to look into Chisholm's motives.

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:54:01 GMT