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Single-vehicle crash leaves 16-year-old in critical condition

A 16-year-old girl is in critical condition after a single-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon near Dodgeville, Iowa County officials said. The Iowa County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a single-vehicle crash on County Road Y near Blotz Road in the town of Dodgeville around 2:30 p.m., according to a release. Alexis Lynn Hendrickson, 16, of Dodgeville, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier south on County Road Y when she lost control of her vehicle, causing it go off the road on the east side and hit a utility pole, investigators said. Hendrickson was extricated from the vehicle and taken to Upland Hills Health in critical condition, officials said. She was later taken to UW Hospital. Her current condition is not being released. Hendrickson was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, officials said. The crash remains under investigation.

Published: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:15:26 GMT

Chicago homicide suspect arrested in area hotel

A suspect in a Chicago homicide is behind bars after he was arrested in a Dane County hotel early Saturday morning. Sheriff's deputies were tipped off that 23-year-old Omar Dixon, of Chicago, who was wanted in connection with an incident on Jan. 14, was staying at the Magnuson Grand Hotel in Blooming Grove. According to a report, Dixon was considered armed and dangerous. Crews surrounded the suspect's room, and took Dixon into custody without incident around 5:30 a.m. Saturday. Dixon is currently being held in the Dane County Jail on a warrant for first-degree murder.

Published: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:54:25 GMT

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Upgraded Channel 3000 weather app launched

Channel 3000 has a new and upgraded weather app for iOS and Android. Learn about the new features and download it here: iOS / Android Our previous weather app will not automatically update to this new app.

Published: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:22:52 GMT

Walker fires up conservatives in Iowa speech

Gov. Scott Walker touted his Wisconsin record to conservatives in Iowa Saturday as he considers a possible run for president in 2016. During a 20 minute speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit, Walker roamed the stage with rolled-up sleeves, touting his record and three elections in four years. "I think that sends a powerful message to Republicans in Washington and around the country, that if you're not afraid to be big and go bold, you can actually get results," Walker said. The governor drove home his record to the crowd, emphasizing both economic and social issues. "I'm proud to tell you that in Wisconsin because of our reforms we didn't just balance the budget, we now say in our schools there's no more seniority or tenure. And you can hire, and fire whoever you want and pay based on performance," Walker said. "Since I've been governor we've passed pro-life legislation and we've defunded Planned Parenthood," Walker said. The conservative crowd was on its feet following his thoughts on voter ID and fighting terrorism. Walker also promised to be back. "I'm pleased to be here in Iowa today and I'm going to be back here many times in the future," Walker said.  "I'm hopeful to work together with you." Conservative Mary Hill came from Libertyville, Missouri just to see Walker. "There's a lot of grandstanding sometimes but he actually does something," Hill said.  "He's fearless." Father and son Jim and Adam Christensen said they were impressed with what they heard. "I want to hear more," Adam Christensen said after the speech Saturday.  "I mean there's four or five people that I'm interested in over the next couple years, so it was good to hear him in person." "He lit my fire here today," Jim Christensen said.  "To see him give a 20 minute speech like that kind of started a fire with me and I'm going to watch him a lot closer.  I haven't made up my mind of course, but I'm going to listen and find out more about him. Walker was heading from Iowa to Palm Springs, California to a meeting organized by the Koch brothers.  Other 2016 contenders are also expected to attend the meeting in California. PHOTOS

Published: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:47:26 GMT

Milwaukee flight 1 of 2 planes in bomb threat at Atlanta airport

Police bomb and dog teams searched two planes at Atlanta's main airport Saturday after authorities received what they described as credible bomb threats, airport and law enforcement officials said. The threats targeted Southwest Airlines Flight 2492, which arrived from Milwaukee, and Delta Air Lines Flight 1156, which arrived from Portland, Oregon. Both planes were on the tarmac at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, airport spokesman Reese McCranie said. The passengers were taken off both planes. A bomb squad and K-9 team from the Atlanta Police Department were examining both aircraft at an out-of-way section of the airport, McCranie said. After landing, the Southwest Airlines flight taxied to a remote area where the passengers and the aircraft were rescreened, company officials said in a statement. "Our top priority is the safety of our customers and employees," Southwest officials said. "We cannot comment on the nature of the security situation." FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett declined to describe the threats in more detail. NORAD spokesman Preston Schlachter said the military dispatched two F-16 fighter jets to shadow the planes until they arrived at the airport. Schlachter said the threats were made through Twitter, an online social media network.

Published: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:56:00 GMT

Boy drowns while attending birthday party at hotel

Milwaukee police say a 7-year-old boy has drowned while attending a birthday party at a hotel. Police say the party was at the Comfort Suites Park Place hotel in northwest Milwaukee. Police say the drowning happened Saturday afternoon. No names or details were released. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the investigation continues.

Published: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:36:39 GMT

Man who drives through ditch faces 5th drunken driving charge

A man who a sheriff’s deputy saw drive through a ditch to get to a gas station parking lot Saturday night faces his fifth drunken driving charge, according to a release. Just before 10 p.m. a Rock County sheriff’s deputy was putting gas in his squad car at Jake’s Mobil on South Highway 51 when he saw Brian R. Hunt, 49, of Janesville, attempt to turn into the gas station parking lot, officials said. Hunt missed the driveway, drove through the ditch to get into the parking lot and pulled into a parking stall, according to the release. The deputy went to talk with Hunt and could smell alcohol on his breath, officials said. Hunt failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for felony fifth-offense operating while intoxicated, and was also issued a citation for inattentive driving. Hunt will be in jail court Monday afternoon.

Published: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:48:58 GMT

Fire causes $60K in damages to vacant home

The cause of a fire in an unoccupied two-family home in Beloit Saturday night is still under investigation, according to a release. Firefighters could see fire coming from the front and back, and heavy smoking coming from all sides of the home at 617 Merrill Ave. just after 10:30 p.m., officials said. No one was injured in the fire, but the structured sustained heavy fire damage to front of the home on the first floor and the entire second floor, according to the release. There is also smoke damage throughout the entire structure. The cause and origin of the fire are still under investigation, but officials estimate the damage to be about $60,000.

Published: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:24:04 GMT

11 hurt when bus crashes on I-94

Police say 11 people were hurt but none seriously when a bus crashed on Interstate 94 in southeastern Wisconsin. The Kenosha County sheriff's office says the coach-style commercial bus was returning from Milwaukee to the Chicago area when the driver suffered an apparent medical condition and collapsed about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The bus, carrying 34 passengers, was going about 60 mph when it drifted into a concrete wall along the freeway's right shoulder, striking the wall two or three times before coming to rest. Authorities say a passenger took the wheel after realizing the driver was no longer in his seat. The 68-year-old driver was admitted to a Kenosha hospital. The driver was cooperative with the investigation and was not ticketed. Eleven passengers were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Published: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:12:36 GMT

Couple struck, killed by SUV outside church

An elderly couple is dead after being struck by a sport utility vehicle as they left a church in southeastern Wisconsin. Police say Oscar and Vernetta Lang, both 83 and from Caledonia, died after being struck about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The Journal Times reports the couple was leaving Mass at St. Louis Catholic Church in Caledonia, where they were longtime members, when the accident happened. The church's pastor, the Rev. Mark Danczyk, says two nurses who were attending Mass tried life-saving efforts while paramedics were on their way. Danczyk says he was able to administer last rites to both victims before they died. He says the church is in shock. The SUV driver, a 32-year-old Caledonia woman, was not hurt nor were two children riding in her vehicle.

Published: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:45:54 GMT

Lawmaker hopes to end 'vaping' indoors

Lawmakers are set to reignite conversations this week about whether vaping — using electronic cigarettes and other vapor smoking devices — should be included in Wisconsin's smoking ban. The ban took effect in 2010. It outlaws smoking in all public indoor locations, including restaurants and bars. But the ban does not currently apply to vaping, giving venue owners the right to decide whether or not to permit e-cigarettes. Democratic Rep. Debra Kolste of Janesville says because the indoor smoking ban has been so successful, the bill seemed like common sense. But the bill will face Republican opposition. Rep. Joel Kleefisch, a Republican from Oconomowoc, says he will introduce a bill to protect e-cigarettes from the ban.

Published: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:19:48 GMT

Wrong-way wreck on I-94 kills 1, injures 5

A driver who entered Interstate 94 the wrong way is dead and five others are injured after a six-vehicle crash in Milwaukee County. According to the county sheriff's department, 32-year-old Marcos Cortez, of Wauwatosa, entered the freeway at about 8 p.m. Friday traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes without headlights on when he crashed into another car. Cortez died on the scene. The three people in the car he struck were not seriously injured. Four other vehicles were involved in secondary crashes, with two people taken to hospitals for minor injuries. The eastbound freeway was shut down for nearly 5 hours while deputies investigated.

Published: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:27:17 GMT

Cards make 16th birthday extra sweet for Cazenovia teen

Sweet 16 is a special birthday for most teens, and for one Cazenovia teen, a surprise Saturday celebration that took months to plan had a very special meaning. "If anyone deserves it, she does. She's has been through a lot and the outpouring for everyone to make this come together it's just unreal," Nicia's mom, Krisiti Rockweiler, said. Rockweiler started a Facebook group in November asking friends and family members to send her daughter Nicica cards for her birthday. What she expected to be a couple hundred cards quickly turned into thousands. Cards have been coming in for months. In total, 2,416 cards from 50 states and 20 countries reaching as far as Australia were sent to Cazenovia. Among the thousands of letters, came letters from President Barack Obama, the Chicago Bears football team and one from Nicia's favorite reality TV show, "Dance Moms." "She deals from time to time with bullies and people that don't understand and to have so many people show your child love it's just really overwhelming," Rockeweiler said. Nicia has Noonan syndrome, a genetic disorder that sends her to the hospital multiple times a month. It also prevents her from driving, but Nicia doesn't need a car to make this year's birthday one to remember. “I didn't know how many people actually cared about me, so I'm actually really surprised," Nicia said. Before Nicia's surprise party, she received a makeover and was fitted with a special dress for her birthday. Friends, family and community members came to celebrate her big day with her. "She gets really down on herself and to feel special, I think that is really important, and the best thing I could've done for her was to make her feel special,” Rockweiler said.

Published: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:09:20 GMT

Madison College's beer brewer program is at capacity for its new program tha tworks with local hops hot spot Ale Asylum.

Published: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 03:28:14 GMT

No. 6 Wisconsin holds off Michigan 69-64 in overtime

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Frank Kaminsky scored eight of his 22 points in overtime, and No. 6 Wisconsin held off Michigan 69-64 on Saturday night. Derrick Walton's 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 57, but the Badgers never trailed in the extra session. Kaminsky opened the scoring in overtime with a three-point play, and a 3-pointer by Josh Gasser put the Badgers (18-2, 6-1 Big Ten) ahead by six. Michigan (12-8, 5-3) is without standout guard Caris LeVert, who is out for the season following foot surgery, but the Wolverines pushed Wisconsin throughout with an inspired effort. The Badgers led by 11 in the second half before Michigan rallied. Sam Dekker scored 15 points for Wisconsin.

Published: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 03:45:44 GMT

Koch event drawing 2016 hopefuls Rubio, Paul, Cruz, Walker

It's another clear sign that the White House is on Marco Rubio's mind. The first-term Florida senator is getting together again with the conservative billionaire and politically active Koch brothers. The setting is a California gathering late Sunday that's organized by Freedom Partners. That's the hub for the political machine backed by wealthy industrialists Charles and David Koch. Among the other possible 2016 Republican candidates expecting to attend are Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Rubio's trip West is another sign he's seriously thinking about getting into the 2016 race. He met with his core group of 300 supporters on Friday and Saturday on Miami's South Beach. And he's ditching his Senate schedule this week to raise money for a potential campaign.

Published: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:06:52 GMT

Officials look for pug that bit woman at park

Madison officials are looking for a dog that bit a woman at a west side park Monday afternoon, according to a release. A dog, described as a pug, bit a woman around 4:30 p.m. at High Point Park on Watts Road, officials said. The woman was walking past the dog when it bit her. The dog was being walked on a leash by a white man who appeared to be in his 60s, according to the release. Officials ask anyone with information on the dog or its owner to call 608-255-2345 and ask for the animal services officer.

Published: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:47:12 GMT

Portage PD raises money for crime-fighting K-9

Deputy Darrell Ward remembers just a few years ago, he didn't have a partner on the job. But as the problems grew in Columbia County, so did the need for a new solution. "Being a rural county, we not only have the users but we have the growers, the sellers, and those are the people we're trying to keep off of the streets," Ward described. Ward is now one of two K-9 officers on the force. He and Maverick, his shepherd companion, are called into Portage two to three times a week. He says the infrastructure running right into town makes it a convenient place to transport illegal cargo. "We have three different interstates and numerous state highways running right through Portage," Ward said. "It makes it an easy thoroughfare for people trying to get from Chicago to Minneapolis or from Madison to Tomah, up to Stevens Point, they all essentially come through Portage to get to those locations." Sgt. Ben Neumann with Portage police knows that truth well. "I thought it was on us now to take on this responsibility and we need to go out and we need to start combating this problem," Neumann said. In 2013 alone, Portage officers looked into three deaths with drugs as a factor. The department also arrested 13 people on the suspicion of operating under the influence of drugs and handled at least 239 calls linked to illegal narcotics. Neumann devised a solution: the department's very own K-9 unit, something it hasn''t had in decades. The city agreed to cover a special vehicle for the dog as well as the introductory equipment, but the rest of the $50,000 cost will have to come from other sources. "It's not a cheap adventure," Neumann explained. "But once it's going, it can become self-sustaining either through the continued community involvement, but also through asset forfeitures and things like that that we come across as a result of arrests and things like that." Through social media and word of mouth, the department has already raised half of the $15,000 they need to bring a K-9 on board. Part of that fundraising is happening through a Go Fund Me site. "It almost, I think in my opinion, makes them feel involved or a part of this program getting up and running, saying 'Hey, I contributed to this. I helped this get going,'" Neumann said. Like Maverick with Columbia County, Neumann said the dog will be dual-purpose, meaning it will be trained to also track missing people and important evidence. Neumann is also looking forward to connecting with the community with a four-legged friend by his side. "It's to show, hey, you helped participate getting this program for us. Come out and see it! Come out, pet the dog, be a part of it, meet and greet with us. That's what we want," Neumann said.

Published: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:27:56 GMT

Man driving 100 mph on Beltline crashes, caught in foot chase

A Madison man was caught in a foot chase after going 100 mph on the Beltline and crashing into the back of a van Friday morning. Madison police said Deontae M. Webster, 26, passed two detectives on the Beltline on the left side median next to the concrete barriers at 100 mph. He crashed into the back of a Badger Bus van near Verona Road at about 7:32 a.m. The detectives chased Webster on foot until he was cornered in the stairwell of a building on Britta Parkway, police said. A large amount of cash and drugs were found in his car, according to the release. The driver and a passenger in the van suffered non-life-threatening injuries. There were no children in the van. The crash triggered two other crashes. No serious injuries were reported. Webster was arrested on suspicion of second-degree reckless endangerment, operating while under the influence and on a parole hold.

Published: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:34:24 GMT