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Records: Bartender, teacher, salesman applied for Chryst?s job

What does a Milwaukee bartender, a Florida commercial aircraft parts salesman, a Washington real estate agent, a Baltimore special education teacher and Paul Chryst have in common? They all applied to become the next head football coach at the University of Wisconsin. An open records request to the university's athletics department revealed 46 applicants sent in 278 pages of resumes, coaching philosophies and references to Athletic Director Barry Alvarez for the position that Chryst received on Dec. 17. State law allows candidates to remain confidential if they ask for that in writing. Among the football coaches who applied for the position were current defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, Brigham Young University head coach Bronco Mendenhall and former Army head coach Richard Ellerson. Others, however, some may argue are not as qualified. For example, there is the application from finance professional Greg Miller in Racine. In his letter to Alvarez, he states that he "coached successful back-to-back Division I National Champions on the Playstation in 1995 and 1996, respectively." He also wrote that he gets along with all types of diverse ethnic groups including "persons from Minnesota." His resume starts with the sentence, "Hi, my name is Greg. I'm unemployed and I live with my parents." Justin Dodge, who runs the Safari the Globe travel company in Mequon, filled out the application stating his career objective was to "look great in coach's sideline attire" and described himself as a "superb yeller" and a "Strong believer in #karma." Eric Victor, who recently completed his Ph.D in Inorganic Chemistry from M.I.T. after graduating from UW-Madison in 2009, said his experience included coaching his "little brother in the sport of soccer, which led him to excel at his craft and be recruited by a top-tier youth development program in Germany; however, due to personal motivation problems on his part, he decided to quit and is now a tech sergeant in the U.S. Air Force." Chryst let the university know of his interest in a straightforward three-sentence letter dated Dec. 12 two days after former UW coach Gary Andersen left for Oregon State. "This is my expression of interest in the position of Head Football Coach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison," he wrote. "My resume is attached. Thanks for your attention to this matter."

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:16:23 GMT

DOJ to review Milwaukee police shooting

Audio: Officer reports shots fired over police radioFederal officials say they'll review the shooting of a black man by a white police officer in Milwaukee for a possible civil rights violation. Dontre Hamilton, a 31-year-old man whose family said he was mentally ill, was shot to death last April in a downtown park after he struggled with Officer Christopher Manney. The Milwaukee County prosecutor announced Monday that Manney's use of force was justified self-defense, and he wouldn't be charged in the case. LISTEN: Officer reports shots fired over police radio Hamilton's family immediately requested a federal review. The U.S. attorney for Milwaukee announced just a few hours later that the Department of Justice would do so. Manny was fired in October. Chief Edward Flynn said he violated procedure by trying to frisk Hamilton on a simple welfare check.

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:13:38 GMT

House fire is training, clears space for new fire department

Janesville firefighters are lighting a house on fire for training and to also make room for a new fire station. The fire department is conducting live fire training on several homes in the triangle-shaped property between Milton and Prospect avenues purchased for the construction of a new fire station. The structure at 315 Milton Ave. will be used for live burn training Monday. All asbestos and other hazardous materials have been removed from the structures.

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:01:27 GMT

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Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:53:15 GMT


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Large cat, tornadoes among most viewed Channel 3000 videos in 2014

As we wrap up 2014, we’re taking a look back at the top content on Look for the most viewed articles and photo galleries in the coming days. Here are the top 10 most viewed videos on in 2014: 1) Woman taken to 'wrong' hospital faces bankruptcy 2) EF2 hits Madison; Soglin: Storm cost $7M-$10M 3) VIDEO: Large cat spotted on Janesville’s south side 4) Family: Sun Prairie couple killed in crash lived passionately 5) 6-day-old baby found alive in Iowa 6) EF3 tornado damages school, homes in Verona 7) Aerial video of Platteville storm damage 8) Police: 3 dead, 1 injured in east Madison stabbing 9) 10 gallons of fuel leaks from truck during fire on Beltline 10) Wis. town pummeled by 73 inches of snow

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:49:33 GMT

Police release more details on death of teen at apartment building

Madison police said end-of-semester celebrations that started Friday night in a downtown apartment building ended with the death of an 18-year-old. The Madison Police Department said officers and the fire department responded to a report of a person jumping or falling from an apartment balcony at the Equinox Apartments, 409 W. Gorham St., at about 12:17 a.m. MPD spokesperson Howard Payne said at some point during the celebrations on the fifth and seventh floors of the Equinox, a verbal disturbance broke out. The 18-year-old was asked to leave the event he was at, and when security was called he ran into an apartment of someone he didn’t know and went through a window, Payne said. Police said responders found an 18-year-old man injured outside the apartment building. The teen, a high school student, was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Officials said investigators do not suspect any criminal act, but they were investigating whether the fall was accidental or intentional. It also wasn't clear Saturday morning if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the death, but an autopsy was scheduled.

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:08:01 GMT

Man killed in farm equipment incident identified

A man killed in a farm accident in the town of Windsor on Saturday has been identified. The Dane County Medical Examiner said Richard A. Schmitt, 60 , of Plain, became entangled in the equipment he was operating, according to preliminary autopsy results. The Dane County Sheriff's Office said he was found by the property owner who found Schmitt unconscious and not breathing and called 911. He ad been hired to spread manure for the farm's owner. The incident happened Saturday afternoon at 3:13 p.m. at 7454 Morrisonville Road. Schmitt was pronounced dead at the scene.

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:49:22 GMT

State emergency center activated to monitor Milwaukee

The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs has activated its emergency operations center after it was announced a former Milwaukee police officer who shot and killed a man in April won't face criminal charges. The emergency operations center was opened Monday to monitor the situation in Milwaukee. Its opening comes hours after Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced he would not file charges against former officer Christopher Manney in the killing of Dontre Hamilton. Tod Pritchard at the Emergency Operations Center told News 3 they are at "Level 3" which is a minimum staffing level where key agencies are in their center. He said, at this point, they are monitoring and communicating between the Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee Sheriff's Department and the National Guard. The emergency operations center will coordinate activities between any affected state agencies. Gov. Scott Walker said last week he would call up the National Guard if there is any violent reaction to the prosecutor's decision. Police arrested 74 protesters Friday who blocked rush hour traffic on Interstate 43 in Milwaukee.

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:12:50 GMT

Dozens protest no-charging decision in Milwaukee

Several dozen protesters are taking to the streets of Milwaukee to demand justice for Dontre Hamilton. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said Monday that former Officer Christopher Manney won't be charged in Hamilton's death because he shot the mentally ill man in self-defense. Hamilton died last April, after Manney shot him 14 times. Protesters marched through downtown Milwaukee on Monday afternoon. They were chanting "Who's streets? Our streets," and "Arrest the police." Manney is at least the third white police officer to avoid charges in the past month after a confrontation that led to a black man's death.

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:11:53 GMT


Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:11:48 GMT

ACLU reacts to no charges for officer in Hamilton shooting case

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin says it regrets a prosecutor's decision not to charge a former Milwaukee police officer who was involved in a fatal shooting in April. ACLU of Wisconsin Executive Director Chris Ahmuty says the decision not to charge former Officer Christopher Manney leaves a cloud of uncertainty over the circumstances surrounding the April 30 death of 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton. Ahmuty asks whether anyone is legally responsible for Hamilton's death, and he wants to know what the Milwaukee Police Department will do to ensure officers don't kill unarmed individuals. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said Manney acted in self-defense.

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:08:23 GMT

Thefts from cars spike in Madison

Madison police are urging residents to look out for a “Grinch” who might be breaking into vehicles in parts of Madison. Numerous thefts from cars were reported in the Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood Monday, and police said that so far this month they’ve had more than 30 theft from auto complaints, and 50 since Nov. 1. Police are asking residents to look out for suspicious people in your neighborhood during all hours of the day. They said usually just one or two people are responsible for dozens of thefts. Residents are also asked to lock their cars and to not leave gifts in plain view.

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:46:56 GMT

Excerpts from report on Milwaukee park shooting

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced Monday he would not bring charges against former police Officer Christopher Manney over the April 30 shooting of Dontre Hamilton. Some excerpts from Chisholm's report and investigative materials released with the decision: POLICE CALL Manney is heard calling in on his police radio right after the confrontation, breathless: "Guy started beating me, started beating me, my baton, was going to hit me in the head with my own baton, shots fired. Starbucks, Starbucks, help right now. Get me medical, too, he's going to need medical, shots, multiple times in the chest, black male he's about 20." Later, Manney calls in again: "I don't even know if I was hit, it was close combat. I need an officer to help me here too." AUTOPSY A medical examiner's report found Hamilton suffered 21 gunshot wounds — 15 entry wounds and six exit wounds. The examiner couldn't determine the order in which the wounds occurred. The report also said there was "no conclusive evidence that any of the rounds were discharged while Hamilton was in a prone position." Hamilton's family had previously released much of the autopsy results, with an attorney highlighting the downward trajectory of some shots and suggesting they showed that Manney was standing above Hamilton. OFFICER INJURIES The report said Manney was treated for a bite to his right thumb, a right neck strain and a contusion on the right side of his neck. It also says he was later treated for post-concussion syndromes and mild traumatic brain injury, and underwent physical therapy for bicep and rotator cuff injuries. OUTSIDE EXPERTS Chisholm consulted two outside experts. Lt. Patrick Martin of Greenfield Police Department, described as a certified use of force instructor for the state as well as a trainer of police officers at Milwaukee Area Technical College, called Manney's use of force justified "throughout the entire incident." Emanuel Kapelsohn of the Peregrine Corporation, whom Chisholm described as a frequent expert witness in use-of-force cases, agreed. Kapelsohn also found that the "13 or 14" shots that Manney fired was not excessive. He wrote they would have been fired in 3 to 4 seconds, and an officer needs some reaction time to stop firing from the moment they perceive a threat has ended. At Chisholm's news conference to announce the charging decision, he played a videotaped demonstration that timed 14 shots from a gun like Manney's at just under 4 seconds. SELF-DEFENSE/USE OF FORCE Chisholm wrote that Assistant District Attorney Mark Williams examined the question of whether homicide charges were appropriate against Manney. Williams wrote that the question boiled down to whether the officer used the proper force to end the threat to himself. With "almost all witnesses" asserting that Hamilton appeared to be attacking Manney, the assistant prosecutor said he did. "The amount of force is difficult to question when someone is being attacked by someone with a police baton."

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:41:58 GMT

Squad car crashes as deputy spots deer

A Green County Sheriff’s deputy crashed her squad car early Saturday morning while she was preoccupied by a deer running parallel to her squad. Investigators said the deputy was driving north in the N4100 block of Jordan-Wiota Road in the town of Jordan when she spotted the deer. As she approached a-90 degree corner, she drove onto the shoulder and stuck a road sign. The squad car sustained moderate front end damage and was driven from the scene. The deputy was not injured. The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department took the report.

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:15:14 GMT

Packers vs. Lions kickoff time moved to 3:25 CT

Sunday night, the NFL announced that the week 17 match-up between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions has been moved to 3:25 p.m. on Fox. The game at Lambeau Field was previously scheduled for noon.  The winner of the game will win the NFC North championship. Also announced, the Steelers and Bengals match-up will be featured on NBC's Sunday Night Football.  

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:25:43 GMT

2 attack, severely beat off-duty State St. bar bouncer

An off-duty bouncer at a Madison bar suffered severe face injuries after he was beaten by customers early Saturday. Madison police said the 21-year-old Madison man entered the restroom at The City Bar on State Street at about 1:15 a.m. The off-duty bouncer told police he saw two men in the bathroom and one was ingesting a white powdery substance. The off-duty worker told the men he was going to get the manager and the two men began attacking him. The bouncer was severely beaten, according to the report. He was taken to the hospital and treated for a broken nose, fractured orbital socket and a facial laceration that required sutures. The two attackers fled out the front entrance with three other men, police said. The attackers were described as Asian, between 22 to 23 years old with thin builds. They were between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall and one was slightly taller than the other. One was wearing a sweater and the other a white plaid shirt.

Published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:44:15 GMT

Meriter ? UnityPoint Health announces new president

Arthur Nizza has been named the new president and CEO of Meriter – UnityPoint Health, according to a release. Nizza is currently the president of MidHudson Regional of Westchester Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, New York, but he will start at Meriter – UnityPoint Health Feb. 16. “We interviewed talented candidates from around the nation and Art was truly the right fit for our patients, our community, our physicians and our employees,” the chair of the Meriter – UnityPoint Health board of directors, Virginia Graves, said in the release. “We are confident Art will help Meriter thrive in the changing health care world, allowing us to continue our mission of patient-focused, community-minded care for years to come.” Nizza’s focus at MidHudson Regional has been on building collaborative relationships with community physicians, other local providers and faculty to further patient-centered care, officials said. Before MidHudson, Nizza was president and CEO of Stellaris Health Network, a clinically integrated network of community hospitals in a market near New York City. Nizza will replace Jim Woodward, who served as Meriter’s president and CEO for eight years, according to the release. Peter Thoreen and Dr. Geoff Priest have served as interim CEO and interim president, respectively, since July.

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:10:30 GMT

Experts say Great Lakes wolves aren't endangered

A group of wolf experts disputes that gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan are endangered or that a judge's ruling will help the population spread to other states. A federal judge in Washington on Friday threw out the Obama administration's decision to remove gray wolves in the three states from the endangered list, a move that bans wolf hunting and trapping in the region. In a conference call organized by the International Wolf Center, regional experts including David Mech of the U.S. Geological Survey disputed that wolf hunting as it was regulated by the three states threatened the species' survival in the region. And Mech said the wolf population of the three states isn't likely to repopulate other states, with the possible exception of parts of the Dakotas.

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:38:48 GMT

Retired couple recalls first years of Castle Rock Inn

Area residents lost a southwest Wisconsin staple when the beloved Castle Rock Inn went up in flames last week. The restaurant, located outside Muscoda, was all but destroyed in the fire - but those who knew it best remember when it was a popular dining destination for decades. Laudie Prochaska, now 97, recalls when his father, John, built the restaurant as a grocery store back in 1923. Laudie and his family lived in the building for years. Decades later, Laudie would return after serving in World War II to live in the top floor again with his wife, Mary.  "I remember I used to spend a lot of time pushing a stroller out in front of the place," Mary says. The couple spent years of their life inside Castle Rock Inn, as Laudie and his father ran the place and even held his wedding reception there. "Was it ever a crowd!" he remembers. "You couldn't walk from the front to the back." Their most recent memories of the restaurant, though, include its loss just last week. "You didn't know how to feel," Laudie says. "You were kind of numb, you know?" That day, Laudie drove out to see the damage for himself. The building, still barely standing, was virtually unrecognizable. "There was nothing you could actually see but just a pile of rubble," Laudie says. The couple may have lost the building that played an vital part in their lives - but both hope out of the rubble might come an opportunity for new memories, with a new restaurant to replace the old. 

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:33:31 GMT