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Janesville police investigate fatal vehicle fire

Janesville police are conducting a death investigation after emergency crews found a body in a vehicle that was engulfed in flames. Around 9:23 a.m. Tuesday police responded to a vehicle fire at the dead end of Silver Maple Trail at Arbor Ridge Way, according to a release. Janesville Water Department employees noticed smoke coming from the area and found a vehicle engulfed in flames, officials said. Once Janesville firefighters extinguished the flames they discovered a body inside the vehicle, according to the release. The police department and Rock County Coroner’s Office are working on identifying the body. An initial investigation indicates the general public is not in danger, but the investigation is ongoing, police said.

Published: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:16:35 GMT

Meth labs found in Prairie du Chien home

Four “one-pot” methamphetamine labs were found in a Prairie du Chien home and two people were arrested. Prairie du Chien police said a search warrant was used to enter a home at 609 E. Broadway St. at 2:15 p.m. Monday. In addition to the labs, police said they also found numerous items associated with manufacturing meth, items used in the sale and distribution of narcotics, and drug paraphernalia. Dustin C. Roh, 23, and Callie D. Kirschbaum, 35, both of Prairie du Chien, were arrested on suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth waste and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, Prairie du Chien Fire Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Crawford County Public Health, Tri-State Regional Ambulance, and Chicago Crime Scene Cleanup assisted in the investigation.

Published: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:14:03 GMT

Child, school staff attacked by fox on playground

A town in Connecticut is on high alert after a fox attacked a child and several adults on a school playground. Elissa Daniele, a gym teacher at Broad Brook Elementary School, risked her own life to rip the animal off 7-year-old Evan Witzke during an outdoor gym class Monday. "It was trying to gnaw at his wrists and ankles," Daniele told ABC News. "I knew I had to pin the fox down to get it away from my student to keep my student safe." She and another staff member were also bitten. It's not clear if the fox is rabid. Police believe the fox also may have attacked another resident who was on her way to breakfast to celebrate getting engaged less than 24 hours earlier. "I have never experienced an animal that when you scare it, it keeps coming back and coming back, it almost came in the house and I kicked it," Danielle Bopko told New Haven TV station WTNH. Watch the video below or by tapping here: EMBED

Published: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:59:59 GMT

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Social worker sued for impregnating client

A state social worker who fathered the child of a client is being sued in federal court in Milwaukee. The caseworker, Peter Nelsen, testified Monday he had repeated sexual relations with the woman and when she became pregnant, pressured her to have an abortion. Nelsen was assigned to investigate allegations of child maltreatment at Theola Nealy's home. She gave birth to Nelsen's daughter in August 2008. He retains full custody of the girl. The Journal Sentinel said Nealy wants $15 million in damages. At issue is whether Nelsen was working within the scope of his employment when he had a relationship with Nealy. If so, the state could be liable for damages. Nealy resigned from his state job in April 2009.

Published: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:44:41 GMT

Police: Toddler on board during Oregon couple's heroin arrest

A toddler was on board when an Oregon couple was stopped and arrested on heroin charges, according to a release from the Mauston Police Department. Officers conducted the traffic stop on Highway 82 near the Interstate 94 exit at about 6:15 p.m. Monday after investigating a drug buy in the city. Lee M. Burrell, 51, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to deliver heroin, and Tonya J. Burrell, 30, was arrested on suspicion of delivery of heroin. Police said the toddler was removed from the couple’s vehicle during the traffic stop and taken into protective custody.

Published: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:01:26 GMT

Meth labs found in Prairie du Chien home

Four “one-pot” methamphetamine labs were found in a Prairie du Chien home and two people were arrested. Prairie du Chien police said a search warrant was used to enter a home at 609 E. Broadway St. at 2:15 p.m. Monday. In addition to the labs, police said they also found numerous items associated with manufacturing meth, items used in the sale and distribution of narcotics, and drug paraphernalia. Dustin C. Roh, 23, and Callie D. Kirschbaum, 35, both of Prairie du Chien, were arrested on suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth waste and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, Prairie du Chien Fire Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Crawford County Public Health, Tri-State Regional Ambulance, and Chicago Crime Scene Cleanup assisted in the investigation.

Published: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:14:03 GMT

Police: Teen crashes into pole, says he heard gunfire

A teenager who drove into a light pole and traffic light said someone was shooting at his car, according to a release from Madison police. Police said the teen was driving north on South Midvale Boulevard near the Beltline around 1 a.m. on Monday when the incident occurred. The teen fled and was hiding when police arrived. A 20-year-old passenger was getting out of the car when police arrived and told police he had not been in the car. The driver told police the shots came from a dark-colored vehicle with heavily tinted windows. Police said no shell casings were found. Witnesses told police they heard the crash but didn’t hear gunshots.

Published: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:46:22 GMT

Police: Body of woman missing since 2010 found

Wausau police say they have found the body of a woman missing for nearly four years. Police Chief Jeff Hardel said Monday that the body of Stephanie Low was found Friday in a shallow grave in the national forest near Wabeno. Low disappeared from her Wausau apartment on Oct. 10, 2010. In 2012, police identified a person of interest in her disappearance. Hardel says that man reportedly told witnesses he had gone to Low's apartment with the intent of stealing from her, and when she fought back, he strangled and stabbed her. Police say the 34-year-old man led them to Low's grave last week. WSAW-TV reports the man did not confess to the killing. No charges have been filed so far, but police say charges will be coming.

Published: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:25:32 GMT

Janesville Kmart to close

The Janesville Kmart store will close in December, according to a company official. The company said the store’s 70 employees will lose their jobs, but those eligible will receive severance and will be able to apply for jobs at other Sears or Kmart stores. Most of the employees are part time. "Store closures are part of a series of actions we’re taking to reduce on-going expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerate the transformation of our business model," said Sears Holdings Director of Corporate Communications, Howard Riefs. Kmart leases a property at the corner of Highway 26 and Highway 14 on the city's north side. A liquidation sale is expected to begin Sept. 28.

Published: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:15:25 GMT

Homeless man beaten, robbed by homeless trio, police say

A homeless man was beaten and robbed by three other homeless people who claimed he was in their space, according to a release from Madison police. The 33-year-old man told police he was bunked down in a business alcove in the 10 block of North Carroll Street on Sunday night when a man and two women arrived and said he was in their space. He said he was punched, slapped and kicked by all three. When he pulled out his iPhone to call police, one of the women took it from his hand, according to police. Witnesses helped police identify Frederick S. Burton, 54, who was arrested in the downtown area later that night. He was arrested on suspicion of battery and bail jumping. One of the women is described as black, 5 feet 11 inches tall with a heavy build and hair worn in corn rows.

Published: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:03:37 GMT

AG hopeful has plan to curb crimes against women

Republican attorney general hopeful Brad Schimel has unveiled a plan to curb crimes against women. Under the multi-faceted plan, the state Justice Department would provide free date-rape drug testing kits to colleges; advocate for a law that would ensure victims and witnesses are immune form minor drug- or alcohol-related offenses; create a college sexual assault task force; and create a sensitive crimes certification for police. He also wants to expand the state's sexual assault nurse examiner program statewide and pursue legislation to require police report contact with domestic violence victims to service providers. Schimel says in a statement he would use annual federal grants to fund the initiatives. Schimel will face Democrat Susan Happ in the Nov. 4 election. A Happ campaign spokesman didn't immediately return a message.

Published: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:25:04 GMT

UW-L student shares Ebola evacuation story

A University of Wisconsin-La Crosse graduate student who was studying abroad in Sierra Leone is sharing her story after she had to leave the country amid the deadly Ebola outbreak. The La Crosse Tribune reports the UW-La Crosse Department of International Education decided to evacuate Alexandria Berg as the crisis escalated. The 23-year-old secured the last available seat on a flight to Paris and then made her way from there to Tanzania, where her mother was working with a nonprofit she founded. Berg hoped to continue her practical field experience in community health education there, but she was brought back to the U.S. early due to safety and liability concerns. The university's assistant director of international education says she believes Berg was the first UW-L student to be evacuated from a study abroad location.

Published: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:22:03 GMT

Prison worker sentenced for fraud

A federal judge has sentenced a former Wisconsin prison worker to more than a year behind bars for claiming travel expenses he never incurred. According to prosecutors and court documents, Christopher Seifer submitted more than 1,380 false claims seeking federal reimbursement for traveling to health clubs to rehabilitate an injury he suffered as an electronics technician at the federal prison in Oxford. He obtained more than $84,000 in mileage reimbursements between March 2006 and October 2012 for travel that never happened. A jury found Seifer guilty on four counts of mail fraud and one count of theft of government property in June. U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller sentenced Seifer on Friday to 15 months in prison and ordered him to pay $84,717 in restitution. Seifer's attorney didn't return a message.

Published: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:15:59 GMT

Election officials want ballot lawsuit tossed

Wisconsin election officials want a judge to dismiss a lawsuit seeking changes to the newly designed ballot for the Nov. 4 election. Republican legislative leaders filed the lawsuit against the state Government Accountability Board in Waukesha County last week. They argue that the GAB's model ballot is confusing, gives undue prominence to Democratic candidates and makes it hard to tell which office candidates are seeking. State attorneys filed a brief on the GAB's behalf Tuesday asking a judge to toss the lawsuit. They argued the Republicans should have filed a complaint with GAB or a petition asking a prosecutor to look into the matter. They also argued the GOP leaders haven't shown how the ballots have hurt them. A hearing in the case is set for Wednesday.

Published: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:15:24 GMT

Community leader to receive Friend of Education award from state

A local community leader will be awarded a 2014 Friend of Education award Thursday as part of State Superintendent Tony Evers’ State of Education address, according to a release. The four individuals and one business receiving awards are being recognized for the contributions they have made to students and education in their local communities or across the state, officials said. “Our public schools need community support led by individuals and organizations that are dedicated to student success,” Evers said in the release. “It is through their work and volunteer service that we see a real demonstration of what it means to be a Friend of Education.” Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, will be honored because he had made it his priority to ensure that the Boys and Girls Club continues to be a leader in youth development, according to the release. Under Johnson’s leadership, the Boys and Girls Club’s AVID/TOPS Program has produced high graduation rates for five consecutive years, and the club has expanded to more than 100 full and part-time staff who work in public schools throughout the county. Others receiving the award include Dan Ariens, of the Ariens Company in Brillion; Darryl Morin, with the League of United Latin American Citizens in Milwaukee County; Peter Yang, with the Hmong American Center in Wausau; and WKBT News 8 in La Crosse.

Published: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:27:08 GMT

Proposal would turn part of John Nolen Drive into tunnel

Lake Monona’s shoreline could get a makeover with the addition of a lakefront park, called an esplanade, which would link the downtown to the near east side. The Madison Design Professionals presented a plan to turn part of John Nolen Drive into a tunnel near where it intersects with Blair Street to bring more green space to the area. An esplanade is a design from the Victorian times, and developers say this kind of design is very popular in other communities. Developers also said the design could help boost the area’s economy. “I think this is the time to think big. It’s an opportunity that has been on the radar screen for 100 years, starting with John Nolen, that we need to connect the downtown to the lakefront,” said Tim Anderson, a freelance consultant. The price tag could also go into the hundreds of millions of dollars, but developers said they may secure federal transportation funds since John Nolen is an extension of Highway 151. Right now the plan was only presented at a meeting hosted by Capitol Neighborhoods.

Published: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:17:17 GMT

Packers ticket scam hit fans outside of Marshfield

More Wisconsin residents have reported they were victims of a Green Bay Packers ticket scam through which police say a 37-year-old Marshfield man stole tens of thousands of dollars. Lt. Darren Larson of the Marshfield Police Department's detective bureau told the News-Herald Media that football fans from outside the department's jurisdiction are coming forward. The Marshfield man, whose name hasn't been released by police, previously admitted to scamming local fans seeking Packers tickets. Larson says his department is waiting to submit the matter to the district attorney's office for review until it determines a more definite number of victims. The bureau estimated last week that there were about 20 victims who lost a total of $50,000, but Larson says the number could be higher.

Published: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:38:24 GMT

Sheriff: Wisconsin boy shoots father while hunting

Marathon County authorities say an 11-year-old boy has accidentally shot his father while hunting. Sheriff's Lt. Randy Albert tells Stevens Point Journal Media that the boy mistook his father for a turkey on Sunday and shot him in the upper left area of his chest. Albert says the man was flown to a hospital and was believed to be stable Sunday night. Albert says the father and son were with two other relatives. Authorities haven't identified the people involved. The state Department of Natural Resources is investigating.

Published: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:47:24 GMT

WATCH: SportsCenter commercial features Badgers football players

The latest "This is SportsCenter" commercial features ESPN anchor Jay Harris and Wisconsin football players. The men dressed up like linemen are not actual Badgers football players, but the commercial feature the team's size in a funny way. Video

Published: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:05:45 GMT