Wisconsin News

Wisconsin man who kidnapped Jayme Closs gets life in prison

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents after the girl told the judge she that wanted him "locked up forever" for trying to steal her. Jake Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty in March to two counts ...

Florence joins Click It or Ticket

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence County Sheriff’s Office will join hundreds of law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin for the annual Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement campaign through June 2. “As we enter another major travel season, we’re reminding motorists that wearing a ...

Local invasive species group celebrates 10 years with event

FLORENCE, Wis. — In March of 2010, the Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition (WRISC) held their first Annual Partner Meeting and on Friday, June 7 they will celebrate a decade of invasive species management with the very same event. he event will be held in the lower level meeting space ...

Wisconsin units combined

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorney General Josh Kaul is combining the state Department of Justice’s environmental and consumer protection units in an effort to gain an additional environmental attorney position. Kaul, a Democrat, announced the move Thursday. He said in a news release that ...

Man who kidnapped Jayme Closs could get life in prison

A Wisconsin man could spend the rest of his life behind bars for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents in a case that mystified authorities until the girl made a daring escape from the remote cabin where she was held for 88 days. Jake Patterson, 21, was scheduled to be ...

Wisconsin DNR board disallows bear hounds in new zone

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Bear hunters won’t be able to use hounds in central Wisconsin under changes the Department of Natural Resources board made to the agency’s bear management plan Wednesday after opponents called the practice a blight on the state. The revisions mark the first updates ...

Outages in Wisconsin

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) — High winds have knocked out power to thousands of people in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Service says the outages impact nearly 24,000 customers in Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Brown, Vilas and Portage counties. About 3,700 customers in Tomahawk and nearly 3,400 in ...

Wisconsin panel approves technical college increase

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans on the Legislature’s budget-writing committee approved more money for Wisconsin’s technical colleges on Thursday, but fell $11 million short of what Gov. Tony Evers and Democrats wanted to spend. The Joint Finance Committee is working on making changes ...

Five states announce new suits over prescription opioids

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five more state attorneys general announced legal filings Thursday seeking to hold the company that makes OxyContin responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that has become the biggest cause of accidental deaths across the country and in many states. The company, ...

GenCyber returns to UW-Green Bay, Aug. 5-9

Green Bay, Wis. — For the third year in a row, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement was awarded a grant from the National Security Agency (NSA) for its GenCyber program, the only of its kind in Wisconsin. The Division was ...

Pence plugs trade deal in stop at factory in Wisconsin

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence continued his promotional tour for the new North American trade agreement by telling workers at a western Wisconsin factory that U.S. manufacturing will blossom with a new deal. The Wausau Daily Herald reports that Pence spoke Thursday at a ...

Attempted kidnapping of a toddler thwarted

LAKE DELTON, Wis. (AP) — An attempted kidnapping of a toddler in Lake Delton, Wis. was thwarted when the child’s parents awoke to a noise in the youngster’s bedroom. Police say the 2-year-old was found unharmed outside the bedroom window last Saturday about 3 a.m. Lake Delton Police ...

Man accused in 1976 double murder back in court

MARINETTE, Wis. — Attorneys for a man accused of killing two people in 1976 want to have a first-degree sexual assault charge against him dropped. Raymand Vannieuwenhoven, 82, appeared by video Wednesday in Marinette County Circuit Court for an adjourned initial appearance. The Lakewood, ...

Supreme Court conservatives attack lame-duck arguments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservative justices who control the Wisconsin Supreme Court attacked liberal groups’ claims Wednesday that Republican legislators met illegally when they passed laws limiting Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ and Attorney General Josh Kaul’s powers during a lame-duck ...

Pembine presents academic awards

PEMBINE, Wis. — The annual Academic Awards Program was held at the Pembine High School on Wednesday, May 8. The following scholarships were awarded to the graduating seniors: American Red Cross/PDB Rescue Squad — Cassandra Haupt. Bay de Noc Community College Tuition Award — ...

Firefighter killed, three injured in Appleton

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A firefighter responding to a medical emergency was killed in a shooting at a Wisconsin bus station that left three others injured, officials said. The shooting happened after police and firefighters responded to a medical emergency around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Valley ...

High water in Great Lakes spells trouble for endangered bird

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — High water in the Great Lakes may spell trouble for the piping plover, an endangered bird that builds its nests on shorelines. Water levels have surged in recent years as the lakes bounced back from record-setting lows. Vincent Cavalieri of the U.S. Fish and ...

Fire that killed father, two children ruled accidental

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A fire that killed a father and two children in Waukesha has been ruled accidental. Investigators have concluded the fire on Feb. 19 was the result of “unattended cooking.” Thirty-eight-year-old Kevin Duffy grabbed his 9-year-old son and brought him to a ...

Food, Fun & Fitness program planned in Florence County

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence County UW-Extension office and its partners will offer a number of summer activities to area youth. Brochures are now available for the Food, Fun & Fitness program. FFF is a four-week day camp at both Florence Elementary School and the Northeast Wisconsin ...

Semi driver causes fatal crash

COLUMBUS, Wis. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say speed and inattentive driving are factors in a six-vehicle fatal crash in Columbia County. Authorities say the driver of a semi failed to slow down in a construction zone on Highway 151 near Columbus Tuesday and struck five other vehicles; ...