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CRIME AND COURT ROUNDUP: Man arrested after shooting a Taylor County sheriff's deputy

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A 27-year-old gunman shot-and-wounded a Taylor County sheriff's deputy and fled, resulting in a three-hour manhunt that ended with his arrest. It all started early last evening, when deputies were told that a man wanted for violating a court injunction was hiding at a home near Westboro. A stand-off took place, and officials say it ended a short time later when the gunman shot-and-wounded the deputy. There was no word on how badly the officer was hurt -- but he was able to call the dispatch center in Medford to report his injury, and local residents helped with emergency aid until a Rib Lake ambulance could arrive. The deputy was taken to an area hospital. Officers from Clark, Marathon, Lincoln, Eau Claire, Chippewa, and Price counties helped Taylor County and Medford officers in the manhunt. The suspect was nabbed around 9:05 last night, and was taken to the Lincoln County Jail in Merrill. There was no immediate word on what prompted the suspect to hide, or what triggered the standoff. More details are expected to come out today. The state Justice Department is helping local officers investigate.

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Tax attorneys predict lawsuits over Wisconsin's decision not to let same-sex couples file joint income tax returns. Gay couples were recently allowed to file joint federal returns, after the U-S Supreme Court struck down parts of the Defense-of-Marriage Act in June. On Friday, Wisconsin's Revenue Department told same-sex couples they'll have file a new Schedule-"S," and determine each person's state tax obligation if they claim the new federal joint benefit. Madison tax attorney Tamara Packard says the Revenue Department has no business making new laws. Laurel Patrick of the Revenue agency said joint tax benefits at the state level would violate Wisconsin's 2006 constitutional ban on gay marriages and civil unions. For that reason, Milwaukee tax attorney Brian Mahany does not believe the state's decision to keep requiring separate tax obligations would be easy to overturn. If that's the case, accountant Pete Oettinger of Baraboo says same-sex couples would keep losing out on the state's tax credit for married couples who both work. That credit is up to 480-dollars.

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Police in eastern Wisconsin continue to investigate what might be a suspicious death. 44-year-old Scott Vandermause of Luxemburg was found dead outside his parents' home early yesterday morning. Luxemburg Police say alcohol could have caused the man's death -- or it could have been some type of crime. Investigators say they'll interview witnesses and look at surveillance video from local taverns, to try-and-determine where Vandermause was during the 24 hours before his death. A State Patrol crime scene reconstruction team is expected to help with the investigation.

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Milwaukee Police are investigating an apparent murder from last evening. According to media reports, witnesses saw two men on bicycles riding up to a car and shooting its 19-year-old driver. The car then veered out of control and slammed into a parked vehicle. WTMJ TV said the victim's father confirmed that his son died, but the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's office had not confirmed a homicide victim as of last evening. Authorities said one man in the motor vehicle was shot in the head -- and another person was shot in the shoulder. There was no word of arrests overnight.

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Two people were killed after a pair of vehicles collided head-on in Waukesha County. It happened around 12:30 yesterday afternoon on the Highway 16 expressway in Nashotah. Sheriff's officials said both fatal victims were in an eastbound car that crossed into the opposite lanes, and slammed into an oncoming vehicle. A man and two children survived the crash. They were taken to Froedtert Hospital in suburban Milwaukee, and officials said at least one of those people was in critical condition. The victims' names were not immediately released. The mishap is still being investigated.

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