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WISCONSIN NEWS BRIEFS: Bomb scare reported at Walmart in West Milwaukee

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

WEST MILWAUKEE - Authorities are investigating a bomb scare at a West Milwaukee Walmart.

Milwaukee police say a man alerted employees about a bomb in the store at 5:27 p.m. last night. The store was evacuated and a police searched turned up nothing. Police say the incident remains under investigation and the man involved was not arrested.

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A quick-thinking customer thwarted a bank robbery in Milwaukee County. Greenfield Police say a man entered the Great Midwest Bank at around 11:00 a.m. yesterday morning, displayed a taser-like weapon and demanded money. The suspect then forced bank employees into a vault and tied them up. Police say a patron arrived and got into a physical altercation with the suspect, forcing him to flee without money. The patron suffered minor injuries in the altercation and was treated on the scene. Anyone with information on the robbery should contact police.

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State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow customers to opt-out of “smart meters”. The new meters report usage information via wireless. A spokesperson for the Wisconsin Utilities Association says the new meters are cost effective and if residents are able to opt-out, that would force companies to hire staff to read those meters, which would likely result in higher utility rates. Some opponents have raised concerns about privacy and health concerns, but WUA says there is no evidence to support that that.

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A South Dakota man has quite the fishing story to tell… setting a Wisconsin state record. The Department of Natural Resources have certified the catch by Roy Stromsness of Sioux Falls, South Dakota – A 12-pound, four-ounce lake whitefish. The fish was caught on Lake Michigan near Sheboygan on July 9. The previous state record was set in 1977, it weighed 11-pound, 11-ounce. 

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