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WISCONSIN NEWS ROUND-UP: Reward offered for stolen violin in Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE - An award is out for the safe return of a centuries-old violin that was stolen over the week.

An anonymous source has offered a $100,000 reward for the return of the 300-year-old Stradivarius violin, stolen on Monday night. Milwaukee Police say the rare instrument was on loan. Anyone with information should contact Milwaukee Police.

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Southern Wisconsin is seeing some snow and ice buildup on roads this morning. The National Weather Service in Sullivan has issued a Winter Storm Warning for several counties, including the City of Kenosha, until 6:00 PM tonight. A spokesperson says up to five and seven inches of snow is expected, with the heavier snowfall coming down through the morning into the afternoon. The service warns that roads will likely be slick, so take extra caution during the morning and afternoon commute.

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While the snow is falling in most of southern Wisconsin this morning, another potential storm is on the way for next week,  but does it have the potential to dump over two feet of snow? The National Weather Service says they’ve received calls from several concerned people about social media posts that next week’s “super snow storm” could dump over 30 inches of snow. A spokesperson for the service says the rumors are simply not true and speculative, but there is the potential for added accumulation for parts of the state.  

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After nine hours of deliberation, the trial of an accused social security fraudster was declared a mistrial on Friday. 72-year-old Ronald Disher, of Almond, was charged with felony fraud, forgery and theft charges. He was accused of cashing in 30-years-worth of social security checks belonging to Marie Jost, who was last seen in the 80s. The jury did find Disher guilty of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and endangering safety, related to alleged confrontations with a social security investigator. The Portage County District Attorney’s Office says they plan to seek a new trial.

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