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WISCONSIN NEWS ROUND-UP: Shots fired near football game in Medford, crowd evacuated

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

MEDFORD - Taylor County authorities have arrested a 19-year-old suspect in a shooting which interrupted a high school football game at Medford Saturday night. 

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Chippewa Falls and Medford were playing a makeup game when the action was stopped.  Players and fans were taken to a nearby gymnasium for safety after police got a call about shots being fired at a home in the neighborhood.  The initial call came from inside the home.  Authorities didn’t say how many people were inside the home, but they did confirm that no one was hurt.  Police used electronic tracking to find the suspect’s vehicle in a ditch.  He was arrested and spent last night in the Taylor County Jail.  After a two-hour delay, the game resumed with Chippewa Falls defeating Medford in overtime, 22-14.

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A plane which had taken off from Waukesha drifted into restricted air space around the District of Columbia Saturday.  Fighter jets were scrambled and they confirmed that the pilot had lost consciousness.  They stayed beside the plane until it ran out of fuel and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.  The pilot hasn’t been identified.  The plane was reportedly headed for Manassas, Virginia.  The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane was registered to Ronald Hutchinson of Brookfield, but it hasn’t confirmed that he was at the controls.  A Coast Guard helicopter could find no sign of the plane in the ocean.  A Coast Guard C-130 and an 87-foot cutter also responded to conduct a search.

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Madison police say they have a suspect, but no arrests have been made in a fatal shooting Saturday night.  The incident happened at a commercial property on the city’s south side where a party was being held.  When police responded, they say they found a crowd of people on the scene.  The victim was a 25-year-old Madison man.  Police believe the victim and the shooter knew each other.  The dad man’s name hasn’t been released.

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A 12-year-old Milwaukee boy who couldn’t swim has drowned in a pool at a Milwaukee hotel.  The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office identifies the dead boy as Zay-Vun Mooreland.  He died Friday night.  Witnesses say he was in the water with his siblings and a cousin.  He was riding on an 18-year-old brother’s back when that man went into deeper water, but then started struggling.  The children had been told it was okay to swim in that pool because Mooreland’s brother was 18 years old.  Police say they don’t suspect foul play.

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A bad situation got noticeably worse for a Milwaukee man last week.  Thirty-three-year-old Michael Prusinski was late for his court hearing Thursday when he sideswiped a deputy’s squad car.  The accident happened near Sixth and State streets when Prusinski allegedly drove around the squad car as it stopped for a person crossing at the intersection.  He was arrested at the scene.  Not only was Prusinski late for his bail hearing, he was also driving on an expired license at the time. 

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Last April, when Madison was ranked the “greenest city in America,” that was just the start.  Now, the personal finance website NerdWallet.com reports Wisconsin’s Capitol City has the best quality of life in the U.S.  NerdWallet ranked the 100 largest cities in the country.  Cities were ranked by average income, affordability and health benefits, local economy and work-life balance.  Cities in the Midwest took the top five spots, with Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska, joining Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Milwaukee was ranked 36th.

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