Authorities looking for La Crosse bank robber; Voter ID still in effect for August; and 13 more Wisconsin state news stories
La Crosse -- Authorities in western Wisconsin are looking for the man who robbed the Altra Federal Credit Union branch office inside a grocery store in La Crosse. One person was brought in for questioning, but hasn't been called a suspect. Witnesses say a white man walked into the location at 3:10 p.m. Saturday and handed a deposit slip to the teller which read, "Stay calm, give me your money and no one gets hurt." The teller handed over some cash and the suspect went outside and got into the passenger seat of a car which drove away. No weapon was shown and no injuries were reported.
Voter ID still in effect for August
Madison -- Voters will need to bring their ID's to at least one more election. The judge presiding over the trial challenging Wisconsin's voter I.D. law says he'll likely rule later this summer, too late to make any changes before the state's August primary. Judge James Peterson says he wants final arguments over voter ID by the end of June, and expects to decide the case by the end of July.
New international terminal opens at Brown County's airport
Ashwaubenon – An international terminal has been officially opened at Austin Straubel International Airport in Brown County. The $4.3 million facility is in the airport's former firefighting building. More than 400 international flights are expected to land at the airport serving Green Bay each year. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin says a federal reimbursement program will clear the way for that airport to hire as many as five additional Customs and Border Protection officers.
Clerk's tip leads to prostitution arrest
Wausau -- Wausau police give credit to an alert motel clerk for their prostitution arrest last week. The clerk spotted a man leaving a motel room after a short stay and called police. When stopped, the man admitted he paid the woman $200 for sex. Forty-one-year-old Rebecca Baker of DePere denied having sex for money. She was charged with misdemeanor prostitution and felony drug possession. The clerk says she had been staying at the motel three days a week since December and routinely had male visitors for short periods of time.
Voucher school operator sues D.P.I. head
Milwaukee -- A voucher school operator has sued the head of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Ceria M. Travis Academy Incorporated accuses Tony Evers of withholding more than $600,000 in state funding. The federal suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee. A spokesperson for Travis Academy says it almost had to close. The D.P.I. says the academy owes the state $2.9 million, but the academy's attorney denies the claim. It alleges the withholding of the funding is "wrongful taking."
Wisconsin man owes $75K for allegedly keeping a vicious dog
Rochester -- Failing to attend court dates or pay fines leaves a Wisconsin man with nearly $75,000 owed for nearly 150 tickets. Nicholas Kempen is charged with keeping a vicious dog. Kempen says Jack, an English mastiff, isn't vicious, even though he bit a woman last year. She has filed a law suit in Racine County Circuit Court. Kempen says he's skipped those court dates and left the fines unpaid because he's had bad experiences in the legal system.
Wisconsin employers overpaying unemployment
Madison -- Wisconsin currently has $1 billion in its unemployment fund. The numbers suggest employers overpaid for unemployment-related costs during the 2008 Recession because the state wasn't ready. Since no corrections have been made, the same thing could happen again. The Department of Workforce Development says Wisconsin's system has long-term structural problems. Some legislators and other state officials have reportedly called the huge balance in the fund an indicator of success. Workforce Development officials don't agree.
Memorial Day honors fallen veterans
Ceremonies are planned throughout Wisconsin on this Memorial Day. State Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos says Wisconsin still has soldiers and Marines in harm's way while serving our country -- and that's one special reason to remember the troops who have died for our freedom. So far 126 Wisconsinites have been killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Gov. Scott Walker plans to speak today during a ceremony in DeForest at the Veterans Memorial Park. Walker was also at a gathering Sunday at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.
Police look for female armed robber
Janesville – Janesville police report they are looking for an armed robber who took an undetermined amount of money and several packs of cigarettes Saturday night. Police were called to a convenience store shortly before 11 p.m. Witnesses told officers a woman came into the store wearing a hoodie and carrying a firearm, demanded money and cigarettes, then ran from the scene quickly. The weapon was seen in the woman's waistband. Video surveillance is being studied for clues, but an effort to use a police dog to track her was unsuccessful.
Madison Chief: 'I need more cops'
Madison -- Madison's police chief says he needs more officers and more resources as his department responds to violent crimes. There have been three homicides in the Capitol City area in less than six weeks. During a Sunday program on WKOW-TV Chief Mike Koval said he will ask the Madison City Council to let him add at least 10 full-time positions. Koval says the recent crime wave represents an unprecedented level of gun violence in Madison's history. He says the economy and housing crises have created a "perfect storm," which is "creating a lot more desperate people."
Milwaukee police investigate 4 shootings
Milwaukee – Milwaukee police are investigating four weekend shootings -- one Saturday and three Sunday. None of the wounds were life-threatening. A 21-year-old man was able to drive himself to a hospital after he was shot during an argument with another man Saturday night. A second man tells police he was walking down the street at 1 a.m. Sunday when he heard some gunshots, then realized he had been wounded. A 35-year-old man tells police he was walking Sunday afternoon when somebody started shooting at him. The fourth shooting was reported early Sunday evening when a man was shot while struggling with a second man over a firearm. No names were released and no arrests have been reported.
90-year-old Monroe man killed In ATV accident
Athelstane -- Northeast Wisconsin authorities say a 90-year-old man was driving an ATV with his 64-year-old son on board when it went out of control on a hill. James Bosanny of Monroe had run into a plow before his vehicle accelerated out of control and slammed into a tree. The Marinette County sheriff's office reports Bosanny was dead at the scene. James Bosanny Jr.was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. Neither man was wearing a helmet.
Wisconsin redistricting trial set to conclude
Madison -- Testimony was set to conclude Friday in a federal trial to help decide whether Wisconsin Assembly district boundaries Republicans redrew five years discriminate against Democrats. A group of voters who support Democrats sued last year alleging new districts Republican lawmakers created in 2011 marginalize Democrats and consolidate GOP power. State attorneys counter that partisanship is to be expected and the boundaries reflect demographic shifts. The trial began Tuesday before a three-judge panel.
Johnson Controls, UW-Madison announce research partnership
Milwaukee -- Johnson Controls and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are teaming up for a pair of multi-year research programs. The work will be aimed at enhancing the fuel efficiency of start-stop and next-generation battery-electric vehicles. UW-Madison graduate students Jacob Dubie and Kevin Frankforter will carry out the projects with the help of a Fellows gift of $500,000.
Burglar steals $12,000 In cigarettes
Madison -- Madison police are investigating a smash-and-grab burglary at a gas station. Someone broke the glass door of the gas station just before 4 a.m.Thursday and made off with roughly 150 cartons of cigarettes.The stolen tobacco is worth about $12,000.