Wisconsin roundup: One dead, 1 missing in Mississippi River boat crash; 8 more state news stories
BROWNSVILLE, Minn. — Minnesota authorities say one person has been killed and a second is missing after a Saturday evening boat crash on the Mississippi River.
The incident happened near Wildcat Park and Landing in Brownsville, southwest of La Crosse. A witness says he saw a power boat slam into a concrete pylon shortly before 6:30 p.m. He and several others were able to jump into their boats and pull three people from the water.
Seven people had been on the boat when it crashed, according to Houston County officials. The La Crosse County Dive Unit, several police departments and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had end their search efforts when it became too dark. No names have been released.
Charlottesville reaction: Clarke continues to support Trump
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke continues to support President Donald Trump, as evidenced by his reaction to Saturday's white supremacist demonstrations in Virginia.
Trump blamed what he called "many sides" for the clashes between white nationalists and counter protesters — including the crash of a car into a group of protesters in which 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed. The suspect, 20-year-old James Fields Jr., is due in court Monday for second degree murder.
Some of Trump's own Republicans in the Senate said the president should have blamed the white nationals, but Clarke tweeted that Trump's remarks were "very presidential" and Trump "didn't take sides like (Barack) Obama" in Ferguson, Missouri. GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville called the violence "vile bigotry" backed by "repugnant views."
Driver free on bond after campground crash that injured 7
BAGLEY — A 32-year-old woman is free on a $500 dollar bond after she reportedly drove her SUV into a tent at a campground and injured seven people.
All seven were from the Milwaukee area, and WKOW-TV says two people remain hospitalized after Saturday night's incident at the River of Lakes Campground at Bagley in far southwest Wisconsin. According to Grant County sheriff's deputies, Stacy Smith of Fennimore tried making a left turn when her vehicle went out of control and hit the tent.
And then she reportedly backed into the tent a second time. Smith was booked on a possible charge of causing great bodily harm by drunk driving.
Assembly committee to vote on Foxconn
MADISON — The $3 billion package of state incentives for Foxconn is up for a committee vote Monday afternoon.
The Assembly jobs panel has a 3 p.m. meeting set to recommend the package to the full house. Democratic Rep. Dana Wachs of Eau Claire, who announced his bid for governor last week, now says he'll vote against the payments of tax dollars and relaxations of environmental laws to the Taiwanese giant for building its first United States factory for smartphone and TV screens in either Racine or Kenosha counties. Republican Gov. Scott Walker says Foxconn will be the state's greatest jobs generator.
Walker spokesman Tom Evenson says the environmental breaks are similar to those given to the Packers' Lambeau Field and other large projects. Wachs and Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Andy Gronik are among who said they supported the Foxconn deal originally but now believe it's not a good deal for taxpayers — and Wachs says the GOP is pushing it through too quickly.
Democrats want justice department litigation costs exposed
MADISON — Democratic state lawmakers want to know how much taxpayers are spending to fight civil cases in which the Justice Department gets involved.
Madison Rep. Chris Taylor, former Milwaukee Judge Fred Kessler, and gubernatorial candidate Dana Wachs of Eau Claire have proposed a bill to require annual reports to the Legislature on the costs of each civil case it handles. Taylor says the agency either initiates or joins other states to challenge legalities of things like Obamacare, transgender student rights, or EPA pollution limits. She calls it "unnecessary" and "expensive" litigation — but the Justice Department says it's part of its job and therefore does not keep track of specific costs.
Three killed at Kenosha County drag racing track
UNION GROVE — Three men have been shot to death at Great Lakes Dragaway near Union Grove in Kenosha County.
It happened close to 7 p.m. Sunday during Larry's Fun Fest, where about 5,000 people were watching drag races with smaller "souped up" vehicles on the quarter mile track. Sheriff David Beth says all three victims were standing near a food vendor when the suspect walked up and shot them at point blank range, and there was no word of any altercations that might have led to the shootings.
The sheriff was not sure if gangs were involved and the killer — a man in his 20s — was still being sought Sunday night along with a black car. All three victims were from nearby Illinois, two from the Chicago suburb of Aurora. Two died at the track while the third died in an ambulance that was going to a hospital.
Man investigated for robbery allegedly admits murder
WAUSAU — While Marathon County Sheriff's Department investigators were interviewing an armed robbery suspect, they say the 37-year-old man admitted committing a murder in Madison.
Curtis Langlois faces four felonies and two misdemeanors after using a gun to rob a gas station earlier this month. The Madison Police Department is recommending homicide charges be filed for the shooting Aug. 2 that left 33-year-old Kendrith Young dead and a 29-year-old man wounded. Police had called the shooting a "brutal assassination." Langlois was arrested in Rib Mountain last week.
Police look for father of boy left on side of road
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police are looking for the father who left his 9-month-old son on the side of a city street Saturday afternoon.
Though the suspect's name hasn't been released, police say the 22-year-old man took the baby from his house after an argument, leaving the child in a car seat beside the street. A witness says he saw the man set the car seat down and he thought he was just going to get something from inside the car. Instead, the father got back in and drove away. The child was reunited with his Milwaukee family and wasn't hurt.
Kenosha Beef recalls nearly 4,000 pounds of beef products
KENOSHA — Kenosha Beef International is recalling almost 4,000 pounds of beef patty products.
The products may contain milk, an allergen that was not declared on the finished product label. The items were shipped to retail locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.