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Car driver dies in crash with semi in Dodge County
TOWN OF TRENTON, Wis. (AP) — One person has died in a car-semi crash in Dodge County in eastern Wisconsin.
The crash happened shortly before 1:30 p.m. Sunday on Highway 68 in the Town of Trenton.
Sheriff Patricia Ninmann says the crash was not weather-related, and that the initial investigation indicates it was caused by driver error.
The sheriff says the crash killed the driver of the car and injured three passengers in the car. The truck driver was not injured.
Names of the victims have not been released. The investigation is continuing.
Man dies in crash on I-94 in Racine County of Wis.
TOWN OF YORKVILLE, Wis. (AP) — The Racine County Sheriff's Office says a man died in a crash on a snowy stretch of Interstate 94 in the Town of Yorkville in southeastern Wisconsin.
Lieutenant Daniel Klatt confirms it was weather related. It was one of at least two fatalities attributed to Sunday's storm. The other was on Interstate 43 in Milwaukee County.
The Racine County Sheriff's Office says I-94 was snow-covered and very slippery with ice present when the fatal crash happened there. The southbound lanes had to be closed and were not reopened until after 4 p.m.
It was one of around 60 crashes reported in Racine County as of 3:30 p.m., with about half of those happening on I-94, and authorities expect that number to grow as the investigations continue.
Snow causes treacherous driving in S Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE (AP) — It started snowing in southern Wisconsin, and people started crashing.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office describes conditions as extremely dangerous and slippery, with multiple pileups, including a fatal rollover on I-94 eastbound at Highway 100.
There have been so many crashes that the Wisconsin State Patrol hasn't compiled a count yet. But multiple accidents have been reported Interstates 94 and 894, as well as I-39 and I-90.
Authorities are recommending no travel in Racine County, where a multiple-car pileup required the closure of I-94 southbound. There are multiple pileups, smaller accidents and cars off the road along the closed section of I-94 southbound near Racine.
All southbound lanes on I-39 near Janesville were blocked by multiple crashes for nearly two hours before they reopened.
Armed robbery-shooting in Fdl County
On Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 12:50 am the Fond du Lac County 911Center received a report of an armed robbery and shooting that occurred at a residence on Double D Rd in the Town of Auburn in SE Fond du Lac County. A female victim at the residence was physically assaulted during the robbery. She was transported to St Agnes Hospital where she was treated and released. The suspects fled the scene. A 20 year old male and a 22 year old male, both from the Milwaukee area are in custody. A third suspect is at a Milwaukee area hospital being treated for a gunshot wound. Investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.
Probable cause found at preliminary hearing in Fdl County drug overdose case
A Fond du Lac man charged in the heroin overdose death of a Fond du Lac County man has been bound over for trial. Probable cause was found at a preliminary hearing Friday for Jason Van Norman of Fond du lac on reckless homicide charges. Van Norman and Joshua Mulder of Waupun are accused of supplying the heroin that led to the death of town of Springvale resident Devin Perry last October. Van Norman remains in jail on $500,000 cash bail.
Milwaukee man bound over for trial in Fdl robbery
Bail has been set at $10,000 cash for a Milwaukee man accused of robbing a Fond du Lac man at gunpoint. Lorenzo Johnson is charged with armed robbery, substantial battery, criminal trespass and theft all as a repeat offender. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 13th. According to a criminal complaint on September 18th Johnson and two other individuals broke into an Empire Building apartment on Forest Avenue wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks. The victim says he was hit over the head with a gun. According to the complaint Johnson admitted to holding a gun on the victim while two others went through the apartment stealing a small amount of cash and marijuana.
Milwaukee mayor hospitalized after birthday run
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is spending his 60th birthday overnight in a hospital where he is being treated for exhaustion following a 20-kilometer run.
Barrett ran the race Sunday indoors at the Pettit national Ice Center. Spokesman Jeff Fleming says Barrett finished Sunday's run before requiring medical attention. Barrett turned 60 on Sunday and wanted to run for 60 minutes, Fleming said.
An ambulance transported Barrett to Froedtert Hospital, where he is being treated for dehydration and exhaustion. Fleming says Barrett was expected to return home Monday after an overnight stay in the hospital.
Fleming describes Barrett as a regular runner but says Sunday's run of nearly 12½ miles is a far greater distance than his usual routine.
Wis. board to get details on 2013 deer hunt
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources is set to get more information on the 2013 gun deer hunt.
DNR officials are expected to present a report to the Natural Resources Board during a meeting Tuesday detailing results from the nine-day season.
Preliminary data shows the DNR sold about 140 more licenses this year but hunters still killed 7 percent fewer deer than in 2012. The buck harvest was down 15 percent.
DNR officials say cold weather forced many hunters to cut their outings short this year.
Gun-rights advocates oppose Madison bus ban
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gun-rights advocates are preparing a court challenge to a Madison policy that bans weapons on city buses.
Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Carry Incorporated says it plans to file a lawsuit in the next few weeks challenging Metro Transit's policy banning "weapons of any kind." The group says the policy violates the state's concealed-carry law.
But city officials say they're confident the policy is legal. Metro spokesman Mick Rusch says it's in the best interest of passengers not to allow guns on buses.
The city also bans guns in city buildings and Metro shelters.
Nik Clark is the president of Wisconsin Carry. He says the policy infringes on a person's right to carry if they rely on public transportation or live in a high-crime area.