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Wisconsin woman accused of trying to sell ex’s items online

(Information from: The Journal Times,

STURTEVANT, Wis. (AP) — A woman faces misdemeanor theft charges after her ex-boyfriend accused her of trying to sell his possessions online — everything from a swimming pool to sandwich baggies.

The Racine Journal Times reports 24-year-old Ashley Marie Smith was arrested Thursday and held on an $850 bond. A pretrial conference for Smith is scheduled for Oct. 4.

Racine police say her ex-boyfriend began noticing things missing from his home in March. Police say he contacted authorities in May after seeing his property for sale on Facebook and other online sites.

Police say other items included a lawn mower, leaf blower, trampoline and video games.


This story has been updated to correct that the ex-boyfriend accused woman of trying to sell items online, instead of actually selling them.



Wisconsin school officials consider bulletproof backpacks

(Information from: WAOW-TV,

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — School officials in Wisconsin aren’t so sure bulletproof backpacks are an answer to possible violence in the classroom.

WAOW-TV reports that BlueStone Safety Products’ bulletproof backpack inserts are lightweight panels about the size of a laptop that are designed to deflect bullets. The inserts costs from $118 to $200. The company also sells $800 protection vests for teachers and staff.

Wisconsin Rapids School Superintendent Craig Broeren says one issue he sees with the inserts is that students don’t always have access to their backpacks. He says he would get the inserts if police recommended them.

Parent Erin Salamone, of Wausau, says the inserts give her “a peace of mind.” Parent Jessica Szitta says it’s unfortunate the inserts even had to be created.



Wisconsin researchers work to help whooping cranes

(Information from: WUWM-FM,

HORICON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s ongoing experiment to create a self-sustaining flock of whooping cranes in the eastern United States has taken on a family of temporary tenants at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge.

WUWM-FM reports that the two chicks in the family were born a private conservation facility in Florida before the family was transported to Wisconsin. Scientists had paired a male crane from the wild with a female crane from captivity.

Wisconsin scientists have been trying for nearly 20 years to help the whooping crane, which is an endangered species because of widespread habitat loss sand over-hunting.

More than 100 of the birds now migrate between Wisconsin and southeastern states. Many of the birds were brought to Wisconsin as chicks and raised by humans wearing crane costumes and flying ultralight aircraft.



Corrections waited 2 years to report inmate to regulators

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Corrections waited more than two years to notify state regulators about nurses who didn’t get an ailing inmate at Wisconsin’s youth prison to a doctor for days.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports prison nurses gave the 14-year-old inmate soda and crackers for days in February 2016 when he vomited repeatedly because his appendix was at risk of bursting.

The DOC notified the state Board of Nursing about the incident this past July after the Journal Sentinel began asking about it

The board waited seven weeks to process the notification. Officials put the notification into the board’s system on Tuesday, the first business day after the Journal Sentinel reported on the nurses.

Corrections spokesman Tristan Cook declined to say why the agency delayed the notification for 30 months.


‘Making a Murderer’ convict can’t add CD to evidence

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — A judge says a convict featured in the “Making a Murderer” Netflix series can’t supplement his appellate record with a CD his attorneys say contains exculpatory evidence.

Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were sentenced to life in the 2005 slaying of photographer Teresa Halbach. Avery insists police framed him.

The Appleton Post-Crescent reports that Steven Avery’s attorney, Kathleen Zellner, had argued prosecutors turned over only seven of eight CDs containing evidence to Avery’s trial attorneys in 2006. She contended the failure to disclose the disc violated Avery’s rights and he deserves a new trial.

Sheboygan County Circuit Judge Angela Sutkiewicz ruled Thursday that Zellner didn’t prove the state suppressed any evidence, noting the eighth disc contained mostly the same information on the other seven.


Workers sue over injuries in Wisconsin refinery explosion

(Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio,

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Contract workers are suing Husky Energy for injuries they received in an explosion at the company’s oil refinery in northern Wisconsin this year.

The civil lawsuit is separate from a class action lawsuit filed earlier against Husky by residents in Superior. The seven men from Texas and Louisiana were among 36 injured in the April 26th explosion and fire at the state’s only oil refinery.

Wisconsin Public Radio News reports the plaintiffs were working for contractors Evergreen North America and Jamar Contractors and doing maintenance at the refinery. The men allege Husky didn’t properly train or supervise contractors and failed to provide adequate safety equipment.

Husky spokeswoman Kim Guttormson says the company is cooperating with investigators, but declined to comment further on the lawsuit.



Vukmir campaign ad steers clear of Trump, Walker, GOP

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The latest campaign ad from U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir doesn’t mention her support for President Donald Trump or Gov. Scott Walker, two areas she hammered home during the primary.

The ad released Friday doesn’t even refer to the fact that Vukmir is a Republican.

The spot is the first from Vukmir during the general election where she faces Democratic incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

Unlike previous Vukmir spots, it steers clear of her conservative background. In the primary, she touted herself as a “proven conservative” and ran spots emphasizing how she stood with Walker in the state Senate and supported Trump.

But the new spot emphasizes that she’s the daughter of immigrants, worked as a nurse and raised two children.

Democratic Party spokesman Brad Bainum says Vukmir “cannot hide the fact that she’s spent her past 16 years in Wisconsin’s state Legislature working for corporate special interests.”


Search for teen presumed drowned in Kenosha called off

(Information from: Kenosha News,

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — High waves and dangerous currents have forced rescue crews to call off the search for a teen who jumped into Lake Michigan from a Kenosha harbor pier and was swept under water.

The teen and two friends from Indian Trail High School and Academy went to the pier Thursday afternoon to take photos. Officials say despite whitecaps crashing into the pier the boy decided to jump in the water for a photo.

WDJT-TV reports that multiple agencies have been looking for the teen using sonar but called off the search late Friday afternoon.

The Kenosha News says the teen’s friends went into the lake to try to help him, but couldn’t reach him. The Kenosha County dive team and other agencies searched for the boy until 8:30 p.m. Thursday resumed efforts Friday.




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