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4-vehicle crash closed Highway 14

A four-vehicle crash closed a portion of Highway 14 near Cross Plains on Friday morning . Deputies at the scene told News 3 a westbound vehicle was attempting to make a left turn on Stagecoach Road when it was struck from behind and pushed into oncoming traffic, where it struck another vehicle. Another vehicle behind the first two westbound vehicles was also involved in the crash. One person was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A child suffered a foot injury, according to deputies. Both lanes were blocked and reopened at 9:50 a.m.

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:32:44 GMT

Body of missing 23-year-old found in Wisconsin River

The body of a missing 23-year-old from La Crosse was found in the Wisconsin River Thursday afternoon, according to a release. A person kayaking on the Wisconsin River (Lower Dells) reported finding a body just before 12:30 p.m., police said. The body was later identified as John Dwyer. Dwyer was in Wisconsin Dells with friends Saturday afternoon to celebrate several birthdays but did not return home. He was last seen in the downtown area of Wisconsin Dells Saturday afternoon. Dwyer’s body was found on the river bank under a rocky cliff about 1,800 feet south east of the Kilbourn Dam in the city of Wisconsin Dells, according to the release. Dwyer’s injuries appear to be consistent with a fall, officials said. The Columbia County Medical Examiner’s Office is assisting the investigation.

Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:59:34 GMT

Attorney for man convicted of killing former Middleton resident argues for new trial

The Minnesota Court of Appeals should decide in the next 90 days whether a St. Paul man convicted of killing his wife deserves a new trial. The attorney for Jeffery Trevino argued in front of a three-judge panel Thursday that the jury did not receive proper instructions during Trevino's trial. He was sentenced to 27 years in prison for the murder of 30-year-old Kira Steger in 2013. Trevino's sentence was nearly twice the maximum recommended by state sentencing guidelines. His attorney also argued for a reduced sentence. Steger grew up near Wausau, and lived in Middleton before moving to Minnesota. Her body was recovered from the Mississippi River.

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:26:49 GMT

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WISC-TV executive, Madison business leader dies

George Nelson, a Madison business and community leader instrumental in the building of major civic projects, died Wednesday night. He was 76. Nelson was a Morgan Murphy Media vice president for administration and finance for the Evening Telegram Company, the parent company of WISC-TV. "George was as proud of WISC as we were of him," said Morgan Murphy Media President and CEO Elizabeth Murphy Burns. "He was an integral part of the community he loved and Channel 3. He will be missed by his family, his many friends, Madison, the station and me." WISC-TV General Manager Tom Bier said Nelson, “was a major force in our community and was a key business adviser to mayors, governors and the business leaders. Using those relationships and friendships, George was a critical force in many major community projects most notably the construction of Monona Terrace and the Overture Center." After serving on the Evening Telegram board of directors for years, he joined this company in 1982. Nelson was especially proud of his 11-year quest to get Monona Terrace built. He worked hand-in-hand with Mayor Paul Soglin. Soglin issued a statement, including his condolences. "He loved working on incredible challenges that improved our city. George’s contribution to the creation of the Madison Civic Center cannot be overstated. When it was time to end 60 years of frustration and build Monona Terrace, George was the only person who could lead a civic strategy to unite the city and then Dane County and the State of Wisconsin." Bier said Nelson raised the profile of Channel 3, TVW, Madison Magazine and Channel 3000 in the Madison area and loved being associated with the company. Nelson will be remembered for his smile, his good humor, his ability to get things done. "He will be missed and our love for him will never end," Soglin said. "We are humbled by his contribution." Nelson is survived by his wife Judy and five children. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:47:00 GMT

Send your well wishes to Andy North

Andy North shares his cancer survival story with Susan Siman to inspire others. Share your well wishes to the Madison legend in the comment thread below.

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:30:52 GMT

Driver strikes hay bale in roadway, killed in head-on crash

Police said a Fennimore man was pronounced dead at the scene of of a wreck in Grant County early Thursday, according to a release. The Grant County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to a report of a crash on Highway 61 and Circle Road in Lancaster at 6:30 a.m. According to the report, 60-year-old Donald J. Martin, of Bagley, was driving a Ford F-350 truck pulling a goose-neck trailer loaded with round bales of hay. When Martin turned south on Highway 61 from Circle Road, two hay bales fell off the trailer and into the southbound lane where the Honda Civic driven by 48-year-old Robert A. Kuhn, of Fennimore, was traveling. Kuhn struck a bale then traveled into the northbound lane, colliding head-on with a GMC Sierra driven by 42-year-old Nathan Harris of Lancaster, the sheriff's office said. The coroner pronounced Kuhn dead at the scene, according to the report. Harris was taken to Grant Regional Health Center, then transferred to a hospital in Madison, according to the report. The sheriff's office said Martin's truck was not struck in the collision, and therefore not damaged. Martin left the area, but was located later. The hay load was not secured, according to the report. The crash was still under investigation Thursday afternoon.

Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:30:44 GMT

Feds allege Watertown insurance agent ran $10M Ponzi scheme

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is alleging a Watertown insurance agent ran a $10 million Ponzi scheme out of his agency. The SEC filed a securities fraud lawsuit this week against 69-year-old Loren Holzhueter and one of his companies. A federal judge froze Holzhueter's assets in response. The lawsuit alleges at least 122 investors were told "a wide array of lies" by Holzhueter. The SEC says Holzhueter told some investors their funds would be kept in a special investment account at ISC Inc., an insurance brokerage he owns. The SEC alleges that investor funds were intermingled with other ISC revenue. Holzhueter's attorney, Stephen Kravit, tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the money given to Holzhueter were loans and not investments. Kravit denies that Holzhueter was running a Ponzi scheme.

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:10:53 GMT

Columbus superintendent finalist for job in Ferguson, MO

The Columbus School District superintendent is a finalist for a superintendent job in Ferguson, Missouri, according to a report from KSDK-TV. Bryan Davis is one of two candidates for the job of superintendent for the Ferguson-Florissant School District. The other candidate is s superintendent in Plymouth, North Carolina. Davis is serving his fifth year as superintendent in Columbus, and previously he worked as an associate principal and a high school principal in Green Bay. He has a doctorate in urban education from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a master's degree in educational administration from UW-Green Bay, and a bachelor's degree in business education from UW–Whitewater. Ferguson’s previous superintendent resigned in March 2014.

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:14:47 GMT

Drug, OWI charges for driver slumped over wheel

A Madison man found slumped over the wheel of a vehicle on Madison's east side Thursday night was charged with his fourth driving under the influence offense, police said.

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:09:10 GMT

Cardiac incident victim crashes semi into building

A man who suffered a cardiac incident crashed his semitractor into a building and died Thursday afternoon, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were called to the Valero energy property at N5355 Junction Rd. just east of Highway 26 at 3L18 p.m. for a report of a vehicle versus building crash. Deputies said the semi tanker was driven off a private road on the property, through a chain link fence and struck the building. Investigators said the driver, James Tracy, 52, of Kieler, had a cardiac incident that caused him to lose control of the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No one in the building was injured.

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:18:00 GMT

Child in convenience store during robbery

Madison police said a father acted quickly to protect his 9-year-old son when the convenience store they were in was robbed Thursday night. Police said the robber entered Kelley’s Market at 33 Junction Ct. at about 8:15 p.m., demanded cash from the till and fled with the money. The 47-year-old dad quickly moved his son to a different part of the store and used his body to shield the boy when he saw the robber pull out a handgun, according to police. Officers used police dogs but were unable to find the robber. The boy didn’t see the gun and thought his dad had just forgotten to get something from the cooler, according to police. The robber is described as black, in his early 20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 150 to 160 pounds with an average build.

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:46:28 GMT

Arrest made in fatal hit-and-run

Sheriff's officials in western Wisconsin say an arrest has been made in the death of a pedestrian who was struck by a driver who fled the scene. Twenty-six-year-old Logan Paulson was found early Thursday on Highway 8 near Upper Turtle Lake. Paulson lived in the area and was walking along the highway when he was struck sometime during the night. Barron County sheriff's officials say a 33-year-old Barron man is in custody for the fatal hit-and-run crash.

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:31:45 GMT

St. Mary's names interim president

St. Mary's Hospital has named an interim president to replace retiring Frank Byrne. SSM Health Regional President of Hospital Operations in Wisconsin Damond Boatwright will run the hospital on an interim basis. SSM Health said a national search will be conducted for a permanent replacement. In the meantime, Boatwright will work on the leadership transition, and will also continue to serve the region in his current role. Boatwright led patient-centered care delivery at Overland Park Regional Medical Center in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area since October 2011 and joined SSM Health in 2014.

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:18:42 GMT

2nd woman reports inappropriate touching incident

A Madison woman told police about a man who touched her inappropriately on a Madison Metro bus after reading a news report about a similar incident. The 47-year-old told police she read a report on Channel3000.com about an inappropriate touching incident that occurred Wednesday. She said a stranger passed, reached down and touched her inappropriately. She said the incident happened near State Street and Lake Street just after the other victim reported being assaulted. Police said they don’t know if the same man is responsible, but the crimes are similar, and time and proximity of the events suggest it could be the same man. The woman described the man as in his late 20s to early 30s, possibly Middle Eastern or Hispanic with a heavy build. He was wearing a heavy winter coat and an knit winter cap, and was carrying a backpack.

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:08:31 GMT

Authorities investigating headless chickens in county parks

Authorities are investigating reports of beheaded chickens and roosters found in Milwaukee County parks. Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputies say a headless chicken was found near tea candles at Grant Park in south Milwaukee. WITI-TV reported another chicken was found with its head cut off last week at Bender Park in Oak Creek. Investigators believe whoever is chopping the heads off of fowl may be conducting some kind of a sacrificial ritual.

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:38:07 GMT

Senate leader says he has votes to pass right to work

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he has the votes to pass a right-to-work bill in Wisconsin this session. Fitzgerald made the comments Friday in an interview on WTMJ radio in Milwaukee. A right-to-work law prohibits private-sector employers from forcing workers to pay union dues or join a union as a condition of employment. Fitzgerald previously said he wanted to take up the issue early in the session, but now he is saying he wants to wait until after the April 7 spring election when Republicans will gain one seat to increase their majority to 19-14. No Democrats are running for an open seat that will be filled in that election. Gov. Scott Walker supports right-to-work, but has said debating it now would be a distraction.

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:38:58 GMT

3 more children died of flu complications in Wisconsin

State health officials say three more children have died from flu complications in Wisconsin, bringing the total number of pediatric deaths to five. The latest report from the state Department of Health Services says this flu season is second only to 2009 when the swine flu caused the deaths of six children. In the U.S. this season, Wisconsin is behind only Texas with seven pediatric deaths. There have been 56 pediatric flu deaths across the country so far this season. This year's flu vaccine has not proven to be a good match for the predominant flu strain, H3N2. But, public health officials have stressed the importance of getting vaccinated anyway.

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:14:05 GMT

Romney scheduled to return to Janesville, but not to presidential race

Mitt Romney is scheduled to return to Wisconsin this spring, but he won't come back as a Republican candidate for president. Romney said Friday he will not run for president in 2016. The business group Forward Janesville says Romney will keynote its annual dinner on April 7 in Janesville, hometown of his former running mate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan. The last time Romney was in Janesville was June of 2012. Two months later he named Ryan as his running mate. Romney also ran unsuccessfully in 2008.

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:09:37 GMT

Schools buy local fruit, vegetables, not as much dairy

Federal agriculture officials say Wisconsin's school districts are strong participants in buying local fruits and vegetables for their lunchrooms. But a survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the state's school districts could do better in purchasing dairy products from local farmers. Thirty-two percent of schools involved in Farm to School activities are buying milk from local sources. Twenty-two percent of schools are purchasing other dairy products, such as cheese, locally. The USDA census shows 59 percent of 315 Wisconsin school districts that responded to a survey are involved in the Farm to School program. Eighty percent are buying local fruits and vegetables for their students. Daily Tribune Media reported the national director of the USDA Farm to School program, Deborah Kane, spoke at a Wisconsin summit in Wisconsin Rapids Thursday.

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:41:24 GMT