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Man whose parents died hours apart sues ambulance company

A man whose parents died hours apart has filed a lawsuit against an ambulance company, blaming the driver for going too fast and a paramedic for failing to secure his mother as she rode along taking her dying husband to hospice care. The Wisconsin State Journal newspaper reported that Bruce Huibregtse is seeking unspecified compensation in the 2012 deaths. The lawsuit, filed in Dane County, said Don Huibregtse was ill with cancer and his wife, Laurel, planned to be by his side in his final moments. It says she hit her head when the emergency vehicle stopped suddenly and that she later died of her injuries. The paper said the driver wasn't cited for traffic violations and that the owners of Ryan Brothers Ambulance couldn't be reached for comment.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:38:31 GMT


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Rain in Madison, Milwaukee breaks Thanksgiving Day records

The National Weather Service said Milwaukee and Madison's wet weather have set records for Thanksgiving Day rain. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that Milwaukee had more than an inch and a half of rain Thursday. That tops the previous holiday record, reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, of 0.98 inches, set in 1968. It also beats the old mark of 0.99 inches for the date of Nov. 26, set in 1965. In Madison, meanwhile, the State Journal reports that the 1.19 inches of rain Thursday passes the previous Thanksgiving high of 1.06 inches, set in 1879. It also breaks the Nov. 26 record of 1.05 inches, set in 1988.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:26:49 GMT

One more memorable moment for Favre, Packers at Lambeau

Brett Favre had one more memorable moment with the Green Bay Packers. With cold, driving rain drenching Lambeau Field, the Packers unveiled Favre's name and retired No. 4 on the stadium facade Thursday night at halftime against the Chicago Bears. Favre thanked his former teammates and fans as the crowd roared its approval. Hall of Famer Bart Starr also was on hand, and the two former quarterbacks embraced at midfield. The long-anticipated ceremony is the latest step in a lengthy reconciliation between the Packers and their former star quarterback. The three-time MVP helped revive a struggling franchise when he arrived in 1992. The sides had a messy divorce in 2008 with Favre waffling about retirement.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:30:07 GMT

Video shows fist fight over Black Friday deals

Black Friday shopping turned violent for some shoppers who tried to get a head start at the stores that were open on Thanksgiving. CNN's Christina Alesci reports.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:12:31 GMT

Verona basketball player loses battle with cancer

Verona basketball player Ebony Nettles-Bey lost her battle with cancer Wednesday. Nettles-Bey was one of the area’s top girls basketball players at Madison West and Verona. She played through her treatments and pain as best she could. If you remember, a year ago in March, she realized her dream of meeting LeBron James before a Milwaukee Bucks game. Nettles-Bey died at the age of 17. You can visit The Support Ebony Nettles-Bey Facebook group.

Published: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:25:52 GMT

Pimp sentenced for prostituting teens as part of business plan

A 38-year-old man told a federal judge that he had dreams and a formal business plan when he got out of state prison -- and he only started sex trafficking his girlfriend and three 17-year-old girls so he could raise money for his business ventures. Dayton Wren was sentenced to 18 years in prison during a hearing Wednesday in federal court. His sentence is concurrent with the rest of a state sentence he's already serving for violating probation on a reckless injury conviction. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Wren's attorney, Thomas Erickson, suggested a sentence of roughly 11 years, saying Wren didn't have many prostitutes and didn't personally abuse them. But U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller gave him 18 years, and remarked on the "depravity" of Wren's crime.

Published: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 20:17:28 GMT

Update: Medical examiner releases name of 10-year-old killed in car crash

Authorities released the name of the 10-year-old girl who died after a car crash near Deforest along I-39/90/94 Monday morning. Jadah Wright of Black River Falls was pronounced dead Wednesday at a Madison hospital. The medical examiner says she died from injuries sustained in the crash. Three other people were injured in the crash, according to a release. A State Patrol dispatcher told News 3 there was a crash Monday at 10:30 a.m. at mile marker 128 in the eastbound lanes. All of the eastbound lanes were blocked, but they reopened at about 12:45 p.m. Officials said 16-year-old Esperanza J. Cook, of South Milwaukee, was driving a 2000 Honda Civic when she stopped on the median shoulder with possible mechanical issues. As she was driving from the median shoulder back into traffic, she was hit by a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, being driven by 22-year-old Ashley N. Imme, of New Berlin, investigators said. Imme was not able to see the Honda because of other traffic blocking her view. The Honda went into the median ditch, rolled over and landed on its wheels with severe rear-end damage, according to a release. The Chevrolet stopped on the median shoulder with severe front-end damage. Cook and two of her passengers, 34-year-old Teresa M. Greengrass, of Black River Falls, and 19-year-old Emilio Christopher Fregoso, of Wauwatosa, were taken to UW Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said. None of the people in Cook's car were wearing a seat belt. Imme was not injured, officials said. Two Med Flight helicopters were called to the scene. The traffic backup was longer than 3 miles. Motorists were asked to use an alternate route to avoid delays. The crash remains under investigation.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 01:23:29 GMT

Republican wants to impound cars if drivers lack license

A Republican legislator has introduced a bill that would require drivers who lack valid licenses to immediately surrender their vehicles to police. Rep. Joe Sanfelippo of New Berlin began circulating the proposal for co-sponsors on Tuesday. He said in a memo to his fellow lawmakers that the measure would keep dangerous and irresponsible motorists off the road. Under the bill, police would have to immediately impound the vehicle if the driver is caught operating with a suspended or revoked license or simply doesn't have a license. Cars not claimed after more than 30 days following the end of the impoundment period could be sold. A spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos didn't immediately return an email Friday inquiring about the bill's chances.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:29:56 GMT

Most chip card readers not ready this holiday season

Many stores in the area have the chip card readers installed, but due to slow software updates, they're not running. That's a big problem for stores but not for shoppers. Banks are providing consumers with chipped credit cards to help combat electronic theft. It's up to stores to be equipped to deal with that technology. If they aren’t, and there is a data breach, the store has to deal with the loss. Some stores are liable now, but others won’t be until next year. Local stores said the lagging software updates can be an annoyance. “It's a little frustrating waiting. It's probably more frustrating for the costumer, because they want to use their chip card, because they'll feel more secure,” said Scott Monson, in charge of information technology at Miller and Sons. Shoppers won’t be to blame for any potential losses. “This year's shopping season to you and me is going to be a lot like last year's and the years before, so we are not going to be any more protected if stores  have not switched to that chip technology,” said Moses Altsech, a consumer expert. Once chip cards become the norm, though, experts said everyone will be more secure. Places like Target and Trader Joe’s already have the card readers up and running. Miller and Son's said they will have theirs ready to go early next year.

Published: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 01:00:50 GMT

Generations come together over Christmas tree shopping on Black Friday

On 140 acres of tree covered hills over the sound of handsaws cutting through pine, you will likely hear is laughter.  The only thing you will likely see more of than trees is smiles as families search for the perfect Christmas tree.  “Cutting a Christmas tree is something I think that ties the family together and my thought is when that child who is 10 gets to be 30 and he says, Dad do you remember the year we were at Summers and …  It’s the 'and' that is the memory maker,” said Judy Summers, whose family has owned and operated Summers Christmas Tree Farm for 52 years. This year, on Black Friday, it was anything, but as families trekked across hillsides marked by green grass and evergreen trees. “This is actually a really nice day for a winter in Wisconsin,” said BreAnna Jenkins, who was searching for a tree with her husband, her mother, father and her 1-year-old daughter, Brigitta. “We’ve been coming out getting a Christmas tree since before I can even remember,” Jenkins said. Summers Christmas Tree Farm will be open daily through Christmas Eve, giving families the chance to find a tree and continue a tradition. “For me it is about getting my boys out in the woods for a walk and fresh air and it is a tradition.  We’ve done this every year,” Nancy Wrennbauch said.

Published: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:50:19 GMT

Madison gaming group builds community sans technology

Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. a game shop on the west side becomes a community of warlocks and barbarian-overlords who crawl out of their dungeons to play make believe. Madison Traditional Gaming group hosts these fictitious role-playing games at Pegasus Games on Odana Road. Traditional gaming doesn’t involve the Internet, an Xbox or even electricity. In this form of gaming, community is built through face-to-face interactions that span generations. Madison Traditional Gaming’s more than 300 online members range from young adults to individuals who have been role-playing since the dawn of Dungeons & Dragons in the early 1970s. Members come from various backgrounds, including a Madison College faculty member with a Ph.D. in statics and high school students whose parents drop them off. The important thing, however, is not your age or qualification but that you are prepared to have an imaginative interaction, cast spells and create a community, said Victor Raymond, the man who started Madison Traditional Gaming. The game According to Ingrid Stark, an avid player since 1975, the game begins as individuals become specific characters whose personality traits are based on the role of a dice. The games can last four months at a time, though depending on the group games can sometimes go on for years. The development of the game creates a deep relationship between players. This doesn’t mean things can’t get heated. “If the person’s character is a real absolute asshole and that person is playing a really good absolute asshole, you could really want to do something to them,” Stark said. Madison Traditional Gaming has a group of regular attendees, the moment, Stark said. It isn’t always the case, though, that you have a group of people that mixes well. “Not all people who are involved [in the games] are terribly socially adept humans, most of us are OK, but it happens,” Stark said. She then pointed to a sign that read: “People attending events in this space are expected to conform to personal grooming standards. You may be asked to leave if you or your clothing have an odor offensive to other players, including smoke of any sort.” Role-playing is as new as cops & robbers Victor Raymond, a faculty member in the sociology department at Madison College, started the Madison Traditional Gaming group six years ago after moving from Minneapolis. "Community is the product of the people in it. And here, we at Madison Traditional Gaming we come for fun but also for magic, friends and connections," Raymond said. Raymond and Stark have been playing Dungeons & Dragons since 1974. According to Raymond role-playing started way before this. "If you think about it what kids do when they are growing up is role-play, cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians," Raymond said. "People say these role-playing games are somehow weird and different, but no, we play make believe all the time." In the last couple of decades, role-playing and science fiction has become its own popular culture. For instance, after the release of the Dungeons & Dragons player’s handbook in 2014, it quickly hit number one on Amazon’s best sellers list. Most major television phenomenon such as Star Trek, Star War and the HBO series "Game of Thrones" can be the bases to a role-playing game. Role-playing is for everyone The group believes Madison Traditional Gaming is available to any class, gender or race. "There are all kinds of different games. You can go into a used book store and pick up role playing books for a dollar, or you can go to a fancy game convention where they sell specialized gaming tables that cost $1,000," said Jeff Griesel, a long-term gamer. Madison Traditional Gaming also is provides an outlet to have a good time and be creative. Jennie Devereaux-Weber said the things she can do in real life are nothing like what she can do in the gaming world. "If I decide (one of) my characters is going to stand on the wing of a plane in midflight or shoot a sorcerer in the head with a pistol, I won’t get tried for murder," Devereaux-Weber said. And Joel Krautkramer describes how gaming is an outlet. "People observe fiction and they see wonderful worlds being rolled out of fiction, but maybe they don’t have time in their personal lives to write, so they create fiction here," Krautkramer said.

Published: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:21:50 GMT

Wisconsin public lands board hires new secretary

The state Board of Commissioners of Public Lands has chosen an administrator from inside Gov. Scott Walker's administration as its new executive secretary. The board, made up of Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel, Democratic Secretary of State Doug La Follette and Republican state Treasurer Matt Adamczyk, voted 2-0 Wednesday to hire Jonathan Barry. Adamczyk abstained. According to a recording of the meeting, Adamczyk said he didn't know enough about Barry and whether he would be willing to implement reforms. Barry is the deputy secretary of the state Department of Safety and Professional Services. He also has served as the Department of Workforce Development's deputy secretary. He replaces Tia Nelson, daughter of former Wisconsin governor and Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson. She resigned in July after feuding with Adamczyk over her on-the-job efforts to combat climate change.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:27:36 GMT

Authorities find person in hunter's fatal shooting

Authorities say they've found a person involved in the fatal shooting of a hunter near Redgranite in east-central Wisconsin. Gregory Welk of Mount Morris was shot just before sunset Monday while he hunted on his land. The 56-year-old was able to call 911 and gave investigators some information before he died at the hospital. Waushara County Sheriff Jeff Nett says on Tuesday night, wardens from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources found someone involved in the shooting. Nett says authorities are no longer looking for anyone else. WLUK-TV reports no more information will be released until the sheriff's department and the DNR finish their investigations.

Published: Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:04:45 GMT

State to receive federal money to boost butterfly population

Federal officials want landowners in Wisconsin and nine other states to grow milkweed to boost the population of monarch butterflies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is due to spend $4 million in 2016 to help farmers and others plant milkweed and other nectar-producing plants. Shannon Zezula, resource conservationist with the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Indiana, which is another state set to receive funds, told The Bloomington Herald-Times the agency wants to re-establish habitats for monarchs and pollinators in general. Milkweed is essential for monarchs since it is the only plant on which the butterfly will lay its eggs. It takes three to four generations for the monarchs to migrate to roosting spots in mountains of central Mexico. In addition to Wisconsin and Indiana, the USDA funds also will be spent in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:03:35 GMT

Kohler Co. workers picketing through holiday weekend

A union official says Kohler Co. workers plan to strike through the holiday weekend and they remain united in their desire to do away with a two-tiered pay scale that they say unfairly limits newly hired employees to about $13 an hour. Union spokesman Pete Behrensprung said Friday that Kohler workers have been picketing "around the clock since Nov. 15," including the rain on Thanksgiving and that they would continue to do so until their demands are met. He says the workers haven't heard anything new from the company and that no new negotiations have been scheduled. Kohler's president and CEO, meanwhile, wrote a letter to the Sheboygan Press on Wednesday, saying the workers' demands would lead to job cuts.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:54:57 GMT

Young hunter gets 2 deer in 1 shot on 1st hunt

A young hunter will have a hard time topping his first hunting experience after he managed to get two deer in one shot. Ten-year-old Kyler Verbeten went hunting for the first time with his dad on Sunday. He told WBAY that after a while, they saw two deer in the woods. Kyler's dad, Matt Verbeten, said he told his son to shoot the big doe, and then sat back to see how his son would do. Kyler's first shot missed. But when his dad told him to shoot again, he did. And that shot went through both of the deer. Kyler said he was so excited he almost jumped out of the deer stand.

Published: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:05:33 GMT

Fire damages Arizona saloon known for drawing Packer fans

A bar in metro Phoenix that serves as a gathering spot for fans of the Green Bay Packers was severely damaged by a fire that authorities have called suspicious. The cause of Thursday's fire at the Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse in Cave Creek is being examined by investigators from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. The building's front portion was destroyed. A back patio was untouched because it was protected by a fire wall. Rural Metro Fire Department spokesman Colin Williams says crews were confident they extinguished the fire. But sheriff's officers who were at the restaurant investigating the blaze later discovered that a fire was burning into the building's attic. It's unclear how many fires burned in the building. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 02:46:11 GMT

Madison man opens new business despite disability

For any entrepreneur starting a brand new business has its challenges, but overcoming the toughest of challenges something Matt Barber knows well. "I was paralyzed in a car accident nine years ago” he said. "I think it was a little iffy if I was going to make it or not. After weeks in ICU great doctors, lots of rehab, I just kept getting stronger and stronger." That strength fueled Barber who, at 22, could no longer walk, but continued to dream. "I was sitting in the hospital bed just kind of like so thirsty, dying of thirst, and I think I told my parents ‘Oh I’m going to open up a smoothie shop someday.’" Flash forward nearly a decade and he is the proud owner of Capitol Cafe serving smoothies, locally roasted coffee and baked treats to dozens of customers daily. "They come up to the cafe and they probably think there is just some lazy guy sitting in around in a chair, and then they go, ‘Oh he's in a wheelchair,’” Barber said. He said his business helps inspire others and proves to himself that a wheelchair can never really keep him down. "You know I come up with these ideas throughout the past nine years on things that I wanted to achieve or accomplish and for the most part I’ve been able to find a way to do it,” Barber said. Captiol Café is now open at West Towne Mall.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:36:58 GMT

Turkey Trot helps support United Cerebral Palsy

A Thanksgiving Day run in Madison called the Turkey Trot is raising money for United Cerebral Palsy, and it comes with a cinnamon roll for the finishers.

Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 04:15:50 GMT