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Chemical spill sends dozens of Mauston students to hospital

Dozens of students at a Mauston middle school were taken to the hospital after a reported chemical spill Friday morning. Mauston fire Chief Kim Hale said a pool hose came off at Gordon Olson Middle School causing a chemical to leak at about 10:30 a.m. Approximately 40 students were taken to the hospital as a precaution, Hale said. Gordon Olson Middle School said the school was evacuated and students and staff were taken the Mauston High School gym. Hale said shortly after noon that the leak was contained. The middle school said in an advisory online that parents of the children taken to the hospital will be notified by the school nurse. The remaining students were safe at the high school and will be transported home at the end of the regular school day, GOMS said in a statement. Hale said the middle school will stay empty for the rest of Friday and be ventilated.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:22:58 GMT

Janesville man charged with 11th OWI

Janesville Police said a  48-year-old Janesville man is facing his 11th charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he was pulled over near downtown Janesville early Friday morning. Police said Bradley Skelly was pulled over by an officer conducting a routine patrol near the corners of West Court Street and Center Avenue just after 12:30 a.m. Friday. The officer stopped the car for a speeding violation and immediately noticed Skelly had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, along with bloodshot eyes, according to police. Police said Skelly failed field sobriety tests and was arrested. Police said Skelly also had a minor in the car at the time of the stop. Police said this is the 7th time Skelly has been arrested for an OWI with a passenger under the age of 16 in his car. Skelly was also cited for having no insurance and speeding. Despite his 10 previous arrests, police said Skelly had a valid Wisconsin license.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:45:39 GMT

Teen wins $4M on lotto tickets given as birthday gift

A Chicago teen really hit the jackpot, winning $4 million on lottery tickets she received as a birthday gift. Deisi Ocampo told WMAQ she received two $100 Million Money Mania instant tickets for her 19th birthday from her father. "It turned out to be the best birthday present ever," she told Illinois Lottery officials Ocampo scratched off the tickets on her way to work and couldn't believe what she saw. "I started sweating. I couldn’t believe it was possible," she told WMAQ. "I worked the whole day without saying a word to anyone." The teen's parents didn't believe her at first either. Ocampo, who works at a clothing store while attending college, said she plans to use the money to help pay for school and buy her family a new house.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:42:36 GMT


Published: Tue, 10 May 2011 13:51:57 GMT

Brittany Maynard: Waiting for 'right time' to die

Brittany Maynard says she hasn't decided yet when she'll end her life, but it's a decision she's still determined to make. "I still feel good enough and I still have enough joy and I still laugh and smile with my family and friends enough that it doesn't seem like the right time right now," Maynard says in a video released to CNN on Wednesday. "But it will come, because I feel myself getting sicker. It's happening each week." Maynard says she has stage IV glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of terminal brain cancer. In April, she says, doctors gave her six months to live. The 29-year-old Oregon woman's story spread rapidly on social media after she revealed her plans to take medication to end her life. A video explaining her choice has garnered more than 8.8 million views on YouTube. And she's become a prominent spokeswoman for the "death with dignity" movement, which advocates that terminally ill patients be allowed to receive medication that will let them die on their own terms. She's also become a lightning rod for criticism from people who oppose that approach. In her latest statement, a nearly six-minute video produced and released by end-of-life choice advocacy group Compassion & Choices, Maynard acknowledges that some have been skeptical about her story. "When people criticize me for not waiting longer, or, you know, whatever they've decided is best for me, it hurts," she says, "because really, I risk it every day, every day that I wake up." Compassion & Choices spokesman Sean Crowley declined CNN's request to speak with Maynard's doctors, saying they "prefer to remain anonymous for now because opponents of death with dignity sometimes harass doctors who write aid-in-dying prescriptions." Maynard says her health has been getting worse. She describes a recent "terrifying" day when she had two seizures and found herself unable to say her husband's name. "I think sometimes people look at me and they think. 'Well you don't look as sick as you say you are,' which hurts to hear, because when I'm having a seizure and I can't speak afterwards, I certainly feel as sick as I am," she says, her voice cracking as she tears up. When she first started speaking out about her decision, Maynard said she planned to take the medication she'd been prescribed in early November. In her latest video, she says she's still waiting to see how her symptoms progress before deciding on a date. But taking too long to make that choice is now one of her greatest fears, Maynard says in the video. "The worst thing that could happen to me is that I wait too long because I'm trying to seize each day," she says, "but I somehow have my autonomy taken away from me by my disease because of the nature of my cancer." National campaign Compassion & Choices says the latest video, which was recorded on Oct. 13 and 14, is part of a campaign "to expand access to death with dignity in California and other states nationwide." Maynard was living in California when doctors diagnosed her with brain cancer. "We had to uproot from California to Oregon, because Oregon is one of only five states where death with dignity is authorized," she said in an opinion column she wrote for CNN earlier this month. Oregon, Washington and Vermont have "death with dignity" laws that allow terminally ill, mentally competent residents to voluntarily request and receive prescription drugs to hasten their death. Judicial decisions in Montana and New Mexico authorize doctors to prescribe fatal drug doses in such circumstances, although the rulings haven't become state law. Now, changing that has become part of Maynard's mission. "My goal, of course, is to influence this policy for positive change. And I would like to see all Americans have access to the same health care rights," she says in her latest video. But she says she's also focused on simpler goals. "They mostly do boil down to my family and friends and making sure they all know how important they are to me and how much I love them," she says. Family supports her decision The video also includes statements from Maynard's family. Her mother, Debbie Ziegler, says she supports her daughter. "It's not my job to tell her how to live, and it's not my job to tell her how to die," she says. "It's my job to love her through it." Her husband, Dan Diaz, says they're taking things day by day. "That's the only way to get through this. You take away all of the material stuff, all the nonsense that we all seem to latch onto as a society," he says, "and you realize that those moments are really what matter." Last week, Maynard visited the Grand Canyon -- a trip she described as the last item on her bucket list. Photos on her website showed her and her husband standing on the edge of the canyon, hugging and kissing. In the video, Maynard says she's hoping her mother and husband will be able to bounce back after her death. "I understand everyone needs to grieve, but I want him to be happy, so I want him to have a family," she says. "And I know that might sound weird, but there's no part of me that wants him to live out the rest of his life just missing his wife, so I hope he moves on and becomes a father." Debate over 'death with dignity' The so-called "death with dignity" movement is opposed by many religious and right-to-life groups, which consider it assisted suicide. And Maynard's decision has drawn criticism from some religious leaders. "We believe she's made in the image of God, we believe that God determined when she would be born and God should determine when she's going to die," Dave Watson, pastor of Calvary Chapel of Staten Island, told CNN's Brooke Baldwin earlier this month. "I certainly sympathize. And when I read the story, I prayed for the woman and her family. I can't imagine the agony for a decision like this. But I don't think that necessarily we're saying the right things about death." What if Maynard had showed a gun in her video, instead of a pill bottle, he asked. Philip Johnson, a Catholic seminarian who says he was also diagnosed with incurable brain cancer, criticized Maynard's choice. "A diagnosis of terminal cancer uproots one's whole life, and the decision to pursue physician-assisted suicide seeks to grasp at an ounce of control in the midst of turmoil," he wrote in a column posted on the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh's website. "It is an understandable temptation to take this course of action, but that is all that it is -- a temptation to avoid an important reality of life." But polls have shown that most Americans support having a say in how they die, especially if the process is described not as doctors helping a patient "commit suicide" but as ending a patient's life "by some painless means." "I think there is something of a movement here," Arthur Caplan, professor of bioethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center, told CNN's Don Lemon earlier this month. "When you push Americans to say, 'Do you want choice on this matter?' I think a lot of them are going to say yes." Caplan said Maynard's first video speaking out about her decision raised some concerns. "I wouldn't want her to feel pressure that she had to do it because she just told us all she was going to," he said. Maynard has stressed that she isn't suicidal. "If all my dreams came true, I would somehow survive this," she says in her latest video, "but most likely, I won't."

Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:12:01 GMT

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Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:43:39 GMT

Woman leaves crash scene, cited

An Albany woman was arrested after she left a crash scene and deputies found open intoxicants in her vehicle, according to a release from the Green County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were called to State Highway 59 near County Road SS in the town of Sylvester at 2:50 a.m. for a report of a crash. Investigators said Shaliko F. Keepers, 28, was traveling east on Highway 59 when she lost control of her vehicle while negotiating a curve, causing it to hit an embankment and overturn. Keepers left the scene without reporting the crash and was later found at a residence, according to deputies. She was injured and claimed she was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Keepers was cited on suspicion of failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle, failure to report a crash to law enforcement and having open intoxicants in a motor vehicle. Deputies said Charis C. A. Turner, 38, of Albany, gave Keepers a ride from the crash without reporting the crash. He was cited on suspicion of knowingly assisting a person fleeing from a crash.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:30:10 GMT

McDonald?s robbed at gunpoint, police say

A man robbed a McDonald’s in Monona at gunpoint Wednesday night, Monona police said. Monona police responded to the McDonald’s at 2051 W. Broadway around 8:45 p.m. for reports of an armed robbery, according to a release. Police said the robber displayed a firearm, and fled east on Broadway in a red-colored, four-door sedan. The robber is described as a black man, approximately 30 years old, 6 feet tall with a medium build, and he weighed approximately 170 pounds. He was wearing a black, hooded jacket with a zipper front, blue jeans and red-and-black-colored shoes. Monona police ask anyone with information on the robbery to contact the Monona Police Department at 608-222-0463.

Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:09:45 GMT

Thousands of pounds of corn spilled on Highway 11

Several thousand pounds of corn were spilled on Highway 11 in Green County when the frame of a trailer hauling the corn failed, according to the Green County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were called to Highway 11 less than a mile east of State Highway 81 in the town of Monroe at 10:10 p.m. Thursday for a report of a crash. Investigators said the tractor-trailer driven by Kevin D. Gille, 50, of South Wayne, was traveling west on Highway 11 when the frame of the trailer failed, the side buckled and the corn inside was spilled. Deputies said they suspect the trailer was overloaded. Gille Farms of South Wayne was cited for improper display of plates and failure to maintain brakes. Gille was not injured. The westbound lanes of Highway 11 were restricted to one lane until it reopened at 3 a.m. The westbound Highway 11 off-ramp to Highway 81 is expected to be closed from 10 am. until noon on Friday while the rest of the corn is removed from the trailer and the trailer is moved.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:16:04 GMT

New political ads focus on Burke's Trek departure

Late ads in Wisconsin's race for governor focus on Democrat Mary Burke's departure from her family's company, Trek Bicycles. Burke disputed a claim this week from Trek's former co-president, Tom Albers, that she was fired in 1993 as head of overseas operations because the company was losing money. The Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce is overhauling an ad attacking Burke's performance as state Commerce secretary to include the claim. Chamber spokesman Jim Pugh said the ad is going out to TV stations Friday. Burke's campaign is launching its own ad attacking a different Trek executive, Gary Ellerman, who first said publicly that Burke was fired. The ad plays up Ellerman's GOP background and says Trek fired him for incompetence. A working number for Ellerman could not be found.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:53:27 GMT

2 accused of planning to kill officer, harm judge

A convicted felon and his wife are accused of conspiring to kill a River Falls police officer and threatening to harm a St. Croix County judge. Police and sheriff's deputies arrested Kelly Kloss earlier this month at his River Falls home. He had been a fugitive from Marathon County for 10 months where he was jailed on nine drunken driving violations. Prosecutors say Kloss spoke to his wife Cheryl Kloss from the St. Croix County Jail by phone 32 times to plot his revenge against the officer involved in his arrest and the judge. A criminal complaint states Kloss told his wife to load their guns and be ready to shoot officers if they came to their house and that she agreed. Police said they recovered several loaded guns from the residence. Court records do not list defense attorneys in this case.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:53:25 GMT

Milwaukee mayor stands by chief who fired officer

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said he remains confident in the city's police chief and that a vote expressing otherwise by the police union is just an attempt "to stoke a political fire." Barrett issued his statement Friday after police union president Mike Crivello announced that 99 percent of the officers who participated in a vote Thursday expressed no confidence in Chief Edward Flynn. The officers are angry after Flynn fired a white officer who shot and killed a black man in a downtown park. Crivello did not said how many officers voted but that it was a majority of the union's 1,600 members. Barrett said the police department and citizens deserve something better than politics when they are dealing with the aftermath of a fatal shooting.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:06:54 GMT

Indictment: Pair sold heroin, customer beaten

A Beloit man and woman face federal charges after being arrested for distributing heroin. A grand jury indicted Charles A. Evans, 40, and Tiana L. Williams, 24, with participating in a conspiracy to possess and distribute heroin from May to September. They were arrested in Beloit on Thursday. The indictment states that Evans and Williams stored heroin in Williams’ home in Beloit and distributed heroin to drug customers in the Beloit area. Evans and Williams sometimes allowed customers to buy heroin on credit, and Evans used violence and the threat of violence to get payments, according to the indictment. One customer suffered a broken jaw during an assault, according to prosecutors. Evans is charged with four counts and Williams with two counts of distributing heroin, and both are charged with using a home for distributing heroin. If convicted of the conspiracy charge, Evans faces five to 40 years in prison. Williams faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the conspiracy charge. Each distribution count, and the maintaining a drug house count, carries a maximum penalty of 20 years. 

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:26:16 GMT

Wisconsin ranks 3rd in AP basketball poll

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' preseason 2014-15 college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2013-14 records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last year's final ranking:                      1. Kentucky (52) 29-11 1,604 --  2. Arizona (5) 33-5 1,518 4  3. Wisconsin (8) 30-8 1,483 12  4. Duke 26-9 1,415 8  5. Kansas 25-10 1,346 10  6. North Carolina 24-10 1,274 19  7. Florida 36-3 1,153 1  8. Louisville 31-6 1,114 5  9. Virginia 30-7 1,090 3 10. Texas 24-11 1,061 -- 11. Wichita St. 35-1 1,027 2 12. Villanova 29-5 885 6 13. Gonzaga 29-7 840 -- 14. Iowa St. 28-8 781 9 15. VCU 26-9 574 24 16. San Diego St. 31-5 560 13 17. UConn 32-8 552 18 18. Michigan St. 29-9 521 11 19. Oklahoma 23-10 426 21 20. Ohio St. 25-10 340 22 21. Nebraska 19-13 309 -- 22. SMU 27-10 285 -- 23. Syracuse 28-6 178 14 24. Michigan 28-9 167 7 25. Harvard 27-5 98 -- 25. Utah 21-12 98 --    Others receiving votes: Stanford 71, Iowa 58, Colorado 57, UCLA 35, Minnesota 34, Kansas St. 27, Arkansas 21, Pittsburgh 20, Memphis 15, NC State 14, Louisiana Tech 9, Cincinnati 8, LSU 8, George Washington 7, Dayton 6, Notre Dame 6, Oklahoma St. 6, Florida St. 5, Georgetown 5, Illinois 3, Maryland 3, BYU 2, UNLV 2, Baylor 1, Stephen F. Austin 1, UTEP 1, West Virginia 1.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:53:32 GMT

What's going on this weekend?

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are some highlights from Madison Magazine's Weekend 608. Friday, October 31:   Fridays mark our Freebie Friday Facebook giveaways. Like us on Facebook for a chance to win great prizes every Friday!Have a penchant for storytelling? Or just love hearing others’ wild tales? Head to Johnson Public House on East Johnson Street for this month’s Story Slam. The theme this month is (appropriately) “fear,” and there will be a costume contest.   ·         It’s a Freakin Halloweekend at the High Noon Saloon! Bands covering such famed acts as Blink 182, New Pornographers, ZZ Top and Garbage perform Friday and Saturday, with a costume contest at 11 p.m. October 31–November 1, ·         Wisconsin natives Horseshoes and Hand Grenades offer up some seriously folky music at the Majestic Theatre. Costumes are highly encouraged for this alternative Halloween festivity. ·         The classic tale of Drakula comes to life in the annual production by StageWorks Projects and Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts. This spooky performance is woven together with ballet, drama and storytelling at the historic Stoughton Opera House. Through November 1, Saturday, November 1: ·         Celebrate Halloween, music style, with three of Madison’s best bands at the Harmony’s Night of the Dead party! Enjoy tunes from the Grasshoppers, People Brothers Band and the Material Boys and rock your best Halloween getup for the costume contest. ·         Don’t get too lost in Halloween shenanigans to celebrate this traditional autumn holiday! Come to the Day of the Dead Costume Party at Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace’s for good food and spooky revelry. Come dressed up and receive free chips and salsa. ·         Mmmmm… bacon. The premier Madison Bacon Festival at Alliant Energy Center showcases everything good about the not-just-breakfast mainstay, including demonstrations, dishes, lectures and the crowning of a bacon queen. There’s even a bacon-eating competition for those who can’t get  enough of the sizzling stuff. ·         Celebrate thirty years of downward dogs and sun salutations at the Mound Street Yoga Center’s 30th Birthday Party. The event celebrates one of the nation’s oldest yoga studios with live jazz, cake, prizes and storytelling. ·         The annual black-tie Arts Ball celebrates the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Madison Symphony Orchestra with a sophisticated evening of dancing, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and live and silent auctions. ·         One of the most famed events of the year, Freakfest returns to the streets of Madison for a night of wild Halloween fun. This year’s headliners Atmosphere and American Authors promise a great time. ·         Prefer to celebrate Halloween over a pint of local craft beer? Hop Head Beer Tours has you covered with "A Terrifying Tour," a bus tour that includes stops at Tyranena Brewing, Screamin' Acres Haunted House and Viking Brewpub in Stoughton. Pick-up and drop-off at the Alchemy. ·         Music festival staples Gov’t Mule head to the Orpheum to show off their psychedelic blues-rock. This jam band recently released double album Shout!, which features the likes of Elvis Costello and Dave Matthews for a consistently exploratory sound. ·         Madison’s #1 retro dance party 80s Vs 90s Halloween Costume Ball is back for another year. Don your most fabulous get up and get ready to groove at the Majestic Theater. ·         Some outfits are too fantastic to take off. Let your kids keep their costumes on all weekend at Madison Children’s Museum’s Beakers and Broomsticks Weekend. November 1–2. Sunday, November 2: ·         REAP Food Group’s tenth annual Pie Palooza bills itself as a “local food brunch for local folks.” A long list of local restaurants and bakeries will curate a long buffet of both sweet and savory pies, tarts, quiches and other goodies, served up along with salad and beverages. ·         Singer, composer and actor Lyle Lovett is about as creative as they get. The Texas-based Renaissance man has released fourteen albums over his career and performs with his acoustic group at the Overture Center. There's more of Weekend 608 at For a complete list of local events for every day of the week, check out the Events page.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:44:45 GMT

Trick or treating hours

When will the ghosts and goblins be out?  Here are the trick or treating hours for communities in southern Wisconsin. Halloween Trick-or-Treat Hours 2014: Oct. 26Columbus   2-5 p.m. Oct. 27Fall River   5-7 p.m. Oct. 31Adams    4-7 p.m. Albany    5:30-7:30 p.m. Baraboo    4-7 p.m. Beloit    5-7 p.m. Belleville    No set hoursBlack Earth    5:30-7:30 p.m. Brandon    5-7 p.m. Brodhead    4-7 p.m. Brooklyn    4-7:30 p.m. Cambridge    5:30-7:30 p.m. Cottage Grove    4:30-8:30 p.m. Cross Plains    5-7 p.m.Dane    No set hoursDarlington    6-8 p.m. Deerfield    5-7 p.m.DeForest    5-7:30 p.m. Edgerton 4-7 p.m. Elroy   4-7 p.m. Evansville    5-7 p.m. Fitchburg    5-8 p.m. Janesville    5:30-7:30 p.m.Lodi    5-8 p.m. Madison    No set hours – recommended 4-8 p.m. Markesan    5:30-7:30 p.m. Marshall 4-7 p.m. Mauston 4-7 p.m. Mazomanie    5-8 p.m.McFarland    No set hours Middleton    5-8 p.m.Milton    5:30-7:30 p.m.Monona   5-8 p.m. Monroe    5-8 p.m. Mt. Horeb    5-7 p.m. Necedah    4-6 p.m. New Glarus    5-8 p.m. New Lisbon   4-6 p.m. Oregon    5-8 p.m. Orfordville    5-7 p.m.Portage    4-7 p.m.Poynette    4-7 p.m. Prairie Du Sac    4-7 p.m.Reedsburg    4-7 p.m.Richland Center    5-7 p.m. Sauk Prairie    4-7 p.m.Shorewood Hills    No set hoursStoughton    6-8 p.m. Sun Prairie    5-7 p.m.Town of Madison    4-8 p.m.Town of Middleton    No set hoursVerona    5-8 p.m.Waunakee    5-7 p.m.Whitewater    4-7 p.m.Wisconsin Dells    4-7 p.m.

Published: Wed, 30 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT

Brodhead police chief leaving

The Brodhead police chief is taking a job in the Green County Sheriff’s Office. Thomas Moczynski accepted a position as the next Green County Sheriff’s chief deputy. He was the chief in Brodhead for eight years. He also served 10 years with Milwaukee Police Department and another four with Sturgeon Bay. The position was previously held by Richard Wyttenbach, who retired in September. Moczynski officially begins his duties with the Sheriff's Office on Nov. 17.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:29:23 GMT

Burke says win would mean rejection of extremism

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke says if she defeats Republican Gov. Scott Walker it will mean that voters have rejected what she called his "extreme agenda." Burke spoke with reporters Friday on her campaign bus before a day of events across the state. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to meet up with Walker for two stops Friday afternoon. Burke says Walker has implemented a tea party agenda and if she wins "it will be a repudiation of that extreme agenda." Burke says to win turnout needs to be high, but it doesn't have to reach the levels seen in 2012 when President Barack Obama carried Wisconsin by 7 points. The state elections board is predicting lower turnout, closer to what was seen in Walker's recall election in 2012.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:58:42 GMT

Little Free Library goes up in flames

A Little Free Library box was set on fire in a near west side neighborhood early Thursday morning. Madison police said officers and firefighters were called to the 1100 block of Erin Street at 3 a.m. for a report of a fire. A nearby resident told police they heard a bang, looked out a window and saw her neighbor’s Little Free Library box on fire. The library box and the books inside were damaged by fire and water. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:54:14 GMT

Boots, heavy coats needed for trick or treating

Heavy coats and maybe some boots are needed for Halloween trick or treating this year in northern Wisconsin. Residents there are shoveling or blowing snow off their driveways and sidewalks as costumed children make their way to their doorsteps in search of Halloween treats. The National Weather Service has recorded 8 inches of snow in the Vilas County community of Winchester. Three to four inches of snow is on the ground in Eagle River and Manitowish Waters. A strong cold front brought freezing temperatures to Wisconsin along with gusty northwesterly winds. Gustsof up to 45 mph are blowing through eastern Wisconsin. Forecasters are expecting the coldest night of the season Friday when temperatures should dip into the teens.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:15:37 GMT