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Attacker tells woman, ?I'm gonna stomp that baby out of you,? police say

Madison police are looking for a 26-year-old Madison woman who they say attacked a 35-year-old pregnant woman Tuesday night and kicked her in the stomach. Police said the pregnant woman was taken to a hospital with numerous injuries after the attack in the 6800 block of Park Edge Drive. Officers said she was also hit in the face with a sock that had something heavy in it, and that she was bitten, scratched in the face and whipped with an extension cord. Investigators said the women were in a dispute on Facebook when the attacker came to the pregnant woman’s home. The attacker’s friends also joined in the attack, police said. When the pregnant woman’s husband intervened, he was struck with a crutch, according to the police report. When officers arrived, they found the broken crutch, pieces of hair extensions and weaves, half of a ripped bra and portions of ripped T-shirts. The pregnant woman identified the attacker, but police have not yet located her. They’re also trying to identify the other people involved in the attack.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:25:24 GMT

Former Packers coach Lindy Infante dies at 75

Former NFL coach Lindy Infante has died in Florida at age 75. Infante's wife Stephanie told The Associated Press that he died Thursday in St. Augustine after a lengthy illness. Infante coached the Green Bay Packers from 1988 to 1991, winning Coach of the Year honors in 1989 after leading the Packers to a 10-6 record. He was hired by the Indianapolis Colts in 1996, leading the team to the playoffs in his first season. He was fired after the 1997 when the Colts fell to 3-13. His overall NFL record was 36-60. He also coached the Jacksonville Bulls of the USFL in 1984 and 1985. Infante played college football at Florida from 1960 to 1962.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:19:26 GMT

GM recalls SUVs, tells owners not to use windshield wipers

General Motors is telling owners of some SUVs not to use their windshield wipers because an electrical short could cause the motor to catch fire. The company is recalling nearly 32,000 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia SUVs from the 2016 model to fix the problem. Only 6,400 were sold and the rest are being held at dealerships until they are repaired. Most are in North America. GM says if weather stops owners from taking their SUVs to dealers, it will pick up the vehicles for service. It also will arrange rental cars if parts aren't available. Dealers will replace faulty wiper motor covers that allow some electrical terminals to come in contact with each other. The problem was discovered when a motor overheated at the factory.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:07:10 GMT


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Mom says toy pirate ship depicts slavery

A California mother says a toy pirate ship depicts a dark-colored figure as a slave wearing a collar.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:27:32 GMT

Madison365 names most influential African Americans in Wisconsin

365 This is the first in a five-part series introducing some of Wisconsin’s most influential African American leaders in business, civil service, nonprofit service and education. They are presented in no particular order. Cory Nettles was the Wisconsin Department of Commerce Secretary under Democratic Governor Doyle for two years. Since then he has become a partner at the law firm Quarles & Brady, founded private equity firm Generation Growth Capital and bought a piece of the Milwaukee Bucks. And he’d likely be the Republicans’ worst nightmare if he decided he wanted to become the first African American Governor of Wisconsin. Ulice Payne is the Jackie Robinson of the front office: The first African American to become CEO and president of a major league baseball franchise, the Milwaukee Brewers. He was also an attorney at Foley & Lardner, where he became the chairman of the international business team and managing partner at the Milwaukee office. He is now Founder and President at Addison-Clifton, focusing on global trade compliance. One of his offices is located in China. He sits on numerous corporate boards, including Manpower. Dr. Bola Delano-Oriaran and Dr. Sabrina Robins of Appleton-based African Heritage, Inc., are the dynamic duo in the Appleton area. (Yes, there are people of color in the Appleton.) All things related to African Americans in Appleton begin and end with these two ladies. They are true advocates who get things done. They landed Congressman John Lewis to speak at their Juneteenth event this year, and their next event, in late October, will feature the well-known Julianne Malveaux. Not bad for Appleton, Wisconsin. Dr. Jack E. Daniels III is president of Madison College. In Madison, it is rare to see an African American lead an organization that isn’t a nonprofit. Dr. Daniels leads arguably one of the most important institutions of higher education for people of color in the Madison area. He has swagger for days, and will need every bit of that swagger to deal with our education gap. Maurice Cheeks is the director of the Wisconsin Innovation Network (WIN), focusing on the high tech and high-growth sectors in Wisconsin. He is also leading the charge for African Americans to have real influence on the Madison Common Council, currently serving as President Pro Tempore. Maurice is one of the leading voices on the importance of planning for the future of Madison. There is more than a whisper campaign to have him run for mayor. Keep your eye on this guy. Coming tomorrow: a motorcycle maven, the head of a fast food empire, and more.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:33:46 GMT

Boy robbed of homemade bike by armed teens, police say

An 11-year-old boy who had pieced together his own bike was robbed of the bike by a group of armed teenagers, according to a release from Madison police. Police said the boy was behind an apartment building on Northridge Terrace Wednesday night when three teens approached, one of them armed with a handgun. The armed robber put the gun to the boy’s head and demanded he turn over his bike, according to police. Police said the boy had made the bike himself from donated parts with the help of volunteers at a community bike shop on South Park Street. It is a BMX-style, painted green, gray and red. The reporting officer wrote, "It was clear (the child) was proud of his bicycle and his main concern was getting the bike back." The armed robber is described as black, 15 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall and wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:09:32 GMT

14-year-old knocked unconscious in high school bathroom fight

A teenager was knocked unconscious at school on Tuesday and another arrested in connection with the assault, police said. Madison police said a 14-year-old West High student was knocked unconscious after being punched and kicked in the head during a fight inside a school bathroom at 2:01 p.m. Another 14-year-old student said the boy picked a fight with him and they "had been engaged in mutual combat," police said. Witnesses told police the attacker stomped on the other teen's head multiple times after he was knocked to the floor. A Madison Fire Department ambulance took the injured boy to a hospital, according to a report. The suspected assailant was arrested on suspicion of substantial battery.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:51:29 GMT

Paul Ryan reiterates he's not interested in being speaker

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan does not want to be speaker of the House. The Wisconsin Republican on Thursday issued a statement saying he was disappointed in Rep. Kevin McCarthy's surprise decision to withdraw from the contest to replace Rep. John Boehner. Ryan had said when Boehner announced his resignation that he wasn't interested in being speaker, and he repeated that Thursday. Ryan said McCarthy is the best person to lead the House and he is disappointed in his decision. Ryan said it's important for Republicans to deliberate and find new candidates, but that won't include him. Ryan serves as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Boehner said he will serve in the top leadership post until the House votes to elect his successor.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:40:16 GMT

Devices, wallet stolen from YMCA lockers

Electronic devices stolen from a YMCA locker room were found when someone tried to sell them at West Towne Mall, according to a release from Madison police. Police said Karl E. Looper, 35, of Madison, sold an iPad and iPhone at an EcoATM, and an officer connected the devices to August thefts from gym lockers at the YMCA at 5515 Medical Circle. Looper told police he got the devices from a 17-year-old family member and didn’t know they were stolen. Police said surveillance video connects the 17-year-old to three thefts from lockers that took place between Aug. 8 and Aug. 10. A wallet was also stolen from a locker during that period. The teen has not yet been located by police. Looper was arrested on suspicion of two counts of theft/false representation. Police said they have probable cause to arrest the teen on suspicion of three counts of theft.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:50:22 GMT

UW regents approve 2014-15 financial report

The University of Wisconsin System's Board of Regents has approved a report detailing campuses reserves and balances at the close of the 2014-15 fiscal year. The regents approved the report unanimously during a meeting Thursday at UW-Madison. The report now goes to the Legislature's fiance and audit committees. The report show the system's four-year and two-year schools, UW-Extension and system administration finished the year that ended June 30 with about $923.9 million left over, including $337 million in tuition dollars. UW President Ray Cross about $145 million hasn't been earmarked for a specific purpose and he considers that amount to the be the system's reserves.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:42:34 GMT

FBI: Ohio man coerced teens in Wisconsin, 4 other states to perform sex acts

An Ohio man has pleaded not guilty to charges he coerced teen girls in five states to expose themselves and perform sexual acts for him to view on Skype and other online media. A federal grand jury indicted 21-year-old Nicholas Kurtz on two counts of coercion and enticement. The FBI says it began investigating Kurtz last year with Cross Plains, Wisconsin, police and state authorities. It says a 14-year-old Wisconsin girl told police Kurtz was threatening to rape and kill her if she didn't do as he demanded, including mutilating herself and acting as his "slave." An FBI affidavit states the investigation led to similar situations involving girls in Maryland, Michigan, New York and Virginia. Kurtz entered his plea Thursday. His attorney didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:46:10 GMT

Ex-Madison assistant principal suing school district

A former assistant principal at La Follette High School is suing the Madison School District over her demotion to a job in the district office. Kelly Lynaugh filed a lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Madison, alleging she was demoted in 2013 because of a medical condition and because she's a woman. She's seeking to be reinstated as assistant principal and to be paid for missed time on the job, as well as damages. School district spokeswoman Rachel Strauch-Nelson tells the Wisconsin State Journal that the district hasn't been served with the lawsuit. She said Lynaugh became assistant principal in 1997 but she hasn't worked for the school district since June 2014.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 11:27:53 GMT

One person dead after being hit by train

A 20-year old man has died after being hit by a train in Dodge County Wednesday night, according to the Dodge County Sheriff's Department. The sheriff's office said the train hit the man in the town of Lomira around 9 p.m. The collision happened near the corner of Wisconsin State Highway 49 and Windhover Road. The circumstances of the crash are being investigated. The man's name has not been released.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 11:47:43 GMT

Officials ID 17-year-olds killed in Jefferson County chase

Sheriff's officials said two teenage boys died and three girls were injured in a crash following a law enforcement chase in Jefferson County early Wednesday. Chief Deputy Jeff Parker said Wednesday an officer tried to pull over a vehicle on County Road E near County Road P in the town of Ixonia at 1:57 a.m. According to a news release, the driver fled at a high rate of speed and the pursuit began. As the vehicle entered Watertown, the driver lost control of the vehicle on a slight curve on Concord Drive near Richards Avenue and crashed into a tree in a residential neighborhood near Brian Court. Parker said the driver and front seat passenger were killed, and three girls were injured and taken to area medical facilities. Officials identified the two killed as Donovan T. Cagney and Bradley M. Chavez, both 17. The State Patrol and state Division of Criminal Investigation are assisting with the investigation.

Published: Wed, 07 Oct 2015 22:48:02 GMT

Dispatcher comes to rescue of teen with stuck gas pedal

A police dispatcher is credited with helping a frantic teen driver who was speeding down a Green Bay street with a stuck gas pedal. Sixteen-year-old Olivia Crooks heard a crack after she drove out of the Southwest High School parking lot Tuesday. Her vehicle's accelerator was stuck and her brakes wouldn't stop the car. Olivia thought the only way she could stop is if she crashed the vehicle. She quickly punched 911 and was connected with dispatcher Julia Robak. WLUK-TV reported Olivia headed for a cul-de-sac where she thought she could drive around in circles until she ran out of gas. Robak credits the teen with taking action in a critical situation. Robak is trained to handle such situations and had Olivia put the car in neutral. Police arrived and turned off the car.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:16:46 GMT

Marshall woman killed in single-vehicle crash

A 51-year-old Marshall woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash in the town of Medina Tuesday afternoon, according to a release. Deputies said Nancy L. Bingham was driving north on Ridge Road when she crossed over into the southbound lane, left the roadway and rolled the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta several times in a cornfield. The crash happened just north of Connors Road around 1:30 p.m., according to the release. Bingham was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Dane County Medical Examiner said Thursday that Bingham’s death was the result of injuries she sustained in the traffic crash. She was not wearing a seat belt, deputies said. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:17:37 GMT

Committee OKs lifting UW out-of-state student cap

A University of Wisconsin System committee has approved lifting a cap on out-of-state students at UW-Madison. The Board of Regents' education committee approved lifting the limit for the next four academic years with a unanimous voice vote on Thursday. The proposal now goes next to the full board on Friday. The system currently caps the number of out-of-state undergraduate students at 27.5 percent of the undergraduate population at each campus. UW-Madison officials want to eliminate their cap for four years beginning in fall 2016. The move would generate considerable revenue for the school as it grapples with budget cuts. Out-of-staters pay about $20,000 more annually in tuition than state residents. The university insists the move isn't about money but bolstering Wisconsin's workforce as in-state enrollment continues to dip.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:24:32 GMT

Tseytlin named as first Wisconsin solicitor general

A West Virginia attorney has been hired to be Wisconsin's first solicitor general. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced the hiring of Misha Tseytlin on Thursday. The new position was created by the Legislature this year to help deal with lawsuits that are on appeal. Tseytlin currently serves as general counsel to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. Both Morrisey and Schimel are Republicans. Tseytlin previously worked three years for a Washington-based law firm and was president of the student chapter of the conservative Federalist Society when he was a law school student at Georgetown. The liberal group One Wisconsin Now criticized the hiring, calling Tseytlin a "right wing lawyer."

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:22:41 GMT

Residents say potential homeless day center is too close to schools

Dane County officials plan to convert the Messner Incorporated building on East Washington Avenue into a $2.6 million homeless day center. However, right next door is a day care and schools are nearby. The proximity the shelter will have to children has residents worried. On most school days you can bet on seeing Simon Puleo playing with son Louie after class at Lapham Elementary. It’s cherished time he fears could go away if a homeless day center opens two blocks away. "I'm really empathetic to their cause. I feel like they need a place to go, but maybe not right next to our elementary school,” Puleo said. A public meeting held at the proposed site brought standing room only. People voiced similar concerns, but some in the packed house showed support for the site and the upcoming center. The potential shelter will provide onsite job training, counseling and access to showers. “There's been a strong commitment to develop a center like this,” said Jim O’Keefe, director of community development for the city of Madison. City officials said the proposed site is useful because it's so close to downtown, and it might be even more needed in light of the homeless being banned from sleeping on the steps of the Madison City-County Building. “Some of the events in recent weeks or months have just highlighted the needs for those kinds of services,” O’Keefe said. Neighbors in the area agree putting in a shelter is important. They just don't want it to be right next door. "Whether it's in Verona or the near west side or further down on East Washington; Just away from where there are lots of kids and families,” Puleo said. If all goes according to the county’s plan, the center will be up and running next fall. It will likely help 200 homeless each day.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 12:45:56 GMT