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Police: Man eluding police, 2 passengers flee on foot after hit-and-run crash

Three teens were arrested Friday night after police said a driver eluded police, then he and his two passengers ran from the vehicle after a brief police pursuit and crash, according to a news release. Madison police said an officer tried to stop a vehicle that reportedly did not have its headlights on while traveling on John Nolen Drive at about 11:15 p.m. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle on Williamson Street but the vehicle did not pull over.  Police pursued the vehicle, and shortly after the pursuit began, the vehicle struck another vehicle on Williamson Street at Brearly Street, according to the report. After the crash, the driver, 19-year-old Maurice Bowman, of Madison, and the two passengers, 18-year-old Terrance Carr and 17-year-old Lavonte Hatchett, both of Madison, fled the vehicle. Bowman, Carr and Hatchett were later found, arrested and taken to Dane County Jail, police said. The 25-year-old driver of the vehicle that Bowman's vehicle reportedly hit was taken to the hospital, treated and released, according to the report. Madison police Sgt. William Quast said at least two of the three arrested suffered facial injuries in the crash. A photo taken of Hatchett on his arrest showed his left eye closed and bloody. A photo of Carr showed a large bandage on his forehead. Quast also said Bowman, Carr and Hatchett did not resist arrest. Police said Bowman was charged with eluding police, hit-and-run failing to render aid, a probation violation. He was also cited for suspected traffic violations. Hatchett was charged with obstructing police, possession of marijuana and a probation hold. Carr was charged with obstructing police.

Published: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:11:31 GMT

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Dozens of migrants die as boats capsize

Two boats carrying hundreds of people from various nations capsized near the Libyan city of Zuwara, killing at least 112 people, officials said Friday. At least 198 people have been rescued, while 30 to 40 others remain missing, said Mohammed Al-Misrati, a spokesman for the Libyan Red Crescent. One of the boats went down Wednesday, while a second one capsized Thursday, he said. The Red Crescent, along with the Libyan coast guard, rescued dozens of people from African countries and from Syria. Hundreds of migrants have attempted to reach Europe by land and sea. So far this year, at least 2,373 have died as of this week, the International Organization for Migration said. The death toll for all of last year was 3,281, and experts fear this year's total could surpass that if boats carrying migrants continue making the perilous journey in uncertain weather. They come from more than 20 countries, drawn to Libya as a funnel to Europe. Most are escaping war and persecution, while others are hoping for a better life. Earlier this week, the Italian coast guard said 54 people lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean, highlighting once again the scale of the migration crisis gripping Europe. In Austria, dozens of refugees -- most likely fleeing war-ravaged Syria -- died of suffocation inside an abandoned truck on a highway, authorities said Friday.

Published: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:02:30 GMT

Police put kibosh on Seinfeld lemonade stand

Oh. Kids selling lemonade illeeegal. Okaaaay, officer. No permit. Riiight. The perrrrrmit. How could we forget the permit?? A neighbor called the cops on Jerry Seinfeld, his son and some young pals for selling lemonade without a permit by the roadside in the Hamptons, CNN affiliate News 12 Long Island reported. Seems a neighbor didn't like that. The officer made them shut down the stand. Whaddaya do now? Make an irreverent joke out of it, if you're Seinfeld -- what else? With the officer in still the background, the master of wry observation comedy posed with his son Julian and two of his friends with their hands behind their heads for a photo. Seinfeld's wife, Jessica Seinfeld, posted it to her verified Facebook account. "Lemonade dreams crushed by local neighbor but not before raising lots of money for @loverecycled," she wrote. "Thanks to all of our customers and big tippers! thanks Xander and Jaden for crushing it today with Julian and Jerry." @LoveRecycled is the Twitter handle of Jessica Seinfeld's charity Baby Buggy, which provides families in need with clothing and other essentials. That's what the lemonade money was for. And there is plenty of that in East Hampton Village -- money, that is. It's a country living bedroom community for New York City stars and Wall Street billionaires. A wreck of a house there can reportedly go for about $5 million. Well. Neighbors don't like lemonade stands? OK. Bake sale. A bakery in Southhampton donated cookies, and the Seinfelds were back in business, this time peddling cookies for the charity. "Out of the slammer in time to enjoy some cookies sent by our friends at @Tate's," Jessica Seinfeld wrote, as she plugged the bakery in a new Facebook post with a photo of her comedian husband posing with kids and cookies. But calling the police on the drink stand may not yet be forgiven. She included a quip about it. "'Love Thy Neighbor Lemonade' anyone?"

Published: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:59:02 GMT

Teacher says breakfast made him late to school 111 times

An elementary school teacher says eating breakfast caused him to be late for work 111 times. Roosevelt Elementary School in Trenton, New Jersey, tried to fire Arnold Anderson from his $90,000-a-year position, but an arbitrator rejected that request, according to The Associated Press. Anderson has been suspended without pay until Jan. 1, 2016, the AP says. Anderson told the AP he lost track of time while eating breakfast and was "one to two minutes late" to work. He says he will be early when he goes back to work, the AP reports.

Published: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:15:21 GMT

Walker: I'm tested enough for the world stage

Scott Walker will offer his foreign policy vision in a speech Friday mostly by contrasting it with what he terms a "retreat" from the world stage by the Obama White House. "With all of the challenges we face around the globe today, now is not the time for untested leadership. I have been tested like no other candidate in this race," the Wisconsin governor will say, according to excerpts released early Friday morning. "As President, I will send the following message: the retreat is over." The speech at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, gives Walker, who has fairly limited foreign policy experience and has raised some eyebrows with prior comments, a chance to shore up any nagging doubts. Walker will chastise President Barack Obama for misunderstanding Iran's relationship with ISIS and, more broadly, displaying a passivity and false hope that the world will order itself without American leadership. "We've had enough of a President who proclaims that the greatest threat to future generations is climate change," Walker will say. "We are at war with radical Islamic terrorism. It will not go away overnight. This is a generational struggle. And these radical groups will continue to grow if we do not destroy them." Walker will speak on foreign policy about a 15-minute drive away from Marco Rubio, who will be sharing his own vision at nearly the exact same time, also in Charleston.

Published: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:13:09 GMT

Police use traffic spikes to end vehicle chase

A traffic stop turned into a nearly 30 mile police chase that ended with pepper spray and an arrest after police used traffic spikes, according to a news release. The Madison Police Department said an officer attempted to stop a vehicle on suspicion of reckless driving on Crystal Lane and Milwaukee Street in Madison at about 5 p.m. Friday. Chad Fortney, 40, of Highland, did not stop the vehicle and police pursued the vehicle for about 29 miles reaching speeds of 80 mph, according to the report. The Fall River Police Department used traffic spike strips to bring the vehicle to a stop on Highway 16. Police said that once stopped, Fortney refused to exit the vehicle. Officers used pepper spray and Fortney was arrested and taken to Dane County Jail. Fortney was charged with eluding police and was held on a parole hold and an outstanding warrant in Green County, according to the news release. He was also cited on suspicion of failure to control speed and operating after suspension.

Published: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:28:08 GMT

Man attempting to drive vehicle from ditch charged with 4th OWI

A Janesville man faces a fourth drunken-driving charge after law enforcement found him stuck in the ditch in his vehicle early Saturday, according to a news release. The Rock County Sheriff's Office said a deputy responded to a report of a vehicle in the ditch on the 2900 block of Milwaukee Road in Beloit at 2:38 a.m. The deputy and a town of Beloit officer found a man attempting to get his vehicle out of the ditch. The deputy smelled intoxicants on the breath of the driver, 43-year-old Anthony Ambrose, according to the report. The sheriff's office said Ambrose refused to perform field sobriety tests. Ambrose was arrested on suspicion of fourth-offense operating while intoxicated. He was taken to the Rock County Jail where he'll be held until a court appearance Monday, the sheriff's office said.

Published: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:25:26 GMT

Report: Retroactive OT ordered for Walker security detail

Federal authorities are ordering retroactive overtime for Wisconsin State Patrol officers who serve as bodyguards for Gov. Scott Walker and other state officials, according to a report. The U.S. Department of Labor is requiring the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to award overtime pay dating to May 19, 2013, to nine State Patrol officers, WKOW-TV reported. Those officers make up Wisconsin's Dignitary Protection Unit, which provides security for Walker 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That includes the Republican's protection on the presidential campaign trail A WISDOT representative told the station the agency was notified of the decision Monday but said officials have not yet determined how much it will cost state taxpayers. A Labor Department spokeswoman in Chicago said she did not know yet if the decision was in response to a complaint.

Published: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:24:00 GMT

Memorial Union closing for renovation Sept. 1

Football season brings thousands of Badger fans to the Memorial Union Terrace every year, but this fall Wisconsin students, alumni and visitors will have to find a new place to enjoy their postgame beer. Most of Memorial Union will close for the year Tuesday, with certain areas--like the new west wing--staying open in the interim. "I read that (the Union was closing) in the paper, and I had two feelings," UW alumni George Lorenz said. "No. 1: Good. It needs to be remodeled, it needs to be refreshed ... But we were also sad because football season is starting, and we're going to miss coming here." University officials say that repairs are badly needed since there hasn't been a full-scale renovation in almost 90 years.  Plans on the Union's website feature a new stage for performing acts, more seating areas and increased food options, along with regular pavement, plumbing and electrical repairs. "It is unfortunate that as a graduating senior the terrace won't be here when I move on to the next stages of my life," Madison native David Piper said. "But I am actually very eager to see what they have in store. I'm sure it's big things." There is no official date for when the Union might reopen, but officials are hoping to be done with the project by graduation next spring.

Published: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:09:05 GMT

First mosque in Janesville opens doors to community

The founder of the Muslim Dawah Circle, Salih Erschen, says he wants the building to be not only a place of worship, but also a community gathering place. Velena Jones reports.

Published: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 04:18:26 GMT

Johnson Controls may lay off up to 197 employees

Wisconsin-based Johnson Controls Inc. plans to suspend work on a major information technology project, a move that could mean up to nearly 200 layoffs in its West Allis office. In a filing with state officials Friday, the Glendale company said its decision will result in up to 197 jobs being cut, beginning on Sept. 30. All positions will be eliminated by Oct. 14. Johnson Controls spokesman Fraser Engerman said the move is part of a cost-cutting effort that's linked to its decision to spin off its automotive business into a separate company. Engerman told the Journal Sentinel Johnson Controls is looking to find jobs within the company for employees who have been working on Project Unity. He said the company is not planning to close the West Allis office.

Published: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:37:26 GMT

Georgia-Pacific to close Wisconsin plant

Georgia-Pacific is closing its specialty wood-products factory in Phillips, eliminating about 60 jobs by late October. A spokesman for the Atlanta-based company said declining demand for products like hardboard paneling and pegboard is forcing the closure. Eric Abercrombie told WAOW-TV sales of products at the Phillips plant have been "on a steady decline" since 2009. Abercrombie said the plant, which was built in 1958, is operating at less than 70 percent capacity. He said after the closure, the factory's equipment will be either sold or scrapped and the building torn down.

Published: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:39:21 GMT

New bill would ban minors from using tanning beds

All children would be barred from using tanning beds in Wisconsin under a bill moving through the state Legislature. State law already prohibits anyone 16 or younger from using tanning beds. Sen. Fred Risser's proposal would extend that ban to anyone under 18. The Madison Democrat, who spearheaded legislation creating a statewide smoking ban, says minors don't realize that tanning could lead to skin cancer later in life. John Overstreet is executive director of the Indoor Tanning Association. He says the bill could hurt salons' bottom lines. He says concerns about cancer are exaggerated and the government should stay out of the industry. The bill faces long odds in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Risser introduced an identical measure last year but it went nowhere.

Published: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:16:20 GMT

Saturday?s Packer game anything but meaningless

Both quarterbacks – the reigning NFL MVP, and the young journeyman trying to beat the odds – sounded excited, although the one who will definitely play on Saturday night was downright giddy about the unexpected opportunity. Traditionally, the third preseason game has been teams’ summer dress rehearsal. While certainly not on par with an actual regular-season game, the penultimate exhibition has historically been the closest approximation to what your team will look like when the games start to count. While that’ll likely be the case for the visiting Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday night at Lambeau Field, it won’t be for the home team. With Aaron Rodgers unlikely to play much – if at all – behind a makeshift offensive line that’ll be missing 60 percent of its starters, and entrenched No. 2 quarterback Scott Tolzien out while recovering from a concussion, the Green Bay Packers are planning to play rookie fifth-round pick Brett Hundley and former University of Wisconsin-Whitewater star Matt Blanchard. A lot. And Rodgers – his proclamation about preseason games being “meaningless” notwithstanding – couldn’t be happier for the two young guys. “You usually look at this game – [I’m] not sure what the playing time is going to be for myself or Scott – but you don’t think as a third or fourth quarterback that you’re going to play a lot in the third preseason game. But that could change,” said Rodgers, who railed against preseason games in the wake of No. 1 wide receiver Jordy Nelson’s season-ending knee injury at Pittsburgh on Sunday. “[Hundley and Blanchard] could get a lot of opportunities against some 1s and 2s out there. That’s real football. It’s exciting for them. “They’re both great guys. They prepare really hard. They’re both dialed in. Those guys take their work home with them. It’s very impressive to see them get up in a meeting room and be able to draw up a play perfectly, be able to make an adjustment that was maybe talked about August 3 and here we are three weeks later. That’s the impressive part and it’s fun to see that. ”I think they’re ready to go out and have good performances. So this game – and the next game – will be great for them to really get some time and get some good opportunities against some good opposition.” If Rodgers sounded excited about the opportunity that lies ahead for Hundley and Blanchard, then you should’ve heard the ex-Whitewater Warhawk Thursday afternoon. “Just a ton of excitement,” a grinning Blanchard said after going through the Packers’ STAA (Soft Tissue Activation and Application) program Thursday. “Normally in these preseason games, you’re getting in for a couple series, if that. Depending on how the game plays out, I could play an entire half of football. That’s the most I’ve played in a little bit. “Just totally excited. Will have a lot of friends and family at this game and it’s going to be great.” It’ll certainly be a great opportunity, something that Blanchard hasn’t gotten much of so far. Although he began camp as the No. 3 quarterback behind Rodgers and Tolzien, the coaches gradually began giving Hundley slightly more work. In the first two preseason games, Hundley has gone in before Blanchard and gotten almost twice as many snaps (27, to Blanchard’s 15) and been put in more opportune situations. Blanchard came in to run the 4-minute offense with the lead at New England, then had just four plays while running the 2-minute offense playing from behind against Pittsburgh. “[We] haven’t had the chance yet [to see enough of Blanchard],” quarterbacks/wide receivers coach Alex Van Pelt said. “So we’re looking forward to seeing him with a little more extended playing time the next two weeks. “I think anytime you get against the starters, if you’re right now a guy who’s lower down the depth chart playing against the starting defense of the Philadelphia Eagles and you’re having success, it speaks volumes of where you are.” Statistically, neither quarterback has been lights-out in preseason. Hundley has completed 7 of 11 passes for 79 yards with a touchdown and three sacks (115.3 rating); Blanchard is 3 of 5 for 20 yards with one sack (68.8 rating). While Hundley’s status as a draft pick certainly helps his odds – coming out of training camp, the Packers haven’t cut a draft pick taken in the fifth round or earlier since 2009 – there’s no guarantee that the Packers will keep three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster when final cuts are made Sept. 5. Last year, the Packers kept Rodgers, Tolzien and Matt Flynn on the final roster reduction, with Flynn earning the No. 2 job. This year, Tolzien is the unquestioned backup and before his concussion against the Steelers was having an even better preseason than he’d had last year, when he outplayed Flynn in the games. But last year marked the first time that the Packers had entered regular-season play with three QBs on the roster since 2008, when they kept Flynn and second-round pick Brian Brohm behind an unproven first-year starter who was replacing a legend. “It’s awesome because we know we’re going to get in there and have some fun and get a substantial amount of playing time. We’re looking forward to this opportunity,” Hundley said. “We can’t wait.” Although the Eagles don’t seem to care whether Rodgers plays or sits – “That's Mike's decision. We don't get into it. Whoever shows up, shows up,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly told Philadelphia-area reporters Thursday – the chance to go against the Eagles’ starting defense instead of a hodgepodge of players unlikely to be on the team in a week should provide an excellent opportunity for both young quarterbacks to state their case for a roster spot. “It’s a good opportunity for Brett and I to get in there and see where we’re at,” said Blanchard, who had an impressive preseason with Chicago in 2013, his second camp with the Bears. “This is my fourth training camp. I’ve been here since April. You want to really go against the best guys you can. If you’re a competitor at any level, you want to face the best talent you have the opportunity to go against to really see where you’re at. We’re going to have that opportunity Saturday night. I’m just so excited.”

Published: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:09:26 GMT

Rare corpse flower blooms, smells at Olbrich Botanical Gardens

A rare, stinky phenomenon is blooming in Madison's Olbrich Botanical Gardens.  Spokeswoman Katy Plantenberg says the corpse flower started to flower Friday.  Plantenberg says this particular flower only blooms once every eight to 10 years. The last time it opened at Olbrich Botanical Gardens was in 2009.  The beautiful looking flower is known for its stench, which some liken to the smell of rotting meat or flesh. There is limited time to see the foul-smelling plant. It will only stay open for 24 to 48 hours before the bloom collapses.

Published: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:57:31 GMT

Invasive starry stonewort reported in 6 SE Wisconsin lakes

The state Department of Natural Resources says starry stonewort has been reported in six bodies of water in southeastern Wisconsin. Last fall, the invasive pest was discovered in a small section of Little Muskego Lake. Since that time, the DNR said Friday that the agency and its partners have confirmed its presence in Big Muskego Lake and adjoining Bass Bay in Waukesha County, Long Lake in Racine County, and Silver and Pike Lake in Washington County. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Pike Lake is the latest find. The algae grows in dense plots, blocks out light needed by native plants and muscles out native plants. Starry stonewort is usually spread by boats. The DNR reminds boaters to clean boats of all vegetation before moving from one lake to another.

Published: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:46:58 GMT

1 injured when fire department truck overturns at airport

Operations at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee County have returned to normal following a truck crash. Authorities say one person was injured when a truck belonging to the airport's fire department overturned during a training exercise at the airfield Friday morning. The accident temporarily interrupted air traffic while emergency crews responded to the accident.

Published: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:24:03 GMT

Town of Windsor puts incorporation to referendum

The town of Windsor will ask voters in November if they want to incorporate as a village. The town board voted unanimously to put the question to a referendum on Nov. 3. “The board’s action comes as a direct response to citizen calls to preserve Windsor’s unique rural and agricultural identity,” said town of Windsor Chairman Bob Wipperfurth. “We can preserve the tax base we have and welcome responsible growth within our existing borders.” Town officials said if Windsor remains a town, the community’s distinct agricultural and rural identity could be jeopardized by urbanization, and the town would remain subject to annexations and a decline of its equalized value, increasing costs for residents. “If the town incorporates as a village, it would be possible to maintain the same services and staff at no additional cost to residents,” a release from the town stated. Town officials said public meetings showed strong citizen support for incorporation. More open houses are planned for the coming months.

Published: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:44:25 GMT

Dairy farmers concerned about immigration discussion

As the Republican candidates for president continue to spar over immigration reform, dairy farmers in the state are watching the issue closely. Immigrant labor makes up a huge part of the Wisconsin dairy workforce. A University of Wisconsin-Madison study in 2009 estimated 40 percent of dairy farm workers were immigrants. But farmers say to expand, they'd like to allow even more workers into the country. At Rosy Lane Holsteins outside Watertown, immigrants are half its 20-person workforce. The farm milks nearly 1,000 cows around the clock. Owner Lloyd Holterman said he follows the law when it comes to hiring. "We ask for the documentation and whether you were born in Watertown or born in Tokyo, the rules are pretty much the same, and you'll need to provide two forms of ID," Holterman said. He said they send those forms to the government for verification, and are notified if there are any issues. But Holterman said he'd still like to see candidates for president focusing on guest-worker programs rather than deportation. "I think they need to have some kind of pathway that people can come here and find work, whether it be citizenship or just worker permits," Holterman said. "A system better than what we have now is in order." Those who analyze the industry say there is a concern that farms won't be able to expand unless more workers can find their way to the United States. "I think it's a concern, and obviously we've had some discussion recently in the political campaigning that's been done that is very strong rhetoric about what we would do to keep immigrants out," UW-Madison Director of Dairy Policy Analysis Mark Stephenson said. That includes Gov. Scott Walker, who has said his immigration plan would not allow a pathway to citizenship, and would prioritize American jobs and wages. But the dairy industry has been pushing changes that would allow a guest-worker program that goes beyond the seasonal visas allowed for some fieldwork jobs. Holterman said he doesn't want to get involved in the politics of it, but said he's convinced he won't be able to find enough workers to expand in the future unless changes are made. "The state of Wisconsin is set up to increase output in dairy, but we do lack the necessary people to do these jobs to expand our businesses and operations," Holterman said. "That leads to more tax revenue, more exports and cheaper food at a more economical price for the consumers." News 3 asked Walker's campaign where he stood on the idea of guest-worker programs for agriculture. In a statement, Press Secretary AshLee Strong said, "Governor Walker is a proponent of immigration that prioritizes working families and wages in a way that improves the American economy. Today, our system is broken and we need to review the current immigration system to ensure all programs are working as planned and achieving those goals."

Published: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:34:02 GMT