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

Teens nabbed for at least 2 dozen thefts from cars, garages

At least two dozen reports of thefts from cars and garages in Waunakee are connected to four Madison teens, according to Waunakee police. Chief Kevin Plendl told News 3 thieves were spotted looking in vehicles at 1 a.m. Thursday. An officer found some of the suspicious people who led a foot chase on Kearney Way. Police said they found the vehicle the teens fled to and waited until a third person arrived before they approached the car, not knowing the extent of the thefts. Stolen property includes wallets, money, sporting good and electronics, police said. Plendl said he believes there are more victims, and that this case might be connected to thefts in other communities. The four teens involved are age 16, 17, 18 and 19. One remains at large. Plendl asks the public to keep vehicles and garages locked. He said the thieves didn’t break any windows. 

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:11:49 GMT

Bus driver beats crying thief with bat while driving

A would-be thief who tried to steal a woman's handbag on a bus wasn't fast enough, got stuck in the vehicle's door as he tried to get away and was beaten by the driver as he continued to drive the bus. CCTV footage shows the entire scene unfolding on a city bus in Concepcion, Chile. In the video, passengers are seen boarding the bus. One man who begins boarding near the end of the line then jumps on to the bus and attempts to snatch the handbag of a woman sitting at the front. The 22-year-old thief fails to grab the bag, so he then turns to run, but the driver closes the doors – trapping the criminal's arm in the door. The bus driver then continues to drive the bus with his left hand while hitting the suspect with a baseball bat in his right hand. The thief starts crying, and the whole encounter ends with the man being taking into police custody at the next stop. Click or tap here to view the video.

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:24:51 GMT

Do the outdoors with Dannika

The following is a true story. If you need a second source, ask my dad. He taught me virtually everything I know about steering a canoe, pitching a tent, catching a fish, and building a fire. Every single summer, my parents would pack up the car, somehow still managing to find space for my sister, myself, and whatever canine companion was living with us at the time. Think clowns in a small vehicle. Now add trash bags full of clothes and a pair of girls who managed to bicker most of the 12 hours it took to cross the Canadian border and get to our destination. But once we were there… boy was it worth it. It was on the shores of King Lake in the middle of nowhere in Ontario where I had some of my best and most memorable summer vacations. There was no running water and no electricity. Outhouses still exist, folks. We caught frogs and pretended to be them, swimming to a huge raft just about 20 feet off the shoreline, gossiping on board once we were old enough to do it. We created our own sports, throwing green moss at one another and charging at each other in kayaks. We jumped countless times off of rocks, imagining the most ridiculous poses. We watched shooting stars. If you ask me, we don't do enough of that  these days. We sat around a campfire making s’mores and simply enjoying each other’s company. If you ask anyone, we don't do enough of that now adays. We laughed. A lot. There's no app for that. The memories there are something that I will have and cherish forever. No one is asking anyone to “rough it” for a week and a half if that’s not your thing. Our Explore The Outdoors campaign is just about introducing your kids – and maybe yourselves – to the little things outside that can make such a big difference. Don’t worry, you’re not in this alone. That’s where I come in! Throughout the next year, I will be blogging about random outdoor venues, events, activities, and more. And I won’t ask you to do anything I’m not willing to do myself. Follow along, and try some of them if you’d like! If you have an idea that you think we should feature, feel free to e-mail me at dlewis@wisctv.com. Don't forget to share your own "outdoor explorer" pictures on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #TFKoutdoors. So take a deep breath for me… ahhhhh… know what that is? That’s fresh air and a fresh start. 

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:35:20 GMT

Rich woman complains about poor trick-or-treaters

A rich woman who hates it when poor kids treat-or-treat in her neighborhood gets shut down by the advice columnist known as "Dear Prudence." The column runs regularly on Slate.com. A woman who called herself "Halloween for the 99 Percent" wrote in this week complaining about having to give candy to children from "less fortunate areas" who infiltrate her wealthy neighborhood every Oct. 31. Dear Prudence, I live in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, but on one of the more "modest" streets—mostly doctors and lawyers and family business owners. (A few blocks away are billionaires, families with famous last names, media moguls, etc.) I have noticed that on Halloween, what seems like 75 percent of the trick-or-treaters are clearly not from this neighborhood. Kids arrive in overflowing cars from less fortunate areas. I feel this is inappropriate. Halloween isn't a social service or a charity in which I have to buy candy for less fortunate children. Obviously this makes me feel like a terrible person, because what's the big deal about making less fortunate kids happy on a holiday? But it just bugs me, because we already pay more than enough taxes toward actual social services. Should Halloween be a neighborhood activity, or is it legitimately a free-for-all in which people hunt down the best candy grounds for their kids? —Halloween for the 99 Percent Here is Prudence's perfect, blistering response: Dear 99, In the urban neighborhood where I used to live, families who were not from the immediate area would come in fairly large groups to trick-or-treat on our streets, which were safe, well-lit, and full of people overstocked with candy. It was delightful to see the little mermaids, spider-men, ghosts, and the occasional axe murderer excitedly run up and down our front steps, having the time of their lives. So we'd spend an extra $20 to make sure we had enough candy for kids who weren't as fortunate as ours. There you are, 99, on the impoverished side of Greenwich or Beverly Hills, with the other struggling lawyers, doctors, and business owners. Your whine makes me kind of wish that people from the actual poor side of town come this year not with scary costumes but with real pitchforks. Stop being callous and miserly and go to Costco, you cheapskate, and get enough candy to fill the bags of the kids who come one day a year to marvel at how the 1 percent live.

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:59:54 GMT

Ice cream driver attacked after truck hits, kills kid

A driver of an ice cream truck was attacked by residents after he hit and killed a 7-year-old boy riding a motorized bike. The Associated Press reports that the truck struck the child in a South Los Angeles neighborhood shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday, and he later died at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, said a Los Angeles police spokeswoman. The accident was unintentional, as the child had been riding alongside the ice cream truck when he was hit, police said. The crowd then attacked the driver,. The driver told police that bricks were thrown at his truck and someone threatened him with a knife. Officials said the driver will not be charged.

Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:23:16 GMT

AG candidate accused of changing stance

Democratic attorney general hopeful Susan Happ is accusing Republican opponent Brad Schimel of softening his stance on defending a state law that bans outside groups from coordinating with candidates. The law is at the heart of an investigation state election officials have launched into whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker's campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups. Schimel has said he would. A moderator asked Schimel during a debate Friday again whether he would defend state election officials' interpretation of the law. Schimel said he believes he can't defend state agency rules that exceed constitutional boundaries. Happ immediately accused Schimel of flip-flopping on the law and deviating from his philosophy that he must defend every law the Legislature passes. Schimel countered that the question was whether he would defend state officials.

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:06:21 GMT

Parties compete for turnout in 'purple' counties

In the season of changing colors, campaigns are out on the ground, trying to take so-called "purple" counties in the state, and turn them red or blue. Sauk, Columbia and Richland counties all supported Gov. Scott Walker for election in 2010, and supported President Barack Obama in 2012. "I don't think we're seeing a different set of people," said Judy Spring, chair of the Sauk County Democratic Party.  "I think we're seeing folks who are sometimes leaning Republican and sometimes vote leaning Democratic." On Highway 33 in Reedsburg, the Democratic and Republican offices fall just more than a block apart.  Volunteers inside are in the midst of great efforts to turn out voters on Nov. 4th. Spring said voters have been coming into their offices willing to switch sides. "We see a lot of people who voted for Walker in the previous election and they come to us with a sense of embarrassment mostly because they feel betrayed," said Spring. Spring said they've been hitting as many doors and making as many calls as they can trying to ensure that outcome. But down the street, enthusiasm is high at the Republican Party offices, where volunteers believe they can ensure a repeat outcome for Walker. "I've seen way more of us out there hitting up doors and making sure that our voters have what they need to know," said volunteer Tia Field. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, was firing up volunteers in Madison Friday, and said he thought some voters may regret their votes for Obama and lean back to the GOP. "I think President Obama was a historic figure, I think electing the first African-American president  that all of America celebrated that," said Johnson.  "Now try and get the past behind us.  Unfortunately President Obama has not been that great unifier." Those on the ground still have miles to go, though, before the day when independent Sauk County voters will make up their mind. The outcome may also be a question of how many people turn out at the polls in November.  In Sauk County, turnout was 22,166, it was 26,649 in the recall election and 31,927 in the 2012 presidential election.

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:53:27 GMT

Man killed in car crash in Dane County

On Friday afternoon, a 23-year-old Middleton man was killed in a car accident near the town of Springfield. The accident occurred at the corner of Schneider and Capital View roads. The 23-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. According to Madison police, the driver was traveling eastbound on Schneider Road while a semitrailer driver, John J. Beuthin, 61, from Mazomanie, was traveling westbound on Schneider Road. As Beuthin tried to make a left turn onto Capital View Road, the 23-year-old crashed into the semi. Police say no one has been ticketed yet, and the area is expected to be cleared within the next hour. This crash remains under investigation by the Dane County Sheriff's office.

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:09:52 GMT

Milwaukee police union plans no-confidence vote

The Milwaukee Police Association plans a no-confidence vote on the city's police chief next week following the firing of an officer who fatally shot a man in a downtown park. Union president Mike Crivello says morale among officers has been "broken" by the firing of Officer Christopher Manney. Police Chief Edward Flynn fired Manney earlier this month, saying Manney instigated the fight that led to the shooting. While Thursday's vote is nonbinding, Crivello told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he hopes it would send a message to city leaders. In a statement, Flynn says a chief who worries more about his popularity with his officers "than doing the right thing" has become ineffective. Manney shot 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton on April 30, sparking protests in Milwaukee. Manney has appealed Flynn's decision.

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:03:16 GMT

Man charged in connection with September business burglaries

According to a release from the Monona Police Department, a 47-year-old man was charged on Tuesday in connection to burglaries that happened in September. Derrick L. Richards was charged with entry into/onto a building, construction site or room and criminal damage to property. According to police, Richards was identified as the suspect for burglaries that took place at the 4900 block of Monona Drive on Sept. 4. The Monona Police Department is still investigating several unsolved burglaries the same date, as well as others reported on Oct. 2 in the 100 block of River Place.

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:45:33 GMT

Police: Phone used to take pictures in tanning salon

A Madison man used a phone to take pictures of a woman changing her clothes in a tanning salon, according to a report from Madison police. A 24-year-old customer of the suntan business on East Campus Mall told police a person in a neighboring booth slipped a phone into her tanning area on Oct. 3. She told police she believed the man used the phone’s camera to take pictures of her while she was undressed. Benjamin J. H. Brossard, 28, was arrested on suspicion of representations depicting nudity. Police said the business is cooperating with the investigation.

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:48:51 GMT

DA won't seek investigator in John Doe probe

Milwaukee County's top prosecutor won't ask a judge to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate his rationale for launch a probe into whether conservative groups illegally coordinated with Republican Gov. Scott Walker's campaign. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday that John Chisholm sent Milwaukee County Chief Judge Jeffrey Kremers a letter on Oct. 8 saying he would not ask for such a special prosecutor. Chisholm opened a so-called John Doe investigation in 2012 to probe whether organizations including Wisconsin Club for Growth illegally coordinated with Walker's recall campaign in 2011 and 2012. Wisconsin Club for Growth Director Eric O'Keefe sent Chisholm a letter last month demanding that Chisholm ask judge to appoint a special prosecutor to look into Chisholm's motives.

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:54:01 GMT

Man charged with OWI after hit-and-run, chase

Madison police said a man was taken into custody following a short chase that started when he allegedly hit another car at a busy east side intersection early Friday morning. Officers were sent to a report of a hit-and-run at the corner of East Washington Avenue and Stoughton Road. Police said the driver of the car, Sheldon Lien, 53, of Madison then took off and was followed by a witness. Police said Lien kept driving onto North Thompson Drive, where he collided with another vehicle. Police said an alert police officer saw the vehicle driving at a high rate of speed without headlights on North Thompson and tried to pull Lien over. Police said Lien refused to stop, which led to a short pursuit until one of Lien’s tires deflated. Lien resisted arrest, according to police, and was eventually taken into custody on numerous charges, including eluding police, resisting an officer, hit and run and his third offense of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:54:10 GMT

Man held in town of Menasha death

Police have arrested a man in the death of a 68-year-old town of Menasha man who died during an apparent burglary in his apartment. Officers were called to the apartment by a neighbor Thursday. The neighbor was checking on a man who had not been seen or heard from that morning and found him apparently dead. The man lived alone. Police later interviewed a suspect and took the 42-year-old man to jail on a probation hold. WLUK-TV reports the suspect had been staying with relatives in the same apartment complex. Police said the victim may have been killed in a confrontation during a burglary gone bad. An autopsy was scheduled Friday. Police said charges are possible next week.

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:41:32 GMT

Bristol disturbance was fight over drug debt

An incident outside a strip club Tuesday morning was a fight over a drug debt that escalated when one of the men took out a gun, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies identified the men Friday. Christopher B. Bivens, 27, of Madison, was flown to UW Hospital and remains hospitalized after being involved in a crash on County Road V after the incident outside Club Bristol. He’s being guarded by deputies, and will be charged on suspicion of second-offense operating while intoxicated. Additional charges are expected. Dylan W. Schlough, 24, was arrested Wednesday on a probation warrant. Deputies said they were called to the scene at 1:15 am. when Schlough ran to a nearby farm house for safety. He was found at a residence in Sun Prairie. Deputies have not yet determined what charges he might face. Dane County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Elise Schaffer said alcohol and speed were factors in the crash Bivens was injured in. Highway V was closed for about three hours from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m., but Highway 51 was not affected by the crash.

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:54:17 GMT

Janesville judge to announce Supreme Court run

Rock County Circuit Judge Jim Daley plans to announce his candidacy for the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday. Daley's campaign sent notice of the news conference on Friday. Daley will be the first announced candidate for the seat currently held by Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, who is considered one of the court's more liberal members. Bradley did not immediately return a message seeking comment. The election is officially nonpartisan, but in recent years partisan interests have spent heavily to support candidates. The primary is Feb. 17 and the general election is April 7. Daley was appointed to the circuit court in 1989 by Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson. He previously served four years as Rock County district attorney.

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:48:18 GMT

Brother gets jail time for involvement in Halloween party fight

One of the two brothers charged in connection to a fight at a Halloween party that injured five people will spend a year in jail. Brandon Behrens, 22, was placed on four years of probation and ordered to serve a year in prison as a condition of probation. He pleaded no contest in September to charges of strangulation and party to the crime of battery causing great bodily harm. His brother, Shane Behrens, pleaded no contest in August to intentionally causing bodily harm while armed with a dangerous weapon and being a party to the crime of second-degree reckless injury causing great bodily harm while armed with a dangerous weapon. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison with the first five years being in confinement. On Oct. 27-28, 2012, Shane Behrens and Brandon Behrens went to a Halloween party in Arena where a fight took place, according to a criminal complaint. During the fight, five people were injured. The victims were treated for numerous injuries, including stab wounds and broken bones. One of the victims had an 8-10-inch wound down his left side and blood coming from his mouth when deputies arrived, according to the criminal complaint. Shane Behrens was previously convicted of a first-offense operating while intoxicated charge from the same time period.

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:05:57 GMT

Stoughton offers events celebrating Norwegian heritage

Various businesses and organizations in Stoughton are preparing for a weekend celebrating Norwegian heritage and culture beginning Friday.

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:36:51 GMT

Police: Gunshots, speeding cars reported on Gammon Road

A dozen shell casings were found after reports of gunfire and speeding cars on Gammon Road early Friday morning. Madison police were called to the 300 block of Gammon Road at 12:53 a.m. when callers reported gunshots. Witnesses told police they saw two cars speeding north, one appearing to be chasing the other. Police said shell casings from two guns were found in the road between Mineral Point Road to just past Tree Lane. No injuries or property damage was reported.

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:54:22 GMT