City to remove temporary Waukesha parade memorial
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Officials in Waukesha plan to take down a temporary memorial honoring the people killed and injured when an SUV plowed through the city’s Christmas parade last month. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the city plans to remove the memorial at Waukesha’s Veterans Park on Wednesday. The memorial includes six crosses, flowers, candles, teddy bears and baseballs to honor 8-year-old Jackson Sparks, who was killed as he marched with his youth baseball team in the parade. City staff and the Waukesha County Historical Society will collect the items and preserve them. The Waukesha Common Council plans to consider a request on Jan. 18 to create a permanent memorial planning commission.
Attackers follow Janesville woman home, steal car
JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — A Janesville woman is recovering from her injuries after a group of people followed her home, assaulted her and made off with her car. The Wisconsin State Journal reports the incident occurred Wednesday night. Police said the woman her husband had just arrived home from a trip to a drug store. She was going into her garage when a group of attackers hit her in the head multiple times and stole her car. She told police she believes the attackers followed her and her husband home from the drug store. Police in Rockford, Illinois, recovered the car but the attackers remain at large. The woman is recovering from minor injuries in a hospital.
Woman, unborn child killed in car crash
WEYAUWEGA, Wis. (AP) — A woman and her unborn child have been killed in a three-vehicle crash near Weyauwega in northeastern Wisconsin. WBAY-TV reports the crash occurred Thursday morning. According to the State Patrol, the 26-year-old Appleton woman was traveling east in the westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 10 when she was hit head-on by a car passing a semi-trailer. The cars hit the front driver side of the semi-trailer. The driver of the second car, a 19-year-old Milwaukee woman, was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Her passengers, a 41-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy, both from Milwaukee, also were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The semi-trailer driver wasn’t hurt.
Police searching for man who stole church donations
SHULLSBURG, Wis. (AP) — Police in southwestern Wisconsin are searching for a man who stole donation money from a Shullsburg church. WMTV-TV reports a man searched the donation boxes and jars at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church on Wednesday afternoon and made off with an unknown amount of money. The La Fayette County Sheriff’s Department said on its Facebook page that man wore jeans, a black jacket, a blue hooded sweatshirt and a camouflage cap.
Wisconsin AD McIntosh contracts COVID, will miss bowl game
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison Athletic Director Chis McIntosh has contracted COVID-19 and will miss the Badgers’ bowl game in Las Vegas. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Friday that McIntosh has tested positive for the disease and will miss the Las Vegas Bowl on Thursday. The Badgers will face Arizona State. UW-Madison’s men’s basketball team was forced to cancel its game Thursday night against George Mason because of positive tests in the program. The UW women’s team also was forced to cancel its Thursday game against Eastern Illinois due to positive tests in the Badgers program.
Lena Taylor abandons lieutenant governor bid
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Democratic state senator from Milwaukee has given up on her lieutenant governor run. Lena Taylor issued a statement Thursday evening saying she has suspended her campaign after “deliberate thought and prayer.” She said the lieutenant governor’s office offers a platform to discuss issues but she can have a direct impact on constituents as a legislator. Taylor’s decision leaves state Reps. David Bowen of Milwaukee and Sara Rodriguez of Brookfield vying for the Democratic nomination. Incumbent Mandela Barnes isn’t seeking reelection so he can run for U.S. Senate. GOP candidates include Sen. Patrick Testin of Stevens Point, Lancaster Mayor David Varnam, and Ben Voelkel, former communications director for U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson.
Attorneys spar in fight to block Wisconsin election subpoena
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state attorney representing Wisconsin’s chief elections administrator is trying to persuade a judge to block a subpoena demanding she submit to a private interview with a former state Supreme Court justice investigating the 2020 elections for Assembly Republicans. Michael Gableman has subpoenaed Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe as part of his probe, demanding she submit to questioning at his office. Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul filed a lawsuit in October to quash the Wolfe subpoena. Assistant Attorney General Gabe Johnson-Karp told Judge Rhonda Lanford during a hearing Thursday that the subpoena is too broad and Gableman can’t compel her to answer questions in private. Lanford said she’d rule by Jan. 10.
Multiple vehicles involved in western Wisconsin crashes
OSSEO, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in western Wisconsin are trying to sort out multiple crashes along Interstate 94. The State Patrol said in a statement that freezing rain early Thursday left the interstate between Menomonie and Black River Falls icy. About 5:45 a.m. a semi-trailer apparently slid in the median near Hixton and caught fire with two cars underneath it. Other crashes and run-offs occurred around the semi-trailer. No one was seriously hurt but the crashes forced authorities to close both eastbound and westbound lanes. WITI-TV initially reported more than 100 vehicles were involved in a pile-up but the State Patrol said the number was closer to 40.
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