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Cops: Peanut Butter Bandit Hit 'Trump Rally,' Smeared Cars

But it was not a Trump rally; Wis. woman, allegedly drunk, faces disorderly conduct charges

(Newser) - Disorderly conduct charges are pending against a woman who authorities say smeared peanut butter on 30 vehicles outside a gathering in Amherst, in central Wisconsin, that she mistakenly thought was a Donald Trump rally. WSAW-TV reports that investigators say the Monday night conservation group meeting in Amherst had nothing to... More »

Creepy Video a Dead End in Case of Missing Teen

Police looked into connection with Kayla Berg case in Wisconsin

(Newser) - It would have been horrifying. Instead, it's merely a fake. Police say a YouTube video that shows a woman tied up on a bathroom floor and screaming, "Why are you doing this?" isn't real and, more importantly, has no connection to missing Wisconsin teen Kayla Berg, reports... More »

Town Rallies, Finds Toddler Lost in Cornfield for 20 Hours

500 volunteers signed up to search near Antigo, Wis.

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy lost for 20 hours in a cornfield where stalks reached 7-feet tall has been found safe and sound in Wisconsin. Dyton Logalbo was playing outside near his home around 2pm Saturday when his mom saw him wandering into the cornfield north of Antigo, reports the Wausau Daily ... More »

Teen Ends Treatment, Dies After 'Last Dance' Prom

Condition left 14-year-old in constant pain

(Newser) - After a special "Last Dance" prom and a final summer with her mom, 14-year-old Jerika Bolen now has the other thing she wished for: an end to her constant and unbearable pain. The Wisconsin teen, whose decision to end treatment for Type 2 spinal muscular atrophy and stop using... More »

Medical Examiner's Son Dies of Drug Overdose

'No family is immune,' Wis. senator says

(Newser) - There have been more than 160 drug-related deaths in Milwaukee County, Wis., this year, 70 of them in the last seven weeks, and that is more than just a grim statistic for Chief Medical Examiner Brian Peterson. His own son, Adam Peterson, a 29-year-old with a history of drug use,... More »

Teen's Plan to Die Runs Into Opposition

Disability groups are asking child services to intervene in Jerika Bolen's plan

(Newser) - Jerika Bolen made it very clear earlier this year that she was going to attend her prom , spend a final summer with her mom, and then end her life . But instead of a "magical" ending for the Wisconsin 14-year-old, who has an incredibly painful incurable illness, she and her... More »

2nd 'Slender Man' Girl Will Plead Insanity

Both girls will be tried as adults

(Newser) - Both girls in Wisconsin's disturbing "Slender Man" case will now be pleading not guilty by reason of insanity. Attorneys for 14-year-old Anissa Weier signaled this week that they want to change her plea in the attempted murder case from not guilty to "NGI," meaning that she'... More »

Milwaukee Cop Who Killed Suspect Is Black

Protests continue for a 2nd night

(Newser) - One person was shot and a police officer was injured as unrest gripped Milwaukee on Sunday for a second night after the fatal shooting of a black suspect . Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn says the officer who shot 23-year-old Sylville K. Smith is also black, and that officer is now... More »

Viral Stunt or Genuinely Creepy? Scary Clown Strolls

With black balloons, no less, in Green Bay

(Newser) - Coulrophobes might want to steer clear of Wisconsin for a while. Some creeped-out people in Green Bay have been calling police about a clown wandering around with a bouquet of black balloons, reports USA Today . The clown was spotted at 2am Monday, though it's unclear whether he's surfaced... More »

Federal Judge Strikes Down Another State's Voting Restrictions

This time in Wisconsin

(Newser) - The same day a federal judge ruled North Carolina's voter ID law was racially discriminatory and unconstitutional, a federal judge made a similar ruling in Wisconsin. While he didn't strike down the state's entire 2011 voter ID law, Judge James Peterson did repeal big chunks of it,... More »

Cop Had Sex Nearly 100 Times While on the Job

Wisconsin officer John Worden has resigned

(Newser) - A Wisconsin police officer has resigned after it was revealed last month that he had sex 98 times while on duty and spent four to six hours per work day on personal calls using his Hudson Police Department phone, the Hudson Star-Observer reports. Back in April, a woman filed a... More »

Court Delivers Blow to 'Slender Man' Girls

Upholds lower court ruling to try suspects as adults

(Newser) - A Wisconsin state appeals court ruled Wednesday that two girls accused of trying to kill their classmate in an attempt to please the fictional horror character "Slender Man" should be tried as adults. The 2nd District Appeals court, in a pair of rulings, affirmed a lower court's determination... More »

Teen to Celebrate 'Last Dance' Before Ending Her Life

Jerika Bolen is going to prom before putting an end to the pain from her incurable illness

(Newser) - Jerika Bolen wakes up every morning with another day ahead of her hooked up to a ventilator and wracked by terrible pain, caused by an incurable illness that usually kills its sufferers when they're in their teens. But the purple-haired 14-year-old from Appleton, Wis., has decided to wrest control... More »

The Grown Woman Who Joined a School Cheer Team

Wendy Brown stole her daughter's identity to realize a long-lost dream

(Newser) - The Atlantic sat down with a woman who, at the age of 33, stole her daughter's identity in order to live out her fantasy of being a high-school cheerleader. Wendy Brown's story made headlines back in 2008; now she explains what she was thinking when she walked into... More »

Thieves Nab 20K Pounds of Cheese From Truck

Anyone transporting crackers should be on high alert

(Newser) - It's a caper of grand proportion in a state that loves its cheddar. The AP reports 20,000 pounds of cheese has vanished from southeastern Wisconsin. The cheese, produced by US Foods, was in a semitrailer parked at a business in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek when it... More »

How This Woman Just Made the FBI's Most Wanted List

Shanika Minor has been on the run for months after alleged murder

(Newser) - Three days after 24-year-old Shanika Minor allegedly shot and killed a nine-months-pregnant neighbor in Milwaukee on March 6, she was charged with murdering both the woman and her unborn child. Then in late April, the feds added charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, reports CBS News . Now, nearly four... More »

Sex Assault Charge Leads to Sobbing Mugshot

Anthony Zingale allegedly held knife to woman for sex

(Newser) - There's nothing at all amusing about the serious charges a Wisconsin man is facing—but his mugshot is getting a few pokes on the Internet. Anthony Zingale, 19, is accused of threatening a Plymouth woman with a knife in a rape attempt at a house party Saturday night, the... More »

Mom Rented Van, Vanished With 3 Sons for 2 Weeks

They've now been found safe

(Newser) - On May 9, Michalene Melges rented a van in Lake Bluff, Ill., more than 40 miles away from her home in Lake Geneva, Wis. She called her sons' school and asked for the boys to be excused for a vacation May 10 to 13. And then they vanished, with the... More »

Long-Lost Daughter Calls Mom After 83 Years

Eileen Wagner never expected to see her daughter again

(Newser) - Eileen Wagner kept a secret for over 80 years—and it was a big one. As a teenager living in a Green Bay suburb in 1932, she was raped by a boy, sent to a home for pregnant girls, and forced to give up the child for adoption. "In... More »

Lawmaker's Residence Under Scrutiny for Airbnb Ad

Frank Lasee stays in 2 different places

(Newser) - If Frank Lasee ran for office using his wife's house as his primary residence, he'd have to run against incumbent Paul Ryan—which the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says would be "political suicide." Instead, the GOP state senator looking to fill a soon-to-be-vacant congressional seat says he... More »

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