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Threat Targets Making a Murderer Sheriff's Office

Caller threatened Manitowoc County bombing

(Newser) - Authorities say a caller who phoned in a bomb threat to a Wisconsin county sheriff's office made an apparent reference to "getting justice" for the man at the center of the Making a Murderer documentary. A statement from the Manitowoc Police Department says a male caller made the... More »

Court: Lifelong GPS Tracking of Sex Offenders Is OK

Wisconsin's statute declared constitutional

(Newser) - It's perfectly constitutional to require some convicted sex offenders to wear a GPS tracker all day, every day, for the rest of their lives. That's per the Seventh Circuit federal appeals court, which ruled Friday on the case of Michael Belleau. He was convicted in 1992 of sexually... More »

How Making a Murderer Changed Manitowoc

Officials deal with plenty of 'cussing': Monica Davey

(Newser) - Ten years before Making a Murderer fans started debating Steven Avery's case at just about every water cooler in the country, Monica Davey was just another reporter covering Avery's arrest on suspicion of the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc, Wis. The news came just as Avery... More »

2 Kids Die After One Returns to Burning House to Save Others

The four children were home alone, possibly while their parents were at Bible study

(Newser) - A house fire has claimed the lives of two eastern Wisconsin children, including an 11-year-old girl who went back into the house to rescue two other children, officials said Wednesday. Sheboygan Falls public safety director Steven Riffel identified the children who died as 7-year-old Carter Maki and 11-year-old Natalie Martin.... More »

FBI: Man Planned Massacre to 'Defend Muslims'

Feds say he targeted Milwaukee Masonic center

(Newser) - A man plotted to massacre dozens of people at a Masonic hall in Milwaukee in what he called an operation to "defend Muslims," federal agents say. According to an FBI affidavit, 23-year-old Samy Mohamed Hamzeh was recorded by two undercover agents plotting to storm the Humphrey Scottish Rite... More »

Someone Is Stealing a Lot of Cheese in Wisconsin

$160K went missing in 2 separate heists

(Newser) - Canada has its maple syrup thefts , California its walnut capers , and now Wisconsin joins the ranks with not one, but two cheese heists. The first happened two weeks ago in Marshfield, when bandits made off with $90,000 worth of Parmesan from a storage facility, reports CBS58 . Then on Friday,... More »

HS Students Defend Right to Vocally Shame Opponents

Wisconsin sportsmanship email is an airrrr balllll

(Newser) - The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association is receiving some taunting of its own after it attempted to crack down on unsportsmanlike chants at high-school basketball games last month, the New York Times reports. According to an email sent out to schools in December, some of the disrespectful chants the WIAA frowns... More »

Rare 'Frostquake' Probably Jolted Wisconsin

Unusual weather event sounds like 'someone drove into your house'

(Newser) - A weather event that a National Weather Service meteorologist says "[sounds] like someone drove into your house" likely took place in southern Wisconsin on Tuesday night, and it wasn't a tornado, lightning strike, or earthquake. Instead, it was what's called a "frostquake," the Milwaukee Journal ... More »

Obama Can't Pardon Making a Murderer Inmate

Constitution bars him from freeing Wisc. inmate

(Newser) - Despite two petitions that now have around 300,000 signatures, there is zero chance of President Obama pardoning Making a Murderer inmate Steven Avery —and it's not because the president has strong feelings about the Netflix series that casts doubt on his conviction. As Leon Neyfakh at Slate... More »

More Than 150K Sign Making a Murderer Petition

They want Obama to free convicted killer Steven Avery

(Newser) - If Netflix was a court, Wisconsin inmate Steven Avery would probably already be free. Avery, who is serving a life sentence for the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, is the focus of true-crime series Making a Murderer, and more than 150,000 people have been convinced that he is... More »

Mom's Last Letter: 'Bad News Is, Apparently, I'm Dead'

36-year-old mom Heather McManamy writes a poignant farewell

(Newser) - "The bad news is, apparently, I'm dead. Good news, if you're reading this, is that you are most definitely not." So begins Heather McManamy's goodbye letter . The 36-year-old Wisconsin mom died from cancer recently, Redbook reports, and her husband, Jeff, posted the inspiring letter to... More »

Elderly Lady: Neighbors Yell 'ISIS Is Great' During Sex

'Maybe taking see something, say something a little to far?' tweets police chief

(Newser) - It seems an elderly Wisconsin woman thinks a terrorist sleeper cell living next door accidentally let the cat out of the bag during a moment of passion. WDJT reports the 82-year-old Brown Deer resident called 911 when she said she heard a couple shouting "ISIS is good, ISIS is... More »

Guy Calls Station About '82 Cold Case, Gets Arrested

Jose Ferreira confessed to cops about killing 13-year-old Carrie Ann Jopek in 1982

(Newser) - In 1982, 13-year-old Carrie Ann Jopek went missing in Milwaukee after she got suspended from school. Her body was found 17 months after she vanished, buried under a neighbor's porch, but the search for her killer eventually went cold, the AP reports. Now her mom, Carolyn Touisgnant, may finally... More »

'Slender Man' Girls Get Bad News in Court

Two 13-year-olds will be tried as adults

(Newser) - Two 13-year-old girls accused of trying to murder a classmate when they were 12 learned today that they will be tried as adults—a decision that could make a difference of decades in prison. In what they told investigators was an attempt to please the fictional online "Slender Man"... More »

7 States to Change Rules After Chattanooga

Wisconsin the latest state to say it will arm on-duty National Guard members

(Newser) - Wisconsin is joining six other states in arming on-duty National Guard members after last week's deadly Chattanooga shootings . "Allowing our National Guard members to carry weapons while on duty gives them the tools they need to serve and protect our citizens as well as themselves," Republican Gov.... More »

'I'm in': Scott Walker Joins Crowded GOP Field

Wis. governor says 'Americans deserve a leader who will fight and win for them'

(Newser) - Make room, GOPers: Scott Walker is running for president. "I'm in. I'm running for president because Americans deserve a leader who will fight and win for them," he tweeted ( this time for real ) today. But for the Wisconsin governor—who dropped a "barn-burner... More »

Wisconsin City: No, a Kangaroo Is Not a Service Animal

May we suggest a nice dog?

(Newser) - Officials have changed a southeastern Wisconsin city's rules on service animals after a woman took a baby kangaroo into a McDonald's restaurant. The Beaver Dam Daily Citizen reports the city's Common Council voted 14-0 Monday night to define a service animal as a dog or miniature horse,... More »

Wisconsin Cheddar Fetches 'Milestone' Price

A 20-year-old batch is selling for $209 a pound

(Newser) - A Wisconsin cheesemaker is debuting a 20-year-old cheddar that's short in supply and big on price. The cheddar from Hook's Cheese Co. of Mineral Point goes on sale today for $209 a pound. Most of the 450-pound supply is already spoken for, with orders coming in after the... More »

Madison Officer Won't Be Charged in Shooting of Biracial Teen: DA

Matt Kenny shot Tony Robinson, 19, in March, police say

(Newser) - A Wisconsin prosecutor has decided not to charge a white police officer in the death of an unarmed biracial man in Madison. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced today that he wouldn't file any charges against Madison officer Matt Kenny in 19-year-old Tony Robinson's death on March... More »

Zoo's Baby Kangaroo Stolen From Mom's Pouch

Wisc. zoo pleads for return of stolen animals

(Newser) - Baby kangaroos are supposed to be with their mothers until they're at least a year old, say worried staff at the Special Memories Zoo in Wisconsin. But a baby kangaroo was stolen right from its mother's pouch at the zoo's winter holding facility last week, and the... More »

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