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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 »

Boy, 7, Saved Mom's Life After Bridge Shooting

Wounded mother told son to run for help

(Newser) - A little boy who went out for a bike ride with his family in Menasha, Wis., ended up running to save his mother's life after a stranger opened fire on Sunday, police say. After Sergio Daniel Valencia del Toro, a 27-year-old man apparently upset by the end of a... More »

4 Dead in 'Random' Bridge Shooting

Alleged gunman dead after Wisconsin attack

(Newser) - Four people are dead and another person is injured after a shooting on a bridge in eastern Wisconsin that a police chief says appears to be a "random act." The Menasha Police Department said in a statement that the shooting happened around 7:30pm last night on the... More »

Father of 7 Dies Bringing Pregnant Wife to Hospital

Another car hit a deer, sending it into Rogan family's windshield

(Newser) - What should have been a joyful trip turned tragic early Friday, when a central Wisconsin man died while driving his pregnant wife to the hospital to deliver their eighth child. Michael Rogan, 42, was driving a van with his wife and seven children aboard when another car hit a deer,... More »

Toddler Runs Into Street, and 4 End Up Dead

Uncle shoots at driver of car that killed 2-year-old: Milwaukee police

(Newser) - Two Milwaukee families are grieving after what started out as a fatal accident turned even deadlier afterward. The terrible domino effect started Sunday when 2-year-old Damani Terry dashed into the street and was struck by a van driven by 40-year-old Archie Brown Jr., the AP reports. Brown reportedly jumped out... More »

Crime Lab to Test If Blanket Was on Lincoln's Deathbed

President died 150 years ago today

(Newser) - The Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory is testing unusually old blood samples: some that could be from Abraham Lincoln himself. Today marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination, and the start of a story around a beige bedspread. It's said Lincoln was laid on it at a rooming house... More »

Cops: Hospital Kidnap Suspect Shot Himself

Wisconsin victim shaken, but unharmed

(Newser) - After a daylong manhunt, a 20-year-old man accused of abducting a woman from a southeastern Wisconsin hospital and fleeing from sheriff's deputies in an exchange of gunfire has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities say. Racine police say officers tracked the man to a home in the village... More »

Walker Strikes Another Blow Against Organized Labor

Signs right-to-work bill into law for Wisconsin

(Newser) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a right-to-work bill into law today, striking another blow against organized labor four years after the state effectively ended collective bargaining for public-sector workers. Walker, a likely presidential candidate fresh off a weekend visit to Iowa, signed the bill affecting private-sector employees at an invitation-only... More »

Madison Teen's Killing Has 'Ripped Community Apart'

Protests dominate weekend after Tony Robinson's death

(Newser) - This weekend saw three days of protests and events on behalf of Tony Robinson, the unarmed black teenager killed by police in Madison, Wis. His death "has ripped this community apart," family friend Craig Spaulding tells NBC News . Indeed, passionate protests began "almost immediately" at the spot... More »

Scott Walker: I've Taken on Unions, So I Can Handle ISIS

Wis. governor isn't even officially running for president yet, but he seems confident

(Newser) - Scott Walker hasn't officially declared he's running for president, but the Wisconsin governor knows if he were president, he'd be able to handle ISIS. Why? Because he's taken on public unions. In a speech yesterday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (aka the "conservative Woodstock"... More »

Scott Walker: I Don't Know If Obama Loves His Country

'I've never asked him,' says Wisconsin governor

(Newser) - As Rudy Giuliani takes heat for comments questioning President Obama's love for his country , Scott Walker, a leading Republican 2016 contender, says he doesn't know how Obama feels. "You should ask the president what he thinks about America," the Wisconsin governor tells the AP. "I'... More »

Guy Tries to Stop Robbery, Gets Charged With Felony

Jeff Steele reportedly threatened robber with Taser he had no permit for

(Newser) - A man who tried to stop a robbery in a Wisconsin bar has been charged with a felony because he wasn't supposed to be carrying the Taser he allegedly threatened the suspect with. According to WKBT-TV , Jeff Steele was at the King's Korner bar in La Crosse just... More »

Workers Shovel All Winter So Widower Can Honor Wife

They volunteered to keep path clear for 82-year-old

(Newser) - Two park employees in Fond du Lac, Wis., have been shoveling a lot of extra snow this winter in the name of love. Since Bud Caldwell's wife of 56 years died two years ago, the 82-year-old has been visiting a bench dedicated to her in the park every day... More »

'Therapy Kangaroo' Kicked Out of Wisc. McDonald's

Even though woman says she has a doctor's note

(Newser) - While she may not have been hopping mad, a Wisconsin woman certainly wasn't happy about being told to leave a McDonald's in Beaver Dam with the animal she says is her support kangaroo. According to TMJ4 , police told Diane Moyer to leave the restaurant after a customer complained... More »

Wisconsin Crater Yields One of the Rarest Minerals

450M-year-old reidite find is most ancient yet

(Newser) - Reidite is one of the rarest minerals on earth—it's been found in only four places. The most recent is Rock Elm, Wisconsin, where scientists discovered the material in a crater, Phys.org reports. The crater has been around since the geologic period known as the Middle Ordovician, and... More »

Police Baffled by Diamond Ring on Xmas Tree

Wisconsin cops say someone left it there on purpose

(Newser) - A Wisconsin police department is trying to figure out who left a diamond ring on its Christmas tree. Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell posted a note on his department's Facebook page yesterday, asking if anyone knew where the ring came from. He says the diamonds are real. Police think... More »

'Screech' Charged in Wisconsin Bar Stabbing

Bail set at $10K for 'Saved by the Bell' star Dustin Diamond, who claims self-defense

(Newser) - The misadventures of Screech don't take a break during the holidays. Dustin Diamond, known for playing the geeky character on "Saved by the Bell," was arrested early this morning after a man was stabbed in a Wisconsin bar with a switchblade, the AP reports. Diamond was charged... More »

Ex-Cop Who Killed Mentally Ill Black Man Not Charged

Christopher Manney shot Dontre Hamilton in self-defense: Milwaukee prosecutor

(Newser) - Christopher Manney, a white Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot Dontre Hamilton, a mentally ill black man, won't face criminal charges because he shot Hamilton in self-defense, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said today. Manney shot 31-year-old Hamilton on April 30 after responding to a call about a... More »

Slender Man Suspects Ruled Fit for Trial

Girls were 12 when they allegedly stabbed classmate

(Newser) - Two Wisconsin girls who allegedly stabbed a classmate 19 times to please the "Slender Man" fictional online character are competent to stand trial, a judge has decided. Both girls, who were 12 when they allegedly tried to kill another 12-year-old girl after a sleepover, have been charged as adults.... More »

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