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Prosecutors: Post-Arraignment, Rittenhouse Hit the Bar

Kenosha County DA's office says suspect downed beer, flashed hate sign

(Newser) - Minutes after Kyle Rittenhouse was arraigned on felony homicide charges , the 18-year-old was downing beer and flashing a hand sign associated with white supremacy at a bar. Surveillance footage shows Rittenhouse arrived with his mother at a tavern in Mount Pleasant, Wis., on Jan. 5, just 90 minutes after he...

He Thought No One Heard His Rant. The Doorbell Cam Did

UPS driver fired after rant targeting Latino man in Milwaukee

(Newser) - UPS says it has fired an employee caught making racist remarks at the Milwaukee home of a Latino cop. The residence's doorbell camera captured the unidentified driver, a white male, ranting while writing up a "failed to deliver" notice on Dec. 17, though he apparently didn't knock...

Police Chief 'Shocked' by This Arrest

Man racks up 18th drunk driving offense

(Newser) - “I am frankly shocked.” That’s the reaction from Green Bay, Wis., police Chief Andrew Smith regarding a local man’s recent drunk driving arrest. The reason for his shock: It was Wallace Carl Bowers' 18th operating while intoxicated offense, police say. Police were responding to reports of...

No Charges for Kenosha Cop Who Shot Jacob Blake

'Officer Sheskey felt he was about to be stabbed,' DA says

(Newser) - A disturbing video of a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer shooting a Black man in the back doesn't tell the full story, a prosecutor said Tuesday, announcing that the officer will not face criminal charges. Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley said Tuesday that Officer Rusten Sheskey and two other...

As City Braces for Protests, Rittenhouse Pleads Not Guilty

Wisconsin governor actives National Guard

(Newser) - An Illinois teenager who fatally shot two people and wounded a third amidst sometimes violent summer protests on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges including intentional homicide. Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, entered his plea in a brief hearing conducted by teleconference that came as Kenosha...

Pharmacist Who Spoiled Vaccine Said It Was 'Unsafe'

Police say Wisconsin man thought it would mutate DNA

(Newser) - A Wisconsin pharmacist who was fired and arrested after allegedly deliberately spoiling hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine told police he thought they were unsafe, prosecutors said during a hearing Monday. Ozaukee County District Attorney Adam Gerol said Steven Brandenburg, 46, made a "full confession" to police after officials...

Police Arrest Pharmacist Over Spoiled Vaccine Doses

He allegedly left them out of refrigeration twice

(Newser) - Authorities arrested a suburban Milwaukee pharmacist Thursday suspected of deliberately ruining hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine by removing them from refrigeration for two nights. The arrest marks another setback in what has been a slower, messier start to vaccinate Americans than public health officials had expected. Police in Grafton,...

Vaccine Doses Tossed After 'Human Error'

They spent too long out of the fridge at Wisconsin clinic

(Newser) - Some 500 doses of the precious Moderna coronavirus vaccine have been thrown out at a clinic in Wisconsin after an "unintended human error." Fifty vials, each containing 10 doses of vaccine, were removed from a refrigerator at the Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, some 20 miles north of...

Angry Residents Lose Homes to 'Ghost Factory'

Foxconn promised to bring 13K jobs to Wisconsin

(Newser) - Talk about sad: Sean McFarlane returned to the site of his Wisconsin home to find empty fields, underused buildings, and a hill full of geese. Sitting in his wheelchair, he sighed. "They demolished my house for this? A bunch of geese that sit on a hill?" the 37-year-old tells...

Prosecutors: Dentist Broke Teeth on Purpose

Scott Charmoli faces up to 20 years in prison

(Newser) - A Wisconsin dentist is accused of damaging his patients' teeth so he could bill insurance companies for crown procedures, the AP reports. Scott Charmoli, 60, of Grafton, was charged Tuesday in federal court with eight counts of health care fraud and two counts of false statements. If convicted, he faces...

COVID-19 Kills 8 Nuns at Retirement Home in a Week

Other residents have tested positive, order says

(Newser) - Eight nuns living at a retirement home for sisters in suburban Milwaukee died of COVID-19 complications in the past week—four of them on the same day, according to the congregation that runs the home. The School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province said other sisters who live at...

Wisconsin's Top Court Rejects Trump Lawsuit

'The Campaign is challenging the rulebook adopted before the season began'

(Newser) - A narrowly divided Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday rejected President Trump’s lawsuit attempting to overturn his loss to Joe Biden in the battleground state, ending Trump's legal challenges in state court about an hour before the Electoral College was to meet to cast the state's 10 votes...

Health Authorities Warn: This Holiday Favorite Could Make You Sick

Don't eat 'cannibal sandwiches,' Wisconsin authorities say

(Newser) - "Cannibal sandwiches" are a holiday tradition in Wisconsin, and if the name alarms you, the state's health authorities say you're on the right track. The sandwiches involve raw ground beef, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Saturday issued its "annual reminder" that eating raw...

Wisconsin Justice Takes Trump Lawyer to Task

Suit 'smacks of racism,' she says

(Newser) - A lawsuit from President Trump seeking to throw out hundreds of thousands of votes in Wisconsin "smacks of racism," a justice on that state's Supreme Court said during a Saturday hearing, Business Insider reports. Trump attorney Jim Troupis had asked the court to invalidate more then 221,...

Wisconsin High Court Turns Back Trump Suit

But legal challenge will now shift to lower courts

(Newser) - A split Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear President Trump's lawsuit attempting to overturn his election loss to Joe Biden in the battleground state, sidestepping a decision on the merits of the claims and instead ruling that the case must first wind its way through lower courts....

Trump Sues to Overturn State's Election Result

He wants to disqualify 221K Wisconsin ballots

(Newser) - President Trump is attempting to overturn the election results in Wisconsin, which were certified by the chairwoman of the Wisconsin Elections Commission and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers Monday. In what the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel calls a "last-ditch effort" to reclaim the state, the president has gone directly to the...

Final Swing State Confirms Biden Win

Trump has 5 days to file Wisconsin lawsuit

(Newser) - Joe Biden's victory in battleground Wisconsin was confirmed Monday following a partial recount that only added to his 20,600-vote margin over President Trump, who has promised to file a lawsuit seeking to undo the results. Confirmation of the results by the Democratic chairwoman of the Wisconsin Elections Commission...

Another State Makes Biden's Win Official

Arizona certifies results

(Newser) - Another state has certified Joe Biden as its winner. Arizona on Monday made the results official, with Biden winning by more than 10,000 votes, or about 0.3% of the 3.4 million votes cast, reports Axios and the AP . That leaves Wisconsin as the last state yet to...

Washington Inaction Forces States to Step Up

States consider pandemic relief as America logs 13M COVID-19 cases

(Newser) - Faulting inaction in Washington, governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed, renters and others whose livelihoods have been upended by the widening coronavirus outbreak, the AP reports. In some cases, elected officials are spending the last of a federal relief package passed...

Milwaukee County Finishes its Recount

Biden's lead widens, but Trump campaign could take the totals to court

(Newser) - After eight days of counting nearly 460,000 ballots by hand, Milwaukee County confirmed that President-elect Joe Biden received the most votes there in the presidential election. President Trump picked up 125 votes in the recount, but Biden picked up more—257. That put the totals at 317,527 votes...

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