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Published: Tue, 10 May 2011 13:51:57 GMT

7 arrests made in 2 days in effort against Madison shootings

Madison police said they’ve made seven arrests in the last two days in a crackdown aimed at stemming gun violence. The effort is in response to reports of shots fired almost daily over the past month, including multiple shots fired during a recent weekend. Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said in a blog post that numerous law enforcement agencies are involved in the investigation and said the focus is on "homicide prevention." The chief cited, “one woman nearly shot as she drove her car down a major arterial street of Madison, one woman grazed in a restaurant/bar, one man shot in the arm, and one (of many) close calls involving a child minding her own business sitting in her home.” “The frequency and scope of these brazen gun violence calls has now intensified to the point where they are taking place in all sectors of the city, and even during broad daylight hours,” he wrote. Police said they're looking for Nigel T. Goodwan, 21, in connection to a shooting at State Street Brats. “Individuals we are targeting have been known to us as having outstanding warrants, existing probable cause for independent charges, are known to either threaten or commit violent acts, and are associated with gangs and weapons. Our intelligence comes from many sources including citizen witnesses, informants, forensics, and internal intelligence gathering.”

Published: Fri, 22 May 2015 23:47:45 GMT

Over 80 dead calves found on 2 Kenosha County farms

The Kenosha County Sheriff's Office said it's investigating potential animal abuse on two farms where over 80 dead calves have been found amid deplorable conditions. A sheriff's office statement Saturday said deputies found at least 52 dead calves on a farm in Brighton Township on Friday afternoon. Fifteen live calves were moved from the property to a safe location. Investigators later discovered at least 30 dead calves at a second farm owned by the same family, in Paris Township. At least 100 live cattle there were put under a veterinarian's care. The statement said the cause of the animal deaths has not been determined, and may have been due to disease, but investigators found evidence of neglect and long-term deplorable conditions. The sheriff's office said the farm owners are cooperating.

Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 17:46:24 GMT

PHOTOS: Spring in Wisconsin!

Spring has finally arrived in Wisconsin, and you've got the photos to prove it! Take a look at these pretty wildlife snaps shared by #News3 viewers. Share your spring pics via tips@channel3000.com.

Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 23:26:02 GMT

Dashcam shows plane's fatal fall on highway

New police dashcam video shows the aftermath of a deadly plane crash on an Atlanta-area highway earlier this month. Greg Byrd, 53, and his two sons, Christopher, 27, and Phillip, 25, died in the crash on May 8, along with Christopher's fiancee, Jackie Kulzer. The four were headed to the University of Mississippi in Oxford to see Greg Byrd's younger son, Robert, graduate. In the video released by the Chamblee Police Department, the small plane appears out of the right side windshield -- flying low and at an angle along the highway. It appears to bank right then disappears behind a tree line. A black cloud of an apparent explosion rises up. At first the tape is silent, but then sound pops in. The police car, siren blaring and engine roaring, zooms through intersections to reach the crash site. The single-engine Piper PA-32 had just left DeKalb Peachtree Airport. Shortly after 10 a.m., the plane collided with an Interstate highway barrier during a forced-landing attempt, according to a National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report released this week. 'We're going down' According to the NTSB, the pilot -- in cross talk with the airport control tower -- said, "I'm having some problem climbing here." Then he said, "Were going down here at the intersection." That was the last transmission made by the pilot. 'Send everything' On the police tape, the officer breathes heavily as his patrol car closes in on the ever-growing plumes. "Send everything," he radios in. Then he drives up a highway off-ramp shoulder in the opposite direction of traffic. The police car cuts through a grassy median and comes to a halt. The crash site and flames are seen in the middle of the dashcam video. A person is outside her vehicle, with the door open. A warning to onlookers The officer yells "get back, get back, get back, everyone get the hell away from it." The woman runs away, her car pulls off with its door open. A man walks by and the officer asks him, "Which way is this? Is it eastbound or westbound? The officer radios in the information he gives him. "There's someone screaming in there" Someone says, "I thought it was gonna hit me." Then a man walks up with a small fire extinguisher. A voice tells him, "I don't think that's gonna do much." The man answers, "Yeah, but there's someone screaming in there." The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The NTSB's final report should be released in a few months.

Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 19:34:52 GMT

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Published: Thu, 14 May 2015 11:49:48 GMT

Complaint: Accused man recorded saying, 'I killed you. I keep seeing it over and over'

A 23-year-old Neillsville man was charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of a 30-year-old woman at the Black River Falls Pet Park in the town of Brockway. According to the criminal complaint, John B. Cook admitted to stabbing Jacinda Muir, of Black River Falls, on the morning of May 17 after stealing a bag of meth from her and prodding her into the wooded area using his knife. A man called 911 at about 11:05 a.m. Sunday after noticing Muir in the woods lying on her stomach in a large pool of blood. In an interview with a Jackson County Sheriff’s deputy, Cook initially said he did not know the last time he saw Muir. Later, Cook told authorities they went to the pet park and walked around a bit and talked, which turned into an argument. "The next thing I knew, I had a knife in my hand and I’m just going to town," Cook told authorities. Cook stated he didn’t want to be out in the open because he was just going to beat up Muir, but it escalated and he stabbed her.  While in the interview alone and still being recorded, Cook stated he was “sorry, Jacinda, I hope you forgive me. I killed you. I keep seeing it over and over. I hope you forgive me. I hope you’re in a better place.” The criminal complaint states when Cook was arrested, he had clothing with him that was stained with what appeared to be blood. Law enforcement also noticed cuts on his fingers. A forensic pathologist with the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the cause of Muir’s death to be multiple stab wounds to the torso and neck and that the manner of death was a homicide. A $1 million cash bond was set on Friday for Cook. His initial appearance is scheduled for June 15.

Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 15:25:21 GMT

Mother wounded in bridge shooting goes home from hospital

A mother who survived a shooting on the Trestle Trail Bridge in Menasha has gone home from the hospital. Theda Clark Medical Center spokeswoman Megan Schuessler says Erin Stoffel was released from the Neenah hospital late Friday afternoon. The 32-year-old was critically wounded in the random shooting on the bridge May 3. Her 33-year-old husband, Jon, and 11-year-old daughter, Olivia, lost their lives. Thirty-one-year-old Adam Bentdahl, of Appleton, was also killed. Despite being shot three times, Stoffel was able to get two of her other children to safety. She was let out of the hospital briefly to attend the funeral of her husband and daughter. The gunman, 27-year-old Sergio Daniel Valencia del Torro, killed himself. Authorities are finishing up an investigation into his background and mental health history.

Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 18:30:15 GMT

New Hilldale shops to open in June

A west Madison shopping center is expected to open its latest redevelopment in June, including several new stores. A spokesman for Hilldale Mall said the North Midvale Boulevard expansion would have its first two new stores, Lucky Brand and Morgan's Shoes, open on June 2 after a ceremony with Mayor Paul Soglin. Work on the $15 million expansion began in early September, when mall officials said the project would add 53,000 square feet in an area between Metcalfe’s and Macy’s on the mall’s north end, making room for a new restaurant and numerous new retailers. Lucky Brand and Morgan's Shoes will open at 10 a.m. June 2. Sur la Table and Stride Rite are expected to open June 3, New Balance June 4, Kate Spade and Mes Amies June 5, and multiple other retailers later in the month, according to a project spokesman.

Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 22:23:12 GMT

14 cadets graduate Madison College as police profession faces 'tense times'

Many of the 14 law enforcement cadets walking across Madison College's stage Friday night know they are heading directly into an occupation that finds itself under unprecedented scrutiny. "It’s kind of a tense time to come to law enforcement, for law enforcement officers that are currently in it," 128th Law Enforcement Academy class president Sam Vollrath said. "They have been through a lot of social events. That was really a litmus test to their own character," academy director Brian Landers said. "And they’re here to graduate. And they’re here to announce to the whole world that they’re ready to go off and be law enforcement. The next generation of police officers in our community. And I’m incredibly proud of them." From viewing national and local racial tensions, graduates from the college’s 128th academy say they have learned important lessons about the use of force and how to act on the job. "It energized, it focused us that much more. Again, going back to 'we want to be change.' We want to be that class that comes out and makes a difference," Vollrath said. The 128th academy’s classes started right before the decision in Ferguson not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown's shooting death. The graduates, including Vollrath who is now a Mable Bluff officer, join the workforce on the heels of Madison Officer Matt Kenny not facing criminal charges in Tony Robinson's shooting death. "We want to be that class that comes up in addition to current law enforcement officers, and puts our best foot forward to bring people back to having confidence in law enforcement officers again," Vollrath said. Part of Vollrath's class president leadership has also included guiding his fellow cadets through officer-involved shooting deaths, including Wisconsin State Trooper Trevor Casper. "It's powerful," Vollrath said. "Just seeing that somebody working in your current field or future field lose their life is tough. But it also makes you take your training that much more seriously." The 128th graduating class is a first in Madison College history. The 14 graduates have continued working their full-time day jobs and completed their 520 hours of training during nights and weekends. "One thing were really proud of with this group is they achieved one of the highest grade point averages ever at the law enforcement academy," Landers said. "You're getting an officer who's obviously showing a commitment to not only the theories, but the investigations. The legal end of things."

Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 17:11:31 GMT

Beloit man charged with possession heroin, pot

A Beloit man was charged with possession of pot and heroin after a suspicious vehicle stop Friday night, police said. Janesville police said an officer suspected a vehicle traveling in the Fourth Ward neighborhood and downtown Janesville at about 9:15 p.m. was involved in distributing controlled substances, and the occupants were suspected of having gang affiliations. Police stopped the vehicle in the 200 block of East Centerway, according to the report. During the investigation, the driver, 31-year-old Depronce A. Burnett, was reportedly found in possession of controlled substances, arrested and taken to the Rock County Jail. Police said officers seized 8.6 grams of heroin, 18.7 grams of marijuana and cash. Burnett was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin within 1,000 feet of certain places, possession with intent to deliver THC within 1,000 feet of certain places, maintaining drug vehicle, first-offense operating while under the influence and a probation violation.

Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 22:13:01 GMT

Frank Kaminsky says goodbye to UW

Former UW basketball player Frank Kaminsky wrote his goodbye to Wisconsin in a post on his blog Friday. After four years at UW-Madison, the college player of the year is preparing for the NBA. "To be honest, I have been putting off writing this blog for a while now," he wrote on his blog, The Moose Basketball. "Writing this blog means that my time at Wisconsin has come to an end, and I am now officially reflecting on the past." Kaminsky shared his journey at Wisconsin and thanked his friends, teammates, coaches, fans and UW-Madison. "I have never loved being a part of something as much as I loved being a student-athlete at the greatest university in the world," he wrote. "Thinking about the future is scary, but I know that I am now ready for it." "I am proud to say I am a Badger for life."

Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 00:29:48 GMT

Twilight 10K, half marathon to impact Madison traffic, police say

Two race events this weekend will impact traffic in downtown Madison, officials said. University of Wisconsin-Madison police said the Madison Twilight 10K will wind its way through campus Saturday night. Parts of Park Street and Observatory Drive will be closed to traffic from 8 p.m. until about 9:45 p.m. Other roads will be one-way only as race participants will occupy a traffic lane for running. UWPD officers will help direct traffic. At 7 a.m. Sunday the Madison Half Marathon will kick off, closing parts of Park Street and Observatory Drive, police said. Other campus roadways will also be one-way traffic. The course is expected to finish at about 11:30 a.m. The city of Madison said Metro buses will detour from the downtown area and UW campus Saturday and Sunday due to the races. For a list of the detoured routes, visit Cityofmadison.com. Madison Marathon provided maps online outlining the course for both races: Madison Half Marathon map Madison Twilight 10K map

Published: Fri, 22 May 2015 20:24:09 GMT

Memorial to drunken driving victim moved after anonymous complaint

A memorial honoring a Sun Prairie woman killed by a drunk driver is now in Orfan Park, after an anonymous complaint forced WisDOT to move the structure from its roadside location. An anonymous donor covered the cost of moving the Maureen Mengelt Memorial from the spot where she was struck and killed. Mengelt was running when a hit-and-run driver hit her near the intersection of Highway 19 and exit ramp to Highway 151. An anonymous complaint resulted in an order from the WisDOT in September last year for the removal of the memorial. Almost 5,000 members of the community signed an online petition calling for the memorial to remain. Mengelt's family will be able to see the memorial from their home at its new location. The Maureen Mengelt Memorial Day 5K and community festival will take place Monday at Orfan Park. The run begins at 2:30 p.m. and the event ends at 5:30 p.m. Money raised will support Sun Prairie youth activities. More information can be found at www.maureenmengelt.org.

Published: Fri, 22 May 2015 23:33:27 GMT

Platteville man ejected in rollover SUV crash

A Platteville man was ejected in a single-SUV rollover crash Friday night, officials said. The Grant County Sheriff's Office said 37-year-old Jason Durr was driving his 2009 Kia Sportage south on Highway 80 near Walnut Road at about 9:23 p.m. when he drove on the the west side shoulder. Durr overcorrected and crossed both lanes, crashing into the ditch, according to the report. The vehicle overturned and Durr, who was not wearing his seat belt, was ejected from the SUV. He was taken by Platteville EMS to Southwest Health Center for treatment. The sheriff's office said his condition was unknown Saturday afternoon. The crash is under investigation, the sheriff's office said.

Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 21:21:56 GMT

Wisconsin man slain at Fort Hood gets Purple Heart

An Army Reservist from Milwaukee who was killed in the 2009 Fort Hood shootings has been awarded the Purple Heart. An overflow crowd of family, friends, veterans, service members, medical personnel and patients honored Russell Seager on Friday at the Milwaukee VA Medical Clinic as a three-star general presented the medal to his family. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Fort Hood victims originally did not qualify for the Purple Heart because the killings were deemed an act of workplace violence. But through the efforts of victims, families and others, Congress changed the eligibility rule this year. The 51-year-old Seager was a Milwaukee VA nurse practitioner who was headed to Afghanistan with an Army Reserve combat stress unit. The captain was one of 13 people killed at the Texas base.

Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 18:00:50 GMT

Man killed in Racine County island house fire identified

Racine County sheriff's officials have identified the victim of a fire that broke out in a house on a Fox River island in Waterford. But investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire that killed 88-year-old Lawrence C. Gough. Firefighters were dispatched to Gough's home on Fox Isle Park Drive about 6 a.m. Thursday. Lt. Dan Klatt said a frantic caller told a dispatcher that several people were unable to get out. Gough found on the second floor. He died at the scene. Two other people in the home were taken to a Milwaukee hospital.

Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 17:39:30 GMT

Emails show disputes continue on Wisconsin Supreme Court

Even with a new chief justice, the disputes continue behind the scenes inside the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Backers of a constitutional amendment allowing the justices to decide who will be their leader argued it would lead to more harmony on the Supreme Court. But emails released Friday show that the tenure of new Chief Justice Patience Roggensack is off to a rocky start. The emails show Justice Patrick Crooks told Roggensack in a Sunday message that a closed conference Roggensack scheduled on Monday violated the court's rules because all seven justices had not agreed to call it. Crooks was among three justices who also did not appear at a swearing-in Monday for law school graduates. The emails were requested by The Associated Press and provided by Justice Shirley Abrahamson.

Published: Fri, 22 May 2015 20:37:55 GMT

Brat Fest goes green

Brat Fest creator Tim Metcalfe speaks about how the Madison Memorial Day tradition is going green.

Published: Sat, 23 May 2015 02:23:44 GMT

Man pronounced dead, but then starts moving

A Milwaukee County medical examiner's report says a 46-year-old man was pronounced dead after collapsing at his Milwaukee apartment, but started moving his limbs as he was about to be taken to the morgue. The report said the man's girlfriend called police Tuesday because she had not heard from him recently. A police officer entered Thomas Sancomb's apartment and found him at the foot of his bed. The report said authorities found him "cold to the touch and in rigor" and didn't attempt to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead and his family was notified. The report said as his body was about to be removed, he began moving his limbs. Paramedics rushed him to a local hospital. His diagnosis was redacted from the report. Sancomb's brother, John, says he's "doing better every day."

Published: Fri, 22 May 2015 18:40:53 GMT