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Cops: Roofer Kills Co-Worker With Circular Saw

St. Louis man allegedly kills longtime friend

(Newser) - A roofer has been accused of gruesomely murdering his co-worker using a tool of the trade. The Pierce County Herald reports that 24-year-old Miguel Angel Franco Navarro faces charges of first-degree intentional homicide and mayhem in the death of 37-year-old Israel Valles-Flores. Authorities in Wisconsin say that his weapon of... More »

Man Has Limbs Amputated After Getting 'Lick of Death'

Greg Manteufel likely contracted dangerous bacterial infection from a dog

(Newser) - A Wisconsin man has lost his hands and legs after he likely received "the lick of death" from a dog, People reports. Per a GoFundMe created for Greg Manteufel, the 48-year-old house painter from West Bend started feeling sick on June 27; he and his family initially thought he... More »

Woodchucks Ate Paul Ryan's SUV

'It's just dead'

(Newser) - Paul Ryan is planning to buy a new car when he leaves office in January—partly because he will no longer be driven around by a security detail, and partly because a family of woodchucks ate his old one. The House speaker told an Economic Club of Washington event Thursday... More »

Baby Boy Found Abandoned in Car Seat

He was found outside Milwaukee home at 2:30am

(Newser) - Milwaukee police are looking for the family of a baby boy who was found alone in a car seat in the middle of the night in a residential area. Sgt. Sheronda Grant says investigators believe they have identified the child and his parents and are trying to locate them. The... More »

Man Who Tried to 'Upskirt' Thwarted by Battery Blast

Battery in camera he was going to place in his shoe exploded, and he then turned himself in

(Newser) - An attempt at "upskirting," an exploding camera, and a guilty conscience led to … no arrest in Wisconsin, but the story is still attracting attention nationwide. The Wisconsin State Journal reports on the unidentified 32-year-old man at the center of it all, showing up Tuesday at a Madison... More »

Trump: 'We're Seeing Results of the Pro-America Agenda'

He breaks ground at Foxconn factory site

(Newser) - President Trump highlighted his economic policies Thursday at the groundbreaking for a massive $10 billion Foxconn factory complex that may bring thousands of jobs to Wisconsin, a state he narrowly won in 2016. At the same time, Trump kept up his running feud with an iconic American company based in... More »

Late Comedian's Family Sues Over Trek's 'Farley' Fat Tires

Complaint says Trek Bicycles is capitalizing on late actor's 'fat guy' brand

(Newser) - The family of late comedian and film star Chris Farley has filed a federal lawsuit against Trek Bicycle for naming its fat-tired bikes "Farley," saying the Wisconsin-based bike company misappropriated Farley's name and traded on his "fat guy" brand of comedy, the AP reports. Farley, who... More »

Cops: 'Hats Off' to Seniors Who Pulled Off School Prank

No harm, no foul

(Newser) - As far as senior pranks go, this may win "Most All-Around Appreciated" in the annual superlatives. BuzzFeed reports on some end-of-year scheming by students at Cumberland High School in Wisconsin, with the school district and even local cops applauding the results. The call that came into the Cumberland Police... More »

Paul Ryan's Ex-Personal Driver Now Wants to Replace Him

Bryan Steil is now the likely Republican frontrunner

(Newser) - A former driver for House Speaker Paul Ryan who has been active in Wisconsin Republican politics for years announced Sunday that he is running to succeed Ryan in Congress. Bryan Steil, an attorney from Ryan's hometown of Janesville and a member of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents,... More »

Possible White Supremacist Blew Himself Up at Home

Benjamin Morrow had a 'homemade explosives factory'

(Newser) - A man who blew himself up in his Wisconsin apartment may have been a white supremacist building a bomb that's been dubbed "Mother of Satan," the Daily Beast reports. Benjamin Morrow, 28, died on March 5 when an explosion tore apart his Beaver Dam home and left... More »

Scott Walker Warns 'Blue Wave' Coming as Dem Wins Big Race

Rebecca Dallet elected to Wis. Supreme Court, possible precursor to how the midterms will go

(Newser) - Across the US, elections are being closely watched to see if clues can be gleaned as to how the 2018 midterms will go and Wisconsin gave Democrats another notch Tuesday. Rebecca Dallet, a liberal Milwaukee County judge, was elected over conservative Judge Michael Screnock of Sauk County to the state'... More »

The Weapon: a Soda Bottle. The Victim: This Town's Toilet

Sheboygan suspect has been shoving bottles into community commodes for a year and a half now

(Newser) - "This is very strange … and gross, but that is the reality of life." So laments a Facebook post Tuesday from the Sheboygan Police Department in Wisconsin, filling the public in on what the Sheboygan Press has deemed a "curious commode caper." The crime: "Over... More »

Hospital Didn't Look Into Baby's Bruising Until 4 More Injured

Federal report finds Wisconsin hospital didn't do enough to protect its youngest patients

(Newser) - A baby in the newborn intensive care unit of a Wisconsin hospital was found with unexplained bruising last April, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. A investigation wasn't launched until 10 months later. In that time, investigators found, another four newborns suffered injuries ranging from bruising to bone fractures. Now... More »

This State Has the Best Quality of Life

And California has the worst

(Newser) - When it comes to quality of life, studies have shown that a feeling of social connectedness is one of the most important factors. "The number one indicator of success in life and having a fulfilling, satisfying life is the quality of your relationships," says one sociology professor. "... More »

Murder Suspect on Trial Claims Victim's Beau Was Involved

Wisconsin case could hinge on Fitbit, Google data

(Newser) - A felon is on trial for the slaying of a mother of three in Wisconsin, but his lawyers argue the man who actually did the crime is the victim's boyfriend. Now, Fitbit and Google data could help resolve the case. Attorneys for George Burch, 40—who is alleged to... More »

3 Charged in Death of Inmate Denied Water for a Week

Prosecutors say Terrill Thomas was left to die in April 2016

(Newser) - A Wisconsin jail commander and two other staffers face charges after prosecutors say they left an inmate to die. Terrill Thomas, 38, died of dehydration in the solitary confinement unit of Milwaukee County Jail in April 2016 after a week without water. Though the move was against regulation at the... More »

Their Recollections of Mom's 1982 Death Led to Dad's Arrest

New information from the sisters, who were 11 and 13, led to murder charge

(Newser) - New information from two sisters who were 11 and 13 when their mother was killed in 1982 in northern Wisconsin resulted in a murder charge against their father more than 35 years later, a lead investigator in the case said Wednesday. Robin Mendez, 69, was charged with first-degree murder this... More »

Slender Man Sentence an Issue of 'Community Protection'

Morgan Geyser, 15, was sentenced to 40 years in a mental hospital for her role in stabbing attack

(Newser) - A Wisconsin girl who stabbed a classmate in an attack inspired by the fictional horror character Slender Man was sentenced to 40 years in a mental hospital Thursday. Judge Michael Bohren granted the maximum penalty that prosecutors had sought, and he discounted Morgan Geyser's youth—she was just 12—... More »

Wisconsin Man Runs $65K Ad Over Son's 2004 Death

Michael Bell took out the Washington Post ad Tuesday

(Newser) - There is no limit to this father's quest for justice: Michael Bell spent $64,259 to run a full-page age in Tuesday's Washington Post calling for his son's Nov. 9, 2004 death to be reinvestigated. The Wisconsin 21-year-old died at the hands of a Kenosha police officer... More »

He Wanted a Quick Buzz. He Left Looking 'Stooge'-Like

Cops: Barber cited for giving customer bad haircut, snipping his ear with scissors

(Newser) - A young man who went for a pre-Christmas haircut got a disorderly one, while his barber got slammed for disorderly conduct, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. Per Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain, the 22-year-old patron headed over to Ruby's Salon on Friday and asked for an inch off the... More »

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