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Waukesha Parade Suspect Is Changing His Plea

Lawyer says Darrell Brooks is mounting insanity defense

(Newser) - A man accused of killing six people and injuring dozens more when he allegedly drove his SUV through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee last year has decided to mount an insanity defense, his attorneys said Monday. Darrell Brooks Jr. faces more than 80 charges, including six homicide counts, in...

Former Wisconsin Judge Killed in Targeted Attack
Man Accused of Killing
Former Judge Dies

Man Accused of Killing Former Judge Dies

Slain former judge John Roemer sentenced Douglas Uhde to prison in 2005

(Newser) - Update: The man accused of murdering a retired Wisconsin judge in a targeted killing Friday is dead. Officials say Douglas Uhde was declared brain-dead Saturday morning and was taken off life support Tuesday, CNN reports. The 56-year-old was found with what authorities say was apparently a self-inflicted gunshot wound in...

Gunfire Rang Out During the Burial Service. 2 Were Hit

A juvenile was among the injured after shooting at funeral in Racine, Wis.

(Newser) - Update: After murky initial reports, police now confirm to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that two people at a cemetery in Racine, Wisconsin, were hit when gunfire rang out during a burial service on Thursday. Sgt. Kristi Wilcox tells TMJ4 that one of the injured individuals was flown to a Milwaukee...

Hot Air Balloon Crashes Into Moving Train

3 critically injured in Wisconsin crash

(Newser) - Three people suffered what police described as life-threatening injuries Wednesday night after one of the rarest of transport collisions—a crash between a train and a hot air balloon. Authorities say the balloon hit a northbound Canadian National train in Burlington, Wisconsin, around 8:15pm, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. Two...

Millennials, You May Want to Head to This State

Washington ranks first in WalletHub's rankings for most appealing places for the 26-41 set

(Newser) - Whether you call them Generation Y or millennials, the group wedged between Generation X and Generation Z—ie, those born between 1981 and 1996 —has its own particular wants and needs when looking for a place to settle down. WalletHub wanted to figure out the most appealing states for...

Daughter's Boyfriend Guilty of Killing Her Parents

Khari Sanford convicted of killing University of Wisconsin physician and her husband

(Newser) - Update: A man has been found guilty of fatally shooting a University of Wisconsin physician and her husband, who were the parents of his girlfriend, and leaving their bodies at the school's arboretum. Jurors in Dane County on Monday convicted 20-year-old Khari Sanford of two counts of first-degree intentional...

Bear Attacks Couple Inside Their Home

Rare attack in Wisconsin ends with the black bear fatally shot

(Newser) - When a Wisconsin couple spotted a black bear at their bird feeder, they followed protocol : From a (presumably) secure place—inside their own home—they began yelling to scare the bear away, reports CNN . The adult female bear, however, responded in unusually aggressive fashion by charging the couple, breaking through...

Anti-Abortion Group After HQ Arson: 'We Will Not Back Down'

Wisconsin Family Action's offices in Madison, Wis., were vandalized, set on fire

(Newser) - With a looming final decision by the Supreme Court on Roe v. Wade as the backdrop, the pushback against anti-abortion legislation is ramping up . In Wisconsin over the weekend, that defiance took the form of vandalism and arson at the offices of an anti-abortion group, which issued its own defiant...

Suspect in Lily Peters Murder Is a 14-Year-Old

Police say the suspect's 'intention was to rape and kill the victim from the get-go'

(Newser) - More details are emerging about the juvenile suspect who was arrested Tuesday in Chippewa Falls, Wis., in the murder of Iliana "Lily" Peters. Chief among them, that he is 14, and that he has been charged in adult court with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree sexual assault, and first-degree sexual...

Police: 10-Year-Old Killed on Way Home Knew Suspect

Juvenile suspect has been arrested in connection with the homicide

(Newser) - An arrest has been made in the death of Illiana "Lily" Peters , and Police Chief Matthew Kelm said Tuesday the juvenile suspect "was not a stranger, the suspect was known to the victim." The 10-year-old Wisconsin girl went missing Sunday night during the brief trip home from...

Girl Who Vanished on 5-Minute Walk Home Found Dead

Iliana 'Lily' Peters was 10

(Newser) - Ten-year-old Iliana "Lily" Peters was reported missing around 9pm Sunday when she didn't return home after a visit to her aunt's house, just four blocks—a five-minute walk, per her dad—away. Little more than 12 hours later, the case came to the worst possible end when...

Electrocution Kills 2 Making Art That's a TikTok Trend

Experts caution woodburning process isn't safe at home

(Newser) - The deaths of two people in Wisconsin are being blamed on electrocution caused by a woodburning technique that's popular on TikTok but banned by a trade group. The bodies of Tanya Rodriguez, 44, and James Carolfi, 52, were found after a house fire, but the Marathon County Sheriff's...

Doctor Falls to Her Death While Hiking Near Waterfall

Wisconsin 30-year-old apparently stepped off the path

(Newser) - A 30-year-old Wisconsin doctor was hiking in the northern part of the state when the ground crumbled beneath her, causing her to fall to her death. Kelsey Musgrove, a cardiothoracic surgery fellow at the University of Wisconsin, last contacted loved ones March 26 to let them know she'd reached...

Judge Refuses to Delay Trial in Christmas Parade Deaths

Darrell Brooks Jr. faces more than 80 charges

(Newser) - Update: A judge refused Monday to delay the trial for a man accused of killing six people and injuring dozens more when he allegedly drove his SUV through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow said it's important to resolve the case as quickly...

Wisconsin Man Accused of Killing Parents Goes on Trial
Wisconsin Man Gets Life
for Killing His Parents

Wisconsin Man Gets Life for Killing His Parents

Chandler Halderson attacked them after lies about his life, including a new job at SpaceX, fell apart

(Newser) - Update: A Wisconsin judge sentenced a 24-year-old man to life in prison without the possibility of parole Thursday for killing his parents and dismembering their bodies. Chandler Halderson also was given the maximum penalties allowed on related charges, WMTV reports. At sentencing, prosecutors said Halderson had supportive parents, adding that,...

Dentist Who Purposely Broke Patients' Teeth Hears His Fate

Scott Charmoli of Jackson, Wis., found guilty of health care fraud, making false statements

(Newser) - Update: A Wisconsin dentist has been found guilty of purposely breaking his patients' teeth so he could rake in millions from insurance companies to fix them. Per the Washington Post , 61-year-old Scott Charmoli of Jackson was convicted on Thursday of five counts of health care fraud and two counts of...

FBI: He Thought 'Time and Distance' Were on His Side

Octaviano Juarez-Corro, on FBI's 'Most Wanted' list for murder, caught after 16 years on the run

(Newser) - Octaviano Juarez-Corro's time on the lam has come to a close. The 47-year-old from Milwaukee, a double-murder suspect on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list who's been on the run for 16 years, was caught and arrested Thursday in Zapopan, Mexico, the FBI announced Friday,...

6 Dead in 'Horrible Crime' in Milwaukee

Police say homicide victims were found in home

(Newser) - Police in Milwaukee are investigating what Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson describes as a "horrible crime." Officers said they found five apparent homicide victims, four men and a woman, after they were called for a welfare check at a home Sunday afternoon, WISN 12 reports. The medical examiner said...

Asked to Leave Tavern, He Returned and Killed 3
Asked to Leave Tavern,
He Returned and Killed 3

Asked to Leave Tavern, He Returned and Killed 3

Man convicted in April incident

(Newser) - Update: The man accused of killing three people and wounding three others in an April shooting at a bar in Wisconsin was found guilty on all charges Tuesday, the AP reports. The jury came back with the verdict in less than two hours, including a break for pizza, after the...

Cops: Staged Robbery Led to Fatal Shooting

Teen employee who was shot to death was allegedly in on the ruse

(Newser) - Earlier this month, a 16-year-old employee of a Burger King in Milwaukee was fatally shot during an attempted robbery. Now comes a startling twist to the case from prosecutors: They say the robbery was staged, and the teen who died was in on it, reports the Kansas City Star . A...

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