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Judge halts proceedings in child stabbing case Video included

A judge has halted court proceedings for one of two 12-year-old girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please a fictional character called Slender Man. More>>

Plea deal reached in Forest County attack

CRANDON (WAOW) - One of four people accused of beating and torturing a man who was left in the woods as the attackers expected wolves to devour him reached a plea deal with prosecutors and was sentenced to nine months in jail Monday, according to online court records. More>>

Police detain `Django Unchained' actress in LA

 Actress Daniele Watts, who appeared in "Django Unchained," is complaining that she was handcuffed and briefly put in the back of a squad car after a public display of affection with her white companion. More>>

Teen charged with murder, rape in girl's death

 The teenager accused of sexually assaulting and killing a 6-year-old Washington girl has been charged with aggravated murder and aggravated rape. More>>

13-year-old charged as adult in Racine stabbing

Prosecutors have filed adult attempted homicide charges against a 13-year-old boy for allegedly stabbing an 11-year-old girl as she was walking home from school in Racine. More>>

Police: Wisconsin man shocks daughter with collar Video included

Authorities have charged a Sheboygan man who they say used a dog's shock collar on his 7-year-old daughter. More>>

Police: 5 SC children killed at their home

Authorities say a South Carolina man killed his five children at home, "by violent means," about a week before his ex-wife reported them missing.

Judge ups bail for ex-Wisconsin deputy

MADISON,Wis. (AP) -- A judge has increased bail for a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy accused of killing his wife and sister-in-law to $2 million. More>>

Wisconsin man arrested after 2 men shot at Massachusetts hotel

Two people have been taken to a hospital and a Wisconsin man is in custody after a late night shooting at a Massachusetts hotel. More>>

Portage County Crime Stoppers Video included

STEVENS POINT (WAOW)--Portage County CrimeStoppers is asking for your help to solve a a burglary and theft of farm equipment at a farm in the Township of Carson. More>>

Dorchester farmer accused of killing 8 puppies Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A 68-year-old Dorchester farmer killed eight Blue Heeler mix puppies with a sledgehammer because he didn't want them running around the farm, according to a criminal complaint. More>>

Man to stand trial in Rothschild bar shooting Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- A judge on Wednesday ordered a Wausau man to stand trial in the shooting of a man outside a Rothschild bar. More>>

Sheriff: $15,000 worth of cocaine, heroin seized Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - About $15,000 worth of illegal drugs were seized in an investigation of crack cocaine trafficking in Weston, Marathon County Sheriff Scott Parks said Wednesday. More>>

Dad to be charged with murder in death of 5 kids Video included

Authorities say a South Carolina man will be charged with murder in the deaths of his five children after he led officials to a secluded clearing in Alabama where their bodies were wrapped in garbage bags. More>>

Attorney: 2nd stabbing suspect not fit for trial Video included

An attorney for one of two 12-year-old girls charged with stabbing a classmate in an attempt to please a fictional character says he doubts she is mentally fit to stand trial. More>>

Bodies of 5 missing SC children found

A district attorney says the bodies of five children missing from South Carolina have been found in rural Alabama.

Neenah woman led Stevens Point police on chase Video included

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) – A 44-year-old Neenah woman led police on a short high speed chase in Stevens Point late last week, Sgt. Tony Babl said Tuesday. More>>

Sheriff: Man shot to death at Iowa courthouse

A man was shot to death during a struggle with a supervisor at a county meeting in eastern Iowa on Tuesday after he fired a shot at the county assessor, a sheriff said. More>>

Businessman accused of theft pleads not guilty

WAUSAU (WAOW) - The former executive director of the Wausau Area Builders Association pleaded not guilty Friday to embezzling nearly $170,000 from the group. More>>

Woman leads police on high speed chase Video included

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) – A woman who led police on a short high speed chase in Stevens Point was arrested Friday after police used special techniques to stop her vehicle, Sgt. Tony Babl said Friday. More>>

Man sentenced to 20 years in prison in boy's death

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A 28-year-old Bancroft man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for causing the death of a two-year-old boy he was babysitting nearly three years ago, according to online Portage County court records. More>>

Policeman in shooting incident back on duty

PLOVER (WAOW) – The Plover police officer who shot a 33-year-old Manawa man who attacked him with a knife is back on duty. More>>

Father in 2008 prayer death case now in jail Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) – The father who prayed while his daughter died of untreated diabetes in 2008 has started serving a six-month jail sentence, according to the Marathon County Sheriff's Department. More>>

Arizona girl's home searched after a body is found

Law enforcement officers are searching the home of a missing 8-year-old Arizona girl following the discovery of a body in the area. More>>

8 years in prison, grave visits in drug death

A woman convicted in a drug death has been sentenced in Racine County to eight years in prison and ordered to visit the victim's grave annually for a time after she's released. More>>

Firecracker injures four in bar explosion

A 45-year-old man set off a “large firecracker” in a crowded bar early Sunday morning sending four people to the hospital, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Department officials. More>>

Man waives court hearing in Wausau mugging

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A man accused of using a knife to try and rob a 32-year-old mother walking with two children in a stroller waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday, according to online Marathon County court records. More>>

4 Ohio men fatally beaten in 4 separate homes

A coroner has released the names of three of the four men found beaten to death in separate homes in a small Ohio town. More>>

Huge search fails to find homicide suspect

BAn intensive daylong search in Blaine has failed to find a man accused of killing his ex-boyfriend last month. More>>

3 fatally shot, 2 wounded in Kansas City homes

Kansas City police say three adults have been shot to death and two others critically wounded in a residential neighborhood in the southern part of the city. More>>

Daughter incompetent in theft of mom's checks Video included

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A judge has ruled that an elderly daughter may never be competent to stand trial on accusations that she joined other family members in a plot to steal some $170,000 worth of her mother's Social Security checks. More>>

Man accused of two murders convicted of arson Video included

WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) - A man already in prison and who is accused of killing a Wisconsin Rapids man more than five years ago and his wife in 1984 reached a plea deal Friday that convicted him of two more felonies, according to online court records. More>>

Portage County Crime Stoppers: Park vandals Video included

Sometime on the evening of Saturday May 17, vandals cause hundreds of dollars worth of damage to the Zenoff Park softball complex in Stevens Point. More>>

More charges filed against Wausau teacher Video included

A Newman Catholic High School religion teacher and soccer coach faces more charges. More>>

School superintendent accused of domestic abuse Video included

RHINELANDER (WAOW) – Prosecutors have agreed to dismiss a domestic abuse charge against the longtime superintendent of the Three Lakes School District if he breaks no laws for 90 days, the Oneida County district attorney said Friday. More>>

Stratford man sentenced to 3 years in prison

WAUSAU (WAOW) – A Stratford man was sentenced to three years in prison Friday for driving drunk when his vehicle broke through some ice two years ago and his fishing partner drowned. More>>

Suspect in Wis. newborn kidnap is charged in Iowa

An Iowa prosecutor has filed a child endangerment charge against a woman suspected of kidnapping of a newborn baby and leaving him behind a gas station.

Aunt in baby snatching has ties to Wausau

MADISON, Wis. (AP and WAOW) -- Court records and warrants show a woman charged with taking her days-old nephew from a Wisconsin home and leaving him outside an Iowa gas station has a lengthy criminal history – including in central Wisconsin - that spans multiple states and two aliases. More>>

Suspect shot and killed in Dunn County drug raid

Authorities say a suspect was shot and killed when drug agents executed a search warrant in a Dunn County town.

Man sentenced in Weston murder

The man charged with killing his girlfriend in Weston will spend 28 years behind bars. More>>

FBI: Cellphone records linked suspect to robberies

The FBI says investigators used cellphone records to link a suspect to a string of bank robberies in three states, including one in Mississippi that led to the fatal shooting of a police officer. More>>

Man bites driver who refused to play chauffeur

Madison police say a man got into another person's car and bit the driver when he refused to play chauffeur.

Jury: Milwaukee man sane when he killed teen

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A jury rules that a 76-year-old Milwaukee man was sane when he fatally he shot a teenage neighbor last year after accusing the boy of stealing his guns.

Wis. man to be sentenced for killing 3 daughters

A Wisconsin man who killed his three daughters in the girls' River Falls home will soon learn whether he'll spend the rest of his life in prison.

Masked robbers steal cigarettes, alcohol

WESTON (WAOW) - Everest Metro Police say two masked burglars smashed a front door and then stole cigarettes and alcohol from a Weston gas station as a clerk escaped to a back office.

Manitowoc man accused of fatally shooting brother

Manitowoc police are seeking homicide charges against a man accused of shooting and killing his younger brother over the weekend. A 65-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the shooting Sunday morning that left his 62-year-old brother dead. Investigators say the brothers lived together in a house they'd owned for a few weeks. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday but a preliminary investigation suggests the victim died of a single gunshot wound from a 20-gauge shotgun at close... More>>

Police: 4 dead in shooting in St. Louis

St. Louis police say four people are dead in a shooting south of downtown.The St. Louis Police Department posted on its official Twitter account that two women and two men are dead. Additional details weren't immediately available.Police cordoned off a section of a street where the shooting happened Thursday. More>>

Turtle dies after possible golf club beating

The Department of Natural Resources reports that a turtle found injured at a Wisconsin golf course has died. A reward of $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for beating the snapping turtle.

Thief steals van with 9-year-old inside

Fond du Lac police are looking for the man who stole a van, with a 9-year-old child in it Monday. Officers say a woman was shopping in Shopko on W. Johnson Street around 5:00 that night, after leaving her son and the keys in the van's ignition. When she came back outside, the van and the boy were gone. Police aren't sure if the suspect knew the boy was in the van. The man dropped the child off, unhurt,in the Military Road and Seymour Street area.

More deaths due to heroin than cocaine in SE Wis.

Heroin-overdose deaths have surpassed cocaine fatalities in Milwaukee County, and a similar trend is playing out elsewhere in southeastern Wisconsin. A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report says the heroin numbers might have been worse without the use of a heroin antidote that has saved lives. Milwaukee police Capt. Anthony Smith says many heroin users usually start off by abusing prescription drugs. But prescription pills sold on the street can cost $50 to $100, and Smith says drug users f... More>>

Equipment operator to be charged in Pa. collapse

A top Philadelphia official says the man who was allegedly high while operating demolition equipment when a downtown building collapsed will be charged in the deaths of the six people killed in the rubble. More>>

Athens woman charged with taking $500,000 from business

A 40-year-old Athens woman was charged Friday with stealing about $500,000 from the business where she worked for nearly two decades, including as a vice president. More>>

UPDATE: Rhinelander man accused of insurance fraud

A 42-year-old Rhinelander businessman who holds a world snowmobile record was charged Wednesday with car insurance fraud totaling nearly $100,000 following a search at two Rhinelander businesses, according to court records. 


Wis. man pleads not guilty in boy's scalding death

A Mount Pleasant man has pleaded not guilty to charges he killed his girlfriend's 3-year-old son by scalding him in water. Twenty-six-year-old Marcus Johnson pleaded not guilty Wednesday to first-degree intentional homicide. According to the complaint, Johnson was caring for Hunter Wise and two other children while the boy's mother was at work when the alleged abuse occurred last month. The complaint says Hunter appeared to have been punched in the mouth, whipped and burned after def... More>>

Weston teen sent to prison for 2011 attack

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A judge has ordered a Weston teenager to spend two years in prison for an attack and robbery of a man lured to a mobile home with a promise of sex nearly two years ago.


US soldier pleads guilty in Afghan massacre

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- The American soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids on two villages last year has pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty.Staff Sgt. Robert Bales entered the plea Wednesday in a military courtroom to multiple counts of premeditated murder and other charges.A military judge will question the soldier about what happened before deciding whether to accept the plea.Bales was charged in the March 2012 attacks on two villages... More>>

Bus driver who chased passenger gets worker's comp

A Wisconsin appeals court says a Milwaukee bus driver who chased down a passenger who used a racial slur and spat on him is entitled to worker's compensation. Bus driver Isaac Bracey hurt himself soon after getting off his bus to pursue the passenger. Court documents say Bracey suffered a permanent partial disability affecting his ankle and knee. Bracey and the labor review commission sued after the bus company, Milwaukee Transport Services, refused to pay Bracey's lost wages, medical e... More>>

Kenosha businessman fatally shot in Jamaica

A Kenosha businessman is killed by gunfire in Jamaica. David Barnes' company says he was caught in the crossfire of a shooting in western Jamaica on Saturday. Police had confronted gunmen who were trying to commit a robbery. The 52-year-old Barnes owns Cost Cutters salons in Kenosha, Racine, Sturtevant and Burlington. The Cost Cutters regional office confirmed his death. Friends say Barnes cared about his community. He was on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Keno... More>>

Sheriff: Driver who killed dentist was at tavern

Chippewa County sheriff's officials say a woman who struck and killed a bicyclist last weekend was drinking at a bar before the crash and has a lengthy record of traffic offenses. Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk says there's no evidence the driver took any action to avoid striking 71-year-old Robert Tschabrun as he biked near Stanley early Saturday. A passer-by found the body of the longtime Stanley dentist in a ditch and the driver's abandoned vehicle nearby. Authorities say the light on Tschabrun'... More>>

Northern Wis. woman pleads not guilty in drug death

RHINELANDER (WAOW) - A 27-year-old St. Germain woman pleaded not guilty Monday to reckless homicide in the December death of a man from a heroin overdose.

$2 M bond for man accused in bar shooting

MAUSTON (WAOW) - A 29-year-old man was jailed on $2 million bond Monday after being charged in the shooting death of a woman behind a Mauston bar. More>>

Father pleads not guilty to endangering son

WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) - An 81-year-old father who police say pointed a loaded pistol at his son in a disagreement over money pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony accusing him of recklessly endangering safety. More>>

USSR's old domain name attracts cybercriminals

Security experts say the .su Internet suffix assigned to the USSR in 1990 has turned into a haven for hackers who've flocked to the defunct superpower's domain space to send spam and steal money. Capitalist concerns, rather than Communist nostalgia, explain the move.

Trial ordered for man accused in girlfriend's death

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A judge has ordered the driver of a pickup truck when his 27-year-old girlfriend reportedly fell out of the passenger door and later died of her injuries to stand trial for endangering her. More>>

Weston man pleads guilty to sex charges

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A 19-year-old Weston man is to be sentenced in November after being convicted of sexually assaulting young boys under the age of 10.


Police: Merrill convicted felon still missing

MERRILL (WAOW) - The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department says a Merrill man who fled from his probation agent and likely cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet on May 15 may be in the Baraboo area. More>>

Wedding party gone wild; cop bitten in hand

MONONA, Wis. (AP) -- Police in Dane County say a disturbance at a wedding party devolved into a brawl in which a man bit an officer on the hand.


Charges filed in Wood County cold case

Charges have been filed in a cold case murder in Wisconsin Rapids. More>>

Big Flats son gets life in prison for killing mom

FRIENDSHIP (WAOW) - A 61-year-old Adams County man convicted of murdering his mother and hiding her corpse in some woods nearly three years ago was sentenced to life in prison Friday.


Dispatch merger in Portage County finalized

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - After two years of study and negotiations, Stevens Point and Portage County have approved an agreement to create one emergency dispatch center by Aug. 4, authorities said Thursday. More>>

Judge: Wife-killing case back in court July 25

MERRILL (WAOW) - A Merrill man accused of killing his wife and hiding her body in some woods won't go before a judge again for two months, according to online Lincoln County Circuit Court records. More>>

Father charged with felony in pointing gun at son

WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) - An 81-year-old father who police say pointed a loaded pistol at his son in a disagreement over money has been charged with felony recklessly endangering safety. More>>

Arias returns to court for penalty phase of trial

Jodi Arias' lawyers have asked to withdraw from the case and say they won't call any witnesses in the penalty phase of her trial. More>>

Woman hospitalized after Adams County bar fight

The Adams County Sheriff's Department say a woman is still in the hospital after a bar fight Wednesday night. More>>

Search for convicted felon in Wisconsin

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and Wisconsin Department of Corrections are looking for a Merrill man. Sheriff's officials say Christopher Meindel, 36, was released on a signature bond from Lincoln County Court but has now fled from officers. More>>

New details in Kira Trevino case

More details have emerged in the investigation into the killing of Kira Steger Trevino indicating she was thinking about ending her marriage. More>>

Lawyers: Ohio kidnap suspect will plead not guilty

Attorneys Craig Weintraub and Jay Schlachet tell WKYC-TV that suspect Ariel Castro has been portrayed as a "monster" in the media, and after meeting with him Tuesday they don't see him that way.

Prosecutor: Husband stabbed, strangled missing wife

A Merrill man stabbed his wife seven times, tried to strangle her and then hid her body in some woods near Medford following a discussion about the couple getting divorced, a prosecutor said Tuesday. More>>

Portage Co. solves nearly $40,000 in thefts

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - The Portage County Sheriff's Department says a two-month investigation solved a string of rural burglaries involving the theft of nearly $40,000 worth of copper wire, tools, tires and rims and other personal property from five different victims.


UPDATE: Tougher drunken driving threshold recommended

Federal accident investigators are recommending that states cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half, matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries. More>>

UPDATE: Anita Bucki's body found, husband in custody

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says the human remains found last week in Taylor County are that of Anita Bucki. More>>

Wood Co. man who killed friend gets jail time

A 23-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man convicted of fatally shooting his friend more than a year ago following a night of drinking was sentenced to a year in jail Monday.

5 Things to Know about OJ Simpson's court date

O. J. Simpson returns to court today in the hopes of shortening his prison sentence related to a 2008 hotel room robbery.

UPDATE: Investigation continues after remains found in Taylor Co.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Officials say the investigation into human remains found in Taylor County is ongoing. More>>

Court documents: Kira Trevino's body found battered

More details are emerging about the discovery of Kira Trevino's body. More>>

UPDATE: Jodi Arias says she prefers death penalty

Jodi Arias spent 18 days on the stand sharing intimate, emotional and oftentimes X-rated details of her life before a rapt television and online audience. She had hoped it all might convince a jury that she killed her one-time boyfriend in self-defense. More>>

Ropes, chains found in suspect's Ohio house

Cleveland police say investigators have found ropes and chains inside the house where three women were found alive. More>>

UPDATE: Belgium says 31 detained in $50m diamond heist

A Belgian prosecutor says 31 people have been detained in three countries in connection with a spectacular $50 million airport diamond heist that was pulled off with clockwork precision.

Prosecutor: Fireplace poker was murder weapon

   DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- Lafayette County prosecutors say the suspect in a recent triple homicide broke into a house for warmth and then used a fireplace poker to kill the victims as they returned home. More>>

Neighbors: Police at Ohio house in recent years

Two neighbors near a Cleveland house where three women were found alive after disappearing a decade ago say police were called twice in recent years to investigate suspicious activity there. More>>

Wausau man accused in jail attack: I'm insane

The 20-year-old Wausau man accused of attacking two jailers, one critically, entered insanity pleas to three felonies during a brief court appearance Monday. More>>

FBI: Raid of Minn. home disrupted 'terror attack'

The FBI says a potential terror attack that it believes was disrupted by a mobile home raid was in its "planning stages" and the target was believed to be in western Minnesota. More>>

New fraud charges against ex-Wausau businessman

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A one-time Wausau businessman accused of stealing $1 million in mortgage money from homeowners in Marathon County has been now been accused of fraud in Waupaca County. Prosecutors said Friday that Jay Fischer, 52, was charged with securities fraud, perjury and bail jumping. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said the accusations involved Fischer's ownership and operation of Crazy J's Campground and how he solicited four investors to provide the down payment to buy the prop... More>>

Verona students urinated in buckets during lockdown

The superintendent of Verona Area schools tells WKOW-TV that some elementary school students who had to use the bathroom were told to urinate in buckets during Thursday's lockdown of all of the district's schools. More>>

Jury: Adams Co. man murdered his mother

FRIENDSHIP (WAOW) - A jury on Friday convicted a 61-year-old Adams County man of murdering his mother and hiding her corpse in some woods near her home nearly three years ago. More>>

Felony charges filed in explosives raid

Felony charges have been filed against a Germantown man after more than 1,000 handmade explosives were found in a relative's home. The criminal complaint says the man told investigators he had started a fireworks business. More>>

Antigo man faces new charges in girlfriend's death

WAUSAU (WAOW) - The driver of a pickup truck when his 27-year-old girlfriend reportedly fell out of the passenger door and later died of her injuries faces new charges. Brandon Bender, 27, of Antigo was charged Thursday with second-degree recklessly endangering safety, a felony, and operating a vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, according to online court records. Marathon County prosecutors filed an amended criminal complaint after initially char... More>>

DNR: $500 reward offered in bear killing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin game organization is offering a $500 reward for a tip that leads to a conviction in a bear poaching case in St. Croix County.    More>>

Investigators back at home of missing Lincoln County woman

Investigators are back on the scene in Lincoln County, where the investigation continues into the case of a missing woman. More>>

Ex-Thorp coach pleads not guilty in sex case

NEILLSVILLE (WAOW) - A former Thorpe High School coach pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges accusing him of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl on his track team. Scott Bergman, 44, is charged with felony sexual assault of a student by school staff and two misdemeanor counts of having sex with a child age 16 or older.ClarkCounty Circuit Judge Todd Wolf did not immediately set a trial date, according to online court records. Bergman volunteered with the boys and girls track... More>>

Wautoma man pleads not guilty in motel killing

WAUTOMA (WAOW) - A 42-year-old Wautoma man accused of killing a man found dead at a rural motel pleaded not guilty Wednesday to first-degree intentional homicide. More>>

Update: Officials use sonar equipment to search Lincoln County pond

The Marathon County Dive Team and Lincoln County Sheriff's Department are searching a pond behind the Corning Volunteer Fire Department. More>>

Lincoln County Sheriff's release on missing woman case

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department says it's continuing its search for Anita Bucki, but the department is still not releasing any new information about the case. More>>

UPDATE: Search at home of missing woman

More than a dozen officials scoured the home of a missing woman.  Anita Bucki, 48, was reported missing from her home in the Town of Corning Friday. More>>

UPDATE: Man arrested after Rothschild crash

ROTHSCHILD (WAOW) - Rothschild police say a 25-year-old man was arrested Tuesday for intoxicated driving following an early-morning, two-car crash that injured him and two other people. More>>

Wisconsin murder victim worked to protect abuse victims

Authorities say a Peshtigo woman who worked to protect victims of domestic violence was stabbed to death in her home. More>>

Obama: Boston review designed to prevent attacks

President Barack Obama says a national security review following the Boston Marathon bombings will look at whether there is more the government can do to stop people within the United States who might become radicalized and plan terror attacks. More>>

Trial begins for man accused of killing his mom

A jury was picked Monday for the trial of a 61-year-old Adams County man accused of killing his mother and hiding her corpse in some woods near her home. Larry Clark of Big Flats is charged with seven felonies, including first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse, forgery and giving false information regarding a missing person, in the death of his 79-year-old mother Marcella Clark. Larry Clark was charged in November 2010 after investigators said they found skeletal remains ne... More>>

Merrill PD: Teens in custody for car burglaries

MERRILL (WAOW) - Merrill police say three teens are in custody after reports of a string car burglaries early Friday morning. Lt. Chris Hartwig said items believed taken from at least four separate car burglaries were recovered. The items included some audio speakers, he said. Hartwig said officers responded to a 5:30 a.m. report of burglaries and apprehended two 17-year-old boys and a 19-year-old man. Hartwig said the investigation is also looking into whether some garage burglaries occurred. More>>

Missing sex offender in Wood County captured

Sheriff's deputies have captured a registered sex offender who was the subject of a manhunt in eastern Wisconsin. More>>

Woman pleads not guilty to forgery, theft

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A Wausau woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the law firm where she worked pleaded not guilty to eight felonies on Thursday. Susan Adams, 58, is charged with seven counts of forgery and one count of theft in Marathon County Circuit Court. No trial date was immediately set. According to the criminal complaint, Adams, who also formerly worked in the Marathon County clerk of courts office, stole more than $5,000 from the law firm of Hess, Dexter, Reinertson and ... More>>

UPDATE: Minnesota man charged in Weston murder makes court appearance

Richi Vue heads back to court for motion hearing in murder case. More>>

UPDATE: Prosecutor: Threat to judge made at SS hearing

MADISON (WAOW) - A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted a central Wisconsin woman with threatening to kill a U.S. administrative law judge. Norma Prince, 51, of Wisconsin Rapids, made the threat Jan. 31, according to U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil. The charge resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the prosecutor said in a statement. No other details were released. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Reinhard, who was assigned to prosecute the case, did no... More>>

NYC Mayor: Boston suspect said NY was next target

New York City officials say the Boston Marathon bombing suspects intended to blow up their remaining explosives in Times Square. More>>

Wausau 17-year-old arrested for drunken driving

WAUSAU (WAOW) _ Wausau police say a teenager was arrested for drunken driving after he tried to flee the scene of a two-car crash. More>>

Officials: Boston bombing suspects had 1 gun

Two U.S. officials say investigators in the Boston bombings have recovered only one handgun believed to have been used in a gun battle with police. More>>

The dark side of digital technology

A top law enforcement agent known for apprehending online predators spoke with students at Wisconsin Valley Lutheran High School. More>>

Woman fatally shot in Waukesha, suspect at large

A 24-year-old woman has been fatally shot in Waukesha, and police are looking for her killer. A suspect was seen leaving the crime scene in a 2002 Ford Taurus with the license plate 394-TVK. More>>

Disturbing new details in Wausau murder

New disturbing details are emerging in a Marathon County murder investigation. A man has now been charged with intentional homicide and trying to hide a body.

UPDATE: Boston bomb suspect captured, brother killed

A 19-year-old Massachusetts college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombing was captured hiding in a boat parked in a backyard Friday night and his older brother lay dead in a furious 24-hour drama that transfixed the nation and paralyzed the Boston area. More>>

Wausau police launch homicide probe in man's disappearance

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Wausau police say a homicide investigation is underway involving a 58-year-old St. Paul, Minn., man reported missing after last being seen in Wausau on April 7. x More>>

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Shots fired in Mass. as police seek bomb suspect

The Massachusetts State Police spokesman says there is "renewed activity" in connection with the search for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. More>>

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Police go door-to-door in search for Boston bomber

State police say officers are going door-to-door, but the Boston Marathon suspect is still on the loose. More>>

Six arrested in Shawano County drug probe

SHAWANO (WAOW) - The Shawano County Sheriff's Department says six people have been arrested in a nine-month drug investigation dubbed "operation spring cleaning." More>>

Sentencing of ex-sheriff's wife postponed to July 1

WAUSAU (WAOW) - The sentencing of the wife of former Marathon County Sheriff Randy Hoenisch in a drug-related case has been postponed until July 1, according to online court records. Kim Hoenisch, a 41-year-old one-time state probation agent, was convicted of three felonies - burglary, misconduct in office and possession of narcotic drugs - and two misdemeanors after pleading no contest to the charges. She was to be sentenced Monday. Hoenischwas fired from her job after a state invest... More>>

Two suspects in robbery of dead couple's home

SHAWANO (WAOW) - The Shawano County Sheriff's Department says two people are suspects in the January robbery of a rural Marion home about a day after the elderly couple who lived there had died.  More>>

Trial for woman accused of dog abuse delayed

WAUSAU  (WAOW) - The trial for a 21-year-old Wausau woman accused of torturing, poisoning and killing her boyfriend's dog and then writing about it in her diary has been rescheduled for July. More>>

President Obama honors bombing victims in Boston

President Barack Obama declared "there is a piece of Boston in me" as he paid tribute to a city shaken by what he has called an act of terror.  He said: "Every one of us stands with you." More>>

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UPDATE: FBI: Early test shows ricin in Obama letter

The FBI says the letters sent to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker are related and are both postmarked out of Memphis, Tenn., dated April 8. More>>

Texas wife of ex-judge charged with capital murder

The wife of a former judge is charged with capital murder in connection with the slayings of a North Texas district attorney, his wife and an assistant prosecutor. More>>

Man faces sentencing in deaths of 3 sons

Thirty-three-year-old Armin Wand faces life in prison when he sentenced Wednesday. Authorities say he set his house on fire in September in hopes of killing his family and collecting insurance money.

One of the officers attacked at the Marathon County Jail is honored

One of the Marathon County corrections officers hurt in the jail attack last month is speaking out for the first time. Denney Woodward was honored Tuesday afternoon for what his department calls an act of bravery. 

Jury: Wis. dad responsible in killing three daughters

Jurors in western Wisconsin say a father had a mental defect but is still responsible for killing his three young daughters last July. More>>

Son: 76-year-old mom deserves to die in prison

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man whose mother faces sentencing for the 1957 death of his baby sister says his mother is an "evil monster" who deserves to die in prison. More>>

Wausau police: Drunken driver hits 3 parked cars

WAUSAU  (WAOW) - Police say a Wausau man had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit to drive when he rammed his pickup truck into three parked cars near downtown Wausau and ended up stuck atop one of them. His truck was so severely damaged it had to be towed away. More>>

UPDATE: Carroll University lockdown lifted

Waukesha police say they've arrested a man in connection with a lockdown at Carroll University.

Students were asked to stay inside university buildings after two students reported seeing a man with a gun on campus Tuesday.

Neenah woman among injured in Boston

A Neenah woman was among those injured in the explosions at the Boston Marathon. More>>

AP Source: 8-year-old among dead in Boston blast

A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that an 8-year-old-boy has been killed in the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. More>>

Man accused in hammer attack pleads not guilty

WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) - The 40-year-old man who police say used a hammer to smash several thousand dollars worth of windows at Marshfield Clinic in Marshfieldpleaded not guilty Monday to four charges in the attack. William Sachs of Spencer was charged in Wood County Circuit Court with two counts of felony criminal damage to property and two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct. No trial date was immediately set, according to online court records. Investigators said Sachs wal... More>>

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