Police: Drunken 12-year-old taken to hospital
WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - Wausau police say a drunken 12-year-old boy was taken to a hospital and kept overnight.
Lt. Mark Pankow says police were called to a Wausau home Saturday night after a neighbor of the boy reported he was intoxicated.
Pankow tells WAOW-TV (http://bit.ly/1lmyLIe ) a blood test at the hospital determined the boy's blood-alcohol level was "well over" the legal limit to drive, which is 0.08 percent in Wisconsin.
Pankow says the boy admitted drinking vodka, and told police he drinks alcohol "about every three days or so."
Investigators found empty alcohol containers in the boy's room. The boy was taken to a juvenile shelter after being released from the hospital.
HEALTH OVERHAUL-SENATOR'S LAWSUIT
Judge tosses Wisconsin senator's health care suit
MILWAUKEE (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson filed to stop members of Congress and their employees from getting subsidized health insurance through small business exchanges.
U.S. District Judge William Griesbach ruled Monday that Johnson and a staff member who filed the lawsuit with him don't have grounds to bring the suit.
Griesbach says Johnson's belief that it is illegal for lawmakers and their staffs to get subsidized health insurance is not a strong enough reason to disqualify Johnson from its requirements. It would be possible for him to just sidestep its requirements by refusing to designate employees to receive subsidies, the judge says.
Griesbach also says Johnson hasn't shown that voters would view him negatively if his staff received subsidized insurance.
MILWAUKEE PARK SHOOTING
Family wants officer who killed man to be charged
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The family of a man shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer two months ago says the officer should be criminally charged.
Nathaniel Hamilton Jr. says his brother was murdered for the legal act of sleeping in a park. He says his family is still trying to grasp why the officer reacted so violently.
The family met Monday with Milwaukee County's district attorney and medical examiner, as well as with three state Department of Justice investigators. Nathaniel Hamilton says prosecutors are still deciding whether to file charges.
The officer, responding to a call, approached 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton on April 30. A scuffle ensued, and some witnesses say Hamilton took the officer's baton to protect himself from being beaten.
Nathaniel Hamilton says the officer then shot his brother 15 times.
Kleefisch leads Democrats in fundraising
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch says she has raised $520,000 through June and has $689,000 cash on hand.
Kleefisch is running for re-election as Gov. Scott Walker's running mate.
Two Democrats are running for lieutenant governor and will be paired with the Democratic candidate following the Aug. 12 primary.
State Sen. John Lehman, of Racine, reports raising nearly $38,000, with about $17,500 cash on hand. His challenger, Madison activist Mary Jo Walters, reports raising $802 with no cash on hand as of July.
Milwaukee area drowning victim, 14, identified
WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) - The Milwaukee County sheriff's office has released the name of a 14-year-old boy who drowned while swimming in a Milwaukee-area river over the weekend.
Authorities identify the victim as Van Sang Vanmauipial of Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office says the teen had a pulse when he was pulled from the river Saturday afternoon. But he died at a hospital later in the day.
He and other children had been swimming in the Menomonee River at Hoyt Park in Wauwatosa. Witnesses say the teen went under and didn't come up.
Parents arrested in Milwaukee baby's death
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee police have arrested the parents of a 2-month-old baby found dead in a home on the city's south side.
The boy was found dead last Thursday. Police say an autopsy showed that the boy died from child abuse.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1wShCvi ) reports the death is being treated as a homicide. A police spokesman says the investigation is continuing.
Police: Mayfly hatch causes 3-vehicle crash
TRENTON, Wis. (AP) - Police say a large hatch of mayflies may have caused a three-vehicle crash on a Wisconsin road.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports (http://bit.ly/1jS8JBl ) the road had become slick from the mayflies Sunday evening, causing at least one of the drivers involved in the crash to lose control of her vehicle. They also said visibility was limited at the time of the crash.
Two people were injured in the crash, but only one person was taken to a local hospital.
Mayflies are insects that reproduce in areas with high-quality water.
WISCONSIN ATTORNEY GENERAL
Republican Schimel has more money than Democrats
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican attorney general candidate Brad Schimel has about $400,000 cash on hand, more than twice as much as two Democratic opponents.
Schimel is the Waukesha County district attorney and the only Republican in the race. He reported Monday that his campaign raised nearly $367,000 in the first six months of the year and had $400,000 as of July.
Three Democrats are also running.
Democratic state Rep. Jon Richards, of Milwaukee, reported raising $190,000 and having nearly $170,000 cash on hand. Susan Happ, the Jefferson County district attorney, reported raising $170,000 and having nearly $121,000 cash on hand.
The third Democratic candidate, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, had not reported any figures as of late afternoon Monday.
The deadline for filing is midnight.
MADISON HOTEL HOMICIDE
Victim of Madison hotel homicide identified
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Madison police say a fatal shooting outside a hotel last weekend was drug-related.
The Dane County medical examiner's office on Monday identified the victim as 46-year-old Robert France of Portland, Oregon.
France was shot and killed around 9 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel.
Police say France was targeted for "drugs and/or drug money."
Investigators have not identified or arrested any suspects. The Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/1sGzgo2) reports police have not said what led up to the homicide.
Police Chief Mike Koval says officers on Sunday found a "vehicle of interest" that may be related to the shooting. Police said the SUV had been reported stolen before Saturday morning.
Elections board rejects allowing cameras in polls
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Election observers in Wisconsin still won't be allowed to use cameras at the polls.
The Government Accountability Board on Monday decided against lifting the ban on poll observers taking pictures or video while watching the process of people registering and signing in to vote.
The Republican co-chairs of committees in charge of elections had requested the change. But the board, after hearing concerns about how cameras could intimidate voters, voted 4-2 to keep the restriction in place.
The proposed rule now goes to the Legislature, which could choose to rewrite the rule to allow cameras.
The rights of poll watchers has been hotly debated in recent years, as supporters say they play an important role in making sure the law is followed on election day.
WISCONSIN GOVERNOR'S RACE
Burke: Walker ad reveals lack of global knowledge
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke says an ad in which Gov. Scott Walker criticizes Trek Bicycle Corp. shows he doesn't understand how the global marketplace works.
Burke, a former Trek executive, continued her criticism Monday of the ad Walker's campaign launched last week. It says she got rich from a company that sent jobs overseas, where women and children are paid as little as $2 an hour.
Burke says Walker is dragging a great Wisconsin company through the mud for political reasons. She says if he knew more about global economics he'd understand how companies are supposed to compete worldwide.
Walker told reporters Monday he's not criticizing the company, but is instead pointing out Burke's hypocrisy. He says she's profiting from Trek's actions even as she says Wisconsin needs to create more jobs and improve wages.
ACLU objects to full court hearing gay marriage
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gay couples challenging Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriages are objecting to the state's request that the full 7th Circuit Court of Appeals hear arguments in the case.
American Civil Liberties Union attorneys representing eight same-sex couples challenging the ban filed an objection Monday to the state's request that the entire appeals court hear the arguments.
The ACLU says that would delay the appeal and put a burden on the court without any benefit.
Federal judges have struck down bans in both Wisconsin and Indiana. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals consolidated the cases. Oral arguments were originally scheduled for Aug. 13, but the court has canceled that and not yet set a new date.
Ten judges sit on the 7th Circuit but three-judge panels typically decide cases.
Injured train crew members released from hospital
SLINGER, Wis. (AP) - Two crew members injured when two trains collided in a southeastern Wisconsin village are doing better.
Canadian National Railway spokesman Patrick Waldron says the engineer and conductor have been released from a local hospital after they were treated for injuries.
A total of three engines and ten railcars derailed when the Canadian National and Southern & Wisconsin trains hit in the Washington County community of Slinger Sunday night.
The derailment caused a locomotive to spill some 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel, which prompted authorities to order a temporary evacuation of the neighborhood.
Crews are working to clear the derailed train.
LINGERIE NIGHT-KIDNAP ATTEMPT
Wisconsin bar ends event after kidnap attempt
APPLETON, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin bar has ended its weekly "Lingerie Night" after police say a frequent patron tried to kidnap a bartender.
Police tell Post-Crescent Media (http://post.cr/1rj3vzr ) that Dennis Mitchell of Appleton approached the bartender as she walked to her vehicle and tried to put a bag over her head. He ran away after neighbors responded to her call for help.
The owner of the Eager Beaver Bar decided to stop hosting the event featuring scantily clad bartenders after Mitchell's arrest. She says the incident is an isolated issue.
A neighbor of the bar is attempting to shut it down permanently. She says loud music and fighting have been common occurrences throughout the bar's four years of operation.
Mitchell is being held on $50,000 bond and is expected to return to court Thursday. He has requested a public defender.
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