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Man arrested after shots fired during disturbance

VILLAGE OF TIGERTON, Wis. (AP) - A 36-year-old man is in custody after shots were fired during a domestic disturbance in northeastern Wisconsin.

Shawano County sheriff's authorities were called to the Village of Tigerton early Friday. A man reportedly was armed and had fired a gun multiple times. Others were at the home during the incident.

A negotiator contacted the suspect. Members of the Shawano County Special Response team were told that the guns had been put away.

The sheriff's office says the suspect was "noncompliant" and had a gun within his reach, but authorities were able to gain control and take him into custody.

Charges will be forwarded to the district attorney for review.


Milwaukee man charged in attorney attack

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Milwaukee man faces a substantial battery charge after he allegedly attacked a county lawyer in the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

Fifty-nine-year-old Robert E. Baker appeared in court Friday and is free on $1,500 bond.

The complaint says Baker was in court Monday, trying to reopen a civil case, and reportedly became "loud and irate" when he was told the case would not be reopened.

After leaving court, the complaint says Baker caught up with Mark Grady, a lawyer for the county's Corporation Counsel Office, punched him a couple times and struck him with a metal clipboard. Grady got a stitch to close a cut above his left eye.

Defense attorney Jonathan LaVoy notes that Baker is cooperating with authorities and has apologized. Baker is due back in court August 20th.


Wisconsin gives money for Energy Innovation Center

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Construction is expected to start next month on an Energy Innovation Center in Milwaukee.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority on Friday announced $900,000 in funding for the center.

The project aims to create a laboratory for innovation in energy and power technologies that could help some of the Wisconsin's largest businesses grow. The center would be located at the former Eaton Corp. research lab building.

The Journal Sentinel reports the first phase of construction is planned to take one year. A second phase would follow over the next year.

Local academic and business leaders proposed five years ago making Milwaukee a leader in the energy, power and control sector. Project supporters say the money gives a big boost to meeting that goal.


Wisconsin man loses over $4K in tax collector scam

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Police say a University of Wisconsin-Madison employee was scammed out of more than $4,000 by two people who claimed to be tax collectors.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the victim reported the scam to the UW-Madison Police Department Tuesday. He told police he had received a call from a man who identified himself as Jimmy Arthur of the "Federal Tax Department."

A police spokesman says the caller told the victim he owed $1,320 in unpaid taxes and needed to pay immediately. The scammer said the victim would be arrested and deported if he didn't comply.

The spokesman says the caller then transferred the victim to a woman, who told him to purchase pre-paid cash cards and read the numbers on the cards to her. He says the woman then demanded $3,000 to clear up a warrant for his arrest.


Packers unveil statue for the Lambeau Leap

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Green Bay Packers unveiled a bronze statue outside Lambeau Field that honors one of the team's traditions.

A small crowd gathered outside Lambeau Field to catch the first glimpse of the Lambeau Leap statue on Friday.

The sculpture pays tribute to the post-touchdown celebration of a player jumping into the stands behind the end zone.

Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler is credited with starting the ritual on December 26th, 1993, when he jumped into the crowd after scoring a late touchdown in Green Bay's 28-0 win over the Los Angeles Raiders.

"It was very spontaneous," recalled Butler, who attended the ceremony Friday. "I can't even tell a fib and say I thought about it."


Rodgers getting used to new receivers at camp

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Even star quarterback Aaron Rodgers had has a learning curve at the start of training camp.

Rodgers is adjusting to a revamped group of receivers.

He likes the depth and talent at the position, but is tempering his expectations for how things will shake out by the end of the preseason.

Several players are battling for possibly just three or four spots behind top wideouts Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb on the roster before the Packers kick off the season Sept. 4 at defending Super Bowl champion Seattle.

One of those young hopefuls is Jared Abbrederis. Green Bay selected the former Wisconsin standout in the fifth round of the draft, but the rookie suffered a knee injury that kept him out of practice Friday.

Coach Mike McCarthy didn't know after practice the extent of the injury for Abbrederis.


RB Melvin Gordon takes leading role at Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Melvin Gordon is taking on a new role this season at Wisconsin that has nothing to with his exceptional ability to run the ball.

It's time for the junior tailback to take on more leadership as the Badgers get ready to begin training camp for another season with high expectations.

The nation's second-leading returning rusher is the unquestioned star in Madison. He'll also be the most experienced tailback, with former running mate James White now in the NFL with the New England Patriots.

Gordon looked up to White. Now Gordon is ready to help his talented backup, sophomore Corey Clement, take on a bigger role in the offense.

Coach Gary Andersen said Friday that he's proud of how Gordon has turned into a leader. Practice begins Monday.

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