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Family says body of 5-year-old Angela Girton has been found

Family members confirm to News 3 that the body of 5-year-old Angela Girton was found Thursday. Richland County officials said that with a babysitter's permission, Angela and three other children left a babysitter’s house April 6 and traveled down to the Wisconsin River to have a picnic. At some point Angela reportedly fell in the water and her sibling and another child were unsuccessful when they linked arms and tried to reach her with a stick. Angela's grandfather, Harry Christianson, told News 3 the family was meeting in Lone Rock Thursday night. "I got the call that they found her. There were no details until we got down to the Lone Rock Fire Department. We were assured that a local homeowner had found her about five or six feet away from the shore while he was spraying for some poison ivy," said Jessica Christianson, Angela's aunt. Jessica Christianson said the family wanted to thank everyone that has been part of the search effort to try and find Angela. "It's an awesome feeling deep down inside that we finally got closure," she said. Richland County Chief Deputy Chad Kanable said the sheriff's department received a 911 call around 5:50 p.m. Thursday from a citizen reporting that he saw what he believed to be a body floating in the Wisconsin River. Kanable said when deputies responded to the area they found and recovered the body of a juvenile female near the Village of Port Andrew. Richland County Emergency Management and the Lone Rock Fire Department along with DNR wardens searched parts of the Wisconsin river near Gotham for Angela. They used boats, a drone, an airplane and a Madison police cadaver dog to search the area where Angela went in the water. Angela has been remembered as an active and happy 5-year-old, who just celebrated a birthday on April 1. Richland County Emergency Management officials said crews had been out searching over the weekend for Angela, and were out as recently as Thursday afternoon before the body was found. Richland County officials said they plan to release more information Friday afternoon.

Published: Fri, 29 May 2015 11:41:22 GMT

Treasurer accused of stealing $86K from Stoughton wrestling club

A Stoughton athletic club treasurer bilked the group and a Stoughton resident of about $356,000, according to a release. The Stoughton Police Department said 49-year-old Deana R. Braaten, of rural Stoughton, embezzled from the Stoughton Viking Wrestling Club from 2009 through 2015. Stoughton police said Braaten was arrested Thursday after a two-month-long investigation and the execution of numerous search warrants, Braaten depleted the club's financial accounts. Stoughton Viking Wrestling Club president Scott Model said the club's priority is staying focused on providing for kids. "We're trying to ensure the tradition of the club continues," Model said. "And part of that moving forward includes focusing on future fundraisers to make sure we continue to take care of our kids as we always have." During the investigation, detectives also found evidence that Braaten had taken more than $270,000 from a vulnerable adult living in Stoughton over the same time period, using those funds to cover her family's purchases and debts. Braaten was also charged with multiple counts of theft from a vulnerable adult in connection. Braaten was taken to the Dane County Jail.

Published: Fri, 29 May 2015 00:24:31 GMT

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MPD: $38,000 in drugs seized in raid

Madison police said they arrested two men and confiscated $38,000 in drugs and a loaded handgun after carrying out a search warrant on Wednesday. A home in the 200 block of Swanton Road was searched Wednesday. Police said they found a scale, drug packaging materials, cash, three cellphones, 2.1 grams of marijuana, 218.9 grams of cocaine, 62.2 grams of heroin, 27.6 grams of cocaine base and 5.5 grams of fentanyl. Brandon E. Taylor, 39, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of delivery of heroin, possession with intent to deliver cocaine base, possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession with intent to deliver cocaine and carrying a concealed weapon. Eric T. Williams, 33, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, maintaining a drug dwelling and three counts of delivery of heroin. Sgt. R.J. Lurquin, a member of the Dane County Task Force, said the two in custody were apprehended outside of the apartment after a K-9 helped authorities find a suitcase filled with the illegal substances. Lurquin said compared to other drug busts, this one was significant. “To get that much quantity on that particular search warrant was, to be honest with you, huge for our unit,” Lurquin said. Police said the investigation that led to the search started last fall. Nayda Gonzalez lives right next door to where the search warrant was executed. While she has lived in the home for years with her 9- and 3-year-old girls, she doesn’t feel as safe with that kind of police activity going on so close to her children. “These people are not only selling but they might be consuming these things, and you're like right next to them, so even if you close your door and lock your windows, you never know what they can do,” Gonzalez said. “And you really don't feel safe at all. Like right now, I'm just really concerned now.”

Published: Fri, 29 May 2015 04:11:37 GMT

For Millennials, it's good to be young, rich, and female

Rich, young women are kicking butt. Wealthy Millennial women are more likely to make at least as much -- if not more -- than their husbands. They're also more likely to take the big decisions on household finances and investments, according to a new report from U.S. Trust that surveyed high and ultra-high net worth individuals, defined as those with at least $3 million in investable assets. The report found that 30% of these wealthy Millennial women were the primary income earners, and another 21% contributed the same amount as their partners. That's compared to just 11% of Gen X women who made more than their husbands, 15% of Baby Boomer women and 4% who are 70 years old or older. The percentage of equal earners remained relatively similar across all four generations. Not only are the high net worth Millennial women earning more than women in other generations, but they're also making more financial decisions than older women. In fact, in a major generational shift, they're making more financial decisions than their husbands. For Millennial women, 31% are the dominant decision-makers when it comes to household finances, compared to 28% of men, just 11% of Gen X women, 9% of Boomer ladies and 1% of what the report calls "mature" females. The breakdowns, and the vast shift from generation to generation, are nearly identical when it comes to investment decisions. Younger wealthy women are also seeing a great change when it comes to childcare. The report found that while women across the board still act as the primary caregivers for children, Millennial men are taking on a far greater share of the responsibility than men of older generations. About 25% of Millennial men surveyed said they are the primary caretakers to children in their household. Only 7% of Gen X men, 3% of Baby Boomers and 4% of mature men said the same. Because younger women have greater earning and decision-making power among this wealth segment, U.S. Trust is seeing more females interested in planning and investing wealth, according to Chris Heilmann, chief fiduciary executive at the bank. "We tell our employees that if you have clients who are married couples and you're primarily talking to the husband, you have to change that," he said. The report is based on a national survey of 640 high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth adults, 16% of whom identified as Millennials.

Published: Thu, 28 May 2015 19:49:35 GMT

Dashcam captures deputy rescuing man from burning vehicle

A Brown County sheriff’s deputy rescued a man from a burning vehicle early Wednesday morning and it was all caught on his squad car’s dashcam. Several Brown County deputies responded to Bellevue Street at Manderly Way in Green Bay just before 2 a.m. for a report of a vehicle on fire in the ditch with a man still inside, officials said. A witness told officials the man was trying to get the vehicle out of the ditch while it was on fire and stayed inside the vehicle. Deputy Zach Roush said the man was motionless inside the vehicle, and when he tried to warn him, the driver appeared to be dazed, would not cooperate with the deputy and refused to exit the vehicle on his own. Roush eventually grabbed the man by the belt and pulled him from the vehicle, saving his life, officials said. The fire and smoke was dangerous enough that he almost abandoned the rescue attempt for his own safety, according to the release. High winds had caused the flames and smoke to move in dangerous and unpredictable ways, making the approach to the vehicle dangerous. Authorities said without Roush’s quick action, the incident would have ended in a fatality. The driver, who is suspected of third-offense operating while intoxicated, was transported to Aurora Hospital for treatment and eventually booked into jail.

Published: Thu, 28 May 2015 00:48:52 GMT

Waunakee man killed in single-motorcycle crash

A Waunakee man was killed in a single-motorcycle crash between Black Earth and Cross Plains Thursday afternoon, Dane County officials said. Dane County emergency crews responded to a motorcycle crash on County Road KP just east of South Valley Road around 3:35 p.m., according to a release. An 81-year-old Waunakee man was driving east on County Road KP on a 2007 Honda VT600C motorcycle when he lost control as he entered a curve, investigators said. The 81-year-old was thrown from the motorcycle, and he hit his head. The 81-year-old was not wearing a helmet, and he was pronounced dead the scene, officials said. The crash remains under investigation, and the 81-year-old will be identified pending the notification of family.

Published: Fri, 29 May 2015 03:30:43 GMT

UW budget cut, tuition freeze up for vote

Gov. Scott Walker's proposed $300 million budget cut to the University of Wisconsin System is slated to be voted on by the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee. The UW cut up for a vote Friday is one of the most controversial pieces of Walker's two-year state spending plan. Republicans who control the budget-writing committee have already said they won't go along with Walker's plan to give UW more independence from state laws and oversight. That independence was designed to help UW deal with the budget cut. There's been a bipartisan push to reduce the $300 million reduction, but it's unclear how much of the money will be restored. Walker's budget also calls for continuing a tuition freeze for two years, making it harder for UW to plug a cut.

Published: Fri, 29 May 2015 11:31:37 GMT

Beloit police investigate three shootings in 30 minutes

Beloit police are investigating multiple shootings that happened within 30 minutes of each other Thursday night. According to a release, the shootings occurred at three locations, two on the west side and one on the east side of Beloit. The first incident happened around 5:55 p.m. in the area of Sixth Street and Portland Avenue. Officers responded to the area and determined that a vehicle in the 900 block of Sixth Street was hit by gunfire. There were no reported injuries, but officers were still on the scene when they received reports of a second shooting around 6:20 p.m. Officers responded to the area of West Grand Avenue and Brooks Street and determined that a residence in the 700 block of Brooks Street had been hit by gunfire. There were no reported injuries. Officers were still at the second shooting scene when they received reports of a third shooting around 6:45 p.m. Officers then responded to the area of Porter and Copeland avenues and determined that a boy had been shot in the chest, officials said. The boy was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Investigations into the three incidents led police to determine a single suspect vehicle description, which was provided to all area law enforcement agencies. Illinois law enforcement agencies found the suspect vehicle a short time later and apprehended five subjects after a vehicle and foot pursuit.  According to the release, the five subjects have not yet been positively identified. Officials said there is no ongoing threat to the community.

Published: Fri, 29 May 2015 03:58:17 GMT

Teacher certification changes stir controversy in state budget

A change to teacher licensing was voted into the 2015-17 state budget by the Legislative Joint Finance Committee and has being stirring controversy among education officials. The proposal by Rep. Mary Czaja, R-Irma, would allow individuals with a bachelor’s degree to teach core subjects in middle and high schools. It would allow individuals without a bachelor’s degree, or potentially a high school diploma, to teach non-core subjects in middle and high schools. According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, this change “puts Wisconsin on a path toward the bottom, compared to the nation, for standards required of those who teach at the middle and high school level.” The proposal deregulates licensing standards for middle and high school teachers across the state. The goal is to help rural schools find and retain teachers for subjects that are hard to fill. Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell is the associate dean for teacher education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She agrees that teacher shortages in rural schools is a problem, but doesn’t believe this will help. “It is a bad means to an even worse end,” Hanley-Maxwell said. The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education graduates approximately 200 teachers each year. Hanley-Maxwell said this change discounts all that goes into teaching. “And we’re not even talking about classroom management, lesson planning, curriculum development, and working with families and communities to improve the outcome for kids. A teacher’s job is very, very expansive,” Hanley-Maxwell said. News 3 made multiple attempts by phone, email and by visiting her office to get comment from Czaja, but as of Thursday night, she had not responded. The state budget proposal must still be passed by both houses of the Legislature and then signed by the governor.

Published: Fri, 29 May 2015 01:17:37 GMT

Brawling brothers lead to disorderly conduct arrest in Verona

A brawl between two brothers in Verona led to minor injuries and an arrest Thursday, police said. The Verona Police Department said officers responded to a report of a man threatening an adult family member with a gun at 12:24 p.m. at a residence on the 300 block of South Franklin Street. Police said Steven A. Jones, 62, and Kevin D. Jones, 55, are brothers who were having an argument when Steven grabbed a gun and pointed it at Kevin, according to the report. Steven Jones was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct while armed and was taken to jail, police said. Verona police said it will refer Kevin Jones to the district attorney's office for allegedly battering Steven earlier in the day. Both Jones men suffered minor injuries in the incident, police said.

Published: Thu, 28 May 2015 21:00:03 GMT

Undocumented workers play role in prevailing wage discussion

Gov. Scott Walker said he'd be pleased if the state budget included a provision to repeal the state's prevailing wage law, which dictates what construction workers are paid on some government projects. But he said he'd also be satisfied with significant changes to the requirement as well and continues to work with lawmakers. The debate on the issue stretches from the Capitol to construction sites where the role of undocumented workers is entering the prevailing wage discussion. Oscar Galan has been working construction for 15 years. The Honduran native said he's here legally but he works with many guys who aren't. He said private projects will pay those workers off the books but government projects can't do that. "I know a lot of guys that want to work those jobs and get $25 or $26 an hour, but I mean not everyone has that kind of papers," Galan said. Joe Lotegeluaki, of the Regional Council of Carpenters, said repealing prevailing wage could lead to more undocumented workers on projects getting paid less. "In order to work on a prevailing wage job you need certified payroll, prove that you're paying benefits to employees and that's the checks and balances," Lotegeluaki said. But the Regional Council of Carpenters helped connect News 3 with Galan, who wants some of the changes rolled back. News 3 asked why they would help us speak with someone who disagreed with their general position on prevailing wage. "Because what we're trying to do is showcase that if you take away prevailing wage, you're going to have out-of-state contractors coming in and taking away jobs from hardworking Wisconsinites, and that's what we're trying to stop here," Lotegeluaki said. Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa, a co-author of the prevailing wage repeal, said a memo prepared by Legislative Council attorneys shows undocumented workers would not be legally allowed under the new law. The memo was asked for after ads said illegal workers could replace Wisconsin workers. "It does not change those requirements on the types of workers that should be used," Vukmir said. "We have not changed anything from federal guidelines in the legislation." Galan said he believes this repeal, or immigration changes, could help workers like him. "If the government helps put a new law and we can all get equal work, then let us do those kinds of jobs," Galan said. While the governor said he would prefer a full repeal, GOP leaders in both houses of the Legislature have said they don't have the votes to pass it, but continue to work on "meaningful reforms."

Published: Fri, 29 May 2015 01:17:35 GMT

Bar offers reward for information in Memorial Day theft

The owner of Legends Bar & Grill is offering a reward for information in a theft that caused him to cancel their Memorial Day fundraiser for veterans. David Ajdini, Legends Bar & Grill owner, said he is angry burglars were brazen enough to break in on Memorial Day, forcing him to cancel the veterans’ benefit. Ajdini is now offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the incident. In an effort to give back, Ajdini and his staff planned to both remember service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice and raise funds for the veterans' peer support group Dryhootch Madison. However, overnight, as Legends’ staff took a break from preparing, Madison police say burglars went to work. Responding to a 5:27 a.m. alarm call, officers found a shattered glass door. Thieves had destroyed several gaming machines and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. The wires controlling Legends’ point-of -sale computer system had also been ravaged, leaving store employees unable to conduct business or hold their fundraiser. “Everything has been damaged so much that we can’t even open,” Ajdini said. That means a freezer full of food, including the 200 hot dogs and 200 hamburgers Legends had purchased to feed veterans for free, will likely go to waste. And all the potential donation dollars they were counting on were lost. Ajdini said he planned on donating about 20 percent of total proceeds to Dryhootch. He said one of the most touching moments of the day happened when Dryhootch officials offered to send veterans over to assist with the cleanup.

Published: Fri, 29 May 2015 01:37:27 GMT

Bucks arena tops agenda for state committee

How much to cut the University of Wisconsin System budget, how to pay for roads and approving a financing deal for a new Milwaukee Bucks stadium are all on the agenda for the final planned meeting of the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee. The panel hoped to complete its work on the state budget with a meeting that was scheduled to begin Friday. One of the biggest unresolved issues facing the committee Friday is how to pay for state transportation projects. Republicans who control the Legislature have said they don't want to borrow as much as Gov. Scott Walker proposed. But Walker is against raising taxes. The panel is also slated to vote on whether to go along with $300 million in cuts to UW as Walker wants.

Published: Fri, 29 May 2015 11:52:37 GMT

ME identifies man killed in head-on motorcycle crash

A Monroe man died when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a car in the Town of Montrose Wednesday night, according to a release. The Dane County Medical Examiner said 41-year-old Kevin L. Nelson has died of injuries suffered in a wreck on Highway 69 near Henry Road Wednesday night. Dane County authorities said Nelson was traveling south on Highway 69 at about 9:30 p.m. at a high rate of speed on his 2008 Kawasaki ZX600P motorcycle. He lost control of the motorcycle and crossed the center line, hitting a car head on.  The driver of the car, a 36-year-old woman from Mazomanie, was taken to UW Hospital with minor injuries. Nelson was not wearing a helmet, according to a release. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The death and crash remain under investigation, officials said Thursday. 

Published: Thu, 28 May 2015 21:15:11 GMT

Janesville group concerned interstate project may be cut in budget discussion

A Janesville group says it's concerned an expansion of the interstate may get axed this week in the budget. Lawmakers are still wrestling with how to fund roads, but they have said they are considering cutting back on road projects to cut the total amount the state borrows. A Janesville business group said any cuts could jeopardize a major road project. In an email sent Thursday, Forward Janesville asked their members to contact lawmakers saying that the Interstate 39/90 expansion from the state line to Madison could be in jeopardy. Gov. Scott Walker’s budget borrows more than a billion dollars to build roads, which lawmakers do not support. After a groundbreaking in Portage Thursday, Walker would not say whether he’d support cutting projects. “My preference was we put forward a package that would keep projects across the state on track and on time,” Walker said. “The Legislature has some concerns although, as I’ve pointed out many times before, the total level of bonded in this state budget is the lowest it’s been in the last decade.” Walker has said he has made it clear to lawmakers that he will not support an increase in the gas tax or an across-the-board vehicle registration fee to pay for roads. Lawmakers have discussed money for roads at various points in the budget discussion, but it seems to be one of the biggest points of contention in the state budget as the budget committee finishes its work. As of Thursday night, it is listed as an issue the committee will decide on Friday along with the UW System, funding for conservation projects and an overall property tax cut.

Published: Fri, 29 May 2015 00:42:40 GMT

Former coach denies knowing 2nd alleged sexual assault victim

A former coach accused of having a sexual relationship with one of the students he was coaching denied knowing another victim who says she was assaulted when she was a teenager. West High School girls basketball coach Shelton M. Kingcade, 43, has been suspended since Feb. 25 as the Madison Metropolitan School District investigates the allegations against him, Madison police said. He appeared in court Thursday for an initial appearance. A previously released document detailed a relationship described by a woman who contacted police in February to report the assaults that she said took place between 1997 and 2001. She said she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by Kingcade while she was a student at Cherokee Middle School. She was 13-17 years old at the time of the alleged assaults, and Kingcade was her basketball coach. A criminal complaint obtained Thursday describes a report from a second woman who said she was assaulted by Kingcade in December 1991, when she was a 13-year-old student at Jefferson Middle School. She told police that she didn't cooperate with a 1992 investigation of the assault because at the time she was young and flattered by the attention from an older man. In court Thursday, Kingcade denied that he knew the second woman. A judge ordered Kindcade's bail continued, and he is ordered not to have any contact with young people.

Published: Thu, 28 May 2015 15:02:11 GMT

Construction on Dane County facilities begins, creates 376 jobs

Officials broke ground on Dane County East District Campus, beginning construction on the Regional Medical Examiner's Complex and the East District Highway facility, according to a release. The Medical Examiner's Complex will coordinate death investigations and help law enforcement agencies from various Wisconsin counties. The East District Highway facility is a highway garage that will provide storage for nearly 70 vehicles. According to the release, both will include a number of "green" features. “We look forward to working with the county, your architects and all of the subs to make this project a great success and both of these buildings something to be proud of for many years to come," said President and CEO of Camosy Construction John P. Camosy. The construction created 376 jobs, and Project Big Step will host a construction recruitment from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday to find workers for the project.

Published: Fri, 29 May 2015 01:51:29 GMT

Committee to consider Walker plan to freeze land buys

Wisconsin lawmakers are ready to vote on Gov. Scott Walker's plan to block the state Department of Natural Resources from purchasing any land through its stewardship program for at least the next 13 years. Walker's budget would place a moratorium on stewardship land acquisitions until the DNR's debt service on purchases already made drops to $1 for every $8 spent since the program began in 1989. The program won't reach that ration until 2028. The program is set to expire in mid-2020. Even if legislators decide to renew it before then, land purchases would still be frozen. The Legislature's finance committee is expected to vote Friday on whether to keep the moratorium in the budget. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has said he thinks the prohibition goes too far.

Published: Fri, 29 May 2015 11:37:42 GMT

Oneida Tribe to recognize same-sex marriage

The Oneida Tribe will soon recognize same-sex marriage. Press-Gazette Media reported Oneida law now defines marriage as between "husband and wife." The change replaces "husband and wife" with "spouses" effective June 10. According to a news release from the tribe Thursday, the change results from a unanimous vote of the Oneida Business Committee. Same-sex marriage became legal in Wisconsin this past year.

Published: Fri, 29 May 2015 11:45:48 GMT