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Milwaukee flight 1 of 2 planes in bomb threat at Atlanta airport

Police bomb and dog teams searched two planes at Atlanta's main airport Saturday after authorities received what they described as credible bomb threats, airport and law enforcement officials said. The threats targeted Southwest Airlines Flight 2492, which arrived from Milwaukee, and Delta Air Lines Flight 1156, which arrived from Portland, Oregon. Both planes were on the tarmac at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, airport spokesman Reese McCranie said. The passengers were taken off both planes. A bomb squad and K-9 team from the Atlanta Police Department were examining both aircraft at an out-of-way section of the airport, McCranie said. After landing, the Southwest Airlines flight taxied to a remote area where the passengers and the aircraft were rescreened, company officials said in a statement. "Our top priority is the safety of our customers and employees," Southwest officials said. "We cannot comment on the nature of the security situation." FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett declined to describe the threats in more detail. NORAD spokesman Preston Schlachter said the military dispatched two F-16 fighter jets to shadow the planes until they arrived at the airport. Schlachter said the threats were made through Twitter, an online social media network.

Published: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:56:00 GMT

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Walker fires up conservatives in Iowa speech

Gov. Scott Walker touted his Wisconsin record to conservatives in Iowa Saturday as he considers a possible run for president in 2016. During a 20 minute speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit, Walker roamed the stage with rolled-up sleeves, touting his record and three elections in four years. "I think that sends a powerful message to Republicans in Washington and around the country, that if you're not afraid to be big and go bold, you can actually get results," Walker said. The governor drove home his record to the crowd, emphasizing both economic and social issues. "I'm proud to tell you that in Wisconsin because of our reforms we didn't just balance the budget, we now say in our schools there's no more seniority or tenure. And you can hire, and fire whoever you want and pay based on performance," Walker said. "Since I've been governor we've passed pro-life legislation and we've defunded Planned Parenthood," Walker said. The conservative crowd was on its feet following his thoughts on voter ID and fighting terrorism. Walker also promised to be back. "I'm pleased to be here in Iowa today and I'm going to be back here many times in the future," Walker said.  "I'm hopeful to work together with you." Conservative Mary Hill came from Libertyville, Missouri just to see Walker. "There's a lot of grandstanding sometimes but he actually does something," Hill said.  "He's fearless." Father and son Jim and Adam Christensen said they were impressed with what they heard. "I want to hear more," Adam Christensen said after the speech Saturday.  "I mean there's four or five people that I'm interested in over the next couple years, so it was good to hear him in person." "He lit my fire here today," Jim Christensen said.  "To see him give a 20 minute speech like that kind of started a fire with me and I'm going to watch him a lot closer.  I haven't made up my mind of course, but I'm going to listen and find out more about him. Walker was heading from Iowa to Palm Springs, California to a meeting organized by the Koch brothers.  Other 2016 contenders are also expected to attend the meeting in California.

Published: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:59:22 GMT

Upgraded Channel 3000 weather app launched

Channel 3000 has a new and upgraded weather app for iOS and Android. Learn about the new features and download it here: iOS / Android Our previous weather app will not automatically update to this new app.

Published: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:22:52 GMT

PHOTOS: Walker, Donald Trump, Sarah Palin speak at Freedom Summit

Gov. Scott Walker, Donald Trump and Sarah Palin and several other potential 2016 presidential candidates spoke to Iowa conservatives Saturday in Des Moines at the Freedom Summit.

Published: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:04:21 GMT

4 arrested in home burglary investigation

Four people arrested as part of a home burglary investigation might be connected to a rash of home burglaries in rural Dane County, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives said Drew J. Keenan, 21, and Mackenzie D. Frydenlund, 20, both of Sauk City, were responsible for a Thursday burglary in the town of Dane. Ashley N Moen, 24, and Jordan D. Seiler, 25, both of Portage, were responsible for a Jan. 13 burglary in the town of Dane, according to the release. All four were arrested on suspicion of burglary and additional charges are pending. Deputies said the four forced entry into locked homes and stole valuables, including jewelry, precious coins, electronics, cash and firearms. Earlier this month the Sheriff’s Office started an investigation into several burglaries to rural homes. Deputies responded to three burglaries the night of Jan. 14 and one the night of Jan. 13. All of the burglaries occurred in the towns of Dane, Middleton, Cross Plains and Oregon in western Dane County. Anyone with information related to these crimes is asked to call the Dane County tip line at 608-284-6900.

Published: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:32:34 GMT

Chicago homicide suspect arrested in Blooming Grove hotel

A suspect in a Chicago homicide is behind bars after he was arrested in a Dane County hotel early Saturday morning. Sheriff's deputies were tipped off that 23-year-old Omar Dixon of Chicago, who was wanted in connection with an incident back on Janu. 14, was staying at the Magnuson Grand Hotel in Blooming Grove. According to a report, Dixon was considered armed and dangerous. Crews surrounded the suspect's room, taking Dixon into custody without incident around 5:3 0a.m. Saturday. Dixon is currently being held in the Dane County Jail on a warrant for first-degree murder.

Published: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:53:01 GMT

No. 6 Wisconsin holds off Michigan 69-64 in overtime

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Frank Kaminsky scored eight of his 22 points in overtime, and No. 6 Wisconsin held off Michigan 69-64 on Saturday night. Derrick Walton's 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 57, but the Badgers never trailed in the extra session. Kaminsky opened the scoring in overtime with a three-point play, and a 3-pointer by Josh Gasser put the Badgers (18-2, 6-1 Big Ten) ahead by six. Michigan (12-8, 5-3) is without standout guard Caris LeVert, who is out for the season following foot surgery, but the Wolverines pushed Wisconsin throughout with an inspired effort. The Badgers led by 11 in the second half before Michigan rallied. Sam Dekker scored 15 points for Wisconsin.

Published: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 03:45:44 GMT

Wrong-way wreck on I-94 kills 1, injures 5

A driver who entered Interstate 94 the wrong way is dead and five others are injured after a six-vehicle crash in Milwaukee County. According to the county sheriff's department, 32-year-old Marcos Cortez, of Wauwatosa, entered the freeway at about 8 p.m. Friday traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes without headlights on when he crashed into another car. Cortez died on the scene. The three people in the car he struck were not seriously injured. Four other vehicles were involved in secondary crashes, with two people taken to hospitals for minor injuries. The eastbound freeway was shut down for nearly 5 hours while deputies investigated.

Published: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:27:17 GMT

Portage PD raises money for crime-fighting K-9

Deputy Darrell Ward remembers just a few years ago, he didn't have a partner on the job. But as the problems grew in Columbia County, so did the need for a new solution. "Being a rural county, we not only have the users but we have the growers, the sellers, and those are the people we're trying to keep off of the streets," Ward described. Ward is now one of two K-9 officers on the force. He and Maverick, his shepherd companion, are called into Portage two to three times a week. He says the infrastructure running right into town makes it a convenient place to transport illegal cargo. "We have three different interstates and numerous state highways running right through Portage," Ward said. "It makes it an easy thoroughfare for people trying to get from Chicago to Minneapolis or from Madison to Tomah, up to Stevens Point, they all essentially come through Portage to get to those locations." Sgt. Ben Neumann with Portage police knows that truth well. "I thought it was on us now to take on this responsibility and we need to go out and we need to start combating this problem," Neumann said. In 2013 alone, Portage officers looked into three deaths with drugs as a factor. The department also arrested 13 people on the suspicion of operating under the influence of drugs and handled at least 239 calls linked to illegal narcotics. Neumann devised a solution: the department's very own K-9 unit, something it hasn''t had in decades. The city agreed to cover a special vehicle for the dog as well as the introductory equipment, but the rest of the $50,000 cost will have to come from other sources. "It's not a cheap adventure," Neumann explained. "But once it's going, it can become self-sustaining either through the continued community involvement, but also through asset forfeitures and things like that that we come across as a result of arrests and things like that." Through social media and word of mouth, the department has already raised half of the $15,000 they need to bring a K-9 on board. Part of that fundraising is happening through a Go Fund Me site. "It almost, I think in my opinion, makes them feel involved or a part of this program getting up and running, saying 'Hey, I contributed to this. I helped this get going,'" Neumann said. Like Maverick with Columbia County, Neumann said the dog will be dual-purpose, meaning it will be trained to also track missing people and important evidence. Neumann is also looking forward to connecting with the community with a four-legged friend by his side. "It's to show, hey, you helped participate getting this program for us. Come out and see it! Come out, pet the dog, be a part of it, meet and greet with us. That's what we want," Neumann said.

Published: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:27:56 GMT

Man driving 100 mph on Beltline crashes, caught in foot chase

A Madison man was caught in a foot chase after going 100 mph on the Beltline and crashing into the back of a van Friday morning. Madison police said Deontae M. Webster, 26, passed two detectives on the Beltline on the left side median next to the concrete barriers at 100 mph. He crashed into the back of a Badger Bus van near Verona Road at about 7:32 a.m. The detectives chased Webster on foot until he was cornered in the stairwell of a building on Britta Parkway, police said. A large amount of cash and drugs were found in his car, according to the release. The driver and a passenger in the van suffered non-life-threatening injuries. There were no children in the van. The crash triggered two other crashes. No serious injuries were reported. Webster was arrested on suspicion of second-degree reckless endangerment, operating while under the influence and on a parole hold.

Published: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:34:24 GMT

Aldermen call streetcar 'rape' remark a scare tactic

Twelve of Milwaukee's 15 aldermen are condemning the remarks of a colleague who predicted there would be sexual assaults on streetcars. The Milwaukee Common Council has signaled most members would be in favor of a $124 million downtown streetcar project, but the final approval isn't set until next month. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Alderman Joe Dudzik on Friday told WTMJ-AM radio that there would be "a couple of assaults, or maybe a rape or a shooting on one of these streetcars." In response, the 12 aldermen issued a joint statement, calling Dudzik's statements hurtful, divisive and a scare tactic. The two aldermen who didn't sign are opponents of the streetcar project. A spokeswoman for Tom Barrett called the statements irresponsible.

Published: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:36:00 GMT

Walker's kibosh on casino may put Beloit plans up in air

After Gov. Scott Walker on Friday rejected plans that were years in the making for a casino in Kenosha, a city official and an industry businessman are concerned it may mean bad news for a similar Beloit proposal. Beloit City Manager Lary Arft and the Ho-Chunk Nation President Jon Greendeer said their plan for a casino will now be expedited through federal review. "This decision is no cause for celebration," Greendeer said. "In the face of it, it looks like one over the other. But I don't think that this really typifies a victor and a loser." Ho-Chunk Nation has opposed the Menominee Nation's plan to build a casino in Kenosha since the beginning. Greendeer said if the casino was approved, it could adversely affect the Ho-Chunk Nation by $30 million. "It's not specific to Menominee, it's any tribe that is looking to leap frog into another tribes traditional, historical territory and market," Greendeer said. With Walker's Friday rejection of the project, Ho-Chunk is still hopeful it will receive approval for a casino planned off Interstate 39/90. The plan includes a 700,000-square-foot facility with a theater, hotel, performing arts center, and a Class 3 casino with upward of 2,200 slot machines and 50 table games. "Looking at both of these collectively, I have a difficult time finding some parallels in which a federal agency could actually review this and even the governor's office down the line and look at these hand in hand and say that one outcome is going to be a prefatory position for the other," Greendeer said. Greendeer is confident that the Nation will receive approval, because of a compact Ho-Chunk and state of Wisconsin agreed to in 1992 that allows the Ho-Chunk to open one more Class 3 gaming site. Arft said building a casino in Beloit could add more than 1,500 jobs to the area. He said the decision to build has been held up for months in Washington, partially pending the Kenosha decision. Arft said Federal officials apparently did not want to send the state another casino project until the Kenosha project was decided. "It's definitely a game changer for the local economy. I'm kind of hopeful that now that the Kenosha decision has been made, that the federal government will pick up the pace and try to get the Beloit application finalized as quickly as they can," Arft said. The casino idea has been floated for more than a decade. In a 1999 referendum, 61 percent of Beloit voters approved implementation of a casino project. Greendeer said approval would benefit all involved, as the Ho-Chunk Nation struggles with its own employment rates. "Building in Beloit actually has a mutual benefit for the community of Beloit," Greendeer said. "But also, in revenue generated there isn't some person at the end of the revenue line that gets fed on profits. This is revenue that is used for our communities."

Published: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:21:48 GMT

Kenosha mayor says he's disappointed with casino denial

The Kenosha mayor says he's very disappointed Gov. Scott Walker decided against a request to build a casino there. Gov. Scott Walker on Friday denied the Menominee Nation's request for permission to build an off-reservation casino in Kenosha, saying it could leave the state owing a rival tribe millions of dollars. Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman told the Kenosha News he's frustrated with Walker's denial of the tribal casino at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park. He said the loss of $800 million in investment and the expected thousands of construction and permanent jobs is a blow to the city. Bosman said the process has been very frustrating.

Published: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:45:42 GMT

Cabela's store to open in Sun Prairie this spring

Sun Prairie is set to see yet another development go up in its already-booming commercial district this spring. Cabela's announced it will open an 86,000 sq. ft. store and indoor archery range in the coming months on Grand Avenue in Sun Prairie. The opening will bring about 200 open positions to the area - a demand for jobs the community can meet, according to Director of Economic Development Neil Stechschulte. "For those 200 positions, I'm guessing they'll have 500-600 applications," he says of the store opening. Cabela's is just the latest in a series of developments that have come to the east side of the county. According to Stechschulte, Sun Prairie has been the fastest-growing community in Dane County for years. Now, the commercial corner of town is starting to catch up - Stechschulte estimates more than 1 million square feet of development is in construction or in planning throughout the city. "That's about the size of East Towne Mall," Stechschulte says. "The number of businesses we've added has been unprecedented, certainly for this community." More businesses, in turn, may mean more residents. "The residential has driven the interest in the commercial, but now we've gotten so much commercial that more people are interested in coming to live in Sun Prairie, because of the amenities that are here," Stechschulte says. Cabela's is now accepting online applications for its Sun Prairie store. To apply, visit www.cabelas.jobs and select "Sun Prairie, Wis." for the store location.  

Published: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:43:35 GMT

Mine protester gets 9 months in jail

A woman accused of disrupting mine workers in northern Wisconsin as she protested Gogebic Taconite's mining plans has been sentenced to nine months in jail. Daily Herald Media reported that 27-year-old Katie Kloth pleaded no contest to robbery and misdemeanor party to the crime of criminal damage to property in connection with the 2013 incident. She faced combined maximum penalties of 15 years and nine months in prison and fines of $60,000. Iron County Judge Douglas Fox ordered the jail time and five years of probation on Wednesday. Fox also ordered restitution of $2,400. According to court records, Kloth was among about 20 protesters, many wearing bandanas covering their faces, who threw cans and water bottles at workers to intimidate them as they drilled exploratory holes.

Published: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:42:06 GMT

Police: Father suspected of killing his baby, another man

Police say a father fatally stabbed his 5-month-old daughter and another man, and wounded two other people at a Milwaukee house. Police Chief Edward Flynn said the baby's injured mother and her boyfriend were rushed to a hospital after the Friday morning attack. Flynn said the suspect was arrested at the house and that he also sustained superficial knife wounds. He said the suspect stabbed his daughter in her crib, then attacked her 19-year-old mother, the mother's 22-year-old boyfriend and a 39-year-old man who was staying at the house. The baby and the older man died. Flynn said police are not seeking any other suspects. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett denounced the violence at a news conference. He said 13 people have died of homicidal violence in Milwaukee this month.

Published: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:58:18 GMT

Mad City Pond Hockey returns for 2nd year

This time last year, temperatures were 20 to 30 below zero, but they didn't keep hockey fans away from the Mad City Pond Championships. The Mad City Pond Hockey Championships returned to Vilas Park Lagoon this weekend. Organizers have prepared for months to make sure the groundwork was set by this weekend. They put the finishing touches on the nine rinks on Friday, setting up 3-foot nets and getting their homemade Zambonis ready. "For one weekend out of the year we want to bring the whole hockey community down here and get together and have a blast," organizer Brad Mastenbrook said. Mastenbrook, who coached hockey in the area for nearly 20 years, said the event showcases Madison's lakes and reminds hockey fans of more carefree days. "Like it was when you were out on the ice ‘til late at night and your mom told you had to be home at 10 o'clock and you're playing under the light. So it's a blast out here," Mastenbrook said. Mastenbrook worked with Rich Kerns to put on the event, but the original idea came from the Kerns family. "My sons Mitch and Jaime and Charles said, 'Why don't we do our own event?'" Kerns said. Kerns and all three of his sons have played hockey. They already had the equipment to put on the tournament since Kerns owns Bucky's Rentals. Fifty-three teams signed up for the weekend event. Pond hockey does not require referees or goalies and uses a shorter net. Kerns described the game as "free-flowing hockey." "It is special because, you know, you don't have a coach standing over you telling you to play a certain way -- you just go out and play hockey and have fun," Kerns said. The championships take place this weekend on Vilas Lagoon and Lake Wingra. Money raised will go toward the UW Carbone Cancer Center for pancreatic cancer research.

Published: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:35:58 GMT

Walker rejects plans for Kenosha casino

Gov. Scott Walker has rejected plans for a planned casino in Kenosha. In a statement released Friday, Walker said "the risk to taxpayers is too great." "Due to the compacts negotiated by Gov. Doyle, the current cost to taxpayers of approving the proposed casino project is up to $100 million, and the long-term economic hit to the state budget would be a potential loss of hundreds of millions of dollars.," the statement read. The Menominee Nation had planned a more than $800 million off-reservation casino on the former Dairyland Greyhound Park property just west of the city of Kenosha. The tribe was partnering with Hard Rock International on the project, which they said could bring 3,000 jobs to the area, and more than 10,000 jobs to the state over 10 years. The Forest County Potawatomi Community has been fiercely opposed to the project, with concerns that it would siphon profits from the Potawatomi's Milwaukee Casino. Speaking to reporters after an appearance at the Wisconsin Education Convention, Walker said his administration "tried to run the clock down" on the decision and get some type of agreement between the tribes that would have mitigated payments for which he says the state would be responsible. "There's still in our review no way to legally guarantee that the state wouldn't be on the hook for about $100 million or more in the short term and potentially hundreds of millions more in the future," Walker said. The Menominee tribe expressed disappointment in the decision. "We believe this is the option, this is the ideal option," said Gary Besaw, Chair of the Menominee-Kenosha Gaming Authority. "We believe we have been wronged and we will look into all the options we have available to us. We believe we can correct this." Tribal Chairwoman Laurie Boivin said in a statement Friday that the project "would have improved the lives" of nearly 9,000 tribal members. The chairwoman said that instead, one tribe -- the Forest County Potawatomi -- and Walker's presumed presidential aspirations derailed the project. Assembly Minority Leader Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, called it an "enormous disappointment." "I feel like this is a mistake of colossal proportions," Barca said Friday. "Thousands of our citizens, many of whom have applied for jobs they were counting on, will now be denied this opportunity due to the Governor's ill-advised decision." Barca also said that he thought that political issues were at play, with recent reports that conservatives in Iowa had sent a letter to the governor asking him not to support an expansion of gaming. "To me, it's strictly political," Barca said. "I can't imagine virtually any governor in any state turning down an opportunity such as this." Republican representatives from the Kenosha and Racine area held a news conference Friday to express their disappointment. "I don't know how many opportunities we have to bring thousands of jobs, guaranteed payments, millions of dollars of economic impact," Assembly Speaker Rep. Robin Vos, R-Burlington, said Friday. "I don't see those coming to Wisconsin enough, so it's hard for us to turn down one even though it might have been somewhat risky." Rep. Samantha Kerkman, R-Salem, said she thought the Menominee and leaders in the area had answered all of the Walker administration's questions, and lamented the loss of job opportunities in the area. The lawmakers said they hoped that politics had nothing to do with Walker's decision. "I can't read Gov. Walker's mind," Vos said. "As you know, I'm a pretty close ally, and I think that every once in a while even someone you're really good friends with gets it wrong, and this is a prime example. Walker is headed to Iowa Saturday to speak at the Iowa Freedom Summit, and has said he is considering a run for president in 2016. He told reporters Friday that politics were not part of his decision. "If that's the case, I would have shut it down right off the bat," Walker said. "If it had been done for political reasons I would have done it a long time ago."

Published: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:52:19 GMT

'Large amount of cash' found in secondhand purse

A 64-year-old Madison woman found a large amount of cash in a purse she bought in a secondhand store, according to a release from Madison police. The woman said she bought the purse at Savers at 2002 Zeier Rd. on Tuesday and was washing it when she heard something crinkling in one of the zippered pockets. She found an envelope with the cash. The woman called police said someone would certainly be missing the money so she wanted to return it. Madison police will hold the purse while they seek out the purse's former owner.

Published: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:51:41 GMT