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Wisconsin heads to Final Four after 85-78 win over Arizona

Frank Kaminsky and the Wisconsin Badgers hung on to make the Final Four again. "Frank the Tank" scored 29 points, Sam Dekker added his second straight career high of 27 and the West Regional's top seed beat No. 2 Arizona 85-78 on Saturday to reach consecutive Final Fours for the first time in school history. The Badgers (35-3) denied the Wildcats (34-4) a Final Four berth for the second straight year, having beaten them by one point in overtime in Anaheim a year ago when their seeds were reversed. Wisconsin and 67-year-old coach Bo Ryan head to Indianapolis next week hoping for another shot at undefeated and top-seeded Kentucky, which beat the Badgers by one point in the national semifinals last year. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley scored 17 points each for the Wildcats, who once again failed to deliver a first-time Final Four appearance for coach Sean Miller.

Published: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 01:21:08 GMT

PHOTOS: Badgers in LA for NCAA Tournament

Pictures of the Badgers men's basketball team in LA for the NCAA Tournament. The team's Elite Eight game against Arizona is Saturday night at 5:09 p.m. Central.

Published: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 01:06:42 GMT

Orphaned female kit's health improves under care

A volunteer wildlife group caring for a fox found orphaned in a Middleton church parking lot Sunday said the baby is responding to medical treatment, and her health is improving. Wisconsin WildCare shared pictures of the kit online Friday night and said the female is doing well. "She has doubled in body weight while in care and her future is bright," the group wrote. WildCare said the kit has been given specialized care to maintain natural behaviors she needs to thrive in the wild. Specialized care includes housing needs, dietary needs and necessary enrichment. The group also thanked people who donated funds to the volunteer-only operation. A second fox was found near the same location but later died.

Published: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:23:16 GMT

Former Badger brings a little Wisconsin west

A former Badger and current CBS employee owns a bar in Hermosa Beach that plays host to Badger and Packer games. Jessica Arp reports.

Published: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:51:32 GMT

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Chemical spill shuts down I-90 most of Friday

One lane of westbound Interstate 39-90 in Janesville reopened at about 2:30 p.m. Friday after a nearly 13-hour closure because of a chemical spill earlier in the day. More than a dozen people were evacuated from nearby homes as a precaution, officials said. All restrictions on the residents were lifted and both lanes on the interstate were reopened at 11:50 p.m. Friday, the Rock County Sheriff's Office said. The Janesville Fire Department and the Madison Fire Department hazmat team responded to the spill, which happened after a crash involving two semi-trucks just before 2 a.m. Friday near mile marker 173. One semi was parked on the shoulder, awaiting removal after an engine fire Thursday night. At 1:48 a.m. Friday, it was struck by a second semi coming from Rockford, Illinois, that was carrying what were described as swimming pool-type chemicals. No one was injured in the crash, but one of the semis was carrying 15 chemicals in 55-gallon drums, and several were leaking following the crash, according to the Janesville Fire Department. The sheriff's department said four damaged and leaking barrels were found along the highway, and other chemicals had been spilled on the road. In a news release Friday, the Rock County Sheriff's Office said the Janesville hazmat team began monitoring neighborhood air quality at about 7 a.m. Friday and recommended the evacuation of five Green Valley Drive apartments as a precaution. The air quality readings did not indicate any danger, and there was no threat to the public outside the immediate area of the spill, officials said. The Rock County Sheriff's Office said the Madison hazmat team and the National Guard 54th Civil Support Team assisted at the spill and were released by 2 p.m., a fire officials told News 3. A cleanup crew, SunPro, of Elkhart, Indiana, arrived at 10:30 a.m. to assist, the Rock County Sheriff's Office said. Air quality monitors were set up around the spill, and investigators wearing protective equipment were able to enter and evaluate the threat at the site of the spill. The approximately 19 Green Valley Drive residents who were evacuated were taken to the Ramada Inn on Milton Avenue, Janesville fire officials said.  In an updated release Friday, the Rock County Sheriff's Office said hazmat teams were allowing evacuated citizens to return to their residences at 4:30 p.m.. The teams recommend that those that choose to return home inside stay until the cleanup is complete. Traffic leading up to the Racine Street exit was backed up about three miles. Department of Transportation cameras showed that the exit was still backed up and traffic hampered at 2 p.m. Friday. Officials said one lane of the stretch of roadway that was closed for nearly 13 hours reopened at 2:30 p.m.

Published: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:54:13 GMT

Father, baby killed when pickup rear-ends horse-drawn buggy

Authorities say a 21-year-old father and his 6-month-old child were killed when a pickup truck read-ended their horse-drawn buggy in western Wisconsin. The Chippewa County sheriff's office says it happened on Highway 64 in the town of Colburn shortly before 7 a.m. Saturday. All three members of the family were thrown from the buggy. The father and child died at the scene. The 21-year-old mother suffered extensive injuries and was flown to a regional hospital. Their names were not immediately released. A statement from the sheriff's office says alcohol is not believed to have been a factor, but the investigation is continuing. It says the pickup was driven by a 66-year-old man from the Cornell area. The highway was closed for about three hours.

Published: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:58:25 GMT

UW-Madison alum makes waves in LA

There's been a movement over the last few years to get more Badgers into the entertainment business in Los Angeles. News 3 talked to Richie Schwartz, whose Madison connections got him started in LA. Jessica Arp reports.

Published: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:02:19 GMT

Woman pinned, injured in rear end crash vs. semi, police say

An Oregon woman was injured after she rear ended a semitrailer on Highway 51 in Madison Saturday morning, police said. The Madison Police Department said officers responded to a report of a crash with an injured person at 9:30 a.m. on Highway 51, or North Stoughton Road, at East Washington Avenue. A vehicle headed north on the highway struck the rear of a semi that was stopped at the red light at East Washington Avenue, according to the report. Iris Cooley, 62, was pinned in the vehicle and traffic on northbound Highway 51 was shut down for about 1.5 hours, officials said. Dispatch confirmed Med Flight responded to the crash. Cooley was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injures, police said. She was cited on suspicion of imprudent speed. Police said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Published: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:05:01 GMT

Shell casings found near west Madison area of shots fired reports

Evidence supporting a possible weapons violation was found in a west Madison neighborhood early Saturday, police said. The Madison Police Department said officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired on the 7100 block of Carnwood Road at 5 a.m. Officers canvassed the area and located spent shell casings, according to the report. One of the callers told police a white vehicle was seen leaving the area southbound on Muirfield Road toward County Road PD just after the suspected gunfire was heard. Madison police said no injuries or damage related to the incident were reported.

Published: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:55:31 GMT

3 displaced in kitchen fire in 8-unit apartment building

Three people were displaced by a fire that damaged their apartment on Madison’s east side Saturday morning. Crews were sent to 802 Vernon Ave. for reports of a working structure fire around 11 a.m., officials said. Firefighters saw smoke coming from a first-floor window when they arrived. According to a release, crews found heavy black smoke in an apartment, used thermal imaging cameras to find the fire, and extinguished the fire with a small amount of water and foam. Crews used fans to help remove smoke from the hallway of the eight-unit apartment building, officials said. Most of the smoke and fire damage was limited to the apartment where the fire originated. No injuries were reported at the scene. Investigators said the fire originated in the kitchen, but they are still investigating the cause of the fire. The fire caused about $25,000 in damage to the building and $15,000 in damage to the contents of the unit, according to a release. The Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents.

Published: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:42:32 GMT

Authorities detonate package at Kenosha Planned Parenthood

Authorities said they safely detonated a suspicious package that was found outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Kenosha. Police Sgt. Joe Riesselmann said Planned Parenthood staff reported the package around 11:15 a.m. Friday. He said the way it was wrapped and the lack of identification or markings raised their concerns. Nearby streets were closed off for nearly three hours and the bomb squad was called in. After X-rays were inconclusive, a robot was used to fire a charge into the package. The Kenosha News reported that the charge blew the box open, sending what appeared to be pages of sheets of paper flying. Police said Friday night that the package was later identified as a legitimate delivery. The clinic has been the scene of anti-abortion protests in the past.

Published: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:31:03 GMT

Kenosha man arrested in 25-year-old Fond du Lac murder

A 61-year-old Kenosha man has been arrested in connection with the nearly 25-year-old murder of a Sturtevant woman whose body was found in a ditch weeks after she disappeared. Fond du Lac County Sheriff Mick Fink told Gannett Wisconsin Media that the man was arrested in Berit Beck's killing after he made an appearance on an unrelated charge in Kenosha County. The 18-year-old Beck was killed in July 1990 after she stopped in Fond du Lac while heading to a work seminar in Appleton. Her body was found about six weeks later. Authorities said last year they had evidence that pointed to the man who is now in custody. A court document says his fingerprints were on items in Beck's van. Beck's family has asked for privacy.

Published: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:01:54 GMT

Suspected speeding stop leads to 6th OWI charge

A man who was stopped Saturday for a suspected traffic violation was arrested for his alleged sixth drunken driving offense, officials said. Wisconsin State Patrol said a trooper observed an SUV speeding on Highway 60 at County Road T in Grant County at 12:15 a.m.  Jerry Richards, 47, of Brookings, South Dakota, was arrested on suspicion of sixth-offense operating while intoxicated, according to the report. He was taken to Grant County Jail.

Published: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:32:39 GMT

Police investigating suspicious death in Adams County

Police are investigating a suspicious death in the Town of Strongs Prairie after a man was pronounced dead early Thursday morning, according to the Adams County Sheriff's Office. Police said the Adams County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center responded to a 911 call at 2:21 a.m.  Thursday requesting an ambulance for a victim of a possible overdose at 1758 Cottonville Ave. in Strongs Prairie. According to police, emergency responders found a man identified as Kevin Bergeron, 40, of Adams, in the bathroom of the home. Attempts to revive Bergeron were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead on the scene. Police said the cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy. The incident remains under investigation by the Adams County Sheriff's Office and the Adams County Medical Examiner's Office.

Published: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:23:36 GMT

Michigan family suing Wisconsin Dells resort over injury

A Wisconsin Dells resort is being sued by a Michigan family that claims a teenage boy was injured on a ride that the business knew was unsafe. The lawsuit seeking damages was filed Wednesday in Sauk County Circuit Court on the teen's behalf. The Wisconsin State Journal reported the lawsuit claims the boy was injured at the Kalahari resort in June 2012 on an indoor water slide that drops riders from a trap-door chamber into one of two looping slides. The family's attorney said the ride, known as the Sahara Sidewinders, imposed an unreasonable risk of injury to Kalahari's guests. He adds the resort knew about the risk but took no safety precautions. The lawsuit claims the teen suffered personal injury, pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

Published: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:16:49 GMT

DOJ turns over shooting report to prosecutor

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has turned over its final reports on the events that led up to a white Madison Police officer killing an unarmed biracial man to prosecutors. Matt Kenny shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson in an apartment house near the state Capitol on March 6. Kenny was responding to calls that Robinson had attacked two people and was running in traffic. Police said Robinson assaulted Kenny before he was shot but have released no other details. The incident has sparked multiple protests, with demonstrators demanding Kenny be charged with homicide. The DOJ has been investigating the incident. A spokeswoman said the agency turned over all its findings to Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne on Friday. Ozanne has said he doesn't have a timetable on a charging decision.

Published: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:15:20 GMT

Police: Woman safe after bullet struck car on south side

A bullet struck a woman's car, entering one window and exiting another Friday afternoon, according to police. Police said officers were dispatched to a possible weapons offense in the 1800 block of S. Park Street. at 1:17 p.m. A woman traveling southbound escaped what could have been serious injury after a bullet struck her car. Officers believe the woman was not the intended target, and there may have been a dispute between occupants of two other vehicles on the road. According to police, witnesses said the two other vehicles were traveling at high speeds at the time of the shooting. The woman suffered minor cuts from flying glass after the bullet struck her car.

Published: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:23:47 GMT

Steele pleads guilty; Trial to focus on mental state

A former deputy facing homicide charges for the death of his wife and sister-in-law is pleading guilty to the crime, but he maintains he was not legally responsible by reason of mental disease or defect. Andrew Steele, 40, of Fitchburg, had previously pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the killings of his wife, Ashlee Steele, 39, and her sister, Kacee Tollefsbol, 38, of Lake Elmo, Minnesota, at the Steeles' Fitchburg home Aug. 22. The guilty plea to two counts of first-degree intentional homicide was made in court Friday. The family of Ashlee and Kacee feel the plea from Andy Steele is a little step forward. They say there is still a long road ahead with the trial and hope justice will be served. Steele had resigned from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office after a diagnosis of ALS. Steele appeared in court a wheelchair. He anticipates using a cane for his trial. The judge said jurors will be questioned by the judge on their reaction to potentially sexually explicit testimony. His trial is scheduled to start April 13 and last two weeks.

Published: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:18:50 GMT

Attempt to ban same-sex marriage will cost Wisconsin $1M

Wisconsin's attempt to ban same-sex marriages will cost taxpayers more than $1 million. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that an agreement announced Friday calls for the state to pay the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented eight gay and lesbian couples who sued to overturn Wisconsin's 2006 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Since the couples won their lawsuit, the ACLU can recover legal costs. The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to hear the appeal after the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals had already struck down Wisconsin's ban. ___ Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

Published: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:30:29 GMT