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Area could see 2-6 inches of snow; some schools closing early

Two to 6 inches of snow is possible in the Madison area Monday afternoon into Monday night. Check our LIVE BLOG for all the latest developments. Link for mobile users: LIVE BLOG Some schools are closing early. Check the list here. A winter storm warning is in effect for Juneau, Adams, Marquette, and Green Lake counties and a winter weather advisory has been issued for the rest of southern Wisconsin for Monday and Monday night. A changeover from rain to snow will take place as cold air moves into the region on Monday. Snowflakes started falling in the Madison area at about 10:30 am. Temperatures will fall from the 40s early this morning to the upper 20s by late in the day. West/northwest winds will pick up Monday with blowing snow possible Monday afternoon and Monday night. North-south roads will be affected by the blowing and drifting snow. One to 4 inches of snow will accumulate during the day, and another 1 to 2 inches will accumulate at night. This will bring storm totals to 2 to 6 inches of snow across southern Wisconsin. The Madison Streets Division said 30 plows are ready to hit the streets as soon as the snow begins to fall. Crews were unable to put salt brine on the road ahead of the storm because of Sunday's rains. Crews are expected to work throughout the night. Temperatures will drop into the upper teens tonight with snow becoming lighter or tapering to flurries overnight. Any lingering flurries will end early Tuesday, followed by skies becoming partly sunny for the afternoon. Highs will reach the middle 20s. Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with snow showers and flurries. Highs will be near 30 degrees. Thanksgiving Day looks quiet with partly sunny skies. It will be breezy and chilly with highs near 20 degrees. Friday will be mostly cloudy with another chance for snow showers or flurries and highs in the middle 20s.

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:39:53 GMT

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Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:43:42 GMT


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Police say officer used justified force in arrest captured on camera

A Superior police investigation has found an officer's use of force was justified in an arrest captured by a police dashboard camera. The Superior Police Department said Officer George Gothner will be back on duty this week after its internal investigation determined he used reasonable force consistent with state and local policies during the January arrest. Gothner had been on administrative duty after the video showed him punching the arrested woman in the face. Gothner has said the woman was scratching him in the face. Gothner was given a 10-hour unpaid suspension for using vulgar and unprofessional language during the arrest. A special prosecutor decided not to charge Gothner last month. The woman's misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge from the arrest was dropped soon afterward.

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:41:58 GMT

Naked man falls through airport bathroom ceiling

Massachusetts State Police arrested two men for assault in separate incidents that occurred within an hour of one another Saturday at Logan Airport. WCVB reports that officers responded at 11:58 a.m. to report of a man who entered a women's bathroom in Terminal C, removed his clothing and climbed into the drop ceiling. The suspect, Cameron Shenk, 26, of Boston, fell through the drop ceiling and sustained cuts to his head and body. Shenk then fled from the bathroom naked and bleeding, according to police. Once outside the bathroom, Shenk allegedly assaulted and seriously injured an 84-year-old man. That victim was transported to a local hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.  A motive for the bizarre behavior isn't known. Shenk was arrested and charged with attempted murder, mayhem, assault and battery on a person over 60, assault and battery on a police officer, lewd and lascivious act and malicious destruction of property over $250.  An officer sustained a minor injury while arresting Shenk.  The first incident occurred less than an hour earlier at Terminal E when police received a report of a disturbance involving someone screaming from inside a BMW with a broken windshield.  Officers located the vehicle at Terminal B and found that Anton Hilton, 52, of Roxbury, had assaulted the 21-year-old female passenger of the car. Hilton was arrested, and charged with assault and battery and kidnapping. The female victim refused medical treatment, according to police, and her name was not released. Both Hilton and Shenk will be held pending release on bail or their arraignment in East Boston District Court. 

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:55:41 GMT

Town nixes naming park for Pooh due to gender

Town officials in Tuszyn, Poland, are against naming a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh because of the character’s unstated gender and skimpy dress. Recently leaked recordings of a closed-door meeting reveal that officials were concerned about the fictional bear’s pants-optional fashion sense and unstated gender, said The Associated Press. One official called Pooh a “hermaphrodite,” according to the AP. Pooh opponent Ryszard Cichy told a newspaper he was joking because the discussion had dragged on too long. Some officials said that Polish cartoon bear Uszatek, who appears fully clothed, was a better option, according to the AP.

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:44:51 GMT

Man dies from gunshot wound; Police investigate

A man found shot on the terrace of a Beloit street Sunday afternoon has died, Beloit police said. Around 12:30 p.m. Beloit officers were sent to the area of the 1200 block of Copeland for a report of a man down, according to a release. When officers got to the scene they found a man down on the terrace suffering from a single gunshot wound, authorities said. Joe’l Paul P. Baldwin Davidson Royster, 24, of Beloit, was transported to Beloit Memorial Hospital, but was pronounced dead. Investigators are currently investigating the incident, but they believe this was not a random shooting.

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:31:06 GMT

34-year-old killed in Sauk County crash

A 34-year-old Hillpoint man died in a single-vehicle crash Saturday morning in Sauk County, according to a news release. Around 7:20 a.m. Sauk County officials responded to a single-vehicle crash on County Road G at McCarville Road in the town of Bear Creek, authorities said. The 34-year-old, identified as Boris Rubio, was pronounced dead at the scene, deputies said. Investigators said Rubio was driving north on County Road G when he left the roadway and rolled his vehicle several times. Icy roads and dense fog are believed to be contributing factors, according to the release. Rubio was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Published: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:20:53 GMT

Pedestrian killed on I-94 in Menomonie

The State Patrol says a man has died after being struck by a semi on the interstate in western Wisconsin. The incident happened on Interstate 94 in Menomonie just before midnight Sunday. When troopers arrived on scene they found a man had died at the scene. WEAU-TV reports traffic was rerouted overnight.

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:43:48 GMT

Powerful business groups object to roads taxes

A coalition of powerful business groups in Wisconsin are coming out against a proposal from Gov. Scott Walker's Department of Transportation that would increase taxes and fees by more than $750 million. The statewide chamber of commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association and the state Restaurant Association were among 10 groups that issued a statement Monday raising concerns about the tax and fee increases proposed. They say they want to work with Walker and the Legislature on transportation funding solutions that are "fair and equitable." Walker told The Associated Press last week that significant changes were needed to the Transportation Department's budget request, but didn't say what those would be. Walker will release his budget early next year.

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:42:30 GMT

Madison man suspected of 5th offense OWI

A Madison man was arrested after he was found passed out behind the wheel of a car Saturday afternoon, according to a release from Madison police. A concerned citizen called police at 1:07 p.m. when the man was spotted in a running car in the parking lot of Kelley’s Market at 2601 Shopko Dr. Ruben R. Tallez, 46, was arrested on suspicion of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated after an officer woke him up.

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:24:22 GMT

Parents sentenced in drowning death of toddler

The parents of a northwestern Wisconsin toddler who drowned after wandering away from home in 2012 have been sentenced. Thomas Williams will spend five months in jail and three years on probation in the death of 3-year-old Reena Danish. Williams expressed remorse in a Burnett County courtroom Monday and told the judge he will have to live with the fact that he will never see his child again. Williams earlier reached a plea deal on felony neglect of a child resulting in death. The girl's mother, Jenna Danish, was given one year of probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor child neglect charge. KARE-TV reported Danish did not address the judge. Scores of volunteers helped search for the girl in August 2012. She was found in a canal not far from her home.

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:47:14 GMT

Crash likely caused by health emergency kills 1

A personal health emergency may have been a factor in a single-vehicle crash that killed a Shullsburg man Saturday morning, according to a release from the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department. Around 10 a.m. Lafayette County officials were notified of a motor vehicle crash on Aetna Road 0.9 miles west of Palfrey Road in the town of New Diggings, officials said. A 2000 Buick four-door sedan was going west on Aetna Road when it went out of control onto the right shoulder, re-entered the roadway, crossed to the other side, hit an embankment along the south side of the road and then stopped, investigators said. The driver of the vehicle, Joseph L. Shepherd, 70, of Shullsburg, was taken by Hazel Green EMS to a Dubuque, Iowa, hospital, but he later died. Preliminary medical findings indicate that a personal health emergency may have contributed to Shepherd’s death, according to the release. An autopsy has been requested as part of the investigation. At the time of the crash, the road was ice covered and slippery due to overnight weather conditions, and township roadway maintenance personnel had not yet been able to reach that section of road, authorities said. Benton First Response, Benton Fire Department personnel, Hazel Green EMS and sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene.

Published: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:47:11 GMT

Police try to connect pair to parking lot purse snatchings

Madison police are trying to connect a man and woman to a string of purse snatchings in grocery store parking lots. Police were called to Hy-Vee at 3801 E. Washington Ave. at 1:15 p.m. Sunday after the driver of a maroon-colored SUV swerved into the direction of a car and stole a woman’s purse. A 10-year-old boy said he was nearly struck by the truck as the purse was yanked from his mother’s shoulder. A security guard got a good description of the SUV and a suspect vehicle was pulled over a little more than an hour later near the intersection of Highway 51 and South Stoughton Road. Troy A. Larson, 29, and Cassie M. Larson, 33, denied involvement in the purse snatching. Police said the woman’s purse was gone, but some of her property was found inside the SUV. Troy Larson was arrested on suspicion of theft and identity theft. Cassie Larson was arrested on suspicion of identity theft.

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:00:42 GMT

College student to stand trial on ricin possession

A University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh student accused of possessing the deadly toxin ricin has been ordered to stand trial. A federal judge in Green Bay ruled Monday there's enough evidence against 21-year-old Kyle Smith to move forward with his case. WLUK-TV reported prosecutors argued Smith admitted he knew what he was making and shouldn't have been doing it. No lab equipment was found in his off-campus home. Defense attorney William Kerner says Smith never intended to use ricin for harm anyone. Kerner also said the powder found in Smith's home was castor bean meal, which contains the highly toxic protein ricin. He says the substance falls under different laws and regulations throughout the country Smith was ordered to remain behind bars.

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:00:36 GMT

New dinner theater open in Wisconsin Dells

One Wisconsin Dells theater has opened its doors after four years, now with an entire new look. The Palace Theater, 564 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, is now open to the public after a brother business duo spent $2 million renovating the space. One of the brothers, Anthony Tomaska, is hoping that the new features will keep the theater's doors open for a long time. "The stars lined up and everything came together and we were just so lucky to be here in this magnificent community," said Tomaska. The Tomaska brothers have been partners since they were 21. Coming from a long family history in the restaurant business, they wanted to combine their love for dining with their passion for theater. "We know the food side. To add that to the theater side, which is really what my brother Joe and I have been doing for the past 25 years, and putting them together and being able to have a dinner and a show in the same room is very unique," said Tomaska. Many new features were added to the building, including a new digital lighting and sound system, as well as an expansion to the lobby bar. "If an audience could come in and get a drink, get a glass of wine before the show and be comfortable, it all adds to the experience," said Tomaska. With diners and playgoers filling the seats, so far, a certain Disney classic has been a successful opening show. "Mary Poppins, we felt, would be a great holiday show because of the themes. It's a big production and there's magic in the show. It's the Disney magic where Mary actually flies," said Tomaska. The Broadway Production of Mary Poppins will be performing eight shows every week until Jan. 3, 2015. To purchase tickets or find more information about the Palace Theater, visit

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:05:51 GMT

Dairy farmers to rake in big profits

Wisconsin dairy experts say some farmers are enjoying a sweet combination of record-high milk prices and record-low feed costs that are creating profits in 2014 that are six times higher than previous good years. Randy Greenfield, a dairy specialist for a Madison-based livestock feed company, says this year will prove to be the best financially for many dairy farmers. He says some dairy farms that milk the state average of 117 cows will see profits totaling more than $200,000. He says those that milk 500 cows will make $1 million, while 2,500-cow dairy farms will clear $5 million. The Wisconsin State Journal reported farmers hope this year will allow them to bounce back from 2009, when milk prices collapsed, and prepare for a potentially similar scenario in 2015.

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:40:59 GMT

Sheriff: Wrong-way driver turns himself in

Authorities said a wrong-way driver has turned himself in after sideswiping a minivan on a highway and leaving the scene. WISN-TV reported the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department says the 50-year-old pickup truck driver hit the minivan Saturday while traveling south in a northbound lane on Interstate 794. Authorities say the minivan driver was hospitalized with injuries that weren't life threatening. Authorities haven't released either driver's name. They said the pickup truck driver had a blood alcohol content of 0.08. No charges have been reported. Authorities are investigating the incident.

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:58:25 GMT

Police: 2 men rob restaurant

Police said they are searching for two men who fired two gunshots during a robbery at a busy Mount Pleasant restaurant. WITI-TV reported Mount Pleasant police were seeking the men Sunday after the armed robbery Saturday at Jose's Blue Sombrero. Police responded to a report of shots fired at the restaurant before midnight. No injuries were reported. Police said the men entered the restaurant wearing white masks and displayed a gun while demanding an employee open the safe. Police say they opened fire and took money before fleeing on foot through the parking lot. It's unclear how much money the men took.

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:47:25 GMT

Awaiting Ferguson decision, local young leaders emphasize racial inequality

Whether or not a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury decides to criminally charge Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, local youth leaders say they will use the decision to emphasize Madison and Dane County’s racial inequality. "And that's really the larger point at hand. It's more than just Michael Brown and Darren Wilson,” college student Matthew Braunginn said. “It doesn’t stop the massive amount of poverty of black and brown people in this community.” Braunginn, the son of former urban league head Steve Braunginn, first echoed that sentiment about Madison's racial disparity during a summer rally he helped organize following the Ferguson shooting. Sunday, Braunginn joined three other community organizers who will help lead a rally when the grand jury announcement is made. “We still need to use this moment nationally to make the changes that our communities are in need," Operation Welcome Home community organizer Eric Upchurch said. “That says a lot that Madison out rates Ferguson, out rates Mississippi, in terms of incarceration rates of black people in general," Madtown CRT CEO Brandi Grayson added. "I think it’s time to pay respect to the older generation, and draw inspiration not from the past, but from what the future can be," college student Savion Castro said. Dane Co. Boys & Girls Club CEO Michael Johnson, who spoke at Michael Brown’s Aug. funeral, facilitated the youth leader meeting. “I was on the stage with Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III and Jesse Jackson, but there were really no young people up there representing their community,” Johnson says.  “It was important to me that our young people's voices was heard. And so I reached out to them and asked if they would meet with me and the head of the NAACP to organize some sort of response.” Johnson hopes rally goers take away a message of investing in the system. “We have to put strategies in place and create a grand vision, like Martin Luther King talked about 'I can see my four young children,' and when ‘I can see an America that do X, Y and Z, we have to set that same kind of vision for Dane County. And I just think we don't have it now at this moment.” The young leaders say more direct, attention grabbing examples like holding up signs at football games, or buying billboards, should help change the status quo to really help the community understand the meaning behind their message and take action. The groups are communicating through a central Facebook page:

Published: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:43:14 GMT