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Judge throws out former bishop's field sobriety tests

A judge has ruled that field sobriety tests conducted on a former Lutheran bishop accused of driving drunk and killing a woman with his car are inadmissible. Dane County Judge Nicholas McNamara ruled Friday field sobriety tests given to Bruce Burnside should be thrown out because of a lack of reasonable suspicion. He said the results of blood tests are admissible under implied consent. The 60-year-old is facing multiple felonies in the April 2013 crash that killed Maureen Mengeldt, 52, of Sun Prairie on the northbound off-ramp of Highway 151 near Windsor Street in Sun Prairie. Police said they located Burnside with his heavily damaged vehicle at a Kelley's Mobil gas station a block away from the scene of the crash. Burnside is charged with homicide by the intoxicated use of a vehicle, homicide by use of a vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration, hit-and-run, hit-and-run involving death and homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. Mengeldt's husband, Kevin Mengeldt, told News 3 the proceedings are difficult. "I have to come up with a way to explain this to my three children," he said. "I understand there are legal challenges, but there are also moral correctness and being standup and he's chosen not to do so. I hope someday he does show some remorse for his actions." A criminal complaint said Burnside's preliminary breath test results were .128 percent. A trial is scheduled to begin May 12.

Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:53:57 GMT

4 arrested following large fight outside Janesville bar

Janesville police said four people were arrested, and two people were sent to the hospital early Friday morning following a large disturbance outside an east side sports bar. The incident happened just after midnight at the East Point Sportz Pub in the 3500 block of East Milwaukee Street in Janesville. According to police, witnesses reported seeing six to eight patrons fighting, and that the brawl had moved out into the parking lot. One of the men involved ran off after he was in a car pulled over by Janesville police. That man fell off an embankment after being chased by officers down Milwaukee Street. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Janesville with head injuries. James Tracy, 30 and Jeffery Tuescher, 28, both of Janesville, face numerous charges, including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Jessy Bennett, 28, of Beloit faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. Christopher Winchester, 25, of Beloit, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct. Police said Tuescher initially gave medical personnel and signed paperwork at the Rock County Jail falsely using the name Timothy Wilson. The department said Friday afternoon that Timothy Wilson was not involved in the incident and is noted as a victim of identity theft in the case.

Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:48:06 GMT

Trucker ?dispatched by God? to deliver baby at Denny?s

A man believes he was "dispatched by the Lord" to help deliver a baby in the lobby of a Denny's restaurant. According to the St. Cloud Times, truck driver Fred Robatcek of Sauk Rapids, Minn. was having breakfast at a Denny's restaurant in Texarkana, Ark. last fall when he heard a scream from a woman who appeared to be in labor. Kaycee Triana and her sister stopped at the restaurant to pick up their mother, who worked there, but she had already left for the hospital. Triana realized she wasn't going to make it to the hospital; she would have to deliver the baby right there in the Denny's lobby. Robatcek and fellow trucker Peter Holland called 911 and then stepped in and helped deliver the baby boy, whose umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. The men maneuvered the cord so that the baby could breath freely. They then helped to clean him off and waited for paramedics to arrive. The healthy baby was born weighing 10 pounds, four ounces. Robateck feels a higher power compelled him to help. "I'm glad the good Lord dispatched me. What kind of a person would I have been had I not helped?" Both men were honored earlier this year with the Truckload Carriers Association's Highway Angel award, which recognizes truck drivers' good deeds.

Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:42:11 GMT

Federal appeals court upholds Walker's union law

A federal appeals court has upheld Republican Gov. Scott Walker's public union restrictions. The restrictions stripped most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. Two unions representing city of Madison and Dane County public workers filed a lawsuit in 2011 alleging the law violated their right to freely assembly and equal protection. U.S. District Judge William Conley found the restrictions constitutional in September. A three-judge 7th Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed Conley's ruling on Friday, saying the U.S. Constitution doesn't require the state to maintain policies that allow certain associations to thrive. The unions' attorney didn't immediately respond to an email message. A 7th Circuit panel upheld the restrictions in a separate challenge from the state's largest teachers union in January.

Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:54:11 GMT

Witness: Officer in ?Wrestlemania? struggle with man in street

A police officer got into a fight with a man a witness described as “Wrestlemania” while trying to break up a fight in a street, according to a release from Madison police. Police said the officer noticed two people fighting in the street near 437 W. Gorham St. at 2:50 a.m. on April 12 and attempted to intervene. One man got into a fight with the officer, and the officer told Akeem Ali Wilkins, 21, of Madison, numerous times to stop resisting, according to police. A witness stepped in to hold Wilkins while the officer placed him in handcuffs, police said. The other man involved in the initial fight told police he was walking down the street with friends when he was thrown to the ground and ended up in a wrestling match. Wilkins was arrested on suspicion of battery, resisting and officer an disorderly conduct. Crime map

Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:16:41 GMT

Waterloo man claims $350,000 lottery prize

A Waterloo man has stepped forward as the winner of a $350,000 Wisconsin Lottery prize. Juan Villegas bought the winning SuperCash ticket Saturday at Landmark Services Cooperative in Marshall, according to lottery officials. The ticket matched all six winning numbers. After taxes, Villegas received a lump sum payment of $235,725.13. In 2006, Villegas won the $28,000 Badger 5 jackpot. He bought that ticket at the same location. Landmark Services Cooperative earns a $7,000 commission for selling the ticket. The odds of winning the SuperCash top prize are approximately 1:1.6 million.

Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:51:26 GMT

Milwaukee zoo's baby gorilla had no trauma

A baby gorilla who died before she reached a month old at the Milwaukee County Zoo didn't have any signs of trauma. PHOTO GALLERY In a statement Friday, zoo officials said the necropsy, or animal autopsy, showed no bruising, hemorrhage or obvious birth defects in Kassiu. Zookeepers reported Kassiu and her mother appeared normal Wednesday morning. But by the afternoon, Kassiu appeared weak and stopped holding onto her mother. The zoo's medical staff examined the baby and gave her fluids, glucose and antibiotics. A neonatologist and pediatrician were also called in, but Kassiu died Wednesday evening. Zoo officials are waiting on blood and other tests, which could take a few months. The western lowland gorilla was born March 19 to 13-year-old mother Naku and 27-year-old father Cassius.

Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:29:34 GMT

Police: Man causes disturbance at bar, kicks at officers

A Waunakee man struggled with staff, patrons and police during a disturbance at a downtown bar, according to Madison police. Police were called to the Red Rock Saloon at 322 West Johnson St. at 10:38 p.m. on April 12 for a report of a disturbance. Witnesses told police Justin L. Smith, 27, became combative with staff when he was found urinating in an outdoor patio. They said as he was escorted out of the bar, he pulled at patrons and pushed a staff member. Bouncers said they tried to control Smith on the ground until officers arrived. Police said Smith kicked at officers and grabbed at their equipment as they attempted to get him off the ground. They said he argued with officers and refused to sit in the squad car. Smith was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and resisting an officer.

Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:03:18 GMT

Cottage Grove police to raise funds for new K-9 car

Cottage Grove police partnered with a local grocery business to help raise funds over the next few weeks for a new K-9 squad.

Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:03:58 GMT

Madison property values show first increase in recent years

Increasing Madison property values for both commercial and residential properties are a sign of an economic recovery, according to city officials. The city announced Friday a 3.2 percent increase for the average residential property and 4 percent increase for commercial properties. The overall increase is 3.5 percent. Property assessments are being mailed to property owners on Friday. City officials said properties appreciated in value $345 million during 2013 compared to a $31 million drop during 2012. In 2008-2009, property values depreciated more than $1.1 billion. New construction in 2013 was 75 percent higher than in 2012, spreading the tax burden across more properties. Also, the tax burden continues to shift from residential to commercial properties. It has increased from 31 percent to 35 percent since 2007.

Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:34:03 GMT

Police: Lynching picture sent to crime lab

A mailbox mystery has one Stoughton family worried. "My heart started pounding and the first thing I could say was, 'Get upstairs, call the police and don't touch it anymore,'" Hester Hale said. Hale and her husband said they don't feel safe anymore. Wednesday, the couple got what they thought was a letter, but said instead, it was a picture of a lynching. "And it had people around the bottom and it said, 'This is what you're going to get next,'" Harry Hale said. The digital drawing was postmarked from Madison. It was in a white envelope addressed to Harry's oldest son, Javon, who is 18 years old. It didn't have a return address and was folded three times. Harry said what's more disturbing is Javon's face was drawn onto the victim. "He doesn't bother anybody and he's really quiet," Harry Hale said. Javon is a Madison College student and said he has never been threatened. But now, his family said they and Javon's seven other siblings feel unsafe in the normally quiet Stoughton neighborhood. "It's an awesome community," Harry Hale said. "We're not blaming them for it, but we just hope they (police) can get to the bottom of it for us." The Hale family handed the letter over to Stoughton police and filed a report, but the department declined News 3's interview request Thursday. On Friday, police confirmed the letter was sent through the mail and it's been taken to the State Crime Lab for processing. The FBI and U.S. Postal Service is involved in the investigation. Stoughton Police Chief Greg Leck said the behavior will not be tolerated and whoever is responsible will be prosecuted. The family said they're speaking out to stop a hate crime from happening to anyone else. "We want to be safe," Hester Hale said. "Not just our family, but everyone should feel safe."

Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:05:26 GMT

Fire damages Marathon County vehicles

Marathon County sheriff's officials say fire has caused more than $1 million in damage to county vehicles. A motorist reported smoke coming out of one of the county highway department's storage garages near Edgar early Friday. WSAW-TV reported the fire damaged six trucks, a front end loader and a skid steer. Damage is initially estimated at about $1.5 million, but the sheriff's office says that estimate is likely to change. Authorities are still trying to determine what caused the fire.

Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:25:20 GMT

State senator to announce congressional decision

A Republican state senator says he'll announce next week whether he'll run for Congress. Joe Leibham of Sheboygan said he'll announce on Tuesday whether he'll run for east-central Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District seat. Republican Tom Petri, a centrist, has represented the district since 1979. He announced earlier this month he won't seek re-election after Glenn Grothman, a far more conservative Republican state senator from West Bend, announced he would run for the office. A day after Petri's announcement Rep. Duey Stroebel, a Saukville Republican, announced he would run for the office as well.

Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:03:04 GMT

Deputies looking for inmate who didn?t return

The Iowa County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a man who failed to return to jail after being released to look for work. Deputies said Justin A. Huseman, 21, left the jail on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Huseman is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 130 pounds with brown hair and blond highlights on top. He was last seen wearing black jeans, a light gray T-shirt with a wolf face on the front and a dark brown zip-up sweatshirt. His last known residence was in Dodgeville. Anyone with information is asked to call the Iowa County Sheriff’s Department at 608-935-3314.

Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:08:58 GMT

Man injured in rollover crash suspected of 5th OWI

A man injured in a rollover crash in the town of Medina on Thursday was arrested on suspicion of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated. Deputies were called to Oak Park Road north of Lea Drive after 3 p.m. for a report of a single-vehicle rollover crash. Investigators said Timothy T. McCulloch, 48, of Marshall, was traveling south on Oak Park Road in his SUV when he rolled the SUV while trying to negotiate a curve. McCulloch was taken to a hospital with minor injuries and consented to a blood sample. He was treated and released and then booked. McCulloch was also cited for failure to maintain control.

Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:44:26 GMT

Squirrel causes power outage in Platteville

A power outage left about 2600 customers in the Platteville area in the dark Friday morning. Alliant Energy said the outage started at 8:29 a.m. and was restored by 9:47 a.m. The outage was caused by a squirrel that got into a substation.

Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:59:50 GMT

Man accused of killing blind wife over nagging

A 76-year-old Milwaukee County man has told investigators he shot his blind wife of 56 years because she'd been nagging him for three weeks. Prosecutors charged Jack Lang of Oak Creek with first-degree intentional homicide Thursday. Authorities say Lang called 911 on Wednesday to say he'd just shot his wife in the face. Police found June Lang dead near the bed. Jack Lang told investigators she nagged him and wouldn't shut up, and even though he loved her he'd had enough. He says she criticized him for not being able to help as much with housework. He says he got his .22 caliber gun and warned her he was holding it inches from her head but she didn't believe him. Online court records didn't immediately list a defense attorney.

Published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:02:30 GMT

Milwaukee company recalls more than 5,700 pounds of salami

A Milwaukee company is recalling more than 5,700 pounds of salami products for misbranding and because the products were produced without being federally inspected, according to a United States Department of Agriculture release. The products being recalled incorrectly have the Cooperative Interstate Shipment program version of the USDA Mark of Inspection, which requires federal acceptance into the program, officials said. The products being recalled from Bolzano Artisan Meats were produced between Sept. 30, 2013 and March 15, 2014, and include batch numbers 1208 and 1214, according to the release. No illnesses have been reported in connection to the recalled products, officials said.

Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:30:56 GMT

What's going on this weekend?

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are some highlights from Madison Magazine's Weekend 608. Friday, April 18th: ?Fridays mark our Freebie Friday Facebook giveaways. Like us on Facebook for a chance to win great prizes every Friday!The Madison Bach Musicians present Bach’s Mass in B minor in collaboration with the Madison Choral Project. Through April 19, madisonbachmusicians.orgCatch Milwaukee’s celebrated guitarist, singer-songwriter and genre-bending Willy Porter live tonight at the Majestic Theatre. Saturday, April 19th:Itching to get outdoors? So are we. Spend your Saturday on the Square for the first weekend of the outdoor Dane County Farmers’ Market.  Head to the Goodman Center for Madison Food Camp, organized by Slow Food Madison. Learn about dozens of sustainable food topics from local experts, from canning to homebrewing to gardening.  Let the kids take the field at the Mallard’s Duck Pond for the Great Dane’s 18th annual Easter Egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny.  Head to High Noon Saloon for an evening of blues. The Cadillac Joe Memorial Show honors the beloved Madison blues musician Cadillac Joe Anderson.  Madison Theatre Guild stages Shorts on the 2nd Floor, a series of short plays by major and emerging figures in American theater, including works from Tennessee Williams, Christopher Durang, and Gregory Hischak.  Through May 3,  Make Easter hats with the kids at the Madison Children’s Museum, and then join the Easter Hat Parade around the Capitol. Sunday, April 20th:Still seeking plans for Easter breakfast? A variety of Madison spots including the Great Dane, Sardine and the Concourse Hotel are serving an Easter brunch. Check our Dining Guide for more ideas.  Practice the swing, the fox-trot and the samba at the Sunday Dance Party, featuring music from Marcy & the Highlights.  Celebrate Easter, Earth Day, and John Muir’s birthday with a guided walk through the Arboretum. Today’s walk, For the Love of the Earth, focuses on signs of spring.  There's more of Weekend 608 at For a complete list of local events for every day of the week, check out the Events page.

Published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:52:13 GMT

Walker's challenger doesn't focus on union rights

Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was a teenager. For Democrats and their friends in organized labor, this race is personal. They mean to avenge Walker's evisceration of union power as he builds his resume for a possible presidential run. But for Burke, the campaign also poses an awkward challenge: She can't talk too stridently about her opponent's most provocative actions for fear of alienating independent voters, many of whom supported both Walker's union crackdown and President Barack Obama's re-election bid. And they will decide this contest, too. That forces Burke to talk about supporting unions, but not to the point of overturning the law that took away nearly all collective-bargaining rights for public workers. She's even spoken in favor of the law's requirement that workers pay more for their health insurance and pension benefits. "She flirts with that, and I think that's the best anyone is going to come up with in a campaign," said John Matthews, president of the Madison teachers union. Walker and Republicans have successfully convinced voters that the law was necessary, making it difficult for Burke to speak out too strongly against it, Matthews said. Such delicate maneuvering would be a test for even a seasoned office seeker. But this is Burke's first statewide campaign after working as a state commerce secretary and a Trek executive. The 54-year-old launched the bid less than two years after being elected to her first position, a seat on the Madison school board. Walker pushed his signature legislation through the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2011, effectively ending collective bargaining for most public workers. Ever since, opponents have been searching for the right candidate to challenge him. After failing with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the 2012 recall, their hopes now rest with Burke, a businesswoman who's been crisscrossing Wisconsin introducing herself to voters as an alternative to Walker, the only governor in U.S. history to survive a recall. Burke is hitting traditional Democratic issues like job creation and gay marriage instead of focusing on undoing the union law that attracted protests as large as 100,000 people and catapulted Walker onto the national stage. Both sides seem to have concluded that the union law is off the agenda. Even the very unions hurt most by Walker's reforms are making their case against the governor based on other factors. That's largely because Walker and Burke are going after the same 7 percent to 10 percent of voters that polls show are undecided. The so-called "Walker-Obama" voters are people who voted against recalling Walker in 2012 but said in exit polls that they intended to vote for Obama that fall. Walker won the recall by 6.8 percentage points. Obama carried Wisconsin by 6.9 points. A poll conducted just before the Walker recall showed that a majority of voters preferred to keep the union law rather than undo it, including 53 percent of the key independent-voter demographic. Democrats learned from the recall that they can't win on the union issue alone. In fact, the recall candidate who promised to veto any state budget that did not undo the law could not even win the Democratic primary that year. Burke, who declined to comment for this story, has been careful to articulate her support for collective bargaining and opposition to Act 10, but she won't promise to work on repealing it. Burke's campaign website does not even mention her position on the union law, instead touting her jobs plan, her support for gay marriage and her opposition to school vouchers. A news release announcing her endorsement by the unions representing Wisconsin teachers, state employees and others failed to mention her view on the law known as Act 10. "As a whole, we believe she wants what we want," said Betsy Kippers, president of the state teachers union. "There are many issues that are important to our members, not just Act 10." Voters whose most important issue is Act 10 have already decided whether they're with Walker or Burke, said Democratic state Sen. Tim Cullen. He described it as a "second-tier" issue now, behind others like jobs and the economy. Act 10 required public workers — including teachers and most state employees — to pay more for their health insurance and pensions. It also took away their ability to collectively bargain over workplace-safety, vacations, seniority rights and a myriad of other issues in union contracts. Bargaining is now limited to general wage increases that do not exceed inflation. The law deflated the political power of unions such as the Wisconsin Education Association Council, which represents teachers statewide. Since the measure passed, the union has slashed spending, cut staff and looked at merging with another union representing mostly college and university faculty. Walker and his supporters say Act 10, along with other budget cuts meant to address a $3.6 billion shortfall, turned the state around and put it in position to pass nearly $2 billion in tax cuts during Walker's term. The governor and Republicans plan to make those tax cuts a central focus of their arguments for re-election this fall.

Published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:23:55 GMT