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Supreme Court will not hear "Making a Murderer" appealSubmitted: 06/25/2018
WASHINGTON D.C. -
The Supreme Court is declining to weigh in on the case of a teenager convicted of rape and murder and featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer."

The Supreme Court's decision Monday not to take the case leaves in place a lower court ruling against Brendan Dassey.


Dassey was 16 years old when he confessed to Wisconsin authorities that he'd joined his uncle in raping and killing photographer Teresa Halbach before burning her body in a bonfire in 2005.

Dassey's attorneys say he's borderline intellectually disabled and was pressured into a false confession. They wanted his confession thrown out and a new trial.

Dassey's attorneys can still try to get him a new trial but they'd have to convince a judge that newly discovered evidence warrants one.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says he's pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to take the case.

Schimel says he hopes Halbach's family can find comfort in knowing "this ordeal" has finally ended.

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MINOCQUA -
You won't find a catalog of special designs done by "The Rusty Truck" in Minocqua.

That's because Mike Gang hand-picks antiques and make them into new, one-of-a-kind pieces.

Boats, cars, and scrap metal and wood are just some of the mediums he uses.

He says it's common for people to stop into his showroom three or four times before buying one of his unique displays.

"I'm a very visual person. So I see things and I see what they could be. A lot of people just drive by life. They think in words, I think in pictures," says Gang.

Mike was a firefighter for 30 years before creating his unique designs about six years ago.

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RHINELANDER - A weekend-long fishing tournament in Rhinelander wrapped up Sunday. It was the 30th annual Charlie Baker Memorial Muskie Tournament. 

The tournament was held on Moen Lake. Charlie Baker worked at the mill and was an area fisherman. A group of people close to Baker named the tournament in his honor after he passed away. 

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HAMBURG -

Robert Sessions had no idea what was happening.

 "My understanding was that he thought he was coming to his grandson's confirmation," said VFW Post 1638 president Alicia Weix.

Instead, Sessions arrived at VFW Post 1023in Hamburg on Sunday to find people gathered together for a different reason: to honor his service with a custom-designed quilt.

"I never found out until I walked through the door today," Robert Sessions said. "It was such a shock I didn't know what to do."


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EAGLE RIVER - Republican congressman Sean Duffy won Wisconsin's seventh district by 23 points in 2016, but that hasn't stopped Democrat Margaret Engebretson from running to challenge him in the 2018 election.

Engebretson was at Blend Coffee House in Eagle River Sunday hosting a "Coffee With the Candidate" event.

She spoke about her military background and support for universal Medicaid.

Despite Duffy's advantages as an incumbent, Engebretson believes she can win by offering an inclusive message.

"There are a lot of people not sharing in the bounty of this country," Engebretson said. "They're not thriving and we must do something about it."

Brian Ewert is the only other Democrat running to challenge Duffy. The primary between Engebretson and Ewert is on Aug. 14.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MILWAUKEE - Harley-Davidson, facing rising costs from new tariffs, will begin shifting the production of motorcycles heading for Europe from the U.S. to factories overseas.

The famed motorcycle maker said in a regulatory filing Monday that European Union tariffs on its motorcycles exported from the U.S. jumped from 6 percent to 31 percent.

Harley-Davidson Inc. said that it will not raise its prices due to "an immediate and lasting detrimental impact to its business in the region."

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SHAWANO COUNTY - One person died in a one vehicle moped crash Sunday according to the Shawano County Sheriff's Office.

The crash happened around 4:23 p.m. The driver, and lone person on the moped, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The sheriff's office will not release the driver's name at this time. The crash is under investigation. 

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FLORENCE COUNTY - Two high school students died in a car crash early Friday morning in Florence County. The wreck happened at around 6:20 a.m. according to the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

The vehicle was traveling north on County Highway N in the Commonwealth Township, when the driver lost control while making a turn. The vehicle crossed the center line, left the roadway, and hit a tree, bursting into flames upon impact.

The names and ages of the Florence High School students will be released after notifications are made.


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CHIPPEWA FALLS - A World War II veteran who spent more than a year as a prisoner of war is finally being awarded the Purple Heart.

The Leader-Telegram reports that 94-year-old Max Bergen will receive the medal Friday. The Wisconsin man says he's overwhelmed and stunned by the honor.

Bergen was serving on a bomb squadron when he was shot down over Germany in 1944. He was held prisoner at a camp in Austria for 14 months.

Bergen suffered shoulder and ankle wounds in the crash, but he had no paperwork about the injuries because he was immediately taken prisoner. Such documentation is needed for the medal that honors troops injured in combat.

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