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Defense rests in Wisconsin Rapids homicide trialSubmitted: 10/30/2014
WISCONSIN RAPIDS - The attorneys for a 55-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man accused of killing his daughter's ex-boyfriend have rested their case after two days of witness testimony.

Joseph Reinwand is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the 2008 shooting death of 35-year-old Dale Meister. Reinwand decided not the take the stand Wednesday in his own defense.

Court documents show Meister had previously told several people that he was afraid Reinwand would try to kill him. Meister and Reinwand's daughter, Jolynn, were in the midst of a custody dispute over their child.

Daily Tribune Media (http://wrtnews.co/13kbqEX ) reports Reinwand's sister, Darlene Reinwand-Lemay, was called to the stand Wednesday morning to testify about an argument she witnessed between Meister and Jolynn Reinwand. Mesiter's neighbor, Christian Trejo, also testified about activity he witnessed at the victim's house several days before he was found dead.

After closing arguments on Thursday, Reinwand's fate will be up to the jury.

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Walker leads Burke in latest poll; both hit the campaign trailSubmitted: 10/30/2014

MADISON - Democrat Mary Burke is back on the campaign trail on the heels of a poll showing her trailing Republican Gov. Scott Walker by 7 points.

Burke was scheduled to campaign Thursday in Port Washington. Walker is starting his day in the Wausau area, then going east to Green Bay, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Sen. Ron Johnson was campaigning with Walker.

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Shootout sends wounded suspect to hospitalSubmitted: 10/30/2014

LAKE NEBAGAMON, WI - A standoff and shootout in northwestern Wisconsin ended after the suspect was shot and wounded by sheriff's deputies.

Douglas County sheriff's officials say the female suspect got into an argument with her mother Wednesday at a residence in Lake Nebagamon and pulled a gun.

The mother fled to a nearby home and called 911. Authorities say when deputies arrived, the woman opened fire on the officers. None were hit.

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Man who confessed to murder recants and is releasedSubmitted: 10/30/2014

CHICAGO - A prisoner whose confession helped free a death row inmate in Illinois has been released from prison after he recanted, and a prosecutor says there's powerful evidence that the other man was, in fact, responsible for the killings.

The confession of Alstory Simon gained internationl attention in 1999. It helped secure Anthony Porter's release just days before he was to be executed.

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Police search for man who shot at off-duty officerSubmitted: 10/29/2014

MILWAUKEE - Police are looking for the gunman who fire shots at an off-duty officer in Milwaukee.

Authorities say the 52-year-old University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee officer witnessed a traffic accident Tuesday about 5:30 p.m. and following the striking vehicle which had left the scene. At one point the male suspect got out of his car and showed a handgun.

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Man hurt in Wausau stabbingSubmitted: 10/29/2014

WAUSAU - A stabbing in Wausau put one man in the hospital, and another in jail.

Police report there was a dispute between two men who are related to each other. Things escalated and one man stabbed the other Tuesday night.

A 39 year old was taken to Aspirus Hospital where he's in stable condition. A 29 year old relative is in the Marathon County Jail.

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Wisconsin study to probe farm kids' allergiesSubmitted: 10/29/2014

MARSHFIELD, WI - Marshfield Clinic researchers are enrolling pregnant Wisconsin farmers in a study of children's allergies and asthma.

News-Herald Media reports (http://mnhne.ws/1FSghvR ) the clinic's National Farm Medicine Center plans to enroll about 100 expectant mothers who live on farms and 100 non-farm women. The center will work with the University of Wisconsin's asthma and allergy research center to track kids' development of allergies and respiratory infections for two years, starting before the babies are born.

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Wood County man charged in death of brotherSubmitted: 10/28/2014

WISCONSIN RAPIDS - Wood County authorities have charged a 55 year old man who they say killed his brother and buried the body in his backyard.

Ronald Horan of Wisconsin Rapids was ordered held on $20,000 bond Monday on a charge of second-degree reckless homicide. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

Horan's attorney, Gary Kryshak, says he believes it was a tragic accident and not a crime.

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