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Madison police arrest 1 for urinating on squad carSubmitted: 10/19/2014
MADISON - A Wisconsin man has been arrested for allegedly urinating on a marked Madison Police Department squad car.

A police statement says officers observed the 21-year-old Dodgeville man relieving himself on the squad car late Saturday night near a bar on State Street in downtown Madison. It says several people warned the man that police were approaching, but he didn't stop.

Police say the suspect resisted officers and fled on foot. They later found him behind hiding behind a building. He was taken into custody after a brief struggle on suspicion of disorderly conduct, resisting police, damage to property and depositing human waste.

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Wisconsin park begins cutting dead treesSubmitted: 10/19/2014

MADISON - Workers have started removing nearly 140 dead or dying evergreen trees at Peninsula State Park Golf Course in Door County.

The Department of Natural Resources says a 2011 application of a broadleaf herbicide damaged the trees. The agency says federal environmental officials had approved the herbicide but later stopped its sale after determining it damages evergreen trees.

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John Doe legal fees approach $900KSubmitted: 10/18/2014

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MADISON - Taxpayers have paid nearly $900,000 in legal fees related to the John Doe investigation of coordinated efforts between the campaign of Gov. Scott Walker and his supporters.

Current caps negotiated with the private law firms, which have been increased as costs rise, allow the state to spend up to about $1.1 million.

The investigation is looking into coordinated campaign activity between the governor's campaign and outside groups, which is banned by state law. One of those groups filed a lawsuit. The investigation is on hold after a federal judge ruled that some campaign coordination is legal, although his ruling could be overturned on appeal.

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Driver dead after truck hits house in central Wis.Submitted: 10/18/2014

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SHAWANO COUNTY - 22-year-old Tony M. Modrzejewski is dead after the pickup truck he was driving hit a house in central Wisconsin.

According to the Shawano County sheriff's department, the house was struck at about 2:40 a.m. Saturday on Highway 45 near the village of Birnamwood.

Three people inside the house did not require medical attention at the scene.

The driver, who lived in Birnamwood, died on the scene and a 21-year-old male passenger from Wittenberg was taken by helicopter to a hospital. His condition is not immediately known.

The sheriff's department is still investigating.

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Investigators find western Wis. cabin full of potSubmitted: 10/18/2014

VERNON COUNTY - Drug investigators arrested a 45-year-old man after finding a rural western Wisconsin cabin filled with dried marijuana plants.

Vernon County Sheriff's Lt. Scott Bjerkos says the bust in rural La Farge Friday morning was one of their largest. The dried plants that filled a cargo van were estimated to be worth $100,000.

Sheriff John Spears says investigators suspect the plants were grown about 20 miles away in the town of Franklin.

Investigators say a 45-year-old man fled from an outbuilding of the cabin when authorities arrived with a search warrant. Spears say they found him in the woods about a quarter-mile away, along with knives, marijuana and a pipe he hid under leaves.

He could face federal and state charges.

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Packers set to demolish Lambeau area propertiesSubmitted: 10/18/2014

GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers will soon begin demolishing a former Kmart store and other buildings the team owns on property west of Lambeau Field.

Building permits at the Village of Ashwaubenon show that next week work crews will begin tearing down the former Pomp's Tire store, a Hardee's restaurant and several buildings left on the former Big Lots property. The Kmart building and a chiropractor's office will be razed in November after asbestos is removed.

Packers' spokesman Aaron Popkey says it makes sense to knock them down now, so the Packers don't have to heat the buildings through the winter. Some of the land will be used for parking. Popkey says the franchise is still exploring various concepts for the rest of the property.

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Wisconsin woman charged in fake cancer caseSubmitted: 10/17/2014

SPRING GREEN, WI - Wisconsin authorities have charged a woman who they say raised more than $50,000 from charities and individuals by faking a cancer diagnosis.

Twenty-nine-year-old Theresa Strub of Lone Rock was charged in Richland and Sauk counties this week with eight felonies and three misdemeanors. Investigators say she used online campaigns and benefit days at local restaurants to raise money.

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Gov. Walker requests Ebola travel banSubmitted: 10/17/2014

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MADISON - Republican Gov. Scott Walker is calling on the federal government to institute a commercial travel ban for West African countries affected by Ebola.

Walker announced his call for the travel ban on Friday, along with other steps to prepare in case anyone in Wisconsin contracts the disease.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, has also called for restricting travel and quarantines for people who have recently been in affect nations or exposed to Ebola patients.

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