ALMA - The Oneida County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate and search for the McNaughton Correctional Center inmate that walked away from his work release job Tuesday.
Todd Brecht shot and killed Buffalo County District Attorney Roger Hartman nearly 27 years ago. He was convicted of the crime in 1986. He's been serving time in jail ever since.
But on Tuesday Brecht walked off his work release job at the St. Germain Golf Club.
Friends of the victim like Gary Schlosstein, who is a retired judge that worked with Hartman, don't understand why Brecht would bolt after so many years spent in prison.
"It amazes me why a person with that many years already in would walk away from a work site in Northern Wisconsin when he's actually within at least hope of actual release time," Schlosstein said. "Why he would go and do something that seems so illogical, but of course the murder itself was illogical."
Hartman's friends and colleagues remembered him well. Larry Balk was a friend of Hartman's before his death. He worry what Brecht will do on the run.
"It's a concern you don't want him doing it to anybody else," Balk said.
But Schlosstein has faith in police finding him.
"It's only a question of time before he gets picked up again," Schlosstein said.
Brecht disappeared around noon Tuesday. Police continue to investigate.
If you have any information, you should contact the Oneida County Sheriff's office.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Elections Commission has agreed to lift overseas ballot restrictions to avoid a legal battle.
The U.S. Department of Justice warned earlier this month that it's preparing to sue because Wisconsin law doesn't let temporary overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically or to submit downloadable back-up ballots in case they don't have time to return an official ballot.
Federal law allows all overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically and submit back-up ballots. Assembly Republicans passed a bill that would have aligned Wisconsin's statutes with the federal law but the measure died in April after Senate Republicans added language limiting special legislative elections.
MADISON - Wisconsin Elections Commission staff plan to hire a half-dozen new employees and upgrade software to bolster election security.
The commission received a $7 million federal grant in March to upgrade security after Russian actors tried to access a state Department of Workforce Development system before the 2016 election.
Staff told the commission Thursday that the Department of Administration has approved hiring six new four-year security positions, including an information technology project manager, an elections security trainer and a voting systems specialist.
FOX CROSSING - State justice officials say a police officer in the Fox Valley has fatally shot a suspect.
The Department of Justice says Fox Crossing police responded to a report of a man threatening people at Fritze Park Wednesday afternoon. Police say numerous people called about a man who they said was acting erratically and was armed with a knife.
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