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Man found mentally ill in deadly beatingSubmitted: 06/05/2014
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MADISON - A homeless man has been ordered committed to a state mental hospital for up to 46 years for the fatal beating of another homeless man in Madison.

Thirty-three-year-old Justin Brooks pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree reckless homicide. Brooks was accused of beating 61-year-old Robert Kuntz with a table leg as Kuntz slept on the Capitol Square nearly a year ago.

But the Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/1oy8IA5) reports Brooks was found not guilty by reason of mental illness and was ordered committed.

Under a plea agreement, a first-degree intentional homicide charge against Brooks was reduced to reckless homicide.

One of Brooks' lawyers says Brooks did not know Kuntz, and armed himself with a table leg because he thought Kuntz was armed with a knife and was out to get him.


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TOMAH - A dentist has resigned from his position at a Wisconsin Veterans Affairs hospital amid accusations he treated hundreds of patients with improperly cleaned equipment.

The VA hospital in Tomah, Wisconsin, announced the dentist's resignation Friday, ahead of a scheduled Monday meeting of a panel used in situations that could warrant firing.

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RHINELANDER - It seems to happen every winter. The first few snowfalls of the year trigger slides, slips, and rollovers as drivers readjust to winter driving conditions. 

On Monday, a driver swerved near Rhinelander and rolled over by Highway 17, according to an officer on the scene. 

Oneida County Patrol Captain Lloyd Gauthier wants to remind drivers to be extra cautious this winter.

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LINCOLN COUNTY - Prosecutors often struggle to turn a "He said, She said" case into a trial.

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LAND O' LAKES - Eric Hedberg dreams of more than a white Christmas.

"Everyone gathered around the tree watching Christmas movies, exchanging presents, taking my new niece sledding down the hill outside," said Hedberg.

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RHINELANDER - The Crescent Fire Department spent years trying to find a good place for a town pavilion. It turns out the best spot was right in its own backyard.

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MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker says he's open to having the state help pay for a new juvenile corrections center in Milwaukee County.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 12/05/2016

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

This holiday season, a Land O' Lakes teen with Gitelman syndrome dreams of more than a white Christmas. He wants his family together in a home that currently needs a lot of work. We'll show you how the community has come together to help make that dream come true.

Beginning tomorrow, traffic will be slowed down on part of Highway 51 in Lincoln County as crews work on beam guards. We'll tell you where the work is being done and how long it's expected to take.

And we'll show you an accident in the Rhinelander area that was a result of snowy road conditions and tell you what to watch out for while driving on the roads this winter.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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