MERRILL - The Merrill Police Department wants you to keep your car doors locked. That's because a number of cars were broken into this weekend. There were also a few attempted burglaries.
All of the break ins happened in the neighborhoods north and east of the middle school in Merrill.
The Merrill Police Chief says this isn't unusual for this time of the year.
"When the weather is nicer, people are out later and we sometimes see an increase in car entries. Someone will go into an open car and look for a certain item, maybe steal some valuables," said Merrill Police Chief Ken Neff.
There are a few things you can do to protect your belongings. The best way to prevent a break in is to lock your car and keep valuables out of sight.
"Don't keep any valuables in your car. Remove any valuables. If you do have something in your car, put it in the trunk or something so it's not visible from the outside," said Neff.
Police say you should look out for any suspicious activity. You should also call them if you see anything out of the ordinary.
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.
MERRILL - Three years ago, Lincoln County got good news.
The federal government planned to spend $1.5 million to help give rural parts of the county broadband internet access. It was part of Frontier Communications' agreement to accept $283 million for broadband expansion nationwide.
But then, the contractors, equipment, and better internet were slow to arrive.
Now, Frontier is finally at work, but plenty of people are still waiting anxiously for their high-speed connection.
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