NORTHWOODS - We all know you should never impersonate an officer.
But somebody has and Wisconsin State Patrol wants to put an end to it.
Someone has been calling people in Wisconsin claiming they're an state patrol sergeant.
The scammer tells the person who picks up the phone their relative has been in an accident.
Then, they ask for money to fix the car.
Sergeant Bryan Wrycha wants the public to know a real officer would never do that.
"We want it to be known that the state patrol doesn't act in this fashion," Wrycha said.
"We would not call citizens requesting money for litigation or for any other matter. We don't call people looking for money."
While the police would never call people looking for money, other people will.
Wrycha wants you to double check your sources if you do decide to give out your information.
"Trust who you're talking to. If you didn't make the phone call and somebody's calling requesting funds and you didn't make that phone call, make sure it's a trusted source you are giving this money to," said Wrycha.
"Otherwise request identification, request supervisor information and all that other stuff."
The state patrol has investigated the calls.
They say it's likely the calls are coming from Montreal, Canada.
GREEN BAY - Two people convicted of mistreating cows at a Brown County dairy farm have been fined hundreds of dollars.
Lucia Martinez pleaded no contest Tuesday to two counts of mistreating animals, and Abelardo Jaimes pleaded no contest to one count. As part of a plea deal the charge was downgraded from a misdemeanor to a forfeiture.
Prosecutor David Lasee says with fines and court costs, Martinez will owe about $1,100, while Jaimes will have to pay $600 to $700.
Martinez, Jaimes and two others were charged after Mercy for Animals, an animal-rights group, secretly recorded workers beating injured cows.
Jaimes' attorney, Luca Lopes Fagundes, says workers were told they needed to make sure sick cows didn't remain down because they could die.
A message left with Martinez's attorney wasn't immediately returned.
MADISON - An aide to a Wisconsin lawmaker says Gov. Scott Walker intends to sign a bill that would put outside agencies in charge of investigating officer-involved deaths.
Craig Trost, an aide to Rep. Chris Taylor, says in an email that Walker's office notified Taylor's office that he plans to sign the bill Wednesday.
Taylor, a Madison Democrat, and Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay, developed the legislation in response to three high-profile deaths in the last 10 years. None of those incidents resulted in criminal charges.
Supporters say the new requirements will counter claims that police protect their own from consequences of using deadly force. But police observers say the bill could create conflict and confusion for Wisconsin agencies that have traditionally done the investigations themselves.
The bill passed the Legislature earlier this year.
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