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Shots fired on Seminole Highway, Mohawk Drive intersection, police say

Madison police responded to a shots fired incident Friday, according to a news release from the department.

Officers were dispatched to a report of shots fired near the intersection of Seminole Highway and Mohawk Drive around 7:45 p.m. Friday.

Officials said they located several casings in the area. There were no reported damage or injuries.

Anyone with information about his incident is asked to call Madison police or Crime Stoppers.


Published on 21 July 2018 | 3:25 am

Janesville police urge people not to enter into Monterey dam demolition

As the Monterey dam continues to be demolished, police are urging people not to get to close to the action. Janesville Police are urging people not to go into the Monterey Lagoon, which as you can see... people are doing. @WISCTV_News3 pic.twitter.com/44TBRJwYXc-- Adam Duxter WISC-TV (@News3Adam) July 20, 2018 "Now that we've got a lot of work done and we're a lot closer to the shore, we felt it was important to get that fenced off for the safety of the citizens in the area," said Paul Woodard, director of public works for the city of Janesville. Yet even additional fencing hasn't been able to keep people out of the area, according to law enforcement. "We have different incidents where kids are playing unsupervised in the water, and we have the sandbars which are a safety concern for us, due to the various water levels," said Sgt. Jennifer Wehmas of the Janesville Police Department. In the Monterey lagoon, receding water levels have revealed trash and debris, which police urge people not to venture in to pick up. Later this summer, the City of Janesville plans to hold a citytwide cleanup of the river. Until then, police say to let things be. "Leave things the way they are. (Signs) are there for a reason. Keep safety in mind," said Sgt. Wehmas. ]]>

Published on 21 July 2018 | 2:50 am

Full-body sketch brings new hope of identifying man found dead 23 years ago

A young man found dead in 1995 in Rock County still has no confirmed name or identity, but investigators have new hope in changing that.

Referred to as John Clinton Doe, or JCD, the man was found by a creek near Clinton, where he was believed to have already been dead a year. Investigators don't suspect foul play.

He's buried with a John Doe gravestone in the Johnson Center Cemetery east of Janesville, where Lois Keller decorates the grave.

"It makes me sad when you come up here, and nobody does visit the grave," she said.

Keller is from Clinton and taught there for years.

"I taught students that could've ended up in this same predicament, and I wouldn't want them to be unidentified," she said. "When it's a young man probably between 17 and 20, a young man not to be identified, I think it tugs at people's hearts."

For now, John Clinton Doe is a placeholder, as investigators search for what can be permanently etched to his grave.

"I don't like to call him that," Keller said. "I think he has a name we have to find."

Private investigator Jack Friess leads the Find JCD project, working on his own time to identify the young man.

"If it was my son that had been lost, gone missing, I think if he was laying somewhere in a grave, I think personally I would want to make sure he gets his name back," he said.

Rock County officials released sketches of JCD's face years ago, but now Friess is putting out a new picture of his full body.

"They're unique clothes," he said. "We thought it might be helpful when we're reaching out to some folks."

It took three years to get it right, finding the exact heavy metal band shirt which had deteriorated.

Although many cold cases go unsolved, Friess hopes the sketch, along with advancements in genetic testing, will move the investigation forward.

Keller works as a volunteer with Friess, hoping enough spotlight can be shined on the case to identify JCD.

"Somebody out there knows who he is, and it's time he's found," Keller said. "He deserves to have his name -- everyone deserves to have their name on a grave."

Anyone with information can call the Find JCD Project at 715-498-1632 or the Rock County Sheriff's Office at 608-757-7923.


Published on 21 July 2018 | 2:34 am

'I guess I'm forced into retirement': FIBS food cart totaled in fire, ending owner's 10-year career

You've likely seen the FIBS Fine Italian Beef and Sausage food cart at an event or driving around the Madison area. Thursday marked the end of an era as firefighters responded to the cart catching fire while parked in front of Capital Kitchen Rentals around 8 p.m.

The cart is a total loss. The owner, John Handley, says he was working a lunch event and was supposed to work a dinner event later that day. Handley said between lunch and dinner, he usually kept the propane tank on to keep the food warm in between shifts. After canceling the dinner event for that evening, he forgot to turn the propane tank off. Despite the near $20,000 damages, Handley kept his head held high.

"It was just like oh my god, that's my life these days and for the last 10 years. We were thinking about retiring and I guess I'm forced into retirement," Handley said.

Although the cart is no longer usable, Handley is still going to be running his food services out of a tent. You can find him at the Atwood Festival, the Great taste of the Midwest Beer Festival, and A Taste of Madison.


Published on 21 July 2018 | 2:31 am

In the wake of Missouri duck boat crash, Wisconsin Dells companies say their ducks are safe

Following news of the duck boat that capsized in a thunderstorm in Branson, Missouri, and killed 17, some are questioning the safety of amphibious duck vehicles.

The two companies in Wisconsin Dells said their ducks are safe and would not be on the water in severe weather.

"The ducks that are being used in Branson and other places across the United States are a vehicle that they have manufactured, and they've manufactured a vehicle that can seat up to 32 passengers so it's a longer vehicle than what we have here," said Dan Gavinski, the general manager at Original Wisconsin Ducks.

The ducks being used in Wisconsin Dells are WWII vehicles developed between 1942 and 1945.

Gavinski said Original Wisconsin Ducks started the following year, but other companies didn't begin until the 1970s so they didn't have access to original ducks.

He said this sets them apart from many other companies in the United States, including the company involved in Thursday night's fatal accident.

He said the original ducks and the company's 73-year history make him confident the attraction is safe.

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Both Original Wisconsin Ducks and Dells Army Ducks said they are constantly watching weather radar. They would not send a duck out on the water in severe weather.

"There were times just this past spring where water levels on the Wisconsin River were going much too fast for us to safely traverse," said Jason Field, owner of Dells Army Ducks. "At that time, we modified our tour."

The local police department also warns attractions of severe weather coming into the area. If they're out on the water already, it's easy for them to turn back.

"We are always within 100 to 150 feet from the shore. In the event that a weather instance would come up, we are very close to an exit or landing on a sandbar," said Field.

Each duck has life jackets and life preservers, but Gavinski said they've never been needed on an Original Wisconsin Duck.

"We have an excellent safety record that we will put up against anyone in the transportation industry," Gavinski said.


Published on 21 July 2018 | 2:30 am

Pilot, 50 animals dead following plane crash at Sheboygan County barn

A pilot and up to 50 farm animals are dead after a single-engine, vintage, military-style plane crashed into a Sheboygan County farm, officials said.

The plane crashed into a barn that housed young calves. The building is a total loss and about 40 to 50 animals were in the building at the time of the crash, according to officials with the Sheboygan Falls Fire Department.

The call reporting the crash came in around 4:06 p.m. The fire chief said he saw a "big mushroom cloud of smoke" and immediately called for mutual aid. The fire, which had spread to several buildings, was under control quickly.

The pilot was killed on impact and two employees at the barn were seriously injured in the crash. Officials said the plane was taking off when it crashed.

Fire officials said they are continuing to respond at the scene and are cleaning up fuel from the plane. The barn the plane crashed in was a total loss, and another building suffered significant damage.

The FAA will be investigating the crash. Officials said they could not confirm why the plane was in town. There are a lot of planes are in the area for the EAA AirVenture event in Oshkosh, they added.


Published on 21 July 2018 | 2:26 am

Warden: Fisherman found dead on south shore of Devil's Lake

A fisherman was found dead in Devil's Lake Friday, according to officials with the Department of Natural Resources.

DNR Warden Supervisor in Baraboo Mike Green said officials received a report of a nonresponsive person in the water at the south shore of Devil's Lake around 6:15 p.m. Friday.

Officials with the DNR and Baraboo EMS responded to the scene where a man in his 50s was found dead.

There is an ongoing investigation into the incident.


Published on 21 July 2018 | 2:19 am

Silver Alert issued for 62-year-old man last seen in Madison near East Towne Mall

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has issued a Silver Alert for a 62-year-old Mayville man who was last seen in Madison.

Officials said Paul Looper Jr., 62, was last known to be near East Towne Mall. He is on foot and wearing dark-colored cotton pants and an unknown color shirt.

Looper was in Madison Thursday with his cousin at the Dollar Tree store on East Washington Avenue. Looper then walked to East Towne Mall, where he called his cousin from a store and said it was time to return to his care center in Mayville.

The cousin was not able to find Looper in the area.

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Published on 21 July 2018 | 1:48 am

Firefighter injured in Sun Prairie explosion provides details about his recovery

A firefighter who was injured in the wake of the Sun Prairie explosion shared about his recovery at a fundraiser Friday.

Ryan Welch was a first responder during the Sun Prairie gas explosion, where he sustained facial burns and broke his jaw in several places, according to a GoFundMe campaign set up to assist him. Welch made an appearance at a local bar Friday night where a fundraiser for him and his family was underway.

According to Welch, his recovery has been difficult, but he is looking forward to the future.

"It's been a little long, but I'm coming along. I feel obviously a lot better from how I felt day one, but I've still got a little ways to go," he said. "Hopefully not too much longer so I can get back to doing what I love."

Welch said that recalling the events of the explosion has been difficult, and that the experience has been emotional.

He also expressed his thanks for the community response to the explosion, and the support that he and the family of Cory Barr, who passed away in the response to the explosion, have received.

Welch said he wants to continue his work firefighting as soon as he is able.


Published on 21 July 2018 | 1:31 am

Sun Prairie officials to monitor for debris, chemicals affecting air quality following explosion

Officials with the city of Sun Prairie said there could be issues with air quality surrounding the site where the fatal explosion happened last week.

"We have heard concerns, questions about asbestos or other types of dust in the area," said City Administrator Aaron Oppenheimer. "Whether it be asbestos, whether it be lead paint or anything of that nature -- these buildings are older buildings so those things may be present."

City officials are working with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to make sure they're protecting residents and following proper procedures.

"We'll have the material analyzed before it's actually removed from the area to determine what kind of materials are in that debris," Oppenheimer said. "We're doing the best we can as far as handling that debris safely, trying to mitigate any dust, anything going into the air."

He said DNR officials have instructed city officials to water down debris if they're going to be moving it to prevent dust from flying into the air.

Kristine Doberstein lives outside of Sun Prairie and noticed she had some trouble breathing after she went to a dog park near the downtown area.

"I won't go to the dog park again until it clears up a little bit more, and I'll probably stay away from the downtown area until things are a little bit back to normal or as normal as can be," she said.

Oppenheimer encouraged anyone having trouble breathing to seek medical assistance right away.

"We're not saying that people couldn't be impacted by what's going on in this area -- whether it be stress, whether it be the air, whatever it might be. We want to make sure they get medical attention if they are experiencing symptoms," Oppenheimer said.

Bradley Burt voiced concerns to the mayor after he saw machines pushing dust and debris toward construction workers.

"This is an extremely important issue for our community to address right away because if we start having things like the farmers market and the air quality's not right, that will contaminate our food system as well," Burt said.

A spokesperson for Public Health Madison and Dane County said the department will also be monitoring the situation.


Published on 20 July 2018 | 11:29 pm

Woman gives birth in Chick-fil-A bathroom, baby gets perks

A baby girl is guaranteed food for life -- and a job -- after her mother gave birth in a Chick-fil-A bathroom.

Falon Griffin was having contractions when she and her husband stopped at the fast-food restaurant in San Antonio to drop off their daughters with a family friend. She had to use the bathroom, but the restaurant was closed.

The couple banged on the door. Store director Brenda Enriquez told KSAT-TV she opened the door and Griffin was screaming. Enriquez grabbed some towels.

Husband Robert Griffin says he managed to unwrap the umbilical cord from the baby's neck and deliver Gracelyn Griffin.

Mom and baby are doing fine. The company says Gracelyn will have free Chick-fil-A for life and a job when she turns 14.


Published on 20 July 2018 | 10:35 pm

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: NOT REAL: Elon Musk Leaves Tesla, Jumps On Financial Tech

THE FACTS: Elon Musk has not announced plans to leave Tesla to start a digital currency company despite a false report circulating online.

The report, carried on a webpage made to look like the CNN Tech site, claims that Musk is leaving his job as CEO of the company to focus on "Bitcoin Profit." Links in the story for Bitcoin Profit redirect the user to advertisements or video streaming sites.

A similar report made headlines in September and has circulated since then, sometimes with slightly different details. Kamran Mumtaz, a spokesman for Tesla, said the reports are false. CNN said the story and graphics published on the page were false and had been manufactured to appear as a CNN.com article. Attempts to reach creators of the webpage were unsuccessful.

NOT REAL: Dollar General not giving away $150 coupons

THE FACTS: Dollar General is not giving away $150 coupons online to celebrate 135 years of service despite an offer circulating on social media.

When users click on the fake coupon, a page opens offering congratulations and telling users they have been selected to take a short survey for which they will receive a $150 store coupon. It then claims there are only a few coupons remaining. Once the three questions have been answered, it prompts the user to share the page on Facebook, thank Dollar General in the comments, and then "like" it. It tells users they just got a $150 coupon, but seeks no contact information. "

The $150 coupon circulating on Facebook is not valid and cannot be redeemed in stores or online," said Mary Kathryn Colbert, Dollar General public relations manager. Additionally, the company was founded in 1939, meaning they have been in business for 79 years, not 135 years as claimed.

This is part of an ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including working with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.


Published on 20 July 2018 | 10:23 pm

'Pay Your Age' in cents for a donut Saturday

A Middleton bakery is offering a unique deal Saturday a week after a similar deal created chaos at toy stores nationwide.

On Saturday, customers can pay their age in cents at Hurts Donut in Middleton for a classic donut of the day from 7 a.m. through 10 p.m., the company said.

A 4-year-old will pay 4 cents, a 30-year-old will pay 30 cents, according to the company.

Hurts Donut Co. opened in Middleton at 2831 Parmenter St. in October 2016 and specializes in oversized specialty donuts, such as topped with cereal or bacon, or with a pickle glaze.

On July 12, the Build-A-Bear Workshop offered a similar deal -- to pay your age in dollars -- for a stuffed toy, but crowds for the bear promotion mauled malls through the United States and Canada, prompting the company to close lines.


Published on 20 July 2018 | 10:11 pm

Kayaker's body found in Lake Michigan nearly 2 years later

Authorities in northern Michigan believe they've found the body of a kayaker who went missing nearly two years ago.

Volunteers with high-tech equipment discovered a body Thursday in deep water in Lake Michigan's Platte Bay. Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel tells MLive.com "they're the heroes."

In 2016, Tyler Spink of Kalkaska was paddling with a friend on Labor Day when their kayaks capsized. They had started at the mouth of the Platte River in Benzie County. Spink's friend was rescued, but the 21-year-old disappeared below the surface.

Bruce's Legacy is a Wisconsin-based group of volunteers that helps families of drowning victims. It's named for Black River Falls firefighter Bruce Cormican, who died in 1995 while searching for a drowning victim.

Keith Cormican credited Spink's mother, Kelly, for not "giving up."


Published on 20 July 2018 | 9:32 pm

Walker declares state of emergency after deadly explosion in downtown Sun Prairie

Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency Friday for the city of Sun Prairie and Dane County after a deadly explosion that destroyed part of the downtown area.

The executive order directs state agencies to continue to provide aid to the community and its citizens as they recover following the explosion.

Declared a State of Emergency for Sun Prairie and Dane County. This declaration will ensure state agencies provide whatever assistance is needed to help the community rebuild and to help families impacted recover. Together we are all part of #SunPrairieStrong. pic.twitter.com/ZYgrcU5OrJ-- Governor Walker (@GovWalker) July 20, 2018

"My thoughts and prayers continue with the people of Sun Prairie. This declaration will ensure state agencies provide whatever assistance is needed to help the community rebuild and to help families impacted recover. Together we are all part of #SunPrairieStrong," Walker said.

A contractor cut into a pipe that was carrying natural gas underneath downtown Sun Prairie on July 10.

An explosion leveled a city block, killing Sun Prairie volunteer firefighter Capt. Cory Barr. Many people lost their homes and dozens of businesses were impacted by the explosion.

Click here to see a list of fundraisers and events to help the victims of the Sun Prairie explosion.


Published on 20 July 2018 | 8:50 pm

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