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Milwaukee man pleads guilty to COVID-19 relief fraud

Apr. 12, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man pleaded guilty Monday to obtaining more than $600,000 in fraudulent COVID-19 relief funds. According to court records, 42-year-old Stephen Smith acknowledged he submitted fraudulent applications for Paycheck Protection Program loans...

Milwaukee man pleads guilty to illegally obtaining PPP loans

Apr. 12, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man accused of illegally obtaining more than $600,000 in federal loans meant for COVID-19 relief pleaded guilty Monday in federal court. Stephen Smith, 42, pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July...

Study: Most urban Wisconsin schools were virtual in December

Apr. 12, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Almost all urban Wisconsin schools taught their students virtually in December compared with only a fraction or rural schools, according to a study released Monday. The Wisconsin Policy Forum released findings based on a state survey of Wisconsin...

Wisconsin justices weigh sweeping environmental cases

Apr. 12, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard a pair of far-reaching environmental lawsuits on Monday that could define the limits of factory farming and high-capacity well regulations and determine how far state agencies can go when interpreting state law. ...

Former offender donates estate to foster rehab from prison

Apr. 12, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Roger Bruesewitz, who died in 2019 at 82, spent much of his early life in and out of jail after robbing businesses, running “a dirty bookstore” and dealing with a heroin addiction. But he’s leaving behind a very different legacy. ...

Wisconsin reports almost 25% of population fully vaccinated

Apr. 11, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin health officials reported nearly a quarter of the state's population has completed COVID-19 vaccination on Sunday. Over 1.4 million people — making up 24.3% of the state's population — have been completely vaccinated by either receiving...

Dane County Board pushes to end no-knock warrants

Apr. 11, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Members of the Dane County Board in Wisconsin are pressing the sheriff to stop any use of no-knock warrants, a police tactic that criminal justice reform advocates have pushed to ban. The Dane County Board can’t ban the warrants, but board members are...

La Crosse man faces third child sexual assault case

Apr. 10, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A La Crosse man has been charged in his third child sexual assault case. Vanin Dell McKinnon was charged Thursday with repeated sexual assault of a child and causing a child to view sexual activity, according to online court records. ...

Woman charged with homicide in man's heroin overdose

Apr. 10, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Madison woman with homicide after she allegedly supplied heroin to a man at hotel and then tried to move his body out of the building on a luggage cart after he overdosed. The Wisconsin State Journal...

Vandal covers Black Lives Matter, Asian equality signs

Apr. 10, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

SHOREWOOD, Wis. (AP) — Police in Shorewood are searching for a vandal who covered up signs supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and Asian equality. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday that surveillance video shows a man in a...