Wisconsin roundup: Field of Dems seeking to oust Walker reaches single digits; more state news stories
Entrepreneur and businessman Andy Gronik has dropped out of the race to become Wisconsin's next governor.
His departure reduces the crowded field of Democratic challengers from 10 to nine. Gronik made his decision after a Marquette University Law School poll show him with support from just 4 percent of the Democratic voters who were polled. He is calling on his supporters to switch their vote to other Democrats in an effort to unseat incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November. The Democratic primary is Aug. 14.
Walker: Wis. Guard troops to stay at border
Gov. Scott Walker is saying that Wisconsin National Guard troops will be staying at the United States-Mexico border.
Walker made the comment during a stop in La Crosse Wednesday, saying he wouldn't rescind his order to send the troops to Arizona to assist with border security. The governor says the troops are only serving in a support role and aren't involved in law enforcement. Nearly 30 Wisconsin lawmakers recently signed a letter asking Walker to withdraw the offer of National Guard troops.
Former UW-Madison student from Twin Cities gets 3 years for sex assault
Former University of Wisconsin-Madison student 22-year-old Alec Cook was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for sexual assault.
Prosecutors say he also must serve eight years of extended supervision after his prison term. In February, Cook pleaded to five of the 23 charges against him, including three counts of third-degree sexual assault, one count of strangulation and one count of stalking. Eleven female UW-Madison students came forward to tell their stories of assault. During the sentencing hearing today, the judge heard from two victims and the mother of a victim.
Teen sentenced for threatening to ‘shoot up the school’ in Barron
A 17-year-old high school student will do 40 hours of community service and must apologize to the Barron School Board for making a threat.
Witnesses told investigators Austin Banks threatened to "shoot up the school" last March, saying he would "get more than 17 people.” He was apparently referring to the high school shooting in Florida which left 17 people dead. Banks said he was joking, but he was still arrested on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. He could have received up to three months in jail.
Walker attends working lunch with Trump
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker joined governors from eight other states at a working lunch with President Donald Trump Wednesday while attending the U.S. Department of Commerce Select USA Summit.
The luncheon with the president centered on the opioid epidemic and economic and workforce development. Walker spoke of Wisconsin's policies aimed at fighting the opioid problem while pointing out the state's all-time low unemployment rate of two-point-eight percent. The president is scheduled to be in Wisconsin for the groundbreaking at the massive Foxconn Technology plant next week.
Convicted killer sentenced to 18 years
A Portage County judge has sentenced a man to 18 years in prison after he was convicted on a charge of second-degree intentional homicide.
Prosecutors had told the court Kyle Engen killed a man near the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus in March 2016 when a drug deal went bad. Engen reportedly planned to sell $7,200 worth of marijuana to Deonta Lezine of Racine and some friends. Lezine's group intended to steal the pot, they attacked Engen inside a car and he managed to get free. When the car took off, he shot at it, hitting Lezine in the head. Lezine died eight days later.
Fugitive turns himself in, as promised
Sixteen days after he went missing following a domestic incident, Waukesha County authorities have arrested 43-year-old Jonathan Pogreba.
He showed up at the county courthouse Thursday, saying nothing while he was placed in handcuffs and escorted to a holding cell. Pogreba is accused of assaulting his wife and pointing a gun at her June 5 in Eagle. He then ran away and stole a neighbor's BMW. Authorities think he broke into a cabin in western Wisconsin. His attorney had informed authorities Pogreba planned to turn himself in.