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A former Waupun police lieutenant accused of going on a multi-county burglary spree is sentenced in a car theft case.  A Barron County Judge placed 45 year old Brad Young on three years probation for stealing a car in Barron County in August 2013. The judge  imposed and stayed a six-year prison sentence and ordered  Young to pay restitution and court costs, obtain counseling and participate in a restorative justice. According to a criminal complaint Young burglarized a Green Lake restaurant and fled in a stolen pickup truck, leading police on a chase before crashing the vehicle and stealing another vehicle.  Young is also suspected in a rash of burglaries in multiple counties including Fond du Lac.


The Oshkosh Corporation continues to get military business, despite the scale-down of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The Oshkosh Defense division announced another 67-million dollar contract to build the types of trucks-and-trailers it's been constructing since 2010.  The new deal calls for 256 units in the Army's Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles, to be built next year at Oshkosh. The vehicles have special armor that protects crew members.  Among other things, they're used to move troops and supplies.  Over the past five years, Oshkosh has built 22-thousand F-M-T-V trucks, and 11-thousand trailers.  


A Dodge County homicide suspect is bound over for trial in another open case. Probable cause was found at a preliminary hearing Thursday for 30 year old Kriscilla McHenry of Milwaukee on an automobile theft charge. An arraignment hearing has been scheduled for February 11th. McHenry is a suspect in the homicide of a 43 year old town of Fox Lake man in August and investigators believe McHenry stole the victimís vehicle after leaving his apartment August 19th. The Dodge County District Attorney's Office has not yet filed homicide charges against McHenry.



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The state government would need an extra one-billion-dollars-plus, to continue all of its current services except transportation over the next two years.  That's according to the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has obtained a brief memo which says that tax collections would be 619-million dollars short of paying for current services from the state's general fund in the first year of the 2015-17 state budget.  And if the governor and Legislature don't address it right away, the shortfall would grow to over one-point-four billion dollars over the two-year budget period.  That doesn't include the transportation fund, for which the D-O-T has proposed 751-million dollars in tax-and-fee hikes to keep proposed road projects going.  It also does not include new income-and-property tax cuts promised by G-O-P Governor Scott Walker.  The governor's office is not commenting.  G-O-P legislative leaders say they're still analyzing the numbers. Outgoing Senate Democrat Bob Jauch of Poplar says the state's broke, and Republicans "don't want to admit it."  


A jury has acquitted a 27-year-old man who claimed self-defense in the stabbing death of another man at a La Crosse convenience store.  Jurors deliberated about seven hours yesterday, before finding Mitrel Anderson innocent of first-degree intentional homicide.  He said three men threatened and assaulted him in a Kwik Trip restroom in June of last year.  After he left the restroom, Anderson swung a knife into the head of one of those men, 24-year-old Demario Lee.  Jurors agreed with the defense argument that Anderson was justified in using deadly force to save his own life.  Prosecutors said the attack was not necessary.  Earlier this year, Anderson's girlfriend -- 23-year-old Brittany Jones -- was sentenced to a year in prison for helping him scurry out of La Crosse following the incident.  Both were arrested in Madison, where police tracked them down from their cell-phone signals.  Jones was convicted of harboring a felon.  


Two more people have been arrested in Marinette County, bringing the total to four suspects in a series of home burglaries that resulted in a police chase and gunfire.  Sheriff's officials said three people apparently burglarized a number of houses in the Crivitz-Middle Inlet area -- and a woman allegedly helped them get away.  The crime spree started unraveling on Wednesday night, when officials in nearby Upper Michigan told Marinette County officials that two male suspects were at a hotel in Crivitz -- and they had committed home break-ins in Pound Wisconsin and Stephenson Michigan.  Deputies later spotted their car. Officials said the occupants shot at the officers before the vehicle had its tires de-flated and rode off the road.  The two then ran into the woods near Middle Inlet, as two taverns were closed there and a number of residents were evacuated.  The two men were captured about three hours later, and a third suspect was picked up at a gas station in Crivitz.  Charges were pending at last word.  All four suspects were jailed as of late yesterday.


A medical examiner released a report yesterday about a Milwaukee man's accidental death on October 31st, while he was working on his car in his driveway.  Authorities said 50-year-old Frank Rogers was changing his brakes when the car slipped off a jack and fell on him.  Neighbors freed him after using another jack to lift the car up.  They tried using C-P-R to save Rogers before paramedics got there, but those efforts were not successful.  He died at the scene.