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One person is injured following a car versus tractor accident in Winnebago County.  The accident happened Monday night around 7:45 pm on Interstate 41 at 20th Avenue.  Investigation shows a car, driven by a 44-year-old Eden woman, was traveling south on Interstate 41 when it collided with the back end of a slow moving John Deer tractor pulling a disk tiller.  The car ended up under the disk tiller, trapping the woman inside.  The woman was extricated from her vehicle and transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  The crash remains under investigation.


Authorities say an apparent stray bullet in Waushara County killed a hunter.  Sheriff Jeff Nett says the 56-year-old Wild Rose man was hunting on his property in the Town of Mount Morris, north of Redgranite, Monday afternoon when he was hit. The sheriff says the man, Gregory Welk, was able to call 911 and his wife after he was shot.  Welk was airlifted to Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah where he died Monday night.  Nett says investigators believe the shooting was accidental and want to talk to anyone in the area Monday afternoon. He says Welk was wearing blaze orange at the time he was shot.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is assisting the sheriff's department in the investigation.


An appeals court says an Appleton man can legally possess a switchblade in his home.  Cory Herrmann cut himself with his switchblade in his home in 2012. He called 911 and was eventually charged with possessing a switchblade.  He argued that Wisconsin's ban on possessing switchblades violates his constitutional right to bear arms. He contended he possessed the knife in his own home for protection.  The 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the possession prohibition is unconstitutional as applied specifically to Herrmann's case. The court says the prohibition as applied to him isn't substantially related to the state's goal of protecting the public from surprise attacks and burdens his right to bear arms.  The state Justice Department defended the law.




MADISON, Wis. (AP) Cancer and heart disease continue to be the most common causes of death in Wisconsin in 2014.

The state Department of Health Services reports Tuesday that 50,137 Wisconsin residents died in 2014. That is up 220 from 2013.

Cancer and heart disease accounted for 45 percent of all deaths, followed by unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory diseases and stroke. Cancer and heart disease have been the leading causes of death for years.

Of those who died in 2014, 55 percent were cremated and 40 percent were buried.



MADISON, Wis. (AP) University of Wisconsin-Madison Police say a California man sent them 20 dozen coconut doughnuts as payback after officers threw him out of a Badger football game Saturday.

UW-Madison Police spokesman Marc Lovicott says the man traveled from Los Angeles to see the Badgers play Northwestern at Camp Randall Stadium. He was seated in a section away from his friends and when he tried to enter their section officers ejected him.

On Monday morning 240 coconut doughnuts mysteriously appeared at police headquarters. The delivery driver gave officers the man's name and Lovicott began exchanging emails with him.

The man told Lovicott sending coconut doughnuts shows both his gratitude for the police and his disdain for how he was treated, saying doughnuts are awesome but coconut doughnuts aren't.



CHICAGO (AP) The city of Chicago released a video Tuesday showing the fatal shooting of black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a white police officer.

McDonald swings into view on a four-lane street where police vehicles are stopped in the middle of the roadway. As he jogs down the street, he appears to pull up his pants and then slows to a brisk walk, veering away from two officers who are emerging from a vehicle and drawing their guns.

Almost immediately, one of the officers appears to fire from close range. McDonald spins around and crumples to the pavement. The second officer simultaneously lowers his weapon.

The car with the camera continues to roll forward until the officers are out of the frame. Then McDonald can be seen lying on the ground, moving occasionally. At least two small puffs of smoke are seen coming off his body as the officer continues firing.

In the final moments, an officer kicks something out of McDonald's hands. Police have said the teen had a knife.



SPARTA, Wis. (AP) Prosecutors have charged a Warrens man in the death of his 3-month-old son.

According to the complaint, 26-year-old Troy Tralmer told investigators he dropped his son Chad on Nov. 5 while performing the Heimlich maneuver after the infant choked on milk. He says he tried CPR when his son stopped breathing and called 911.

The La Crosse Tribune reports the infant did not regain consciousness and died at a hospital two days later.

Tralmer denied shaking his son while home alone with the infant. An autopsy found the child suffered seven broken ribs, a fractured skull and bleeding in his brain.

Tralmer is charged in Monroe County with first-degree reckless homicide and physical abuse of a child causing great bodily harm. His next court date is in February.