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Man wanted in burglary, string of Madison retail thefts

MADISON, Wis. -- Madison police are searching for a man who they said is linked to a burglary and multiple retail thefts. Allen Vasquez Rodriguez, 32, is accused of stealing from the Home Depot in the 4500 block of Verona…

Rhode Island man dies in fall from Milwaukee drawbridge

A Rhode Island man vacationing in Milwaukee fell to his death after a drawbridge was raised while he was walking across it. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office says 77-year-old Richard Dujardin, of Providence, Rhode Island, was crossing the Kilbourn Avenue Bridge in downtown Milwaukee on Monday afternoon with his wife. She made it across safely, but he was only about halfway across when it began to open. Authorities say Dujardin grabbed onto a side rail as the bridge sections rose to a 90-degree angle, but he lost his grip and fell about 70 feet to the pavement below. The city’s Department of Public Works operates the bridge remotely and has two camera views of the span.

Masks to be optional in Madison schools to start the year

MADISON, Wis. -- The Madison Metropolitan School District says masks will be optional to start the new school year as it announced its COVID-19 safety plan Tuesday. In a statement Tuesday, district spokesperson Tim LeMonds said that the district will…

Groundbreaking held for expanded cheese plant in Brodhead

BRODHEAD, Wis. -- Decatur Dairy in Brodhead and members of the Decatur Swiss Cheese Company Cooperative officially broke ground Tuesday on a $6 million cheese plant addition. The plant on County Highway F produces cheese using milk from more than…

Homicide defendant released on $10,000 bail in Wisconsin

A man charged in a fatal shooting in Wisconsin has been released on $10,000 bail that was initially set at $500,000. Thirty-five-year-old Karvel Freeman, of Madison, was released from the jail in La Crosse County where he’s charged with party to first-degree homicide and party to second-degree recklessly endangering safety. Freeman and Nelson Brown, 25, of Rockford, Illinois are accused in the Jan. 8 shooting death of 36-year-old Ernest Knox during a party at a La Crosse apartment. Freeman was arrested in March in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and his initial bail was set at $500,000 at his first court appearance in La Crosse County.

Students return from break to find frat house burglarized

MADISON, Wis. -- Two roommates returned to their fraternity house after summer break Monday to find that it had been burglarized, Madison police said. Officers were called to the house in the 100 block of Langdon Street just before 10:30…

Court: Mask order didn't violate shop's free speech rights

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal appeals court says Dane County health officials didn't violate free speech protections when they cited a Middleton cafe for advertising itself as a "mask-free zone" during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Helbachs…