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Mother of kids shot in van charged with neglect

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The mother of six of the seven children who were shot at last week in a Milwaukee gunfight has been charged with child neglect.

Twenty-five-year-old Octavia Burton of Milwaukee faces seven misdemeanor counts of child neglect.

Police say Burton was in a van with her children on July 17 when the man driving the van got into a gunfight. Police say after Burton dropped the driver off, she took two of the children - a 10-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl - to the hospital.

A police spokesman tells the Journal Sentinel ( the wounded children were released from the hospital and were in the care of family members.

According to the complaint, the woman let police into her home after the shooting. There, police found insect infestations "in every room."


1 killed, 1 injured in Minnesota line accident

FAIRFAX, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say one worker has died and another has been injured in a transmission line construction accident in south-central Minnesota.

The Renville County sheriff's office says the two were reported shocked Monday along the CapX2020 power line construction site near Fairfax. KTOE-AM reports the two were flown to trauma centers in the Twin Cities, where one victim died and the other victim's condition is unknown.

CapX2020 project spokeswoman Lori Buffington says the two worked for Donovan Construction of Ham Lake. A Donovan Construction spokesman says the man who died is from the Twin Cities, and the injured man, from Osseo, Wisconsin, is being treated in the HCMC burn unit.

The 250-mile line will run from South Dakota to Hampton, Minnesota.

Minnesota OSHA and the Renville County sheriff's office are investigating.


Wisconsin man gets 9.5 years for drunk driving

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for leading police on a drunken driving chase that ended in a near-fatal crash.

The Journal Sentinel reports ( ) 41-year-old Kevin Hutchins Jr. of Milwaukee reached speeds of 100 mph during a seven-mile police chase. Deputy Scott Griffin was critically injured when Hutchins' vehicle bounced off of a barricade and smashed into his squad car.

The incident was Hutchins' third drunken driving offense. He pleaded guilty last month to charges of recklessly endangering safety, fleeing and eluding, and operating while intoxicated causing injury, second or subsequent offense.


Trial begins in Wisconsin baby kidnapping case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The trial has begun for a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures.

Kristen Smith, of Aurora, Colorado, faces one count of kidnapping in federal court. She could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted by a jury in Madison, Wisconsin.

Prosecutors argue that Smith kidnapped days-old Kayden Powell from the Town of Beloit home where his parents were staying in February. Police arrested her at a gas station in West Branch, Iowa, later that day, but the infant wasn't with her.

The West Branch Police chief discovered Kayden the next morning hidden in a crate behind another gas station about 500 yards from the one where Smith was arrested. The infant was unharmed.


Walker claims taxpayers could lose $25 million

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker claims in his latest television ad in the governor's race that taxpayers could be out $25 million thanks to his Democratic challenger Mary Burke.

But getting to that figure requires some creative math.

The ad released Monday focuses on a $12.3 million award the state Commerce Department under Burke's leadership gave in 2006 to lure Illinois-based Abbott Laboratories north to Kenosha.

Abbott has yet to come, and now the federal Housing and Urban Development office is demanding the money be repaid. Walker's campaign says paying back that $12.3 million plus the original $12.3 million award gets to the $25 million waste cited in the ad titled "Boondoggle."

But the ad counts the repayment to HUD as another expense, rather than a $12.3 million credit to federal taxpayers.


Child killed by van in Racine driveway

RACINE, Wis. (AP) - A 5-year-old girl has died after being struck by a van in the driveway of a Racine home.

Police say the child had just arrived for a party in the neighborhood Saturday afternoon and was facing the street when a 16-year-old boy backed a van over the girl.

Authorities say a rear wheel ran over the girl. The teen heard people yelling and shouting, but didn't know he had hit someone. So, he pulled the van forward, running over the girl a second time.

The child was conscious when first responders arrived, but later died from her injuries at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital.

Investigators say the steep pitch of the driveway likely contributed to the accident because the teen couldn't see the girl.


Former drug task force supervisor convicted

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A former Jefferson County drug task force supervisor has been found guilty of misconduct in office after being accused of stealing money to be used in undercover operations.

The state Department of Justice announced Monday that former Jefferson County detective Timothy Madson was found guilty of misconduct in office on Friday following a jury trial.

The 56-year-old Madson was supervisor of the county's drug task force from 2003 until late 2011.

According to the criminal complaint, Madson claimed more than $10,000 in questionable expenses from a fund he controlled to cover drug buys and other incidental task force expenses. Other members of the task force said Madson didn't do any work that would have required reimbursement because he was the supervisor.

Madson is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 1.

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