Wisconsin's attorney general unveiled a new safety initiative that partners police with local businesses and residents to help report and solve crimes.
J.B. Van Hollen stopped in Green Bay on Tuesday, one of several cities on a statewide tour to talk about the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network.
It allows police to issue alerts by email, text message, or fax to subscribers about thefts, missing people, counterfeit money, home invasions, and other crimes.
The Crime Alert Network also allows officers to quickly alert a target audience -- say, pharmacies or convenience stores about robberies or someone passing fake bills -- or they can reach out to multiple counties or the entire state.
"Fortunately, we had some good support in the Legislature, the law enforcement community, and certainly in the business community to help us get this off the ground. And even though it's been four years, finally we have it up and running today and we have a couple of successes already in the State of Wisconsin with our Crime Alert Network," the attorney general said.
Subscribing to the Crime Alert Network costs $12 a year. "What that enables us to do is run a crime prevention and crime-solving program that costs the taxpayers nothing," Van Hollen said.
For details about the Crime Alert Network or to sign up, click here.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - The Washington State Patrol says the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon has collapsed, dumping vehicles and people into the water. Trooper Mark FrancisMore >>
The Washington State Patrol says the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon has collapsed, dumping vehicles and people into the water.More >>
Crews have contained a fire at an apartment complex in Allouez.At about 11:30 a.m., they responded to the Hilltop Place apartments in the 3400 block of Hilltop Way.A fire official tells us the fire startedMore >>
Fire officials are calling Hilltop Place apartments in Allouez a total loss after one of the largest fires ever in the Green Bay area, devastating the people who lived there and lost everything.More >>
The American Red Cross has designated Langlade Elementary School a shelter for people displaced by the Hilltop Place apartment complex fire.People needing to make contact with tenants and others affectedMore >>
People needing to make contact with tenants and others affected by the fire are asked to go to the school at 400 Broadview in the Village of Allouez.More >>
Tenants of the 74-unit Hilltop Place apartment complex in Allouez have been displaced by Thursday's fire, and even some of their neighbors can't go home yet.East River Drive and Hoffman Road were two ofMore >>
At least half a dozen streets are closed for the extensive firefighting effort at Hilltop Place apartments.More >>
Kelly Nelson had just returned home from a job interview when she heard the smoke alarm from her apartment at Hilltop Place apartments in Allouez."There was beeping sounds out in the hallway, and I looked,More >>
Kelly Nelson heard the smoke alarm and called 911. Her daughter was at school but she knew her neighbors would be home.More >>
Governor Scott Walker is in Iowa Thursday, fueling speculation of a potential 2016 presidential bid.Thursday evening he attended a private campaign fundraiser, reportedly at $2,500 a person.Hundreds payingMore >>
Governor Scott Walker is giving a keynote speech to a Republican group in Iowa, fueling speculation about a 2016 presidential bid.More >>
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will give a speech tonight at a GOP fundraiser in Iowa, fueling speculation he's gearing up for a presidential run. He was invited to speak at the Polk County Republican PartyMore >>
Gov. Scott Walker will give a speech tonight at a GOP fundraiser in Iowa, fueling speculation he's gearing up for a presidential run. More >>
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was the keynote speaker before the Polk County GOP in Iowa Thursday.His night started with a private fundraiser, raising all kinds of questions in the state and nationallyMore >>
The governor spoke to more than 600 Iowa conservatives, in part selling himself and his policies, all while framing a national Republican agenda for elections to come.More >>
Members of the Oshkosh West High School FFA are holding a drive to collect items for the victims of Monday's tornado in Moore, OK.For the next three days, a trailer will be parked at the High School locatedMore >>
Touched by the aftermath of the EF-5 tornado in Oklahoma, Oshkosh West students knew they needed to do something, and so began "Operation Oklahoma." Updated throughout. More >>