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Remembering Caroline Nosal: Parents of Metro Market shooting victim talk with News 3

Caroline Nosal, 24, was shot and killed in the parking lot of Metro Market Feb. 2. Christopher O’Kroley, 26, was charged in the fatal shooting. He was recently fired from the store and blamed Nosal for filing a harassment complaint against him, court documents said. O’Kroley told police that after he was fired he bought a gun. The criminal complaint said some co-workers got a text message from O’Kroley saying he had shot Nosal and was planning to kill himself. Nosal’s former employer and coworkers are hoping to help her family by raising money to cover the cost of her funeral. A week after their daughter’s death Jim and Jane Nosal are questioning why their daughter was shot so senselessly in the parking lot of her work. "I'm wondering is there something that could've been done to prevent my daughter’s unfortunate death,” said Jim Nosal, Caroline’s dad. As they search for that answer they turn to gun laws. Believing that a waiting period to buy one could've prevented the actions of suspect Christopher O'Kroley, who allegedly shot Caroline just a day after his purchase. "What I worry about is are there conditions that make this not unusual anymore, is this going to be the norm?,” said Jim, as he questioned gun laws currently in place. Both parents say they are determined to turn their grieving into action, by making sure no family has to lose their child so soon. "God lends us kids they really don't belong to you, they go through you and I think having her lent to us for 24 years, I wouldn't trade that for anything,” Jane Nosal, Caroline’s mom said.

Published: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:39:12 GMT

Driver overdoses on heroin in van at rural Stoughton intersection

A Cross Plains man died after a drug overdose in a vehicle in the rural Stoughton area Wednesday morning, officials said. The Dane County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to an emergency medical call on Kong Road at Aleson Road in the town of Pleasant Springs at 9:12 a.m. When deputies arrived, they found two unconscious men inside a white minivan. The vehicle was stopped at the intersection and had been turned off, according to the report. Deputies saw drug paraphernalia in plain sight in the van and administer Narcan, an anti-opiate drug, to both men. The passenger, a 21-year-old with no permanent address, was revived and taken by Madison paramedics to Meriter Hospital. The 32-year-old driver was also taken to Meriter Hospital by paramedics but was pronounced dead on arrival, the sheriff's office said.

Published: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:04:24 GMT

Two accused of setting 4-year-old on fire

Two relatives face charges after a four-year-old girl was badly burned.

Published: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:47:15 GMT

Alder pulls back on proposal for Tony Robinson Day

Nearly a year after an unarmed 19-year-old was shot and killed by Madison police, city council members considered naming March 6 after Tony Robinson. Ald. Marsha Rummel sent an email to her fellow council members this week, introducing a resolution to declare the date to be Tony Terrell Robinson Day and asking for co-sponsors. Some alders responded to voice their opposition. “It really would serve to divide the community,” Ald. David Ahrens said Tuesday. “I think it would reignite a lot of bad feelings on every possible side of the issue.” City Attorney Michael May responded to the email as well, reminding council members the city advises against commenting on “any matter involving pending litigation.” During a news conference Wednesday morning, Mayor Paul Soglin called the proposal "inappropriate." The city is currently facing a civil rights lawsuit filed by Robinson’s family. Rummel rescinded her proposed resolution in a follow-up email Monday. Robinson’s mother was aware of the potential resolution but said she instead would like to see a civil service day of sorts. She is asking the community to get out, help their neighbors and simply do some good. “Take that day and do something positive in the community,” she said. “Help us, in some form, heal. Whether it’s in my son’s name or not, just you know, pay it forward.”

Published: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:50:37 GMT

Stoughton teen with autism rains 3-pointers during basketball game

Two communities came together Friday to give one Stoughton teen the basketball game of her lifetime. Katie Walter, 16, is a freshman on Stoughton’s basketball team, but she doesn’t see much playing time. Katie has a severe form of autism, but her parents say that doesn’t stop her love for the sport. “She loves it,” Katie’s dad Kraig Walter said. “She loves being part of a team, being part of a group.” Katie got the opportunity last Friday to get out on the court as a starter for a special freshman game that Monroe School District had set up between the two schools. “I said to Katie, ‘That means you’re going to play a lot,’ and I said, ‘What do you think about starting a game?’” Coach Cassie Paulsen said. “And she got this big smile on her face.” “When she made her first shot, the parents went crazy, and the varsity girls were jumping up and down,” Kraig said. “The entire crowd, even the Monroe Cheesemakers cheered,” Katie said. Katie led her team in points, scoring 5 three-pointers and helping her team win the game. Several days later, she is still talking about it, and so are both communities. A Facebook post about the game on Monroe High’s Facebook page received more than 2,000 likes in just a few hours. “One of the best days ever,” Katie said, smiling.

Published: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:41:46 GMT

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Baraboo woman killed in crash with semi, officials say

A 70-year-old Baraboo woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash involving a semitrailer in Sauk County Wednesday, officials said. Emergency crews were sent to Highway 33 about, one-half mile east of County Road T, around 12:35 p.m. for reports of a crash where there were serious injuries, according to a release. Officers said the two vehicles, a Nissan Maxima and a Kenworth semi, were going east on Highway 33 with the semi behind the Maxima. The Maxima pulled off the highway and completed a U turn into the path of the semi, according to the release. The driver of the semi, a 72-year-old Reeseville man, was not able to stop. The driver of the Maxima, a 70-year-old Baraboo woman, was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. The crash is still under investigation. Officials said drugs, alcohol and issues with the highway do not appear to be factors in the crash.

Published: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:19:06 GMT

Beloit police officer takes 'to protect and serve' to 74-year-old's sidewalk

At age 74, shoveling snow from the sidewalk in front of her home isn’t getting any easier for Phyllis. “Oh, back-breaking,” Phyllis said. “Yeah, it gets a little rougher.” On Tuesday, she went out to shovel the snow and got a surprise when Beloit police Officer Jeff Loveland took the phrase “To Serve and Protect” to Phyllis’ sidewalk. Loveland was in the neighborhood to investigate a break-in to a home. He was conducting a neighborhood survey to make residents were aware of the break-in. “I had made contact with her and when she came outside to shovel, I said she could do the talking and I’d do the shoveling,” Loveland said. Loveland shoveled the sidewalk as Phyllis watched and all the while he made sure she was aware of the break-in in the neighborhood. His kindness was not lost on Phyllis. “You know nobody ever did that before. I was really shocked. I mean I was in a state of shock, really,” Phyllis said. News 3 has chosen to not identify Phyllis by her last name to protect her because she lives alone. “I kept thanking him and everything,” Phyllis said. "I really would like to see other people appreciate him, and I won’t forget him.” As for Loveland, he said helping Phyllis was a natural thing to do. “Oh, that’s just kind of how I was raised. My dad said he never needed a snowblower because he had three sons,” Loveland said.

Published: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:35:29 GMT

Minnesota bar owner, manager charged in Wisconsin beer run

A Minnesota bar owner and manager are charged with illegally bringing in a Wisconsin beer for resale. The Hennepin County Attorney's office has charged 37-year-old bar owner Brandon Hlavka of St. Michael and 28-year-old manager David Lantos of Brooklyn Park each with a single felony of transporting alcohol into Minnesota for resale. Authorities got a tip last April that Maple Tavern in Maple Grove was illegally importing and selling Spotted Cow beer. The beer is brewed by New Glarus Brewing Co. in Wisconsin and is not a licensed manufacturer in Minnesota. According to the criminal complaint, agents served a search warrant on the bar and recovered three Spotted Cow kegs and receipts for the purchase of 10 kegs from two Hudson, Wisconsin, liquor stores. The two are scheduled to appear in court March 2.

Published: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:17:31 GMT

Man dies in workplace forklift accident

Federal workplace safety officials are investigating a fatal accident at a Green Bay trucking company. A man died at Venture Logistics Monday afternoon. Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials say the accidental death involved a forklift. No other details have been released.

Published: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:14:42 GMT

Officials ID skier who died after hitting tree at Cascade Mountain

An Oconto Falls woman died after she hit a tree while skiing at Cascade Mountain Saturday morning, deputies said. The Columbia County Sheriff's office was called to the ski hill at 10:29 a.m. for a person needing medical assistance. Bethany L. Rieth, 24, was taken to Divine Savior Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Officials said Rieth was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The Columbia County Sheriff's office is investigating the incident, but say they believe it is accidental. Divine Savior EMS, Ski Patrol from Cascade Mountain and the Columbia County medical examiner's officer also responded to the scene.

Published: Tue, 09 Feb 2016 21:19:30 GMT

Reality Check: Kloppenburg ad attacks opponents

In the race for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat, ads are now touting the credentials of some candidates while attacking others. An ad from Appeals Court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg offers an introduction to her competitors. "Rebecca Bradley, appointed by Scott Walker to three judgeships three times in three years," the ad says. News 3 finds that it is true that the governor has appointed Bradley to the bench three times. He first appointed her in 2012 as a circuit court judge in Milwaukee County and she won re-election to that seat in 2013. He then appointed her to the District 1 Court of Appeals in May of 2015, and then to be a Wisconsin State Supreme Court Justice in October of 2015, following the death of Justice Patrick Crooks. "She's backed to the hilt by right-wing special interests," the ad says, showing a citation for the claim from "news coverage." News 3 finds this needs clarification. The Kloppenburg campaign says it was citing a press release from One Wisconsin Now, a liberal group, that was posted online. The release raised concerns about the spending of a conservative group called the Wisconsin Alliance for Reform. News 3 finds it is true that an ad running for Justice Rebecca Bradley was paid for by that group, which is currently run by former Republican operatives. The DC-based Brennan Center for Justice said the Wisconsin Alliance for Reform has spent nearly $400,000 statewide on the ad, which promotes Bradley as "fair and impartial." "Joe Donald, he supported Rebecca Bradley, Walker's choice, twice," the ad claims. News 3 finds this also needs clarification. Donald, who is also running for Supreme Court, did support Bradley twice for two of her three judgeships. He endorsed her in 2013 to keep her trial court seat and served as a reference for the appeals court position. He told Wispolitics.com that he got "bamboozled" into thinking she only wanted that judgeship, but now believes it was only to position herself for the higher court. If you have an idea for a Reality Check, send it to us at realitycheck@channel3000.com.

Published: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:35:31 GMT

Much-needed day care center to open in Allied Drive neighborhood

With one of Madison’s largest youth populations, the Allied Drive neighborhood has a need for more day care, and a new center is hoping to take on some of that child rearing. The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County in the Allied Drive neighborhood hosts 120 kids in its after-school program every day. "It's grown quite a bit over the years, as we branch out and serve more, primarily because we turn no youth away,” said Ron Burford, a membership services specialist for Boys and Girls Club of Dane County. The club turns away no child age 7-18. The tricky part is when it comes to younger kids. "So that's primarily the bump in the road that we run into is when we have that we serve kids age 7 and they are looking for something for their 5-year-old,” Burford said. Enter Kids Campus, a day care center opening next week in the Allied Drive Neighborhood. “There's such a great need for care for infants and toddlers,” said Bridget Berigan, the director of Kids Campus. “In this area, there are a lot of kids. We have the Boys and Girls Club and another center next door. They’re full and hopefully we will be able to bring some over here.” At a discounted price, through government subsidies, the center will offer care for infants on up to 12 years old, helping fill a deep need in the area. "It makes us happy to know that there will be a place that we can refer to help serve that younger population,” Burford said. Alderman Maurice Cheeks said this day care center is a positive and will allow more parents to start working or go from part-time to full time jobs.

Published: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:43:45 GMT

Local family asks for bill requiring coroner licensing, training

A Rock County family is pleading for a bill that would require licensing and training for coroners and medical examiners in the state. Ken Sands testified before the Assembly Committee on State Affairs Wednesday about his mother Marjorie, who was found dead in her Beloit home in 2011. The 91-year-old woman's death was ruled accidental by the then-Rock County coroner and an autopsy was never completed. After new information came to the Rock County Sheriff's Office, her body was exhumed and sent to Dane County for an autopsy where her death was ruled a homicide. Sands is now asking lawmakers to pass a bill that would require licensing and training for all medical examiners and coroners and their assistants in the state, and the creation of a state medicolegal licensing board to oversee them. "Because of the incompetence and I think arrogance of the coroner in Rock County there's a murderer out on the street at this point that should be in prison," Sands told legislators Wednesday. This is the second time that this bill has come forward in the Capitol. It failed to pass in 2014. The Wisconsin Counties Association had previously raised concerns about the makeup of the licensing board, requirements for elected coroners and notification of sheriff's officials, but officials said their concerns have all been addressed in the most recent legislation. The bill will still need a vote in committee before moving forward, and would need to get a vote in the Assembly before Speaker Robin Vos plans to adjourn for the year next week.

Published: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 23:02:23 GMT

UW-Extension plans about 80 job cuts to absorb budget hit

The University of Wisconsin System-Extension plans to eliminate about 80 positions as part of a reorganization plan drafted to absorb a budget hit. Chancellor Cathy Sandeen said Wednesday that the job reductions will come from a branch that works with people at a local level on agricultural, parenting and economic development issues through offices in each of the state's 72 counties. Sandeen says no county offices will close, but the job eliminations in the 700-person Cooperative Extension division will be clear in about a year. She says about 40 of the positions on the chopping block already are vacant. The move follows cuts from the two-year state budget Gov. Scott Walker signed in July, trimming $250 million from the UW System. Extension's share of that cut is about $7 million.

Published: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:41:43 GMT

Suspect to stand trial in motorcycle shop standoff

A Wisconsin man accused of starting a hostage standoff at a motorcycle shop has been bound over for trial. Forty-six-year-old Brian Flatoff of Stevens Point waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday. Appleton Post-Crescent Media reports a Winnebago County judge ordered Flatoff to stand trial. Flatoff faces murder and attempted first-degree homicide charges in the Dec. 5 standoff at Eagle Nation Cycles in Neenah. One man died and a police officer was injured after a bullet bounced off his helmet. Flatoff also faces charges for a disturbance at a woman's home that preceded the standoff. His arraignment is set for March 17. Michael Funk was fatally shot as he left the motorcycle shop. Police say Funk was armed and didn't obey police commands to drop his weapon. The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating.

Published: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 23:32:58 GMT

Panel approves bill relaxing sulfur dioxide regulations

The Legislature's budget committee has approved a bill that would relax Wisconsin's sulfur dioxide regulations. The Republican bill would eliminate requirements that major utilities submit annual plans for complying with sulfur dioxide emission requirements to the state. It also would eliminate a requirement that if the Department of Natural Resources believes emissions will exceed 325,000 tons annually the agency must recommend to lawmakers whether the state should adopt an enforceable limit. DNR officials say Wisconsin's limitations have been largely superseded by federal regulations and utility emissions don't approach those limits. The measure also would eliminate requirements that utilities pay 1.2 percent of their revenue into the state's Focus on Energy program, instead requiring them to pay based only on their retail sales. The committee approved the bill 12-3 Wednesday.

Published: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:53:51 GMT

Lawmakers decry ban on county executives in Legislature

A bill that would bar county executives from serving concurrently in the Wisconsin Legislature is being criticized as hard-core partisan politics. The bill comes as Democratic Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris runs for Republican Sen. Rick Gudex's open seat. If elected, the bill would require him to quit his job making $102,834 as county executive. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has said Harris' candidacy prompted the bill, due to concerns about an elected official drawing two salaries. The bill's supporters also argue there is a conflict of interest serving as both a county executive and a legislator. Democratic Assembly committee members said in a public hearing Wednesday that many legislators hold two jobs and this is clearly aimed at keeping Harris from running for election.

Published: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:49:03 GMT

Feingold avoids Democratic presidential pick

U.S. Senate hopeful from Wisconsin Russ Feingold is trying to stay neutral in the ongoing Democratic nomination fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Feingold is trying to win his way back to the Senate, where he served 18 years, before being ousted in 2010 by Republican Ron Johnson. It is one of the most closely watched Senate races this year, and a seat Democrats are hopeful they can win as they try to reclaim the majority. Johnson also has not endorsed anyone in the muddled Republican presidential race before Wisconsin's April 5 primary. Feingold did not endorse in either the 2004 or 2008 Democratic presidential primaries. And there's little incentive for Feingold to endorse this year as polls show he is will liked by both Clinton and Sanders supporters.

Published: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:36:03 GMT