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Wisconsin authorities crack 2009 ‘Baby Theresa’ cold case

JUNEAU, Wis. (AP) – Authorities in Wisconsin say the cold case of “Baby Theresa” has been solved after 13 years. Dodge County authorities said Friday that DNA samples from the baby helped them identify the mother as Karin Luttinen of Milwaukee. She’s charged with concealing the death of a child. Tests determined the baby was likely stillborn. According to the criminal complaint, Luttinen admitted giving birth at home in 2009, but said she was in denial that she was pregnant. She left the body in a trash bag in the Village of Theresa, where the community later held a funeral for the baby.


Decision in weeks on whether to charge former Wisconsin cop

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A prosecutor weighing whether to file charges against a former police officer who killed a man in a suburban Milwaukee park five years ago says that a decision should be reached within four to six weeks. Special prosecutors are deciding whether to charge former Wauwatosa Officer Joseph Mensah, who shot and killed Jay Anderson Jr. after discovering him sleeping in a park after hours in June 2016. Mensah said Anderson was reaching for a gun. Special prosecutor Scott Hansen said in a court hearing Friday that a decision should be made public within six weeks. If no charges are filed, Hansen says they will release a report explaining why.


Body of university student recovered from river in La Crosse

THE CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – The body of a university student who had been missing for nearly a month has been recovered from the Mississippi River in La Crosse. Officials had been searching for 25-year-old Hamud Faal since Feb. 20. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student was last seen walking alone on Front Street, the road that runs near the river. His family di lui reported him missing the next day. Police say Faal’s body was recovered in about 25 feet of water Thursday afternoon near the Division Street landing. The investigation into Faal’s death continues. Officials are awaiting results of an autopsy for an official cause of death.


Ex-college president pleads no contest to child enticement

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) – The fired president of Indiana’s Franklin College has pleaded no contest to child enticement and other felony charges more than two years after his arrest di lui in a Wisconsin sex crime sting. WRTV-TV reports 58-year-old Thomas Minar pleaded no contest Thursday to one count of child enticement and three counts of possession of child pornography in Door County, Wisconsin. Prosecutors said Minar was arrested by Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, police in January 2020, while trying to meet someone he thought was a 15-year-old boy after a sexually explicit chat through an online dating site. He was fired by Franklin College, a private, liberal arts college south of Indianapolis, shortly after his arrest of him.


Wisconsin man gets life in killing, dismemberment of parents

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin man who was convicted of killing and dismembering his parents di lui was sentenced to life without parole. A judge saying his obligation of him to protect the public required the stiffest possible sentence for Chandler Halderson. The 24-year-old was convicted in January of first-degree intentional homicide, mutilating a corpse and hiding a corpse in the July deaths of Bart and Krista Halderson. Investigators said Halderson killed his parents of him after his father of him discovered he had been lying about attending a technical college. Prosecutors said it was one in a web of lies he told about work, school and being on a police scuba dive team.


Evers not picking favorites in US Senate primary

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers says he’s not picking favorites in the crowded Democratic primary for US Senate, not even his 2018 running mate. Evers told the audience at a luncheon in Madison on Thursday that he doesn’t have a favorite in the race. Pressed by host Jeff Mayers on why he’s not endorsing Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, his 2018 running mate, the governor said that as the party’s elected leader it would be wrong for him to pick a favorite. He said he knows many of the candidates and they’re all good people and he’s looking forward to a “robust” primary.


Evers lashes out at conservatives over PFAS standards

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers is lashing out at conservative members of the Department of Natural Resources policy board for refusing to set limits on a group of chemicals known as PFAS in Wisconsin groundwater. The board in February set limits for drinking water and surface water but refused to impose any restrictions for groundwater. That means the state’s wells will go unregulated for PFAS. Conservatives on the board said they were concerned about costs of replacing or remediating contaminated wells. Evers told an audience at a luncheon on Thursday that the board should impose restrictions quickly and more transparently. He says the longer the board waits the more expensive restrictions will become and more people will suffer health problems.


Wisconsin Secretary of State La Follette seeking reelection

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette says he will seek reelection to a 12th term this fall. La Follette made the announcement during a news conference Thursday at the state Capitol. He says he’s motivated to run again because Republicans want to shift election oversight to the secretary of state. He says the secretary of state has never handled elections during his tenure di lui and he wants to keep it that way. Republicans upset with how the Wisconsin Elections Commission handled the 2020 presidential election want to make the change. The four GOP candidates for the office all have advocated for oversight.

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