MILWAUKEE (AP) — A New Jersey man has been sentenced to more than four years and prison for a tax refund scheme that stretched from Puerto Rico to Wisconsin. Federal authorities say 33-year-old Deily Veras, of Newark, New Jersey, obtained more than $2.7 million from the Internal Revenue Service. Authorities say he stole the identities of mostly Puerto Rican residents to file false tax returns. He took the refund checks to an individual in Milwaukee to cash them.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee arena has been reduced to rubble as the Milwaukee Bucks plan to redevelop the site. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Bucks took over control of the Bradley Center on Sept. 1. The move was part of an agreement that resulted in the construction of the $524 million Fiserv Forum arena nearby. The Bucks hired Minneapolis-based construction firm Veit & Co. Inc. to dismantle the center.
ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a northern Wisconsin driver had her three children along in the car while she and her mother were using marijuana. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that a Wisconsin State Patrol trooper pulled over the vehicle in Ashland Thursday afternoon because the vehicle’s windows were too dark. The patrol says a 21-year-old Washburn woman gave the trooper a grinder with marijuana the children’s grandmother handed the officer a marijuana pipe.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison water utility officials say they will step up testing for toxic chemicals that are spreading from contaminated soil and groundwater at Truax Air National Guard Base on the city’s north side. The State Journal reports that fluorinated compounds from military firefighting foam have soaked into soil and shallow groundwater on the base. Last year the chemicals turned up in low levels nearly a mile away at a city well.