MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Defense attorneys for the man suspected of fatally shooting a Wisconsin couple and kidnapping their daughter say they believe he can get a fair trial, but they’re not sure where. Jake Patterson is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday. Investigators believe he kidnapped 13-year-old Jayme Closs after killing her parents in October. Jayme was missing for nearly three months before she escaped late last week. His attorneys say it’s been an emotional time for the community.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Dozens of small, simultaneous explosions have brought down the steel roof of the Bradley Center, the former home of the Milwaukee Bucks. The controlled demolition Sunday morning left debris scattered in the street. The Bradley Center closed last summer and the Bucks moved next door to the $524 million Fiserv Forum. The explosions collapsed the roof into the seating bowl, making it easier for workers to remove the debris.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A handful of Wisconsin Republicans are hoping new Democratic Gov. Tony Evers will help them finally criminalize first-offense drunken driving. Wisconsin is the only state in the nation that doesn’t treat a first offense as a crime. Instead it’s a traffic ticket. On paper it might look like a can’t-miss bipartisan initiative, but it’s not that easy in a state where drinking is ingrained in popular culture.
TOWN OF SCHOEPKE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in northern Wisconsin say a snowmobiler was killed in a weekend crash. The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office got a 911 call about the crash in the Town of Schoepke just after 1 a.m. Sunday. Authorities say the snowmobile left a trail and struck trees off the side of the trail. The snowmobiler died at the scene. The name of the victim was not immediately released.