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Evers: Voters should decide if Milwaukee DA keeps job

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers says voters should decided whether Milwaukee County’s top prosecutor keeps his job. A group of Milwaukee taxpayers has filed a complaint with Evers demanding he remove District Attorney John Chisholm from his post. Chisholm has taken intense criticism for allowing his office to recommend $1,000 cash bail for Darrell Brooks after he allegedly ran over the mother of his child with his SUV. Days after he posted the bail he allegedly drove the SUV through a Waukesha Christmas parade, killing six people. Evers told WDJT-TV in a year-end interview that his office will investigate if the complaint is verified but he’d rather the voters decide Chisholm’s fate rather than “kick someone out of office.”

OFFICER-INVOLVED DEATH-NO CHARGES

Prosecutor won’t file charges in deadly Eau Claire shooting

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — An Eau Claire police officer who shot a man to death last month won’t face criminal charges. Eau County District Attorney Peter Rindal said in a news release Tuesday that Officer Kristopher O’Neill was justified in using deadly force against LeKenneth Miller. According to the release, someone called 911 on Nov. 3 to report an intruder in their residence. O’Neill and Officer Jason Kaveney arrived to find Miller armed with a knife and that he had stabbed a woman numerous times. Rindal said O’Neill was forced to fire to protect himself and the lives of others. Rindal called the officers’ actions “heroic.” 

VIRUS OUTBREAK-WISCONSIN-STATE OF THE STATE

Evers to deliver State of the State address in Capitol again

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers plans to deliver the annual State of the State address in the Capitol building again. Evers delivered last year’s address via video conference. The governor’s office released a letter Tuesday that Evers sent to Republican legislative leaders on Dec. 22 in which he requests the Legislature convene in a joint session at the Capitol in February to hear the speech. Evers suggested delivering the address on the evening of Feb. 15 or Feb. 22. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate President Chris Kapenga responded with a letter Monday inviting him to address lawmakers on Feb. 15. They said in the letter that they hope he discusses the state’s labor shortage and rising inflation.

KENOSHA PROTESTS-SHOOTINGS

Prosecutors have charged 60-plus people in Kenosha protests

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have now charged more than 60 people in connection with offenses committed during protests against police brutality and racism in Kenosha last year. Lee Newspapers reported Tuesday that Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley’s office has filed more than 90 separate charges, including 70 felonies and 18 misdemeanors. Six cases involved juveniles. The felony counts ranged from burglary to making threats against police or National Guard troops. Demonstrations began in August after a white police officer shot Jacob Blake during a domestic disturbance. Blake survived his wounds but is paralyzed from the waist down. Kyle Rittenhouse shot three protesters, killing two, during one of the protests. He was acquitted of multiple charges in November.

CHILD SUPPORT-BRIBES

Child support worker arrested for allegedly taking bribes

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Investigators are probing whether a Milwaukee County child support worker cleared dozens of liens for unpaid support in exchange for bribes. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the worker was arrested in September at the county courthouse. An investigation is ongoing and prosecutors say they don’t expect to file charges until sometime next year. According to court documents, the worker’s duties included negotiating lien payments with parents who owed support and to release liens when payments were made. The worker told investigators she took $50 payments to clear liens, with the money often coming from two towing companies that couldn’t destroy or sell vehicles with active child support liens. Records show she twice released liens against her son as well. 

KWIK TRIP-800

Kwik Trip chain poised to open 800th store

HOLMEN, Wis. (AP) — Convenience store chain Kwik Trip is poised to open its 800th store this week. The La Crosse Tribune reports the chain is set to open the milestone store in Holmen at 5 a.m. on Thursday. The store will be about 9,000-square-feet and will feature a car wash and a grocery market with fresh food delivered daily. The La Crosse-based retailer employs more than 32,000 employees across Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. 

POSSUM SPECIES

New possum species named after UW-Oshkosh professor

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Mammal experts have named a new species of possum after the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh professor who discovered it. The Oshkosh Northwestern reported Thursday that UW-Oshkosh biology professor Greg Adler was working on research near the Panama Canal in 2001 when he found a mouse possum with a longer tail than usual and a brownish rather than the common salmon-colored belly. He sent the animal to the American Museum of Natural History and forgot about it until this year, when he received an email from museum curator Robert Voss. He said the possum was a new species and it had been named Marmosa adleri, Latin for “Adler’s mouse opossum.” The museum published the discovery on Dec. 8. Adler says he’s honored. 

EVERS PARDONS

Evers pardons 30 more people, raises pardon total to 337

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has pardoned 30 more people, raising his pardon total to 337 over his three years in office. He’s now surpassed the nearly 300 pardons that former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle issued over eight years in office. Evers announced the additional pardons Tuesday. Most of the pardons he granted involved drug offenses. Other offenses included fraud, fleeing an officer, theft and a home invasion. A pardon doesn’t erase a conviction but it does restore an offender’s rights,  including the right to own a firearm, the right to vote and the right to hold public office and various licenses.

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