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Anti-government suspect declines to stand for
judge in court
MADISON (AP) — A Wisconsin man accused of stealing
a cache of weapons and sending an anti-government manifesto to
the White House failed to stand for a federal judge at his
Joseph Jakubowski appeared in court in Madison Tuesday on
felony possession and theft of firearms charges.
Jakubowski didn’t stand as Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker
entered the court, nor did he speak during the brief
arraignment. WKOW-TV reports that public defender, Joe Bugni, entered
not guilty pleas on Jakubowski’s behalf.
Prosecutors say Jakubowski mailed a rambling
manifesto to President Donald Trump then stole 18 firearms from
a store in Janesville, Wisconsin, April 4. He was arrested 10
days later while camping on private property in southwestern
Wisconsin, about 140 miles from
He’s due in state court in Janesville this afternoon.
Wisconsin at high risk of wildfires after
sunny, dry weather
GREEN BAY (AP) — The Department of Natural
Resources says most of Wisconsin is at a ‘‘high’’ or ‘‘very
high’’ risk of wildfires following several days of sunny weather
with no rain.
WLUK-TV reported the department has also halted burning permits
in multiple counties with the concern that dry grass and high
winds provide the perfect equation for a wildfire to
Fond du Lac Fire Chief Peter O’Leary warns of the dangers of
starting a fire.
‘‘You could endanger other people, other people’s property, you
could endanger your property, your own life,’’ O’Leary said.
Ex-Falls teacher convicted of sexually
WAUKESHA — A former reading specialist at Menomonee
Falls High School admitted in court Monday that she had sexual
contact with a student in her classroom up to a dozen times
during the fall of 2015, while she was married and the boy was
April M. Novak, 32, dabbed away tears as she entered pleas of no
contest to three counts of sexual assault of a student by school
staff in a plea agreement that had nine other counts dismissed.
She faces up to three years in prison and three more on
probation for each of the three charges.
As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend a
prison term when Novak, now of Fond du Lac, is sentenced June
For the full story, see today’s Freeman.
Student stabbed at Kenosha high school
KENOSHA (AP) — Authorities say a student has been
seriously wounded in a stabbing at a Kenosha high school.
The Kenosha News reports a suspect, believed to be another
student, was arrested at Bradford High shortly after the
stabbing Tuesday morning.
A medical helicopter was called, but was later canceled and
the wounded teenager was taken by ambulance to Kenosha Hospital.
The student’s condition was not immediately available.
The school was locked down as police and rescue
workers rushed to the school.
Thames hits 2
Perez goes deep as Brewers beat Reds
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Thames homered twice to raise
his major league-leading total to 10, Hernan Perez added a
three-run shot, Matt Garza pitched for the first time this
season and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 11-7
on Monday night.
The left-handed batting Thames got just enough muscle on an 0-2
pitch from Amir Garrett (2-2) to slice an opposite-field,
two-run homer in the second. He extended his home-run streak
against the Reds this season to five consecutive games with a
solo shot to right in the first. Perez’s three-run homer capped
Seven of Thames’ 10 major-league leading home runs have come
off the Reds’ hurlers, including five in the four-game series in
mid-April at Cincinnati.
Garza, who suffered a right groin strain at
the end of spring training, was activated from the disabled list
before the game. He threw 93 pitches — 57 for strikes — and was
pulled after four innings. He allowed one earned run on four
hits, walked three, struck out four and handed a 10-4 lead over
to the bullpen.
Five relievers followed and Carlos Torres (1-2) picked up the
Committee approves bills to fight homelessness
MADISON (AP) — Proposals designed to fight
homelessness in Wisconsin have won approval by the Legislature’s
The Joint Finance Committee voted unanimously to pass the
measures Monday. They could be taken up by the full Legislature
The bills have won praise from housing advocates who have
applauded lawmakers for addressing the problem of homelessness
for the first time in years.
One proposal that has drawn widespread praise would create an
Interagency Council on Homelessness to establish a statewide
policy to prevent and end homelessness. The council would
include state agency leaders and representatives from groups
that serve the homeless population. It’s designed to increase
collaboration and provide flexibility in addressing
The other bill would make $75,000 available to a single city in
a pilot project designed to help the homeless find work.