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Anti-government suspect declines to stand for judge in court
1:38 p.m.


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 arraignment.
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 
Janesville.
He’s due in state court in Janesville this afternoon.
 

 

Wisconsin at high risk of wildfires after sunny, dry weather
1:37 p.m.


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 
start.
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 assaulting student  
10:41 a.m.


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 16.
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 29.
For the full story, see today’s Freeman.

 

 

Student stabbed at Kenosha high school
10:40 a.m.


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 HRs, Perez goes deep as Brewers beat Reds  
11:34 p.m.


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 that inning.   
 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 win.   
 

 

Committee approves bills to fight homelessness in Wisconsin
Updated, 11:31 p.m.


MADISON (AP) — Proposals designed to fight homelessness in Wisconsin have won approval by the Legislature’s budget committee.   
 The Joint Finance Committee voted unanimously to pass the measures Monday. They could be taken up by the full Legislature next week.   
 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 homelessness.   
 The other bill would make $75,000 available to a single city in a pilot project designed to help the homeless find work.