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Man accused of sexual assault may be deported again
10:14 a.m.

WAUKESHA — A referee for an adult soccer league who allegedly touched a 15-year-old girl inappropriately last January had his trial in the matter delayed indefinitely Tuesday after it was revealed in court he is in federal custody, possibly awaiting his third deportation to Mexico.
Cristian Sanchez, 26, was charged with sexually assaulting a child, child enticement and refusing to aid an officer. He faces more than 65 years in prison if convicted of all charges.

For more on this story, see today’s Freeman.




Bill would permit concealed weapons without license
10:13 a.m.

MADISON — The Right to Carry Act was introduced Tuesday morning would do away with licensing and training requirements to carry a concealed weapon and lower the age requirement to own a gun.
The bill is co-sponsored by state Sen. David Craig, R-Town of Vernon and state Rep. Mary Felzkowski, R-Irma. It was co-authored by Republicans Sen. Duey Stroebel of Saukville, Rep. Dan Knodl of Germantown, Rep. Bob Gannon of West Bend, Rep. Rob Brooks of Saukville and Rep. Jesse Kremer of Kewaskum. Wisconsin would be the 13th state to allow concealed carry without a permit.
“It doesn’t go as far as some states have gone,” Gannon said. Another 20 states are working on similar laws, he added.
Craig said it’s all about freedom.
‘‘Why not allow more freedom under something that is a fundamental right?’’ he said.
For more on this story, see today’s Freeman or Daily News.



New Berlin man charged with 18 counts in child exploitation case
12:04 a.m.

WAUKESHA — A New Berlin man has been charged with 18 counts after he allegedly posed online as a teen to get girls in four states to send him sexually explicit photos in a case brought to light after one of the girls attempted suicide.
Craig Miller, 44, a married father of two, was charged Tuesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two counts of exposing his genitals to a child, three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, two counts of causing mental harm to a child, 10 counts of possessing child pornography and one count of identity theft. A warrant for his arrest has been issued.
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Muskego man says God willed him to stab mother 12 a.m.  

MUSKEGO — A 24-year-old Muskego man was charged Tuesday with first-degree recklessly endangering safety after he allegedly stabbed his mother in the neck, saying “God took over control of his body.”
If convicted of the class F felony, Taylor Huff could face up to 12 years and six months in jail and a maximum $25,000 fine.
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Constitutional convention proposals draw strong reactions  

5 p.m.

 MADISON (AP) — A Republican lawmaker who wants Wisconsin to join other states in pushing for a constitutional convention acknowledged altering the constitution is ‘‘a big deal’’ as Democrats prodded him for details of his plan.   
 Sen. Chris Kapenga of Delafield has proposed a resolution calling for a convention of states to add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution require a balanced federal budget. At a joint Assembly and Senate committee hearing Tuesday, opponents nervous about the dangers of opening up the Constitution for editing warned of a runaway convention while supporters reiterated the importance of sending a message to Congress about addressing national debt that nears $20 trillion.    
 Wisconsin would be the 30th of 34 states required for a constitutional convention, making it increasingly likely the procedure could be used for the first time since the Constitution was completed.    
 ‘‘Unmistakable warning signs of the consequences of our debt are evident, yet Washington takes no action,’’ Kapenga said. ‘‘We will move one step closer to putting our nation’s fiscal house in order.’’   
 Democratic Rep. Chris Taylor said in a statement that amending the Constitution to require a balanced budget might sound harmless but debt can be a necessary tool for the federal government to respond to emergencies, support social security and boost the economy during recessions.

For more on this story, see Wednesday's Freeman.


Wisconsin bill would allow hidden weapons without license
1:23 p.m.

MADISON (AP) — Hidden handguns could be legally carried without a license in Wisconsin under a far-reaching, Republican-backed proposal unveiled Tuesday that immediately drew bipartisan opposition.
The bill would also allow licensed concealed carry permit holders to bring firearms into places where they are currently barred, including school buildings, unless signs are posted prohibiting them.
‘‘We’re just removing the barrier of the concealed carry permit to give them their constitutional right,’’ said the bill’s co-sponsor, Republican Rep. Mary Felzkowski of Irma. She and Sen. Dave Craig, a Republican from Big Bend, began circulating the measure on Tuesday 
for co-sponsors.
State law requires anyone carrying a concealed weapon to obtain a license and take a training course. The proposed bill would do away with the license requirement for someone who wanted to carry a hidden weapon.