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Reedsburg teen faces multiple sex charges
A Reedsburg teen has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old, having sex with a then-12-year-old and possessing child pornography.Two criminal complaints were filed Tuesday against Adrian J. Rossing, 18. One stemming from a Monday incident accuses Rossing of second-degree sexual assault
Baraboo man charged in home invasion, accused of strangling senior
A Baraboo man has been charged with assaulting a 67-year-old victim in a suspected home invasion.Maynard B. Funmaker Jr., 35, was charged Tuesday with aggravated battery of an elderly person, strangulation and trespassing. The first two felony charges are punishable by up to six years in prison and
20 hurt when semi slams into school bus in Wisconsin
Traffic was stalled as emergency personnel worked the scene of an accident between a semi and a school bus on Interstate 39 near Lodi, Wis., Wednesday, May 23. The Wisconsin State Patrol says the bus was parked on the shoulder of the interstate when it was struck.
Law enforcement recognized for water rescue in Wisconsin River near Portage
Portage Police Officer Bill Charlebois hugs Wisconsin State Trooper Joshua Troth as the two receive a Lifesaver Award with Portage Police Sgt. Brian Fehd, right, and Officer Dennis Pomeroy, not shown. The four received the commendations Thursday.
GALLERY: Baraboo students remove invasive plant species along Ice Age Trail
Gordon L. Willson Elementary School student Maddy Weyh lops away an invasive plant species at the direction of Ice Age Trail Alliance education manager Amy Lord Thursday along the path near UW-Baraboo. The elementary school's fourth grade class works with the organization each year to participate in
PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Baraboo's Johnson, Klitzke, Schaefer qualify for state in the discus
The Baraboo track and field team will be competing in one event at next week’s WIAA Division 1 state meet.Three Thunderbirds will take their shot in that event, as Lexi Johnson, Maverick Klitzke and Jake Schaefer each qualified for state in the discus. All three will be competing at state for the fi
Bekah Kate's in downtown Baraboo adds homemade fudge to its offerings
This month, Bekah Kate’s Kitchen, Kids and Home introduced fudge made on-site. More than a dozen varieties, ranging from S’mores to Cabernet, sit temptingly in a case near the cash register.
Four students injured in Columbia County bus crash
PORTAGE, WI (WSAU) -- An accident involving a school bus has sent four students to the hospital in South-Central Wisconsin.The State Patrol says the bus was parked along Interstate 39 in the north-bound lane when it was struck by a semi at around 10:15 Wednesday morning. The injured students were tr
Coroner identifies man who died of gunshot at Sauk County Kwik Trip
Sauk County Coroner Greg Hahn identified the man who died following a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his car at the Sauk City Kwik Trip as 33-year-old Ryan Pellicane of Lone Rock.Sauk Prairie Police Lt. Travis Hilliard said the department’s investigation is complete. The police and coroner were una
Jen's Alpine Cafe serves up fresh take on soup and salad in Baraboo
Soup and salad might sound like a tired lunch special at any other restaurant, but at Jen’s Alpine Café & Soup Kitchen, the classic combo takes on a whole new flavor.
Portage man accused of threatening police en route to assault hearing
A transient Portage man is being held on $5,000 cash bond, accused of threatening the Portage Police Department hours before facing a charge of felony sexual assault.Willie Wilson, 57, appeared in Columbia County Circuit Court via video from jail Tuesday afternoon, charged with second-degree sexual
Parents grieve as officials say fatal Portage fire was started by child with matches
A fire that claimed the life of a 2-year-old boy was caused by his 4-year-old sister playing with matches, according to Portage Fire Inspector Craig Ratz.“It probably took us 7 minutes after we arrived to get water,” said Ratz.Firefighters knew there was a child trapped in a bedroom on the fifth flo
PREP SOFTBALL: Baraboo's season ends in Tomah
A large portion of the Baraboo softball team wore their jerseys for the last time on Tuesday.The 11th-seeded Thunderbirds took their last game as far as they could, mounting a three-run seventh-inning rally before suffering an 8-5 loss at sixth-seeded Tomah in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal ga
Fire codes questioned by residents in fatal Portage apartment fire
PORTAGE, Wis. (WMTV) -Some tenants of the Historic Apartments in Portage have been able to return home Monday and Tuesday following a fatal fire in the building on Sunday.Several evacuated residents indicated to NBC15 News they did not hear fire alarms sound Sunday morning.Chad Lawless, who lost his
PREP BASEBALL: Late rally sparks Baraboo over Mauston on Senior Night
A sixth-inning rally gave the Baraboo baseball team a 7-2 Senior Night win over Mauston in a non-conference game at Mary Rountree Evans Field in Baraboo.The Thunderbirds (9-13) broke open the game with a five-run fifth inning. The rally started when Brock Turkington walked and Payton Steiner followe
Baraboo High School art students model downtown architecture
Downtown Baraboo looks a lot different than it did in the mid 1800s, but many architectural aspects of its historic buildings remain unchanged.Development of the commercial and civic structures around the courthouse square began in the 1840s and continued for more than a century, according to the Wi
DIVISION 2 PREP TRACK: Lodi girls dominate at Richland Center Regional
One week after winning the Capitol Conference championship, the Lodi girls track and field team added a regional title to its trophy case.The Lodi girls won eight events, including three by junior Mackenzie Heyroth, on their way rolling to the team title by 38 points over Platteville at Monday’s Div
1918: Deadly tornado hits Sauk County
25 years ago this week (1993)A sandstone outcropping at Devil’s Lake State Park near here has been closed to rock climbers, the Department of Natural Resource announced Friday. The outcropping, described as a “growing and popular area” for climbers by park Superintendent Tim Miller, is located east
3 high school seniors die in crash weeks before graduation
YONCALLA, Ore. (AP) — School officials say three senior girls were killed in a car crash on Interstate 5 in western Oregon, just weeks before graduation.
Family mourns loss of young son after Portage apartment fire
PORTAGE, Wis. - A family is mourning the loss of their little boy after anapartment fire in Portage Sunday morning, and more than 60 tenants are still unable to head home.