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A La Crosse man has been sentenced to five years in prison for driving while impaired and causing a crash that killed his 22-year-old girlfriend.
Tyler Deal was sentenced in Marathon County Thursday after the victim's friends and family offered tearful testimony. The 22-year-old Deal lost control of his car and crashed into a utility pole in the town of Spencer in February 2012. Paige Delo, the mother of two young girls, died at the scene. Prosecutors say Deal was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana at the time of the crash.
Delo's father, Scott Delo, told the judge Deal's decision to driving while intoxicated caused unbearable pain for both families affected by the crash.
Deal will also serve nine years of extended supervision.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) Scores of protesters have returned to the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda a day after police launched another crackdown on them.
Protesters have been meeting in the rotunda during the noon hour nearly every day for the last two years to sing anti-Republican songs. On Wednesday police launched a crackdown on them, arresting nearly two dozen of them for not having a permit to gather in the building. The move enraged the group, who feel they're exercising their free speech rights. On Thursday dozens more protesters showed up in the rotunda than Wednesday, many carrying cameras.
Police issued 26 citations for not having a permit, one citation for disorderly conduct, one citation for disorderly conduct/resisting arrest and one for resisting arrest.
Thunderstorms packing heavy rain, hail and high winds have pounded parts of southwestern Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota. The National Weather Service says a cooperative observer measured 2.5-inch hail near La Crosse Thursday. Hail measuring 2 inches was reported near Onalaska.
In southeastern Minnesota, hail estimated at 1.25 inches was reported near Lanesboro. Law enforcement reported hail estimated at 1 inch near LaCrescent. Some crop damage is reported in Fillmore County in a swath south of Highway 52.
The storm dumped 2.1 inches of rain in Spring Valley in southeastern Minnesota. Gusty winds estimated at 40 mph were reported near Harmony.
Osseo police have arrested a woman in the death of her boyfriend's 22-month-old daughter. Officers on Thursday arrested the 22-year-old woman in Jackson County on suspicion of first-degree reckless homicide.
According to police, the woman found Alexis Behlke not breathing early on June 22. The girl was taken to a hospital in Osseo where she was pronounced dead. The former Osseo woman was the girl's caregiver. She was arrested at her new home in Garfield.
Osseo Police Chief Timothy Wilson expects the woman will appear in court Monday. It's not clear when the Trempealeau County District Attorney's office will make a charging decision.
A La Crosse courtroom hears from the defendant in the Petras murder case...on video.
On Thursday, the jury viewed a videotaped conversation between a state agent and suspect Jeff Lepsch, who's accused of killing Paul and A.J. Petras last fall at May's Photo in La Crosse. Lepsch was arrested within hours of the recording. On the video, Lepsch asks the agent why investigators waited a month after the murders to accuse him of being involved. Despite Lepsch's denial of having ever been to the camera shop, the agent suggested that they had security video of him coming and going from the crime scene. Defense attorneys wonder whether the agent was lying to get Lepsch to talk.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) Sheriff's deputies in Eau Claire County say they interviewed a woman the Wisconsin State Patrol said was held against her will and determined she had not been abducted.
The sheriff's department was notified by the State Patrol Tuesday afternoon that troopers were trying to find a woman that had contacted authorities for help. Deputies found the 19-year-old Whitehall woman locked in the bathroom of a gas station near Eau Claire. They interviewed her and a 32-year-old Edina, Minn., who had picked her up. Authorities say the two met online and were headed for the Mall of America.
The man changed those plans and began caressing the woman. She told him she need to use a restroom and then called for help. The man was cited for disorderly conduct.