Author Archives: Rick Thomas

Friday Classes Canceled at Johnson Creek Elementary

Friday Classes Canceled at Johnson Creek Elementary

A norovirus outbreak has led district officials to cancel Friday classes at Johnson Creek Elementary School.  The middle school, high school and alternative schools are still open.  District officials say about 70 students at the elementary school showed symptoms Thursday – or their parents called them in as being sick.  So far, no members of…Read more »

HS Student Shot by Officer Could Face Felony Charges

HS Student Shot by Officer Could Face Felony Charges

Authorities in Waukesha County say the high school student who was shot after pointing a pellet gun at a school resource officer could end up facing multiple felony charges.  The teenager’s name hasn’t been released.  Police say he will likely be charged as an adult for the Monday incident at Waukesha South High School.  Officers…Read more »

Thieves Use Pepper Spray to Get Away After Shoplifting

Thieves Use Pepper Spray to Get Away After Shoplifting

When they are caught, three women who used pepper spray to get away after shoplifting may find themselves facing upgraded charges.  The incident happened Sunday night at two stores in the Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets.  When employees of the Nike and the UGG outlet stores tried to stop them, they were sprayed with the chemical. …Read more »

Wisconsin 8-Year-Old Who Loved Dogs Has Died

Wisconsin 8-Year-Old Who Loved Dogs Has Died

The eight-year-old Wisconsin girl whose love of dogs caught the attention of thousands across the country has died in Hartland.  Emma Mertens had asked for pictures of dogs and she received thousands.  Her family says they were with her when she died of a brain tumor Sunday.  Instead of flowers, the Mertens family is asking…Read more »

Another Bus Driver Credited for Helping Kids

Another Bus Driver Credited for Helping Kids

 Another bus driver in the Milwaukee area is getting credit for helping two children.  Surveillance video from the bus Nicole Chamberlain was driving near Waukesha shows her stopping and bringing two kids onto the bus during this week’s snow and cold temperatures.   Neither of the children was dressed for the weather.  The girl was wearing only a…Read more »

Manhunt Underway in Milwaukee for Robber Who Shot Firefighter

Manhunt Underway in Milwaukee for Robber Who Shot Firefighter

Authorities in the Milwaukee area are involved in a manhunt for the armed robber who shot an off-duty firefighter.  The incident happened Monday night on the city’s northwest side.  The victim’s name hasn’t been released.  Milwaukee police say he was rushed to a nearby hospital with a wound that isn’t thought to be life-threatening.  Law…Read more »

Nurse Charged in Cognitively Impaired Woman’s Death

Nurse Charged in Cognitively Impaired Woman’s Death

Authorities say an Illinois nurse has been charged in the fatal beating of a cognitively impaired woman whose body was found near a cornfield in southeastern Wisconsin in July 1999. Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling says Linda La Roche, of McHenry, Illinois, has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse in the…Read more »

Wisconsin Senate Blames Ag Secretary for “Not Dealing With Dairy Crisis”

Wisconsin Senate Blames Ag Secretary for “Not Dealing With Dairy Crisis”

Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate plan to deny confirmation for the governor’s nominee for state agriculture secretary.  Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says Brad Pfaff has failed to deal with the dairy crisis.   Fitzgerald says Pfaff has “bungled the job” since he started.  If Fitzgerald is right about today’s (Tuesday’s) vote, Pfaff will be out of the…Read more »

Arrests Made in Micronesia Murder of Attorney from Waukesha

Arrests Made in Micronesia Murder of Attorney from Waukesha

The governor of the Zap state in Micronesia says suspects in the murder of a prosecutor from Wisconsin have been taken into custody.   Rachelle Bergeron, a native of Waukesha, was shot to death October 14. Neither the names of the suspects nor their connection to the attorney has been explained yet. Bergeron was just returning home…Read more »