Author Archives: Rick Thomas

Wisconsin Senate Leader Fitzgerald will Run for Congress

Wisconsin Senate Leader Fitzgerald will Run for Congress

Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald will hold a press conference this afternoon to announce his candidacy for Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District. The seat will be vacated following the pending retirement of Congressman James Sensenbrenner.  This morning, on the Morning News with Rick Thomas and Michael Clish, Fitzgerald told Clish that he would be seeking…Read more »

Wisconsin Senate Leader Considering Run For Congress

Wisconsin Senate Leader Considering Run For Congress

Less than 24 hours after Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner announced his pending retirement, the line of potential replacements is growing.  Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Republican, issued a Thursday statement saying he is considering a campaign for the 5th District seat Sensenbrenner held for more than four decades.  Fitzgerald says President Trump needs strong…Read more »

Rock County Couple Sentenced for Abusing Their 8 Children

Rock County Couple Sentenced for Abusing Their 8 Children

A Rock County Circuit Court judge has sentenced a Beloit couple to three years of probation for abusing their eight children. On top of that, Heather McCoy will have to spend 60 days in jail.  Officials found their children living in a home filled with rat droppings, flies and garbage last year.  Judge Karl Hanson…Read more »

Ixonia Woman Charged with Helping Hide Murdered Man’s Body

Ixonia Woman Charged with Helping Hide Murdered Man’s Body

A 21-year-old Ixonia woman has been charged with helping a killer hide a man’s dead body on property she owns in Dodge County.  Dakota Schlesner could be sentenced to more than 12 years in prison if she is convicted on the charge.  Nigel Schultz has already pleaded no contest to charges he killed Bradlee Gerke…Read more »

Armed Robbery Victim Fights Back

Armed Robbery Victim Fights Back

A would-be armed robber in Milwaukee picked the wrong target early Thursday morning.  The man he tried to rob at about 3:20 A-M fought back, a shot was fired, then the suspect ran away.  No one was hit and no names have been released.  The victim was beaten during the robbery attempt and had to…Read more »

Power Station Fires Knock Out Service to Thousands in Madison

Power Station Fires Knock Out Service to Thousands in Madison

Fires at two power substations in Wisconsin’s capital have knocked out power to more than 11,000 customers on what is promising to be a sweltering day. An explosion and fire at the Madison Gas and Electric main power center sent a plume of thick, black smoke over Madison’s east side about 7:40 a.m. Friday. A…Read more »

Cool Locations Open at UW-Whitewater During Heat Advisory

Cool Locations Open at UW-Whitewater During Heat Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Walworth and Rock counties for Thursday and Friday, with temperatures in the 90s and heat index values in the 100s. Community members are invited to escape the heat in the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s air-conditioned buildings. These locations are open to the public during the following…Read more »

Wisconsin Democrats Want LRB to Draw District Boundaries

Wisconsin Democrats Want LRB to Draw District Boundaries

A bill which would require the Legislative Reference Bureau to draw district boundaries isn’t expected to make it past Republican leadership next session.  Senator Dave Hansen and Representative Robyn Vining promoted the legislation at a Tuesday news conference.  They say they have three Republicans as co-sponsors.  Democrats tried to get the U-S Supreme Court to…Read more »