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OBIT-NARDELLI

Former Walker aide who spurred investigation dies

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A former aide whose report of possible embezzlement led to a secret investigation of Gov. Scott Walker's Milwaukee County executive staff has died.

Thomas Nardelli was 70.

He was Walker's chief of staff when Walker was county executive and followed him to Madison when Walker became governor. Nardelli left a position as administrator for the state's Division of Environmental and Regulatory Services in 2011.

Walker described Nardelli in a statement as "a wonderful public servant and a dear friend."

Walker's spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster said Tuesday that Walker learned of the death Monday night from Nardelli's widow.

Nardelli was working for Walker when he alerted the Milwaukee County district attorney's office that money had been taken from a veterans fund. That led to a secret investigation that ended with multiple convictions.

BACK TO SCHOOL

Thousands of students heading back to school

BROOKFIELD, Wis. (AP) - Tens of thousands of students are heading back to school across Wisconsin.

Among them are nine siblings in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield.

The Beffel children range from 4-year-old kindergarten to senior year in high school.

Mom Marisa Beffel says it takes a lot of preparation to get all her children ready for the new school year. The family has already dropped all school supplies at the siblings' respective schools.

Marisa Beffel says she'd be lost without her calendar, because if it doesn't get written down, she wouldn't remember all the children's activities and plans.

High school junior Lexi Beffel tells WTMJ-TV it can get pretty hectic as she and her siblings prepare for school in the morning, but adds that it's like a party every day.

SOCCER ASSAULT

Wisconsin police investigate soccer brawl

FRANKLIN, Wis. (AP) - Police are searching for an adult soccer player who they say kicked an opponent unconscious during a brawl near Milwaukee.

Franklin Police Sgt. William Van Zile said Monday the brawl broke out Sunday during an adult league soccer tournament at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex. Police say players went into the stands to try to calm fans, but they ended up joining the altercation.

Van Zile says two security guards and two players were hurt in the fight, including the player who was knocked unconscious. He says that player was taken to a local hospital and the other three people were treated at the scene. The player's condition is unclear.

Van Zile says police are looking for the man who kicked the player. No arrests had been made Monday.

ATV CRASH

1 killed in ATV crash in Marathon County

EDGAR, Wis. (AP) - An all-terrain vehicle driver has died in a crash involving two other vehicles in Marathon County.

WAOW-TV says the accident happened shortly before 10 p.m. Monday on Highway 29 near Edgar. Sheriff's officials say the ATV operator died at the scene of the crash. The driver of one of the other vehicles was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The other driver wasn't hurt.

POLICE CRASH

Milwaukee officer crashes into stopped car

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee police say an apparent medical emergency caused an officer to crash into another car near Miller Park.

Lt. Mark Stanmeyer said the 22-year-old officer was driving southbound Monday morning when he rear-ended a car stopped at a red light.

Stanmeyer says the officer and a 35-year-old woman who was in the stopped car were taken to hospitals for treatment. He says the woman's injuries were not life-threatening. The officer's condition is unclear.

Police continue to investigate. They aren't specifying what type of medical emergency they believe caused the crash.

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