Parents: Didn't suspect kidnapped boy's aunt
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The parents of a baby boy who was taken from a Wisconsin home and later found in sub-zero temperatures say they trusted the relative now accused of taking him so much that they initially didn't suspect her.
Kristen Smith of Aurora, Colorado, is charged with kidnapping 4-day-old Kayden Powell Feb. 6 and abandoning him in Iowa. The boy survived.
Smith allegedly took Kayden from her half-sister, Brianna Marshall, and her boyfriend, Bruce Powell, as they slept at Marshall's grandmother's house in the southern Wisconsin town of Beloit. Marshall and Powell both testified Tuesday.
Smith claims she had permission from Kayden's father to take the boy to Colorado.
The Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/WMixTo ) reports prosecutors plan to conclude their case Wednesday.
Racine officers cleared in fatal shooting
RACINE, Wis. (AP) - An investigation has cleared two Racine police officers in the shooting of a man they said was wielding a knife.
Rajko Utvic, 37, was killed July 6 by officers responding to a 911 call from a man who said he had taken 100 Ibuprofen pills.
Police said the man refused to drop the knife, and he was shot when he came at officers Craig Klepel and Mathias Zinnen.
An investigation by the Racine County Sheriff's Office said witnesses confirmed the officers' accounts. They said officers tried to stop Utvic with electronic shock devices, but they didn't work. A summary of the report from Racine police said the investigation found Utvic suffered from mental illness. It didn't provide details.
The officers have returned to duty.
WISCONSIN GOVERNOR'S RACE-BURKE
Burke attacks Walker over jobs promise
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke's latest television ad returns the focus of the campaign to Gov. Scott Walker's 2010 promise to add 250,000 private sector jobs over four years.
The ad unveiled Tuesday is airing statewide beginning Wednesday. It comes after two weeks of battling between Burke and Walker over outsourcing of jobs overseas.
Burke's ad highlights Walker's jobs pledge and includes footage of him saying in a 2010 interview that he wanted to be held to the promise.
About 100,000 private sector jobs have been added under Walker.
He defends the number, noting that the unemployment rate of 5.7 percent is the lowest it's been since 2008 and the 100,000 new jobs comes after years of job losses under a Democratic administration where Burke served as Commerce secretary.
Wisconsin schools want to stick with Common Core
JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin school districts have spoken out against Gov. Scott Walker's recent call for a change in the state's curriculum standards.
Walker has asked the Wisconsin Legislature to pass a bill in January to repeal Common Core and replace it with standards set by the public.
Common Core is the set of curriculum standards that specify what is taught in grade-school classrooms throughout the state. Wisconsin adopted it in 2010.
School officials in Janesville, Milton, Clinton and other districts say they have invested time and money in creating curriculum based on Common Core, and abandoning it will be costly. Elkhorn School District administrator Jason Tadlock tells The Janesville Gazette (http://bit.ly/1qIHI6v ) dropping Common Core "would be a step backwards."
TEEN SHOT-EAU CLAIRE
Police say shooting didn't involve robbery
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) - Eau Claire police say a teen's gunshot injuries are not related to a robbery as the initial investigation indicated.
Officers responded to a call Sunday that a juvenile had been shot and wounded while being robbed. On Tuesday, police said their investigation shows one juvenile accidentally shot another minor with a stolen gun. Authorities say the two juveniles have also been linked to a stolen car and a burglary.
A police official declined to give the ages of the juveniles.
Wisconsin ministry offers housing to students
OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) - A Roman Catholic ministry has offered a new faith-based housing option to University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh students.
Post-Crescent Media reports (http://post.cr/1lS2Rn8 ) the Newman Student House will open this fall. The off-campus facility is a six-unit coed apartment building about a half-mile from the university.
Residents must follow the house rules, including no drugs, alcohol or overnight guests. They must also agree to a set of expectations laid out in its community policy and follow an honor code.
The house ministry director says the students will also be encouraged to pray, share meals and participate in monthly service projects. He says Newman Student House residents aren't required to follow Catholicism, but they should share in its mission.
Milwaukee ex-cop completes service, avoids jail
MILWAUKEE (AP) - A fired Milwaukee police officer who was convicted of slamming a suspect's head against a wall has completed his community service, meaning he won't serve jail time.
A jury convicted 49-year-old Rodney R. Lloyd in April of misconduct in public office. He faced up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.
A judge fined him $2,000 and stayed a 45-day jail sentence, meaning Lloyd would only serve the time if he failed to pay the fine or complete 250 hours of community service.
Online court records say the court verified Lloyd's community service Tuesday and permanently stayed the jail sentence.
Lloyd arrested a man on a domestic-violence complaint last year. Prosecutors say Lloyd slammed the suspect's head into a concrete wall when the man was being verbally abusive.
Court dismisses case against UW-Stout official
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A state appeals court has rejected a lawsuit filed against the University of Wisconsin-Stout heads groundskeeper by a student who fractured her ankle after slipping on ice.
The 3rd District Court of Appeals on Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit brought by Amber Malean. She sued UW-Stout grounds supervisor Mike Smith, alleging he was negligent in not clearing an ice patch leading to a campus building on Jan. 30, 2012.
But the appeals court says Smith is protected from being sued by a law granting public officials immunity.
Additionally, the appeals court says there was no evidence that Smith knew of the ice patch on which Malean was injured. The court says it would be "manifestly unfair" to require a public official to react to a situation they didn't know about.
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