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Wisconsin roundup: Poll shows GOP primary for U.S. Senate dead even; more state news stories

No candidate has an apparent advantage in the Republican race for the U.S. Senate.

Wednesday's Marquette University Law School poll shows State Sen. Leah Vukmir with 34 percent support and Delafield businessman Kevin Nicholson with 32 percent. The survey has a 7 percent margin of error.

The problem for both Vukmir and Nicholson is lack of name recognition. Thirty-percent of the potential voters contacted said they haven't made up their minds. Nicholson had a 9 point lead over Vukmir in March and a 5 point edge last month. That has the Vukmire camp saying momentum is on her side for the Aug. 14 primary.


Charges: Parolee downed 12 beers, meth before reaching for cop’s Taser

A 27-year-old Black River Falls man faces five criminal charges after a Sunday incident.

Police say Ben Paprocki tried to take an officer's weapon while he was being arrested. Paprocki told the officer he drank a dozen beers and smoked four grams of meth before he was spotted stumbling along a sidewalk. While the suspect's parole officer was being called, he took off running, and he tried to grab the police officer's stun gun while they struggled. The officer eventually used the stun gun to control Paprocki — who returns to Jackson County Circuit Court next Monday.


Wisconsin's’ Johnson wants more direct approach to trade rules

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says China doesn't follow the rules when it comes to trade.

The Wisconsin Republican is accusing that country of stealing industrial intellectual property and military secrets. He says he has a fundamental disagreement with the tariffs pursued by the Trump administration and he thinks America should try to create a united front with its trade allies to put pressure on China. He says widespread tariffs won't help, while damaging industries like agriculture, permanently.


Nor charges for Milwaukee dog walker who killed his attacker

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office has decided not to charge the dog walker who killed his attacker Tuesday morning.

A medical examiner determined it likely wasn't his actions that caused the death of the 28-year-old homeless man. The dead man had a criminal record and pills were found in his pocket. It is expected to take several weeks to get the results of toxicology tests so an official cause of death is established. No names have been released and investigators haven't speculated why the man who was walking his dog was attacked.


Madison meeting on school resource officers gets heated

A public meeting about the future of the resource officer program in Madison schools became heated Wednesday night.

The ad-hoc committee holding the meeting was gathering input on how police officers should be incorporated. One parent said having officers on-site made her feel safer, but that wasn't true for everyone. Another parent said the resource officers make students of color feel unsafe. She said the officers will do what they want to do — adding, "that is to kill black kids and harass black kids."


Marshfield woman charged with stealing from elderly

A 33-year-old Marshfield woman faces felony charges of theft, false representation, drug possession and bail jumping.

Amy L. Leikness is accused of taking money and medication from elderly victims she was supposed to be caring for. Leikness is accused of convincing a woman with dementia to give her more than 12-thousand dollars. At one point, she went to the bank with the woman to get a loan, but bank officers refused her. One elderly man apparently gave her one-thousand dollars when she promised to find a girlfriend for him. An arraignment hearing is set for next week.


Former correctional officer headed to jail for having sex with inmate

A former correctional officer will spend 60 days behind bars for having sex with an inmate.

Kaitlyn Schulz pleaded guilty so a felony charge would be dropped. The inmate at Oakhill Correctional Facility in Oregon says he and Shulz had sex three times in 2016. An investigator says she and the inmate talked about loving each other during cell phone conversations and Shulz gave money to one of the inmate's relatives so it would be passed along. Shulz could have received a prison term of up to 60 years.


Fire victims say they warned landlord about careless smoking

Residents of the Hamilton Gates apartments in Green Bay say they warned the owners about careless smoking.

They say their upstairs neighbors would smoke, then throw their cigarettes off the balcony. Careless smoking is blamed for a fire which displaced 30 residents last week. The damage was estimated to be about $500,000. The displaced residents were allowed to return for the first time Wednesday, though moving back isn't an option for most of them.