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Wisconsin roundup: DNR sets aside chronic wasting disease rule for deer season; more state news stories

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is setting aside a rule for harvested deer just three weeks before the bow hunting season starts.

The rule would have forced hunters to leave any deer they killed in the county where it was killed unless it was taken to a licensed processor or taxidermist. The DNR is collecting deer heads again this year as it continues to deal with chronic wasting disease. The state still wants hunters to voluntarily submit a sample from harvested deer for testing.


Felon found with more than 2 dozen guns sentenced to 70 years

A convicted felon from Reeseville is going to prison for more than 70 years after 25 guns and several other weapons were found in his home.

Fifty-eight-year-old Kirk Lupton was found guilty of weapons charges in Dodge County Circuit Court Wednesday. Prosecutors say Lupton got some of the guns by using another person's name to buy them at gun shows. He has been convicted of firearms charges in both state and federal cases in the past. Prosecutors call him a career criminal.


Trempealeau County DA ousted 2 years into 4-year term

The effort to recall the Trempealeau County district attorney has succeeded on an overwhelming vote.

DA Taavi McMahon was defeated by a former assistant in the office in Tuesday's special election. John Sacia beat his former boss by a 5-to-1 margin.  Supporters of the recall had accused McMahon of failing to effectively prosecute cases. Sacia will face Republican candidate Rick Niemeyer in the general election next month.


Marathon County jail death investigated

The results of a Wednesday autopsy will be used to determine the official cause of death for an inmate at the Marathon County Jail.

The 56-year-old woman was found passed out in her cell Tuesday afternoon while corrections officers were doing bed checks. An effort to perform CPR failed to revive the woman. She had recently been booked into custody on suspicion of her fifth OWI. Her name hasn't been released.


Man ID’d after being rescued from Grant County sinkhole

Deputies with the Grant County Sheriff's Office say a 36-year-old man was trapped in a sinkhole for about 30 minutes Tuesday.

A neighbor heard Brandon Post screaming for help in Montfort. The ground had given way in front of his garage, creating a hole estimated to be 25 feet deep. Deputies say a neighbor came to the scene placed a step ladder into the hole, however the hole was unstable and 25 feet deep, so the neighbor backed up his truck up to the hole, put a log chain on the frame of a truck and threw the other end of the chain into the hole so the man could grab it and stabilize himself. Rescue crews were called to the scene. A strap was lowered to the man and a rope attached to it. Together all the first responders on scene were able to pull the man to safety. He was evaluated at the scene and didn't require medical treatment.


Drunken suspect jumps in river, throws clothes at police

Madison police report a 36-year-old man who was tossed out of a bar jumped in the Yahara River and started throwing his clothes at officers.

William Odenweller is accused of attacking customers at Mickey's Tavern Tuesday night. Witnesses say he exposed himself to a female bartender when he was outside, then tried to enter again. Officers say Odenweller swam four city blocks, throwing his shoes, pants, and underwear at the officers trying to help him. He was taken to the Dane County Jail.


High school principal on leave while charged with child neglect

A Waukesha educator is on administrative leave after being charged with causing serious injuries to his infant daughter.

The incident happened last Christmas Eve. Waukesha South High School principal Ryan Galante is charged with child neglect and he has a court appearance scheduled for Oct. 22. Prosecutors say Galante was so drunk he couldn't write a legible written statement for Waukesha County Sheriff's Department investigators. The 5-week-old girl suffered a fractured leg, possibly caused by twisting.


3 girls arrested for school fight in Madison

Three Madison teenagers are facing charges for a school fight. Officers and staff had to break up the fight at West High School that occurred at around 8:30 a.m. Monday.

A school official was punched in the face during the incident, leading to one girls being cited for suspicion of battery. The girls, ages 15, 16, and 17 were arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct.