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Wisconsin roundup: Wisconsin’s senators split on Kavanaugh; bear attack in Douglas County; more state news stories

U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, and Ron Johnson, a Republican, are split over support for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. File photos

Wisconsin's two U.S. senators are following the party line, splitting their vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

After reading the FBI report Thursday, Republican Ron Johnson says he's "gotta go with the facts" and support Kavanaugh. Johnson says the FBI has presented no evidence to back-up claims of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford. Democrat Tammy Baldwin says the White House and Senate Republicans "stood in the way of a full investigation." She calls allegations against Kavanaugh "credible," saying she still isn't convinced he would serve as a fair, impartial and independent justice.


Black bear attacks bear hunter

A northwestern Wisconsin bear hunter says he wasn't worried at first, then realized he might be in trouble.

Tye Carlson was attacked by a 357-pound bear last weekend near Wascott in Douglas County. Carlson says he has hunted black bears for more than 40 years, but never felt threatened. He survived but had to have hundreds of stitches. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will test the bear's head for rabies, but that isn't expected to be the case. Carlson says he doesn't blame the bear for trying to survive the incident.


Wis. flood damage tops $37M

Wisconsin storm damage assessments from FEMA exceed $37 million, leading Gov. Scott Walker to request a federal disaster declaration.

The Thursday request is for both public assistance and individual assistance from the federal government. Teams from FEMA were in the areas impacted by the August and September severe storms last week. The review determined 370 private homes were destroyed or suffered major damage.


Wisconsin Dells police chief handed 2-week suspension

The Wisconsin Dells Common Council has decided a letter written by the city's police chief was inappropriate and justifies a suspension.

Chief Jody Ward wrote the letter on behalf of bar owner James S. Connors who faced sentencing for his sixth OWI offense. Ward agreed to the suspension without pay starting Oct. 11. Connors was given a withheld sentence Sept. 18, with six months conditional jail time, and his driver's license was suspended for three years.


Man given 50-year sentence for producing child porn

A federal judge called a Marshfield man a serial child abuser while giving him a 50-year prison term Thursday for producing child porn.

Forty-eight-year-old Mark E. Bartz produced the pornography using an infant and a toddler last year, then posted it online. Federal prosecutors say he engaged in sexually explicit conduct with minor victims over a period of several decades. He was also accused of administrating online chat groups dedicated to trading child porn.


Foxconn construction site busy 100 days after groundbreaking

Work on the Foxconn Technology construction site is said to be right on schedule 100 days after the groundbreaking ceremony.

There are 400 workers on the site in southeastern Wisconsin every day. Organizers of the massive Racine County project report crews have moved about 3.5 million yards of dirt and installed five miles of stormwater piping at the site. Workers will be installing water and sewer systems during the winter months.


Foxconn debuts plans for smart city center in Racine

Foxconn's new hub in downtown Racine won't just be an office building, the company says it will be the center of a smart city.

Foxconn and Racine leaders yesterday unveiled their plans for a 46,000-square-foot innovation center. Racine Mayor Cory Mason says the idea for the center is to focus on more than just LCD screens. He hopes Racine will become a place where Foxconn can develop new technologies to help locals first, then the rest of the world.


Convicted drug courier given 10-year federal sentence

While an Eau Claire County Circuit Court judge was sentencing a drug courier to prison, he also criticized him for bringing his minor children along.

Christopher Anstice of Mazomanie will spend 10 years in federal prison for driving to Colorado, picking up a shipment of meth and bringing it back to Eau Claire. He was sentenced Tuesday. Federal prosecutors say Anstice, his son Tyler Stratton-Anstice and Sara Sullivan picked up 3 pounds of the drug in Colorado Springs last December.