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Woman’s death in Milwaukee may be cold-related

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office says an 87-year-old Milwaukee woman may have died because of the extreme cold.

The woman was found down in her backyard after apparently returning from a store. She was pronounced dead at the scene at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The medical examiner’s office says the woman had a body temperature of 37 degrees. An autopsy will be performed Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says the mid-afternoon temperature in Milwaukee was 1 above zero with a wind chill of 20 below.

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Stradivarius stolen from Milwaukee concertmaster

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A 300-year-old “priceless” Stradivarius violin was stolen from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster during an armed robbery after a performance at a local Lutheran college, police said Tuesday.

The rare violin was on loan to concertmaster Frank Almond. The robber used a stun gun on Almond and took the instrument from him shortly before 10:30 p.m. Monday in a parking lot in the rear of Wisconsin Lutheran College, where Almond had just preformed, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said.

Flynn said the violin was valued in the “high seven figures,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1dLTjF0http://bit.ly/1dLTjF0 ) reported. Investigators believe the instrument, known in musical circles as the “Lipinski” Stradivarius, was the primary target, the chief said.

“The artistic heritage of Milwaukee was assaulted and robbed last night,” Flynn told reporters.

As Almond lay on the pavement, the robber fled to a nearby vehicle, described as a maroon or burgundy minivan driven by an accomplice, which then left the scene, Flynn said.

In a 2008 Journal Sentinel story, Chicago violin dealer Stefan Hersh said the violin’s value could be comparable to another Stradivarius that sold for more than $3.5 million in 2006.

The instrument, crafted in 1715, was on indefinite loan to Almond from its anonymous owners. Almond has characterized the owners as people with “strong ties to Milwaukee.”

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