- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015
Police seek suspect in shooting of officer in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The hunt continued Friday afternoon for the person who shot and wounded a suburban Milwaukee police officer, but authorities said they have identified a suspect in the case and they know who they are looking for.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn did not release the man’s name, but warned that he is armed and dangerous.

Three Wauwatosa police officers were investigating a burglary in that city Friday morning when they confronted a man in a car in a Milwaukee apartment parking lot.

The suspect opened fire on the officers and at least one officer fired back. A 52-year-old plain-clothed detective, who has 25 years of service, was hit once. The suspect ran away, and Flynn said there’s no indication that the suspect was hurt.

Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber said the detective was in serious but stable condition after undergoing surgery.

Officers spent hours searching Milwaukee’s northwest side on Friday. Streets were closed, authorities checked trunks of passing cars, and a helicopter circled overhead. At least six residents of nearby apartment buildings waited at a gas station for hours. Officers escorted a few of the residents to their apartments on foot to retrieve medical supplies but they were not allowed to stay.

Authorities finished searching the area by mid-afternoon.

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Walker’s jobs agency gave out $124 million without review

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - More than two dozen awards worth more than $124 million were made to companies without a formal staff review by the underwriting department of Gov. Scott Walker’s economic development agency, it reported Friday.

Documents detailing the awards were made public late Friday afternoon in advance of a Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation board meeting on July 20 to discuss one troubled unsecured loan that went to a failing company owned by a Walker donor.

The Republican Walker, who is expected to formally launch a presidential campaign in mid-July, has been hounded by troubles with the quasi-private jobs agency he created shortly after taking office in 2011.

An internal review released Friday showed that WEDC gave out 26 award contracts to 23 companies between July 2011 and June 2013 without staff review, which WEDC said was not required at the time. Those were discovered during a review of 371 awards WEDC made in its first two years of operation.

Walker’s spokeswoman had no immediate comment on the report.

Some of the companies on the list are owned or affiliated with donors to Walker’s political campaigns.

Kenneth C. Stock, the chief executive of KCS International, a luxury boat builder in Oconto, donated $8,500 to Walker. Members of the Sonnentag family, which owns County Materials, have donated at least $36,000 to Walker. Laona-based WD Parket LLC, is a fifth-generation company run by the Connor family, longtime Republican donors.

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Appleton resident isolated with tuberculosis

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) - An Appleton resident has been diagnosed with tuberculosis and is being treated in isolation.

The city’s health department made the announcement Friday.

Health Director Kurt Eggebrecht says officials are looking into who the infected person had contact with over the past several months. The investigation will determine who’s at risk of exposure and those people will be screened.

WLUK-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1evuB4k) the sick person works at Winnebago Mental Health Institute, and information has been sent to staff there. The person also received treatment at Affinity Health System, so some workers there will be screened as necessary.

The Centers for Disease Control says tuberculosis is a bacterial infection that usually infects the lungs. If can be fatal if not treated properly. It’s spread through the air but not easily transmitted.

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Information from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.comhttp://www.fox11online.com

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Meeting set to approve Wisconsin trooper contract

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A meeting has been set by legislative leaders to vote on approving a new contract for members of the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Details of the deal were not included in the meeting notice released on Friday. A spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos had no comment, saying they were still getting information about the deal to review.

Messages left with the head of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Gov. Scott Walker were not immediately returned.

Legislative leaders in March rejected a contract negotiated between the troopers and Walker’s administration that would have raised troopers’ salary by 17 percent on average, saying that was too high.

Trooper pay has not increased since June 2009.

The vote on the new proposal is set for Tuesday.

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