- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015
Same-sex couple wants both names on birth certificate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A same-sex couple who sued for the right to marry in Wisconsin wants a federal judge to mandate that both gay parents’ names appear on their children’s birth certificates.

Karina Willes and Kami Young were among a group of same-sex couples who convinced U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to legalize gay marriage last year. They filed a motion with Crabb on Monday asking her to order records officials to place both gay parents’ names on their children’s birth certificates.

They say they’ve tried unsuccessfully to persuade the state’s Vital Records Office to amend their daughter’s birth certificate to include both their names and Crabb needs to clarify that the presumption of parenthood applies to both heterosexual and homosexual married couples.

A state Justice Department spokeswoman had no immediate comment.


Governor declares wildfire emergency

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency to deal with elevated wildfire conditions.

Walker issued the declaration Monday. It calls on all state agencies to assist in potential wildlife response and recovery efforts.

It also authorizes the Wisconsin National Guard’s adjutant general to call units to active duty as needed to help emergency management officials and the state Department of Natural Resources fight wildfires.

According to the DNR’s website Monday fire danger was considered low in every Wisconsin county.

Walker’s office said in a news release announcing the declaration, however, that much of the state has experienced abnormally dry weather that’s expected to continue through May. The declaration itself said the DNR has asked the National Guard for help pre-positioning fire equipment.


Man in custody in 4-year-old boy’s death

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) - Authorities say a 4-year-old boy has died after being seriously injured at a home in rural Sheboygan County last Friday.

The Sheboygan County sheriff’s office said Monday a man has been taken into custody on suspicious of reckless homicide in connection with the boy’s death.

The sheriff’s office got a 911 call Friday that the child had been injured in a home-related accident in the Town of Mitchell.

The boy was flown to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee. The sheriff’s office says investigators later learned that the boy had died.

Detectives also learned that the child’s injuries may have been inflicted intentionally.

No charges have been filed. The child’s name has not been released.


Police: Teen who crashed stolen car in Milwaukee has died

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Authorities say a 15-year-old boy has died after crashing a stolen car during a police chase in Milwaukee last week.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s office says Marco Hilson of Milwaukee died late Saturday at Children’s Hospital.

The Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1QbpS6fhttps://bit.ly/1QbpS6f ) reports the car Hilson was driving had been taken at gunpoint just after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. With help from the car’s OnStar service, police were able to locate the car.

Police say when the teen saw police, he fled, ran a red light and caused a five-vehicle crash.

Two women and a man, who were in the other vehicles, were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn has said the police pursuit was within department policy because officers knew the car was taken during an armed confrontation.


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