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Convicted killer's lawyer: Defendant did 'something evil and he knows it'

The man convicted of shooting and killing a 24-year-old outside the grocery store where they had been co-workers was sentenced in Dane County court Friday afternoon to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Christopher T. O'Kroley, 26, pleaded guilty in July to first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless endangerment in the death of 24-year-old Caroline Nosal on Feb. 2. On Friday in court, Judge William Hanrahan sentenced O'Kroley to life in prison. He'll be eligible for parole in 2056. O'Kroley was also sentenced to 10 years in prison for firing on Officer Michele Walker after shooting Nosal. During the sentencing hearing, Nosal's parents and sister spoke in court about Caroline and how their lives have been affected by her death. Caroline's father, Jim, said he didn't see any justice fit for the horrific crime. In their statements, Jim and Jane, Caroline's mother, both asked the judge to protect society from O'Kroley. There were no speakers on behalf of the defense, and O'Kroley declined to speak, though through his attorney, he extended an invitation to the Nosals to talk. The defense also said O'Kroley had a bad upbringing. "He has done something evil and he knows it," O'Kroley's lawyer said in court. Nosal was shot in the Metro Market lot on Cottage Grove Road. Court documents said O'Kroley had recently been fired from the store and blamed Nosal for filing a harassment complaint against him. An autopsy found that Nosal died from two gunshot wounds, one to the head and one to the abdomen. Refresh for details from court as we update the story.

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:40:27 GMT

Police seek Madison man in connection with shooting

Police are looking for a 27-year-old Madison man who's a suspect in an attempted homicide. Police said Friday that they're looking for the man in connection to the shooting of a man in the head Wednesday in the 2700 block of McDivitt Road. Officers recovered more than two dozen shell casings at the scene. Police said the shooter is at large, but did not identify him. Detectives said there was a personal conflict between the men and that the shooting is not tied to gang or drug activity. Neither of the men lived in the neighborhood, according to police. Witnesses reported multiple shots were fired in the area. At least two bullets struck a nearby apartment building, but no injuries were reported inside. Madison police Chief Mike Koval said the man who was shot suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital. Detectives said two men were arrested on unrelated charges, and they are trying to determine what role, if any, they might have played in the shooting. Leopold Elementary School, at 2602 Post Road, which is less than a mile from the scene, was locked down Wednesday morning as a precaution, police said. Koval said the shooting was targeted. “This was not, by any means, random,” Koval said. “There appears to be some sort of preexisting relationship or knowledge of one another. It was exceeding targeted and obviously excessive on the number of rounds that we are recovering at the scene.”

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:13:15 GMT

Former Miss Wisconsin: Trump helped my family

A former Miss Wisconsin and Donald Trump supporter sought to counter charges of racism and sexism against the GOP presidential candidate on Friday, saying he had come to the aid of her family in "its darkest hour." Speaking on CNN's Newsroom, Melissa Young, who was crowned Miss Wisconsin 11 years ago, described a dramatic moment involving Trump, before he was a presidential candidate. Young was told she was gravely ill with a blood clot, and while in the hospital, she received an envelope from the businessman. "Handwritten by Mr. Trump, it said 'must be delivered by 8 a.m.," she told CNN's Carol Costello. "I opened it and there was a message from him saying, 'To the bravest woman I know.'" "It lifted my spirits," she said. "He continued to do that, to reach out to check on me, to check on my son to see how he was doing." Her compassionate characterization of the businessman stands in contrast to the widely-publicized feud between former Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado, whose weight gain has been the target of negative comments by Trump. She's also accused him of calling her racially-charged names. Trump deepened the rift in a series of early morning tweets Friday, saying the former contestant had "duped" Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign into providing her citizenship, and accusing her of appearing in "sex tape" based on a tawdry scene in which she appeared in a Spanish reality television show. He provided no proof for either claim. Clinton mentioned Machado during Monday Night's debate. Young on Friday said he behaved like a "gentleman." She said through his foundation, Trump will provide a full-ride college scholarship for her seven-year-old son, who is Mexican-American. "He has treated us with nothing but generous and the utmost respect and dignity," she said. "He has been a wonderful support system for me and my son."

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:15:33 GMT

2 American sisters found dead at Seychelles resort

Two American sisters were found dead without any signs of injuries while vacationing in Seychelles this month, local authorities said. Resort management discovered Robin Korkki, 42, and her sister, Annie Korkki, 37, "unresponsive" in their villa on September 22, according to Seychelles police spokesman Jean Toussaint. "Preliminary examination done by the police on their bodies did not show any signs of violence," Toussaint said. Seychelles authorities are in contact with the US Embassy there, he said. He declined to provide further information, citing privacy and ongoing investigations. Calls to the US Embassy in Seychelles went unanswered. 'This isn't happening' Thousands of miles away in the United States, worried relatives are seeking answers. In Minneapolis, their brother told a local paper that the family is getting no information on the case. Some family members have traveled to Seychelles to gather details and bring the sisters' bodies home. "At this point, the only details we know are the articles flying around online," Chris Korkki told the Star Tribune this week. "Two things keep going through my mind: This isn't happening, and we just want answers." He said his sisters were healthy and adventurous, and loved to "experience life to the fullest." While both sisters were Minnesota natives, Robin Korkki was a resident of Chicago while her younger sister lived in Denver. Popular destination Seychelles, off Africa's east coast, is a popular tourist destination because of its pristine beaches, warm water and coral reefs. The sisters were staying in Mahe, one of 115 islands in the nation. They arrived in Seychelles on September 15, and were due to leave on September 24, two days after they were found dead, Toussaint said.

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:45:14 GMT

'Hero' principal remembered 10 years after school-shooting death

Students, colleagues and family members gathered at a ceremony Thursday to remember beloved Weston High School Principal John Klang on the 10-year anniversary of his death in a school shooting. Klang, 49, was hailed as a "hero" for disarming 15-year-old Eric Hainstock, a Weston High School freshman, intent on harming staff. On the morning of Sept. 29, 2006, Hainstock brought a handgun and a shotgun to the Weston campus, located near Cazenovia. After a custodian wrestled the shotgun away from Hainstock, Klang confronted the teenager and took the handgun away from him, but not before Hainstock shot Klang several times. Klang later died at UW Hospital. Hainstock told detectives he was upset that he had been teased at school and felt that staff hadn't done enough about it. A permanent memorial to Klang stands on the Weston campus. It was the site of Thursday's ceremony, where former colleagues of Klang shared their memories of the popular principal. "John Klang was a man of integrity; a caring and humble man, a man who was destined to make Weston a better place," Emily Miller, current principal and superintendent of the Weston School District, said. "He was not only admired and respected by students and staff, but by many members of the Weston community as well." Colleagues remembered Klang as a man who touched those he came into contact with. "He will live on in the hearts and minds of the people he touched, with his spirit shining in eternity. The world is diminished because he is gone, but it is still a better place because he was here." After the ceremony, Bernal Granger, a longtime area teacher and current Weston substitute teacher, remembered Klang as a "special" person. "He went all the way for everybody," Granger said. "I was blessed to have known him." Klang's memorial includes five pillars that say humble, courage, integrity, dedicated and compassionate. Granger said Klang's life exemplified these values, and today's ceremony proved how much the community valued him. "It speaks highly of those words that are on those pillars," Granger said. "Because that's the kind of person he was. There was not a better individual." Klang was on track to become superintendent of the small district. Those in attendance said if Klang hadn't lost his life, he'd likely still be serving Weston's students today. "He passed far before his time," Granger said. "He would have done so many more good things for people." Hainstock was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in 2007 and was sentenced to life in prison. He will be eligible for parole in 2037. Following Klang's death, his wife, Sue, got involved with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to expand anti-bullying curriculum to schools statewide.

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:45:56 GMT

Ryder Cup heckler makes putt that befuddles pros

An American heckler upstaged pro golfers during a practice round at the Ryder Cup in Minnesota Thursday. Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson were having trouble making a 12-foot practice putt. They missed six times each, USA Today reported. Fan David Johnson, of North Dakota, yelled out that even he could make that putt, USA Today said. Stenson brought him onto the green and gave him a putter. Another golfer, Justin Rose, put $100 on Johnson's shot. Johnson nailed the shot and pumped his fists in the air. McIlroy's caddy recorded the video and the golfer tweeted it and posted it to his Facebook page. Ryder Cup heckler putts https://twitter.com/McIlroyRory/status/781535441233162241

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:11:06 GMT

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PD: Buildings in east Madison area locked down as police search for suspects

Madison police said buildings in an east Madison area were locked down Friday afternoon as officers search for shooting suspects in connection with a shooting earlier in the week. Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said police were in the area of American Parkway at about 3:30 p.m. Officers were searching for possible suspects connected to a shooting on the 2700 block McDivitt Road Wednesday, DeSpain said. A 25-year-old man was found in the road with a gunshot to the head. His injuries are life-threatening and he's being treated at a hospital, police said. News 3 has a crew headed to the area. Refresh for updates.

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:57:01 GMT

Witness to Milwaukee police shooting confirms friend had gun

A witness to a fatal police shooting that led to riots in Milwaukee says his friend was carrying a gun the day he was killed. Demario Pritchard told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he and Sylville Smith had stopped by a friend's house "for a little weed" the afternoon Smith died last month but said they weren't otherwise breaking the law. The 23-year-old Smith, who was black, was shot and killed by a black officer after what police say was a brief foot chase that followed a traffic stop. They say Smith refused an order to drop the gun. Chief Edward Flynn last month said body camera video clearly shows Smith was holding a handgun. Pritchard confirmed that Smith had a gun, saying he carried it for protection.

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:41:08 GMT

Montee Ball reports to jail to serve sentence

Former Badgers running back Montee Ball reported to the Dane County Jail Friday to serve a sentence in a domestic abuse case. Ball, 25, pleaded guilty in Dane County court to disorderly conduct and battery and was ordered to serve two consecutive 30-day jail sentences plus 18 months of probation. In February, Ball was accused of hitting his girlfriend at a Madison hotel. In a separate incident in March, a different woman claimed Ball threw a phone at her and grabbed her by the neck. Ball will get work-release privileges during his jail sentence. Ball got four days credit for time served in jail. Ball holds touchdown records at Wisconsin. He was drafted by Denver in 2013 and was cut after two seasons.

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:28:58 GMT

Janesville man had child pornography, police say

A Janesville man is accused of uploading and downloading child pornography from the internet, according to a release from Janesville police. Officers said Larry D. Johnson, 44, was arrested after police searched his home Thursday in the 300 block of North Washington Street. Police said they found numerous images and videos of child pornography during the search. Johnson was arrested on suspicion of 10 counts of possession of child pornography.

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:56:20 GMT

Judge orders state to investigate ID protocol

A federal judge has ordered the state to investigate whether transportation officials have been denying people temporary photo identification to vote. U.S. District Judge James Peterson issued the order Friday. Peterson in July ordered the state to quickly issue credentials valid for voting to anyone trying to obtain a free photo ID for voting but lack the underlying documents such as birth certificates. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Nation reported Thursday that state transportation officials refused to issue a temporary ID to a man because he lacked a birth certificate. Peterson's order Friday requires the state to investigate the allegations and report back to him by Oct. 7.

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:19:45 GMT

Madison grandmother scammed out of $6,000

A Madison grandmother was scammed out of $6,000 by someone claiming to be her grandson calling because he was involved in a crash. The 82-year-old woman told police she got a call Wednesday from a man claiming he was her grandson and that he was drunk when he was involved in a crash that injured another motorist. He told her the reason he sounded a bit nasally was because his nose had been broken in the collision. The man asked her for bail money and told her he didn’t want anyone else to know about the situation. She was asked to call his lawyer named Paul David at 888-683-7893. The woman called the supposed lawyer, who asked her to buy more than 30 gift cards at various locations around Madison. She provided the man with the numbers on the back of the cards. A credit card company denied her attempt to make a further purchase after an employee suspected fraud. The woman then contacted her son and discovered that the calls were a scam. The woman told police that she knew better and that she had read reports about scams like this.

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:47:16 GMT

Toddler attacked by Great Dane

A two-year-old required stitches after being attacked by a neighbor's dog. According to the report the toddler from Westby wandered into the neighbor's yard where the 150 pound Great Dane was tied up. The dog allegedly grabbed the little girl by the upper thigh and dragged her through the neighbor's gravel driveway. When the mom tried to shield the daughter from the dog the dog clenched onto the top of her head leaving marks. Neighbors from down the street heard the screaming and came to help and began to punch the dog to stop it from attacking. The daughter was transported by ambulance and required three stitches on her thigh and two stitches on the inside of her upper arm.

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:16:26 GMT

O'Kroley sentencing marks end of horrific chapter for victim's family

A local family's journey for justice comes to an end tomorrow, when the man who shot and killed their daughter is sentenced. Jane and Jim Nosal have waited months to learn the fate of Christopher O’Kroley, the man who killed their daughter Caroline. The two were former co-workers at the Metro Market Grocery store on Madison’s far east side. Nosal was shot as she walked to her car after a shift on Feb. 2. O'Kroley blamed Nosal for getting him fired. She complained to management that he was harassing another employee. It marked the first homicide of 2016 for the city of Madison, but it was the loss of a daughter for the Nosals. "This is the worst thing I think anyone can go through,” Jim Nosal said. “She was shot first in the abdomen, and then the murderer came up, put the gun to her temple and he blew her brains out." O’Kroley took the life of their youngest daughter, a tragedy that's controlled much of their lives since. “After something like this, you're still alive, many times you wished you weren't, but you're still alive, so you have to go on living,” Jim said. The Nosals hope that going on will become a little easier after Friday. “Tomorrow will end us having to be concerned that we are intimately involved in what’s going to happen to him,” Jim said. O'Kroley, who pleaded guilty to homicide charges, will be sentenced Friday. He will spend at least 20 years in prison, marking the end of what the Nosals call the most horrific chapter of their lives. They believe it will give them more time to honor what really matters, the memory of their daughter. “It's just that she won't make more memories, we will make memories for her,” Jim said. One of the ways the Nosals want to carry on Caroline’s legacy is by reinstating the 48-hour waiting period to purchase a firearm. They believe if that rule was in effect, their daughter might still be alive. While Democrats have tried to reintroduce that law, it's gained little traction in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:30:39 GMT

Homicide investigated in Green Bay

Green Bay police are investigating a homicide on the city's east side. A man was found with gunshot wounds at an apartment complex Thursday about 10 p.m. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Authorities haven't identified the victim. The shooter is still at large.

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:28:28 GMT

Packers plan winter tubing hill, skating rink for Titletown

The Green Bay Packers have doubled down on their image of playing on the frozen tundra, unveiling more details for its Titletown District that include a winter tubing hill and a skating rink at its heart. The team announced Thursday the district will also include a football-themed playground and full-sized football field with an artificial surface. Packers vice president Ed Policy says it's an open invitation for visitors and the community to come out and play at Titletown year-round, not just on game days. The Titletown District is a 35-acre development just west of Lambeau Field. Anchors include Lodge Kohler hotel and Hinterland Brewery, which are expected to open by the start of the 2017 season. Ten acres in the middle of the district will be a park and plaza.

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:48:39 GMT

Walker explains decisions during first Facebook Live chat

Gov. Scott Walker is explaining policy decisions ranging from refusing to expand Medicaid in Wisconsin to freezing college tuition in his first Facebook Live chat. Walker began his Friday morning by answering pre-selected questions from Facebook users, using them to segue into explaining moves he's made since he took office in 2011. He said he refused to expand Medicaid because he doesn't trust the federal government will maintain its reimbursement rates and froze University of Wisconsin System tuition because it had risen astronomically over the decade before the freeze. He said system colleges remain among the best institutions in the country. He also defended his decision not to raise taxes or fees to fill the state's road-funding shortfall. Nearly 12,000 thousand people had viewed the archived recording by early afternoon. The chat page can be found here .

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:18:58 GMT

Girls seriously injured when dogs attack

Two girls are recovering after they were attacked by two dogs in a Milwaukee suburb. Authorities say the two 14-year-old girls were mauled by two pit bulls in Brown Deer late Thursday afternoon. WISN-TV reports the dogs lived with one of the girls. An officer responding to the attack shot the dogs. One died at the scene. The other was turned over to animal control officers to be euthanized. The girls were taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but are expected to be OK.

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:21:41 GMT

Author of Oscar Mayer Wiener jingle dies

VIDEO The man who wrote the Oscar Mayer Wiener song has died, according to a report from the New York Times. Richard D. Trentlage died on Sept. 21 in Libertyville, Illinois. Among the songs he wrote during his career in advertising was this jingle: “Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener/That is what I’d truly like to be/’Cause if I were an Oscar Mayer wiener/Everyone would be in love with me.”

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:07:27 GMT