May 2017 Archives

Heads up and hands free: What to know about navigating work zones

The American Automobile Association, more commonly known as AAA, is projecting that the upcoming Memorial Day weekend will see roughly 34.6 million people drive 50 miles or more, marking the highest number of holiday drivers since 2005. Here in Wisconsin, the group is estimating that close to 694,000 people -- or 90 percent of all travelers -- will be going by car, truck or SUV.

Police searches and dog sniffs in drug crime investigations

Members of law enforcement have relied on the superior sense of smell that dogs possess to look for evidence of a potential crime. Dogs are frequently seen sitting along the line of people waiting to get checked in at major airports. The animals are likely trained to detect odors related to various forms of contraband, such as drugs, gun powder or other bomb-making materials. Outside of the airport, the rules for when a dog may be used to search for evidence vary greatly.

Report: Wisconsin prison population headed for a new record

The nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, a group dedicated to "promot[ing] citizen education through solid, nonpartisan research," released a fascinating and rather disconcerting report last week on the prison population here in the Dairy State.

Police: Man calls 911 to help recover stolen heroin

News reports and especially social media seem to love to report stories involving strange antics related to alleged criminal activity. The idea of a bank robber leaving his or her wallet with a driver’s license or other form of ID inside with a teller is the kind of story that may earn a “dumbest criminal of the week” headline.

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