MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A state task force aimed at streamlining foster care in Wisconsin says the system is headed in the right direction, but there's more work to be done. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Speaker's Task Force On Foster Care issued its final report Thursday. The report says the state should provide children more education and career training. It also recommends a focus on drug abuse.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin man will voluntarily return to Arizona to be re-tried on allegations he killed his son in 2004. Authorities say 51-year-old Jeffrey Martinson, of La Crosse, agreed Friday to waive extradition. He will be transported to Maricopa County in Arizona. Martinson is accused of giving his 5-year-old son a lethal dose of prescription drugs, after which Martinson tried to kill himself. Defense attorneys have argued that Martinson's son may have taken the drugs himself.
GLENDALE, Wis. (AP) - A Glendale police officer was hurt after being struck by a vehicle during a high-speed chase. Authorities say the officer was assisting Whitefish Bay police in the pursuit of a stolen vehicle at 2:40 a.m. Saturday. The officer was putting a tire deflation device in place when the suspect vehicle crossed the intersection at a high rate of speed, drove across several lanes of traffic and struck the officer. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee police say a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed inside a vehicle. Police say the shooting happened at about 6 p.m. Friday in the 1300 block of North 28th Street. The boy died at the scene. Authorities are seeking a suspect and a motive. No further information was immediately available.
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