A redbone coonhound used for bear hunting, 2010 photo.

State pays scofflaws over hound deaths

Wisconsin, the only state with a program that compensates the owners of dogs killed by wolves while hunting other animals, has paid tens of thousands of dollars during the past decade to individuals who have violated state hunting or firearms laws. Continue Reading

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When lies lead to wrongful convictions

Sam Hadaway stands on a Milwaukee overpass near where the body of Jessica Payne, 16, was discovered in 1995. Hadaway says he was pressured by police to plead to a lesser crime and falsely implicate Chaunte Ott in the teenager’s murder. Ott was later exonerated by DNA evidence. Hadaway is now filing a motion to undo his felony conviction.

“This case was essentially a case where it appeared to be going nowhere and the detectives in this case built this case out of absolutely nothing,” Mark Williams, a Milwaukee County assistant district attorney, said at trial. “They deserve the credit of the community for the job that they did.” Continue Reading