EAST TROY, Wis. (AP) – Organizers of an annual festival to help struggling farmers say it was fitting to hold Farm Aid 2019 in Wisconsin farm country. The Journal Sentinel reports that it’s the second time the event has been held in Wisconsin in its 34-year history. The last time was Farm Aid’s 25th anniversary show, which was held at Miller Park in Milwaukee. About 30,000 people were expected Saturday at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, located among fields of corn, soybeans and other crops in southeastern Wisconsin.
MILWAUKEE (AP) – The longtime treasurer of a Milwaukee investment club convicted of bilking her friends out of more than $80,000 has been sentenced to nine months in federal prison. The Journal Sentinel reports that 63-year-old Wendy Yanow allegedly stole $50 monthly investments from Women of Wealth club members for 16 years, after cleaning out the existing portfolio in 2002. Yanow has already paid back about $81,000 in restitution, which would have grown to more than $400,000 if she had invested it.
PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin man accused of killing a woman’s puppy with a hammer has been sentenced to nine months in jail. Brandon Shearer, of Portage, learned his sentence on Friday. He pleaded no contest in May to the mistreatment of an animal causing death, disorderly conduct and contacting a victim after a domestic abuse arrest. Prosecutors allege that Shearer killed the 6-month-old dog with a roofing hammer because he was upset it had urinated and defecated in the woman’s house.
MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a man who was operating a boat in the Town of Tainter was found dead in the water near the Lake Tainter Channel. The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office says they received a report of a missing person about 11:30 p.m. Friday. When deputies arrived on scene, they found the boat partially tied up to the dock with its lights still on and the motor running. The man’s body was found in the water near the board. Foul play is not suspected at this time.