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  • Associated Press
  • May 1, 2014 - 3:23 AM

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn says an officer who shot and killed a man in a downtown park went to the park to help the man.

Flynn says the officer responded to a call and found the man on the ground in the park across from City Hall. He says the officer helped the man up and had begun to check him for weapons when a struggle ensued.

Flynn says the officer struck the suspect with his baton, but then the suspect grabbed the baton and hit the officer in the head. The officer then fired several shots, killing the man.

Flynn says the officer is a 38-year-old with 13 years on the force. He says the suspect has not yet been identified.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker did not disclose Wednesday how much he was paid to write a book he released last fall, providing only the bare minimum required on a statement of economic interest form he filed with state regulators.

The form showed Walker received payment of more than $1,000 from his publisher for "Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge," which was released in November. Walker co-wrote the book with Marc Thiessen, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

Walker's book further fueled speculation that the first-term Republican governor is positioning himself for a 2016 presidential run. Walker faces re-election in November; he'll be challenged by likely Democratic nominee Mary Burke, a former state commerce secretary and Trek Bicycle Corp. executive. Burke is required to file her statement of economic interest by June 5.

Walker has declined to say how much he was paid for the book, which detailed his high-profile 2011 fight with public unions and the subsequent recall election. Penguin Group imprint Sentinel, the book's publisher, has also declined to say how much Walker was paid.

As of Sunday, the book had sold 18,000 copies in six months, according to Nielsen. Its numbers account for about 85 percent of the print book market. Nielsen does not track any e-book sales.

Walker's non-disclosure drew criticism Wednesday from his political foes, who have also called on Walker to disclose who donated to his legal defense fund that was first established to deal with a criminal investigation into his former aides and associates.

"This report shows Gov. Walker continues to keep secret from the people of Wisconsin both the details of how much he personally enriched himself for his lucrative pre-presidential campaign book deal, as well as who financed his criminal defense fund," said Scot Ross, director of the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now. "Given the corruption, cronyism and incompetence surrounding his administration, the people deserve much more information than what Gov. Walker has shielded from public scrutiny."

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser is still paying off debts associated with the 2011 election that nearly cost him his seat on the bench and cost his supporters around $700,000.

Prosser defeated challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg in a race that included public financing and millions in spending from outside groups. An anomaly in Prosser's narrow victory led to the first statewide recount in more than two decades. The results confirmed Prosser won the election by just 7,004 votes. But it came with a price.

Three years after the victory, the team behind Prosser's campaign and political action committee is still trying to raise money to pay off about $200,000 in remaining debt associated with the election and recount.

"Since 2011, the debt-retirement environment has been challenged by a near-constant election cycle," wrote Brian Nemoir, Prosser's 2011 campaign director and adviser to the Prosser Victory Recount Fund, a political action committee.

Campaign finance reports show Prosser's campaign account amassed nearly $233,000 in debt between January and July 2011. Most of that went to legal fees for Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, a Milwaukee law firm, which didn't respond to requests for comment.

The most recent filing, covering July 1 through Dec. 31, 2013, showed the campaign had paid just $33,000, most of it coming from in-kind donations from the Prosser PAC. The next report is due in July.

Meanwhile, the Prosser PAC recently received help from former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson, who appointed Prosser to the bench in 1998. Thompson sent out an email in January this year asking for donors to repay a "debt of gratitude" to Prosser.

BELLEVUE, Wis. (AP) — Police say a young boy who survived being thrown from a car in a weekend accident in Bellevue was not properly restrained.

Investigators say the 22-month-old child either wasn't properly restrained or was not restrained at all.

The crash happened Sunday afternoon on a ramp to westbound Wisconsin 172. The 23-year-old driver was thrown from the car and died.

Brown County sheriff's Capt. Randy Schultz tells Press-Gazette Media (http://gbpg.net/1n0jQIJhttp://gbpg.net/1n0jQIJ ) two child seats were found in the car and neither was properly fastened.

Schultz says high speed and failure to use a seat belt were factors in crash.

The boy was returned to his mother after being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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