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News from around Wisconsin (9:58 p.m. 12/14/09)

Wauwatosa police officer stable after shooting

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa have one suspect in custody and are still looking for another in the shooting of a police officer.

Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber said his officer was ambused. The 28-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to her abdomen as she was responding to reports of an armed robbery at a restaurant Sunday night.

Police said a 28-year-old Milwaukee man is in custody.

Investigators have recovered the gun used to shoot the officer, whose name has not been released. She had been with the force for three years. She’s in stable condition after surgery at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital.

Man in multistate drug deals gets life in prison

DETROIT (AP) — A judge ordered life in prison Monday for a Detroit man who had his face and fingerprints altered in Mexico while running a cross-country conspiracy involving buses, drugs and millions of dollars.

“There is a very major reason for your sentence. The public needs to be protected,” U.S. District Judge Marianne Battani said.

Adarus Black, 38, was convicted of conspiring to acquire and sell hundreds of pounds of cocaine and thousands of pounds of marijuana.

He used buses to move drugs and money between Detroit and Tucson, Ariz., starting in 2003. Jurors last May heard evidence of three deaths arranged or committed by Black to silence witnesses, although he was not charged with murder and denies any role.

“Mr. Black is — without question — one of the most cunning, one of the most sophisticated, one of the most dangerous individuals I’ve prosecuted,” Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Michael Buckley told the judge.

On the same day in April 2007, a courier removed bags with $1.46 million from a bus in Tucson while another $1.1 million was discovered on a bus in Oklahoma, Buckley said in a court document.

Black said he was “railroaded” by the government and treated unfairly during the trial.

Wisconsin’s Ryan applauds team for staying level

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan stays level. That’s what helped to Badgers back through a rocky week.

After an overtime loss to Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin rebounded with a 72-63 victory over Marquette on Saturday and has a light week this week heading into the holidays. The Badgers play Cal Poly on Saturday.

“They don’t see anything different from us, so if we’re the ones that are in a position to be their mentors, then we need to do what’s right,” Ryan said during his weekly news conference that was Web streamed from Madison. “So the players did what was right, got back on the practice court, because our players are a lot smarter than you think.”

Ryan became the third coach in Wisconsin’s history to win 200 games with the program by capturing the game for in-state bragging rights. He was impressed at how his team bounced back after the 88-84 loss in Green Bay.

“Our guys understand we go to Green Bay and they’re going to give us their best shot, and they give us their best shot here. It’s OK, they got the best of us there,” Ryan said. “We’ve got to go to our next game, which happened to be Marquette. It could have been anybody. But still, when you hit the practice floor Thursday, you’re ready to get better.”

Big man Jon Leuer delivered with 24 points and 12 rebounds in Wisconsin’s victory over Marquette.

Even with the strong performance, Wisconsin (7-2) fell out of the Top 25 rankings on Monday after being No. 20 last week based on its third-place finish at the Maui Invitational and a win over then-No. 6 Duke earlier this month.

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