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Wisconsin public record laws (WPRL) guarantee the public with access to public records of all levels of state and local government. It was first enacted in 1982. Wisconsin also has laws that allows any person to have access to open session governmental meetings. The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council works to ensure that the public has access to meetings and records. There are some exceptions to these laws such as trade secrets, protected education records, attorney-client privilege or if nondisclosure of the record outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. Wisconsin was admitted to the Union on May 29, 1848. There are 72 counties and 190 cities and many more villages and towns. Milwaukee is the only city with more than 150,000 people. Wisconsin is often thought of as 'America's Dairyland' even though a greater part of the state's income is from manufacturing. The Wisconsin Crime Information Bureau allows access to criminal history background checks. Search an abundance of Wisconsin public records using the best research sources online. Look up birth, death and and marriage records at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Get interesting facts on the demographics of the state and the history and education of the people. Examine the data on housing and real estate to see what it is like to live in Wisconsin. Request information on conducting a criminal history record check from the Department of Justice. Check the safety of living in Wisconsin by inspecting crime statistics for the state. Learn about the judicial system and search for court case records. See how the county governments operate. There is also a wealth of information on the community services and attractions of each city in the state. See how affordable it is to live in Wisconsin by investigating the income and earnings of its residents. Read about up to date crime reports and news headlines occurring in Wisconsin. Refer to this site often as these sources are updated regularly.

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Wisconsin Free Arrest Records

Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

  • The La Crosse Police Department is providing additional information in light of the La Crosse District Attorney’s Office completing their review of the officer involved shooting that occurred on August 3rd at 317 9th St. South with Allen C. Kruk (DOB 12-04-1984). The initial call on August 3rd was for a domestic disturbance complaint where
    August 27, 2019
  • La Crosse Police are referring three individuals to the La Crosse County District Attorney’s Office for criminal charges stemming from a shooting incident that occurred on July 19th, 2019. On July 19, 2019 La Crosse Police were dispatched to the Partners for Excellence School at 901 Caledonia Street at 10:02AM for a report of windows
    August 22, 2019
  • La Crosse Police have arrested Robert Powell IV (DOB 02-06-1991) of La Crosse as the suspect in this past weekend’s shooting incident. In the early morning hours of July 28th at 1:33am, Officers patrolling the downtown area heard a gunshot fired in the area of Who’s On Third, 126 3rd Street North. The initial investigation
    July 30, 2019
  • Last night La Crosse Police investigators and Emergency Response Team served a search warrant on 2755 George St. apartment #8 as part of an ongoing drug investigation into Jack D. Taylor (DOB 03-10-1985) of La Crosse. Mr. Taylor was taken into custody at the time of the search warrant and a search of the residence
    July 25, 2019
  • For the second time this week, the La Crosse Police Drug Unit has made a significant seizure and arrest. On June 5, 2019 members of the La Crosse Police Department’s Investigative Bureau (drug unit) as well as the Emergency Response Team conducted a search warrant at 1435 Caledonia Street. As a result of this investigation
    June 06, 2019
  • Last night, June 3, 2019, members of the La Crosse Police Department’s Investigative Bureau, along with the Emergency Response Team and Neighborhood Resource Officers, conducted a search warrant at 1116 4th Street South #2. As a result of this search warrant, Lavon D. Liggins (DOB 05/03/1981) was arrested for multiple drug offenses, as well as
    June 04, 2019

Wisconsin Most Wanted and Warrants

View a list of names, offender descriptions, location, charges and other information of persons wanted by police and sheriffs

  • MILWAUKEE — He has been running for more than a year — hiding on and off the streets of Milwaukee. He was also suspected of being armed. “He’s wanted for supervised release violation with the underlying charge of possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a domestic,” the deputy U.S. Marshal explained. Now, authorities are seeking the public’s help in capturing Larry Canfield. “So, Larry does have an extensive criminal history of firearms, possessing firearms, carrying a firearm in
    September 20, 2019
  • MILWAUKEE — U.S. Marshals need your help locating a Green Bay man whose criminal activities are tied to a Mexican cartel, according to prosecutors. Prosecutors said Francisco Chavez-Reynoso delivered bricks of cocaine to neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s south side. Chavez-Reynoso, 40, is among a few still on the run after multiple arrests were made in connection with a 2014 conspiracy case. Prosecutors said Chavez-Reynoso traveled to Chicago in 2014 to pick up narcotics, and his supplier in the Windy City is connected
    September 13, 2019
  • MILWAUKEE — Sometimes you have no choice but to deal with the hand you have been dealt. “We know there’s been numerous sightings of him,” the deputy marshal on the case said. “To our knowledge, he is aware he is wanted.” Authorities say a fugitive is choosing to stack the odds against himself. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force is searching for 25-year-old Michael Hobbs. A uthorities are bringing his case to the public’s attention since they learned he was
    August 23, 2019
  • MILWAUKEE — When it comes to the game of life, U.S. Marshals are searching for a man who continues to go down a risky road. Brandin Bemley is wanted for violating his parole with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. U.S. Marshals said Bemley, 33, has a violent history, which makes his unknown whereabouts unsettling. “He has a criminal history,” said the agent on the case. “Robbery, use of force, use of a dangerous weapon, armed robbery, theft, and domestic violence.” Law
    August 16, 2019
  • WEST MILWAUKEE — On the surface, 39-year-old Carlos Cameron was turning things around after serving time behind bars, but old habits die hard. “He was doing fairly well,” said the deputy U.S. Marshal on the case. “He was working. He had a home. He had a family. He decided he wasn’t going to deal with the court system, so he became a fugitive.” U.S. Marshals said Cameron is a former bank robber. In 2007, he targeted a bank in West
    August 09, 2019
  • MILWAUKEE — U.S. Marshals say a dispute got ugly. It turned into violence witnessed by children. “There was a verbal argument,” the deputy U.S. Marshal on the case said. “Quavon pulled a firearm, and began to open fire on the vehicle.” Quavon Marlow, 22, is wanted for first degree reckless injury. An arrest warrant was issued after authorities said Marlow fired into a vehicle with two women and two children inside. The shooting happened near the Harbor Pointe Apartments near 76th
    August 02, 2019

Wisconsin Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Jaayd Roquemore
    Jaayd Roquemore, Age Now: 16, Missing: 09/11/2019. Missing From Madison, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Madison Police Department (wisconsin) 1-608-255-2345.
    September 18, 2019
  • Missing: Kenyana Davis
    Kenyana Davis, Age Now: 17, Missing: 08/10/2019. Missing From Kenosha, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Kenosha Police Department (wisconsin) 1-262-656-1234.
    August 28, 2019
  • Missing: Elishah Patterson
    Elishah Patterson, Age Now: 14, Missing: 08/16/2019. Missing From Milwaukee, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Milwaukee Police Department (wisconsin) 1-414-933-4444.
    August 26, 2019
  • Missing: Alizaia Sell
    Alizaia Sell, Age Now: 16, Missing: 08/04/2019. Missing From Milwaukee, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Milwaukee Police Department (wisconsin) 1-414-933-4444.
    August 19, 2019
  • Missing: Alijah Thompson
    Alijah Thompson, Age Now: 15, Missing: 08/11/2019. Missing From Cottage Grove, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Cottage Grove Police Department (wisconsin) 1-608-839-4652.
    August 15, 2019
  • Missing: Kevion Williams
    Kevion Williams, Age Now: 13, Missing: 07/02/2019. Missing From Milwaukee, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Milwaukee Police Department (wisconsin) 1-414-933-4444.
    August 14, 2019

Wisconsin Recent Criminal Activity Reports

Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

Wisconsin Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Missing Person • Michael Bujanowski • Wausau, Wisconsin • 28 Years Old
    February 25, 2017

Wisconsin Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/22/2019)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    16,714
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    165
  • Rape:
    1,674
  • Robbery:
    5,066
  • Aggravated Assault:
    9,809
  • Total Property Crime:
    120,238
  • Burglary:
    21,216
  • Larceny Theft:
    89,103
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    9,919

Wisconsin American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 09/22/2019)

  • Wisconsin's demographic and housing ACS survey of 5,724,692 being 1.82 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 49.6% males and 50.4% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The Wisconsin social characteristics data of 2,293,250 households, which make up 1.97 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 1,469,359 families with and without children. There are 1,490,311 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The Wisconsin American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 4,561,244 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 1.83 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 3,073,680 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • Wisconsin housing characteristics are collected from 2,635,602 dwellings making up 1.99 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 2,293,250 or uninhabited 342,352 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 2,293,250 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

Wisconsin Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    5,686,986
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    5,363,708
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    6%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    323,311
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    5,363,675
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    364,068
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    6%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    1,310,250
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    23%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    14%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    761,279
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    50%
  • State's white resident population
    4,902,067
  • State's black resident population
    359,148
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    54,526
  • State's Asian resident population
    129,234
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    1,827
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    104,317
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    336,056
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    4,738,411
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    86%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    6%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    6%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    83%
  • Vital Statistics


    Births and deaths occurring in Wisconsin
  • Births
    72,784
  • Deaths
    46,241
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    470
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    85%
  • Resident Background Information


    Education and background history of Wisconsin Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    4%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    8%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    89%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    26%
  • Total number of Veterans
    442,545
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data


    Households located in Wisconsin
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    21 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    2,587,350
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    266,197
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    12%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    70%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $166,100
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    25%
  • Total number of households
    2,246,512
  • Average size of households
    2
  • Wisconsin Employment Data


    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $26,447
  • Statewide income of median households in Wisconsin
    $49,994
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    12%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $203,084
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $36,272
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    3,081,476
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    261,785
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    9%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    3,595,084
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    163,812
  • People employed by the government
    425,772
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    150,459,333
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    41,851
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    144,081
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    318,541
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    9,247,311
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of Wisconsin
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    433,841
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    3%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    26%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    163,563,195
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    59,996,244
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    72,283,321
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    12,904
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and Wisconsin territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
    10,780
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    1,752,532
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    15,190,804
  • Size in square miles of land
    54,310
  • Population per square mile
    105
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