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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

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  • 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
  • La Crosse Police Investigative staff, along with Neighborhood Resource Officers, had a busy night Thursday. At approximately 2:51PM a car driven by James A. Connor III (DOB: 07/23/1975) was stopped in the 600 Block of South 7th Street as part of an ongoing Narcotics Investigation. Officer Dakota Jelinski and his K-9 partner Thor were deployed
    April 05, 2019
  • Last night La Crosse Police Investigators and Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at 819 Avon St. The search warrant was based on information that Andrew R. Henke (07/27/1983) was selling methamphetamine out of that residence. Upon executing the search warrant Mr. Henke was taken into custody without incident. While searching the residence Investigators
    March 27, 2019
  • Last night La Crosse Police Investigators and Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at 1623 Johnson St. The search warrant was based on a drug investigation into Nathan Kohls (06/26/1991) of La Crosse. Mr. Kohls has an extensive criminal history and currently on an active felony bond and probation. Upon executing the search warrant
    February 27, 2019
  • La Crosse Police invest considerably in equipment, training and “tools” to help our officers to do their job and keep them safe. An incident this past weekend is a prime example of how these investments pay off. On Saturday night officers went to 1201 5th Ave So. in an attempt to arrest Brett Reismann of
    February 25, 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

  • RACINE — U.S. Marshals are searching for a man that was following the rules of probation and then one day, changed his mind. “He had been complying and then just stopped showing up a couple months ago,” the deputy U.S. Marshal on the case said. “His original conviction was for drugs — marijuana and cocaine.” Authorities now need your help to locate 30-year-old Rashae Wilson. U.S. Marshals say Wilson has strong ties to the city of Racine. They say the warrants
    July 12, 2019
  • MILWAUKEE — U.S. Marshals are searching for a man accused of the attempted armed robbery of a gas station on Milwaukee’s south side. Agents said he was identified through DNA left behind at the scene of the crime. “We’re profiling Joseph Sexton. He’s wanted for three counts of forgery and one count of robbery,” the agent on the case said.  “He was on the south side, but the last I heard, he was living in California, and so I’m just
    June 28, 2019
  • MILWAUKEE — Ignoring the warrants out for his arrest for over a year, U.S. Marshals are trying to track down 39-year-old Eric Randall King Jr. “Mr. King has a pretty violent criminal history,” the U.S. Marshal on the case said. “He’s been involved in armed robberies, selling and possessing narcotics, firearm charges, and victim intimidation.” Officials said King is known to authorities for taking situations to an extreme. They believe he’s hiding out between Milwaukee and Hartford. The current warrants
    June 21, 2019
  • MILWAUKEE — Ignoring the warrants out for his arrest for over a year, U.S. Marshals are trying to track down 39-year-old Eric Randall King Jr. “Mr. King has a pretty violent criminal history,” the U.S. Marshal on the case said. “He’s been involved in armed robberies, selling and possessing narcotics, firearm charges and victim intimidation.” Officials say King is known to authorities for taking situations to an extreme. They believe he’s hiding out between Milwaukee and Hartford. The current warrants
    June 21, 2019
  • Update: U.S. Marshals received numerous tips following the story FOX6 News profiled on Matthew Thomas. On Saturday, June 15 officials say Thomas was arrested in Florida.  MILWAUKEE — U.S. Marshals say a sex offender not complying with his registry is potentially hiding out on Milwaukee’s south side. “I think the biggest concern we have is that he’s a non-compliant sex offender we can’t find, we can’t locate,” the deputy U.S. Marshal on the case said. “We would hate to see
    June 14, 2019
  • MILWAUKEE — U.S. Marshals say a sex offender not complying with his registry is potentially hiding out on Milwaukee’s south side. “I think the biggest concern we have is that he’s a non-compliant sex offender we can’t find, we can’t locate,” the deputy U.S. Marshal on the case said. “We would hate to see another victim.” U.S. Marshals have been searching extensively since February for 29-year-old Matthew Thomas. They say he is a Milwaukee man on the run. Officials say
    June 14, 2019

Wisconsin Missing Children

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

  • Missing: Melissa Vasguez Gonzalez
    Melissa Vasguez Gonzalez, Age Now: 14, Missing: 07/07/2019. Missing From New Holstein, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Calumet County Sheriff's Office (wisconsin) 1-920-849-2335.
    July 15, 2019
  • Missing: Krissyanna Opelt
    Krissyanna Opelt, Age Now: 16, Missing: 07/07/2019. Missing From Menomonie, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Menomonie Police Department (wisconsin) 1-715-232-2198.
    July 12, 2019
  • Missing: Mya Marrero
    Mya Marrero, Age Now: 15, Missing: 06/25/2019. Missing From Milwaukee, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Milwaukee Police Department (wisconsin) 1-414-933-4444.
    July 08, 2019
  • Missing: Joseph Jumonville
    Joseph Jumonville, Age Now: 15, Missing: 06/22/2019. Missing From Shawano, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Shawano Police Department (wisconsin) 1-715-524-4545.
    July 03, 2019
  • Missing: Kyheim Taylor
    Kyheim Taylor, Age Now: 14, Missing: 07/01/2019. Missing From Madison, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Madison Police Department (wisconsin) 1-608-255-2345.
    July 03, 2019
  • Missing: Cassandra Beecher
    Cassandra Beecher, Age Now: 17, Missing: 06/19/2019. Missing From Madison, Wi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Madison Police Department (wisconsin) 1-608-255-2345.
    June 25, 2019

Wisconsin Recent Criminal Activity Reports

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

  • King James Court An area methamphetamine peddling operation has been shut down by the Dane County Narcotics Task Force. This morning, a 32-year-old suspected …
    July 18, 2019
  • Pleasant View RoadThe MPD was recently contacted by a 29-year-old woman who was swindled out of $1,500 while attempting to purchase a 10-week old Yorkshire Terrier, …
    July 18, 2019
  • S. Brearly St.Two men had been drinking together throughout much of Wednesday when one decided to clock the other in the head with a football-sized rock as they …
    July 18, 2019
  • Mountain Ash Trail A call that brought a large number of officers to a condominium just off of Tree Lane last night has been placed in the "swatting" category. …
    July 18, 2019
  • 3401 Atwood Ave. A Madison woman was at Olbrich Park Beach, 3401 Atwood Ave., Tuesday afternoon when a man approached and asked her for a light. She was about …
    July 17, 2019
  • Settlers Road Some of the areas brazen and bold young car thieves struck again last night. This time stealing the same Range Rover Sport …
    July 17, 2019

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 07/19/2019)

  • 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 07/19/2019)

  • 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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