Wisconsin News

IICF Midwest Awards $545K in Grants to Local Non-Profits

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) Midwest Division announced it is awarding $545,000 in community grants to local non-profit organizations in Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin for 2015. Grants range in contribution from $10,000 to $50,000 and support 29 …

Zepnick Named Upper Midwest Region VP for Liberty Mutual Business Insurance

Timothy Zepnick has been appointed regional vice president for business insurance in Liberty Mutual Insurance’s upper Midwest region. Zepnick will be based in Waukesha, Wis., and is responsible for the profitable growth of business in the six state territory that …

Drunk-Driving Deaths Down 47% Since 2003 in Wisconsin

Fewer Wisconsinites are being hurt or killed in drunken-driving accidents. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says 185 people died in alcohol-related crashes last year — down 47 percent since 2003. Injuries from those crashes have dropped 59 percent in the …

Reports: Wisconsin Train Derailment Caused by Human Error

A two-train collision and derailment last July in southeastern Wisconsin was caused by human error when the rear of a freight train was unintentionally backed onto another rail line, according to reports submitted to federal transportation officials. Incident reports released …

Wisconsin Man Gets Jail for Bungee Jump at Insurance Company Site

A 26-year-old Wisconsin man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for bungee-jumping off a 138-foot crane in Sheboygan on the Fourth of July. The Sheboygan County district attorney’s office says Nick Propson of Maribel pleaded no contest to …

Report: Wisconsin Judges Lenient in Sentencing Drunk Drivers

A Gannett Wisconsin Media review has found some chronic drunken drivers in Wisconsin spend little time behind bars on felony charges due to lenient sentencing. News-Herald Media reports there have been at least a dozen cases across the state where …

Man Sentenced to Prison for Theft of $5M Stradivarius in Milwaukee

The man accused of masterminding the theft of a 300-year-old, $5 million Stradivarius violin that was snatched from a musician in Milwaukee was sentenced to seven years in prison. Salah Salahadyn, 42, once told an acquaintance that such a theft …

Murphy Named Incoming President, CEO of Jewelers Mutual

Neenah, Wis.-based Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. announced that Scott Murphy has been selected as successor to President and CEO Darwin Copeman, who will be retiring in 2015. Darwin Copeman has been president and CEO of Jewelers Mutual since 2009. Murphy …

In Wisconsin Workplace Deaths on the Decline

New data shows the number of workplace deaths is declining in Wisconsin. Ninety-six people died in work-related incidents in 2013, that’s down from 114 deaths the year before. A sharp drop in violent occupational deaths is highlighted in the data …

Driscol, Casey Join HNI as Account Managers in Michigan

New Berlin, Wis.-based independent insurance broker, HNI, announced the addition of Heidi Driscol and Sean Casey as account managers in the company’s Grand Rapids, Mich., office. As account managers, Driscol and Casey are day-to-day contacts for HNI clients. Source: HNI