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Channel 12 Sports Director Arrested in Domestic Disturbance

Waukesha police took Dan Needles into custody Sunday afternoon.

Dan Needles, who is the sports director for WISN-TV, was arrested in connection to a domestic disturbance on Sunday, records show.

Needles was arrested after his live-in girlfriend reported at 2:52 p.m. Sunday that he attacked her in the 3600 block of Oak Valley Lane.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Needles is no longer in police custody after posting bail. WISN also reported about the domestic abuse arrest.

News reports state that the Waukesha County district attorney's office is reviewing the incident.

Anonymous1 September 04, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Do you know Dan Needles personally?
Ron Johnson September 04, 2012 at 05:33 AM
This is very poorly written and tasteless. Don't jump to judgement until the whole story comes out.
Lynn Vander Meer September 04, 2012 at 07:15 AM
The police do not take someone into custody for no good reason at all. And this live-in girlfriend/boyfriend thing...is this the norm?
James Tercher September 04, 2012 at 07:42 AM
Ron must be a buddy of Dan's. Yes, it's tastless, Ron. But you say this story is poorly written? I think Sara did an awesome job on this story considering it being breaking news!
Ron Johnson September 04, 2012 at 10:45 AM
I was referring the the "Anonymous" comment. Also, I am not affiliated with Dan Needles, nor do I know him personally. I'm simply asking people to not rush to judgement, and yes James, these reports are in fact sometimes wrong. I in no way at all condone getting physical with a woman, all i'm saying is he hasn't been found guilty in a court of law just yet.
Ron Johnson September 04, 2012 at 10:50 AM
If the police feel a crime may have been committed they have the right to take anyone they want into custody Lynn. If you were in a bank that was robbed and were wearing similar clothes to one of the robbers, you may too find yourself in custody until things get sorted out.
Anonymous September 04, 2012 at 11:25 AM
His behavior is unacceptable as is Anyone's in this type of situation. A man that must batter must be punished and pay the price. I am sure that this is not the first time that this has happened with him, it never is. Once a batter always a batterer. And what does a live in boy friend/girl friend situation have anything to do with this? This is the way that our society lives. I will not be watching channel 12 news if the condone this behavior out of an employee. I hope that this victim/girlfriend is ok. You also need to put yourself in her shoes and think of how hard this probably was for her to come forward with his "status". Nobody ever thinks about the victim. I agree that it will be real interesting to see the police reports once they come out. Sarah keep us posted on this! This will tell the true story as to what happened.
Shaw Proud September 04, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Wow this is just sad. Scary to think that a man in his position would not even think of the ramifications of his behavior.
Phil Starck September 04, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Yes we should wait until all the facts come out before jumping to conclusions. It will be interesting seeing how it plays out.
buddy sacks September 04, 2012 at 12:02 PM
My friend was arrested for his now ex wife kicking in his garage door. The cops are gonna take someone in...they chose him based on what they had to work with from 2 sides of a story. Hear both before you make ignorant judgements
Cathy Zazz September 04, 2012 at 05:15 PM
There are two sides to every story. There could be alot of crzy going on from that other side.
Linda September 04, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Lynn, you are wrong. Waukesha police always take someone in on a domestic violence call...it is policy. This happens even with allegations that lack physical proof.
Sarah Millard (Editor) September 04, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Linda - you are actually wrong. I see it in the police blotter all the time that police are called to a residence for a domestic violence report. But if the call is unfounded, they do not take someone into custody. They have to have some cause to take someone into custody.
Linda September 04, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I have been witness to it. Lived in a bad apartment building. Waukesha cop told me they take in whoever looks less injured. Police blotters do not tell. In an ideal world, they need cause. In Waukesha, that is not always the case.
Linda September 04, 2012 at 09:03 PM
FYI Sarah, no one should accuse you of poor writing!
clearthinker September 04, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Dan Needles is a notorius Chicago basher. With that as background I can report that I have just heard from a friend who lives near Wrigley Field in Chicago. He and his Chicago friends wish Dan well, IN HIS NEXT CAREER!
bob September 05, 2012 at 12:08 AM
maybe you should investigate his nut-case girlfriend....she is very well known for starting fights with all the men she has been with...i know of 4 of them ...and then turns the story around to make the men the villian...he was probably telling her to get her drunken a..hole out of his house..!!!!
william stauffiger September 05, 2012 at 02:58 AM
This is wisconsin, all a woman has to do is call the police and they will incarcerate the male no mater what. Before you ruin his career by making false allegations, wait till the courts decide. If he did assault her then prosecute him, women will do anything to get even.
Anonymous September 07, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Bye, bye Dan and look for another job. You are certainly not a shining example to the people who watch WISN. No matter what the police report says you've lost your credibility in this area.
gg September 09, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Personally , as a woman, I would not live with a man unless I was married to him. You lose your dignity otherwise, You both do.
Jeffrey Fojtik September 13, 2012 at 05:11 AM
I cannot believe the morons who are playing Judge, Jury and Executioner without any facts. Dan Needles has been a good citizen in this community for many years. He is genuine and also extremely talented. Hang in there Dan! You are good people! This will pass. We have all made mistakes and don't listen to the morons. As of now you are an innocent man.
Jeffrey Fojtik September 13, 2012 at 03:23 PM
ANONYMOUS is a complete idiot. You have no facts, yet you spout off under that wimpy moniker. I guess it's true what they say, YOU CAN'T TEACH DUMB! Oh, learn how to write.
Craig September 17, 2012 at 05:43 PM
What a bunch of tools, give the man his day in court you idiots.
Kevin Ramsey October 03, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Anonymous is worse than the accuser. Smearing someone's reputation without even posting their own name. Absolutely no shame.
Isabella Strong October 03, 2012 at 03:37 PM
ddk
Rallyegal October 04, 2012 at 12:01 AM
I think Dan Needles is a very nice person.. Just involved in a very bad relationship he needs to end now .. What a psyco bitch ............She needs some mental help >>>
Rallyegal October 04, 2012 at 12:05 AM
You should really get your facts right... Maybe you should read the newspaper more often,,, He did nothing wrong and that girlfriend of his needs some mental help :::::::::::::::::::::
Rallyegal October 04, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Sorry to Disappoint you , But Dan Needles is back at WISN .... Starting neek week :)
Rallyegal October 04, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Thank god this is over and the facts have out.. Dan will be back at WISN next Week .. :)
william stauffiger October 04, 2012 at 04:18 AM
To the folks that wanted to ruin dan needles career. Never judge before you here both side of a domestic violence case or any other. Wisconsin, the womens state, in 85% of all DV calls the male will be tagged. Iam glad that he will be back to his job! And for the people that cant idendtify themselves, I'll bet its a scorned women, trying to get payback for someone in their past, so they say anything without any knowledge of facts. They just need to get revenge!!!!

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