Crime and Court Roundup: Eight-year-old Fond du Lac boy unharmed after thief steals van with him in it
Police in Fond du Lac are looking for a man who stole a van with an eight-year-old boy in the backseat. The child was dropped off unharmed about a mile south of where the vehicle was stolen. As of late yesterday, police were still looking for both the thief and the vehicle. Holly Jaschob told WTMJ T-V in Milwaukee that she took her kids to the Fond du Lac ShopKo store on Monday night, but her son Eli had to stay in the van because he was not wearing shoes. Jaschob said she left the air conditioning on, and Eli went in the back seat to play a video game on his mom's cell phone. Apparently, he did not see the man hop into the van and drive off. Jaschob spent about 20 minutes in the store, before she noticed that her vehicle and her son were gone. She said she called her cell number - and the driver got spooked. Eli told the T-V station that the driver ordered him to get out, so that's what he did. Police said he called his father after he was dropped off.
Wisconsin law enforcement officers are gathering near Wisconsin Dells for the attorney general's annual summit on public safety. School security expert Ken Trump will give his ideas for protecting schools, in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary shootings in Newtown Connecticut. Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards will share his experiences on handling last year's mass shootings at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Smaller sessions will explore the effects of school bullies, how the texting of sexual displays by young people can lead to sexual assaults, and trends in child exploitation. The safety summit begins this morning at the Chula Vista Conference Center at the Dells. It runs through tomorrow morning.
A northern Wisconsin man who's been wanted since 2011 - and who barely escaped arrest last weekend - is finally in jail. Lincoln County sheriff's deputies said they stopped by Timothy Tutor's house last evening, and was told by his 20-year-old daughter that she had not seen him since last Friday. Deputies then saw Timothy running behind the house in an apparent effort to escape. Officers then drew a Tazer stun gun, and he was arrested. Probation agents have been looking for the 49-year-old Tutor since 2011, after he reportedly skipped out on them following a conviction on seven counts of not paying child support. He was almost caught last Friday night, but a K-9 search was not successful. Authorities said Tutor had a marijuana pipe on him, and he could face a charge of possessing marijuana paraphernalia - along with an absconding charge for being on the lam so long. Officials say Tutor's daughter also faces a possible charge of obstructing police, for allegedly lying about her father's whereabouts.
A Wausau area man has been sentenced to five years in prison, for extorting almost 100-thousand dollars from another man. 28-year-old Dustin Congleton of Weston must also spend five years under extended supervision, after he pleaded no contest to felony extortion and illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. A count of receiving stolen property was dropped in a plea deal. A second defendant, 29-year-old Alex Santiago of Ringle, has pleaded innocent to similar charges. The status of his case will be reviewed on June 24th. A 56-year-old Marathon County man was the apparent victim. Prosecutors said the victim met an exotic dancer at a Wausau strip club and paid her bills, rent, and legal expenses. Santiago was the woman's boyfriend at the time - and when he moved up from Kenosha, he allegedly threatened to tell the victim's wife how he helped the dancer, unless he started paying Santiago. The victim reported paid cash, money orders, and prepaid credit cards since late 2009. In February, the victim reportedly asked for something in return for all he paid Santiago - and the defendant reportedly gave him seven guns that turned out to be stolen. Congleton reportedly told the victim he could get Santiago off his back - and the victim reported gave a few thousand to Congleton as well.