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CRIME AND COURT ROUNDUP: Five year anniversary of "Baby Theresa" being found tomorrow

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

It was five years ago tomorrow when a newborn baby was found in a garbage bag in a secluded part of Dodge County.  The girl is still known as "Baby Theresa" , named after the area where she was found because there continues to be no trace of her mother.  Authorities gave the infant a proper burial, and a number of community residents attended.  Officials said the baby had no trauma which could have caused her death -- and no drugs were found in her system.  The state Crime Lab has a D-N-A profile of the baby's mother, but they don't know who she is because there's not a match in the state's database of convicted felons and sex offenders.  Nearby residents have been ruled out as relatives.  Officials still hope the baby's mother still comes forward. A Jane Doe warrant remains active for hiding a corpse.

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The number of tips about online child sexual exploitation tripled in Wisconsin, while the number of state Justice investigators never expanded to keep up.  The Wisconsin State Journal wrote about the trend, after Justice supervisor Willie Brantley and agent Anna King, both of the Milwaukee office, were let go in March amid reports of lagging child sex investigations.  The Madison paper said the numbers of state investigators for Internet crimes against children remained the same at 31.  That was after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children passed on 909 tips of child sexploitation to the Justice Department in the 2012 fiscal year, up from 366 the year before.  New state cases rose from 145 in fiscal 2011 to 450 the year after.  Information for the 2013 fiscal year is not yet available.  Brantley's attorney -- former top Justice official Dan Bach -- blames the booming case loads and system problems for a lack of action in cases that include child pornography and enticement.  Justice Department spokeswoman Dana Brueck disagrees.  She said Brantley was responsible all Milwaukee agents.

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Waukesha Police were holding a memorial ceremony today for Captain James Lutz, who was killed in a crime spree 20 years ago this afternoon.  Lutz was 57 when he responded to a report of an armed bank robbery in Wales -- and he found the two suspects in Waukesha.  James and Theodore Oswald jumped out of their vehicle, and shot Lutz with semi-automatic rifles without giving him a chance to respond.  Officials said the Oswalds committed a dozen crimes that day.  They took a hostage among other things.  It ended three hours after it began, with a gun battle between the Oswalds and police.  Six people were injured, and the Oswalds were finally arrested.  Both Oswalds were sentenced to life in prison.  James is now 69.  Ted is 38.  

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A man who was stabbed and then drove into two parked cars in Two Rivers before he died is identified as 34-year-old Koyoko Perry of Two Rivers.  A 54-year-old Two Rivers man is in custody, while possible charges are pending.  Police Chief Joseph Collins said Perry was stabbed around three yesterday morning.  After he drove away, he struck two vehicles parked in the driveway of a house on Columbus Street -- which was closed for several hours.  Authorities found Perry there, and took him to a hospital where he later died.  An autopsy is planned for today.  Officials said the victim and stabber knew each other, so there's no danger to the community.

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Authorities are investigating a weekend fire and burglary at a church near Eagle River.  It was reported around one a-m yesterday at Saint Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church.  Vilas County sheriff's deputies said they found a small fire when they arrived -- plus criminal damage to the property.  The fire was quickly put out, and it's being considered suspicious.  Other details were not immediately disclosed.  A K-9 officer from the Lac du Flambeau tribal police was called to help with the investigation.

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Authorities have been looking for a southern Wisconsin man missing in Wisconsin Dells.  Columbia County sheriff's officials said 21-year-old Mitchel Blanchard of Pardeeville was last seen about 2 a-m yesterday, running near the Kilbourn Dam and the Highway 13-16-23 bridge over the Wisconsin River in the Dells.  The state D-N-R was helping with the search at last word, along with state and local officers and rescue divers.

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An autopsy is scheduled today for a 34-year-old man who was stabbed to death in Two Rivers.  Police said he tried to drive away from the scene of the incident, and he slammed into two vehicles in the driveway of a house.  Police found him at the crash site around three yesterday morning, and he died later at a hospital.  A 54-year-old man was taken into custody.  He's in jail while prosecutors consider possible charges.  Two Rivers Police said those involved in the incident knew each other, and there was no danger to the community.

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