CRIME AND COURT ROUNDUP: Former Eau Claire pediatrician agrees to gives up his license
A former Eau Claire pediatrician has agreed to stop practicing medicine for good, in exchange for the dismissal of two remaining sex charges. A jury acquitted David Van de Loo in February of 14 sex-related counts, while declaring a mistrial for the other two. At a status conference yesterday, a judge was told that the 61-year-old Van de Loo would permanently surrender his state medical license in exchange for dropping the two pending criminal charges. Those counts were second-degree sexual assault by a medical employee, and exposure -- both involving the same victim. Van de Loo was accused of having inappropriate contact with 15 teenage boys who were taking medical exams at the Mayo Clinic Health facility in Eau Claire. He was fired from Mayo in late 2012. Van de Loo still faces around two dozen civil lawsuits.
A judge will be asked today to make the Milwaukee Archdiocese pay over two-million dollars in legal fees to creditors' attorneys in the church's bankruptcy case. The Catholic Archdiocese plans to tell Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley that it doesn't have the money to pay all the legal bills right now. Kelley had agreed more than a year ago not to force the church to pay legal bills while the case was pending. That way, the archdiocese could have enough to pay at least one month of its bills. Bankruptcy law requires the church to pay legal fees for both the archdiocese and its creditors -- about 575 victims of sex abuse by priests. Their lawyers say the church has more money than was anticipated -- and there's no reason they shouldn't get paid now. The Milwaukee archdiocese filed for bankruptcy in 2011, saying it didn't have enough to pay anticipated legal settlements to the priest sex abuse victims.
A hearing is set for today on a civil complaint filed against former Milwaukee Acting Mayor Marvin Pratt. The district attorney's office filed the complaint with the state elections' agency. It accused the 70-year-old Pratt of offering lunch to people who rode to a city office to vote absentee in a special Common Council election in late April. It's against the law to provide anything of value in exchange for voting.
A Beloit man could find out today whether he'll get a new murder trial to pursue an insanity defense the jury didn't accept the first time. A state appeals court had awarded a new trial for 41-year-old Donyil Anderson, but the Justice Department challenged the ruling. The State Supreme Court is expected to announce the final decision today. Anderson was given a life prison sentence for killing Stacey Hosey in 2008. Had the jury found him insane, he would have been sent to a mental institution instead. Anderson said he deserves a new trial because the jury's instructions for dealing with his mental state might have been unduly influence by the drug he was taking to treat his attention deficit hyper-activity disorder.
Federal prosecutors expect to wrap up their case today in the trial of Kristen Smith, who's accused of kidnapping her baby nephew near Beloit and leaving him in Iowa in sub-zero temperatures. Yesterday in Madison, the baby's parents testified that they trusted the 31-year-old Smith so much, they did not suspect at first that she took the boy. Smith claims she had permission from the father, Bruce Powell, to take five-day-old Kayden Powell to Colorado. As she was driving through Iowa, a Beloit officer arranged for police at West Branch to stop her and check her vehicle for children's belongings. West Branch officer Alex Koch testified that Smith claimed she was pregnant when she wasn't. Smith was arrested when police discovered she was wanted on a warrant from Texas.
Police in Racine are trying to figure out how a 19-year-old man died. Officers found the man's body around seven last night. Racine Police have asked the public for information about the possible circumstances.