CRIME AND COURT ROUNDUP: Green Bay elementary school teacher charged with two counts of felony sexual contact
GREEN BAY -- A Green Bay elementary school teacher is facing criminal sexual conduct charges for inappropriate behavior with an 8-year-old student. 57 year old Jer Lovaj, an English-language-learner teacher at Anne Sullivan Elementary School, is accused of kissing, hugging and groping a girl in his classroom on multiple occasions, according to the criminal complaint filed Monday. Lovaj has been charged with two counts of felony sexual contact with a child under the age of 13.
A second Milwaukee man accused in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin in January is scheduled to be arraigned today. The attorney for Universal K. Allah said Tuesday that he plans to enter a plea of not guilty on his client's behalf. Allah and Salah Salahadyn are accused of felony robbery. Salahadyn pleaded not guilty last month. Prosecutors say the 36-year-old Allah provided the stun gun used to attack and rob violin virtuoso Frank Almond. The criminal complaint says Salahadyn had been plotting to steal a Stradivarius. The 300-year-old violin was missing for nine days before police recovered it in good condition.
A veteran captain of The University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department has been fired after an internal investigation revealed he used department cameras to take hundreds of inappropriate photos of department employees and members of the public. 17-year department veteran Peter Ystenes was fired on March 12. An internal investigation is ongoing as investigators attempt to identify and contact people in the photos that an agency spokesman said does not involve any nudity.
A homeless Mount Horeb man turned down a friend’s offer of a ride to a shelter in Madison, then helped himself to steaks and liquor in his friend’s home while the friend and his wife were out of the country. 42 year old Gene Rouse spent two nights in the home, ate about $20 worth of steaks and $10 worth of cod from the freezer and drank all of the liquor in the house, according to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court. The couple were also missing a gold watch and jewelry, according to the complaint, which charged Rouse with criminal damage to property, two counts of burglary and two counts of misdemeanor theft. Rouse was released on bond Tuesday and ordered to stay away from the home.
The city of Milwaukee has a new Special Agent in Charge for its FBI division. Robert Shields has developed a reputation as a cyber cop by utilizing computers to head off and catch digital felons. The bureau has launched investigations like Operation Phish Phry and Ghost Click to go after criminals trying to steal access to private information from home and business computers. Shields help set up a computer forensics lab while he was in Chicago. It's a joint effort between the FBI and local law enforcement to chase down terrorism, child porn, fraud and corruption.
A Wisconsin appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Green Bay City Council overstepped its authority by revoking a conditional use permit for an alternative energy plant backed by an Oneida Tribe-owned company. Oneida Seven Generations Corp. and its subsidiary, Green Bay Renewable Energy, received a permit for a waste-to-energy facility. The Green Bay City Council voted in March 2011 to approve a Plan Commission recommendation to grant a permit to Seven Generations and granted it a building permit that August. But after opposition to the plant grew, the city revoked the conditional use permit on Oct. 16, 2012, based on supposed misrepresentations opponents alleged Seven Generations made about the plant's potential environmental impact.
A Milwaukee teenager was sentenced to life behind bars for his role in a deadly 2012 home invasion involving the death of a neighbor. 17 year old Lavarray Johnikin was found guilty of five counts, including first-degree intentional homicide party to a crime, at a trial in December 2013. Johnikin would be eligible to seek parole after 35 years of the mandatory life sentence. 21 year old Daron Coleman-Lemmie died 17 days after being shot in the incident. Before his death, he and his sister, who was also wounded in the incident, picked Johnikin out of a lineup. The actual shooter has not been arrested.