CRIME AND COURT ROUNDUP: Janesville man charged with first-degree intentional homicide
A Rock County judge is scheduled to decide July 14th if there's enough evidence to put a Janesville man on trial for the bludgeoning of his girlfriend. 28-year-old Clayton Courtney is jailed under a half-million dollar bond, after he was charged Friday with first-degree intentional homicide. Courtney has already pleaded innocent to a half-dozen charges connected with the non-fatal beating of his roommate Michael Clark. During that incident, police said Courtney admitted killing three people -- but he's only been linked to one death, that of his 21-year-old girlfriend Britney Cross. Police said she was beaten with fist-sized rocks and left for dead behind a vacant building in downtown Janesville in early May.
Friends and family gathered at Kewaskum High School yesterday to remember two students killed in a crash with a Washington County squad car. Officials say the small community of four-thousand has had a hard time dealing with the deaths of Brent Schultz and Travis Trapp, both 16. They were killed last Wednesday. This isn't the first time at least some Kewaskum students have dealt with a tragedy like this. Not far down the road, three girls from Campbellsport High School were killed and six others were hurt in a high-speed hill-jumping crash in 2012. A funeral service for Brent Schultz is planned today. Travis Trapp's family is having a private funeral.
Milwaukee Police are trying to find out what led to the shooting death of a 19-year-old man at a weekend house party. A 16-year-old boy was also wounded in the incident. Police said he was seriously hurt, but he's expected to survive. The shootings occurred about 1:50 yesterday morning at a house on Milwaukee's south side. Investigators were still interviewing witnesses last night. No arrests were immediately reported.
An advocacy group is trying to do something about young Wisconsinites' growing addictions to heroin and prescription painkillers. Wisconsin Citizen Action has launched a new project with the goal of getting more 15-to-22-year-olds screened for drugs, with treatment for those found to have warning signs. Kevin Kane of Citizen Action says the goal is to find drug problems early, and avoid more costly problems and treatments later on. Kane says it's a new form of screening that schools and primary care clinics are picking up on. A foundation grant has targeted Wisconsin and four other states to improve insurance coverage for early screenings and intervention services. Citizen Action says it will increase the number of places offering those services, and increase the numbers of screening professionals. The group's also working on a public education campaign. You can find more informtion at CitizenActionWI-Dot-Org.
The first weekend of summer had a tragic side effect in Wisconsin. At least three motorcyclists were killed in separate crashes that occurred on Saturday night. Authorities said 36-year-old Todd Hughes of Glenbeulah was ejected from his motorcycle when it struck a deer near Wisconsin Dells on Interstate 90-94. In Waukesha County, a 21-year-old Pewaukee man died after his bike left Highway 16 near County Trunk Double-"J." In central Wisconsin, a 34-year-old Eagle River man was killed after his motorcycle collided with another vehicle just west of Auburndale at Highways 10 and 186.