CRIME AND COURT ROUNDUP: Menomonie man accused of embezzling over $50K from a post office
A western Wisconsin man is accused of embezzling over 50-thousand dollars from the post office in Menomonie. A federal indictment has been handed down against Robert Colaizy of Menomonie. WQOW TV of Eau Claire said Colaizy allegedly falsified records about his stamp inventories, in an effort to hide the theft.
A 77-year-old man was killed yesterday, after his car collided with a cement truck near Superior. Raymond Cload of Solon Springs died at the scene. Douglas County authorities said his car failed to yield to the cement truck coming from his left, and they collided at County Trunks "E" and "Z." The truck driver, a 44-year-old Superior man, escaped injury. State and local authorities continue to investigate.
A west central Wisconsin man is free on a signature bond, after he was accused of skinning his dog alive. Sixty-five year old Charles Weissmiller of Stanley made an initial appearance in Clark County Circuit Court yesterday on a felony animal mistreatment charge. Authorities said a Labrador-shepherd mix named Sammy was severely cut, losing both flesh and fur. Prosecutors said Weissmiller harmed the dog because he no longer wanted him. Community donations have helped Sammy get better. The police chief in nearby Owen, Andrew Schade, has paid over a-thousand dollars to cover several of the dog's surgeries. Weissmiller is due back in court July 24th, when a judge will decide if there's enough evidence to order a trial.
A 19-year-old Merrill woman has pleaded innocent, after she was accused of faking cancer to get donations from her community. Celina Winchell appeared in Lincoln County Circuit Court yesterday on 17 theft-related charges and one count of obstructing police. All those charges are misdemeanors. She's free on a signature bond, and a trial date could be set at a scheduling conference on August 14th. Authorities said Winchell tried pulling off an elaborate scheme on social media and elsewhere to fake third-stage lung cancer. Officials said she placed donation jars at 16 businesses in the Merrill area, supposedly to cover chemotherapy treatments. A benefit pancake breakfast was also in the works. Winchell also faces a similar theft charge in neighboring Marathon County, along with obstruction. A trial date in that case is set for August 15th.
A Denver area woman would have to spend at least 25 years in prison if she's convicted of kidnapping her five-day-old nephew near Beloit. Federal prosecutors in Madison filed a new indictment yesterday against Kristen Smith. It adds a mandatory minimum 25-year sentence because the victim was under-18. The maximum sentence would be life. Smith is accused of kidnapping young Kayden Powell from his mother's house in the town of Beloit in February. Authorities said Smith left the baby behind an Interstate gas station in Iowa in sub-zero temperatures. He survived despite being left in the cold for over a full day. Smith is scheduled to go on trial July 28th in federal court in Madison. She also faces Iowa state charges in the incident.