Crime and Court Roundup: Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy to retire
Oak Creek Police will hold a retirement ceremony tomorrow for Lieutenant Brian Murphy - who was shot over a dozen times while trying to stop Sikh Temple gunman Wade Michael Page last August. Murphy retired yesterday. Police Chief John Edwards says his department holds ceremonies for all its retirees. Murphy's career will be recapped, and he'll probably say a few words. Last month, Murphy and seven other officers got national recognition for their response efforts at the Sikh Temple massacre. President Obama singled out Murphy for recognition at a White House ceremony.
Wisconsin attorneys have a new leader. Patrick Fiedler was sworn in last night as the new president of the State Bar Association. The ceremony took place in Middleton, where the bar's Board of Governors met. Fiedler has been a Dane County circuit judge, state Corrections Secretary, U-S Attorney for the western half of Wisconsin, and an assistant district attorney in Waukesha County. He's currently a partner at Axley Brynelson, specializing in litigation and alternatives for resolving disputes. Fielder will serve a one-year term as the bar's president. He replaces Kevin Klein of Phillips.
A man killed by police officers in Beloit was identified yesterday as 23-year-old Darrius Lowery-Baptiste. He was under surveillance late Tuesday afternoon when he left a house, and officers tailed him. Officials said the man was boxed in by squad cars when he ignored an order to put his own vehicle in park. He then rammed one squad, and drove toward an officer when two others on the scene shot him. Both are on administrative leave, pending the completion of state-and-local investigations. Officials did not release the officers' names. One of the shooters was an 18-year veteran of the Beloit Police Department, and the other had three years in. The state Corrections Department had a warrant out for Lowery-Baptiste for violating a probation. Beloit Police said they also wanted to question him about a series of recent shootings.
An Argyle man will be sentenced July 19th, after he struck a plea deal to charges that he helped his brother burn down his house and kill most of his family. 18-year-old Jeremy Wand pleaded guilty in Lafayette County yesterday to three homicide charges, plus counts of attempted homicide, arson, and the murder of an unborn child. Another count of attempted homicide was dropped in the plea deal, which calls off a trial scheduled for mid-July with jurors from Portage County. Jeremy Wand was accused of burning down the home of his older brother Armin last September, so Armin could collect the insurance money and get a fresh start. Authorities said Armin offered his brother 300-dollars to help set the blaze, which killed Armin's three children and an unborn daughter. His wife, who has since filed for divorce, has recovered from serious burns. Their two-year-old daughter escaped the blaze unharmed. Armin Wand was sentenced earlier this year to three life prison terms plus 105 years.