CRIME AND COURT ROUNDUP: Shorewood man charged with 13 felony counts of election fraud
Prosecutors said a suburban Milwaukee man voted five times in the recall election against Governor Scott Walker in 2012. Fifty-year-old Robert Monroe of Shorewood has been charged with 13 felony counts of election fraud. He's free at least until his initial Milwaukee County Circuit Court appearance on July 17th. Prosecutors said Monroe used addresses in Shorewood, Milwaukee, and Indiana to vote multiple times in four elections. In the 2012 presidential contest, authorities said Monroe voted absentee in Shorewood on November first -- and then showed a driver's license to vote in Lebanon Indiana on the November sixth Election Day. Officials said he owned a house in Indiana. His criminal complaint said Monroe also voted twice in the 2011 State Supreme Court election, and the 2011 recall vote against Senate Republican Alberta Darling. Prosecutors said Monroe also cast an illegal ballot in the August 2012 partisan primaries.
A Wisconsin political action committee filed suit yesterday, hoping to strike down the state's total limits on what legislative candidates can receive from all such groups. The conservative C-R-G Network claims that recent U-S Supreme Court rulings put the Wisconsin law into question -- even though the State Supreme Court upheld it in 1990. The law limits a state Senate candidate to just over 15-thousand dollars in total contributions from special interest P-A-C's. Assembly candidates are limited to just under eight-thousand. The C-R-G Network said it tried making small donations to three people, but those candidates returned either some or all of the money because they had already received the maximum allowed from other political action groups. In a statement announcing the suit, attorney Rick Esenberg said the restrictions "cannot be justified by the state's interest in avoid corruption in the campaign process." The defendants are members of the state Government Accountability Board, which oversees the election process. The state Justice Department says it will review the lawsuit, and respond accordingly.
A former Air National Guardsman will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing his girlfriend and wounding another woman outside a bar in Mauston. Thirty-year-old Cody Treul of Mauston was sentenced yesterday to life, with no chance for a supervised release. Truel pleaded no contest in March to a Juneau County charge of first-degree intentional homicide. Authorities said he shot-and-killed 29-year-old Gail Howland and wounded Ebony Lasher -- who was then 23 -- outside of P-J's Bar and Grill in downtown Mauston on May 31st of last year. Lasher became a paraplegic.
Summer-school classes are resuming today at Green Bay East High School. It was evacuated yesterday after a report of a person with a gun inside. Police took two people into custody, but did not immediately say what prompted the incident. They said a pellet gun was later found -- and it was believed to be the weapon involved. No one was hurt. School officials said around 200 youngsters were in the school when a parade of law enforcement vehicles arrived around nine yesterday morning. They were released one classroom at a time, and were sent to a middle school for the rest of the school day.
One of at least three motorcyclists to die in weekend crashes in Wisconsin was identified yesterday as 34-year-old Brian Jovanovic of Eagle River. Wood County authorities said his bike collided with a vehicle that drove through a stop-sign on Highway 10 at 186 near Auburndale Saturday night. Sheriff's deputies said the vehicle driver was threatened -- so officials are withholding the driver's name for safety reasons. The motorcyclist was sent to a Marshfield hospital, where he died a short time after the crash.