CRIME AND COURT ROUNDUP: Shots fired near the home of Congresswoman Moore
Federal authorities are trying to get to the bottom of a shooting incident near the Milwaukee home of Congresswoman Gwen Moore. It happened early Wednesday morning. Moore was not there, nobody was hurt, and there's no indication that the House Democrat was targeted. Her press secretary, Staci Cox, tells W-I-T-I T-V that five shots were fired outside Moore's house. One bullet ricocheted off a house, and landed inside the congresswoman's residence in a second-floor bedroom. Neighbors said the gunshots woke them up, and the police never showed up. Under federal policy, the U-S Capitol Police from Washington are investigating. WITI says the F-B-I may also get involved.
The attorney for Purdue University murder suspect Cody Cousins says he has "compassion and concern" for the victim's family. The 23-year-old Cousins is scheduled to go on trial April 22nd, after he was charged yesterday in West Lafayette Indiana with shooting-and-stabbing 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend to death. The incident happened on Tuesday in a classroom on the Purdue campus, where Boldt was serving as a teaching assistant. A magistrate entered an innocent plea on Cousins' behalf to a murder charge. A motive has not been disclosed. Defense lawyer Robert Gevers-the-Second did not challenge the prosecutors' request that Cousins be jailed without bond. Gevers told reporters after yesterday's 10-minute arraignment that he's concerned about Boldt's family and the Purdue campus community -- and he'll provide Cousins with the best defense he can. Boldt's funeral will be held on Tuesday in West Bend.
A 33-year-old suburban Milwaukee woman has been charged with reckless homicide, in the death of a man from a heroin overdose. An Ozaukee County judge ordered a 75-thousand-dollar bond yesterday for Kirsten Nadolski of Cudahy, who's also charged with bail jumping from a previous case. She was one of two people arrested in the death of 31-year-old Joel Rebarchik of Grafton. Police and sheriff's investigators said Rebarchik died last Sunday from an apparent heroin overdose. The arrests were made Tuesday at a hotel in Franklin, and the second suspect was released after questioning. Nadolski waived the state's time limit to hold a preliminary hearing, and the status of her case will be reviewed at a proceeding next Thursday.
State law lets families hide criminal evidence so they don't incriminate their relatives -- but that courtesy does not apply to using deception to get a relative out of jail. 63-year-old Bradley Woodward of Wausau is accused of trying to pass himself as an "officer-in-training," to try and get a signature bond and reduced charges for his daughter. Marathon County jailers didn't buy it, and Woodward was charged with misdemeanor counts of impersonating an officer and obstructing police. Authorities said the incident happened last November, when Woodward's 28-year-old daughter Autumn was in jail for allegedly stealing 14-hundred-dollars in merchandise from a Walmart. She was later freed on a signature bond, with a pre-trial hearing set for February sixth. Her father is also free on a signature bond, with a tentative trial date of March 19th. Court records show that both father-and-daughter have previous records for thefts and drug convictions.
Green Bay Police now say a woman killed her nine-year-old son before taking her own life. Officers found the bodies of 33-year-old April Veraghen and her son Damien on Tuesday in an apartment on Green Bay's west side. Preliminary autopsy results were released yesterday. They show that Damien Veraghen was suffocated on purpose, and his death was ruled a homicide. His mother appeared to have died from suffocation and prescription drugs. Her death is being listed as a suicide.