CRIME AND COURT ROUNDUP: Student killed at Purdue University was from Wisconsin
The student who was killed at Purdue University yesterday was a native of West Bend and a graduate of Milwaukee Marquette High School. Authorities said 21-year-old Andrew Boldt was working as a teaching assistant in a micro-processor design class when the gunman walked in, shot Boldt, and then left. 23-year-old Cody Cousins surrendered soon after the shooting, which happened around noon yesterday on the Purdue campus at West Lafayette Indiana. He faces a preliminary murder charge. Campus Police Chief John Cox said nobody else was hurt. He believes Boldt was specifically targeted -- but he's not sure why. Boldt and Cousins were both students in Purdue's engineering school, and Cox said there's no immediate sign that the two had previous troubles. Boldt majored in electrical engineering. He graduated from Milwaukee Marquette in 2010, and he was expected to get his college diploma this spring. The electrical engineering building was closed for the afternoon, while other campus buildings had a "stay in place" order lifted around 45 minutes after the incident. Purdue President Mitch Daniels ordered classes canceled at least through today. He cut short a week-long school trip to Colombia to deal with the tragedy.
A Shawano man will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing his former lover and her brother. 30-year-old Daniel Schmidt was sentenced yesterday to two life terms with no chance for a supervised release. An Oconto County jury found Schmidt guilty last fall on two counts of first-degree intentional homicide. He shot 32-year-old Kimberly Rose and her 22-year-old brother Leonard Marsh in 2009 at Rose's home near Gillett. Prosecutors said Rose was murdered for threatening to expose that Schmidt cheated on his wife -- and to keep her from revealing his marijuana-growing operation. Investigators also said Rose loaned Schmidt a-thousand dollars for a motorcycle, and he never paid her back.
A southern Wisconsin teacher who was fired for downloading sexually-explicit material at school will return to the classroom next Monday. Officials in the Middleton-Cross Plains district say Andrew Harris will attend a professional development session on Friday. On Monday, he'll start teaching seventh-grade science at Kromrey Middle School -- the same subject and grade level as before, but in a different building. Harris was let go in 2010, but an arbitrator later ruled that Harris should have only been suspended for two weeks. The School Board appealed, and the State Supreme Court said last week it would not consider overturning the arbitrator's decision. Harris will get around 200-thousand dollars in back pay. That, plus legal fees, caused the Middleton-Cross Plains district to spend close to a million dollars on the case. The School Board endorsed the reinstatement plan on Monday night. It was given to the teachers' union yesterday, and Superintendent Don Johnson said Harris accepted the terms.
A 27-year-old man is free on bond, after a woman reportedly got her hand caught in the man's car door while trying to escape, and she was dragged along a street. It happened last Friday in Rothschild, near Wausau. Michael Speirs is charged in Marathon County with felony counts of false imprisonment and strangulation-and-suffocation, plus misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct. Online court records list Speirs' address as Madison. Prosecutors said the woman tried breaking off her relationship with Speirs at a house in Wausau -- and he tried strangling her as the woman's child watched. Officials said Speirs was apparently going to take her to a hospital -- but when she tried to get out, he reportedly caught her, slammed her hand in the door, and drove off as the woman hung outside. Speirs posted a two-thousand-dollar cash bond to go along with a signature bond. He's due back in court a week from today for a preliminary hearing.