Crime and Court Roundup: Twin Cities pair to enter pleas in homicide case today
A mother and her daughter are both scheduled to enter pleas this afternoon for the 2007 murder of the mother's domestic partner near Appleton. 54-year-old Dianna Siveny and 34-year-old Kandi Siveny, both from the Twin Cities' area, are both charged in Outagamie County with homicide and substantial battery in the slaying of Lara Plamann. A third defendant, 38-year-old Rosie Campbell of the Twin Cities area, pleaded innocent last Friday to homicide and criminal damage. Attorneys and the judge will meet later to review the status of her case, but no date was set for that proceeding. According to authorities, Kandi Siveny shot Plamann for cheating on her mother. Earlier testimony showed that Campbell was hired to shoot Plamann, but she backed out at the last second.
There's another sign that heroin has become the drug-of-choice among users in Wisconsin. The Journal Sentinel says that for the first time, more people in Milwaukee County are dying from the highly-addictive heroin than from cocaine. Almost 160 drug users died from overdoses last year in the state's largest county. Thirty-eight of those deaths were caused solely from heroin, and 34 died from cocaine. It was not that many years ago when a teenage heroin death in the Milwaukee suburbs was a major Wisconsin news story because of its rarity. Now, the drug and its lethal effects have gone statewide. Waukesha County recorded 13 heroin-related deaths last year, after having just two deaths in 2010. In central Wisconsin, Marathon County sheriff's investigator Gary Schneck recently said that more drug users turned to heroin after the makers of pain-killers added time-release coatings to medicines like Oxycontin to cut down on their abuse. Other experts agree that prescription drug abuse often leads to heroin abuse. They say heroin deaths would be even higher if it wasn't for Narcan, an anti-dote which has saved many abusers - but not all.
A Milwaukee pastor was expected to be released from a hospital this morning, after he and 13 church members were injured in a weekend freeway crash in Chicago. Officials said the group was heading home from a funeral when a car side-swiped a van belonging to Holy Temple First-born Missionary Baptist Church on Milwaukee's north side. Pastor Lezar Burnside was driving the van, and his wife was among the passengers. Deacon Mitchell Campbell said Burnside and his 17-month-old grand-daughter had the most serious injuries. They were the only ones still in the hospital when a service at their church began yesterday. The service went on as planned. The Illinois State Police are still investigating.
One woman was killed, and a married couple was injured after their vehicles collided head-on in central Wisconsin. The crash happened around five yesterday afternoon east of Stevens Point near Nelsonville on Highway 161. Portage County sheriff's officials said a 23-year-old Wausau woman drove across a center-line and slammed into an oncoming vehicle. The driver of the first vehicle died, and the couple in the other vehicle was taken to a Marshfield hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Officials said a dog in the couple's vehicle ran away after the crash. The mishap remains under investigation. Meanwhile, a Milton woman killed in a one-vehicle crash on Saturday night has been identified as 48-year-old Lisa Martin. Authorities said she veered off a county road in Walworth County, and struck a tree on the left side. No one else was in the vehicle at the time.
A northern Wisconsin man is still on the lam, after he narrowly escaped an attempt to arrest him. A Lincoln County sheriff's deputy saw 49-year-old Timothy Tutor outside a house on Friday night in his home area of Gleason. Officials said Tutor fled before he could be nabbed. A K-9 officer from Tomahawk helped with a search, but the dog lost the scent. Officers believe two Gleason residents either harbored Tutor, or helped him get away. Tutor is wanted on numerous counts of not paying child support. He's been wanted by state probation agents after he first ran off in August of 2011. Authorities are asking those with information to call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, or the county's Crime Stoppers' program.