STATE NEWS ROUNDUP: Man tried to steal drugs from a vet clinic, but got stuck in an air vent naked
Police said a northern Wisconsin man tried to steal drugs from a veterinary clinic in Milwaukee -- but when he tried to break in, he got stuck in an air vent for 10 hours while naked. Officials said 19-year-old Shane Ray of Phelps was discovered Monday morning, when workers at Milwaukee's Small Animal Hospital heard him screaming for help. He faces an attempted burglary charge in Milwaukee County. Online court records do not list the case yet. Police Captain Aaron Raap said Ray went to the vet hospital on Sunday night with the idea of getting drugs. Raap said Ray couldn't find any windows to enter, so he got naked on the roof before entering the ventilation system with a hammer and flashlight in each hand. He reportedly crawled in one direction, but the air shaft got narrower so he had to turn around. Eventually, Rapp said the suspect missed his entry hole and ended up at the ground level. A hospital official said the incident caused about five-thousand-dollars in damage, but the ventilating system still works. Rapp said the suspect faces similar charges for incidents in Oneida and Vilas counties. Court records show five pending cases in those two counties on charges that include criminal trespassing and damage, resisting an officer, and bail jumping.
September has been both hot-and-cold in Wisconsin. So far this month, we've seen the heat index jump to 110, followed by sub-freezing temperatures and frost in the north. Now, the pendulum is swinging toward the warm side for a couple days. The National Weather Service says Wisconsin is sandwiched between high pressure system to the east, and a stormy low-pressure system in the Great Plains. The result was a few light thunderstorms overnight in some places, and warmer lows in the 50's-and-60's. Most of the state can expect highs in the 70's today and tomorrow. Southern Wisconsin could reach the 80's both days, as much as 15 degrees above normal before things cool down on Friday. Spotty rains will continue through tonight, with a better chance of thunderstorms tomorrow and Friday.
A 24-year-old man was killed in a car crash, while he was being pursued by sheriff's officers near Merrill. It happened late yesterday afternoon on Lincoln County Trunk "W." Officials said the driver hit another vehicle and veered off the road during the chase. The Wisconsin Justice Department had put out a statewide crime alert for the man, after he reportedly took his three-week-old daughter in violation of a court order. The infant was born drug-dependent, and was under the court-ordered care of the Taylor County Human Services agency. The baby and an 18-year-old passenger were not seriously hurt. They were taken to a Merrill hospital for treatment. The names of those involved were not immediately released. Officers from the State Patrol and neighboring Marathon County are doing the investigation, to avoid a conflict-of-interest for Lincoln County officers.
Attorneys will try again today to finalize a jury for the trial of Jeffrey Trevino. He's the Saint Paul man charged with killing his wife who's from the Wausau area. Lawyers on both sides have agreed to impanel five men and three women. Two dozen others were also questioned yesterday. A half-dozen more jurors will need to be selected before testimony can begin. The process will continue until 12 jurors and two alternates are chosen. The trial is expected to last about three weeks. Jeffrey Trevino, who's 39, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the death of his wife Kira Steger Trevino. The 30-year-old victim disappeared in February, and was found dead in the Mississippi River in Saint Paul in early May. Police said there was a bloody fight at the couple's home. Relatives said Kira was trying to leave her husband for another man.
Police in Two Rivers said a 43-year-old woman may have driven away from an argument at a high rate of speed, before she died in a crash a short time later. Officers were called to an intersection on 13th Street early yesterday afternoon, where the woman and others were arguing about something. Soon after that, police said the woman drove through a stop sign down 13th Street before ending up in a wooded area. She was pinned in the wreckage and was pronounced dead at the scene after she was pulled out. The woman had extensive injuries. Her name was not immediately released. The State Patrol is re-constructing the crash scene as part of an investigation that's continuing.
Autopsies are scheduled today on a man and a woman found dead at a home in Dane County. Sheriff's deputies were sent to a residence north of Sun Prairie around 1:30 yesterday afternoon, and found the bodies. A co-worker called 9-1-1 after one of them didn't show up for work. Media reports said an older couple used to live at the house -- and they turned it over to her daughter.