WISCONSIN NEWS ROUND-UP: Man arrested in connection with Milwaukee shooting of four-year old
MILWAUKEE - WISN-TV is reporting police have taken a man into custody in connection with the shooting of a four-year old Milwaukee boy Wednesday evening.
Lt. Mark Stanmeyer, spokesperson for the Milwaukee Police Department says, a 35-year old man who lived in the home, has been arrested for felony possession of a firearm. Authorities believe the shooting was an accident and involved a group of kids playing with the gun. At last report, the four-year old is still in critical condition.
A study released by Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn shows there were 105 homicides in Milwaukee last year. It's the largest number in six years and a 15 percent increase over the previous year. Flynn has attributed the violence to gangs in the past. He says his department is working to counter the violence by evolving patrolling techniques and engaging community leaders.
Today's final session of the state Assembly includes votes on a bill that would make chemotherapy drugs more affordable for cancer patients. The bill quickly passed the Senate earlier this week and Governor Scott Walker has said he would sign that version into law. However, Assembly Republicans are talking about making changes before voting on the bill, which could put it at risk. Today is the Assembly's last planned day in session and the bill must pass both chambers in the same form. The key issues the Wisconsin Assembly is debating on it's final planned session day of the year include creating sanctions for failing schools and setting new requirements for asbestos exposure lawsuits. The agenda for today is packed with over 40 other bills. Debate is expected to go into the night and early morning hours of Friday. Whatever they do not pass is dead for the year.
One of the many bills the State Assembly has to debate on this its final session day, is a bipartisan bill making it a crime to deploy unmanned drones with surveillance capabilities in areas where the public has a reasonable expectation of privacy. It would also require police to obtain warrants before using drones to collect evidence. States across the country are considering similar legislation as drone technology advances.
Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes say they want to spear more than 63,000 walleye across northern Wisconsin this spring. It's the tribes annual declaration of the amount of fish they could potentially harvest under terms of a court decision which upheld their 19th century treaty rights. Mike Staggs, Director of the Buearu of Fisheries Management with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said the agency will review the declaration before issuing any bag limits for non-tribal anglers. The declaration is a record - some 5,000 more walleye than last year's declaration, which forced the DNR to limit anglers to one or two fish on more than 500 lakes. But Staggs notes the spearing has historically netted fewer fish than the six Chippewa tribes declare. The chairman of the state Assembly's tourism committee, Representative Dean Kaufert, said Thursday that the Chippewa's new record spearfishing goals are too aggressive.
The Lac du Flambeau Chippewa tribe's plans for an off-reservation casino in south-western Wisconsin are moving forward. The tribe and city of Shullsburg have reached an agreement on terms for building a 20-acre casino and resort complex in the area. Project consultant Joseph Hunt says the intergovernmental and development agreement includes assurances that the tribe will help pay for infrastructure for the facility and make annual impact payments. The next step is for an environmental impact statement to be completed by this summer. The project then gets sent to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for review.
A state prison inmate serving time for sexual assault has been linked to a 14-year-old case in Chippewa County. New charges have been filed against 34-year-old Thomas Bealhen after his DNA matched evidence in a sexual assault that took place in Lake Holcombe on July 4th, 2000. Court records show a 21-year-old woman was raped, but there wasn't enough evidence to make an arrest. That changed when Bealhen was convicted of second-degree sexual assault in Waukesha County last year, putting his DNA in the state crime lab database. Chippewa County DA Wade Newell told WEAU-13 News that a condom found at the scene of the assault in 2000 contains DNA from both Bealhen and the victim. Bealhan is supposed to be released from prison in 2017, but a conviction in this case could land him an additional 60 years. His first court date is set for April 29th.
The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is conducting new searches for evidence along Highway 14 in the homicide of Cheryl Gilberg. She was found dead in her home in Mazomanie on February 23rd. Among the evidence Deputies are hoping to find is a .38 caliber revolver missing from Gilberg’s home. Authorities say more than 100 people have been interviewed as part of the investigation. One person is considered a "primary suspect" and is currently being held in the Rock County jail on bail-jumping and drug possession charges.
A pair of puppies badly injured when they were doused in bleach are ready to go to their new homes. Renee Webb with the Fond du Lac Humane Society says the dogs, named Tina and Turner, have received the all-clear for adoption from a veterinarian. They will head to new homes this weekend, after dozens of people applied to adopt them. The dogs suffered chemical burns and eye ulcers in February when an eight-year-old boy threw bleach on them. Turner also suffered lung damage. Webb says he will be prone to lung infections in the future, but both dogs are looking happy and healthy after their time at the shelter.
____________________________A Clark County man is facing criminal charges, after police say he sold oxycodone to a UW-Stout student who then overdosed on the medication. Prosecutors say 28-year-old David Thorne of Owen admitted to selling an oxycodone pill to 23-year-old Jesse Jensen in late January. Jensen then took the pill with alcohol and was later found dead at her off-campus apartment in Menomonie with a blood-alcohol level of .16. Jensen also had morphine in her system. Prosecutors have not yet said what Thorne will be charged with.___________________________ Today marks the 160th anniversary of the birth of the Republican Party, and it's a special day in Ripon. The party's roots are traced back to the city's Little White Schoolhouse, where the first meeting of individuals who helped found the Republican party was held. Jason Mansmith of the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce says 53 people got together at the schoolhouse on March 20, 1854 to organize a new party, which was focused heavily on the anti-slavery movement. Ripon is planning a number of events throughout the year to celebrate the anniversary.