Morning News Briefs: Son of alleged English bank robber arrested for not paying child supportWisconsin News
-- The son of the alleged English bank robber “Fast Eddie” has been charged with not paying child support for his four-year-old daughter north of Milwaukee.
The son of the alleged English bank robber “Fast Eddie” has been charged with not paying child support for his four-year-old daughter north of Milwaukee. Lee King was arrested yesterday in Ozark Missouri, after an arrest warrant was issued in Ozaukee County in Port Washington. It charges King with five felonies and a misdemeanor for not paying child support from July of 2009 through December of last year. King made news last month, after he spilled the beans about his father’s involvement in the theft of one-and-a-half million dollars in Britain in 1993. That led to the arrest of “Fast Eddie” Maher on fraud-and-weapons charges. King graduated from Grafton High School north of Milwaukee in 2007. Reports say he has two ex-fiancees and three children living in Wisconsin – plus a pregnant wife, another ex-fiancee, and a child in Missouri.
A Madison couple is due back in court this afternoon, on charges that they starved the man’s 15-year-old daughter and cooped her up in a basement for years. A preliminary hearing will take place in Dane County Circuit Court, where a judge will decide if the 40-year-old man and his 42-year-old wife should go on trial for a pair of felony counts. The hearing was supposed to be held on Tuesday, but the state’s chief witness had to stay home with a sick child. Doctor Barbara Knox will testify today. She examined the girl after she ran out of her house in pajamas in mid-February, and was found by a man who called 9-1-1. The girl weighed only 70 pounds – a normal weight for a child half her age – and Knox described her as the victim of quote, “serial child torture with prolonged exposure to definite starvation.” The father’s attorney has questioned the girl’s story.
A medical examiner said two Green Bay Preble High School girls died from accidental drowning, after their car rolled into a creek on Monday afternoon. Brown County Medical Examiner Al Klimek said 16-year-old Paige Derenne and 16-year-old Gabrielle Fritsche both had their organs donated to others who need them. Klimek’s report identified Derenne as the driver of a car that lost control as it tried to turn right. The car went off Highway 57 near New Franken and overturned into a creek. Klimek said it was not likely that Derenne had any alcohol. Toxicology reports are due in a week to 10 days.
A woman was killed and a 14-month girl was injured when a car rolled over near Middleton. It happened just after 2:30 yesterday afternoon on Highway 14. Dane County sheriff’s deputies said a 37-year-old woman lost control of her car, and it overturned. She was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. The baby girl was in a child-restraint seat, and was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The highway was closed for about two-and-a-half hours for clean-up and investigation. Authorities are still trying to figure out why the crash occurred. The victims’ names were not immediately released.