Crime and Court Roundup: Manitowoc Police Officer put on administrative dutyWisconsin News
-- An 18-year veteran of the Manitowoc Police Department has been put on administrative duty, while officials investigate a high-speed chase last Tuesday in which shots were fired.
An 18-year veteran of the Manitowoc Police Department has been put on administrative duty, while officials investigate a high-speed chase last Tuesday in which shots were fired. Manitowoc County Sheriff Robert Hermann has completed his review of the matter – and he referred his findings to District Attorney Mark Rohrer. Authorities are also waiting for evidence from the State Crime Lab. A 14-year-old runaway boy from Piat County Illinois was driving a stolen pick-up truck that was spotted by Manitowoc officers. Initial reports from witnesses said the truck was driving erratically – and when police tried to stop the vehicle, it sped up and a chase was on. An officer tried to box the truck in, and the driver hit the squad and heavily damaged it. The truck then hit a utility pole, and an officer fired several shots at it. Reports said the officer feared for the safety of him and others. Also, Police Chief Tony Dick has asked Green Bay Police to determine if Manitowoc’s policies and procedures were followed. Investigators also want to talk to a possible witness driving a dark-colored pick-up truck near the scene.
A court appearance has not been scheduled yet for a Milwaukee man arrested yesterday for a murder in Sheboygan. Milwaukee Police arrested 27-year-old Ronnie Polk without incident. He’s charged with first-degree reckless homicide and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Polk is accused of shooting-and-killing 24-year-old Brandon Davis of Sheboygan Saturday night. Prosecutors said they were drinking at another person’s home when they started arguing. The criminal complaint said Polk pulled out a gun and waved it toward Davis – and Davis reportedly said, “I’m your brother, you won’t shoot me.” Witnesses said the two were about six-feet away from each other when Polk shot at Davis’s shoulder. Police said the shot was enough to kill Davis, and he died later at a Milwaukee hospital. Court records showed that Polk was convicted in March of drunk driving in Sheboygan County, and driving with a suspended license. He has also been convicted in Milwaukee County of vehicle theft and fleeing an officer.
Two people have been arrested in the killing of a 49-year-old man in Wausau. A 20-year-old man and an 18-year-old man both face possible charges of felony murder and armed burglary. Police were sent to a house yesterday morning to check into a sudden death – and they found the man had been struck in the head. Wausau Police are expected to say more at a mid-morning news conference.
A former computer technician at Marquette University is due back in court June 29th. Christopher Cichon is accused of breaking into his dorm director’s Facebook account so he could make inflammatory posts, and get back at her for confiscating his toaster. She said the 21-year-old Cichon violated dorm rules by having the toaster. Prosecutors said Cichon secretly installed a program on the woman’s computer that records everything she writes. Prosecutors said he wanted her password so he could make false posts. His lawyer, Julius Kim, said Cichon knows he did wrong. The attorney says there have been discussions about a plea bargain.