Saturday State News Briefs: Burlington community helping out Echo Foods workersWisconsin News
-- Burlington businesses and charities are stepping forward to help workers who lost their jobs in last week’s fire at Echo Lake Foods.
BURLINGTON - Burlington businesses and charities are stepping forward to help workers who lost their jobs in last week’s fire at Echo Lake Foods.
About 300 people worked at the egg processing plant. Local officials say this is the biggest disruption Burlington has felt in years. The charity and food pantry Love Incorporated has budgeted 324 thousand dollars to meet the new food needs. The Salvation Army has offered 10 thousand dollars to help people pay their rent and Thrivent Financial and Talmer Bank and Trust have each pledged five thousand in matching donations. One official reports people have already donated thousands of dollars to help their neighbors in a time of need.
Six jurors and three alternates will be chosen Monday to hear testimony at an inquest into the death of Derek Williams. The 22-year old Milwaukee man died while he was struggling to breath in the back seat of a police squad car. The jury’s advisory verdict will guide a special prosecutor who must decide whether to file criminal charges against the police officers who didn’t help Williams. The officers were previously cleared of any wrongdoing, but the case was re-opened and the special prosecutor appointed. Parallel to the local investigation is a federal criminal civil rights investigation being conducted by the FBI. The Milwaukee Police Department could be sued.
Carmen Santana had told her neighbor, if she ever died that neighbor should tell police her boyfriend killed her. He did. Darrick L. Bennett pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless homicide last September in the beating and strangling death of Santana. She was 30 years old and had shared an apartment with Bennett and his two children for about two years. The neighbor told police Santana had told him the 42 year old Bennett was beating her up a lot lately. Bennett was sentenced to 35 years in prison yesterday. If he gets out, he will then serve another 10 years on supervised release.
A Milwaukee man has been sentenced to 18 months in jail and told to stay away from Oak Leaf Trail, Gordon Park, Lake Park and Lincoln Memorial Drive. Forty-one year old Duane Fish admitted he’d groped three women along Milwaukee paths last fall. He’d been facing three counts of fourth-degree sexual assault for incidents in October and November. Fish also has to get a drug and alcohol abuse assessment, comply with any treatment, maintain absolute sobriety and have his name placed on the sex offender registry for the next 15 years.