Crime and Court Roundup: NTSB will close its investigation into crash that killed six WisconsinitesWisconsin News
-- The National Transportation Safety Board says it will not conduct a further investigation into a weekend freeway crash in Kentucky that killed six Wisconsinites.
The National Transportation Safety Board says it will not conduct a further investigation into a weekend freeway crash in Kentucky that killed six Wisconsinites. The Kentucky State Police is continuing its own probe into Saturday’s mishap on Interstate-65, about 50 miles south of Louisville. Officials said a semi-truck driver from Michigan might have been distracted, just before his truck rear-ended an S-U-V that was returning to Wisconsin from a vacation in Florida. 62-year-old James Gollnow of Pella in Shawano County was driving the S-U-V. He was killed, along with his 62-year-old wife Barbara – foster children Soledad Smith, age 8, and Gabriel Zumig, age 10 – 92-year-old family friend Marion Champnise, and 18-year-old Sarina Gollnow. Two foster teenagers in the S-U-V were taken to hospitals in Louisville and Lexington with injuries that included burns and fractures. Investigators said the trucker, 47-year-old Ibrahim Fetic of Troy Michigan, had a blood sample taken – and police were checking his driving records. Funeral director Bob Didier of Marion said the Gollnows were originally from Wisconsin before they moved to Tennessee and came back. He said they long cared for foster children. About 15 minutes after the original crash, a four-vehicle wreck occurred in the opposite lanes of the freeway – apparently caused by gapers to the other mishap. The drummer for country star Kellie Pickler was seriously hurt. 36-year-old Gregg Lohman of Tennessee was in serious condition at last word.
Central Wisconsin authorities asked for people’s help this morning to find a trained law enforcement dog that went missing. Toro, a German shepherd K-9 officer for the Wood County sheriff’s department, was loaned to a state trooper to help search a vehicle for drugs in neighboring Portage County. During the incident, Toro ran into a wooded area along Highway 54 and never returned. Wood and Portage county officers searched through the night for Toro, but could not find him. Authorities say the dog is not dangerous unless he’s provoked.
Police in Saint Paul Minnesota say they’ve been getting tips on the whereabouts of former Wisconsin resident Kira Steger Trevino. But there’s still been no trace of her, 12 days after she vanished and four days after her husband was charged with killing her. Saint Paul Police presume that the 30-year-old Trevino is dead, after evidence of a bloody fight in the master bedroom of the Saint Paul home that she shared with 39-year-old Jeffrey Trevino. Trevino was reported missing February 22nd, after she failed to report to her job as a clothing store manager in Bloomington’s Mall of America. Saint Paul Police now say they’re interested in reports of any unusual activity within 100 miles of the Twin Cities between nine p-m on February 21st and 10 the next morning. Kira Steger Trevino graduated from Schofield D-C Everest High School in 2011. About 200 people attended a vigil for her in Schofield on Friday evening.
Manitowoc Police say they’ve arrested a drunk driver suspected of causing a crash that killed two men and injured five other people. Police said the driver sped through a stop-sign, collided with another vehicle, and rolled over. It happened around 2:45 yesterday morning. A 23-year-old Manitowoc man and a 24-year-old Two Rivers man died at the scene. Their passenger, a 21-year-old Newton man, was hospitalized in Green Bay at last word with serious injuries. All three were in the vehicle that was hit. It ended up in nearby yard. The driver accused of causing the mishap escaped injury. Three others in that vehicle were treated at hospitals and later released.
A central Wisconsin man faces a possible charge of reckless homicide, after he allegedly shot his girlfriend to death. Officials said 28-year-old Coleman Dybul was sleeping at his home in Adams early Saturday when 27-year-old Toni Voss of Adams startled him – and he killed her with a shotgun he kept near his bed. The victim was identified yesterday. She died at the scene. A young child in the home was not harmed, and is now staying with another relative. Deputies are still investigating.