Crime and Court Roundup: Investigation nearly complete into pit bull maulingWisconsin News
-- Sheriff’s deputies in far southern Wisconsin are almost finished investigating an attack by two pit bulls that killed a 14-year-old boy almost two weeks ago.
Sheriff’s deputies in far southern Wisconsin are almost finished investigating an attack by two pit bulls that killed a 14-year-old boy almost two weeks ago. Walworth County sheriff’s captain Dana Nigbor says she does not expect criminal charges in the mauling of Daxton Borchardt. The district attorney’s office will have the final say on charges – and D-A Daniel Necci says it’s too soon to tell what his office might do. Daxton was at a baby-sitter’s house near Walworth on March sixth when both the child and the female baby-sitter were attacked by a pair of pit bulls. The 30-year-old woman owned the dogs, which were euthanized soon after the incident. The woman survived.
A Pewaukee couple and their teenage son will pay a total of 27-hundred-dollars in fines, for hosting a youth alcohol party that resulted in three traffic deaths. Scott and Charlene Wetzel and their 18-year-old son Jason were initially given 26 citations by Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel. Yesterday, a judge accepted a plea deal in which Charlene accepted four citations, and the two male defendants accepted one ticket. The D-A said the fines send a strong message that it’s not acceptable for adults to provide alcohol to other people’s children. All three people killed in the traffic crash were 18 – Hartland Arrowhead High School graduates Kody Koepke and Timothy Peters, and Arrowhead senior Ian Glidden. Koepke had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit from what he drank at the Wetzels’ party. Police said he was going 53-miles-an-hour in a 30-zone when the car slammed into a utility pole. Schimel said just nine underage people admitted drinking at the party – and it was almost certain that more alcohol was provided than a 30-pack of beer that Charlene was caught with.
Two Stevens Point police officers are being recognized for saving a 15-year-old boy while he was trying to take his own life. It happened Friday afternoon on the Clark Street bridge over the Wisconsin River. According to Police Chief Kevin Ruder, the boy was unruly when he ran away from counselors – and he had climbed over a railing to jump into the river’s frigid waters. Officer Joan Moss leaned over the rail and caught the teen – and officer Joe Kramer and the boy’s counselor helped get him back to the bridge deck. Ruder said the youngster is now getting the help he needs, and the two officers will be honored at an upcoming meeting of the Stevens Point Common Council.
State and federal investigators are still trying to figure out what started a duplex fire in West Allis that killed two teenagers early Sunday. Officials confirmed yesterday that no adults were in the upstairs unit when Michael Gonzales and Isaiha Kobow, both 14, were killed. Two younger Gonzales brothers are expected to survive. West Allis fire lieutenant Jay Scharfenberg said the entire second floor was burning, while a number of fire-fighters tried to reach an attic where the youngsters were. He said they kept pushing back the flames – but the fire came roaring back, and the ceiling collapsed on them. Officials said a man and a woman lived downstairs. The man heard a smoke alarm and smelled something from upstairs – and as he kicked open the door, the two young survivors were just leaving. Officials said it was the most intense house fire that many fire-fighters had ever experienced. Units from Brookfield, Wauwatosa, and Greenfield helped West Allis fire-fighters put it out.
Authorities in north central Wisconsin say they’re puzzled by Saturday’s death of a snowmobiler. Langlade County chief deputy John Schunke tells the Antigo Daily Journal there was no evidence of a crash. He said 55-year-old Robert Ottman of Rhinelander was alive when his machine reached the end of a private stretch of land next to Otter Lake near Elcho. Ottman was reportedly planning to ride on the lake. Langlade County Coroner Larry Shadick said Ottman could have died from exposure, but other factors remained possible before an autopsy was conducted yesterday. Ottman’s body was found next to his machine. Authorities have not been able to find his helmet. There’s no evidence of foul play.