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Madison police are continuing to investigate a “violent home invasion” where a pregnant woman was sexually assaulted by several men who forced entry into a home at the end of February, officials said. The incident happened on Quincy Avenue around 4 a.m. on Feb. 23, according to a release. Police are not releasing the exact location in order to protect the 30-year-old man and woman who were attacked, officials said. “In this particular case, it’s such a tragedy we are really doing everything we can to make sure these people maintain their anonymity,” Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain said. “The people who were victimized are not involved in drugs or criminal enterprise whatsoever. These are good citizens who were victimized in a very heinous way.” Investigators believe the robbers meant to target another residence and hit this home by mistake. “The people inside were very very innocent people, and the people who got into that home decided to perpetrate crimes even though we believe they knew they were in the wrong residence very quickly,” DeSpain said. Several armed people forced entry into the home, demanded money and assaulted the residents, according to the release. During the 40- to 50-minute home invasion, several suspects repeatedly sexually assaulted the woman, who was six months pregnant. The two residents were forced to walk to a local business to call 911 after the incident, police said. Several items that were stolen from the property have been recovered. Michon Thomas, 22, of Madison, was taken into custody on Feb. 23 on a probation violation, according to the release. On Feb. 26, officers and detectives took Kristopher Hughes, 20, of Madison, into custody for a probation violation. With the assistance of other agencies, Efemia Neumaier, 21, of Madison, Eric Bass, 23, of Madison, and DeAndre Mayweathers, 23, of Madison, were taken into custody on March 6 on tentative charges related to this crime. Investigators said two of the suspects, Demarco Mallit, 22, of Madison and Hughes were observed on video attempting to conceal or destroy property taken during the robbery. As a result, Mallit was taken into custody on a probation violation. Neumaier faces tentative charges of conspiracy to commit an armed robbery. Mayweathers faces tentative charges of conspiracy to commit an armed robbery. Mallit faces tentative charges of aiding a felon and theft. Hughes faces tentative charges of conspiracy to commit an armed robbery, party to the crime of armed robbery, six counts of party to a crime of first-degree sexual assault and substantial battery while armed. Thomas faces tentative charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, party to a crime of armed robbery, and six counts of party to a crime of first-degree sexual assault. Bass faces tentative charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, party to a crime of armed robbery and six counts of party to a crime of first-degree sexual assault. The Dane County District Attorney’s Office Crime Response Team has been providing services to the couple, according to the release.
Published: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:44:30 GMT
Lake Delton police have identified the man who fell from a Mount Olympus roller coaster last week. Anthony Theisen, 64, fell from the Opa roller coaster Thursday night, and was breathing but unresponsive when crews got to the scene. Lake Delton Police Lt. Daniel Hardman said Theisen was listed as being in stable condition the other day. UW Hospital officials say they do not currently have a patient by that name. State investigators are hoping to complete their report on the incident within the next day. Hannah Zillmer, a spokeswoman with the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, said the agency is waiting on details from Zamperla Manufacturing, which constructed the Opa roller coaster, before releasing its report on the matter. DSPS records show the coaster had been inspected eight times since 2006, most recently last May. The only problems state investigators found were in September 2008, when Mt. Olympus was required to fix protruding corners, studs, bolts and screws on all of the ride's passenger-carrying devices. Other problems identified were the lack of padding on the lap bar in the middle of one of the ride's cars and another one did not have a readable warning label. The records show the resort completed the work by the next inspection.
Published: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 01:37:06 GMT
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Published: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:36:38 GMT
A town of Dunn man was robbed and fled naked down Williamson Street Sunday morning, according to a release from Madison police. Police received reported at 10:05 a.m. of an injured and naked man walking down the 800 block of Williamson Street. The 31-year-old victim told police he was socializing with a man and a woman at a home in the neighborhood when two other men arrived. He said one was armed with a gun. The victim told police he was pistol whipped and struck by all four people. He said he was able to get away and the two men who arrived before the beating also fled. Police arrested Angelica L. Cleary, 34, and Ralph F. Howland III, 43, both of Madison on suspicion of party to the crime of armed robbery. One of the other men is described as black, in his 20s, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a thin build and dark complexion. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black cap and was armed with a handgun. The other man is described as black, 20-22 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a thin build and dark complexion. He was wearing a black cap. Crime map
Published: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:14:35 GMT
A mother has been arrested in the death of her 14-month-old son in Milwaukee. Police responded to a call from a concerned family member Sunday and found the mother semi-conscious at the home. WISN-TV reported the 36-year-old mother had apparently taken some pills. Her son was found dead at the scene. Authorities said the mother was revived, treated and arrested. The Milwaukee County medical examiner will do an autopsy to determine how the child died.
Published: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:41:45 GMT
A Whitewater man was run over after he jumped from a moving vehicle Sunday afternoon, according to a release from the Green County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said Zachary T.W. Allen, 22, jumped out of a vehicle driven by Scott J. Allen, 59, of Whitewater, as it traveled slowly looking for a place to pull over in the W8300 block of State Highway 39 in the town of York. Zachary Allen was taken to University of Wisconsin Hospital. Scott Allen and another passenger were not injured.
Published: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:13:50 GMT
After more than 40 season changes living so close to the Wisconsin River shoreline, and you can bet Mike Hollander has seen it all when it comes to flooding. "The lower roads get flooded every year, every spring, every fall, sometimes in the summer," Hollander said. Hollander said that flooding was the worst it has been as of late a couple of years ago. He said the problem is not usually houses flooding out, but rather roads being blocked by excessive water. "I have a boat. I can get to town if I need to," Hollander said. Hollander said the sudden warm-up has not been reason enough to worry. He said flooding close by is almost entirely dictated by what goes on hours north. "I'm pretty optimistic because they don't have all that much snow up north," Hollander said. "It's not like they have record snowfall." However, with things thawing out, Columbia County Emergency Management isn’t taking any chances. Starting Monday, the county is offering free sandbags for residents. Sandbag materials are available in the parking lot of the Columbia County Law Enforcement Center at 403 Jackson Street. The county is asking people to bring their own shovel and bag if they have them. Otherwise, there are some pre-made sandbags to take home. Hollander said sandbags won’t help him and his neighbors with flooded-out roads, but he hopes the county is taking any precautions it can to help mitigate flooding issues. "If we're proactive about sandbagging, already sandbags are available, then we can be proactive about flood control," Hollander said.
Published: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 01:55:05 GMT
A couple who spanked their young children with wooden dowels in line with their church teachings has been convicted of child abuse. Twenty-nine-year-old Matthew Caminiti and 27-year-old Alina Caminiti of Black Earth were convicted Friday. The Wisconsin State Journal reports Matthew Caminiti is the son of Philip Caminiti, who led Aleitheia Bible Church. The church taught parents to hit children, including infants, on their bare bottoms with wooden dowels to teach proper behavior. Several members of the church were arrested in 2010. Philip Caminiti was convicted in 2012 of conspiracy to commit child abuse. Lawyers for the couple say there was no evidence the spankings occurred. The couple's trial was delayed by constitutional challenges claiming they had the right to discipline children and practice religion as they chose.
Published: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 02:11:19 GMT
Ads are now on the air for both Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, disagreeing over the facts on jobs and unemployment. "When she was commerce secretary, there were 72,000 more jobs than today," Burke's ad said. News 3 finds it's true that when you compare federal job numbers for the last year Burke was at the Wisconsin Department of Commerce and the most recent year under Walker, there were 72,000 more jobs then versus now. But it's the ad's claims about unemployment that have caused controversy. "Why is Scott Walker's RGA spending a million dollars attacking her?" the ad asks. "Under Walker, unemployment's up." News 3 finds this is false. "Under Walker," or during his term, unemployment is actually down, which is something the governor is now pointing out in a response ad. "When Gov. Walker took office, the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent," the ad said. "Today it is 6.3." In the Burke ad, you see 4.8 percent on the screen, which Burke's campaign says was the unemployment rate when she was commerce secretary. Is it fair for her to compare her record to the governor's? Sure, but that's not what the ad actually says or shows on screen, but rather it refers to Walker's term in office. The governor then goes on to throw out his own job figure. "Today it is 6.3 percent, the lowest it's been since 2008, over 100,000 more jobs," the ad said. News 3 finds this is true. Adding up the most accurate and best available job figures, we get to just more than 107,000 jobs created, but still not the 250,000 jobs promised in this term. Then there's the final claim in the Burke ad. "Job prospects are down to 45th in the nation," the ad said. News 3 finds this needs clarification. Burke cites a 45th ranking for 5-year job prospects as of August 2013 by Moody's Analytics. But that's not the whole picture. According to Moody's, Wisconsin ranked 45th when Walker took office in January 2011. A year later the state was 42nd, a year after that 44th and in January Wisconsin ranked 46th. For comparison's sake, the last month Mary Burke was at Commerce, the state ranked 45th. If you have an idea for a Reality Check send it to email@example.com.
Published: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 01:38:11 GMT
Madison police believe two burglaries and an attempted burglary on the city’s west side might be connected. A man called police at 7:51 p.m. Friday to report seeing two men attempting to break into his neighbor’s home in the 1400 block of Rae Lane. The man told police he was able to scare them off. Police then found that a home in the 1700 block of Lynndale Road had entered but it wasn’t known if anything was taken. Another burglary was reported in the 6000 block of Piping Rock Road after 10 p.m. when the residents returned home and found jewelry missing. In both cases, the burglars got into the homes by kicking in garage doors. Police used a K9 to track the burglars but were not able to find them. Crime map
Published: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:13:30 GMT
Edgerton police said an armed woman threatened to shoot one or more people barricaded inside an apartment on Sunday. Officers were called to 19 I.K.I Drive Sunday for a report of an armed woman making threats. The two adults and three minors inside the apartment told police they were hiding in a bedroom and barricaded the door while they were being threatened. Kristen Page, 44, was arrested at gunpoint on suspicion of disorderly conduct, recklessly endangering safety and damage to property. Police said Page was able to wave the gun through a partially open door as she attempted to get in. The gun was found inside the apartment.
Published: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:07:51 GMT
Local education groups and leaders will be holding meetings to discuss the most effective ways that Madison can help families work with providers, schools and the local government for the well-being of children, according to a release. The city of Madison, the Madison Metropolitan School District and Madison Out-of-School Time will be hosting community conversations about family involvement with Madison’s out-of-school-time programs, officials said. Madison is one of 14 cities selected by the National League of Cities to partner with the U.S. Department of Education to hold community conversations with educators, parents and community leaders, according to the release. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the city and the school district to partner with the U.S. Department of Education,” Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said in the release. “The expertise of the federal staffers, combined with the real life experience of our families, community leaders and educators can really be an asset as we work together to provide a more productive and healthy out-of-school experience for Madison’s children.” Soglin said the community already has a lot of ideas, but the forums will help channel those ideas. “We know that families are essential partners in our students’ success,” MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said in the release. “As a district, we are working hard to define authentic family engagement through district-wide standards and to give our schools the resources to make it a reality.” The conservations will focus on Madison families’ engagement with out-of-school time so that all of Madison’s children and youth have access to comprehensive, high-quality out-of-school-time programs that support positive youth development, educational achievement and career and community readiness, officials said.
Published: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:12:59 GMT
Temporary traffic signals set up on Verona Road near the Beltline as part of a Verona Road construction project were knocked down by a semitrailer Monday morning. Officials told News 3 a semitrailer going southbound on Verona road clipped a wire while going under the Beltline bridge. The clipped wire pulled down other wires and cables in the area. Motorists were encouraged to avoid the area while crews made repairs. Some lanes and ramps were blocked. The incident happened after 9 a.m.
Published: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:39:28 GMT
A new report shows fewer people are riding buses in some Wisconsin communities, and transportation experts say the decline is due to cuts in funding and services. The American Public Transportation Association released figures Monday showing more Americans are using public transportation. The largest increases are in people riding the train. The number of people riding public buses is holding fairly steady nationwide. But in Wisconsin cities like Milwaukee and Racine, ridership is down. Al Stanek is the parking and transit systems manager for the city of Racine. He says one reason ridership declined there is the transit service cut bus routes to save money in light of state funding cuts. Stanek says the Belle Urban System has reduced its hours by more than 10 percent in two years.
Published: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:05:45 GMT
City leaders held a meeting Monday night to discuss this summer’s Rhythm and Booms event on Lake Monona. Officials said the meeting was for neighbors to talk about any concerns they have about the new location for the Fourth of July celebration, and for leaders to provide an update on the plans and city approvals that have not yet been granted. Neighbors affected by the event also learned about cleanup plans. A couple dozen people expressed concerns they have about the event moving from Warner Park to downtown, including security. Members of those neighborhood groups said the more communication they have with the city, the more comfortable they feel with the event. "The more I hear about the planning and the more discussions I hear, the better I feel about it. And one of the reasons we’re having this meeting tonight is to get more information out to people. So this is a good thing," said Jonathon Cooper with Capitol Neighborhood’s Bassett. According to Madison alder Marsha Rummel’s blog, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin did not budget any funds for Rhythm and Booms this year. Madison Festivals, Inc., will be putting on the free event for area residents, and as of late January, they have reached 44 percent of their sponsorship goal. The fireworks show is scheduled for June 28.
Published: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 02:54:28 GMT
Officials said blood and shell casings were found outside an east Madison restaurant Sunday after police received a report of shots fired. The Madison Police Department said officers responded to a report of gunfire heard outside the Denny's on Thierer Road at 3:49 a.m. Witnesses told police a fight in the parking lot was followed by shots fired. Police said blood and shell casings were found at the scene but police had not located any victims Sunday morning. Officers stopped two vehicles that left the scene and spoke to the occupants, the report noted. Police said Jamal Greer, 20, was arrested after giving officers a false name. He was charged with obstructing and taken to Dane County Jail on a probation hold. Crime map
Published: Sun, 09 Mar 2014 19:28:48 GMT
A bill that would allow Wisconsin schools to extend school days and shorten school years to save money is up for a vote in the Senate this week. The bill would get rid of the requirement that schools teach for 180 days or lose state funding. Schools are still required to teach the same number of hours under the bill. Another change under the law allows the state Department of Public Instruction to fund remedial courses and interim school sessions. The package is being viewed as a cost saving measure for districts that have seen state funding decrease in recent years. Three Democrats joined the bill's Republican sponsors, and DPI and other education groups have voiced strong support for the proposal.
Published: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:47:43 GMT
A 23-year-old Madison man was taken to a hospital after being hit by a car during a street fight Sunday afternoon, according to a release from Madison police. Officers were called to the 3100 block of Churchill Drive at 3:33 p.m. for a report of a street fight and found one of the men involved had been struck by a car. The man told police he was part of a disturbance involving several men and during the scuffle a car drove at him, striking his leg. The victim was taken to a hospital with a shattered kneecap. Lavonte J. Enochs, 21, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree reckless endangerment. Witnesses told police that during the disturbance a second vehicle also drove quickly at a group of people. It missed the people but struck a snowbank and mailbox. Crime map
Published: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:46:22 GMT
Firefighters put out a blaze that sent flames through the roof of a south side Burger King early Monday morning, according to the Madison fire department. The fire was called in at the restaurant on the corner of Park Street and Badger Road around 4:40 a.m. Monday. Fire officials said employees preparing the open the restaurant found the fire in the deep fryer. An employee tried unsuccessfully to put the fire out with fire extinguishers. The fire was reported by a passerby ho reported smoke and flames coming from the roof. When firefighters arrived, they quickly put out the blaze. “Madison fire made a quick attack, knocked down the fire with a hose line, and started pulling down the ceiling because the fire had gotten up into the ceiling,” Madison Fire Department spokesman Eric Dahl said. Fire officials said no one was hurt. Officials said they expect the restaurant to be closed for a few days while workers clean up the damage. Damage in the kitchen is estimated at $60,000.
Published: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:08:18 GMT
A mother accused charged with neglect resulting in harm was ordered to stay away from her children during a hearing in Dodge County Court on Monday. The children of Secoy Koch-Miller, 25, were removed from a town of Burnett home that authorities said is uninhabitable. A $1,000 signature bond was set during Monday’s court appearance. A criminal complaint against said Koch-Miller was living with her mother, her newborn and 2-year-old son in the home with deplorable conditions. Medical reports said the toddler was underweight, covered with bug bites, had a bruised eye and spiders in his hair. The complaint stated the baby had a respiratory illness, but otherwise seemed to be OK. Sheriff's deputies and human services workers who went to the house say they found animal feces and urine, rotting food, maggots in the refrigerator and clogged toilets. The complaint said clutter throughout the home prevented authorities from opening doors. Officials said they also found standing water and mold in the basement. The 2-year-old boy weighed 20 pounds when he was removed from the home. The 2-month-old girl is said the be growing more normally than her brother, but doctors are conducting tests because they are concerned that the children may have worms. The children were removed and placed in foster care. Kock-Miller's mother, Better Koch-Miller, told authorities she cared for the children and felt they were healthy and not in danger. She also said the house had been clean until the previous two weeks. A detective said he believed it took more than two weeks to accumulate the number of belongings inside the home. The investigation started when the father of the infant girl contacted law enforcement and expressed concern for her health. At the time, the father of the girl was incarcerated in the Dodge County Jail. If found guilty, Koch-Miller faces up to six years in prison.
Published: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:54:11 GMT