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The woman who lived with the man who shot four people on a Menasha bridge before taking his own life says he suffered from depression and was very irrational.

Twenty-four-year-old Haylie Peterson tells Post-Crescent Media she had expressed concern to Sergio Valencia del Toro about his depression before she left their Menasha house Sunday evening. Peterson says she left because they both needed time to process their emotions.

Police have said the two had argued after a recent broken engagement before Valencia del Toro headed to the Fox Cities Trestle Trail bridge and fatally shot Jon Stoffel, his 11-year-old daughter, Olivia, and Adam Bentdahl. Stoffel’s wife, Erin, was wounded by gunshots and is hospitalized in serious condition.

Missing Teen Found in Kenosha

A missing Racine teenager was safely located on the north side of Kenosha about 11:30 a.m. today, according to Mount Pleasant Police Department.

No additional details are being released at this time.

Daniel Brunson, 16, was reported missing Tuesday afternoon. He was last seen at Racine Case High School about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. The family said Brunson has Asperger’s syndrome and is mentally challenged.

 

Vos: Voucher Expansion can’t be Done as Proposed

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says expanding the private school voucher program probably can’t be done as Gov. Scott Walker has proposed.

Walker proposed lifting the 1,000-student enrollment cap in the statewide voucher program, with funding for the expansion coming from public school districts that lose students. However, his approach has run into opposition from voucher advocates who worry it will lead to lower vouchers for participating students.

Vos says Republicans want to ensure that those already receiving vouchers don’t see a reduction. He says they have not yet talked about expansion.

 

Kenosha Unified Plan for Worst-Case Scenario

While some legislators continue to push to restore school funding cut in Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget, Kenosha Unified School District is preparing for the worst.

The governor’s budget plan would cut $3.3 million from Unified’s state aid package. Superintendent Sue Savaglio-Jarvis said the district is preparing a preliminary budget including those cuts, saying budget cuts will not directly affect programs for kids.

 

Wisconsin Supreme Court selects new Chief Justice

Wisconsin Supreme Court justices moved quickly to replace longtime Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson with Justice Patience Roggensack.

The move Wednesday came after results of a constitutional amendment removing seniority as the sole determinant of who is chief were certified and as a federal lawsuit seeking to delay implementation is pending.

Abrahamson’s attorney Robert Peck says in a letter filed in a federal court that Abrahamson continues to believe she is still chief justice.

Peck says four justices voted via email to replace Abrahamson with Roggensack as chief justice. He says Roggensack accepted the position, even though Abrahamson and Justices Ann Walsh Bradley and Patrick Crooks objected.

Polk County jailer accused of assaulting 5 inmates

A former Polk County jailer is due in court Friday on charges of sexually assaulting at least five female inmates.

Forty-eight-year-old Darryl Christensen, of Amery, is facing five felony counts of second-degree sexual assault by a corrections officer. Prosecutors say the jailer had sex with the women while they were incarcerated at the Polk County Jail between 2011 and 2014.

A criminal complaint says the jailer would take the inmates to a secluded area where there were no video cameras.

Massive Drug Arrest in Kenosha/Racine

KENOSHA/RACINE  — More than 44 people face serious drug charges after a raid that covered Racine and Kenosha counties. Authorities say they recovered crack, heroin and illegal guns. Federal, state and local officials announced the arrests Wednesday, April 29th — calling this the biggest drug bust in Kenosha County history.

“Undercover agents, surveillance, wiretaps and the execution of approximately 20 search warrants in the Kenosha area,” United States Attorney Gregory Haanstad said.

“I believe and hope that this investigation has severed a large pipeline of heroin coming into the city of Kenosha,” Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey said.

Zion residents want body cameras for police officers
Residents of Zion, Ill., are calling on all of its officers to be equipped with body cameras following the police-involved shooting death of 17-year-old Justus Howell, a former Kenosha resident.
The Chicago Tribune reports about 150 people attended a City Council meeting Tuesday in Zion, where more than two dozen members of the Zion-Benton Ministerial Association made the plea for body cameras.

Wilmot fetes Academic Decathlon champs
Wilmot High School today celebrated its Academic Decathlon national championship, earned Saturday in California.

Assessment challenges
frustrate village
A Pleasant Prairie assessor is crying foul after a series of companies hired a notorious firm to help lower their tax bill.
Both Target Corp. and Team R N’B Wisconsin LLC, which owns Famous Dave’s on Highway 50, filed claims with the village alleging excessive assessment for their 2014 tax bills.

Kenosha Man Reports
Accidental Shooting
Kenosha Police and ambulance services have been dispatched to Villa Michael Apartments, 1814 89th St., to investigate a report of a man who claims to have accidentally shot himself in the leg.
Two children are reportedly at the apartment, the man reported to police dispatchers. He was reportedly shot accidentally by a 9 mm handgun, which he left in the bedroom while making his way to the phone.

Common Council Revokes
Terra Liquor License
This week the Milwaukee Common Council voted to uphold the recommendation by the Council’s Licenses Committee to revoke the liquor license of Terra Bar, 600 South 6th Street by 14-0. Alderman Bob Donovan was listed as excused from the meeting.
Attorney Arellano, who accused Alderman Perez of unethical behavior, respond to the Spanish Journal’s request for comment via email and stated that is law firm will be reviewing transcripts of the hearings.
“We plan to review the transcript of the two hearings to revoke the lisence of the Terra Restaurant & Bar…in order to determine whether the punitive desicion elevates to the level of arbitrary & capricious”, said Arellano.
Arellano also stated that he will be exploring whether there is a potential constitutional issue, but that it is the ultimate decision of his client, Terra Bar as to whether or not to file a Court petition.

Unified middle schools may get early release on Fridays

The Kenosha Unified School District is considering moving to a Friday early release schedule for middle schools.

Young professionals get tips on being successful

Career advancement strategies and personal keys to success were some of the messages young professionals heard during a rapid-fired session Wednesday morning.

Carthage presentation explores LGBT rights, religious liberty

The issue of the rights of lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender individuals and religious liberty was the focus of presentations by a duo of Carthage College professors and the campus pastor Wednesday.

The presentation, which was open to the public, explored a number of cases including recent laws passed to promote expansion of religious freedom. It also focused on the public’s greater acceptance of people of diverse gender orientation and same-sex marriage.

 

Police Hold 2 in Madison Stabbing Death

Authorities in Madison say they’re holding two men in connection with a state informant’s death earlier this month.

A canoeist discovered 23-year-old Jacob Payne’s body in Lake Mendota on Saturday.

Investigators said Payne had been living out of his car, which he had been parking at an auto-repair shop in the town of Burke, and was working with the state Justice Department as a drug informant.

1  Dead after St. Croix River Anglers Argue

Authorities are searching for three men after an argument on opposite banks of the St. Croix River led to a fatal stabbing at Interstate Park in Wisconsin.

The Polk County sheriff’s office identified the stabbing victim as 34-year-old Peter Kelly of St. Croix Falls.

The dispute began about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, when Kelly and another man who were fishing on the Minnesota side of the river began arguing with three men on the Wisconsin side. The sheriff’s office says the argument escalated until Kelly went to the Wisconsin side and was stabbed by one of the three men, who then fled.

 

Deep-sea Treasure Hunter

Pleads Guilty

A deep-sea treasure hunter who spent years as a fugitive after refusing to testify about gold he discovered in a historic shipwreck pleaded guilty today to contempt of court.

Tommy Thompson, 62, pleaded guilty to the criminal contempt charge in federal court in Columbus, Ohio. Thompson went missing three years ago amid demands he appear in court. He was apprehended in January.

Nicklaus Makes a Hole-in-One

Jack Nicklaus thrilled the crowd Wednesday at the annual Masters par-3 contest, making a hole-in-one on the fourth hole. The six-time Masters champion, playing in the exhibition at age 75, spun an iron shot back into the hole for the ace.

Watch the Afternoon Kenosha News Minute

Watch this afternoon’s Kenosha News Minute video roundup sponsored by Festival Foods. Our top story is on the low turnout in Tuesday’s spring election.

Family of Mississippi Man Found Hanging Lawyers hired by the family of a black man found hanging in Mississippi say they are hiring independent experts to conduct an investigation separate from the one pursued by state and federal authorities.

Attorney Dennis Sweet IV said today that family members do not believe 54-year-old Otis Byrd died by suicide. Byrd was found hanging near his home in Port Gibson last month. Authorities are trying to determine if he was killed or took his own life.

Bell Addressed at 

Commission Meeting

Michael M. Bell’s recent and ongoing accusations targeting Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey and his department reached a boiling point for local residents and board members Wednesday at the Kenosha Police and Fire Commission meeting.

All you Can Eat Tacos is Back!

Hosted by the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation Inc./Mexican Fiesta and El Rey Mexican Products, 16th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Event.  All You Can Eat Taco Dinner & A Fantastic Kids Day (Día del Niño).

Yes, the 16th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner kicks off Friday, April 24th, 2015 from 5:00pm to 8:30pm at Vieau Elementary School (823 S. 4th St.) in Walkers Point (4th and National Ave.).

The incredibly low priced tickets for the event remain at $7.00 for an adult (8 years old and up) and $5.00 for a child (3-7 years old). And remember! Included are an All You Can Eat Taco Dinner, Entertainment & A Fantastic Kids Day (Día Del Niño).

Our volunteers are standing by at 414-383-7066.  WHSF/Mexican Fiesta office info@mexicanfiesta.org  414-383-7066.

Wis. Supreme Court to pick new chief justice ‘soon’

Members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court will meet “quite soon” to decide who should serve as chief justice now that voters have given them the power to do that, Justice Pat Roggensack said Wednesday.

Wisconsin voters on Tuesday approved an amendment by a 6-point margin reversing 126 years of history that automatically made the most senior member of the Supreme Court the chief justice.

The measure was placed on the ballot by the Republican-controlled Legislature, and opponents said it was a clear attempt to remove Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, one of the liberal members of the court.

New Brighton officials open to garbage options

Newly elected Brighton Town Board members said Wednesday they will not kick the issue of the new garbage contract to the curb.

New Silver Lake president supports sheriff takeover of village policing

Silver Lake president-elect Bruce Nopenz said he supports having the Sheriff’s Department provide policing in the village.

The proposal will be presented to the public at a meeting set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Riverview School, 300 E. Prosser St.