Local Things You Need To Know


Boy, 12, allegedly bound with duct tape for trying to buy Silly Putty  
3:02 a.m.

WAUKESHA — An Oconomowoc couple was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Friday for an alleged incident in which the man tied up his 12-year-old stepson with duct tape for trying to buy Silly Putty, then he and the boy’s mother left to get dinner.
Both the mother and the stepfather have been charged with child neglect and strangulation and suffocation, both as a party to the crime. The mother was also charged with obstructing an officer.
For the full story, see Saturday’s Freeman.


Bucks announce 90-unit apartment complex in arena district
2:58 a.m.

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee-based Royal Capital Group LLC will develop a 90-unit apartment complex in the new arena district, the Milwaukee Bucks announced Friday.
The $17.5 million, 12-month construction project, expected to begin in the fall, will be on the eastern side of North Sixth Street between West Juneau and West McKinley avenues.
It is part of the $1 billion approximately 30-acre residential and commercial development Wisconsin Entertainment & Sports Center district anchored by the $524 million arena scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.
For the full story, see Saturday’s Freeman.


Man institutionalized after naked crime spree in Delafield
2:55 a.m.

WAUKESHA — A 20-year-old Waukesha man who stole multiple vehicles and broke into Delafield properties before swimming to Sugar Island in Lower Nemahbin Lake to avoid capture during the fall of 2015 was ordered to serve 7 1/2 years in a state mental health facility on Friday.
Cedric Kinjerski pleaded guilty to one count of burglary in a plea agreement that saw three counts of vehicle theft, two counts of criminal damage to property, and other cases of disorderly conduct, battery to a police officer and criminal damage to property dismissed.
For more on this story, see Saturday’s Freeman.



Court: Clarke exempt from releasing immigration records
5:28 p.m.

 MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that Milwaukee’s sheriff does not have to release immigration detainer forms for people he’s holding at his jail for federal authorities.    
 The 4-2 decision Friday reverses lower-court decisions ordering Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke to provide the forms under the state’s open records law following a request from an immigrant advocacy group.    
 The court says the records are exempt from release because of federal law.   Milwaukee-based Voces de La Frontera filed the request in February 2015. The group says it wanted to know who the sheriff was holding for immigration enforcement authorities, whether any had criminal records and if anyone being detained was a U.S. Citizen.    
 It wasn’t immediately known whether the group would appeal.  


Attempted Milwaukee robbers apologize after victim rebuffs crime
5:24 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee woman held up at gunpoint by two men rebuffed their attempt to rob her and got an apology before they fled.    
 Kristy Welch was returning home Monday following a ceramics class when the two men approached her while she was still in her car. Welch told them she just had surgery and didn’t have any money. That’s when the two men apologized and said ‘‘God bless you’’ before taking off.   
 The encounter was caught on video surveillance.    
 Welch’s husband, Alfred, said he installed a motion-activated camera outside their home many years ago.   
 Welch says that without the video, no one would have believed that someone put a gun to her face, then blessed her and left without causing any harm.


Wisconsin flu cases way up, but not too late for vaccine  
2:18 a.m.

 GREEN BAY (AP) — Wisconsin has registered five times as many flu cases this season than last season.   
 Wisconsin Department of Health Services data show the state has had nearly 940 confirmed flu cases, compared to nearly 180 at the same point of last year’s flu season.   
 Prevea Health Centers have treated nearly 330 flu cases this season in the northeast of the state. That compares to nearly 30 cases at this time last year. This flu season’s amount at Prevea already has surpassed its total number of nearly 230 cases last season.   
 ‘‘The primary reason for the numbers going up this year is the vaccine they developed back in the spring isn’t as effective against the strain that they developed it for,’’ said Dr. Paul Pritchard, Prevea Health chief quality officer.   Data show the flu hit and peaked in Wisconsin earlier this season than last season.   
 Health professionals say that even though the season might be peaking now, it’s not too late to get vaccinated.   
 ‘‘If we can minimize the number of people that get hospitalized or get the infection, then you can minimize how much it spreads throughout the community,’’ Pritchard said.   
 The flu season is expected to last about three more months.