Local Things You Need To Know
Boy, 12, allegedly bound with duct tape for
trying to buy Silly Putty
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
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
For the full story, see Saturday’s Freeman.
Bucks announce 90-unit apartment complex in
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
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
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
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
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
‘‘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
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.