WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 10:23 p.m.
Brewers win streak ends at four
The Brewers couldn't hold on to a 3-2 lead as the Reds scored three in the sixth to take the lead, eventually winning 12-4. The loss snapped Milwaukee's four-game winning streak.
Dave Bush fell to 0-2, unable to get out of the sixth inning for the second straight start.
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Complete Journal Sentinel coverage of this game will be posted in the Brewers section shortly.
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 4:29 p.m.
By Mike Johnson
Judge OKs removal of electronic monitor
A Waukesha County circuit judge agreed this afternoon to allow the removal of an electronic monitoring device on a Waukesha man who spent 23 years in mental hospital for murdering a woman.
Steven C. Cirillo's movements have been electronically monitored since he was released in 2003. After five years without an infraction, the state Department of Corrections and Wisconsin Community Services - which both check in on Cirillo - said they believed electronic monitoring no longer was necessary for Cirillo.
Waukesha Circuit Court Judge Ralph Ramirez agreed today and gave the OK for Cirillo's electronic monitoring device to be removed.
"I'm convinced it's not contrary to community safety interests," Ramirez said.
"I'll be honest, I wish other probationers, people on supervision were doing half of what Mr. Cirillo is doing now," Ramirez said.
Reports on Cirillo indicate that there is no evidence that he is using alcohol or illegal drugs. As a condition of his release, Cirillo is prohibited from using those substances.
Although he won't be monitored electronically, Cirillo still remains under supervision.
Cirillo, 50, was committed in 1980 for the 1979 fatal beating and shooting of Georgia Mroz, 19, in his parents' home in what has become the City of Pewaukee.
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 4:11 p.m.
Outlook calls for possible flooding
The National Weather Service, in an advisory issued this afternoon, is continuing to warn of the possibility of river flooding as a result of heavy rain that could fall Thursday.
The weather service says flooding could occur along portions of the Fox River and Rock River.
"It is likely that several area rivers will continue to rise and crest at or above last week's levels by this weekend," according to the weather service statement. "Persons that have been affected or had close calls with river flooding along the Rock and Fox rivers over the past week need to remain prepared to take proper action ... and be ready to move to higher ground," the statement said.
The forecast calls for a near 100% chance of rain on Thursday.
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 3:55 p.m.
By Annysa Johnson
Recounts affirm 2 Franklin upsets
Franklin - Upsets in the two tightest municipal races in Milwaukee County were upheld in separate recounts in the city of Franklin on Tuesday and today.
The final tallies in two aldermanic races were Kristen Wilhelm 609 to Alan Hammelman 605 in the 3rd District, and Steve Taylor 741 to Pete Kosovich 731 in the 4th District.
Hammelman and Kosovich, both incumbents, had sought the recounts after losing April 1 by margins of 6 and 11 votes, respectively.
Wilhelm and Taylor, both members of the city's Environmental Commission, are expected to bring a new perspective to a council that some have accused of being overly deferential to developers.
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 3:42 p.m.
By Tom Daykin
2 execs named to key posts at MillerCoors
Two executives have been named to key positions in the planned joint venture of Miller Brewing Co. and Coors Brewing Co.
Tim Wolf, chief financial officer of Molson Coors Brewing Co., was named chief integration officer-designate for MillerCoors LLC, and Gavin Hattersley, Miller's senior vice president of finance, was appointed chief financial officer-designate, it was announced today.
Miller and Coors continue to prepare for completing the joint venture by the middle of this year, if the transaction receives approval from anti-trust regulators.
"We felt it was critical to designate the CFO and CIO roles now in order to facilitate the planning process and allow us to hit the ground running upon close," said Leo Kiely, chief executive of Molson Coors, in a statement. Kiely will be CEO of MillerCoors, and Tom Long, Miller's CEO, will be president and chief commercial officer.
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 3:29 p.m.
By Larry Sandler
McGee, D'Amato leave council
The parting of the Mikes could not have been more different.
Today's Milwaukee Common Council meeting was the last one for Aldermen Mike D'Amato and Michael McGee, the only two council members who weren't re-elected last week.
D'Amato, who chose not to seek a fourth term, was ushered out in style. The east side alderman was presented with commendations from both the council and the state Assembly. His colleagues gave him accolades and repeated standing ovations. He delivered a tearful farewell speech. Council President Willie Hines Jr. even handed him the gavel, so that he could have the honor of presiding as the body adjourned.
And McGee? His name was never mentioned - except during the roll call, where he was marked "excused," as he has been for every council meeting since he was arrested last Memorial Day. He remains in the Waukesha County Jail, awaiting trial on charges of shaking down business owners for bribes, buying votes and conspiring to have a man beaten.
Voters in McGee's north side district turned down his bid for a second term. Political consultant Milele Coggs will be sworn in Tuesday to replace him.
Hines - who yanked all of McGee's committee assignments after his arrest - said McGee wasn't mentioned because he wasn't there. He said any departing alderman's "commitment...is appreciated," adding, "If he was present, we would have acknowledged him...His absence made it difficult to acknowledge him."
The last departing alderman who received a similar silent treatment at the end of a term was Rosa Cameron, who was forced to resign when she pleaded guilty to misusing federal funds. On the last day of the 2000-'04 term, no one mentioned Cameron, although outgoing Ald. Fred Gordon paid tribute to former Aldermen Paul Henningsen and Jeff Pawlinski, both of whom had been forced out of office as they went to prison for campaign finance violations.
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 3:17 p.m.
By Jennie Tunkieicz
Recount affirms Racine County election
Racine - A recount today of votes for the 4th District County Board Supervisor seat confirms that Jim Kaplan was the winner by one vote.
Kenneth Lumpkin, the incumbent supervisor, had requested the recount after losing by two votes, 220 to 218, in the April 1 election.
The recount by the Racine County Board of Canvassers found that one vote had erroneously been given to Kaplan in one ward, thereby reducing the margin of Kaplan's win to one vote.
"People cannot say that one vote doesn't make a difference," County Clerk Joan Rennert said after the recount. "Every vote does make a difference."
The board also dismissed Lumpkin's complaint about Kaplan having given pens and letter openers to potential voters. Lumpkin had charged that the gifts cost more than $3, which would be a violation of state election law for gift-giving. But Kaplan provided receipts that showed the items were worth less than $1.
Lumpkin said he will not run for public office again.
"I'm going to ride off into the sunset," Lumpkin said.
Kaplan now becomes both Racine alderman and supervisor for the 4th District. Kaplan hadn't intended to run for the County Board seat until Lumpkin decided to challenge him for his aldermanic seat. It is legal to serve on both elected bodies.
Lumpkin lost his bid for Kaplan's aldermanic seat by a larger margin. He had planned to seek a recount in that race as well, but decided not to pursue it.
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 2:50 p.m.
By Journal Sentinel staff
3 state firms honored for sales to U.S.
Three companies today were named recipients of the annual Governor's Procurement Awards, which recognize state firms that are successful in federal procurement.
The winners are:
Small Business: Spectrum Industries Inc., Chippewa Falls. Spectrum Industries manufactures computer and office furniture, store displays and fixtures. Founded in 1968, Spectrum has designed and manufactured more than 3,000 products for office, plant, educational, governmental and retail environments. Spectrum's products can be found in more than 10,000 facilities across the United States. Spectrum's federal sales have shown major growth over the last 5 years.
Large Business: Derco Aerospace, Milwaukee. Derco has been supporting the C-130 transport aircraft and other transport and fighter aircraft platforms for more than two decades. Founded in 1979, Derco Aerospace Inc. provides aircraft spares, services, and full-service logistics, supporting military and commercial fleets in more than 65 countries.
New Contractor: Val-Fab Inc., Neenah. Val-Fab is a metal parts fabricator founded in 1984 by a father and son team. Val-Fab is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business that initially supported Wisconsin's paper industry and then followed market opportunity to develop the federal government sector of their business.
"Between 2000-2006, the number of Wisconsin companies winning federal contracts increased more than fivefold," Gov. Jim Doyle said. "Nearly 4,000 Wisconsin companies are winning these contracts and building our state's job and investment base."
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 2:48 p.m.
By Mike Johnson
Drinking, driving sends man back to prison
Ryan P. Kelly, who spent 4 years in prison for the drunken joy ride in 2000 that killed his best friend, was sent back to prison today for another 2 1/2 years because he was caught in December drinking and driving.
Kelly, who is prohibited from consuming alcohol under the terms of his extended supervision, pleaded with Waukesha County Circuit Court Reserve Judge John Fiorenza to give him treatment, not time behind bars.
"Your honor, I'm asking you to be a helping hand. Help me out and help me recover," Kelly, 26, of Delafield, implored.
Fiorenza said it was clear that Kelly could benefit from treatment.
But he added: "I hear the request for help. I don't know if the public can give you that chance again.... I wish I had the power to give you the help you need. But you're going to have to try to seek it in the prison system. I hope that you change your life during that period of time."
Ryan Kelly was convicted in 2001 of second-degree reckless homicide for causing the death of John Lade, 18.
In the Nov. 6, 2000, fatal crash, Kelly, then 20, got behind the wheel of a Porsche - whose owner had passed out at an underage drinking party - and sped up to 78 mph in a 25-mph residential area. The Porsche wound up in a ditch, and the crash killed Lade.
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 2:27 p.m.
Tosa fire chief decides against retirement
Wauwatosa - Just days after saying he was thinking about retiring, Wauwatosa Fire Chief Dean Redman has changed his mind and now says he will stay on the job.
Redman floated the idea of retiring last week - after voters approved an advisory referendum to build a new fire station. Despite the vote, Redman said he had "no confidence" the station would be built quickly.
But on Tuesday, the 61-year-old chief said he had changed his mind and is putting off any plans for retirement.
For more on this story, visit WauwatosaNOW.com.
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 1:40 p.m.
By Jeff Potrykus
Anderson taken No. 23 in WNBA draft
Madison - Next up for Jolene Anderson: An opportunity to measure her game against the best women's professional basketball players in America.
Anderson, who came to the University of Wisconsin from tiny Port Wing and in four seasons scored more points than any player in school history with 2,267, on Wednesday was selected in the second round of Women's National Basketball Association draft by the Connecticut Sun.
Anderson, the 23rd overall pick, became only the third UW player taken in the WNBA draft. Guard Tamara Moore was taken in the first round, No. 15 overall, by the Miami Sol in 2002. Forward Jessie Stomski was taken in the fourth round, No. 57 overall, by the Charlotte Sting in 2002.
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WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 1:34 p.m.
By The Associated Press
Life, no parole given in deputy's murder
Kenosha - The man convicted of killing a Kenosha County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to prison without the possibility of parole.
A life sentence for Ezequiel Lopez-Quintero on a first-degree intentional homicide conviction was mandatory. But Kenosha County Judge Wilbur Warren had the option today of setting a parole eligibility date. Warren determined Lopez-Quintero would not have the possibility of parole.
Lopez-Quintero was convicted in March of first-degree homicide and carrying a concealed weapon in the death of Deputy Frank Fabiano. The deputy was shot three times during a traffic stop May 16, 2007.
Law enforcement officers and Fabiano's family and friends gathered on the steps of the courthouse for a memorial before Lopez-Quintero was sentenced.
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 1:02 p.m.
By Susanne Rust
Measles case found in Milwaukee
An adult male, from the city of Milwaukee, was confirmed to have measles, city Health Department officials announced today.
Officials could not say how the man became infected or when. However, Paul Biedrzycki, director of disease control and environmental health for the Milwaukee Health Department said the man was infected before another recent case, involving a 23-month-old girl from Franklin.
Officials would not say how the man was doing. They could not say whether he had been immunized, or whether he had been traveling recently.
On Tuesday, the Franklin health department official confirmed a case of measles in a toddler.
Twelve children who had been exposed to the young girl at a Greenfield day care center are being quarantined at their homes until April 18, to prevent further spread of the disease.
The two cases are not related, said Bevan Baker, the Milwaukee Health Commissioner.
Although rare because of immunizations, measles outbreaks can occur. The disease can cause encephalitis in one out of every 1,000 cases, and death in one out of every 1,000 cases. It can also cause respiratory complications.
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 12:31 p.m.
By The Associated Press
Kids use of lighters started fatal blaze
Willard - Investigators say other children's unsafe use of burning materials started the fire that killed two young sisters Sunday at a home southwest of Willard.
Clark County Sheriff Louis Rosandich says the investigation showed the fire started in a bedroom where children were playing with lighters.
He also says preliminary autopsy reports indicate 1-year-old Lattie Frenn and 3-year-old Quinta Frenn probably died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
The sheriff says the probe was conducted by the state Fire Marshal's Office in the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Neillsville Fire Department, Clark County Coroner Richard Schleifer and the Clark County Sheriff's Department.
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 12:27 p.m.
By Bill Glauber
Ambrose leaving Aging Consortium
Amy Ambrose, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Aging Consortium, will be leaving the organization in June to begin post-graduate work at Harvard University. She will be studying in the Kennedy School Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration Program.
Ambrose, a Shorewood resident, guided the non-profit for six years. The consortium connects organizations and others who serve seniors.
An interim director will be named in the next several weeks, according to Noleta L. Jansen, president of the consortium's board of directors.
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 12:08 p.m.
By Marie Rohde
Court sends lemon law case back to trial
A Waukesha man who sued a car maker under the state's lemon law will have to prove at trial that he did not intentionally thwart a refund attempt in order to collect double damages, the 2nd District Court of Appeals ruled in a decision issued today.
The lemon law requires that a manufacturer has 30 days to comply with a consumer's request for a replacement or refund of a problem-plagued vehicle. If the deadline is not met, the manufacturer can face harsh penalties, including double damages.
In this case, the manufacturer contends that the refund was attempted but thwarted by the consumer. Because the consumer and the manufacturer's representative disagreed on the facts in the case, the issues should be determined by a trial, the appeals court ruled. The decision reverses a ruling by Waukesha County Circuit Judge Paul F. Reilly and sends the case back for trial.
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WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 11:52 a.m.
By Georgia Pabst
Woman charged with falsifying tax returns
A 27-year-old Milwaukee woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of preparing and filing false federal income tax returns that fraudulently sought refunds from the government.
Sylvia Gates, who operated a business under the names Sylvia Tax Service and S & P Fast Tax Service during 2006 and 2007, is charged with 25 counts of filing false tax returns seeking tax returns totaling more than $56,000.
According to the indictment, Gates prepared and submitted 81 fradulent tax returns seeking more than $180,000 in federal tax refunds.
If convicted of filing a fraudulent claim for a tax return, she faces up to five years in prison and fines ranging up to $250,000 on each count.
The indictment resulted primarily from the Internal Revenue Service's fraud detection center which maintains certain computerized filters that search for patterns of irregularities on tax returns, said Matthew L. Jacobs, Assistant U. S. Attorney.
He said some taxpayers also complained that when they attempted to file their tax return they found that returns had already been filed in their name.
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 11:44 a.m.
By Crocker Stephenson
Man charged in Sunday homicide
A 26-year-old Milwaukee man was charged today with first-degree reckless homicide in the Sunday shooting death of Randy Gordon.
According to the criminial complaint, Milton Deshawn Robinson shot Gordon as the victim ran towards Robinson's sister. The shooting occured outside the sister's home in the 7600 block of W. Wabash Crt. about 4:30 a.m.
Earlier that morning, Robinson picked up his sister from a restaurant and drove her home. The sister said she wanted to leave the restaurant because, according to the complaint, Gordon "was being obnoxious and had an attitude problem."
If convicted, Robinson faces up to 60 years in prison.
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 11:31 a.m.
By Rick Romell
Menasha Packaging to expand Neenah plant
Menasha Packaging will expand its wide-web printing plant in Neenah by about 44,000 square feet and add a new press, the firm said today.
The addition will mean a small number of new jobs, a spokeswoman said. Construction is expected to begin within a few weeks and be done by the end of the year.
The press will produce preprinted linerboard - the material the forms the outer shell for packaging of such consumer products as beverages and small appliances.
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 11:20 a.m.
By Linda Spice
Former Kenosha executive to plead guilty
Former Kenosha County Executive Allan K. Kehl has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to receive improper payments in connection with efforts to establish an Indian casino in Kenosha, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced today.
In a plea agreement filed today, Kehl admitted to wrongfully receiving $15,000 in cash from businessman Dennis Troha. That included $10,000 in 2005 while at Troha's office and $5,000 in 2006 while the two stood in Troha's garage.
After he was indicted in February, Kehl resigned and left office at the end of March.
Kehl, 63, is the fourth person from the Kenosha area who has pleaded guilty or agreed to plead guilty in an FBI investigation of corrupt activity linked to the casino efforts.
In exchange for Kehl's guilty plea, the U.S. Attorney has agreed to recommend a sentence of two years imprisonment. The maximum incarceration under the charge is five years, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 10:02 a.m.
By Dan Egan
Major announcement promised on lakes pact
Weeks-long negotiations on a legislative compromise for the Great Lakes compact could be at an end.
Gov. Jim Doyle's office plans a "major announcement" at the New Berlin City Hall at 1:45 p.m. today.
The Wisconsin Senate earlier this year approved the compact on 26-6 vote, but the agreement stalled in the Assembly, where some members fear the eight-state agreement restricting Great Lakes water diversion is too rigid for Wisconsin's own good.
A big sticking point is a provision in the deal that requires unanimous approval from governors of Great Lakes states before a community that lies entirely outside the Great Lakes basin can tap the lakes for their drinking water needs.
Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch (R-West Salem) and Rep. Scott Gunderson (R-Waterford) wanted to rewrite the compact so that such a diversion would require only a majority approval from the governors rather than a unanimous approval.
Compact advocates maintain that would essentially kill the deal, which was negotiated over several years. The Great Lakes governors signed off on the agreement in late 2005, but it still needs the approval of all Great Lakes state legislatures, as well as Congress. Four of the eight states have already ratified it.
Wisconsin's legislative session ended in March without the Assembly voting on the compact. Negotiations have been under way since, and Gov. Doyle has said he will call a special legislative session this spring if a deal can be worked out.
The mayors of New Berlin, Waukesha, Kenosha and Racine have been invited to Doyle's news conference today.
New Berlin Mayor Jack Chiovatero said Tuesday that representatives from the governor's office had contacted him and told him to be ready to talk today about what the compact would mean to his water-starved city, half of which lies outside the basin. Under the compact, a city like New Berlin would be a shoo-in for tapping Lake Michigan.
"It sounds very promising," he said.
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 8:50 a.m.
By Avrum D. Lank
Eau Claire bank to buy 3 branches
Citizens Community Bancorp Inc. (CZWI), Eau Claire, said today it has agreed to acquire branches of the American National Bank of Beaver Dam inside Wal-Mart Supercenters in Appleton, Fond du Lac and Oshkosh. They will join an existing Citizens branch in a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Red Wing., Minn.
Citizens said it expects to open six more branches in Wal-Marts before the end of the year.
The acquired branches "offer strong potential for core deposit growth and they're consistent with our targeted expansion strategy," said Jim Cooley, chief executive officer of Citizens.
The deal is expected to close in the third quarter. No terms were announced.
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 7:25 a.m.
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WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 6:56 a.m.
By Linda Spice
UPDATE: Missing woman found in Franklin
A woman being treated for a brain injury who walked away from a health care facility in Racine County was found unharmed this morning by a Franklin officer when he noticed her outside of a McDonald's restaurant, about 20 miles from where she started.
Franklin police notified Racine County Sheriff's authorities about 5:39 a.m. today that they had located the woman, 45, who left the Lakeview Neurological Center, 1701 Sharp Road in the Town of Dover, about 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Sheriff's deputies are on their way to Franklin this morning to question the woman, who had been listed as missing and endangered and was entered into a national database to alert other agencies, according to Racine County Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Mattke.
The woman was seen last night on foot heading east on state Highway 20. Mattke said he does not yet know whether she remained on foot or had any transportation to where she ultimately ended up at S. 76th St. and W. Rawson Ave.
According to Mattke, the Franklin officer noticed the woman and questioned her.
"In questioning her, things weren't adding up," Mattke said. "He did further investigation and discovered it was our walkaway from Lakeview Neurological Center."
Racine County Sheriff's officials thanked Franklin police, the Kansasville Fire Department and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for their assistance in the search for the woman.
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 6:33 a.m.
By Linda Spice
Suspect arrested in bank robbery
Milwaukee police have arrested a suspect in Monday's robbery of an M & I Bank. The suspect had escaped the area of the bank but not before an off-duty police officer got his license plate number.
Police ran the plates and traced it to an Illinois rental company. Fingerprints found at the bank, 2701 W. National Ave., also pointed police at the suspect, 36.
The bank was robbed about 11:45 a.m. Monday when the man jumped an empty teller window. He kept his hand in his pocket, implying he had a gun as he ordered everyone to the ground, according to police.
He removed cash from a drawer and fled.
He was captured this morning, according to police.
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2008, 0 a.m.
By Jesse Garza
Missing woman sought in Racine County
A woman being treated for a brain injury is being sought by the Racine County Sheriff's Department after walking away from a health facility Tuesday evening.
According to a press release from the department, at about 7 p.m. the 45-year-old woman was seen walking away from the Lakeview Neurological center, 1701 Sharp Road in the Town of Dover.
Her identity was not released, but she is described as white, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 165 pounds with blond hair, green eyes and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black leggings or tights.
She was seen headed east on state Highway 20.
Anyone who thinks they might have seen the woman should call the sheriff's department, (262) 636-3211.