3/9/14 - A Fond du Lac woman is due in court Tuesday on seven criminal charges connected with the poisonings of two of her family's puppies. Prosecutors said 30-year-old Amanda Farr did not seek help, after learning that her 10-year-old son spilled bleach on the dogs last month. The six-week-old puppies had chemical burns, and a veterinary exam showed that a male pup had permanent lung damage. Prosecutors said the youngster admitted pouring bleach on one of the dogs because he was biting at his feet. Bleach was also splashed on the other dog's face. A third puppy was not hurt. They're all at the Fond du Lac County Humane Society shelter, where officials say the two injured ones are recovering. They've had many requests to adopt the pets. Farr is charged with a felony count of fatal animal mistreatment -- plus six misdemeanors that include poisoning and abandoning an animal.
3/8/14 - A psychiatrist who testified in some of the country's most notorious trials might speak up for the man accused of killing a Purdue student from West Bend. Doctor Phillip Resnick is on a list of possible defense witnesses for the April 22nd trial of Cody Cousins. The 23-year-old Cousins has pleaded innocent to a murder charge in the January shooting-and-stabbing death of a fellow engineering student, 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend. In 2012, Resnick testified at the Ohio trial of a teen convicted of killing three school students near Cleveland. He has also testified in the trials of Andrea Yates, Brian Mitchell, and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.
3/8/14 - Your weekend will be one hour shorter than normal. That’s because Daylight Savings Time begins at 2am Sunday morning, so do not forget to move your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed tonight (Sat).
3/8/14 - A former Neosho man accused of having marijuana in his system when he severely injured a passenger in a car accident entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors yesterday (Fr). Joshua Kempken of Wauwatosa entered a “no contest” plea to reduced misdemeanor charges. He was placed on deferred prosecution for a felony count of Injury by Vehicle with a Controlled Substance and will avoid a felony record if he stays out of trouble for the next two years. Kempken was sentenced to six months in jail and lost his license for 15 months. The accident happened in December of 2011 on Highway 67 near County Highway M-M in the Town of Ashippun. Kempken lost control of his vehicle and it went into a ditch, struck a culvert and then went airborne. The car overturned and came to rest upside down. Neither was wearing a seatbelt. Kempken was taken to the Oconomowoc Hospital. His 17-year-old girlfriend was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated. She was flown by Flight for Life to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee. She sustained a fractured neck and pelvis along with a broken arm and leg, among other injuries.
3/7/14 - A Dodge County Board supervisor accused of assaulting his wife has had the conditions of his bond modified. 83-year-old Donald Gunderson is charged with Battery and Disorderly Conduct. His attorneys requested that the provision that he have no contact with the victim be removed. The state did not object and the court amended his bond conditions. The woman told officers that her husband was quote, "out of control" -- and she was afraid for her life. She is said to be in the early stages of Alzheimer's. His daughter told investigators that he had his own "dementia incident" last July. A Washington County prosecutor is handling the case. Gunderson represents the Lomira-area. Before the arrest he had already decided not to seek re-election in April, after 40 years as a county supervisor.
3/7/14 - A Markesan man accused of officiating youth sports in spite of being a convicted sex offender is pleading insanity. Aaron Schreiber is also accused of calling in a series of bomb threats after his ref license was suspended. The 32-year-old entered a plea of “not guilty by reason of insanity” at arraignment Friday on 41 felony charges. Schreiber – who was convicted in 2005 of impregnating an underage girl – was a regular official for baseball, softball and basketball at school districts in Beaver Dam, Mayville and Waupun. In November, the first of 15 phony bomb threats was made at a restaurant in Waupun. Over the course of the next three days similar threats were called in at a Waupun-area grocery store, gas station, school, hospital, bank and library; the threats also spread into Fox Lake and Beaver Dam. Investigators eventually traced the calls to Schreiber’s cell phone and he allegedly admitted his actions when he was brought in for questioning.