Thursday, April 25, 2013
Fear over multimillion dollar lawsuits has prompted many departments to strictly follow requirements in the federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act that may or may not apply. And in doing so, they're violating the state's open records law.
A legal battle in Illinois over a $20 parking ticket could potentially cost a Chicago suburb tens of millions of dollars — and fear that the case could have implications here is prompting many Milwaukee-area police departments to drastically clamp down on how much information they’re releasing to the public. In a matter of months, police departments from Caledonia to Port Washington have stopped providing names of people their officers are arresting, ticketing or contacting, and, in some cases, won’t even release details on where a crime occurred because of the pending litigation in Illinois. We could see a closing off of Wisconsin’s open records laws — laws that are considered among the strongest in the country. “There’s the real …
Friday, March 1, 2013
When a quiet Sunday exploded into a scene of mass terror at the Azana Spa and Salon in Brookfield, officers from the western suburbs took the initiative to save lives — while risking their own.
Through a door marked "Quiet Zone" and along a long, turning hallway on the second floor of Azana Spa and Salon are 10 massage therapy rooms, each with a name: Serenity, Ecstasy, Bliss... Purity, Unity, Harmony... Peace, Joy, Spirit... Tranquility. Those ideals were shattered on Oct. 21. The mass shooting that day at Azana Spa in Brookfield has been widely reported, with a handful of witness accounts painting a jagged, partial picture of the chaos and terror inflicted that day by killer Radcliffe Haughton, who took four lives, including his own. But a fuller view of what police officers found when they arrived, what they did in response, what more witnesses have told them, awaited the release of reports by the Brookfield Police Department …
Monday, January 7, 2013
An East Troy man stands accused of attempted murder of a Wauwatosa resident after a caller warns police that a truck has been circling his block — and officers find the driver has hatched a strange plot to kill an old friend.
OUTSIDE MILWAUKEE, WI -- A local man's obsession with protecting children and his delusion that an old friend was a child sex offender led him to plan to murder the man, according to police, as detailed in a criminal complaint. Daniel G. Plevak, 54, of East Troy, was charged Thursday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with attempted first-degree intentional homicide and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Although Plevak never actually confronted his intended victim, the complaint shows, Wauwatosa police believe he had the ways, the means and the clear intent to commit the crime of murder, that he was about to do so, and that their actions stopped its commission. According to the criminal complaint: About 5 p.m. on Dec. 30, a resident…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
In one case in Wauwatosa, the two subjects robbed three telllers at gunpoint and made off in a stolen car, found burned a short time later. In Racine, the same bank was hit twice, two weeks apart.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jim Price
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Local law enforcement and the FBI are seeking suspects in at least eight credit union and bank robberies in the past month throughout Southeast Wisconsin, according to our partners at Fox 6 News. The FBI Milwaukee Division is seeking the public’s help in identifying these serial robbery suspects at seven credit unions and one bank, all thought to be related and committed by the same subjects. The robberies occurred at the following financial institutions, Fox News said: Anyone with information on these cases is urged to call local law enforcement or the FBI Milwaukee Division at 414-276-4684. In the Wauwatosa robbery, two men entered the Landmark Credit Union on Thursday, wearing masks and each with a gun. One of them robbed three tellers …