Monday, May 13, 2013
Hunter Wise was just three years old when his mother's boyfriend allegedly beat him, then burned him so severely he died from his injuries.
Racine County District Attorney Rich Chiapete described as "torture" a list of injuries he says Marcus Johnson inflicted on 3-year-old Hunter Wise. Johnson is charged with 1st degree homicide for the death of the little boy Friday and is being held in the Racine County Jail on a $500,000 cash bond.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
An investigation by the Racine County Sheriff has determined that allegations against Samantha Vos are unfounded.
An investigation by the Racine County Sheriff's Department has determined that voter fraud allegations against Samantha Vos are unfounded. Racine County District Attorney Rich Chiapete issued a written release Wednesday saying the complaint filed by Eagle River resident Roberta Retrum was unfounded and that Samantha Vos did not violate Wisconsin election law. Samantha Vos is the estranged wife of Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester). "After a follow-up investigation by the Racine County Sheriff’s Office and after review by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office, it has been determined that the allegations are unfounded and that no violations occurred," Chiapete said in the statement. Retrum filed a formal complaint Friday with the D.A.'s …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Two recent Gov. Walker appointees are running unopposed
Four top county offices are on the November ballot, however none of the incumbents has opposition. They include two appointees of Gov. Scott Walker: The other countywide candidates are also all Republicans running for their current seats. They are: The Register of Deeds, County Clerk, and County Treasurer positions each pays the same amount: $72,527 a year in annual salary. The officials each serve four-year terms.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Governor Walker made the announcement on Thurs., March 1, 2012.
Richard Chiapete has been appointed to serve as the Racine County District Attorney, Governor Scott Walker's office announced today, March 1. He replaces Michael Nieskes who was appointed to the bench to fill a vacancy left by the late Judge Dennis Barry. The term expires in 2013, and Chiapete can then run for re-election. Here's the full press release from the Governor's office: Today Governor Scott Walker announced the appointment of W. Richard Chiapete to the position of District Attorney for the county of Racine. “Mr. Chiapete has a proven record of making sound judgments and working hard to serve the community of Racine,” Governor Walker said. “Mr. Chiapete’s experience gained from being Deputy District Attorney is clearly valuable …
Friday, January 13, 2012
Interested applicants have until Feb. 27, 2012 to apply.
Racine County needs a new District Attorney now that Michael Nieskes sits on the Circuit Court bench here. Governor Scott Walker appointed Nieskes on Dec. 13 to fill the vacancy created when Judge Dennis Barry died in August 2011. At the time, Nieskes said he fully expected Deputy District Attorny Richard Chiapete to apply for the job with Nieskes' full support. For interested parties, here's how to apply from the press release issued by Walker's office: Governor Scott Walker announced today that he is seeking applicants for appointment as the Racine County District Attorney. The new appointee will replace outgoing Racine County District Attorney Michael Nieskes, who was recently appointed to the Racine County Circuit Court. Please …
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Governor Scott Walker announced the appointment on Dec. 13.
Update, 5 pm: If all goes according to a tentative timeline, Racine County District Attorney Michael Nieskes will take his new oath of office as a Circuit Court Judge before the end of the year. He is looking forward to starting this new chapter in his career. "It is gratifying that the Governor has this confidence in me," Nieskes said. "I got the call at 8:30 this morning, and after I get a formal letter from his office, I will take the oath." What follows then will be two weeks of mentoring with a current judge and assignment to civil court where there is an opening. Nieskes is the prosecutor of record for pending criminal cases in Racine County so he can't yet serve in the criminal division. He said he got the bench book so he can …
Friday, May 20, 2011
The next court date is June 17, 2011.
The pre-trial conference before Court Commissioner Bonnie Nagy for Samuel Curtis Johnson III today, May 20, was done behind closed doors. Lawyers on both sides did not appear before Nagy. Attorneys for Johnson, Mark Richards and Michael Hart, met with Assistant District Attorney Robert Repischak, handed a paper to the clerk, and left the court room. "You can look on C-CAP," they answered when asked about the outcome of the conference. Records in the online case file indicate the next pre-trial conference is scheduled for June 17, 2011, again in Nagy's courtroom. A message was left for Repischak at the District Attorney's office regarding the hearing, and a call was placed as well to Richards' office to ask about the hearing and a report …
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Nikolaus Eusch is not living in Racine County.
The man at the center of a case involving a disgruntled employee was interviewed by the Racine County Sheriff Department, but Nikolaus Eusch, 67, was not considered a threat. According to Lieutenant Dan Klatt, Eusch sent a number of letters, each of which is between 40 and 80 pages, to John Batten, CEO of Twin Disc, to former company executives, and to members of the federal bench, other individuals and companies filled with rants about on-going grievances, but the missives did not contain any stated physical threats against anyone. Because the letters were sent through the U.S. Postal Service and involve federal judges, the Racine County Sheriff is cooperating with the U.S. Marshal Service. Additional local agencies involved include the …
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Nikolaus Eusch wrote long, rambling letters to a number of people and companies.
Law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels are now involved in the case involving a former employee of Twin Disc and the alleged threats he made against company CEO John Batten, the company itself and several other individuals and businesses. According to police reports with the Caledonia Police Department, Nikolaus Eusch, 67, sent rambling, 40 to 80 page letters to Batten, former Twin Disc executives, federal judges, and others. The reports indicate that Batten feels sufficiently threatened to employ armed security at his home and at work. According to a representative with the U.S. Marshals office in Milwaukee, the Marshals are charged with keeping federal judges safe, but that is their only involvement in the case. They …