February 8, 2016

Manitowoc man gunned down answering door

Manitowoc police say a 52-year-old man was shot and killed Friday morning after he answered a knock at his door. The victim has been identified as Kor Yang. The fatal shooting happened at a house in the 2200 block of S. 9th Street around 5:30 a.m. Friday.

Police Chief Nick Reimer said Yang’s the victim’s wife, her 16 and 4 year old children, and her one year old grandson were in the home at the time. The suspect fled, and has not been found or identified. Police don’t believe the shooting was a random act.

This is the first shooting homicide in the city of Manitowoc since 2001. Manitowoc police say the State Crime Lab and Wisconsin State Patrol have been called in to help investigate, per standard protocol.

Police add that there is no connection between this homicide and the Netflix series “Making a Murderer”.


Alleged sword killer Matthew Skalitzky to remain institutionalized

A Wisconsin man who investigators say killed his mother with a sword last September remains incompetent to stand trial.

Dane County Circuit Court judge Juan Colas said Thursday that 40-year-old Matthew Skalitzky still is not mentally stable enough to stand trial, but may become so after receiving additional treatment.

Skalitzky has been kept at Winnebago Mental Health Institute near Oshkosh on a civil commitment since shortly after September 11 2015, when he’s alleged to have attacked and killed his mother, 68-year-old Jane Skalitzky. The victim was decapitated with a sword.

A doctor prepared a report confirming this information, and Skalitzky waived his right Thursday to challenge the doctor’s report.

Meanwhile, the first-degree intentional homicide case against him remains on hold. Another hearing will take place in about a hundred days to reassess Skalitzky’s mental state.

“Mr. Skalitzky is not yet competent,”  Colas said. “[He] is likely with additional treatment to become competent, and so we will go head and set another date for a subsequent report.”

Until then Skalitzky will remain at Winnebago. He’s scheduled to be back in court in May.



Marshfield man shot after taking turnoff into Beloit

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting of a 32-year-old Marshfield man. The victim told deputies he was shot by three Hispanic men who’d flashed gang signs as he took an exit off the Interstate into Beloit Wednesday night around 7:00 o’clock.

The man said he encountered the trio somewhere in the area of Milwaukee/Branigan Roads, and they began to follow him and when he pulled over, they attacked him.

Deputies found the victim in the area of East Highway 11/14 and County MM, as he was attempting to drive himself to a hospital. He was shot in the leg. Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying a blue Chrysler Pacifica, or any of the three Hispanic men, believed to be in their 20s, who may have been involved.


Bomb threat puts Manitowoc on edge

Some tense moments on Wednesday evening in downtown Manitowoc as the Sheriff’s Department and Jail went into lock down. Manitowoc Police Captain Larry Zimney said the caller gave a specific reason for the bomb threat. “The caller made reference that they were going to get justice for Steven Avery.”

The story of Avery’s conviction in the 2005 murder of photographer Theresa Halbach is at the center of a 10-episode Netflix series, “Making a Murderer,” that premiered in December. The series raised questions about the guilt of Avery and his nephew, Brandon Dassey.

The call came in to the joint dispatch center serving the police and sheriff’s departments at about 6:40 p.m. and the area of the Sheriff’s Office, the County jail and the Courthouse was immediately cordoned off. Officers did a complete sweep of the area. After about 2-hours and with the help of a K9 unit from Brown County the all clear was given, and no explosives were found.

Then about 9:20 p.m., another call was received in the joint dispatch center from a similar sounding male voice with the same threatening message.

Zimney was asked if the public should be concerned. “I think the citizens of Manitowoc are already concerned,” he said. “Obviously the citizens don’t know the extent of the threats made towards the employees of both agencies and staff of the courthouse, but there have some been some significant threats made towards staff in general, and aimed towards specific people. That should be concerning to anybody.”

Zimney indicated investigators from the Manitowoc Sheriffs department and Police Departments are deploying resources to trace the call.

Manitowoc County Sheriff Rob Hermann says law enforcement agencies involved in the trials of Avery and Dassey have faced a lot of criticism since the Netflix series was released. “It’s pretty much consumed our days,” he told WOMT this week, referring to countless e-mails, phone calls, and media requests coming in to his office. There have even been protests in the city — a week ago, dozens of people gathered outside the Manitowoc County courthouse for a rally in support of the two men.


Suspect in Madison grocery store shooting in custody

Christopher O'Kroley

Christopher O’Kroley

A man wanted in connection with the killing of a 25-year-old woman outside of a Madison grocery store is now in police custody.

Madison police say 26-year-old Christopher O’Kroley was arrested Wednesday afternoon, after shots were fired near a mall on the city’s east side. Investigators had been searching for the Madison man since Tuesday evening, following a shooting in the parking lot of a grocery store where the victim worked. O’Kroley was a former employee of the store.

Police said a citizen tip led officers to O’Kroley’s location, after someone said they saw a person matching his description in the area.