April 20, 2014

New London school employee arrested

A New London School District employee is free on a signature bond, following her arrest Thursday in a case of missing funds from Bulldog athletic events.

Wendy Swinton was booked into the Waupaca County jail Thursday on theft charges. New London Police Chief Jeff Schlueter says their investigation indicates the theft of thousands of dollars, occurring over several years.

Swinton is listed as a payroll and accounting specialist at the New London district.

No criminal complaint has been filed yet by the district attorney’s office, but Swinton did appear before a judge Friday morning for a magistrate’s hearing. She was released on a $10,000 signature bond.


Appeals court rejects Act 10 challenge

A federal appeals court has upheld Governor Scott Walker’s signature collective bargaining law.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday that the law limiting collective bargaining for most public employee unions does not infringe on the constitutional rights of workers, rejecting a court challenge brought by two unions in Dane County. Those groups claimed the law, commonly known as Act 10, violated their rights to free association and equal protection under the law.

In a decision released Friday, a three judge panel sided with Federal Judge William Conley, who ruled last September that the union law still allows public employees to organize…it just does not require the government to listen to their demands.

In a statement, Attorney General J.B Van Hollen called the ruling “a victory for the law and for Wisconsin taxpayers.  This ruling, once again, supports the rule of law and recognizes the diligence and hard work of our lawyers in defending Act 10.  I appreciate the court’s work.  I look forward to a successful resolution of the few remaining challenges to this important law.”

The decision is one of several rulings that have upheld Act 10, although the controversial law continues to face unresolved legal challenges. The state Supreme Court is currently reviewing another case, which deals with how the law applies to unions for local government and school employees.

Oak Creek man charged with killing blind wife

Prosecutors say an Oak Creek man killed his blind wife of 56 years earlier this week because he couldn’t take her nagging anymore.

Seventy-six-year-old Jack Lang was charged Thursday in Milwaukee County with first-degree intentional homicide. According to the criminal complaint, Lang and his wife June were driving to lunch on Wednesday when she called him a baby, because he didn’t feel well and he wanted to go home.

When they got back to their house, authorities say Lang took a .22 caliber gun from his closet, and told his wife he was pointing it at her head and would fire if she didn’t stop nagging him. He then shot her when she didn’t.

Officials says Lang also tried killing himself, but two bullets missed and the other only grazed his head. He then called 911 to report the shooting.

Appleton officers cleared in shooting

An investigation into a police officer-involved shooting in Appleton last week has determined the man wounded by officers was trying to commit suicide by cop, and that police were justified in opening fire on the suspect.

Appleton Police Captain Todd Thomas says the 22-year-old man used a file to remove the orange tip from a pistol-style Airsoft gun on the night of April 10. He then flashed the weapon at a gas station clerk after shoplifting from the store. When officers located the man, he pulled the weapon and refused to put it down, despite repeated warnings from police. Officers then fired eight shots, four of which hit the man.

Based on the investigation, Outagamie County District Attorney Carrie Schneider says she’s clearing the officers of any wrongdoing.

During a press conference on Thursday, police would not comment on the condition of the suspect or if he’s still hospitalized.


Police investigate fatal shooting in Green Bay

Green Bay police are investigating an overnight shooting that claimed the life of a 32-year-old man. Police say Steve Sims was the victim of a targeted attack.

Police were called around 11:15 p.m. to a report of shots fired in the 1100 block of Stuart Street. While checking that out, the call came in about a man taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound. Police determined the two calls were related.

Investigators say they do not currently have any suspects in custody. According to police, Sims recently moved to the area from Kenosha.