November 25, 2014

UW-Oshkosh student accused of making ricin will stand trial

Kyle Smith (Photo: Winnebago Co. Jail)

Kyle Smith (Photo: Winnebago Co. Jail)

A UW-Oshkosh student will stand trial on charges of making the deadly poison ricin at his home. On Monday, a Green Bay federal judge ruled there was enough evidence against 21-year-old Kyle Smith.

Prosecutors say Smith, a senior majoring in biology at UWO, admitted he knew what he was making and shouldn’t have been making it. According to Smith defense attorney William Kerner, Smith never intended to use ricin on humans. Kerner adds that the ricin powder found in Smith’s home was castor bean meal, which is used across the country and falls under different laws and regulations.

Authorities did not find lab equipment at his off-campus home.

The judge ruled that Smith is a danger to the public and that he will remain jailed. Smith was previously suspended by UW-Oshkosh and is also barred from going onto campus.


‘Almost incomprehensible’ – Kenosha man charged in 11 month-old child’s death

Russell Rose (Photo: Kenosha Police)

Russell Rose (Photo: Kenosha Police)

Bond has been set at a million dollars for a Kenosha man accused of the violent murder of his 11 month-old daughter on Tuesday. The accused, 34 year-old Russell Rose, allegedly told police that he killed the child to “rid her of the evil inside her” and to “destroy what he created.”

At Rose’s initial appearance Thursday, Court Commissioner Jon Mason called the shear brutality of the crime almost incomprehensible. “The descriptions of the injuries suffered by the child . . . presents an overwhelming case of brutality and cruelness by this defendant, if these allegations are true,” Mason said.

Rose is accused of slamming his daughter, Serenity, to the ground several times during an altercation with the child’s mother, as well as choking and punching the woman and kicking her down a flight of stairs. After a neighbor confronted him, Rose is accused of setting a fire in his apartment. He suffered burns in the fire. Lampy remains hospitalized.

“It never ceases to amaze me, in my years of doing this business, mans inhumanity to man,” said Kenosha County District Attorney Robert Zapf. “The whole community is suffering with the family.”


Woman dies after hatchet attack in Mount Pleasant

The victim of a Racine domestic violence incident is dead and her estranged husband is jailed on charges of that include homicide, mayhem, and kidnapping.

Police say the 36-year-old victim from Arlington Heights, IL had come to a friend’s house in Mount Pleasant to escape her husband, but the 38-year-old man confronted her at the home Wednesday night. The woman was struck in the head with a hatchet and was dragged to a vehicle, which left the residential address a few minutes before police arrived.

A 911 call came in a short time later, reporting a woman bleeding at a village motel. The suspect was found in a room and taken into custody, while the woman was taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, where she later died.

Police say the woman had recently filed a restraining order against her husband in Arlington Heights. The names of the victim and the suspect have not been released. A police investigation into the attack continues.


Kenosha man faces charges in death of infant daughter

Kenosha Police are recommending homicide, substantial battery, and arson charges against a 34-year-old man for the death of his infant daughter.

Police Chief John Morrisey says the death of 11-month-old girl on Tuesday is one of the most violent he’s ever seen in his years of police work. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Morrisey said a citizen called police and reported hearing “screams for help and could hear a baby crying. This citizen heard what he described as two thump sounds, and then there was no longer crying. He then saw the suspect holding something over his head and then saw the suspect drop what he was holding.”

It was only then that the witnessed realized the man was holding a baby.

The suspect was arrested after a stand-off with police. Firefighters were called after he reportedly tried to start several fires in his apartment.

The baby died Tuesday after being taken to a hospital. A medical examiner ruled her death was homicide due to multiple blunt force injuries.


DATCP warns of ‘Steve Martin’ scam

If you get a call from Steve Martin – hang up and don’t call back. It won’t be the banjo strumming comedian, but it also won’t be “Steve Martin” from the U.S. Treasury. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is warning residents about that government impostor phone scam, after receiving several complaints about the Steve Martin scam.

DATCP says this sort of ploy to separate people from their money is common, with callers claiming to be from the IRS, law enforcement or another government agency, and threatening consumers with arrest or financial penalties for supposedly failing to pay back taxes or unpaid loans, for failing to report for jury duty or for ‘check fraud.'”

Once again – federal government agencies will never ask people to send money for unpaid loans.