November 22, 2014

‘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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

Wisconsin School choice program challenged in federal court

The Federal Courthouse building in Milwaukee (Photo: uscourts.gov)

The Federal Courthouse building in Milwaukee (Photo: uscourts.gov)

Wisconsin’s long-running public school choice program is facing a federal court challenge that argues it discriminates against disabled students. The conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filed the lawsuit in federal district court Wednesday, on behalf of three families of disabled children.

The annual Open Enrollment period allows public school students to apply for a spot in any other public school in the state. However, districts are not required to accept any students from outside their boundaries and they can deny admission to any disabled applicants if the requested district is not equipped to handle a particular situation. The lawsuit contends that it’s unconstitutional for schools to be allowed to accept traditional students but not those with special needs.

The three districts the group singled out were all in southeast Wisconsin; Elkhorn, Muskego-Norway, and Greendale. They’re among the defendants, along with state School Superintendent Tony Evers and the Department of Public Instruction. In response to the lawsuit, DPI released the following statement:

“This is a complaint about current Wisconsin state law.  Once the notice is served on this action it will be forwarded to the Wisconsin Department of Justice for representation.  The recently submitted Department of Public Instruction biennial budget request provides lawmakers with a path to improve access to open enrollment for students with disabilities.  We will continue to encourage the Governor to include this in his budget.”

WRN’s Bob Hague contributed to this report.