September 2, 2014

Father arrested after daughter eats marijuana-laced candy bar

Marijuana plant (file photo)

Marijuana plant (file photo)

A Chippewa Falls parent is facing charges, after his daughter ate a marijuana-laced chocolate bar she reportedly found in his dresser.

38-year-old Jason Hetke  is scheduled to make an appearance in court Tuesday for misdemeanor child neglect and possession of marijuana. Prosecutors allege his daughter ate an entire candy bar that contained 22.5 doses of marijuana; the equivalent of 225 milligrams of THC.

Authorities said the girl who ate it appeared intoxicated in school.  When a police officer and a school official examined her, they could barely detect a pulse. Police later executed a search warrant and found a bag with the “Colorado Bar” label, and another bag with butane hash oil — a concentrated form of the main THC ingredient in marijuana.

Marijuana infused foods are legal in Colorado, but cannot be shipped to other states. It also cannot be sent within Colorado by U.S. Mail, since the federal government still outlaws marijuana and the postal service is a federal agency.


Police identify suspect in shooting that stopped football game

Harrison Davis (Photo: Taylor County Sheriff's Department)

Harrison Davis (Photo: Taylor County Sheriff’s Department)

Taylor County officials have identified a man arrested for firing a gun at a house over the weekend, prompting the evacuation of a nearby football game.

19-year-old Harrison Davis of Medford was arrested Saturday afternoon on charges of first degree recklessly endangering safety, discharging a firearm within a school zone and discharging a firearm into a building.

Police say Davis fired a handgun at a home  just after 3 p.m. on Saturday. The shooting took place within 1000 feet of the Holy Rosary Catholic School and caused the lockdown and evacuation of the football game between Chippewa Falls and Medford.

Davis then fled the scene and was tracked by tips and electronic tracking to a ditch on Highway M in Chippewa County.

He remains in custody in the Taylor County jail awaiting an initial appearance and formal charges.


Shooting near high school shuts down football game

File photo

File photo

Chippewa County authorities have arrest a 19-year-old suspect in a shooting, which interrupted a high school football game at Medford Saturday night.

Chippewa Falls High School and Medford were playing a makeup game when the action was stopped. Players and fans were taken to a nearby gymnasium for safety after police got a call about shots being fired at a home in the neighborhood.

The initial call came from inside the home. Authorities did not say how many people were inside the home, but they did confirm that no one was hurt.

Police used electronic tracking to find the suspect’s vehicle in a ditch. He was arrested and taken to the Taylor County Jail.

After a two-hour delay, the game resumed with Chippewa Falls defeating Medford Area in overtime, 22-14.


Steele charged in double murder

Andy Steele

Andy Steele

A former Dane County Sheriff’s Deputy accused of killing his wife and sister-in-law a week ago has been formally charged in court. Prosecutors on Friday filed two count of First Degree Intentional Homicide against 39-year-old Andy Steele. He’s accused of fatally shooting his 39-year-old Wife Ashley Steele and her 38-year-old sister Kacee Tollefsbol last Friday, at the couple’s home in Fitchburg.

Steele appeared in Dane County court via a video feed from the Rock County jail, where he’s currently being held to avoid a conflict of interest with jail personnel. Steele recently retired from the sheriff’s department after he was diagnosed with ALS. A judge set bail at $1 million and ordered Steele not to have contact with his children or the family of the victims.

According to the criminal complaint, officers responded to Steele’s home last Friday afternoon after a 911 call reporting someone with a gunshot wound in the basement. Initial officers on the scene found 38-year-old Kacee Tollefsbol, his wife’s sister, inside the basement door covered with blood. Tollefsbol was concious, saying “I’m dying.” When asked who shot her, she responded “My brother-in-law.” She was later transported to a Madison hospital with a gunshot wound to the back, where she was pronounced dead.

The Dane County Sheriff’s tactical team was called in to the enter the residence and police found Andy Steele inside a laundry room with a lit portable grill next to him. Ashlee Steele was found on a bed, with a gunshot wound to the head and a black zip tie around her neck.

A memorial service for Ashlee and Kacee was scheduled to take place today in Minnesota.

Andy Steele will be back in court on September 4th.

Police say Beloit man killed father with hammer

Peter Hemmy

Peter Hemmy

New details in the case of a Beloit man accused of killing his father and turning himself into police.

According to a criminal complaint, 30-year-old Peter Hemmy told police that he was upset Monday because his father Bruce told him that they were selling their house and that he would need to find somewhere else to live.

Hemmy showed up at the Beloit Police station just before 2:00 a.m. Monday and told police that he had just killed his father with a hammer, and that his mother and brother will still asleep in the home. When officers arrived at the home, they found Bruce Hemmy was already dead.

Peter Hemmy told police that he turned himself in because he regretted what he did and had nowhere else to go.

Hemmy’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 16th.