October 5, 2015

Former Brown County deputy will stand trial in parking scam

A former Brown County Sheriff’s D.A.R.E. officer accused of stealing funds from the program over a number of years will stand trial. In court Tuesday, Kevin Vanden Heuvel waived his preliminary hearing on four felony charges. Two of the counts are for theft and two for misconduct in office.

Vanden Heuvel, 54, had his arraignment set for October 19. The other man charged in the scheme, Early Fuller, also made his initial court appearance Tuesday. Fuller was released on a $10,000 signature bond. He’ll have a preliminary hearing on charges of theft and obstruction on October 15.

Vanden Heuvel and Fuller likely stole money from the D.A.R.E parking program for 7 years, according to the criminal complaint. Investigators said the men would park cars at Green Bay Packers games, give out fake passes, and pocket some of the cash.

Vanden Heuvel left the DARE program in June 2014. He submitted his resignation in October of last year, according to the sheriff’s department.


New London woman gets year in jail for fatal OWI crash

A New London woman convicted of killing an Iola teenager in a drunk driving crash will serve a year in the Waupaca County Jail.

Circuit Court Judge Ray Huber handed down the sentence Wednesday for 40-year-old Heather Schmidt, who pleaded no contest in August to a felony charge in the OWI homicide of 18-year-old Dylan Thorne. Schmidt had more than twice the legal blood alcohol concentration when she crossed the centerline of a county highway in July of 2012, colliding with Throne’s vehicle head-on.

Huber imposed a stayed five year prison term for Schmidt, along with 10 years of probation. She will have to serve a year in jail over the course of the next decade, which will include spending every Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in jail, along with Dylan’s birthday and the July 19 anniversary of the crash.

Schmidt was also ordered to pay $11,000 in restitution and to maintain absolute sobriety.

Contributed by Jack Barry, WDUX

Major heroin bust in Marathon County

Heroin seized in Marshfield. (Photo: Marathon County Sheriff's Department)

Heroin seized in Marshfield. (Photo: Marathon County Sheriff’s Department)

A 24-year-old man who police say is a high-volume heroin dealer in central Wisconsin is due in court today.

Melvin Dunomes was arrested during a traffic stop in Marshfield on Tuesday night. City police and Marathon County sheriff’s deputies say he was caught with 80 grams of heroin, with a street value of $80,000.

Court records list Dunomes’ address as Milwaukee. He was booked on possible charges of possessing heroin with the intent to deliver, maintaining a drug trafficking place, and violating parole. Dunomes was on parole after being freed from prison recently for marijuana and cocaine possession.

Marshfield Police Chief Rick Gramza says his officers have seized more than 360 grams of heroin in the past five years, and this week’s arrest represents almost a quarter of that. Marathon County Sheriff Scott Parks says the arrest ends a long-term investigation, with the amounts seized reflecting an ongoing heroin epidemic in both Marshfield and nearby Wausau.

Contributed by Mike Warren, WDLB

Kenosha man charged with killing estranged wife

PHOTO: Gurnee PD

PHOTO: Gurnee PD

Bond has been set at $3 million for a Kenosha man accused of the murder of his estranged wife in Gurnee, Illinois over the weekend. Forty-three-year-old David Brocksom appeared in Lake County Court Tuesday morning to face a charge of first degree murder. Beata Brocksom, 48, was found dead outside her home early Sunday.

According to the Lake County News-Sun, investigators allege David Brocksom drove to Gurnee from Wisconsin Dells, where he had left his two children in a hotel. When he arrived at his wife’s home, they argued. Brocksom claimed his wife knocked him out, was standing over him with a gun when he came to, and was shot during a struggle over the weapon. He then texted his girlfriend, asking her to get his children, then went to his mother’s home in Kenosha to clean up.

Brocksom was arrested Sunday evening as he drove into the Gurnee Police Department parking lot. His next scheduled court appearance is Friday.


Martinson double homicide trial delayed

Martinson PHOTO: Oneida Co. Sheriff

Martinson PHOTO: Oneida Co. Sheriff

There is a delay in the case of a Oneida County teenager accused of killing her mother and step-father. Seventeen-year-old Ashlee Martinson is accused of stabbing her mother Jennifer Ayres over thirty times, and shooting her step-father Thomas Ayres execution style last March.

Martinson fled the state and was brought back from Indiana to face the double homicide charges. She’s pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. In court Monday, public defender Amy Ferguson said more time is needed to evaluate Martinson’s mental competency, due to the seriousness and complexity of the case, and the large volume of materials involved.

Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom granted the extension until December 1st to have the competency report ready. A status conference is set for December 11th.

Martinson and her 22-year-old boyfriend Ryan Daniel Sisco were located by police traveling on Interstate 65 near Lebanon, Indiana just north of Indianapolis the day after the crime. Sisco is being charged with probation violation, but is not facing charges for the slayings of the Ayres.