Man charge in 2014 hit-and-run that killed 2 in Wisconsin
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man has been charged in a 2014 hit-and-run crash that killed two men in western Wisconsin. Andrew M. Endres, 32, of Randolph, was charged Wednesday in Polk County Circuit Court with two counts of hit and run resulting in death in connection with the Jan. 11, 2014 crash that killed Richard L. Cobenais Jr., 41, who lived near Luck, Wisconsin, and Benjamin R. Juarez, 28, of Frederic, Wisconsin. Authorities say Cobenais Jr. and Juarez were struck and killed by a pickup after being involved in a fight that had spilled out onto a highway, northeast of Balsam Lake, Wisconsin.
Trump schedules rally in Waukesha days before election
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump has scheduled a rally Saturday in the conservative stronghold of Waukesha, just nine days before the election. Trump’s campaign announced the rally at an airport in Waukesha on Thursday. The event comes just one week after Trump held an airport rally in Janesville. It will be Trump’s fifth visit to Wisconsin since August. His Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, campaigned twice in Wisconsin in September. Numerous polls have shown Biden with a slight lead in the battleground state. Trump carried Wisconsin by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016.
Coronavirus cases jump among Wisconsin’s American Indians
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Coronavirus cases among American Indians in Wisconsin have tripled since Sept. 1 as the state continues to grapple with the pandemic. Data showed 59 new cases and one additional death among American Indians in Wisconsin as of Wednesday. That raised the total to 2,333 Native Americans testing positive. Twenty-three American Indians have died due in Wisconsin to COVID-19 this year. Shannon Holsey, president of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican tribe, tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the numbers are outrageous. The numbers in Indian country had been low but started jumping in the fall, when cases started skyrocketing throughout northern Wisconsin.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-WISCONSIN-SCHOOL SPORTS
UW study: High school sports have not spread the coronavirus
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s medical school has found that the state’s high school sports has not contributed to an increase in COVID-19 infections among athletes. The study surveyed 207 schools representing 30,000 athletes that restarted sports in September. They study found that the case rate among those athletes was lower than what’s been reported for children ages 14-17. The study also found that no sport had a statistically higher incidence rate than that of teenagers during the same period of time and only one case was attributed to transmission during sports.
ELECTION 2020-WISCONSIN-LEGAL GROUP
Liberal legal group formed ahead of election in Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new legal group has been created just days before the election by Wisconsin attorneys who have represented Democrats and others opposed to Republicans on issues ranging from redistricting to the lame-duck legislative session. Law Forward said Thursday that its focus will be defending Wisconsin’s “progressive traditions” and fighting voter suppression in the election. The group could provide a counterbalance to the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, a law firm that has brought many high profile legal challenges to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ administration, including a fight to overturn the statewide mask ordinance.
STOLEN REPTILES HOMICIDE
Wisconsin man accused of killing man over stolen reptiles
WAUPACA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man accused of killing a young man in a dispute over stolen reptiles has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide. Forty-four-year-old Bill Zelenski, of Waupaca, is accused of shooting the 18-year-old late Monday and the victim’s mother has been charged with being a party to the crime. Their attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday. WLUK-TV reports that the dispute was over $27,850 worth of reptiles and equipment. According to a criminal complaint, several reptiles — including Mexican bearded lizards worth $17,000 — were taken in the theft last week. Zelenski told a 911 operator he shot the victim after the young man attacked him.
Relative: Black couple didn’t provoke shooting by police
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — The mother of a Black woman who was injured in a police shooting in suburban Chicago that left a Black man dead said the two did nothing to provoke the officer. Nineteen-year-old Marcellis Stinnette was killed and his girlfriend, Tafara Williams, was wounded when a police officer in Waukegan opened fire Tuesday night after police said Williams’ vehicle started rolling toward the officer following a traffic stop. Williams’ mom said she visited her daughter in the hospital, where she’s in serious condition. Relatives and activists are asking authorities to release more information as well as any video of the shooting.
SEX TRAFFICKING SENTENCE
Wisconsin man sentenced to 27 years for sex trafficking
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man accused of forcing women into working as prostitutes has been sentenced to 27 years in federal prison. Forty-eight-year-old Christopher Childs, of Hartford, pleaded guilty in October 2019 to one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion. Authorities say the women worked out of strip clubs in Dodge County and other clubs outside of Wisconsin. Prosecutors say Childs operated as a trafficker in the Milwaukee area and elsewhere since about 1996. Six of his victims gave victim impact statements, some of whom testified at Wednesday’s hearing. U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger says the case was made possible only because some of the victims had “the courage to bring the truth to light.”
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