MILWAUKEE - A four-year-old boy was hurt yesterday when he fell 25-feet from a second-story window of a house in Milwaukee.
It happened in a neighborhood on the city's near west side. Police said he suffered head-and-internal injuries - and it appeared to be an accident. Other details, including the boy's condition, were not immediately released.
About seven-thousand electric customers were in the dark last night due to problems with a transmission line in Rock County in far southern Wisconsin. According to Alliant Energy, all of Milton and about two-thirds of Edgerton were without power starting around 7:30. Folks in Edgerton got their power back about an-hour-and-a-half later. The Milton area was out for about two hours.
Prosecutors said an Iraq war veteran who gave an overdose of sleeping pills to his four kids last week was trying to kill them and himself. Authorities said 36-year-old Deke Suri of Oneida wrote detailed instructions for his children's funerals. He was charged yesterday in Outagamie County with four counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. A court commissioner ordered a $200,000 bond, and Suri is due back in court a week from tomorrow. Police were called last Tuesday night to check on Suri and his kids. That was after he reportedly told his estranged wife he wanted to poison them. Police quoted him as saying he wanted to kill himself, because he couldn't deal with the ending of his marriage. Prosecutors said Suri planned the deaths for Christmas Day, but he moved up the date after his wife left him last Monday. He apparently said he didn't want his kids to see him buried - and he didn't want them to suffer. Suri was in the Army for 17 years, and his attorney says he has post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury. Relatives plan to help seek counseling for him.
A suburban Milwaukee man who strangled-and-burned his girlfriend, and dumped her ashes in Lake Winnebago, will spend the rest of his life in prison. 37-year-old Brandon Mueller was given no chance for a future release when he was sentenced yesterday by Fond du Lac County Circuit Judge Robert Wirtz. The girlfriend, 28-year-old Renee Redmer of Waukesha, disappeared almost two years ago. No one knew where she was until Mueller admitted to a friend that he strangled her at her mother's home in Fond du Lac. The mother, Nancy Pinno - and the friend, Donald Worth - both helped Mueller burn the body in a barrel and dumped the remains in Lake Winnebago. Worth eventually told police what happened. Pinno got eight years in prison for her role, and Worth six years. The murder resulted from a fight between Mueller and his girlfriend, after he flushed her heroin down a toilet. Before the slaying, he was convicted of assaulting women in four other cases.
A Milwaukee man will get at least $25,000 from the state, after he spent 23 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. The State Claims Board approved the payment for Robert Lee Stinson. And the board agreed to ask the Legislature for an additional $90,000 to honor Stinson's total request for 115-thousand. He was convicted in 1985 of killing 62-year-old Ione Cychosz of Milwaukee a year earlier. He was freed almost two years ago with the help of the Wisconsin Innocence Project at UW-Madison. That group said it obtained a signed confession and DNA evidence showing that Moses Price Junior actually committed the murder. Price is currently behind bars for another murder in an arson fire. Stinson wanted five-thousand-dollars for each of the 23 years he was in prison. State law allows compensation as high as $25,000 but the claims board can ask lawmakers for more. Stinson says he would use the money to go to college and get a criminal justice degree. His attorney, Heather Donnell, said Stinson is very happy with the board's ruling.
Outgoing state Senator Jim Sullivan says he'll run for Milwaukee County Executive next spring. The Democrat from Wauwatosa is wrapping up a four-year term in the Senate, after he lost his re-election bid in November to Assembly Republican Leah Vukmir. The 43-year-old Sullivan said it's becoming clear that Milwaukee County is in trouble - and he wants to bring the county government back to fiscal health without cutting services. State Assembly Republican Jeff Stone of Greenfield and Milwaukee philanthropist Chris Abele are also running for the executive's post left by Governor-elect Scott Walker. Several county officials are thinking about running - including County Board Chairman Lee Holloway, who became the interim executive yesterday.
Nobody won the $200-million jackpot in the Mega Millions game last night, so it goes up to 237-million for the next drawing on New Year's Eve. Seventeen players around the country won the quarter-million-dollar second-prize - but none were from Wisconsin. The numbers were 6, 18, 36, 40, and 49. The Mega Ball was seven, and the Megaplier was four. Friday night's jackpot is the second-largest since Wisconsin joined the Mega Millions game almost 11 months ago. Friday's cash option is just under 151-million-dollars, for a single winner who takes the whole prize now. Meanwhile, the Powerball jackpot is at 20-million for tonight.