Claim of Obstruction

The Milwaukee County executive’s office under Scott Walker “obstructed” a criminal investigation into missing donations to a veterans fund, two investigators alleged Friday in a federal court brief that includes recently unsealed investigative records.

The documents provide new information about the extent of the now-closed John Doe criminal investigation into the activities of Walker and his staff before he was elected governor in 2010. The filing came in response to a lawsuit filed by one of the Republican governor’s former top aides, Cindy Archer, who claims she and others have been targeted by Democratic Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm because of their work on behalf of Walker.

The filing in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee revealed that Archer and Walker’s then-campaign treasurer, John Hiller, were under criminal investigation five years ago for their actions involving the proposed lease of office space by Milwaukee County that would have benefited real-estate clients of Hiller’s who had made donations to Walker’s gubernatorial campaign.

Via Scott Walker’s office ‘obstructed’ probe of missing veterans funds, investigators allege @ WisconsinWatch.org

A Drug Arrest in Madison

“I sat eating breakfast outside several months ago and witnessed a young boy almost hit by the car of a drug dealer as it raced out of control down our street.  So it is not hard to fathom how I now need to  swallow my bile when reading the term “invading” when it comes to…

Rindfleisch: Scapegoat or Scoundrel?

“MADISON, Wis. (AP) – One of Gov. Scott Walker’s former aides has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to toss out her conviction for campaigning on government time. Kelly Rindfleisch served as Walker’s deputy chief of staff when Walker was the Milwaukee County executive. Prosecutors accused her of working on Walker’s gubernatorial campaign and Republican Brett…


“Of course, the news may have nothing to do with capturing the escapees and everything to do to reassuring people that the police are hot on their trail. The people will eventually lose interest, and this calming news might help.” Via Why put out the news that dogs have picked up the scent of the…

Probably not a longterm thing

Via “The married woman prison worker, 51, suspected of helping ‘Shawshank’ escapees break out after being lured by ‘handsome, womanizing’ double murderer and his cop killer friend.” @ Althouse.

Internal Exoneration

Police announced Wednesday that Officer Matt Kenny has been exonerated in the internal investigation of his actions in the March 6 shooting inside a Williamson Street apartment home. Via Madison police exonerate officer in Tony Robinson shooting @ State Journal. 

Ordinary residents threatened, attacked for opposing factory farms

Residents in Wood and Adams counties in central Wisconsin working to halt a massively polluting proposed industrial dairy operation, a CAFO, are crime victims being met by a new spate of theft, criminal destruction, intimidation and a possible cyber attack on a home in the Town of Saratoga. (Madden, Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune) Via Homes…

Escape to Wisconsin?

No reporter has been able to make contact with former GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert since revelations came out this week that he has been paying money to a former male student to cover up sexual misconduct.  There are now news reports that Hastert may be in Wisconsin. Via Dennis Hastert May Be Hiding Out…


Shouldn’t America leave soccer problems to the countries that call it football? Via “Swiss authorities conducted an extraordinary early-morning operation here Wednesday to arrest several top soccer officials and extradite them to the United States on federal corruption charges.” @ Althouse.

Screech goes on trial 

Dustin Diamond is expected in Ozaukee County Circuit Court Wednesday for the start of his trial on a felony charge of second-degree recklessly endangering safety and two misdemeanors — disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon. Via Sitcom actor accused in bar stabbing goes on trial @ WKOW.


Trooper killer’s wife warned authorities before crime rampage Trooper killer's wife warned authorities before crime rampage http://t.co/FtU3G3SEhT by @MSpicuzzaMJS pic.twitter.com/o1MGqOcRCs — Mark Hoffman (@MJSphotog) May 20, 2015

Booker Stanley

Punctured lung when robbed. Ex-Wisconsin running back says he was shot during robbery http://t.co/mDUddkuFLv pic.twitter.com/Lk0dIPgu3D — WISCTV News 3 (@WISCTV_News3) May 19, 2015

Deputy resigns

Thirty-four-year-old Zachary Dorr resigned his position Thursday when a judge set bond for him at $100,000 cash on three felony charges, including sexual assault of a child. A criminal complaint says a co-worker saw Dorr kissing the girl and giving her beer at a wedding reception last weekend at a Wausau-area hotel. The complaint accuses…

Madison Resolves to Hire ‘Expert’

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City will allocate up to $50,000 to hire an expert(s) in community policing, law, problem oriented policing, racial disparities and implicit bias to thoroughly review the Madison Police Department policies, procedures, culture and training. A citizen committee of 3 will be appointed by the Mayor to work with…