Crime

Wisconsin man sentenced in $2.4 million investment scheme

A Wisconsin man convicted in a $2.4 million investment scheme involving more than 20 victims has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison. Jeremy Arrington, of Middleton, pleaded guilty earlier to one count of wire fraud. Authorities say several of the investors lost their retirement savings to Arrington. The 44-year-old Arrington was the chief financial officer for Wisconsin Home Buyers Network, a real estate business. Investigators say he ran a Ponzi scheme by promising investors returns ranging from 12% to 36% with little or no risk. U.S. District Judge Brett Ludwig sentenced Arrington Thursday to 33 months in prison.

Gunman climbs on Wisconsin church roof, stand-off ensues

Police in Appleton have arrested a man who climbed onto a church roof with a gun. WFRV-TV reported that police received a call Thursday morning about a suspect who pointed a gun at someone at St. Bernadette Parish. The suspect then got on the roof. Assistant Police Chief Polly Olson told the television station that the man fired rounds in the air. Negotiators were brought in to talk with the man. The stand-off went on for about two hours before the man was taken into custody. The Appleton Police Department posted a note on its Facebook page saying the incident was resolved safely. A police spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to voicemail and email messages from The Associated Press.

Buffalo supermarket shooting: What do we know so far?

The massacre at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, is still under investigation, but here are the basics. A white gunman in body armor killed 10 Black shoppers and workers and wounded another Black person and two white people. Federal officials are investigating the shooting as a hate crime. Police said the 13 victims, including the wounded, ranged in age from 20 to 86. The accused gunman, 18-year-old Payton Gendron, has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Ex-Minneapolis officer pleads guilty in George Floyd killing

A former Minneapolis police officer has pleaded guilty to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. As part of Wednesday’s plea deal, a count of aiding and abetting second-degree unintentional murder against Thomas Lane will be dismissed. Lane and prosecutors have agreed to a recommended sentence of three years, which is below state sentencing guidelines. Lane and former Officers J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao have already been convicted on federal counts of violating the civil rights of Floyd, who was Black. Lane hasn't been sentenced yet in the federal case. Their former colleague, Derek Chauvin, was convicted of murder last year and also pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights violation.

Plea hearing set for teen charged in 2020 Anisa Scott killing

MADISON, Wis. -- Court officials have scheduled a plea hearing for one of the defendants charged in connection with the fatal shooting that killed 11-year-old Anisa Scott in August 2020, according to online court records. Andre Brown, 18, is charged…

Wisconsin man gets 10 years in prison for racist acid attack

A judge has sentenced a white Milwaukee man to a decade in prison for throwing acid in a Latino man's face in a 2019 racist attack. A jury convicted Clifton Blackwell last month of first-degree reckless injury with a dangerous weapon as a hate crime. Blackwell was waiting for a bus when he told Mahud Villalaz that his truck was parked illegally in the bus stop zone. The men got into an argument and Blackwell threw sulfuric acid into the face of Villalaz after asking the Latino man, who is a U.S. citizen, why he invaded his country. Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Jean Marie Kies sentenced Blackwell on Wednesday to 10 years in prison and five years on extended supervision.

Man convicted of killing grandmother in Fond du Lac County

A man who blamed his grandmother’s slaying on the “cartel” has been found guilty of killing her in Fond du Lac County. Thirty-three-year-old Gregory Spittel was convicted late Monday of second-degree reckless homicide and several other charges. According to the criminal complaint, Spittel was upset with his grandmother, 75-year-old Carole Foreman, for giving information to police which resulted in his arrest. The attack happened on Aug. 23, 2019, in the city of Waupun. A criminal complaint says Spittel hit Foreman, causing her to fall and hit her head on the concrete basement floor. He asked a neighbor to call 911 the next day. Foreman died at the hospital several days later of multiple blunt force injuries. 

Police: Off-duty Cleveland officer fatally shoots teenager in Milwaukee

Authorities say a Cleveland, Ohio off-duty police officer fatally shot a teenager in self-defense in Milwaukee during an armed robbery attempt. Milwaukee police say the 17-year-old boy was in possession of a firearm when he was shot shortly after midnight Sunday on the city’s north side. Officials said Monday they continue to look for two suspects in the case. The teenager who died and the 38-year-old officer have not been identified. Police did not release any further details about the shooting. Cleveland Police Union President Jeff Follmer told WJW-TV the officer is not in custody because “the use of force appears to be justified.”