News – August 28, 2020

(Kenosha) A relatively quiet night in Kenosha where a small group continued to protest after the 7pm curfew in the fifth night since the shooting of Jacob Blake. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that live streams from people on the scene showed some arrests of protesters along with people waiting for the release of friends who were arrested earlier.

(Green Lake) Law enforcement leaders across Wisconsin are asking Governor Tony Evers to stop making statements about the Kenosha shooting until all facts are known. Several groups including the Badger State Sheriff’s Association – currently led by Green Lake County Sheriff Mark Podoll – say remarks made by Evers and Lieutenant Governor Mandella Barnes are premature, judgmental, inflammatory and only adds to the anger and divisiveness of an already dangerous situation. They ask that both call for an end to the riots and a stop to the violence.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers defended his administration’s response to the crisis that unfolded there following the shooting saying everything that has been asked from local officials has been provided.

(Kenosha) Wisconsin Adjutant General Paul Knapp says the increased presence of National Guard personnel – including some from other states – will help keep people safe in Kenosha. Additional Guard members from Alabama, Michigan and Arizona, with specialized training in handling civil unrest, are bolstering the presence of the Wisconsin National Guard. Knapp says none of the troops have been federalized and will be under his command.

(Kenosha) The Illinois teen identified in Tuesday night’s fatal shootings in Kenosha has been charged. The Kenosha County District Attorney has charged 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, of Antioch with numerous counts, in the deaths of 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum of Kenosha and 26-year-old Anthony Huber of Silver Lake, and for wounding 26-year-old Gage Grosskreutz of West Allis. Rittenhouse is scheduled for an extradition hearing today.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 878 positive coronavirus cases in Thursday’s daily update, which is 8.1-percent of the 10,700 tests announced. There are 7,529 active cases in the state, an increase 117 from Wednesday. State health officials recorded 11 deaths Thursday, for a total of 1,111. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 1,076 cases, an increase of 19 from Wednesday. County health officials are actively monitoring 183 people.

(Watertown) A Watertown man was sentenced yesterday (Thursday) to 12 years in prison for having inappropriate contact with minors. Nathan Lord assaulted two children who were under the ages of 13 in the fall of 2015. At sentencing, Assistant District Attorney James Sempf said the defendant engaged in predatory sexual behavior and added that significant prison time is necessary to protect others. The 40-year-old was also placed on extended supervision for 10 years.

(Green Lake) Two men suspected of sexually assaulting a human trafficking victim in Green Lake County were sentenced this week. Ember Rivera and Rolando Corado Gonzalez were convicted on amended charges of exposing themselves to a minor and were sentenced to 18 months in prison and 2 years of extended supervision. Last November the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office rescued a young girl after she escaped from the residence she was being held in in the Town of Manchester. Her captors were believed to be undocumented immigrants from Guatemala.

(Beaver Dam) Cash bond was set at $2,500 for an Indiana man charged with running Beaver Dam police. Daniel Curiel was reportedly following another vehicle from Randolph Wednesday when police attempted to pull his vehicle over, sparking an 11-mile pursuit. The criminal complaint does not indicate why the suspect may have been tailing the individual from Randolph, but his mother told authorities that her son left their residence in Indiana and went to work the day before the incident. When Curiel did not return, the family started to reach out to law enforcement. His mother says that Curiel had not taken prescription medication for two to three months.  If convicted, the 25-year-old faces over four years in prison.

(Reeseville) Cash bond was set at $2,500 yesterday (Thursday) for Jason Tikusis of Reeseville who is charged with having illegal images of children. Multiple images of child porn were allegedly located on two different cellphones recovered by law enforcement following a search warrant executed last November. If convicted on all counts, the 39-year-old faces no more than 250 years in prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 1st.