Saturday, May 18, 2013
The FBI compiles crime statistics annually and Patch has used that data to create a searchable database for Wisconsin information.
Every year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation uses data reported to it by nearly every law enforcement agency in the country to build a report on crime in the United States. Patch has taken the Wisconsin data and put it into a searchable database. Fill in the name of a community to see the number of reported property crimes in 2011, and click through to learn more about the types of offenses within each community.
The National Transportation Safety Board wants another lowering of the blood-alcohol standard for drunk driving. It stands at .08; the NTSB wants it at .05.
The National Transportation Safety Board wants the blood-alcohol threshold for drunk driving to be lowered to .05 from .08. Wisconsin followed the rest of the country from a .10 to .08 standard in 2003, under the threat of losing federal highway funds. The state had almost 29,000 DUI arrests in 2011, almost 10,000 fewer than in 2000 but still the sixth-highest per-capita amount in the country. And police regularly arrest people for driving with concentrations two and three times the current legal limit, and/or for multiple convictions. Will a lower limit make Wisconsin citizens safer in any way? Or is it simply an unnecessary government intrusion? Vote in our poll and comment below. Related polls:
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The boy's mother contacted police after discovering graffiti at the community center similar to tagging found in her home. However, police say he continued tagging after his arrest.
Greendale police have arrested a boy for a second time in connection with graffiti found throughout the village. According to a Greendale Police Deparment news release: After seeing a surge in reports of graffiti (or "tagging") since the beginning of the year, police began an investigation into the person responsible. The boy's mother contacted police after recognizing graffiti done at the community center to be similar to tagging she saw in her house. But after the boy was arrested and released—with a court date scheduled in Children's Court—new tagging appeared throughout the village. Police discovered the same boy was responsible and arrested him for a second time May 10. This time, he was held in the Milwaukee County Children's Court …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
People from around the country take part in a candle-light vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Milwaukee County Deputy Sergio Aleman was among those honored Monday.
More than 19,000 names of fallen law enforcement officers are etched into the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial — and more are added every year. The keepers of the police memorial figure one law officer in the United States dies in the line of duty every 57 hours. For this year's ceremony, 321 names were added to that wall. Among them: Milwaukee County Sheriff's Deputy Sergio Aleman, an Oak Creek resident killed in an on-duty car accident last summer; and Jennifer Sebena, a Wauwatosa police officer shot and killed on Christmas Eve 2012. “It’s real hard," Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke told WISN 12 News. "Even though we’re almost a year removed (from Aleman's death), it still hurts.” Monday night, friends, …
Monday, May 13, 2013
A large contingent of police officers from the Milwaukee area and throughout the state are in Washington, D.C. to honor their fallen brothers and sisters, including Wauwatosa's Jennifer Sebena and Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputy Sergio Aleman.
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Monday, May 13
Wisconsin had a strong presence leading up to a candlelight ceremony Monday night at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Dozens of police officers from departments throughout the state made the trek to the nation's capitol to honor those who died in the line of duty, including Wauwatosa officer Jennifer Sebena and Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputy Sergio Aleman. Their names are among 321 names added this year to the memorial wall. Just before the Monday night vigil, Jason Newton, a reporter for Patch's media partners WISN 12 News, spoke with some of the Wisconsin officers who were on hand. “We knew all along that Jen earned her place on this wall,” Wauwatosa detective John Milotsky told Newton. “It’s all …
This week's police reports also include two other drunken driving arrests and two people who were detained at Southridge Mall.
These incidents are part of the Greendale Police Department's weekly call sheet from May 3-9. A man whose car struck a tree in the 7500 block of W. Grange Avenue about 3:45 a.m. May 6 was arrested for his third drunken driving offense, failure to keep vehicle under control, operating after revocation, failure to install an ignition interlock device and refusal to take a blood draw. A witness called police after seeing him walking from the scene of the accident toward Speedway. A person who had been banned from Southridge Mall was arrested for trespassing about 4:45 p.m. May 7. A woman was arrested for drunken driving at Loomis Road and Southway about 3:15 a.m. May 5. She had a preliminary blood-alcohol content of .08. A person was arrested…
An amorous couple needed police assistance to deal with a “wardrobe malfunction.” Welcome to OMG PD.
Patch is highlighting some of the more unusual crime news from throughout southeastern Wisconsin in our feature, "OMG PD." Handcuffs and a third person kind of killed the mood here. "These birds don’t look angry, dad.” “Times are tough,” but Porterhouse steaks aren’t. This case of vandalism smells fishy. Me Tarzan. You suspicious. The above items are from local police reports and criminal complaints. In all incidents where an arrest occurred, a charge is merely an accusation and not evidence of guilt. The arrested person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Investigation finds that vast majority of students and faculty at University of Wisconsin campuses — including Milwaukee — are not signed up for program that provides public safety updates.
On March 5, University of Wisconsin-Madison junior Eric Cardinal was working the late shift at a Shell station near campus when he read a text alert from the university warning of a suspected shooter on the loose: “Police looking for Male/Black wearing red & black flannel shirt headed west out of University Houses.” Then Cardinal saw a man in his store duck, as a police car rolled through the parking lot. “That’s when I assumed he was one of the suspects they were looking for,” Cardinal said. In the wake of campus shootings the past five years, police throughout the nation are using text alerts to deliver warnings and advice to students in emergency situations. The concise messages from the Safety Awareness For Everyone system are …
Milwaukee County Sheriff's Deputy Sergio Aleman, Wauwatosa Officer Jennifer Sebena and three other officers were honored Friday in Madison.
Madison — The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial stands at the north corner of Capitol Square, a low circle of gray granite surrounding a bed of cheerfully bright flowers. A less ostentatious monument you are unlikely to find here, compared to the looming statues of Civil War officers and the incomparable Capitol itself. You’d be forgiven if you failed to recognize it as a memorial at all, or thought it just a convenient and decorative place to sit. Then you might notice the names. More than 260 names inscribed in the pale stone. Every one of them a Wisconsin law officer lost in the line of duty. Today there are five more, representing the two officers who fell while on watch last year, and three more whose deaths nearly 100 years ago had …
A 22-year-old West Allis woman was charged with possession of narcotics following her arrest at Macy's last week.
A 22-year-old West Allis woman arrested for retail theft in Greendale has been charged with felony drug possession after police found her with pills and drug paraphernalia. Khrista J. Miller was charged with possession of narcotic drugs after her May 3 arrest at Macy's in Southridge Mall. According to a criminal complaint, police found a small bag containing pills, for which she did not have a prescription. An officer also found several items of drug paraphernalia, including two syringes and a silver cup with with burn marks, in Miller's purse. Miller also initially gave police a fake name, later saying she lied about her identity because she thought warrants were out for her arrest, according to the complaint. Miller will be in court for …