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UPDATE: Illinois man gets heart of man killed in Appleton

UPDATED Thursday, June 12, 2014 --- 11:37 p.m.

NEENAH, Wis. (AP) -- Joshua Richards was shot and killed in a downtown Appleton bar last December. But his heart lives on in Benjamin Adler.

Post-Crescent Media reports (http://post.cr/1kPJEpf ) the 47-year-old traveled from Island Lake, Illinois to meet Richard's family Wednesday in Neenah, five months after receiving the transplant.

Adler was one of seven people to receive organs from the 25-year-old Richards.

Adler had his first heart attack in 2003, followed by four more over the following decade.

Adler says doctors told him they found a blood clot the morning of the transplant and he likely wouldn't have lived another 24 hours without the heart.

Jackie Pische says losing her son was devastating but seeing Adler was awesome. She says her son signed up to be an organ donor at age 16.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Sunday, March 9, 2014 --- 9:59 a.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Law enforcement officials say they have exhausted all efforts to recover a handgun thought to be used in the shooting of a 25-year-old man in an Appleton nightclub.

That includes taking apart some of the club's plumbing system.

Outagamie County District Attorney Carrie Schneider tells Post-Crescent Media they will keep following up on leads on the gun's whereabouts but they've so far pursued it as far as they could.

Chong Lee is accused of shooting Joshua Richards at Luna Lounge Dec. 8.

According to court records, a friend told police Lee ran to a nearby bar and flushed the gun down the toilet.

The bar's manager, Phil Moore, says police inspected the sewage storage pit and didn't find the gun.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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UPDATED Thursday, February 13, 2014 --- 10:41 a.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- A man charged in a fatal shooting at an Appleton nightclub is accused to trying to keep witnesses from testifying against him.

Twenty-eight-year-old Chong Lee, of Neenah, is accused of shooting 25-year-old Joshua Richards, of Green Bay, at the Luna Lounge Dec. 8.

WLUK-TV says Appleton police detectives testified Wednesday at Lee's preliminary hearing that Lee wrote letters and made phone calls from jail insisting that witnesses needed to "disappear" to prevent them from testifying against him about the shooting.

Lee is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and possessing a firearm as a felon. He has been bound over for trial in Outagamie County and is scheduled back in court for an arraignment March 18. His attorneys say there's no evidence linking Lee to the shooting.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, December 16, 2013 --- 8:23 p.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Bail is set at $1 million for a man accused of fatally shooting a man at a downtown Appleton nightclub.

Twenty-eight-year-old Chong Lee of Neenah made his initial court appearance Monday.

Lee is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Lee was arrested Friday, four days after 25-year-old Joshua Richards of Green Bay died of a gunshot wound to the head.

An autopsy found Richards' injury was consistent with a small-caliber firearm shot very close to his head, according to the criminal complaint filed Monday.

Post-Crescent Media reports the prosecutor requested the $1 million bond, citing Lee's affiliation with a local street gang and his criminal history.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, December 10, 2013 --- 12:11 p.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Police say the Green Bay man shot at an Appleton nightclub has died.

Twenty-five-year-old Joshua Richards was shot in the head at Luna Lounge early Sunday morning. The Outagamie County Coroner's Office notified police of Richards' death about 10 p.m. Monday. An autopsy will be done in Fond du Lac Tuesday.

Authorities earlier said Richards' family intended to donate his organs.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance video from inside the nightclub and from street cameras, but so far, have not made an arrest. The Post-Crescent Media reports police believe the victim was targeted and that it wasn't a random shooting.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, December 10, 2013 --- 9:09 a.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Appleton police say the family of a man shot in the head at a nightclub will be donating his organs.

Officials say the victim is a 25-year-old Green Bay man. He was shot at Luna Lounge early Sunday morning. Investigators are reviewing surveillance video from inside the nightclub and from street cameras, but so far, have not made an arrest.

The Post-Crescent Media reports police believe the victim was targeted and that it wasn't a random shooting.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Monday, December 9, 2013 --- 10:26 a.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Police are checking surveillance video as they investigate a nightclub shooting in Appleton.

Authorities say a man was shot in the head inside the Luna Lounge about 2 a.m. Sunday. Sgt. David Lund tells Post-Crescent Media the nightclub was full of people at the time of the shooting. Lund appears the assailant targeted one individual. Police made a traffic stop with weapons drawn shortly after the shooting, but no arrests were made.

Police Capt. Todd Freeman says the nightclub was a "chaotic scene" as emergency personnel tended to the victim and officers worked to identify the suspect and witnesses.

The victim was found just inside the doorway and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. His condition was not immediately available.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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