Posted Sunday, August 25, 2013 --- 4:53 a.m.
MILWAUKEE VIOLENCE-POLICE CHIEF
Wis. police chief: Officers must walk, talk more
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn says a good way to reduce the crime rate is for his officers to do less driving through troubled neighborhoods and more walking and talking with the residents who live there.
Flynn says officers should approach more people and engage them in conversation. He says the tactic could help officers learn important information about crimes and gang activity.
Gun violence has spiked in Milwaukee this year. There have been 62 homicides through Thursday, a 19 percent increase compared to the same time last year.
The 343 non-fatal shootings over the same period represent a 5 percent increase.
Flynn says it would help if lawmakers got tougher on crime, but he says it's also up to his officers to be more active in policing their communities.
Wis. DA: Man knocked out child's teeth with soap
RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- A Racine County man faces a preliminary hearing next month on charges that he washed a child's mouth out with soap so vigorously that two of her teeth were knocked out.
A Journal Times of Racine report says 36-year-old Samuel Martin Junior is charged with felony child abuse. His preliminary hearing is September 4th.
The girl's mother told investigators her daughter was behaving poorly and had cursed at Martin on July 26th. She says Martin grabbed a bar of soap to punish her for swearing.
The girl says she was in bed when Martin came into her room and shoved the soap in her mouth. She says two of her teeth were knocked out.
A message left with Martin's public defender Saturday was not immediately returned.
CHURCH CANDLEHOLDERS STOLEN
$80,000 Wis. church antiques stolen, sold for $100
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee police say two men broke into a church and stole antique candleholders worth as much as $80,000, and then sold them for scrap for $100.
Police said Saturday the suspects were arrested this week following Monday's burglary at St. Anthony Catholic Church.
Authorities say the suspects stole several antique gold and brass candleholders. Detectives found at least some of them in a south-side home, and the buyer led officers to one of the suspects.
Police say the 31-year-old suspect told investigators he and a 55-year-old man took the candleholders. The man says the two smashed the marble off the candleholders to make them fit into the garbage can they used to transport the antiques to a metal buyer.
The 31-year-old was arrested Thursday. The 55-year-old was arrested Friday.
Meth problem resurgent in northwestern Wis.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- After the meth problem in northwest Wisconsin all but disappeared from 2007 to 2010, local authorities say the highly addictive drug is making a strong comeback,
An Eau Claire Leader-Telegram report says meth usage is especially high in Barron, Dunn and St. Croix counties.
Eau Claire police Sergeant Andy Falk runs the West Central Drug Task Force. He says there's a big push to tackle the meth resurgence because the drug drives users to commit smaller crimes such as burglary to fund their habit.
The number of suspected meth cases submitted to the state crime lab for analysis last year rose 86 percent to 440. The figure was on a similar pace in the first half of this year.
Police: Heroin a problem on Wisc.-Mich. border
MENOMINEE, Mich. (AP) -- Authorities say heroin is a growing problem in small towns on the Michigan-Wisconsin border as the drug arrives through dealers from Chicago and Milwaukee.
A crime tip phone line in Marinette County, Wisconsin has been extended across the border to Menominee County, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. People charged with robbery are entering jail with drug addictions typically related to their crimes.
Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks tells the Daily Press of Escanaba that caring for drug-addicted inmates strains the jail budget and staff.
In Wisconsin, Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve says the heroin problem "knows no boundaries." At least 15 people from Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois have been arrested this summer on drug-related charges.
Wis. GOP party asked to arbitrate county dispute
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A leader in the Brown County Republican party is asking state GOP officials to intervene in a growing power struggle within the local group.
A Press-Gazette Media report says the dispute is between Ray Suennen, who is part of the county party's executive committee, and GOP Chairman Mark Becker.
Suennen accuses Becker of misleading party members in a bid to seize "total control" of local party affairs.
The request comes as Becker and his supporters are moving forward with an investigation that could result in Suennen being ousted from the executive committee.
Suennen says he sent an eight-page letter to state party officials seeking their intervention. The state party says it would review the matter.
Suennen, Becker and the state party have all declined to comment further.
GOOSE AND DOVE HUNTING
Goose, dove hunting seasons about to begin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Canada goose and mourning dove hunting seasons are about to open in Wisconsin.
Both hunting seasons begin on September 1st. The Canada goose season runs through September 15th, while the dove seasons ends on November 9th.
The state Department of Natural Resources says the early Canada goose season, with a more liberal bag limit than the regular season, is allowed by federal rules due to the growth of local giant Canada goose populations.
The DNR estimates that Wisconsin's resident breeding goose population is nearly 139,000.
The early season harvest last fall was estimated at 21,302.
On average, between 100,000 and 200,000 mourning doves are harvested every year.
Skunk population in SE Wis. seems to be on rise
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- Trappers in southeastern Wisconsin say they've been responding to more skunk complaints than usual this summer.
A Kenosha News report says 54 percent of the animal calls to which police community-service officers responded this year have been for skunks. Last year it was 45 percent.
Marty Johnson of the state Department of Natural Resources says when an animal population explodes, it's probably because food and shelter have become easily available. Food could be pet food or scraps scavenged from loosely capped garbage cans. Foreclosed homes could be providing shelter.
Wisconsin considers the skunk an unprotected species that can be hunted or trapped year-round by people with proper licenses. However, a trapped skunk can't be released on public or private lands without the owner's permission.
Craft beer industry still growing in Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- From Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee to Angry Minnow Brewing Co., in Minocqua, Wisconsin is home to dozens of regional breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs.
The Brewers Association says there are nearly 100 breweries in Wisconsin of all sizes. More than two dozen others are in the planning states around the state.
Does that make for too much competition? Sprecher Brewing Company President Jeff Hamilton doesn't think so. He predicts another five or six years of industry growth before some breweries will fold.
South Shore Brewery owner Bo Belanger is president of the Wisconsin Brewers Guild. He tells Wisconsin Public Radio there's plenty of room for more craft breweries, since they account for just 5 percent of beer sold in Wisconsin. Craft beer captures 30 percent of the market in some other states.
Copyright 2013: Associated Press