Jury selected in Wisconsin kidnapping case
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A jury has been selected in the federal trial of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures.
Kristen Smith, of Aurora, Colorado, faces one count of kidnapping in federal court. She could face life in prison if convicted by a jury in Madison, Wisconsin.
Prosecutors argue that Smith kidnapped days-old Kayden Powell from the Town of Beloit home where his parents were staying in February. Police arrested her at a gas station in West Branch, Iowa, later that day but the infant wasn't with her.
The West Branch Police chief discovered Kayden the next morning hidden in a crate behind another gas station about 500 yards from the station where Smith was arrested.
WISCONSIN GOVERNOR'S RACE-OUTSOURCING
Walker says he would back anti-outsourcing rules
WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker says he would support a measure to ensure that tax credits and other economic development incentives do not go to companies that outsource jobs.
Walker spoke Monday before a Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. meeting in Wauwatosa.
Walker has been criticizing Democratic challenger Mary Burke for profiting from outsourcing done by her family's company, Trek Bicycle Corp.
But campaign finance reports show Walker has received donations from multiple companies that outsourced jobs.
Democratic Rep. Peter Barca says he will propose that WEDC require companies receiving economic development incentives to let the organization know if they outsource jobs. He says he believes the incentives would then end given existing WEDC rules.
Walker says he needs to see the details of Barca's proposal, but he supports the idea in principle.
Panel upholds chief's firing of 2 Minneapolis cops
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minneapolis Civil Service Commission has upheld the firing of two Minneapolis police officers for misconduct in Green Bay, Wisconsin, last year.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau (jeh-NAY' har-TOH') fired officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell after the two scuffled with a group of black men and then allegedly used racial slurs while berating local police investigating the June 2013 incident.
The firings kicked off an automatic appeals process. Harteau says the commission upheld her decision last week.
The Star Tribune reports at least one of the officers also disparaged Harteau as a lesbian in the incident.
The off-duty officers were not charged with any crime, but the Green Bay department reported the incident to Minneapolis, prompting the internal affairs review.
Thole and Powell denied the allegations.
Child killed by van in Racine driveway
RACINE, Wis. (AP) - A 5-year-old girl has died after being struck by a van in the driveway of a Racine home.
Police say the child had just arrived for a party in the neighborhood Saturday afternoon and was facing the street when a 16-year-old boy backed a van over the girl.
Authorities say a rear wheel ran over the girl. The teen heard people yelling and shouting, but didn't know he had hit someone. So, he pulled the van forward, running over the girl a second time.
The child was conscious when first responders arrived, but later died from her injuries at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital.
Investigators say the steep pitch of the driveway likely contributed to the accident because the teen couldn't see the girl.
Former drug task force supervisor convicted
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A former Jefferson County drug task force supervisor has been found guilty of misconduct in office after being accused of stealing money to be used in undercover operations.
The state Department of Justice announced Monday that former Jefferson County detective Timothy Madson was found guilty of misconduct in office on Friday following a jury trial.
The 56-year-old Madson was supervisor of the county's drug task force from 2003 until late 2011.
According to the criminal complaint, Madson claimed more than $10,000 in questionable expenses from a fund he controlled to cover drug buys and other incidental task force expenses. Other members of the task force said Madson didn't do any work that would have required reimbursement because he was the supervisor.
Madson is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 1.
FORT HOOD-SOLDIER DEATH
Fort Hood soldier from Wisconsin dies in Texas
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A Fort Hood soldier from Wisconsin has died from an illness suffered during his deployment to Afghanistan.
The Defense Department says 20-year-old Pfc. Donnell Antwain Hamilton Jr. of Kenosha, Wisconsin, died at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. DOD officials say Hamilton died Thursday of an illness suffered while he was in the Ghazni Province. Military officials did not release further details on the illness.
Hamilton joined the Army in October 2012. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood.
Hamilton was deployed July 2013 to March 2014.
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