Author Archives: Eric Stone

Suspect In Fatal Beloit Shooting Taken Into Custody

Suspect In Fatal Beloit Shooting Taken Into Custody

Beloit police say members of the community came forward with critical information which led to an arrest in the fatal shooting last week of 19-year-old Enrique Ramirez.  He was shot Wednesday and died early Thursday morning at Mercy Hospital in Janesville.  Thirty-year-old Chet A. Hummell was taken into custody in Rockford, Illinois Friday on a charge of…Read more »

14-Year-Old Charged With Making Terrorist Threats

14-Year-Old Charged With Making Terrorist Threats

A 14-year-old middle school student was being held at the Rock County Juvenile Detention Center in Janesville after admitting making threats on social media.  Officers responded to Marshall Middle School in Janesville Friday morning.  They were told the suspect posted a picture of a firearm along with the threat.  The firearm shown online was a fake, but the…Read more »

Mistrial Declared In Rock County Stabbing Homicide Case

Mistrial Declared In Rock County Stabbing Homicide Case

A new trial date will be set for 22-year-old Julian D. Collazo, the man accused of stabbing a woman to death while she sat on a toilet two years ago.  A Rock County Circuit Court judge declared a mistrial Thursday when he was told the jury couldn’t reach a verdict.  A bailiff told the judge jury members…Read more »

Adult Binge Drinking Costs Wisconsin $4B/Year

Adult Binge Drinking Costs Wisconsin $4B/Year

A study released Thursday by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health shows adult binge drinking costs the state an average of four-billion dollars-a-year.  About two-thirds of the cost can be blamed on lost productivity.  Researchers say their work shows every state resident pays for binge drinking.  The behavior led to about 79-thousand alcohol-related hospitalizations…Read more »

Dodge County Woman Found Guilty Of Harboring, Aiding Felon

Dodge County Woman Found Guilty Of Harboring, Aiding Felon

A 21-year-old Dodge County woman could spend up to 18 months in prison after being convicted on a charge of harboring and aiding a felon.  Prosecutors said Dakota Schlesner helped Nigel Schultz after he killed a Beaver Dam man.  Schultz entered a guilty plea in August to a charge of first-degree intentional homicide in the murder of…Read more »

Plastic Costumes Used To Be Everywhere For Halloween

Plastic Costumes Used To Be Everywhere For Halloween

OMG, I was Casper the Friendly Ghost, Bugs Bunny, Spider-man, Yoda from The Empire Strikes Back and a few other characters. The simple vinyl costumes from makers like Collegeville Costumes, Halco, and Ben Cooper (being THE most famous) made preparing trick-or-treating easy. Rarely did they come with three or more pieces, but otherwise you had…Read more »

Avery’s Lawyer Seeking New Trial from WI Court of Appeals

Avery’s Lawyer Seeking New Trial from WI Court of Appeals

A man whose criminal case was featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” is seeking a new trial or evidentiary hearing. Steven Avery is serving life for the 2005 killing of photographer Teresa Halbach. A circuit judge denied his request for a new trial in August. Attorney Kathleen Zellner filed a 150-page document Monday…Read more »

Sun Prairie Taking Steps To Shorten Waiting Time At Polls

Sun Prairie Taking Steps To Shorten Waiting Time At Polls

Sun Prairie election officials are doubling the number of polling locations in an effort to end the long lines for voters.  Some people waiting anywhere between 45 minutes and two hours to cast their ballots last November.  That’s why Sun Prairie will offer eight locations for the next election instead of the four which were open in…Read more »