A timeline of how shootings unfolded in northern Wisconsin

Mar 22, 2017 0

A timeline of shootings Wednesday in northern Wisconsin that left a police officer and three other people dead (all times Central):

12:27 p.m. — Police are dispatched to a “domestic situation” at the Marathon Savings Bank in Rothschild, about 90 miles west of Green Bay.

12:59 p.m. — Emergency responders get a call from the bank reporting that shots were fired. Police officers from around the Wausau area respond. They find two people with gunshot wounds. The suspect is gone.

1:10 p.m. — Shots are reported about 1½ miles away at the Tlusty, Kennedy and Dirks law office in Schofield.

1:11 p.m. — Weston Village Administrator Daniel Guild posts on Facebook that police are responding to “an active shooter situation.”

1:30 p.m. — Police are called to the Aspen Street Apartments complex about 1½ miles east of the law office. Shots are fired.

2:02 p.m. — The D.C. Everest School District based in Weston reports that its schools were locked down.

About 2:30 p.m. — SWAT teams enter a building at the apartment complex.

3:40 p.m. — School lockdowns are lifted at all but two schools.

By 4 p.m. — Aspirus Wausau Hospital ends its lockdown.

About 5 p.m. — Wausau police Capt. Todd Baeten tells reporters a police officer was one of the people shot, but did not reveal the extent of the victims’ conditions. He says officers are “in contact with a suspect” at the apartment complex.

About 5 p.m. — Students from the two schools are taken to a safe location under police security where parents could pick them up.

8 p.m. — Police announce one Everest Metro police officer, three other people dead; say suspect in custody.

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Information from: Wausau Daily Herald Media, http://www.wausaudailyherald.com

Bill O'Reilly: Media's treatment of Maryland high school rape 'beyond anything I have ever seen'

Mar 22, 2017 9

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly slammed the mainstream media on Wednesday’s “The O’Reilly Factor” for ignoring the case of two immigrant teens, at least one of whom is in the U.S. illegally, accused of raping a Maryland high school student.  

“ABC, NBC, CBS did not cover it on their nightly news broadcasts,” O’Reilly said in his “Talking Points Memo.” “CNN did not cover the Maryland story in primetime last night. Ditto MSNBC. That is beyond anything I have ever seen in my 40 years-plus of journalism.”

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“We all know why,” O’Reilly said. “Illegal immigration is a political issue.” The host went on to accuse the media of “allowing the sanctuary [city] movement to pretty much run wild” by opposing President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies. 

O’Reilly warned that “many Americans have had enough of illegal immigration,” saying that “the federal government has lost control over the immigration process, and … many states and cities will not obey federal law, creating anarchy.”

“[There] comes a time when citizens of any country have to demand justice, have to demand protection, demand the law be respected,” O’Reilly said. “We have not, have not, come to that time yet in America.”

Wisconsin shootings: Police officer, 3 others killed; suspect in custody

Mar 22, 2017 7

A police officer and three other people were killed in a series of shootings Wednesday in northern Wisconsin that apparently began as a domestic dispute in a bank, officials said. 

Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks said at a news conference the slain officer was from his department. Sparks did not release the officer’s name or the names of the other three dead .

Sparks said a suspect in connection to the shooting spree was in custody.

The shootings happened at a bank, a law firm and an apartment complex in an area about 90 miles west of Green Bay, Wausau police Capt. Todd Baeten said at an earlier news conference. 

“As you all know this is a complex and ongoing investigation involving three crime scenes and multiple victims of shootings at those locations,” he said, according to Fox 11. 

After Baeten’s earlier news conference, WSAW-TV reported that about a dozen shots were heard at the building around 5 p.m. local time and an ambulance arrived at the scene.

A woman who lives in the complex told the Associated Press she looked out her apartment window in the small town of Weston about 1:15 p.m. to see a squad car approach, and a few seconds later heard a gunshot and saw the officer fall. Kelly Hanson, 21, said she saw other officers put the wounded policeman in an armored SWAT vehicle and take him away.

“I thought, what is going on? I know what a gun sounds like, and thought ‘This isn’t good,'” Hanson said. Hanson said she stayed in her apartment until about 4:45 p.m. when she heard a volley of about 10 shots and began to “freak out.” Authorities eventually let her leave her apartment.

“It’s tragic that had to happen, but I think they did a good job out here today,” she told the AP.

Dozens of police cars and emergency vehicles responded after the first shooting happened around 12:30 p.m. at Marathon Savings Bank in Rothschild. Officers responding to a reported domestic situation arrived to find two people had been shot.

A second call then came about 10 minutes later from the Tlusty, Kennedy and Dirks law firm in nearby Schofield, and then a third report came in at 1:30 p.m. from an apartment complex in Weston.

SWAT members entered the apartment building about 2:30 p.m., the Wausau Daily Herald reported. Nearby schools and a hospital went on lockdown. The lockdowns were later lifted.

Susan Thompson, a resident of the building, told the newspaper she heard gunshots and heard someone scream. As she left her apartment, police called to her to get inside and lock her doors. Thompson, 21, said she had her 2-year-old daughter in the apartment. Officers later came to her door and helped her and her daughter outside, she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Read more from FOX11Online.com. 

Vietnam War deserter found in Florida retirement community

Mar 22, 2017 8

It’s a story more than four decades in the making. 

Marion County deputies helped apprehend an accused Vietnam War deserter Tuesday morning. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, 75-year-old Linley Benson Lemburg lived in The Falls retirement community in Ocala under the false name William Michael Robertson for years.

We knew he was married, but when we knocked on his door, we discovered a wife who appeared to be shattered and in shock.  She said, while fighting through tears, that she had no idea her beloved husband had kept this from her all these years.

Neighbor Shirley Strickland says, “I’m just stunned.  I really am. He was the first to console people!”

Marion County deputies say they apprehended Lemburg with no resistance and took him to the Sheriff’s Office where latent fingerprint technicians confirmed his identity by matching his fingerprints to prints the Air Force had from his enlistment.

Deputies then transported him to Mac Dill AirForce Base in Tampa for questioning.  According to MacDill AirForce Base Spokesman Terry Montrose, Lemburg will be court-martialed on formal charges of desertion from a post in the United States in 1972.

According to Marion County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lauren Lettelier, “Whether he has defrauded the government in any way shape or form will have to be investigated.  We’ll have to see what happened.”

Read more from FOX35Orlando.com.

California may face 'significant risk' from dam

Mar 22, 2017 10

California is courting a “very significant risk” if a damaged spillway on the nation’s tallest dam is not operational by the next rainy season, and the state’s plan for the work leaves no time for any delays, a team of safety experts has warned in a report obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Crews working to repair a crippled spillway on the Lake Oroville dam will be racing the clock to have the spillway in good enough shape by next fall, according to the report prepared by an independent team of consultants and submitted to federal officials last week.

The crews hope to prevent a repeat, or worse, of dramatic events that led to nearly 200,000 people being evacuated last month.

Repair contracts will have to be awarded by June and workers will have to have the spillway in solid enough shape by Nov. 1, the experts warned.

“This is a very demanding schedule, as everyone recognizes. There seems to be no room anywhere to expand any part of the schedule,” the five-member expert team said in the report for state and federal water and dam-safety officials. “A very significant risk would be incurred if the Gated Spillway is not operational by November 1.”

The report does not specify what that means. However, officials with the state Department of Water Resources, which operates Lake Oroville — the site of the nation’s tallest dam and California’s second-largest lake — fear a huge rupture that opened in the main spillway could expand to cripple the flood gates that send out controlled releases of water and keep water from spilling over uncontrollably.

In a statement, spokeswoman Maggie Macias said the agency’s objective was to have a fully functional spillway before the start of the next storm season.

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“We’ll be working round-the-clock through spring, summer and fall to make that happen,” she said.

The independent consultants were selected by the state at the request of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Department of Water Resources spokeswoman Maggie Macias did not return a call for comment Wednesday. The experts on the panel either declined comment Wednesday or could not immediately be reached

On Feb. 12, authorities ordered the evacuation of 188,000 people in three counties downstream of the dam after surging releases of water tore away big chunks of the main spillway and then the dam’s second, emergency spillway. At the time, authorities feared deterioration of the emergency spillway could send a wall of water from the lake downhill through surrounding towns.

The experts called it “absolutely critical” that the dam’s state operators not use the faulty emergency spillway again.

The state should start work now redesigning a new emergency spillway for the 50-year-old dam, the consultants said.

The experts inspected the main spillway before delivering the recommendations to the state.

Water was even seeping from seemingly undamaged stretches of the main spillway, the experts said. Only 12 inches thick, the concrete spillway is heavily patched, at some places by clay stuffed into holes below the concrete.

“This calls into question whether the portions of the slab that appear undamaged by the failure should be replaced,” the consultants said, raising the prospect of a much bigger long-term repair job.

Fully repairing the spillway will likely take two years, the consultants said. California still has at least a month left in the current, unusually wet rainy season. A record snowfall in the Sierra Nevada will send more and more runoff into Lake Oroville as weather warms.

State water officials plan to use the damaged main spillway sparingly to control the runoff, releasing water down it to try to ensure it doesn’t spill out over the non-functional emergency spillway again.

Also Wednesday, the state Legislative Analyst’s Office warned that tens of billions of dollars are needed for repairs and updates for aging dams, levees, wetlands and other projects in California’s flood-management system.

Authorities have not provided a current estimate for the cost of repairs needed on the Oroville dam spillways.

New Jersey police investigate deaths of infant twin girls in apartment

Mar 22, 2017 8

Police in Lindenwold, New Jersey are investigating what led to the death of two 7-month-old twin girls Wednesday.

Alexandria Garnett can be seen overcome with emotion after officials say she found her 7-month-old girls unresponsive in their crib this morning.

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A 911 call from the home in the Pines Apartments in Lindenwold shows a frantic mother trying to perform CPR on her girls but they did not respond.

The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating and says the cause of death is pending further testing by the county medical examiner.

Read more from FOX29.com.

Man jailed in abuse case now accused of murder solicitation

Mar 22, 2017 10

A Pennsylvania karate instructor who was jailed after he was accused of molesting students is now charged with trying to solicit the murder of the alleged victims in the case.

Allegheny County police said Wednesday that new charges were filed against 29-year-old Michael Scherbanic.

Scherbanic was accused last year of abusing five juvenile male students of his Tang Soo Do Karate College in North Versailles (vur-SAYLZ’), just outside of Pittsburgh.

He was set to go on trial in April, but police say an investigation “uncovered an elaborate criminal plan to intimidate victims, recruit witnesses to perjure themselves and obstruct the prosecution in five criminal cases.”

Court documents don’t list an attorney in the new case. A message left after business hours for Scherbanic’s attorney in the abuse cases wasn’t immediately returned.

Sheriff: Family kept decomposing body in home, took benefits

Mar 22, 2017 11

An Ohio sheriff says deputies have found a family living with a Vietnam veteran’s decomposing body and stealing his benefits.

Investigators say they think the 71-year-old had been dead for several months.

The Tuscarawas (tuhs-kuh-RAH’-wuhs) County sheriff said Wednesday deputies checked on the man after being told he was living in a home with the family and had not been seen lately.

Deputies say they found the man’s body Tuesday and they have video footage of one of the residents making withdrawals using his Social Security benefits card.

Authorities have charged Brian Sorohan and Stacy Sorohan with abuse of a corpse and theft of a credit card. Their 18-year-old daughter was charged with abuse of a corpse.

There are no court records indicating whether they have an attorney to speak for them or home telephone listings so they can be contacted.

Indiana lawmakers scrap plan to set aside school prayer time

Mar 22, 2017 12

Indiana senators scrapped a proposal Wednesday that would’ve mandated time for public prayer during assemblies, sports competitions and other school events, amid questions about how such a policy would affect non-Christian students.

The Senate Education and Career Development Committee voted unanimously to strip the provision from a bill that had already passed the House by an 83-12 vote. It also encourages high schools to teach classes on world religions and affirms the right of students to wear religious clothing or jewelry.

Under the stripped provision, districts would have been required to create a “limited public forum” for prayer at school events, and students who wanted to be excused from religious speech would be given “reasonable accommodations.”

At least three states — Georgia, Mississippi and Missouri — have enacted laws with language calling for a “public forum” for voluntary student religious expression at school events. Still, many opponents questioned the necessity of such a proposal, saying schools already acknowledge freedom of religion.

Rep. John Bartlett, an Indianapolis Democrat who proposed the initial measure, said he hoped that exposing students to religion could lead to better behavior and a more prayerful life. But the proposal sparked hours of discussion at a meeting two weeks ago, particularly concerns about how students from different faiths or who aren’t religious would be treated.

Some opponents said at the bill’s first hearing in the Senate committee that they have a “hard time picturing” that the religious expression of minority religious groups would be treated the same as a Christian one.

“What if a group of Muslim students wanted to pray right in that ceremony? How would that have been accepted — or would it have caused an outcry?” Democratic Sen. Mark Stoops said.

Sen. Luke Kenley, a Noblesville Republican, joined his colleagues in voting to remove the requirement, saying that that specific provision in the original bill “pushes just a little too hard.”

The amended version of Bartlett’s bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration. The panel rejected amendments that would have mandated a comparative religion class and applied the bill’s requirements to private schools.

The Latest: Man who stopped fight honored in Atlantic City

Mar 22, 2017 11

The Latest on a video capturing a stranger stopping a fight between two teens (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

The man who interrupted a street fight in New Jersey captured in a video viewed millions of times on social media has been honored.

Ibn Ali Miller was honored by Atlantic City’s council on Wednesday night along with the two teens involved in the argument.

Miller stepped in between them in the video posted Monday and wouldn’t leave before they shook hands.

Miller says that the situation saddens him because that type of peaceful interaction should be normal and not an unbelievable occurrence.

The father of five also thanked his mother for raising him well and for the mothers of the two boys involved in the fight.

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10:30 a.m.

A New Jersey teenager who posted a video of a street fight interrupted by a peacemaking New Jersey man says that he is thankful for the intervention.

Jamar Mobley told CBS Philly (http://cbsloc.al/2nBjPBx) that the fight could have gone “a whole other way” if Ibn Ali Miller hadn’t stepped in.

The video had been viewed millions of times after being posted on Facebook on Monday. It starts with a fistfight in Atlantic City between Mobley and another boy as other youth record it on their phones.

Miller then walks up and tells the onlookers that they’re cowards for recording. He says the teens are “almost men” and need to start acting like it.

Miller has drawn wide praise, including a message of support on Twitter from LeBron James.

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