Fox Lake Man Nabbed In Child Predator Sting
3/7/14 - A Fox Lake man is accused of trying to arrange an encounter with an underage boy. Robert Bistrick is charged with a felony count of Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 40 years, if he is convicted. The 46-year-old responded to a post on the website Craigslist from someone claiming to be a 13-year-old Beaver Dam boy; it was actually an undercover agent from the Beaver Dam Police Department. The 14-page criminal complaint details the extensive grooming initiated by the alleged child predator. In a series of email exchanges, Bistrick laid the foundation of a friendship saying he was a good listener. He told the undercover officer that he has a 3-D television, a pool table and other games and could buy cigarettes or alcohol for the teen. Bistrick repeatedly tried to coax the officer into sending pictures and spent a lot of time trying to narrow down which side of town he lived on. At one point, Bistrick joked that (quote) “maybe this is some undercover sting operation!!! Hahahahahahaha.” The dialogue became extremely explicit and a meeting was arranged across from the Beaver Dam Middle School before school started. He was observed driving in the area that morning but did not stop in the post office as had been arranged. Bistrick was pulled over a short time later halfway across town. He reportedly admitted everything when questioned and even offered the police advice on what to say and not say in future sting operations. Bistrick said he should have known it was a set-up when the supposed 13-year-old boy called Bistrick an “odd duck.” Bistrick – who is currently on parole for armed robbery – has an Initial Appearance scheduled in Dodge County court later this month.
Beaver Dam Man Proceeds To Trial On Robbery Charge
3/7/14 - A Beaver Dam man will proceed to trial on charges of Robbery with the Use of Force. Nathan Crisafulli waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday to the felony count. The 30-year-old was arrested in November following the incident with an acquaintance. Crisafulli approached the victim as the victim walked out of the bathroom of a Madison Street gas station counting his money. Crisafulli reportedly pushed the victim into a car and accused him of stealing a gun. The victim’s story was filled with inconsistencies and investigators believe he was under the influence of drugs. Prosecutors nonetheless say Crisafulli stole $180 and a cell phone with force. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, if he is convicted. An arraignment hearing is on the calendar next month.
Authorities: Brandon Shooting Not Random
3/7/14 - Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s officials say a murder-suicide in the Village of Brandon Wednesday afternoon was not a random shooting. Both the victim and the shooter 55-year-old Bradley Thayer and 56-year-old Ronald Kolosky were from Ripon. Sheriff’s Lieutenant Cameron McGee says both men were visiting a 53-year-old Brandon woman at her house trailer when the two had words and Kolosky pulled a gun and shot Thayer and then himself. The woman reported the incident to Sheriff’s officials at 5:12 that afternoon.
Bond Set At $10K For Drunken Chase Suspect
3/7/14 - Cash bond was set at $10-thousand dollars for a Watertown man who allegedly sparked a drunken police chase with a revoked license. Chad Buss made his Initial Appearance in Dodge County court on charges of Fleeing an Officer, Operating with a Revoked License and third offense OWI. The 43-year-old was allegedly clocked driving eleven miles over the 35-mile speed limit in January when Watertown police attempted a traffic stop. Prosecutors say Buss fled at a high rate of speed down Spaulding Street, stopping to let a woman out of the car before accelerating down North Church. Officers terminated the pursuit after getting his license plate and recognizing him from previous contacts. The woman had apparently just gotten into the car minutes before the pursuit and said she had no idea why he was running. Buss reportedly borrowed the car from a friend. It was abandoned in Union Park. A judge will decide next week if there is enough evidence to order a trial.
Singapore Police: Milwaukee Woman Not Murdered
3/7/14 - Police in Singapore now say that foul play is not suspected in the death of a 28-year-old Milwaukee area woman. Autumn Radtke, the C-E-O of a virtual currency exchange, was found dead in her apartment on Wednesday of last week. Singapore Police said Thursday they did not suspect that Radtke was murdered. They did call her death "un-natural," meaning that she could have died from suicide, an accident, or some form of misadventure. Radtke headed First Meta, which allows users of bitcoins and other virtual currency to trade them, and cash them in. The future of bitcoins has been questioned since an exchange in Tokyo collapsed in February.
Man Injured On Mount Olympus Rollercoaster
3/7/14 - A 64-year-old man was hurt after he fell 15-to-20-feet from an indoor roller coaster at a Wisconsin Dells resort. It happened just after 5:30 yesterday afternoon at Mount Olympus. Sauk County authorities said the man was riding with three others in a car on the OPA roller coaster when he fell. The other three were not hurt. The injured rider was first taken to a Baraboo hospital, and was later flown to U-W Hospital in Madison. His condition and the extent of his injuries were not immediately disclosed. Officials said the man was visiting the resort with his family. Investigators from the U-S Occupational Safety and Health Administration are due at the site today. Lake Delton Police said resort workers have been cooperative.
State Traffic Deaths Below Average
3/7/14 - Wisconsin set a record-low for February traffic deaths. Twenty-one people were killed in crashes throughout the state last month -- five fewer than a year ago, and nine fewer than the average for the past five Februaries. D-O-T safety director David Pabst said the numbers of serious crashes were kept down by last month's snow-storms and frigid temperatures. He warns though, that winter won't last forever -- and motorists will need to remember how to watch out for bikes, scooters, and pedestrians. Nine walkers were among the 56 killed in Wisconsin crashes during the first two months of 2014. The two-month total is 13 fewer than a year, and nine less than the five-year norm. Dodge County has experienced three traffic deaths so far this year while Washington County has had one fatality.
School Officials Protest Proposed Common Core Changes
3/7/14 - Dozens of Wisconsin school officials jammed a State Capitol hearing room Thursday to oppose a bill that could eventually eliminate the Common Core standards. Meanwhile, lawmakers debated whether the bill is dead -- as Senate Education Committee chair Luther Olsen indicated when he said five majority Republican senators opposed it. The bill creates a panel of politicians and educators to review public school academic standards. Its main sponsor, Senate Republican Leah Vukmir of Wauwatosa, said it would make Wisconsin schools exceptional instead of being common with other places where test scores are dropping. Vukmir also questioned whether five G-O-P senators opposed the measure, insisting she's never heard such a thing. Superintendents argued that the three-year-old math and reading standards work. Pewaukee Superintendent JoAnn Sternke said her districts' A-C-T test scores have never risen faster -- up by almost a point and a half in three years to 24-point-five. Other school leaders say they've spent too much on Common Core to scrap it. They asked where the money would come from to replace it. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the bill would most likely need changes in order for it to pass. There's not much time left, with the current session in its final month.
GOP Planning More Voting Restrictions
3/7/13 - Another effort is reportedly underway to end the 30-year-old practice of letting Wisconsin voters register at the polls on Election Day. Wis-Politics-Dot-Com says Senate Republican Glenn Grothman is asking his colleagues to sponsor a bill that could speed through the Legislature in the final weeks of its two-year session. In a memo, the West Bend lawmaker said his constituents raised concerns about long lines at the polls due to same-day registration -- as well as the integrity of the voting process itself. Republicans have tried several times to end Election Day registration. They scrapped the idea in 2012 due to the costs of making such a change.
Early Voting, Lobbyist Cash Changes Endorsed
3/7/14 - It would be harder for Wisconsinites to vote early, under a bill endorsed Thursday by the Senate Elections Committee. On a 3-to-2 party line vote, majority Republicans recommended no absentee voting on nights and weekends. Hours would be restricted to between 8 a-m and 7 p-m during the two weeks before an election. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett called the bill an attempt by Republicans to limit voting in bigger cities with the most Democrats. G-O-P committee chair Mary Lazich said the bill is meant to create uniform standards statewide. She noted that smaller places don't have the resources to hold night-and-weekend voting. Lazich also said her party worked with Democrats on the latest proposals. Also, the committee modified a bill to let incumbent state officials receive campaign checks from lobbyists any time during election years. They endorsed a ban on those checks from January through April 15th -- earlier than the previous ban which extended to June first. The panel did not act on a bill in which special interests would not have to say where they get the money to run "issue ads." Lazich said the bill did not have enough votes to pass in the Senate.
Fitzgerald: ‘Living Wage Bill All But Dead’
3/7/14 - Government workers in the state's two largest areas will not have to worry about getting their wages cut. State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau says that a bill to scale back "living wage" ordinances is all but dead. The Senate's labor panel endorsed the cut-back Thursday, prompting about 20 protesters to chant in support of local employees and contractors. Fitzgerald says a number of colleagues in his party have problems with the measure -- and it would probably not go any further than it did yesterday. The bill would prohibit living-wage minimums whenever state or federal money is involved. Those wages are as high as 11-dollars an hour for workers in Milwaukee, Madison, and Dane County. The same thing is pending in Milwaukee County.
CCAP Restrictions Pass Through Committee
3/7/14 - Those who've had court cases dismissed are one step closer to having the allegations removed from Wisconsin's online court files. The Senate's Judiciary Committee voted 5-to-nothing Thursday to delete charges and civil allegations that are dropped, dismissed, or overturned on appeals within 90-to-120 days. The measure now goes to the full Senate. The bill's supporters say the innocent are being prevented from getting jobs and housing for the rest of their lives. The bill's opponents say private companies would crop up and sell a complete record of court cases -- and it might not be totally accurate. Media groups said it would be harder to track trends in the justice system, and the state's popular court database would make it look like prosecutors win all the time.
Only One Things Smells Like Bacon and That’s Bacon
3/7/14 - Do you miss the sweet smell of bacon frying in your home? An I-Phone app can fix that. In Madison today, the Oscar Mayer Institute for the Advancement of Bacon unveiled a device that lets people wake up to the sounds and smells of sizzling bacon. Oscar Mayer says there's a special device that can be plugged into an I-Phone's headphone jack. And once it's hooked up to the app, you're all set. The device is called "Wake Up and Smell the Bacon." Starting today, folks can apply for an opportunity to receive a free device through April fourth. The app itself is free. You can check it out online at www.WakeUpAndSmellTheBacon.com.