Man, 84, convicted in 1976 ‘cold case’ homicides

DNA doesn't lie. It's a scientific fact. July 27, 2021 MARINETTE, Wis. — A jury Tuesday took only two hours to convict an 84-year-old man of murdering a Green Bay, Wis., couple at a campground in Marinette County more than four decades ago. After a nine-day trial in Marinette County Circuit Court, Raymand Vannieuwenhoven was found guilty on both co...

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DNA leads to arrest in Wisconsin woman's 34-year-old cold case murder

When presented with the DNA evidence, Lou Griffin stated that he must have had sex with her (Holstead) but he never killed (Holstead) October 31, 2020 A Wisconsin man has been arrested in the cold case rape and murder of a 22-year-old woman 34 years ago. Investigators said the victim, Lisa Holstead, and the man now charged with her murder in 1986 w...

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Ronald Jones pleads not guilty in death of 78-year-old Milwaukee woman

The Milwaukee Police Department Cold Case Unit used DNA evidence to link the crime to Jones.​ Enter Article DATE HERE MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee County judge bound over Ronald Jones for trial on Monday, July 15 — after testimony was heard during a preliminary hearing. Jones then pleaded not guilty to the single charge against him. Jones, 55, is c...

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Arrest in 43-year-old murder case stuns Wisconsin town

Parabon's experts completed Vannieuwenhoven's family tree in late December. They'd found his parents, who had lived in the Green Bay area.  June 2, 2019 LAKEWOOD, Wis. (AP) — Word of the arrest — via a friend's text message — hit Wayne Sankey like a thunderbolt. "I said, 'You gotta be kidding me,'" Sankey recalled. "And then I told the wife an...

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Twin Lakes Police captain under criminal investigation

Capt. is suspected of taking prescription medications that were turned in to the police department through a drug take-back program. February 19, 2019 The second-in-command at the Twin Lakes Police Department is under criminal investigation for illegally removing prescription medications from the department. Capt. Dennis Linn is suspected of taking...

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Deputy investigated over dead man's missing money

A Racine County Sheriff's Office lieutenant is under investigation, accused of stealing money from a dead man in 2017 Enter Article DATE HERE RACINE, WI (MetroSouce-WSAU) -- A Racine County Sheriff's Office lieutenant is under investigation, accused of stealing money from a dead man in 2017. The District Attorney is investigating about whether...

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A killer left DNA evidence behind. But Milwaukee police destroyed it.

Joe Latta, executive director of the International Association for Property and Evidence. "The older it gets, the more difficult it gets to run it down, Enter Article DATE HERE "I want to know who killed my sister, and why did they just leave it go like she was nothing?" Bishop asked during an interview with the Journal Sentinel. "Who is accou...

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Murder charges filed in 30-year-old cold case after Wonder Lake woman's body exhumed (DNA)

In more recent years, investigators were able to rely on DNA evidence to cast a new light on circumstances surrounding Lori Bringe's death. Enter Article DATE HERE WONDER LAKE – First-degree murder charges were filed Monday in a 30-year-old cold case that led investigators to exhume the body of a Wonder Lake woman. Arizona police arrested Mark...

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Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Tests Lead to 20 DNA Hits

The state Department of Justice's efforts to analyze thousands of untested sexual assault kits generated nearly two dozen DNA hits during the last half of 2017. February 9, 2018 MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel's efforts to analyze thousands of untested sexual assault kits generated a score of DNA hits during the last h...

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Madison police change protocol to deal with fentanyl

Officers are now required to wear protective gloves, eye protection and masks when handling suspected drugs. Enter Article DATE HERE MADISON, Wis. - The Madison Police Department has changed the protocol used for dealing with suspected drugs being processed into evidence. The change is being made to improve officer safety and prevent exposure ...

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Menasha officer's close call highlights dangers of fentanyl exposure

It was believed to be the first incident in Wisconsin involving a police officer who was exposed to fentanyl and became ill, said Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel. July 22, 2017 A Menasha police officer was heading to Oshkosh in his squad car last Sunday when he started feeling lethargic and groggy. He felt a tingling sensation in his hands ...

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To cut risk of exposure to fentanyl, police can now test substances at state Crime Lab

he state Crime Lab will open its doors to police officers in need of safe facilities to test unidentified powders due to the rising risk of fentanyl exposure. July 20, 2017 The state Crime Lab will open its doors to police officers in need of safe facilities to test unidentified powders due to the rising risk of fentanyl exposure. Nationally, sever...

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Beloit police's evidence technician set to retire

BELOIT - CPES Beloit Police Evidence Technician Karen Thorson will be saying goodbye to the guns and drugs she tended to for 32 years. July 14, 2017 BELOIT - Beloit Police Evidence Technician Karen Thorson will be saying goodbye to the guns and drugs she tended to for 32 years. Her last day will be July 28, followed by her official retirement date ...

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Wisconsin DOJ: 63 of 6,000 Sexual Assault Kits Tested So Far

May 15, 2017 MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Only about 60 of 6,000 untested sexual assault evidence kits sitting on Wisconsin shelves have been analyzed so far, state Department of Justice officials said Monday. Attorney General Brad Schimel has said the kits are sitting for a variety of reasons, including that prosecutors decided some cases were too weak to...

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VA police officer sentenced for taking medications

Walters, 37, of Madison, was sentenced to two years of probation. He pleaded guilty on Jan. 5. Enter Article DATE HERE MADISON, Wis. - A former lieutenant with the state Department of Veterans Affairs Police Department was sentenced Tuesday for possession of a controlled substance. David Walters, 37, of Madison, was sentenced to two years of p...

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Attorney general announces first-of-its-kind campaign to reduce sexual assault kit backlog

Wisconsin received the two largest grants in the country to locate and address untested kits in hospitals and law enforcement agencies across the state, Schimel said. The DOJ announced the receipt of $4 million in grants in September 2015 to inventory the untested kits. January 31, 2017 In an attempt to curb the backlog of an estimated 6,000 u...

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Milwaukee Man Released After Serving 24 Years For Wrongful Conviction

Daryl Holloway Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Sexual Assault and Armed Burglary in 1993 Enter Article DATE HERE Daryl Holloway was released from Green Bay Correctional Institution Wednesday morning after serving 24 years for crimes he did not commit.  Holloway was convicted of sexual assault and armed burglary in 1993. He was sentenced to 12...

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Drug charges against officer upheld

Alt was charged with misconduct in office, as well as multiple drug offenses, after authorities said a hidden camera caught him stealing medication from the Sauk Prairie Police Department's evidence room. Enter Article DATE HERE Despite a defense attorney's claim that prosecutors haven't made their case, a judge ruled Wednesday that charges ag...

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Steven Avery's lawyer promises evidence 'tsunami'

Kathleen Zellner says she's 'doing more than tweeting' in her quest to free Steven Avery July 8, 2016 "Making a Murderer" fans had better get their boots on. Steven Avery's defense attorney promises an enormous wave of evidence on behalf of her celebrity client, convicted Manitowoc County killer Steven Avery. "If you think we are just

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DARE officer sentenced for embezzling thousands

BROWN COUNTY, WI (KTRK) -- A former Brown County deputy who stole thousands from the DARE program has been sentenced to two years in prison and seven years on extended supervision. June 18, 2016 BROWN COUNTY, WI (KTRK) -- A former Brown County deputy who stole thousands from the DARE program has been sentenced to two years in prison and seven years...

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Offenders getting snared by DNA databank hits

The man escaped, but he left behind some critical evidence during the struggle that has now come back to haunt him. June 20, 2016 APPLETON – When a 26-year-old woman was attacked by a stranger on the College Avenue bridge in November 2010, she fought valiantly, scratching him and gouging at his eyes. The man escaped, but he left behind some critica...

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Missing evidence highlighted by defense in Beck murder trial

The shirt went missing during the course of the investigation that spanned more than two decades, testimony at Brantner's trial revealed Wednesday. Enter Article DATE HERE June 16, 2016 Fond du Lac- A red shirt with the back cut out has emerged as a key piece of evidence in the trial of Dennis Brantner, the 62-year-old man accused of killing 1...

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Former Capitol Police officer accused of stealing painting from governor's mansion

Frankly Media and WKOW Television, WKOW 27, wkow.comMaple Bluff, WIMADISON (WKOW) -- Court documents detail evidence Capitol Police have gathered to charge a former member of their department with the theft of a painting from...

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DIGGING DEEPER: Beloit Police Department investigation turns up missing evidence, lack of training

27abcWKOW, BYLINE: Kristen Barbaresi VIDEO Beloit, WI BELOIT (WKOW)-- The Beloit Police Department is undergoing an overhaul of policies and practices after an investigation turned up serious problems. The city paid ...

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Sauk Prairie Police add extra safety feature to prescription drug box after officer arrested for taking meds

27abcWKOW, BYLINE: Gordon Severson Sauk Prairie, WI SAUK CITY (WKOW) -- The Sauk Prairie Police Department is taking extra precautions to prevent people from stealing prescription medication from their medication dro...

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Report: Evidence gone or destroyed in 4 cold cases

The Capital Times,, The Associated Press State & Local WireMadison, WIA newspaper report says at least four of 10 older, unsolved murder cases being investigated by the Dane County Sheriff's Office,...

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Evidence room holds key to illegal activity

St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota), SECTION: WISCONSINBYLINE: PEDRO OLIVEIRA JR. The Janesville GazetteWalworth County, WIELKHORN, Wis. Detective David Fladten is Walworth County's evidence guardian.His well-protected and car...

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Adams County Sheriff: Guns missing from the department

NEWSLINE 9, waow.comLink to ArticleAdams County, WIADAMS COUNTY (WAOW)--Sheriff Darrell Renner confirms that guns are missing from the Adams County Sheriff's Department.Renner declined to elaborate on how many guns were taken...

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Options weighed as Green Bay Police Department's ability to store items stretched

THE PRESS-GAZETTE, greenbaypressgazette.comBYLINE: DOUG SCHNEIDER • Bay, WIShelves are crammed full of evidence inside evidence storage room B on Thursday at the Green Bay Police Departm...

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Behind closed doors:

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The La Crosse Tribune, lacrossetribune.comBYLINE: ANNE JUNGEN Link to ArticleLa Crosse, WIShelves filled with evidence in the evidence room at the La Crosse Police Dept. Erik DailyHighly secure pol...

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DA: 'Dozens of items are being looked at' after audit

WKBT News8000, news8000.comLa Crosse, WILa Crosse Police Dept. audit ongoing due to actions of Brian ThomsonLA CROSSE, WI - La Crosse County District Attorney Tim Gruenke says dozens of items are being looked at and some may ...

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UPDATE: Tosa Detective Suspected of Stealing Drugs From Evidence Room

Wauwatosa Patch, wauwatosa.patch.comBYLINE: Mark Maley (Editor)Wauwatosa, WIPolice chief confirms investigative officer is under arrest and in jail with charges pending after WISN 12 News reports she is suspected of stealing ...

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DA: La Crosse police find 'manipulated' items in evidence room

WKBT News8000, news8000.comBYLINE: Martha Boehm, Crosse, WIPolice dept. underwent an auditLA CROSSE, WI - La Crosse County District Attorney Tim Gruenke says La Crosse police have identified a number of item...

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Evidence building in police storage

The Post-Crescent, postcrescent.comBYLINE: Jessie Van Berkel, Post-Crescent staff writerLink to ArticleAppleton, WIOfficer Carrie Peters collects and logs evidence in the evidence staging room Aug. 2 at the Appleton Police De...

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Former jailer found guilty of taking drug evidence

The Associated Press State & Local Wire, STATE AND REGIONALMarquette County, WIA former Marquette County deputy sheriff has been found guilty of stealing drugs from a locked evidence room.Daniel Card faces a maximum sentence ...

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Another investigation involving Butler PD! Whitefish Bay looking into internal complaint

FOX6 TV, fox6now.comBYLINE: Katie DeLongButler, WIBUTLER (WITI) — More trouble for the Butler Police Department! The Police Chief in Whitefish Bay has confirmed he has been asked to look into an internal complaint regarding t...

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Former game warden charged with keeping seized items wants theft charges dropped, host.madison.comBYLINE: Tim DamosReedsburg, WIHorzewskiA former game warden is contesting charges that he used his position to seize items he then kept for himself.The attorney for 45-year-old David G. Horzewski ...

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