- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014
Weak tornado hits western Wisconsin town

COLFAX, Wis. (AP) - The National Weather Service says a weak tornado has struck the western Wisconsin town of Colfax, but damage reports are minor.

Law enforcement tells the weather service the tornado damaged a gas station and knocked down trees Friday afternoon. No injuries are reported.

Weather service technician Ross Carlyon tells the Leader-Telegram (http://bit.ly/1lVVTAFhttp://bit.ly/1lVVTAF ) the tornado hit without warning. Carlyon says it was a “very fast-moving thunderstorm” that briefly dropped a weak tornado.

The tornado hit around 3:15 p.m.

Colfax is a town of about 1,100 about 75 miles east of Minneapolis.

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Information from: Leader-Telegram, http://www.leadertelegram.com/http://www.leadertelegram.com/

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Ex-cop resigned after argument with prostitute

ELKHORN, Wis. (AP) - A former police officer suspected in the deaths of two women whose bodies were stuffed into suitcases and dumped along a rural Wisconsin road resigned from his department a few months after an incident involving a prostitute.

That’s according to records the West Allis Police Department released Friday.

A police report says a woman told officers in May 2001 that she met Steven Zelich in a bar, went home with him and tried to flee when she thought she heard him get out handcuffs.

The report says Zelich said the woman tried to steal from him and their struggle was his attempt to get the money back.

Zelich resigned from the department in August 2001.

His attorney, Travis Schwantes, said he had not seen the report and could not comment.

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Police response to stabbing investigated

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee police says an internal investigation is underway into why it took nearly 22 minutes for officers to respond to a stabbing that resulted in a woman’s death.

Lt. Mark Stanmeyer says a preliminary investigation indicates the dispatch call was not handled within protocol. Stanmeyer says Chief Edward Flynn has addressed the situation with his command staff and by issuing a department-wide directive.

Barbara Killebrew was stabbed in a north side residence Tuesday. Dispatch records show a 911 call about the stabbing was placed at 5:28 p.m. and it was 5:48 p.m. before an officer reached the scene. The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1pWIQjWhttp://bit.ly/1pWIQjW ) reports fire department personnel responded within three minutes, but as a matter of procedure, waited to treat Killibrew until police arrived to secure the scene. She was pronounced dead at 5:54 p.m.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.comhttp://www.jsonline.com

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Unnamed people ask court to protect privacy

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Two people are asking a federal judge to issue an order designed to protect their identities if more documents are made public in an investigation into allegations of campaign law violations by Gov. Scott Walker’s recall campaign and a host of conservative groups.

Attorneys for the unnamed parties filed a request with U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa late Thursday asking that they be notified before any more documents are unsealed in the case. Last week a federal appeals court judge unsealed more than 250 pages of court filings, despite their objections.

Prosecutors have said in court filings that they are looking into allegations of illegal campaign activity involving Walker’s campaign and conservative groups during the 2011 and 2012 recalls. In a document written in December but made public last week, the special prosecutor described what he called a “criminal scheme” to evade campaign fundraising and coordination laws.

An attorney for special prosecutor Francis Schmitz released a statement Thursday saying that document laid out a legal theory, but that no determination had been made whether to charge Walker or anyone else with a crime. Attorney Randall Crocker also said Walker was not a target of the probe.

The investigation began in 2012 but was put on hold by Randa last month. Randa sided with conservative group Wisconsin Club for Growth, which argued the investigation was a violation of its free speech rights.

The state court judge overseeing the probe, known as a John Doe, in January quashed prosecutors’ requests for subpoenas, also effectively halting the investigation.

Walker has repeatedly said he did nothing wrong and that his political opponents, including Democratic challenger Mary Burke, are slandering him by referring to the December court document that talked about his involvement in a “criminal scheme.”

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