- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015
Ex-Brown County DARE officer charged in parking pass scam

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A former Brown County sheriff’s deputy and a former DARE program volunteer have been charged with stealing from the drug education program.

Former DARE officer Kevin Vanden Heuvel, of Wrightstown, was charged Thursday with four felonies, including two counts of theft by an employee and two counts of misconduct in office. He spent more than 20 years with Brown County’s DARE program. Former volunteer Early Fuller, of Green Bay, is charged with being a party to theft and obstructing an officer.

WLUK-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1hAjGaWhttp://bit.ly/1hAjGaW ) Vanden Heuvel and Fuller allegedly stole money meant for the program by handing out fake parking passes for the DARE lot near Lambeau Field.

Online court records don’t list attorneys for either defendant who could comment on their behalf.

DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education.

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Information from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.comhttp://www.fox11online.com

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Police dog dies at PGA Championship; air conditioner failed

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin authorities say a police dog assigned to the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits died after the air conditioner failed in his partner’s squad car.

The K-9 named Wix was a 3-year-old male Belgian Malinois (MAL’-in-wah) trained in explosives detection and tracking. Wix and his handler, Brown County Deputy Austin Lemberger, were assisting with security at the tournament Wednesday, and the dog was left in the squad car with the engine and air conditioner running.

The sheriff’s office says Lemberger checked on Wix regularly Wednesday morning. But he found the dog unresponsive around 12:30 p.m. The air conditioner had failed and the car’s K-9 heat alarm did not activate.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that Wix was the fifth police dog to die in a hot car across the country this summer.

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Green Bay man drowns in Redgranite Quarry

REDGRANITE, Wis. (AP) - Authorities say a 49-year-old Green Bay man has drowned in the Redgranite Quarry.

A statement from the Redgranite Police Department on Thursday identified him as Daniel R. Whitemore.

Rescue crews were called to the quarry just before 6 p.m. Wednesday. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Police say alcohol appears to be a factor in this case.

An Appleton woman drowned in the same quarry in June. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources describes the quarry as a six-acre lake that’s up to 163 feet deep.

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Man convicted of 6 sex assaults gets 155 years in prison

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A 24-year-old Milwaukee man has been sentenced to 155 years in prison after he was convicted of committing six sexual assaults, five of them last fall.

Robert Brown was sentenced Thursday after he was found guilty by a jury in June on charges including first-degree sexual assault. Prosecutors say he approached five people on the street from September to December, and led them to a secluded area at gunpoint.

Brown was also convicted in the 2012 sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl.

Milwaukee police learned in September that evidence at the scene of a Sept. 2 assault was matched to Brown’s DNA. Prosecutors weren’t sent the case until December. The lead detective and her sergeant were demoted.

Brown’s attorney had asked for a 60-year prison sentence and 20 years of extended supervision.

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