- Associated Press - Monday, April 28, 2014
UW-Madison police arrest combative student

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - University of Wisconsin-Madison police have arrested a student after a disturbance at a residence hall.

Officers were called to Sellery Hall around 4:20 p.m. Monday on a report of someone being disruptive. Police say housing staff had asked the man several times to leave, but he refused.

Police located the man and say he became combative. After a struggle, campus police used a stun gun to take the man into custody. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

One officer had a minor injury to his hand and was taken to a hospital but is expected to be OK.

UW-Madison police say the student has been tentatively charged with battery to a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.


Questions remain on ‘Baby Theresa’ anniversary

JUNEAU, Wis. (AP) - Tuesday marks five years since the body of a newborn girl was found in a garbage bag in the woods south of the village of Theresa.

Dodge County authorities say they’ve exhausted many leads in the “Baby Theresa” case, and they still haven’t identified the child’s mother.

An autopsy found Baby Theresa was a full-term infant, weighing 8 pounds and measuring 20.5 inches in length. The girl had suffered no trauma, and no drugs were found in her system.

Investigators have ruled out the possibility that residents close to where the baby was found were related to her.

Authorities still hope the mother eventually will come forward and give the community closure.


Stolen, abused dog receives unusual skin graft

GREENFIELD, Wis. (AP) - A dog stolen from the backyard of a Milwaukee home, burned over most of her body and then left in the cold received a skin graft surgery on Monday involving pigskin - a procedure usually done only in humans.

The 5-year-old black Chihuahua mix, named Beatrice, was snatched March 13 and found 11 days later outside a casino with burns over 90 percent of her body. Her whiskers and eyebrows were also singed.

The hourlong surgery performed Monday involved putting pigskin over the dog’s burns to let them heal. It will eventually come off.

The foot-long piece of pigskin was donated, as was the time of Dr. Marla Lichtenberger, a veterinarian, and Dr. John Weigelt, a surgeon from Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Lichtenberger estimated it would have cost around $4,000 if the services and skin weren’t donated, on top of the owner’s estimated $5,000 in vet bills.

Lichtenberger, of Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals in Greenfield, said people wanted to help because they were moved by the dog’s story.

“Everyone has this sense of love for something that just isn’t fighting back and has no fight back and has no say because they can’t talk, they can’t get away, they can’t do anything,” Lichtenberger said after the surgery.

She has never used pigskin before for burns and said she has been unable to find any reports of anything similar on dogs.


Wisconsin Claims Board will hear man’s case again

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The family of a Wisconsin man who died soon after he was denied compensation for a wrongful conviction plans to press his case again before the Wisconsin Claims Board this week.

Forest Shomberg spent six years in prison for the 2002 sexual assault of a University of Wisconsin-Madison student before his conviction was overturned in 2009 on the basis of new DNA testing and other evidence. He sought $102,500 in compensation, but the board voted unanimously to deny his claim in December 2012.

Shomberg petitioned the Eau Claire circuit court to review the board’s decision, which the court reversed in June 2013. Byron Lichstein, Shomberg’s former defense attorney and co-director of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, said the circuit court ruling douses the state’s argument that Shomberg shouldn’t be paid because he hadn’t been found innocent.

“The court definitely said he is innocent. He has proven his innocence by clear and convincing evidence so he” should be paid for the time wrongfully spent in prison, Lichstein said.

The circuit court decision included strong language against the Claims Board’s vote against paying Shomberg. The ruling said the board provided “no analysis of the facts or rationale for its decision.”

Robert Kaiser, assistant Dane County district attorney, still maintains that he thinks Shomberg is guilty, but he said his office doesn’t have time to continue the court battle against him.

“I’ve investigated his guilt and I am convinced that he is guilty,” Kaiser said.

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