By Associated Press - Friday, January 17, 2014
Dad of restrained Wis. teen angry no charges filed

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The father of a Milwaukee-area teen who died in 2012 after being restrained in a convenience store said Friday it was “unconscionable” for the Milwaukee County district attorney not to bring charges.

Corey Stingley, 16, was suspected of shoplifting alcohol from a West Allis convenience store in December 2012, and three customers tackled him and held him down. When police arrived a few minutes later they found him lying unconscious in an awkward position.

He was taken to a hospital with a brain injury caused by lack of oxygen. He later died after his family decided to have him withdrawn from a ventilator.

Milwaukee County district attorney John Chisholm conducted a yearlong investigation but said last week he wouldn’t charge any of the three men with homicide or reckless conduct. He said there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prove they intended to kill Stingley or knew their actions could lead to death.

The victim’s father, Craig Stingley, told The Associated Press on Friday he was outraged by the decision. Stingley said his son’s life had been taken by “three murderers” whose crimes were now going unpunished.

“The DA’s office has been negligent, just unbelievably derelict in their duties,” Stingley said. “For him to come back with the decision he did is unconscionable. It shows he’s not able to do the job he’s elected to do.”

An autopsy concluded that Corey Stingley died of a lack of oxygen to the brain. Photos from the medical examiner’s office showed he had redness and bruising on his neck.


Vinehout says injury prevents run for governor

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout announced Friday that she won’t seek the Democratic nomination for governor, saying a severe injury she suffered in a car accident last month would prevent her from mounting an effective campaign.

Vinehout said in a statement the bone in her upper right arm splintered and that she needs to spend so much time rehabilitating the arm that she wouldn’t be able to front “the intense, grass roots campaign that I want to run and would be necessary to win.”

Vinehout, of Alma, had been exploring a possible gubernatorial run until the accident. Her decision leaves former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive Mary Burke and Marcia Mercedes Perkins of Milwaukee, who quietly declared her candidacy on Monday, as the only two Democratic candidates vying to challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November.

Burke currently sits on the Madison school board. Many see her as the most viable candidate because she can use her personal wealth to fund her campaign and counter Walker’s formidable fundraising efforts. Burke’s campaign said earlier this month that she had raised nearly $1.8 million since she entered the race on Oct. 7, including $400,000 of her own money. Burke, Mercedes Perkins and Walker must submit their 2013 fundraising totals to the state by Jan. 31.

Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate said in August that he believed Burke would be the front-runner in any Democratic primary. He issued a statement Friday saying Vinehout remains a “vital force” in the party.

“Without question, Wisconsin is a better place with Kathleen Vinehout in public service, and we look forward to hearing her strong progressive voice around the state as she continues her recovery,” Tate said.

Wisconsin Republican Party spokesman Jesse Dougherty issued a statement accusing Democrats of trying to push Vinehout out of the race in favor of a “Madison millionaire.”


Bundle up: Another round of cold is on the way

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The polar vortex that gripped much of the country has moved on, but don’t get too comfortable - another round of frigid air is expected to arrive next week across the northern U.S., from the Dakotas eastward to New England.

It’ll be cold, but not the life-threatening cold of last week when subzero temperatures enveloped much of the country and contributed to at least a dozen deaths.

Temperatures will start falling over the weekend into Monday, said Bob McMahon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The cold is expected to persist until Thursday, just in time for a second blast of frigid air to move in and keep temperatures about 10 degrees below average, he said.

“We get these periods of below-normal temperatures in the winter. It’s not abnormally cold, it’s not a record cold but it is colder than normal,” McMahon said Friday. “People just need to be aware of that and take normal precautions.”

The freeze will start moderately Saturday in Pennsylvania and states northward. Highs will generally range from the teens to lower 20s, and the cold spell could extend as far south as the Gulf states.

But while states such as Florida and Texas will see temperatures in the 60s near 70 by Monday, the northern and northeastern states won’t see highs above the single digits. In parts of the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, highs might not even top zero.

Lows are expected to remain in the subzero range on Tuesday night. While New England could see highs of about 20 on Wednesday, the upper Midwest probably won’t see temperatures above the teens.


Wis. school to allow 2 suspended athletes to play

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. (AP) - Sheboygan Falls High School will allow two boys’ basketball players suspended for their hand signs in a photo to play in Friday night’s game against rival Plymouth.

Brothers Jordan and Juwaun Jackson were initially suspended after the photo ran in a local paper. Though the boys say they were simply demonstrating a popular hand signal for a successful 3-point shot duplicated by many famous players, others thought they were instead displaying gang signs.

WTMJ-TV ( ) reports the high school stood by the decision Thursday, but on Friday announced the boys would be granted a closed-session appeal hearing.

The ACLU of Wisconsin says it will investigate whether or not Sheboygan Falls High School is complying with state and federal guidelines that prevent unfair discipline.


Information from: WTMJ-TV, https://www.todaystmj4.com

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