- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015
Residents uncertain about return to apartments near sinkhole

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Some residents displaced from a Madison apartment complex after a burst pipe caused a huge sinkhole are uncertain about when they can return.

Most residents visiting the site Saturday knew little more than what they had seen or read in media reports, according to the Wisconsin State Journal (https://bit.ly/1PtCPXmhttps://bit.ly/1PtCPXm ).

About 300 residents were evacuated after a water pipe broke, creating a sinkhole that swallowed three vehicles Friday.

Zach Stocke, 25, lives in one of the four buildings. He was awakened by a fire alarm early Friday only to wander outside and watch his 2003 Buick Century be slowly swallowed by a sinkhole that opened up in his apartment building’s parking lot.

“Right now there’s no power, electricity, it smells like fumes up there so I’m not sure how safe it is,” Stocke said. “They said next week, maybe Wednesday or Thursday, we might be able to occupy it again, so that’s kind of where we’re at right now.”

A number listed for Rachel Wagabaza, a regional manager for Banner Property Management, rang unanswered Sunday. The company did set up a temporary office in the garage of a neighboring apartment building.

Residents of two buildings returned Friday night. American Red Cross spokeswoman Barbara Behling says those buildings have electricity, but no water, so Banner has provided portable toilets.


Man charged with killing teen in 1990 faces drug charges

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) - A Kenosha man charged with killing a teenager in 1990 is now facing drug charges.

The Reporter Media (https://fondul.ac/1TJnJO4) reports 61-year-old Dennis Brantner was charged Friday with five possession related charges and five counts of felony bail jumping.

According to a criminal complaint, prescription drugs were found in Brantner’s boot after he was arrested March 27 for the murder of 18-year-old Berit Beck.

His brother, Michael Brantner, told detectives it’s possible his brother may have been attempting to smuggle the drugs into jail in an attempt to kill himself.

Fond du Lac County Circuit Court Judge Dale English ordered a $50,000 cash bond Friday. Brantner is already being held in Fond du Lac County Jail on a $1 million cash bond in the Beck case.


Information from: The Reporter Media, https://www.fdlreporter.comhttps://www.fdlreporter.com


Milwaukee man charged with sexually assaulting 5-year-old

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A 29-year-old man is facing a first-degree sexual assault of a child charge after being accused of following a 5-year-old boy into a drug store bathroom and assaulting him.

According to a criminal complaint released Sunday, the boy and his mother were shopping at a Walgreens store on Aug. 9 when the mother sent the boy into the men’s restroom alone because the women’s restroom was out of order. She waited outside.

The boy came out a few minutes later with a stunned look on his face and told his mother a man had entered the stall while he was sitting on the toilet, held his arms and bit him, the complaint said.

After the mother notified store employees, they tried to stop the suspect from leaving, but he broke free.

Milwaukee police released surveillance images of the suspect, and tips from the public helped lead to the arrest of Lamar Blackmer on Tuesday.

If convicted, Blackmer faces up to 60 years in prison. Because he is an adult, he would be required to serve at least 25 years. He was charged Saturday, according to online court records.

Blackmer at first claimed to police he had touched the boy by accident but eventually admitted to following the boy into the restroom and sexually assaulting him, the complaint says.


Authorities: Wisconsin correctional camp escapee arrested

RICE LAKE, Wis. (AP) - Authorities say they’ve arrested a 20-year-old man who escaped from a correctional camp in west-central Wisconsin.

The Barron County Sheriff’s Department said Sunday that Kaeden Dumholt was arrested Saturday morning in northwest Wisconsin after a report of a suspicious man south of Rice Lake. The department says a deputy recognized a man found in the area as Dumholt, who authorities say escaped from Black River Correctional Center earlier this month.

The sheriff’s department says it later determined Dumholt was tied to a stolen vehicle from Eau Claire that crashed in the area where he was found.

Dumholt is also accused of taking part in a home invasion in Sawyer County days after his escape, and being involved a high-speed chase.

According to the sheriff’s department, Dumholt was being held at Sawyer County Jail.

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