- Associated Press - Sunday, June 21, 2015
Milwaukee police chief: Injured Wauwatosa officer improving

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A suspect in the shooting and wounding of a suburban police detective was found Saturday hiding in the basement of a Milwaukee home after authorities got a tip from the public, Police Chief Edward Flynn said.

Flynn also said at a news conference that the 52-year-old detective, who has 25 years of service, was improving although he remained hospitalized in serious but stable condition with injuries that proved to be more serious than originally thought. The suspect, who has two felony convictions, was arrested without incident after a manhunt of more than 24 hours and was not injured, he said.

“We certainly are absolutely confident we have the individual that we sought and the information we do have certainly establishes a strong case for probable cause that this individual is the individual who shot the detective,” Flynn said.

The chief said a $5,000 reward offered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives may have played a role in helping make the arrest, though it will be up to the federal agency to decide if the tipster is entitled to the reward.

“Obviously if you get a tip that somebody’s hiding in the basement that you’re looking for, for a crime, its good tip,” he said.

The detective’s name was not immediately released. He was shot in a Milwaukee apartment parking lot Friday morning while investigating a burglary.

Officers spent hours searching Milwaukee’s northwest side on Friday. Streets were closed, authorities checked trunks of passing cars, and a helicopter circled overhead. At least six residents of nearby apartment buildings waited at a gas station for hours. Officers escorted a few of the residents to their apartments on foot to retrieve medical supplies but they were not allowed to stay.


Charges: Ex-butcher told investigator how she killed husband

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A woman charged with stabbing her husband to death told investigators she had worked as a butcher in Russia and killed him “professionally,” just like she would have done at work, a criminal complaint alleges.

Irina Kolenkina, 54, was charged Friday with first-degree intentional homicide for the death of Vladimir Shevchuk, 52, on June 13 at their farmhouse near DeForest.

Kolenkina appeared in court Friday. Bail was continued at $500,000. Her next hearing is July 2, the Wisconsin State Journal reported Saturday (https://bit.ly/1focBZRhttps://bit.ly/1focBZR ).

Shevchuk was stabbed in the head and chest area. The autopsy found four stab wounds, four incisions and another injury that appeared consistent with three more stab wounds.

The complaint says she admitted killing her husband and added she would have “cut his head off” if she could have.

“I wanted to kill him and I killed him,” she said, then added that she did so “professionally,” just as if she had been working.

Kolenkina said she killed him because she was “fed up” with what she believed to be his false promises about her immigration status, their marriage and what the complaint described as an ongoing financial scheme.


Man and boy drown in Wisconsin River in Columbia County

TOWN OF DEKORRA, Wis. (AP) - A 29-year-old man and his 4-year-old son have drowned in the Wisconsin River in the Town of Dekorra.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office says in a statement that it got a call about 1 p.m. Friday that five people were in the river and yelling for help.

Sheriff Dennis Richards says they were on a sandbar that gave way.

Deputies rescued a woman and two other boys. Divers later found the 4-year-old boy about 4 p.m. He was pronounced dead at a Portage hospital. About two hours later they found the father, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident remains under investigation but the sheriff’s office says foul play is not suspected.

The names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of relatives.


Appleton woman, 18, woman drowns in central Wisconsin quarry

REDGRANITE, Wis. (AP) - An 18-year-old Appleton woman has drowned in Redgranite Quarry in Waushara County of central Wisconsin.

Redgranite Police Chief Kyle Tarr says authorities got a call just after 6 p.m. Friday of a swimmer who hadn’t surfaced. Divers recovered the body of Alaya HuaChee Lo about an hour later.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the quarry is a six-acre lake that’s up to 163 feet deep.

The name and age of the victim haven’t been released.

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