- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015
Family of man killed by police officer marches in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The family of a man killed by a Milwaukee police officer marked the anniversary of his death Thursday with a march and a celebration of his life in the downtown park where he was shot.

“This is about unity; this is about peace,” said Nate Hamilton, brother of 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton, who was fatally shot by officer Christopher Manney on April 30, 2014. “This is about community coming together on this day because Dontre has awakened the nature of Milwaukee to be different, to learn how to love, to learn how to care, to learn how to support one another.”

He made the comments before marching to the park with about 50 others, including his mother, Maria Hamilton and brother, Dameion Perkins.

The marchers sang “We Shall Overcome,” chanted “Whose day? Dontre’s day” and held signs that read “We demand federal criminal charges.” About two dozen officers on bikes escorted them as others closed down streets for them.

It comes as Baltimore recovers from rioting and looting after the funeral on Monday of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died from a spinal-cord injury while in police custody.

Nate Hamilton said Wednesday that he doesn’t believe violence and destruction help. The protests and rallies in Milwaukee over the last year have been largely peaceful.

On Thursday, the marchers arrived at the park to food and music. Before long, the family and a few others lay on the ground.

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Despite Walker involvement, no deal on new Bucks arena

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Despite Gov. Scott Walker joining the talks, no deal has been reached on financing a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Walker had his first face-to-face meeting Thursday with officials from the NBA team and others who have been working to reach a deal. But the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1QR2ivK) reports there was no deal to finance the proposed $500 million downtown arena.

Walker did not take questions after the meeting. Earlier, he said he hopes to have a deal in the “not too distant future.”

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who participated in the talks, says everyone was acting in good faith to try to resolve the issues.

State Rep. John Nygren, a Republican who chairs the Joint Finance Committee, said he felt all sides had moved a step closer to agreement.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, https://www.jsonline.comhttps://www.jsonline.com

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Former Shell employee ordered to pay $19.3M in fuel leak

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A former pipeline inspector must pay nearly $19.3 million in restitution for his role in a jet fuel leak at General Mitchell International Airport three years ago.

Federal prosecutors said in a news release issued Thursday that Randy Jones had been ordered to pay the $19.3 million and serve five years’ probation. The release did not say when he received the sentence or which federal judge handed it down.

Online court records did not immediately list information about the sentencing. They did, however, show that U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa in Milwaukee was assigned the case and Jones was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.

Jones’ attorney did not immediately return a voicemail message seeking comment.

According to court documents and the prosecutors’ news release, Jones, of Houma, Louisiana, worked as corrosion coordinator for Shell Pipeline Co. from 2010 to 2012. He was responsible for an underground Shell pipeline that supplied General Mitchell with jet fuel.

In January 2011, he learned that corrosion-prevention equipment on the pipeline wasn’t functioning properly but never took any action to correct the problems and didn’t conduct required bi-monthly monitoring. After he learned federal auditors were going to review the pipeline’s performance that December he entered false readings for the year into Shell’s computer system days before the audit took place, according to the documents.

Airport officials in January 2012 began receiving complaints from residents about the odor of jet fuel in the sewers and around a nearby creek. Fuel began showing up in soil around the airport and the creek, melted asphalt at the airport and filled underground drainage pipes and culverts.

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2 teens arrested in Green Bay apartment fire

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Green Bay police have arrested two teenagers in connection with an apartment complex fire that displaced more than 60 tenants earlier this week.

WLUK-TV (https://bit.ly/1DNYXEMhttps://bit.ly/1DNYXEM ) reports the 17- and 18-year-olds from Marinette were picked up Thursday on an unrelated matter when the officer noticed their clothes matched the suspects’ clothes in surveillance video of the fire.

Green Bay Fire Chief David Litton says the video shows the two teens going in and out of the basement room where the fire started. Investigators believe the teens sprayed lubricating oil on rags and put them in some cabinets.

Police say they’re recommending a number of charges, including arson and recklessly endangering safety.

The fire broke out early Monday. The apartment building has been condemned. No one was hurt.

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Information from: WLUK-TV, https://www.fox11online.comhttps://www.fox11online.com

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