- Associated Press - Sunday, May 10, 2015
Whitewater man gets life in prison for attacking girls

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) - A 42-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison for an attack that left two young girls with life-threatening injuries in Walworth County.

The Janesville Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1JWL8ehhttps://bit.ly/1JWL8eh ) Larry Shannon, of Whitewater, stared at the ceiling and smirked as he was sentenced Friday.

In February, he was convicted of tying up two girls for hours after slashing their necks with a kitchen knife, sexually assaulting one girl and leading law enforcement on a two-county chase in October 2012.

Judge David Reddy sentenced Shannon to life with no chance of extended supervision for causing great bodily harm during the sexual assault of a child younger than 13. For the remaining 11 convictions, he was sentenced to another 145 years and nine months of confinement with 60 years of extended supervision.


Information from: The Janesville Gazette, https://www.gazetteextra.comhttps://www.gazetteextra.com


Sex assault charges filed against man in 13-year-old case

RACINE, Wis. (AP) - A sexual assault charge has been filed against a Racine man after DNA connected him to a case from nearly 13 years ago.

Angel Cartagena, 38, has been arrested and is charged with second-degree sexual assault, according to The Journal Times (https://bit.ly/1FbU7qKhttps://bit.ly/1FbU7qK ).

In July 2002, a woman told Racine police she was walking home from a friend’s house at 4:30 a.m., when a man came up behind her, attempted to pass her and knocked her to the ground, according to the criminal complaint. He allegedly hit her head against some concrete, disorienting her.

She tried to run, but Cartagena dragged her behind a house and sexually assaulted her, the complaint stated.

Afterward, the woman contacted police and had a sexual assault examination at a hospital but officers were unable to find a suspect, according to the complaint.

Ten years later, Cartagena was convicted of felony mistreatment of an animal and ordered to provide a DNA sample to the state. Months later, the Wisconsin State Crime Lab reported that the DNA from the 2002 sexual assault matched the profile of Cartagena, which is rarer than 1 in 7 trillion, according to the complaint.

He was charged in February but they were dropped because prosecutors and police were not able to locate the woman.


UW-Madison’s police expected to have body cameras by fall

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s police officers are expected to be wearing body cameras this fall, but the police chief first wants to get public input on how officers should use them.

The department has ordered 10 cameras, at $400 apiece, but police chief Susan Riseling says they are back-ordered right now because so many other departments around the country are buying them.

At a recent public listening session with students and faculty, Riseling asked whether officers should have their cameras turned on in health care facilities, according to Wisconsin Public Radio (https://bit.ly/1GVL8oJhttps://bit.ly/1GVL8oJ ).

That’s where 25 percent of use-of-force incidents take place, she said.

“This is one of the key things that we battle, we’re battling with,” said Riseling. “At first our thought was, ‘Yeah - hospital, medical, just turn it off.’ And then we ran the numbers and realized, ‘Wow, will our public be OK with that?’”

Riseling said in creating a policy, she has looked at policies already in place in departments around the country. Public input will also play a big role in shaping the department’s policy, she said.

She doesn’t expect the cameras to change the way her officers interact with the public, she said.


Flags ordered lowered for EMT who died trying to save mom

TOWN OF BELL, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker ordered flags to be flown at half-staff for an emergency medical technician who died while trying to save his mother from a northwestern Wisconsin fire.

Sixty-two-year-old Dennis Swenson went into a Town of Bell home to try to save his 95-year-old mother, Dorothy Swenson, from a fire May 1, but both ended up dying.

Walker signed an executive order, ordering the flags lowered Saturday.

WDIO-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1GVtVMehttps://bit.ly/1GVtVMe ) a memorial service for the pair was expected to be held Saturday.

In a statement, Walker said the longtime volunteer EMT represented the service and sacrifice of all emergency responders.

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