By Associated Press - Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Boy, 11, fatally struck by SUV in Wauwatosa

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) - Authorities say an 11-year-old boy was hit and killed by an SUV in a Milwaukee suburb.

Police say the boy was struck Monday night on a busy road in Wauwatosa (wah-wah-TOH’-sah). The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office says the boy was taken to a hospital, where he died.

The driver remained at the scene after hitting the boy and is cooperating with police.

The boy’s identity hasn’t been released.

An investigation is ongoing.


Manufacturing CEO seeks distance from man convicted in Ponzi

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The CEO of manufacturer Johnson Controls Inc. has had a turbulent two-year tenure: He was docked $1 million after an affair with a consultant, went through a contentious and high-profile divorce, and most recently is answering questions about why he gave millions to a man convicted in a $50 million Ponzi scheme.

Alex Molinaroli has meanwhile sought to shepherd the company, which has annual revenues of $43 billion, through a massive restructuring that involves spinning off about half its operations into a new business.

Molinaroli has portrayed himself as the victim of a swindler, and told The Associated Press on Monday there’s no inconsistency in his personal financial errors - losing millions in a fraud - and leading a company responsible for 130,000 jobs.

“I take my job incredibly seriously,” he said. “I’ve worked for this company for 33 years, and it’s the primary thing that I do. I live it. Eat it. Sleep it. I want to make it more successful, and for me it’s not difficult to separate personal life and business life.”

Molinaroli’s link to Joseph Zada, the man convicted Sept. 3 in the Ponzi scheme, was revealed in divorce papers and in records from a federal trial in Florida, connections that were reported last week by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Zada was found guilty of running a 10-year scam that defrauded dozens of investors, including former NHL hockey star Sergei Fedorov.

Since then, Molinaroli has refuted or tried to address connections stated by a prosecutor in the court records: that Zada lived rent-free in a house in Michigan that Molinaroli owned, that Molinaroli funded Zada’s defense, and that he offered to pay $20 million restitution on Zada’s behalf.

Molinaroli said he met Zada in 2006 through his then-stepson, John Shealey, who also invested with Zada. Authorities said Zada told victims he was connected to Saudi royalty and could use these ties to bring huge returns on oil investments.


Authorities ID deputy who fatally shot man in SE Wisconsin

VILLAGE OF PADDOCK LAKE, Wis. (AP) - Authorities have released the name of the Kenosha County sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot a man during a confrontation this weekend.

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department identifies the deputy as Deputy James Campbell. Campbell has been a Kenosha County deputy for about 4½ years.

According to the sheriff’s office, 47-year-old Darren Myron Fude of Paddock Lake confronted deputies with a shotgun shortly before 6:30 p.m. Saturday and ignored orders to drop the weapon. Campbell then shot him.

Deputies gave Fude first aid, but he died in a hospital emergency room.

Campbell remains on paid administrative leave during an investigation.

No deputies were hurt. The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation will conduct the investigation.


Milwaukee awarded $14M grant for streetcar expansion

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The federal government has awarded the city of Milwaukee $14.2 million to expand a streetcar project.

The U.S. Department of Transportation grant was announced Monday by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) reports the money will enable construction of a spur connecting the streetcar with Milwaukee’s downtown lakefront.

In February, the Milwaukee Common Council approved the Lakefront Line along with the first phase of the streetcar. The line will link the streetcar with the proposed Couture apartment tower, which has a stop planned.

Barrett says the grant will be used to build the Lakefront Line and to purchase a streetcar that will operate on the line.

The city is close to signing a contract with a streetcar-manufacturing company.


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