- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015
Kitten named “Miracle” recovering after found in paper bag

RACINE, Wis. (AP) - A tiny kitten with a strong will to live is recovering weeks after it was found in a paper bag by kids.

The Wisconsin Humane Society said the kitten was less than three weeks old when it was found in Racine Sept. 7. The Racine Journal Times reported (https://bit.ly/1FzYT1Qhttps://bit.ly/1FzYT1Q ) that the children found it after one of them kicked a paper bag on the ground - and the kitten rolled out.

The children looked inside the bag and found two other kittens, dead and covered in feces. An adult passer-by called police.

Staff at the Wisconsin Humane Society named the kitten “Miracle.” Spokeswoman Angela Speed said Miracle is still weak and on antibiotics for an upper-respiratory infection.

“He is a strong-willed little kitten,” she said.

Speed says the kitten is only 5 weeks old and won’t be ready for adoption until he is at least 8 weeks old and weighs 1.2 pounds.

He is currently in foster care with a Human Society employee and is getting round-the-clock care.


Deputies cleared in shooting of homicide suspect in Monroe

MONROE, Wis. (AP) - Prosecutors in Green County have cleared two sheriff’s deputies of wrongdoing in connection with the fatal shooting of a homicide suspect who pointed an empty gun at them.

In a report Friday, District Attorney Gary Luhman said Deputies Cody Kanable and John Schuetz were acting in self-defense and were justified when they shot 25-year-old Francisco Benitez-Santiago, of Monroe, in July.

According to Luhman’s report, Benitez-Santiago was hiding behind a building when he turned toward the deputies and pointed a pistol at them. They had no room to retreat.

“It was at that point, the two deputies were justified to discharge their weapons at Mr. Benitez-Santiago to prevent him from shooting at either or both of them,” Luhman’s report said.

A recent report by the Division of Criminal Investigation found that Benitez-Santiago’s pistol was empty. But Luhman wrote: “it would be speculative, at best, to infer” that Benitez-Santiago knew that when he pointed it at the deputies. “His motivation for engaging in the actions observed by the two deputies is irrelevant to my analysis of this incident,” Luhman said.

The Wisconsin State Journal (https://bit.ly/1YHmfJkhttps://bit.ly/1YHmfJk ) reported that Luhman said the deputies acted in good faith and were performing duties that were called for when they encountered Benitez-Santiago, because they knew a witness had identified him as a man involved in a fatal shooting an hour earlier.

Luhman said the deputies’ response was a “reasonable and necessary response to the reported threat of an armed homicide suspect in the vicinity.”


1 teen dies, 3 others injured in Outgamie County crash

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) - Authorities say one 16-year-old girl is dead and three other teen girls were injured in a rollover crash in Outgamie County.

The crash happened Friday evening in the Town of Greenville.

Outgamie Sheriff’s Staff Sgt. Ryan Carpenter says in a news release that all of the teens were wearing their seat belts and alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

The sheriff’s department is investigating.


Milwaukee police investigating death of 2-year-old girl

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl who was found unresponsive after a nap.

Police say the girl was found about 7:30 p.m. Friday by her mother.

Neighbors tried CPR before the Fire Department arrived. Paramedics also tried life-saving measures, but the child died at the scene.

Autopsy results are pending.

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