Thursday, April 25, 2013
Fear over multimillion dollar lawsuits has prompted many departments to strictly follow requirements in the federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act that may or may not apply. And in doing so, they're violating the state's open records law.
A legal battle in Illinois over a $20 parking ticket could potentially cost a Chicago suburb tens of millions of dollars — and fear that the case could have implications here is prompting many Milwaukee-area police departments to drastically clamp down on how much information they’re releasing to the public. In a matter of months, police departments from Caledonia to Port Washington have stopped providing names of people their officers are arresting, ticketing or contacting, and, in some cases, won’t even release details on where a crime occurred because of the pending litigation in Illinois. We could see a closing off of Wisconsin’s open records laws — laws that are considered among the strongest in the country. “There’s the real …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Police say a Greenfield woman stole more than $80,000 from a real estate company over a two-year period, during which she says she fell on hard times.
The vice president of a Wauwatosa real estate company is accused of embezzling more than $80,000 from her employer during a two-year span. Jolie M. Semancik, 43, of Greenfield, was charged Tuesday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with one count of theft of more than $10,000 by embezzlement. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison and $25,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint: In August, one of the co-owners of Mayfair Title, 1011 N. Mayfair Road, was going through financial data when he noticed some issues with cash balances. Semancik was vice president and operations manager of the company, so he asked her to look into it. After a week of looking, the complaint says, Semancik was unable to provide an explanation …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
But high-risk effort bears little fruit when the "crime" turns out to be questionable, drug-related interaction.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jim Price
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Large forces of Greenfield and Wauwatosa police officers, and even some from Milwaukee, spent hours in a high-risk situation last Wednesday night apprehending two armed robbery suspects – and in the end, they were able to do no more than issue a few municipal citations. Wild and woolly events kept some officers busy from before 10 p.m. Wednesday until almost dawn Thursday. They involved a tense traffic stop with a high expectation of gunplay, a foot chase and mass search with a police tracking dog, and a suspect who plunged into an icy river in his near escape. Improbably, all that didn't amount to much. For police, it began at 9:49 p.m. when a Greenfield patrol officer noticed a car driving on two flat tires on West Coldspring Road. He …