2019 WI Deaths
2019 Domestic Violence-Related Deaths in Wisconsin
As of May 17th, 38 Wisconsin lives have been lost to domestic violence homicide in 2019. That’s one person killed every 3.6 days. If that pattern continues, 102 lives will be lost this year. 18% of victims were age 18 or under. Our website may define domestic violence homicide somewhat differently than the state coalition, End Abuse, WI. We consider sibling homicides and parent/child homicides as domestic violence, including cases where intimate partner violence may not have been a factor.
January 6th, 2019: Rochelle Scott, Age 58 – Delevan
A man is facing possible homicide charges in the alleged stabbing death of his wife, who was found dead Jan. 6 in the couple’s home.
Rochelle R. Scott, 58, was found dead just after 10:30 a.m. with “multiple stab wounds” in her home at 4003 S. Channel Drive, police said.
Walworth County Circuit Court records show that police reported finding a bloody butcher knife in the kitchen sink.
According to the the town’s police department, the victim’s husband, Robert J. Scott, 56, was taken into custody on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide.
Robert Scott was being held at the Walworth County Jail on $1 million bond.
A news release issued by the department states that a person had called the police department stating that “he had stabbed his wife.” Police reported finding Rochelle Scott dead inside on a bed inside the home, and her husband standing in the driveway outside the home with blood on his clothing.
Police reported that Rochelle Scott had suffered numerous stab wounds in the chest.
According to an affidavit filed in court, Robert Scott directed police inside the home to his wife’s body, telling officers, “She’s already gone, guys.”
The home is located northeast of the corner of County Road O and South Shore Drive, near the southern tip of Delavan Lake.
Walworth County court records show that Rochelle Scott filed for divorce on Dec. 20.
Delavan Town Chairman Ryan Simons said the Walworth County town of about 5,200 people rarely experiences such violent crime as is alleged in Rochelle Scott’s death.
“This is something that is quite shocking,” he said.
Simons also said he has met both Rochelle Scott and her husband, but he referred questions about the couple to police investigators.
The Walworth County district attorney’s office has not issued any charges in the case.
January 10th, 2019: Timothy Theis, Age 37 – West Allis
West Allis police said Jacob Paradinovich, 30, was charged on Monday, Jan. 14 by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in connection with the stabbing death of Timothy Theis on Jan. 10. Bond was set for Paradinovich at $25,000.
He faces a charge of second degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon.
According to West Allis police, Paradinovich and Theis were traveling together in a vehicle near 80th and National on Thursday, Jan. 10 when they were involved in an altercation. Officials said Paradinovich pulled the vehicle over — and both men stepped out of the vehicle. During that physical altercation, officials said Paradinovich “armed himself with a knife and stabbed (Theis) in the head.”
According to a criminal complaint, Paradinovich gave Theis a ride home and became involved in an argument while inside the car. When the men arrived at Theis’ apartment, Paradinovich says Theis began to kick his car door. Paradinovich then got out of the car and began arguing with Theis. Paradinovich said that during the argument, Theis punched him, which led Paradinovich to pull out his knife. Paradinovich said that he was aiming for the tendons of the shoulder in order to disable Theis’ arm, but he had missed his target and accidentally struck Theis in the head.
Paradinovich called 911 and attempted to help Theis prior to first responders arriving on the scene, officials said. Theis later died from his injuries.
In a statement, Paradinovich acknowledged that Theis was unarmed throughout the entire incident. He also said he knew Theis was drunk. The criminal complaint says Paradinovich and Theis had been in a relationship in the past, but Paradinovich ended the relationship after he moved out of state. Paradinovich saw Theis multiple times after moving back to Milwaukee.
Paradinovich made his initial appearance in court on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Probable cause was found for further proceedings, and cash bond was set at $25,000. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 24.
January 13th, 2019: Shelley M. Erickson, Age 63 – Pembine
Shelley’s life on earth was taken from all of us too soon as a result of Domestic Violence. We were not able to help her but wish to prevent other families from this. Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence Office: (608) 255-0539; Website: endabusewi.org; National Domestic Violence: 1-800-799-7233
The Marinette County Sheriff’s Office has identified a woman found shot to death in her Town of Pembine home as Shelley M. Erickson-Rogge.
The 63-year-old woman was found dead Sunday evening after authorities were called to a home on Petite Lane.
Erickson-Rogge’s husband, Gary R. Rogge, is in custody and awaiting charges, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Gary Rogge, 55, called dispatchers at approximately 11 p.m. Sunday. He told them he had shot his wife earlier in the evening and that she was dead, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The Marinette County District Attorney is reviewing investigative reports and working on filing charges in the case.
“This is an isolated incident inside a residence involving only the husband and wife,” reads a statement from the Sheriff’s Office. “The public is not in any danger.”
Shelley Erickson-Rogge’s family has started a GoFundMe to raise money for memorial services. CLICK HERE to give to the fundraiser.
January 23rd, 2019: Clifford Grice, Age 41 – Janesville
The man arrested in a Janesville homicide Wednesday has been identified as Lucas Stuhr, Janesville Police Chief David Moore said in a Thursday afternoon news conference.
Police say Stuhr’s relationship was coming to an end with a Browntown woman and Stuhr shot and killed the woman’s new boyfriend at his Janesville home in the 2600-block of Kellogg Avenue.
The Rock County Medical Examiner’s Department has identified the homicide victim as 41-year-old Clifford Grice of Janesville.
Lieutenant Charles Aagaard says the woman was at the shooting scene but was unhurt.
Aaagard says there have been domestic violence-related incidents involving the woman and Stuhr in the past, but says investigators are still seeking more information. Court records show Stuhr was convicted of a misdemeanor domestic abuse offense in 2012 involving a separate woman.
Aagaard says it’s unknown yet whether Stuhr followed the woman to the victim’s Janesville home.
Green County Sheriff Jeff Skatrud says deputies responded to Stuhr’s Green County home after the killing, but Stuhr drove his car between buildings and a snowy farm field. Skatrud says a nearly twenty mile pursuit ensued, with Stuhr avoiding the deployment of stop sticks on Highway 11. Skatrud says Stuhr turned into a dead end road at a Brodhead campground, and ultimately surrendered, also throwing hand gun out of his car.
February 5th, 2019: Jamie A. Wilson, Age 36 – Milwaukee
The family of a woman fatally stabbed near 70th and Fiebrantz on Feb. 5 said the 36-year-old called police multiple times in the days leading up to her death. They believe Jamie Wilson’s death could have been prevented.
According to court records, a week before Wilson’s murder, her boyfriend was arrested, accused of shooting at her and threatening to kill her. Wilson’s family said the suspect was released a few days later after posting bail. As of Tuesday, Feb. 19, Ramone Jones, 42, was wanted for questioning in connection with the homicide.
“This was the last photo she posted on Facebook,” said James Wilson, as he shared pictures and memories of his daughter. “She just loved doing her makeup. Just loved trying to look pretty, and my daughter was beautiful. She looked just like her mom.”
Jamie Wilson was killed at her home.
“I don’t sleep at night. I get up — I walk around at night. I think about my daughter all day,” said James Wilson.
He said Jamie, a mother of two, was in the process of breaking free from an abusive relationship that was escalating quickly.
“My daughter had actually told him she didn’t want to see him anymore,” said James Wilson.
On Jan. 30, according to a criminal complaint, Jamie Wilson called 911 on Jones. According to the court documents, he “kicked in the door” of her house, “fired a gun” at the floor and threatened “he would kill her, Jamie, and Jamie’s daughter if they let police know he had a gun.” Jones was arrested, but released on Feb. 3, as prosecutors continued to build their case against him.
“Three days later, my daughter’s dead,” said James Wilson.
Fearing for her life, he said Jamie Wilson and her children moved into a hotel so Jones couldn’t find them. On Feb. 5, she and her 11-year-old daughter stopped at the house to grab some clothes. Jamie Wilson didn’t make it out alive.
Authorities said Jones is considered a suspect in the murder of Jamie Wilson — a murder her father said he believes could have been prevented, had Jones remained in custody.
“If he would have went to jail and Milwaukee County would have done their job, my daughter would be alive today and he would have been locked up in Milwaukee County where he should have been,” said James Wilson.
An arrest warrant was issued for Jones in connection with the Jan. 30 incident. Charges were filed against him for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon.
Meanwhile, Jamie Wilson’s family set up a GoFundMe.com account to raise money for her children. CLICK HERE to access that account.
February 14th, 2019: Barbara Renken, Age 77- Pine River
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman Monday they say was shot to death last week in a Pine River home as 77-year-old Barbara Renken.
Authorities found Renken dead Thursday morning in a home on Range Line Road, according to the Sheriff’s Office. John Renken, 78, whom they found with critical gunshot injuries, remained in the hospital as of Monday afternoon.
Officers found the Renkens around 8:30 a.m. Thursday when they responded to the home for a welfare check. Shortly after that, the Sheriff’s Office reported it was responding to a “critical incident” in the town of Pine River but the public was not in any danger.
No charges have been filed with the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office in connection with this case.
February 15th, 2019: Montrell T. Marks, Age 22 – Milwaukee
A man who was shot to death on Milwaukee’s north side was identified by police Tuesday as Montrell T. Marks, 22.
Marks was shot shortly before 3 p.m. Friday in the 2600 block of North 48th Street, according to police.
He was shot after an altercation with a “domestic partner.” A 23-year-old woman was arrested at the scene and a firearm was recovered, police said.
February 18th, 2019: Brooke Fontaine, Age 34 – Suamico
A man opened fire on his child’s mother in Suamico Monday morning before turning the gun on himself, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office says.
The suspect, 28-year-old Sebastian Royal, made an apparent confession in a Facebook Live video he recorded prior to the shooting.
Deputies were called to a home on Mystic Hills Terrace, just north of Lineville Road, at about 2:25 a.m. The victim’s mother had called 911 to report her daughter, Brooke Fontaine, had been shot in the head.
Brown County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Dave Poteat says Sebastian Royal had approached the home and fired multiple rounds into the bedroom of Brooke Fontaine’s 4-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.
Brooke Fontaine’s mother had been staying in the same room as the child. She shielded her grandchild. That’s when Brooke Fontaine entered the room.
“Came up to the window, saw Mr. Royal, again yelling at him to stop, and she was shot in the head,” Poteat says.
Fontaine, 34, was taken to a hospital where she died Monday morning. Royal was dead at the scene of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The Sheriff’s Office says Royal and Fontaine had been involved in a custody dispute in Outagamie County involving their 14-month-old child.
“Immediately prior to the shooting, Mr. Royal recorded an apology, an explanation for his son via Facebook Live,” Poteat says. “Mr. Royal said he was going to ‘Do what was fair.'”
Online court records show Royal failed to appear for a court hearing in the custody case and a bench warrant was issued on Jan. 16.
Royal was previously known as Demitrius D. Moore. The Milwaukee resident changed his name to Sebastian Royal last year.
February 19th, 2019: Dona Mae Bayerl, Age 38 – Muskego (missing since 5/6/1979)
On Tuesday, February 19 detectives from Muskego Police partnered with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Florida to arrest 78-year-old John Bayerl at his home in Fort Myers.
Bayerl is facing a charge of first-degree murder in the May 6, 1979 disappearance of his wife, Dona Mae Bayerl, who was 38-years-old at the time she disappeared. At the time, John Bayerl stated that Dona Mae stormed out of their home after an argument, and had not been seen since. Dona Mae never returned home. Family and friends of Dona Mae Bayerl were adamant that she would never leave her daughters, and they feared something happened to her. John Bayerl waited three days to report the disappearance to police.
Dona Mae’s sister told police the marriage had been deteriorating for quite some time. The sister was helping with the kids and John Bayerl indicated she could be there for quite some time. Bayerl confirmed to police that communication and their marriage had been failing.
According to the criminal complaint, during a visit of the Bayerl home detectives found what looked like splattered blood on the back door to the garage and on a child’s seat mounted on the back of a bike. The sister told police it was strange that Bayerl did all the laundry the day after she went missing including rugs and a quilt.
While interviewing with police, Bayerl said that he fought with Dona Mae often and punched or pinched his wife at least six times. He also confessed to having a girlfriend.
Police interviewed Bayerl’s first wife before Dona Mae who said that he abused her. Bayerl’s third wife who he married a year after Dona Mae disappeared also said she was abused.
John Bayerl remained a person of interest in his wife’s disappearance. On May 20, 1980, John Bayerl was granted a divorce from Dona Mae Bayerl and on August 5, 1986, Dona Mae was legally declared dead.
In 2009, Bayerl’s daughter Jackie recorded a conversation she had with her daughter when he said that Dona Mae was a loving mother and he didn’t think she was still alive.
In 2018, Detectives updated Bayerl on the missing persons case when he admitted to being a bad father and husband and said he would sometimes abuse his wives. He told police he, “knows in his mind he is not guilty of anything other than being a bad husband.”
Muskego Police have had recent contact with Dona Mae’s family and friends and no one has ever had contact with her since 1979. No body has ever been found, but there is no proof of life.
Bayerl was arrested without incident in Florida. He made a court appearance Wednesday in Florida and is being held without bond. He waived extradition and is returning to Wisconsin.
In October 2017, Muskego Police released new age progression photos of Dona Bayerl asking the public to help them find her. Police and family working with FBI forensic artists came up with a photo of what Dona Bayerl might look like.
February 22nd, 2019: Arkaydin Marquez, Age 3 months – Racine WI
On Friday, February 22 Racine Police were called to Summit Avenue for a baby that wasn’t breathing.
The 3-month-old boy was taken to Children’s Hospital where it was discovered that the child had injuries that may have caused the baby to stop breathing. The child died.
“He was such a happy baby. Every time he would smile he would have the biggest dimples and he would always try to use so much strength and just hold himself up,” Brittney, the Arkaydin’s mother said.
Investigators have determined the death of the baby was a homicide and the child’s father has been arrested for the death of the child.
“This is literally unbearable. I was just with my baby every day for three months and then he’s gone. Just never going to see him again,” Brittney said.
Brittney keeps a bear close by, dressed in what Arkaydin was wearing when he was taken to the hospital last week. He wasn’t breathing and police said he had injuries on his body.
Police have not said what injuries the boy endured and the investigation is ongoing.
March 2nd, 2019: Brooke Harris, Age 26 – OshKosh, WI
Police say an Oshkosh woman was fatally shot by the father of her child, who then took his own life.
Authorities say 26-year-old Clint Jorgensen called 911 about 4 p.m. Saturday. Police Chief Dean Smith says when officers arrived they heard a baby crying inside the residence.
Police found 26-year-old Brooke Harris with multiple gunshot wounds at the top of the stairs. She died at the hospital. Smith says they found Jorgensen dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a gun next to him.
Authorities say the couple had been having relationship problems and Harris had been staying with family members. Smith says Harris had gone to the residence to drop off their 9-month-old child, who was not injured.
|TOWN OF PINE RIVER – The second of two people shot in a home in Lincoln County last month died.
According to a release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, John Renken passed away. The release did not say when Renken died, but according to his online obituary he died Thursday, March 7.
Renken, 78, and his wife, Barbara, were found shot in their Pine River home on Feb. 14. Barbara Renken died at the scene while John Renken was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.
The sheriff’s office has said all along the public was not in any danger and there were no suspects in the case, but to this point has not said how the Renkens were shot.
“This continues to be an isolated incident,” Monday’s media release said.
Renken’s obituary notes he and Barbara, 77, ran a dairy farm in Pine River. Renken also worked at Weinbrenner Shoe Company in Merrill and Iattoni & Sons Masonry.
A funeral for Renken is set for Tuesday, March 12 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Pine River.
March 11th, 2019: Sierra and Noelani Robinson, Ages 24 & 2 – Milwaukee, WI
The man accused of abducting 2-year-old Noelani Robinson and fatally shooting Sierra Robinson, 24, made his initial court appearance Sunday, March 17. Cash bond was set at $1 million.
Higgins faces one count of first degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon in connection with the fatal shooting of Sierra Robinson that happened March 11 near 91st and Mill. He faces one count of first degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon in connection with the abduction of Noelani Robinson.
A preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 25. Higgins was arrested March 13 near 103rd and Caldwell. Police said a second person was arrested for harboring/aiding a fugitive.
An Amber Alert was issued for Noelani Robinson on March 11 after her mother was murdered. Officials with the Minnesota Department of Safety said on Friday evening, March 15, a passerby reported seeing a blanket and possible remains in a ditch along Highway 218, about a mile north of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota — in Steele County. A child’s body was found wrapped in a blanket. The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Officials preliminarily identified the child as Noelani Robinson. The medical examiner determined the preliminary cause and manner of death to be homicide due to blunt force trauma to the head.
Minnesota Department of Safety officials said a search warrant was executed at a hotel in Austin, Minnesota, where it was believed Higgins stayed at one point during the search for Noelani Robinson. Officials noted “where, when and who killed Noelani Robinson will be determined during the course of the investigation.”
Charges against Higgins were filed out of Milwaukee County on March 12 — while he was still on the run. According to the criminal complaint, police were called to 91st and Mill just after 1 p.m. on March 11. They located Sierra Robinson — who was fatally shot. Another woman, 28, was lying on the ground. She was taken to Froedtert Hospital for treatment of her injuries.
“I just never would have imagined that someone would be capable of committing a crime such as this,” said Charity Brooks, Sierra Robinson’s stepmother. “We’re aware of the things that are happening, but we’re trying not to, at this particular point, focus as much on it. Right now, we just want to make sure we’re prepared to lay Sierra and Noelani to rest in the most dignified way possible. It’s a step for us to move towards closure and heal as a family and heal as a nation.”
The woman who was wounded spoke to police after getting treatment. The criminal complaint indicated she said she knew Higgins as “DL” — and had known him for seven years. She indicated Sierra Robinson had been “messing around” and Robinson became pregnant — and that “DL and Sierra stayed together with their child, Noelani.”
The complaint indicated in February, “Sierra no longer wanted to be with DL and she moved to Las Vegas, leaving the child with DL.” But once in Las Vegas, Robinson tried to get Noelani back from Higgins. Eventually he agreed to give Noelani back to Robinson — and on Saturday, March 9, “Sierra flew back to Milwaukee.”
According to the criminal complaint, Higgins agreed to let Robinson have Noelani on Monday. They were set to meet near 22nd and Fond du Lac. The woman who was wounded in the shooting told police she went with Robinson for this meeting — but the child was not with Higgins. Instead, the complaint said the “three of them drove around, smoking weed, drinking and talking about old times.” The woman told police she noticed Higgins had “a small, mini Draco AK style rifle in the driver’s map pocket.”
The complaint indicated Higgins finally drove to an apartment building near 91st and Mill Road and “he told them that was where Noelani was.” The woman and Robinson were walking ahead of Higgins to the apartment when the woman said she heard gunshots. The woman said she “immediately felt pain to her stomach and she looked back and saw DL holding the Draco with two hands shooting at her and Sierra.” After the shooting, Higgins got back into the SUV and drove away.
March 18th, 2019: Neyaka Oliver, Age 27 – Milwaukee, WI
Disturbing details have been released about a murder-suicide investigation near 58th and Keefe Monday, March 18. Family and friends of the victim said she had been trying to get out of an abusive relationship with the suspect.
Police identified the victim as Neyaka Oliver. Loved ones said the 27-year-old did everything she was supposed to do to break free from an abusive relationship, but it wasn’t enough.
On Monday, Oliver was found dead near 58th and Keefe. Investigators said she had been shot and killed by a 26-year-old man, who then turned the gun on himself.
While the suspect’s name was not released, Oliver’s family said he was her boyfriend.
According to court documents, an arrest warrant was issued for the suspect on March 16 in connection to several domestic abuse offenses — including strangulation, battery and criminal damage to property.
A criminal complaint said Oliver went to police on March 13, telling officers that the previous evening, her live-in boyfriend choked her three to four times, to the point where she “felt herself fading.” She said he also slapped and punched her 10 times and “threatened to stab her.”
Oliver said the next day, the suspect showed up at her workplace, telling her to come outside. At that point, Oliver said she “feared for her safety.”
While she was gone from her home, Oliver said that the suspect caused $3,000 worth of damage to her belongings, including cutting up and bleaching piles of clothes.
Oliver taught preschool at Next Door Foundation Milwaukee for three years. The parents of her students described Oliver as a bright, intelligent woman whose voice and smile would light up the room.
“What was the sense in doing all that? I mean, these kids out here, they need her. They looked up to her,” said Michael Calhoun Sr., Next Door grandparent.
“It feel unreal to us. It’s like, we just seen her,” said Maryann Carter, Next Door parent.
Known as Ms. Neyaka, mother Maryan Carter says Oliver had a profound impact on her son.
“We went into her classroom and he was looking for her. He kept asking where’s Ms. Neyaka, where’s she at? I said baby she’s not here. She’s gone,” said Carter.
An online database shows the incident is the fourth domestic violence related homicide in Milwaukee so far this year.
Meantime, a GoFundMe account has been set up for Neyaka.
March 23rd, 2019: Stacia Hollinshead, Age 30 – Beaver Dam
An Illinois prosecutor was shot and killed and her ex-husband arrested in Beaver Dam on Saturday, authorities say.
Stacia F. Hollinshead, 30, of Sycamore, Illinois, was slain in a home in Beaver Dam around 2:40 p.m. Saturday, and her ex-husband was arrested right after the shooting, Beaver Dam police said.
Ulisses W. Medina Espinosa, Hollinshead’s ex-husband, was being held in the Dodge County jail pending charges.
Hollinshead was a prosecutor in the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s office in Illinois. She and Espinosa were divorced in DeKalb County last year. Online court records show that Hollinshead was granted an emergency order of protection against Espinosa in 2016.
In a written statement to the DeKalb Daily Chronicle, Illinois State Attorney Rick Amato said he and the 11 other prosecutors in his office were shocked by Hollinshead’s death. Amato noted that no part of society is immune to domestic violence, not even those who work to stop it like Hollinshead.
“As prosecutors, we intervene in domestic violence cases in court to prevent the nightmare outcome that we’re all now living through,” Amato said in the statement.
“Stacia’s tragic death drives home many points that we make constantly: Domestic violence is about power and control, it is learned behavior, it is present in all communities, it crosses all social and economic barriers, and it is preventable.”
Hollinshead was a mother and a graduate of Northern Illinois University Law School. She often brought her daughter to the office while she finished her work for the day, and her daughter quickly became a favorite of staff members.
Hollinshead served 11 years as a U.S. Army intelligence analyst.
April 4th, 2019: Tetiana Huzhva, Age 23- Wisconsin Dells
WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. – The man accused of killing his wife in Wisconsin Dells is currently facing 11 domestic abuse charges from January, according to court records.
The Wisconsin Dells Police Department said 23-year-old Tetiana Huzhva was found dead in a home on Washington Avenue during a check welfare call Thursday night. Police arrested her husband, 31-year-old Fuad Pashayev, as a suspect in the case.
According to court records, Pashayev is already facing 11 charges on suspicion domestic abuse toward Huzhva in Columbia County Court. The charges include strangulation, false imprisonment, criminal damage to property, three counts of battery and five counts of disorderly conduct.
Huzhva had gone to police on Jan. 3 because she feared Pashayev was going to kill her, according to the criminal complaint. She said they had lived together for three years and his alcohol consumption had increased and with it came violence.
She told police in August, after he had been drinking, he put his hands around her neck and squeezed. That same month, her Shih Tzu puppy “suddenly disappeared,” and she said she believed Pashayev had killed it.
In December, when Pashayev was again drunk, Huzhva said he punched her thre times in the upper back. She said on Jan. 1, he threw a frying pan at her because their baby was making noise. The complaint said on Jan. 2, Pashayev held Huzhva in the bathroom and repeatedly splashed water in her face.
The day Huzhva reported her husband, Jan. 3, he told her, “If you text any more people, I will kill you,” the complaint said. He then broke her phone by throwing it on the wood floor. She told police she was worried about her child’s and her own safety.
Police said autopsy results identifying Huzhva’s cause of death are still pending. Pashayev is currently being held in Columbia County Jail awaiting formal charges in Huzhva’s death.
Pashayeve was released on a $10,000 signature bond on Jan. 4. He was ordered not to have contact with Huzhva or their 1-year-old child. He was also ordered to maintain absolute sobriety. He is scheduled to be in court on Wednesday for the charges filed in January.
On Friday, police shared resources for anyone who may be in an abusive relationship. Call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or Hope House at 1-800-584-6790 if you need help.
April 14th, 2019: Dennis and Letha Kraus, Ages 74 & 73- Grand Chute
Two charges of first-degree intentional homicide have been filed against a Neenah teen accused of killing his grandparents.
A $2 million cash bond was set in Outagamie County court Tuesday for 17-year-old Alexander Kraus.
Each charge carries a life sentence. Kraus was arrested Sunday after his grandparents Dennis and Letha Kraus were found dead in their Grand Chute home.
According to the criminal complaint, Kraus called police Sunday to tell them he shot his grandparents.
He said he was staying overnight at their house.
“The information that is contained in the criminal complaint outlines his admission that he had shot and killed both of them. It was consistent with evidence that was located within the residence and also confirmed with autopsy findings by Dr. Kelly,” said Outagamie County District Attorney Melinda Tempelis.
Inside the home, officers say they found several firearms, ammunition and spent shell casings, including a shotgun with a knife taped to the end of the barrel and a knife sheath on the bed.
They also found a backpack with a folder inside, containing several pages of Kraus’ plans to kill his grandparents. A book about an executioner was also inside the backpack, the complaint reads.
When talking with police, Kraus said he was wearing a black leather jacket when he shot both his grandfather and grandmother in the heads with a 20-gauge pump-action shotgun with slugs.
The criminal complaint does not say why Kraus killed them.
Neenah High School has also said Kraus had a “plan to cause harm” at the school, but authorities have not released any details on that plan.
April 19th, 2019: Mattelin “Mattie” Annie Samson, age 4, and Hailey Kaye Poppe, age 3 months – Seymour
Two girls found dead in a Seymour home suffered wounds consistent with a stabbing, according to documents obtained by Action 2 News.
Mattelin “Mattie” Annie Samson, age 4, and Hailey Kaye Poppe, age 3 months, were found dead in a home at 603 N. Main St. April 19.
Thirty-five-year-old Andrew R. Poppe was also found dead in the home.
Police had responded to the home to execute a search warrant based on a domestic violence incident that had taken place on April 18.
The warrant reveals new information about the timeline and cause of death.
On April 19, at 6:59 a.m., Seymour Police attempted to make contact with Andrew Poppe by telephone, but he did not answer.
At 8:06 a.m., SWAT officers forced entry into the home and found three people dead in an upstairs room. An affidavit states that the two girls and Poppe “showed no signs of life and each had wounds consistent with that of a stabbing.”
Search warrants revealed that police were called to the home the day before. The victim of the domestic violence incident said Andrew Poppe had threatened to kill her and her children if she called police.
The affidavit states that Poppe had a history of domestic violence. Police records show an arrest in June 2015 for battery/domestic violence.
Police also executed a search warrant after the deaths and seized a cell phone, electronic devices, clothing and documents.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation into the deaths. They’ve released few details.
Mattie and Hailey were laid to rest on April 25. Donations are being collected through the Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home website. CLICK HERE for information on making a donation to the family.
April 20th, 2019: Daniel Gilmartin, Ages 43 – Montello
The suspect in a fire in Montello April 20 that killed a man is expected to appear Monday in Marquette County Circuit Court.
Frances E. Rittman, 42, of Montello, was arrested in the case, according to the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office.
Daniel R. Gilmartin, 43, died in the fire, according to the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office.
Dispatchers at 911 received a call about 2:15 p.m. Saturday reporting a house fire on Cass Street.
The Montello Fire Department responded and found the home engulfed in flames when they arrived. A body was found inside the house, according to a news release from the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office.
The flames were so hot that siding on the surrounding houses started to melt.
“All of the sudden the glass started breaking and we all ran up the hill,” said neighbor Mike Vielbaum, who witnessed the fire.
“Then it just blew,” said Diane Vielbaum. “It just went up. Big flames. I’m sure the person that’s in there — I’m hoping that the smoke got him before the fire did. Because it was a sad time.”
Their son, Jeremy Vielbaum, knew both Gilmartin and Rittman, who he says were at one time engaged. Court records show Rittman was evicted, and Jeremy says he helped her move out.
“She asked if I’d help her, and I did,” he said. “She was always asking me questions about how he’s doing and everything, how she wants to get back together with him and he doesn’t want to work it out… I just knew they had a lot of problems and stuff. He was a good guy.”
The fire and death are under investigation by the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, Marquette County Coroner, State of Wisconsin Department of Justice Fire Marshalls and Montello Fire Department.
Oxford Fire Department along with the Princeton Fire Department assisted under mutual aid. Marquette County EMS and the sheriff’s office also responded.
April 25th, 2019: Ayrius Winzer, Ages 6 months – Milwaukee
A man with a history of domestic abuse and violence who until Friday was sought for an abuse case from December is charged in the brutal killing of a 6-month-old boy.
Devante Marquise Randall, 26, was arrested Friday after being charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of the infant, identified in a criminal complaint by the initials AW.
The boy was pronounced dead Thursday from massive brain injuries at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, according to a criminal complaint.
Randall is also charged with physical abuse of a child causing bodily harm for multiple injuries to AW’s 2-year-old brother, and two counts of child neglect for not seeking medical treatment for the brothers, according to the complaint.
Randall has a history of domestic abuse and domestic violence involving separate victims, and drug offenses, going back to 2012, according to state court records.
According to the criminal complaint in the latest case, AW’s mother told police she left the boys with Randall after he dropped her off at work at 11 a.m. Monday.
About 6 p.m. Randall showed up at her workplace with AW in his car. At that time the infant had no pulse and was not breathing.
While driving them to the hospital, Randall claimed he was holding the boys while running to escape gunfire near North 40th Street and West Hampton Avenue when he fell.
After dropping off the mother and AW at the hospital, Randall drove to their home in Franklin, where he dropped off the 2-year-old with the mother’s father.
AW suffered a fractured skull and other injuries from “a massive acceleration/deceleration event with a rotational component, with or without impact,” according to the complaint.
“This type of force can be seen when a child is violently shaken, slammed, and/or thrown,” the complaint said.
The 2-year-old boy was transported to Children’s Hospital from the Franklin apartment with multiple injuries all over his body, according to the complaint.
In the December incident, Randall is charged with physical abuse of a child causing bodily harm and criminal damage to property/domestic abuse, according to a criminal complaint filed in that case.
He is accused of forcing his way into the home of a former girlfriend after she refused to let him stay there. He then struck and bit the woman’s 16-year-old son and “threw bricks into the windows,” according to the complaint.
In August 2017, Randall was charged with substantial battery/bodily harm and domestic abuse for two incidents, one in which he allegedly beat a woman, the other in which he allegedly beat the woman and burned her face with a cigar, according to a another criminal complaint.
Charges in that case were dismissed when the “state’s essential witness failed to appear,” according to state court records.
He was arrested Friday after his photo was released and shared on social media, police said.
April 26th, 2019: Gilbert Grant, Age 2 – Two Rivers
TWO RIVERS, Wis. — Three adults have now been formally charged in the death of a two-year-old in Two Rivers.
Rena Santiago, Bianca Bush and David Heiden are facing multiple charges of child abuse, including one charge listed in the criminal complaint as Physical Abuse of a Child, Repeated Acts Causing Death. They’re also facing prostitution and drug charges.
According to the criminal complaint, all three adults admitted to investigators that they repeatedly beat the child on different occasions, over a period of several months. The complaint says the three hit the child with a belt, sandal and other objects. The criminal complaint says Heiden admitted to violently shaking the child. The complaint says Heiden thinks his shaking may have killed the child.
At one point, the criminal complaint says Heiden cried during the interview with investigators and said he felt bad and never meant for anything like this to happen. In another part of the criminal complaint, the court document says Heiden admitted the three of them treated the child “poorly”. When asked why, the criminal complaint says Heiden responded, “he’s not my kid…I didn’t care.”
The criminal complaint also released the preliminary findings from an autopsy performed on the child on April 29. The findings found multiple bruises on the child’s head, back, legs, arms, and chest, as well as indications of an internal bleed. The complaint listed injuries but did not specify the exact cause of death.
The criminal complaint also states the child’s mother, Rena Santiago, is nine months pregnant and is due May 13.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests if you suspect child abuse or endangerment, please don’t wait or give up when contacting authorities. See something, say something; you may be the only voice a child has.
April 28th, 2019: Linda Farris, New Berlin
James Farris of New Berlin is accused in the death of his wife of 40 years — and is being held on $1 million cash bond. Farris faces the following criminal charges:
- First degree intentional homicide, domestic abuse
- Misdemeanor bail jumping, domestic abuse (two counts)
According to the criminal complaint, Farris, 59, called 911 around 9:45 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 to “report that he had an altercation with his wife, Linda Farris, and during the altercation she became non-responsive.” Officers were dispatched to the scene.
When officers arrived, James Farris was standing over his wife stating, “You need to help her!” The complaint indicates Farris had “several cuts along the top of both of his forearms which appeared bloody.” Despite the efforts of the New Berlin Fire Department, Linda Farris was pronounced deceased about a half-hour later.
Investigators questioned Farris about what happened. He indicated “he and Linda had gotten into an argument about (their daughter’s – who has special needs) care. During that argument, the defendant stated that Linda grabbed his arms and gouged him with her fingernails. The defendant stated that he and Linda were pushing or ‘wrestling.'” At one point, Farris said “he landed on top of Linda and then she stopped fighting and was unconscious.” Farris told the officer he tried to wake Linda. After several unsuccessful attempts, he called 911.
When Farris learned his wife had passed, officials indicated he made suicidal statements saying “he did not want to live anymore and asking officers to shoot him.” Officers told Farris they would have to arrest him for bail violations. The complaint indicates Farris asked to see his wife on the way out of the residence. The complaint says Farris “stared at Linda and stated, ‘I’m sorry.'”
Records show previous trouble in the Farris home. James Farris was charged with domestic abuse in February. Linda told police James is an alcoholic who was in rehab years ago, but recently struggled with sobriety. She said he grabbed his handgun and told her, “I wish you were dead.” In April, police were called multiple times for verbal arguments. It was also in April, James was given his first OWI.
Farris made his initial appearance in Waukesha County court on Friday, May 3. He is due back in court on Monday, May 6.
Wisconsin Dells man accused of killing wife found dead in Columbia County Jail cell
A Wisconsin Dells man’s body was found by jailers Sunday after he apparently hanged himself in his cell at the Columbia County Jail, authorities said Monday.
In a press release, Columbia County Sheriff Roger Brandner said the body of Fuad Pashayev, 31, was found shortly after 11 p.m. while jail staff were completing routine checks.
Pashayev was being held in jail on $1 million cash bond on charges he stabbed his wife, Tetiana Huhzov, 23, to death April 4 at their home. The couple had a 2-year-old daughter. Pashayev faced up to life in prison if convicted of the first-degree intentional homicide charge.
“Jail staff were able to cut the inmate down and perform life-saving measures as well as called an ambulance from Divine Savior Hospital; however, those life-saving measures were unsuccessful,” Brandner said in the release.
Divine Savior Healthcare Marketing and Community Relations Director Haley Gilman said a medical team was dispatched to the Columbia County Jail at 11:09 p.m. Sunday.
Columbia County authorities asked the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the incident, which Brandner said took place after “all of the inmates in the cell block were locked down for the night.” No one else was housed in the cell with Pashayev.
May 3rd, 2019: Jose L. Rodriguez-Castro, Age 22- Milwaukee
The father of a woman’s child fatally shot the woman’s new suitor after pulling up to the two at a traffic light on Milwaukee’s south side, according to a criminal complaint.
Police recovered 21 spent 9mm casings from the intersection of South 27th Street and West Forest Home Avenue, where Victor M. Cintron, 23, allegedly shot Jose L. Rodriguez-Castro, 22, shortly before 3 p.m. Friday.
Cintron is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, according to the complaint issued Tuesday.
Rodriguez-Castro was stuck eight times as he attempted to shield the woman from the gunfire, which struck three other occupied vehicles nearby, according to the complaint.
Cintron, a concealed carry permit holder, ignored demands to turn his firearms over to authorities after the woman filed a restraining order against him on April 10, according to state court records.
An arrest warrant was issued for him the next day when he was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery and disorderly conduct on suspicion of beating the woman and threatening to kill her, according to the records and the criminal complaint.
He remained at large Tuesday and anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call Milwaukee police at (414) 935-7360.
May 6th, 2019: Sharon Stoner , Age 70- Oconomowoc
A 70-year-old Oconomowoc woman was found dead May 6 in Winnebago County, Illinois, and her son is charged with the murder.
According to the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department, Kent Stoner was arrested for first-degree murder of his mother Sharon Stoner. The call came in at 9:56 a.m., according to Deputy Chief of Detectives Mike Schultz.
Schultz did not comment on the cause of death since he had not seen the coroner’s report as of May 7. According to Schultz, Sharon Stoner lived part-time in Oconomowoc and would travel to Arizona in winter.
“The house in Machesney Park where the incident occurred, she and her husband owned the house, but did not live there,” Schultz said.
Schultz said the investigation is ongoing.
May 9th, 2019: Kaylie Juga , Age 16- Kenosha
The teenager sought in the shooting that killed a 16-year-old girl and wounded her mother in Kenosha Thursday was arrested Friday morning in Racine, Kenosha police said.
Police had been searching for Martice L. Fuller, 15, as a “person of interest” in the shooting about 3 p.m. Thursday that killed Kaylie Juga, 16, and injured her mother at a home in the 10900 block of 66th Street.
Juga died at the scene. Her mother, 39, was in serious condition.
Police say Fuller had a relationship with Juga before the shooting.
No one else is being sought in connection with the shooting, police said.
Police, who believed Fuller was armed and dangerous, said he was arrested without further incident.
No additional details were released about his arrest and the shooting. Police said more information might be available later Friday.
Fuller was a student at the Kenosha eSchool, an online charter school, and previously attended Bradford and Indian Trails high schools, police said.
Before Fuller had been arrested, the Kenosha Unified School District notified students and parents that Bradford High School would be closed on Friday. Although Fuller has been arrested, the district said the school would remain closed for the day.
In a statement, the district said, “The Kenosha Unified School District sends our sincere condolences to the Juga family. Our thoughts will be with them as they navigate the difficult days, weeks and months ahead.”
It also said counseling services would be available next week for students and staff who need “support following this tragic incident.”
May 10th, 2019: Angelica Rios , Age 30- Racine
Dozens gathered in front of Angelica Rios’ residence Saturday evening to remember the Racine mother who was found dead on Friday in what police are calling a murder-suicide.
The large group gathered Saturday night as they shed tears and held one another close while remembering Angelica. Many describe the mother of two as a loving woman who cared for the entire Racine community.
“We lost an angel,” her best friend Arelys Brillo-Nieves said. “She made a difference in many peoples lives.”
Rios, who was 30 years old, was found dead inside her home near 19th and Flett in Racine. Her 34-year-old estranged ex was also found dead inside the residence. The two children inside the home were found safe. Her family is now hoping her tragedy can bring awareness to domestic abuse.
“We are confused and we don’t understand why the laws don’t better protect our women in these circumstances,” Angelica’s Uncle, Roberto Rios said.
May 13th, 2019: Jenna Brovold , Age 29- Darien
DELAVAN, Wis. – Officials have identified the man and woman found dead inside a Walworth County home this week.
The Delavan Police Department said 29-year-old Jenna M. Brovold, of Darien, died by homicide.
The 29-year-old man found dead inside the home, Casey J. DePriest, died by suicide, the department said.
Multiple area law enforcement resources including the Milwaukee FBI, Lake Geneva police drone, the state Department of Natural Resources and EMS departments were sent to the residence. Delavan police said that after hours of attempting to negotiate, SWAT team members breached a door and saw the bodies of a man and woman inside.
A 26-year-old man was found injured with a gunshot wound to his shoulder when officers arrived at the home Monday night. Police said Thursday that he is related to Brovold, and is considered a victim of attempted homicide. He’s been released from the hospital and is recovering from his injuries.
Police said Brovold and DePriest had lived together at the home in Darien before their relationship recently ended.
“We have determined what has occurred. What will take time is why it took place,” the police department wrote in a release Thursday.
Officials said it will be months before the police department will receive official results of the autopsies, forensic examination of electronic devices and investigative reports are finished.
“Our thoughts remain with the affected families,” the police department wrote.
Manitowoc man found dead during explosives investigation
A 49-year-old Manitowoc man was found dead in a home following a standoff and explosives investigation, police say.
The man was identified as Antonio Lujan.
An autopsy was conducted at the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office. The Manitowoc County Coroner’s Office says the forensic pathologist did not find any “significant external or internal trauma.” Toxicology results are pending.
On May 17, at about 11:39 p.m., police received a report from a woman that her ex-boyfriend was threatening her and violating a restraining order. The woman was at the police department when she received a call that the ex-boyfriend may have thrown an explosive device in front of her home on Raton Court.
Police went to the ex-boyfriend’s home in the 1000 block of S. 25th St. They saw him leave a vehicle and run inside the home. He barricaded himself inside.
The vehicle matched the description of the car seen fleeing Raton Court after the explosion.
Police say evidence of an explosion was found in the road in front of the Raton Court home.
A perimeter was set up in the area of 1000 block of S. 25 St. Officers attempted to make contact with the suspect, but a standoff continued for several hours.
The Brown-Outagamie County Bomb Squad was called to the scene.
Officers got a search warrant for the S. 25th St home. They attempted to enter at about 10 a.m. Saturday. They came upon “suspicious wiring” and that delayed entry.
Once investigators could safely get inside, they swept the home and found Antonio Lujan dead in a bedroom.
The Manitowoc County Coroner’s Office is assisting with the investigation.
The ATF helped with processing the scene.