Posted: January 28, 2014 in Animal Abuse Cases, Animal Cases, CCAP, County Jail, Crime Prevention, Portage County, Prosecutor, Prosecutor Cass Cousins, Prosecutors, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Circuit Court
Tags: Cass Cousins, Cody Phillips, Cruelty to animals, Felony, Portage County
Portage County Felony Case 2014 CF 36
A Bancroft man accused of killing his dog with a hammer was arrested Tuesday after a judge issued an arrest warrant for him Monday, January 27, 2014. Cody Phillips, 26, is expected to be charged with felony animal abuse for allegedly killing his dog, Clyde, with a hammer on Jan. 19. Phillips was to appear in court Monday, but when he did not show up, a Portage County Circuit Court judge issued a warrant for his arrest. Phillips was arrested at his home Tuesday. Phillips told deputies he was mad at the dog and the messes it made, according to the Journal. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 31/2 years in prison. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant DA Cass Cousins.
A Clark county dog breeder plead no contest to charges of selling dogs without a license and was ordered to give up all but six dogs, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The plea follows a DATCP investigation that spanned two years. See Clark County Case 2013 CM 231.
According to court documents, Tammy L. Kautzer, 37, continued to advertise puppies for sale after having been denied a license, in violation of the 2010 dog seller’s law. The law requires inspection and licensing of facilities that sell or adopt more than 25 dogs from more than three litters in a year. It also prohibits selling puppies less than 7 weeks old unless they go with their mothers, and requires that certificates of veterinary inspection, or health certificates, accompany dogs that are sold or adopted for a fee. Kautzer’s initial license application was denied in November 2011 when she failed to meet minimum standards. As a result, she was prohibited from operating as a dog seller in Wisconsin. Her appeal was not granted. In several instances, Kautzer asked family members to post the advertisements on her behalf so that her
The plea agreement includes one year probation, restitution in an amount to be determined by the court, and a provision that Kautzer cannot have more than six dogs on the property. She was ordered to relinquish her dogs within 5 days of the judgment.
A man is dead after falling from a third story balcony in Galesville. Officers say it happened just before 10:00pm Saturday night, January 25, 2014. Authorities found the man outside the residence on the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is not being released. The incident is under investigation by the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department and Galesville City Police.
Posted: January 24, 2014 in Blackmail Cases, CCAP, County Jail, Crime Prevention, Cyber Crime, District Attorney, District Attorney Adam Gerol, District Attorneys, Judge Joseph Voiland, Ozaukee County, Prosecutor, Prosecutors, Wisconsin Circuit Court
Tags: Blackmail, Cyber Crime, District Attorney Adam Gerol, Judge Joseph Voiland
A 19-year-old man was sentenced to 1-1/2 years in prison on January 21, 2014 for attempting to blackmail a Town of Port Washington woman he met through a college dating Facebook page by threatening to post provocative photos of her and a recording of a phone sex conversation on the Internet. Jeremiah D. Olson of Gays Mills, who pleaded no contest to felony counts of threatening to communicate derogatory information and threatening to injure or accuse of a crime in December, was also sentenced to two years extended supervision and two years probation by Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Joseph Voiland.
Voiland followed the recommendation of District Attorney Adam Gerol and rejected a request from Olson’s lawyer and a plea from his mother to withhold a prison sentence, saying Olson’s punishment should serve as a deterrent to people who think they can prey on those who use the Internet. “The world basically lives online,” Voiland said. “People want to know they can be safe on the Internet.”
Reacting to a comment Olson made about having to live with his felony convictions for the rest of his life, the judge noted that derogatory information posted online can be particularly insidious because it seemingly exists forever in cyberspace.
“The Internet has made it so there are just some thing that will never go away,” Voiland said. “Sometimes people just can’t go on with their lives because you can always find it on Google.”
A Lafayette County man was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for a 2011 drunk driving crash that killed his 21-year-old passenger. Kyle Monahan was convicted by a jury of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in connection with the death of Rebecca Cushman of Dixon. Police said Monahan was driving near Shullsburg when the car left the road and rolled several times. Both he and Cushman were thrown from the vehicle. Case 2012 CF 72 was prosecuted by District Attorney Katherine Findley.
Nekoosa — A Wood County man is accused of breaking into his sister’s home and killing her kitten. A report says 25-year-old Brian Sentkowski of Nekoosa is charged with mistreating an animal. He’s due in court next month.
His sister says someone entered her Saratoga home around Thanksgiving. She says there was a large spot of blood in the living room and her kitten was missing.
The criminal complaint quotes Sentkowski as telling investigators he came over and became enraged when no one was home. He says he was also upset with himself for drinking. The complaint says he told detectives he took out his anger on the first thing he saw — the kitten. Prosecutors say he stabbed it to death.