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Man faces cockfighting related charges as well as drug charges

After a bizarre investigation, a man was recently arrested for multiple criminal charges. The Wisconsin authorities suspect the 37-year-old of breeding roosters for cockfighting. However, their search lacked the most common indicators of breeding for fighting. He also faces drug charges after several pounds of marijuana was allegedly found on his property.

The Wisconsin authorities say they launched a four-month investigation after receiving anonymous tips about possible cockfighting, but it is unclear exactly what led the police to suspect this specific man. The investigators suspect that the man was breeding roosters for cockfighting. During the search of his property, 61 roosters were seized. However, there was reportedly a lack of the most common evidence that would indicate the man was breeding the animals to fight. However, the police did claim to find materials "typically" used for such a purpose.

12 alleged pimps arrested for sex crimes in national operation

A recent nationwide investigation into sex trafficking called "Operation Cross Country" has yielded many arrests. In Wisconsin, 12 alleged "pimps" were arrested stemming from this operation. Six children were recovered. These 12 persons have been accused of sex crimes for allegedly trafficking juveniles across the country.

Through "Operation Cross Country," 168 children were recovered across the nation. A total of 281 purported pimps were arrested, and these individuals face varying charges. Some of them face felony charges. The FBI conducted the operation in 106 cities over a one week period.

Man accepts plea deal in murder case, has felony offense reduced

Over a year after a man was found dead in an apparent burglary gone wrong, another man pleaded no contest under a plea agreement in the case. The Wisconsin man originally faced many charges, including the felony offense of first-degree intentional homicide, which could have resulted in a life sentence if he was found guilty. Under the terms of his plea deal, the man now only faces up to 28.5 years imprisonment.

In May 2013, the man allegedly broke into the victim's home with the intention of robbing him. He purportedly stole firearms from the victim, and then he sold the guns in order to buy crack cocaine. The man's defense team claims that an accomplice was involved in the crime. The man admitted his involvement with the burglary, but he stated that he did not kill the victim. However, he supposedly recognized that there was a lot of evidence against him, and he still felt as if he had criminal responsibility in the case.

Greek Orthodox priest to be charged with felony offense for theft

A Greek Orthodox priest will be charged with a serious crime after allegations of theft surfaced from his old church. The authorities in Wisconsin believe that the priest stole over $110,000 from a trust fund at the church, and then transferred it to a different church in another state. The priest will be charged with a felony offense resulting from these allegations.

The priest is accused of writing improper checks while he served as pastor for nearly 20 years at a Greek Orthodox church in Milwaukee. He supposedly wrote checks for tens of thousands of dollars for himself to pay for personal expenses such as Christmas decorations and shopping trips. The improper checks were supposedly written between 2008 and 2012, but the priest reportedly assigned the majority of the trust fund -- which was over $1.1 million -- to the church.

Man faces felony offense for murder in Watertown

After a woman's body was found in her car, the father of one of her children was arrested under suspicion of murder. Wisconsin authorities claim that they have evidence placing the man at the scene of the crime, but reportedly, no murder weapon has been found. The man faces a felony offense for murder.

The night before the woman's body was found, the investigators claim that she had exchanged texts with the man. The woman had reportedly asked to meet the man so that he could give her money for their daughter. Allegedly, the two planned to meet at a parking lot in Watertown. It is claimed that surveillance video from a building close by shows the vehicles of both individuals in the parking lot.

4 arrested for drug crimes after "one pot" meth lab found

Methamphetamine is an extremely dangerous and highly addictive drug, although many people continue to make and sell it because it is considered very cheap to make. One method of making meth that further cuts back on cost and can be easily transported is called a "one pot" method. Four Wisconsin residents were recently arrested under suspicion of drug crimes for supposedly operating this type of meth lab.

Purportedly, tips from members of the community led the police to begin watching the suspected meth lab. The "one pot" lab was supposedly located within a trailer home in an Oconto Falls neighborhood. Exactly how long the authorities surveilled the house is unclear. It is also not clear what information they supplied in order to obtain a search warrant..

Man sentenced to 2 years in drunk driving defense

A man from Eau Claire who was on trial has recently been sentenced in his criminal case. The Wisconsin man was accused of causing a fatal accident that killed two individuals, including his own wife. In his drunk driving defense, the man was convicted on the charge of homicide by drunk driving, and he was sentenced to two years in prison.

In Sept. 2012, the man was reportedly driving on Highway 124 when he allegedly ran a stop sign. The man's SUV collided with a truck, causing a fatal crash. Seven people -- including a minor -- were injured during the crash, and two of those people suffered fatal injuries. The man's wife died, and one more woman died. However, it is not clear whether she was a passenger in the man's SUV or a passenger in the truck.

Wisconsin man sentenced to 6 years in Internet sex crime case

A man accused of possessing and distributing child pornography has recently been sentenced in his criminal case. The Wisconsin man was accused of federal Internet sex crime for using file sharing sites to request and distribute explicit images of young girls. He has been sentenced to six years in prison, with 10 years of supervised release.

In Feb. 2012, a man was arrested for possession of child pornography in another country. Supposedly, international authorities were able to trace some of the files from that man's computer back to the 46-year-old Wisconsin man. Federal investigators were able to execute a search warrant on the man's home, and they allegedly found over 1,000 explicit images and videos on his computer and within his residence.

Young man charged with an offense after Facebook post

Many people, especially young people, underestimate the power of social media. Whatever a person posts on a social media website can be read by virtually anyone, even posts made out of anger. A young Wisconsin man has now been charged with an offense -- and more are pending -- due to a post he apparently made on Facebook when he was angry.

What led the 21-year-old to become so angry is unclear, but he reportedly decided to let off steam by making a post online. He allegedly typed that he would soon "break" and shoot an elementary school. The post was taken down within an hour, but presumably that time frame was long enough for the police to hear of it and issue an arrest warrant.

Drunk driving charge dropped against woman thanks to new evidence

To be accused of a crime that you have not committed can be a person's worst nightmare. Unfortunately, this nightmare became true for one Wisconsin woman who was involved in a car accident in which she was seriously injured. She was accused of causing the accident and given a drunk driving charge, even though neither accusation was true. Fortunately, evidence finally surfaced that was able to prove the woman's innocence.

In Feb. 2013, the woman was driving in Milwaukee County when she approached an intersection. She presumably obeyed the correct traffic laws. However, a police officer approached the intersection and did not stop his vehicle at the stop sign. The officer exited his vehicle and accused the woman of drunk driving. The crash caused the woman to sustain serious injuries to the point where she could not perform field sobriety tests.

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