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Firefighter begins criminal defense for arson accusations

After two separate buildings in Sheboygan County caught fire, the investigators suspected that they were the result of arson. The details of the investigation remain unclear, but the Wisconsin authorities suspect that a volunteer firefighter was responsible for the crimes. The firefighter will now have to begin forming his criminal defense against the accusations.

The first fire allegedly occurred at a church on Aug. 5, and the second fire occurred the next day at a barn in the same county. Several fire departments from different cities, as well as the Sheboygan County Fire Investigation Unit, responded to the barn fire, and the blaze was contained to only one half of the barn. The damage to the church is unknown at this time.

Man charged with an offense for escape after white-collar scheme

A 28-year-old man was recently arrested and accused of committing white-collar crimes. It is claimed that the man arranged fraudulent business transactions with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions. He has also been charged with an offense for failure to return after a release, which allegedly turned him into a fugitive from justice.

The man was supposedly serving a nine-month sentence for a domestic assault conviction when he was approved for a release in December. However, he allegedly failed to return to jail once the release was up. While out of jail, the man was accused of an elaborate white-collar crime scheme involving business transactions.

Man begins criminal defense for armed robberies

A man was recently arrested on federal charges for allegedly being involved in a unique robbery spree. The Wisconsin man is accused of robbing five different businesses, and an accomplice would supposedly pepper spray the victims during the process. He will likely begin his criminal defense against the accusations soon.

Supposedly, between April 29 and May 15, the 34-year-old robbed a bar, a convenience store and three fast food restaurants. He allegedly used a gun in commission of the robberies, and the federal authorities in Wisconsin believe that they have recovered the firearm. The accomplice apparently pepper-sprayed the customers of at least one of the businesses that they purportedly robbed.

Drunk driving charge brought against 10 individuals

On every weekend since last year, Milwaukee County has taken an aggressive initiative on drunk driving. The detail is called "Operation Driver Sober" and is directed toward freeway safety. Recently, 10 people were arrested by Wisconsin police officers, each on a drunk driving charge. Apparently, three of the persons arrested had previous criminal records for drunk driving.

The initiative began at 4 p.m. on a recent Friday and ended at 6 a.m. on Sunday. Of the 10 people arrested, .15 percent said to be the average blood alcohol content among them. Seven of the individuals were arrested for a first time offense and two of the persons were accused of a second time offense. One man was arrested for his alleged seventh DUI offense.

Prison employee receives probation after sex offenses with inmate

A woman formerly employed at a prison has recently been sentenced in her criminal case. The Wisconsin woman was accused of sex offenses for supposedly having an intimate relationship with an inmate. The 41-year-old pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony sex crime, and she has been sentenced to register as a sex offender and serve 18 months of probation.

In 2012, the woman, as well as another co-worker, supposedly smuggled a cell phone to the inmate and engaged in sexual activity with him. Videos of the alleged sex acts were supposedly found on the inmate's cell phone. The investigators also reportedly found nude photos of the woman, cell phone memory cards and a lock of hair inside the inmate's cell.

9 accused of drug crimes in alleged heroin operation

The Brown County Drug Taskforce, the Brown County Sheriff's Department and the Green Bay Police Department joined forces in order to execute a heroin search operation. These Wisconsin authorities arrested nine individuals under suspicion of committing drug crimes. These people each recently had their first court appearances in the heroin distribution case.

Details about the search and the arrests of the individuals are being kept under wraps by the police departments. This could be because while the nine individuals were arrested, none of them face formal charges as of yet. However, the prosecutors presented their cases during the individuals' initial court appearances. This case is apparently believed to be one of the largest heroin distribution busts in Brown County to date.

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.

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