38 Arrested in Wisconsin Meth Bust

Police arrested thirty-eight individuals in northeast Wisconsin after a massive drug raid on several properties.  The raids came after a seven month long methamphetamine investigation involving different police agencies in several counties.  The investigation involved more than one hundred police officers under twenty search warrants, including fourteen in the Green Bay area, as well as the official Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Drug Enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Limited information regarding the investigation has been released, but a press statement is expected later this week.  Of the thirty-eight individuals arrested, thirty-five were officially booked.

The Milwaukee legal team at Kohler Hart Powell, SC has years of experience representing individuals charged with drug crimes and are dedicated to defending our client’s rights as well as building the best defense possible.  Drug charges should not be taken lightly and precise legal action can make all the difference in your case.  Call our offices today at (414) 271-9595 to learn more.

Milwaukee mother and daughter chaged with abusing a child for assault on Burger King cashier

A Milwaukee woman and her daughter are facing charges of physically abusing a child and being party to a crime. The charges come after an incident in which the two are accused of assaulting a 16-year-old cashier at a Burger King restaurant after being told that they could not use 12 coupons for one meal.

The two accused women are currently facing six years of imprisonment and $10,000 in fines if they are convicted on these charges.

According to police reports, the mother was ordering a meal at a Burger King and was trying to use 12 coupons to pay for the food but the cashier refused to accept all 12 coupons. The mother became angry and went home to pick up her daughter, who then proceeded to assault the Burger King employee. The employee suffered a swollen eye and a headache from the assault.

At Kohler Hart Powell, SC, we represent clients who are facing a wide variety of criminal charges. If you are facing criminal charges of any kind, take action as soon as possible and call our offices at (414) 271-9595.

Uber driver accused of killing six in Milwaukee passed background check

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Uber is currently under fire after it was revealed that the driver accused of murder passed the company’s background check. Many Uber users in Milwaukee have now shared their concerns about their safety when using the service.

Uber employee Jason Dalton allegedly shot six individuals when providing them with Uber service on Saturday, February 20. He had a 4.73 rating until the incident transpired.

According to the San Francisco, California-based multinational online taxi dispatch company, Uber Technologies, Inc., no background check is guaranteed to yield results of 100% accuracy. Uber chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, stated that someone who wants to apply as a cab driver for Uber has to “give us information like their name, their address, their insurance information… and their bank account information”. It was also shared that Dalton’s background check did not raise any red flags. Sullivan said Uber checks government databases for previous criminal offenses and it was found that Dalton had none.

In a final statement, Uber safety advisory board member Ed Davis argued that “a background check…does not foresee the future”.

If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Milwaukee or other areas in Wisconsin, do not hesitate to seek the legal advice and representation of our attorneys at Kohler Hart Powell, SC. Speak with a member of our legal team today by calling our offices at (414) 271-9595.

Milwaukee Man reveals Mass Shooting Plan following Arrest

A Milwaukee man was arrested after it was revealed that he was planning a mass shooting on a Masonic temple in New York. According to the NY Daily News, “Samy Mohamed Hamzeh was charged with possessing machine guns and a silencer,” and the FBI has said that his arrest prevented his plan to kill 30 people in a raid.

Hamzeh revealed to police that he had been planning the attack for weeks in what he’s sees as a mission to defend the Muslim region. Hamzeh stated that he hoped to spark similar shootings across the United States. The FBI had been investigating Hazmeh since September after allegations that he was planning to travel to Jordan and attack Israeli soldiers. They were able to arrest him after he attempted to buy illegal firearms from two undercover FBI agents.

The FBI stated that following his arrest, Hazmeh shared extensive details of the attack he was planning in Milwaukee. While he is currently only being charged with gun crimes, he may face terrorism charges at a later time.

Homicide cases in Milwaukee reached alarming numbers in 2015

Seventeen-year-old Breanna Eskridge, who was shot to death on July 19, 2015 allegedly due to witnessing a homicide eight days earlier, was one of 145 homicide victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2015.

Also in April of last year, 40-year-old Archie Brown, Jr. was shot and killed by Ricky Chiles right after Brown accidentally caused the death of Chiles’ two-year-old nephew during a vehicular collision. During the shooting, which was considered a retaliatory action in the moment, a stray bullet struck the shooter’s teenage nephew, Rasheed Chiles, killing him as well.

Milwaukee’s city leaders, residents, and law enforcement agencies tried to understand why homicide rates kept rising during the year, and a number of attempts to curb these deaths were made. Task forces were assembled, courts were reorganized, candlelight vigils were held, and awareness programs were initiated by residents–but the deaths continued.

At Kohler Hart Powell, SC, our legal team works with those accused of crimes, such as homicide, in an effort to protect our clients’ rights throughout the legal process in service of justice. To speak to our criminal defense attorneys today, call (414) 271-9595 now.

Wisconsin Police Arrest Four Men Disguising Meth as Cocaine

Four men in Wisconsin have been arrested after police found over $1.5 million of drugs in their home.  Kenosha Police Department found the four men, who are related, selling methamphetamine labeled as cocaine out of their home.  In addition, the sheriff’s department discovered thousands of grams of marijuana, an illegal firearm, and a meth lab inside the home.

The men were using their meth lab to convert methamphetamine into white powder that resembled cocaine, as well as injecting it with a drug that would cause users to be unable to taste it when they put it in their mouth.  Authorities say the men did this due to the higher street value of cocaine, as well as the high addiction rates of methamphetamine after even just a single use.  Officers are requesting that the men, aged 20-23 years old, be charged with intent to deliver meth, possession with intent to deliver THC and keeping of a drug house.

The Milwaukee lawyers of Kohler & Hart, SC, are prepared to help individuals who are facing drug charges and assist them in building the best case possible.  Call our offices today at (414) 271-9595 to learn more.


Man faces felony charges in relation to Neenah motorcycle shop shooting

Forty-five-year-old Brian Flatoff was taken into police custody on Wednesday, December 9 following a four-hour hostage standoff at Eagle Nation Cycles, a motorcycle shop in Neenah, Wisconsin on Saturday, December 5. In addition to facing several charges related to the standoff, Flatoff is accused of firing a bullet into the bedroom wall of his friend, Eva Lawson-Kranski, after a night of drinking.

Flatoff, who is currently detained at the Winnebago County jail in Oshkosh, is facing several felony charges such as felony reckless endangerment, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and three counts of felony bail jumping. He is yet to be charged in the Eagle Nation shooting which killed a man who worked there, 60-year-old Michael Funk.

Our attorneys at Kohler Hart Powell, SC in Milwaukee represent clients facing a number of criminal offenses, from white-collar crimes to charges of arson, sexual assault, and drug conspiracies. We work to ensure that our clients are treated fairly and that their rights are protected throughout the legal process. To learn more, call us today at (414) 271-9595.

St. Croix murder trial begins with defendant claiming self-defense

The trial for a Minnesota man charged with the stabbing of a Wisconsin fisherman began on Monday, December 7, in Wisconsin. The trial centers around 20-year-old Levi Acre-Kendall, who stabbed 34-year-old Peter Kelly on the St. Croix River last spring after an altercation between the two and their friends.

A man who was fishing with Kelly at the time of the incident, Ross Lechman, claimed the fight started after Acre-Kendall and his friends were making loud, crude remarks and smoking marijuana while fishing. Kelly and Lechman, two fathers who frequently fished the river together, drove across the body of water to confront the group. The argument quickly escalated from there.

It is currently unclear which party was more aggressive during the argument. Lechman, who took the stand on the first day of the trial, said that he soon realized Lechman had been stabbed during the scuffle and ran over to help him. Shortly after, Lechman died of stab wounds inflicted by Acre-Kendall, who drove away after inflicting the fatal injuries.

While Acre-Kendall and his attorneys have admitted that the defendant did stab Kelly, they claim it was in self-defense. The jury must determine whether or not they believe the defendant was acting out of self-preservation or if he was the aggressor. Acre-Kendall faces one count of first-degree reckless homicide and one count of second-degree intentional homicide. The trial is expected to last two weeks.

Ex-Subway spokesman sentenced in child porn, sex crimes trial

Thirty-eight-year-old Jared Fogle, known for his time as a Subway spokesman, was sentenced on Thursday, November 19 to more than 15 years in jail after pleading guilty to federal charges of child pornography and sexual conduct involving minors.

According to a report from The Indianapolis Star, United States District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt asked Fogle to respond to the allegations against him, at which point Fogle replied, “Guilty,” After his answer, he was sentenced by Pratt to 15 years and eight months of imprisonment, according to the Associated Press, with Pratt noting that “the level of perversion and lawlessness exhibited by Mr. Fogle is extreme.”

Fogle’s legal counsel had previously declared in August 2015 that his client would plead guilty to the charges, which were made against Fogle after a police raid at his Indiana home.

Authorities said that aside from using the Internet to solicit sexual activities and traveling to different states to engage in sexual activities with minors, Fogle was also given images and videos of nude children by the former executive of his charity foundation, Russell Taylor, who is set to plead guilty to charges of child exploitation and child pornography.

Wisconsin Governor signs controversial gun crime bill

On Wednesday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a number of bills that expand gun laws in the state and establish a mandatory minimum for gun crimes. One of the bills allows military personnel from other states who are in Wisconsin for over a year to apply for a concealed weapons permit. Former police officers from other states are also able to apply for a permit in Wisconsin, rather than having to go back to the state which houses their former department.

While these two bills passed with large support, a third bill that establishes a three-year minimum sentence for felons found with illegal firearms had a harder time becoming legislation and was heavily argued on the Senate floor. Wisconsin had no minimum for gun crimes prior to this and received backlash up until the bill was signed.

Opponents argued that this mandatory minimum was the wrong approach to gun crimes and that more social programs should be implemented instead. The bill is seen as another step in Wisconsin’s harsh regulations toward gun crimes.

At Kohler Hart Powell, SC, our Milwaukee legal team has experience with defending individuals who have been charged with firearm offenses, and we are ready to aggressively defend your case. Call our offices today at (414) 271-9595 to learn more.

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