A Fond du lac man involved in a shootout with police a little more than a year ago has been convicted. At a hearing Wednesday afternoon in Fond du lac County Circuit Court Shannon Rogler entered no contest pleas to multiple counts including recklessly endangering safety with a dangerous weapon. Rogler was initially charged with attempted homicide. That charge was dismissed and read into the record. District attorney Eric Toney says all of the counts carry a maximum prison sentence of nearly 60 years in prison. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and bail was revoked. Police say Rogler set fire to a vacant house on North Hickory Street and then was involved in a standoff with Fond du Lac police at his apartment in the Elms Mobile Home park on South Main Street on December 9th 2013. He surrendered to police after about five hours. Nobody was injured. Rogler fired multiple shots at officers on the scene, but according to the criminal complaint Rogler said he was not trying to kill the officers.
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Governor Scott Walker said the way he handled the Madison union protesters in 2011 helped prepare him for dealing with world terrorists. Walker, a potential G-O-P presidential hopeful, made the remark yesterday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington. Democrats and union leaders condemned the remark, but the Walker camp said there was no way he was comparing any American citizen to the Islamic State. During a question-and-answer session, Walker said, "I want a commander-in-chief who will do everything in their power to ensure that threats from radical Islamic terrorists do not wash up on American soil. We need a leader with that kind of confidence." Walker continued, "If I can take on 100-thousand protesters, I can do the same across the world." New York union representative Jim Tucciarelli said it's not terrorism for Wisconsin citizens to speak up for what they believe in. Betsy Kippers of the state's largest teachers' union said it was "disgusting" that Walker would compare educators -- whom she called "everyday heroes" -- to international terrorists. A spokesman for the Democratic National Committee said that if Walker finds it appropriate to compare working people to brutal terrorists, he's less qualified to be president than he thought. Walker said he only mentioned the protests to show he could handle a difficult situation. Walker campaign spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski later said her boss was really saying that when he's faced with adversity, "he chooses strength and leadership." Walker has been at-or-near the top of early state and national polls among possible G-O-P White House candidates. A number of those hopefuls will speak at the conservative conference this weekend.
A southwest Wisconsin man has been sentenced to almost 20 years in federal prison, for taking a 14-year-old Iowa girl across state lines for sex. A judge in Cedar Rapids ordered 30-year-old Christopher Heath-Lowther of Platteville this week to register as a sex offender, and spend 10 years under a supervised release after his prison time. According to F-B-I testimony, the girl told authorities that she had sex with Heath-Lowther on four separate occasions in Wisconsin and her home town of Maquoketa (muh-coke'-eh-tuh) Iowa in late 2013 and early last year. Agent Thomas Reinwart testified at a previous hearing that the girl became pregnant by the defendant, and she gave birth.
A man in his 60's died in a house fire in suburban Milwaukee. The blaze broke out around 2:30 yesterday afternoon in Cudahy. Early reports indicated that the cause was accidental, but arson investigators are still looking into it. Fire-fighters from Milwaukee and nine other communities were called, to provide extra support in the cold weather. They had the blaze out within 20 minutes. W-I-T-I T-V said two brothers lived in the house. One was outside shoveling snow when the fire started, and the other was found dead in a front room