Monthly Archives: October 2018

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council celebrates 40 years

The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council celebrated its 40th anniversary Tuesday at the State Capitol in Madison. Formed in 1978 under the direction of former Milwaukee Sentinel Editor Bob Wills, the FOIC aimed to provide a forum for news people to share information about their access challenges, advocate for openness and, occasionally, finance open government lawsuits….

Mequon officials charged with open meetings violation reach plea agreement, resign

MEQUON – Two members of the Mequon Police and Fire Commission who were charged earlier this month with an open meetings violation have reached a plea agreement with the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office and have resigned from the commission. During an illegal meeting at a Port Washington restaurant, Thomas Luzinski, chairman of the commission, and Charles Neman…

DNA backlog grows to nearly 800 cases in state crime labs

MADISON – According to figures released about four weeks after USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin requested them under open records laws, a backlog of months-old DNA evidence has grown to nearly 800 cases. Attorney General Brad Schimel, who oversees the state crime labs, released new figures Friday. Schimel, a Republican, is campaigning for re-election and has faced criticism from…

Northwoods River News proposes records lawsuit settlement

RHINELANDER – The Northwoods River News has proposed a settlement with the city of Rhinelander in a recent open records case. In exchange for the city’s payment of $8,000 to cover the newspaper’s legal fees, the River News has agreed to drop the lawsuit it filed against the city in August 2017. The lawsuit was…

Records reveal past conduct issues for former Summit police officer

SUMMIT – A former Summit police officer who resigned in August following an internal investigation violated the department’s code of conduct more than four years ago, according to documents obtained by Lake Country Now through an open records request. During a 2014 investigation, Todd Borchardt violated policy after threatening to arrest a group home supervisor who…

Former Milwaukee photographer Sherman Gessert Jr. dies at 83

Sherman A. Gessert Jr., a longtime photographer for both the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel, died Oct. 22, at the age of 83. Gessert joined the Sentinel staff in 1956, after graduating from Milwaukee’s Layton School of Art. He started taking photos for both the Journal and the Sentinel after the Journal Co. purchased the…