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News from around Wisconsin (11:13 p.m. 11/10/09)

Reps. seek review of Walker event at university

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two Democratic lawmakers asked regulators Tuesday to review whether Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker’s campaign violated a law that bans fundraising in state buildings.

Reps. Marlin Schneider of Wisconsin Rapids and Amy Sue Vruwink of Milladore asked the Government Accountability Board for the investigation.

The lawmakers pointed to a Nov. 2 event by Walker supporters at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student center that was described in a local news report as “a fundraising rally.”

Walker’s campaign said last week that student groups on college campuses were “holding coordinated efforts to drive support and donations to the campaign” one year before the election.

Schneider and Vruwink noted that Wisconsin law bans the use of state-owned buildings for requesting and collecting political donations.

“These statutes exist to form a firewall between the university and political fundraising at state-owned campuses,” said Schneider, the longest-serving member of the Assembly. “This is serious.”

Walker campaign spokeswoman Jill Bader said Students for Walker received permission from the school to host the event, which she described as a “recruitment drive.” She said no money was raised at the event.

Milwaukee robbers see Army ID, return wallet

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee Army reservist’s military identification gained him some street cred Tuesday, when he says four men who mugged him at gunpoint returned his belongings, and thanked him for his service, after finding the ID.

The 21-year-old University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student said he was walking home from work about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday when the men came out from between two houses. He thought about running to the other side of the street but decided against it.

The victim, who asked not to be identified because the robbers still have his keys, said one of the men pulled him into an alley. They had him lay face down and one put a gun to his neck. They took his wallet, $16, keys, his cell phone and even a PowerBar wrapper from his pants pockets, he said.

But when one of the robbers, whom the reservist presumed was the leader, saw his Army ID in the wallet, the hostile tone quickly changed. The robber told the others to return the items and they put most of it on the ground next to him, including the wrapper, the reservist said.

“The guy continued to say throughout the situation that he respects what I do and at one point he actually thanked me and he actually apologized,” he said.

The reservist said he asked the robbers, who all had hoods or hats covering their faces, if he could get up and they said he could before starting to walk away.

“The leader of the group actually walked back, gave me a quick fist pump, which was very strange,” he said.

Man indicted in slaying of ex-Wisconsin resident

PHOENIX (AP) — A man has been indicted on first-degree murder and other charges in last month’s slaying of a former Wisconsin resident whose body was found in a trash container outside a Glendale apartment complex.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 24-year-old Miguel Angel Sanchez also is facing charges of kidnapping, armed robbery, burglary, arson and credit card theft.

The body of 25-year-old Paul Kapitz was found Oct. 27. The county Medical Examiner’s Office identified the body through dental records provided by Kapitz’s family in Wisconsin.

The Sheboygan native had moved to the Phoenix area to pursue a career as an auto mechanic.

Police say Kapitz had been working at a Phoenix Nissan dealership and Sanchez was a co-worker.

Sanchez was arrested in the case Nov. 2 and indicted Monday by a county grand jury.

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