WESTON - A 20-year-old Weston woman was shot and killed Saturday night in her apartment.
Police found Lee Xiong dead inside her home located on the 5100 block of Aspen Street in Weston just after 8 p.m. Saturday.
Neighbors said it was a frightening scene.
Aspen Apartments resident Hua Yang said,"There were like 5 police cars. I was scared when I got home. I was thinking what is happening? Why had this happened and what could happen next."
Both Marathon and Clark County authorities were called for back-up.
Police said they arrested a 21-year-old man in Clark County shortly after police found Xiong’s body.
The suspect is from St. Paul Minnesota and is accused of first degree intentional homicide.
Everest Metropolitan Police Chief Wally Sparks, said "Things like this happen all the time. It’s not very common in Weston. But we have had a number of homicides in the past."
There is no indication that the man broke into Xiong’s apartment.
Wally said the suspect and victim knew each other.
He also said there was one other person in the apartment at the time of the shooting.
The suspect is currently being held in the Marathon County Jail.
Police said he was driving a Ford Truck that was reported stolen from a Wausau car dealership in September.
Two guns were also found in the car and may be linked to other crimes in the area.
"We haven't sorted out all of the other charges. Some of those will obviously come from other jurisdictions because he was apprehended outside of our jurisdiction. We're specifically focusing right now our immediate attention onto the homicide investigation. The other charges and corresponding things will obviously come into play down the road," Wally said.
Because the man may be linked to other crimes, his name has not yet been released.
Police do not believe anyone else was involved in the shooting.
The Everest Metro Police Department will hold a press conference Monday at 10 a.m.
The suspect is expected to appear in court Monday afternoon.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
Wisconsin court to decide on testing drunk drivers
MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to decide whether police can legally draw suspected drunken drivers' blood without a warrant or driver consent.
The court said it would hear three drunken driving cases, two of which involved a homicide. That announcement came nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a Missouri case that could call into question Wisconsin's law.
Wisconsin since 1993 has granted police authority to draw drunken driving suspects' blood without a warrant or consent.
About 5,000 people refused to comply with police tests in 2011 and 2012.
The eventual rulings in the three cases are expected to clarify how law enforcement can gather evidence in some Wisconsin drunken driving cases.
MADISON - A federal appeals court has upheld Republican Gov. Scott Walker's public union restrictions.
The restrictions stripped most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. Two unions representing city of Madison and Dane County public workers filed a lawsuit in 2011 alleging the law violated their right to freely assembly and equal protection.
U.S. District Judge William Conley found the restrictions constitutional in September. A three-judge appeals panel affirmed Conley's ruling Friday, saying the U.S. Constitution doesn't require the state to maintain policies that allow certain associations to thrive.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen calls the ruling ``a victory for the law and for Wisconsin taxpayers.''
An attorney for the unions tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he needs to talk to his clients before deciding whether to appeal.
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