Murder cases linked? ELKHORN (AP) - Similarities in the cases of two women whose severed hands were discovered within 10 miles of each other has led investigators from five counties to compare case files, officials say.
Walworth County Sheriff's Lt. William Holder said Tuesday the cases were similar enough to warrant the session in which investigators from the Walworth, Sheboygan, Dane and Waukesha Sheriff's Departments met with a Milwaukee police detective.
But officials said the meeting in Waukesha last Thursday failed to provide any breaks in the cases.
The investigators were comparing the death of Rhys Marie Pocan, 36, of Milwaukee, and an unidentified young woman found Feb. 23 in Dane County.
Pocan's headless, handless body was found Sept. 2, 1989, in a grassy field in the Sheboygan County Town of Lyndon.
Judge: Suspect not competent MAUSTON (AP) - A rural New Lisbon man accused of first-degree intentional homicide is not competent to stand trial, Juneau County Circuit Judge Wallace Brady has ruled.
Brady acted Tuesday in the case of Albert F. Drauschke, 31, who is accused in the Sept. 15 shotgun death of his 80-year-old father, Alfred Drauschke, at their mobile home in the town of Necedah.
The judge acted after following testimony by Dr. Michael Bernstein, a psychiatrist at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison where Drauschke has been held.
Bernstein testified he did not feel Drauschke was competent to understand court procedures or to help in his defense. District Attorney Dennis Schuh said the criminal case would be suspended while Brady orders proceedings for protective placement of Drauschke under state law.
Diseased dogs killed MADISON (AP) - Viruses have forced the Dane County Humane Society to kill 50 dogs and temporarily stop accepting new ones, the organization said Tuesday.
"It's very quiet around here. Most of our dogs are gone," said Jane Hanson, interim director of the society.
Hanson said the 50 dogs killed were diagnosed by University of Wisconsin-Madison veterinarians as parvovirus and coronavirus.
Hanson said the viruses apparently arrived last week with a litter of five pointer-mix puppies from a farm in western Dane County and spread to 15 other dogs within four days.