Lantern Lit on 1/9/17-1/16/17 for Nicole Weinkauf, 40, and Caleb Klein, 35, of West Allis; Edward Kohls, 50, of Fall Creek; and Stephanie Jones, 18, of Milwaukee
Lantern Project: Since October 2013, Hope House has joined with other domestic violence programs around the state by implementing the Lantern Project. For our part in this statewide project, we added to the lamppost in front of Hope House a purple wreath. We will turn on the light for a week every time there is a death related to domestic violence in Wisconsin. We will post information online about the person(s) that was killed. If you drive by our building and see our lamppost on, please reflect on the deadly impact that domestic violence has on our communities. We know the list of stories we post here is incomplete. We strive to learn about and share these stories but know that there are some that we and the media miss. If you see a news story of a death in WI related to domestic violence and don't see it posted here, please feel free to let us know about it here. Thank you.
We are unaware of an obituary at this time. We will post it here if we become aware of one.
News Story: "WEST ALLIS, Wis. — Two people found dead last Friday inside a West Allis home were victims of a murder-suicide, police said Tuesday.
A news release from Deputy Chief Christopher Botsch identified the victims as Nicole Weinkauf, 40, and Caleb Klein, 35.
Botsch said it appears Klein shot and killed Weinkauf inside the home near 94th Street and Schlinger Avenue and then turned the gun on himself"...Read more
Obituary: "Edward A. Kohls, 50, of Fall Creek, beloved father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend, passed away at Mayo Clinic Health System - Eau Claire surrounded by his loving family. Edward Alan Kohls was born February 5, 1966 in Ladysmith, Wis. to Marvin Kohls and Wanda (Amundson) Kohls. He grew up in the Chippewa Falls area and attended Chippewa Falls High School. In 1996, he graduated from Chippewa Valley Technical College in the field of machine tools technology. He was currently employed at Curt Manufacturing as an OBS operator.
In 1990 he married Tammi Augustine and together they had a son, Cody, born in 1991. They later divorced but remained good friends throughout the years. In 2011 Ed became a proud grandfather to Kennedy.
Ed was a loving father, grandfather, brother, and great friend to many. He was always willing to help out his family, friends and neighbors without hesitation. He was a proud, hardworking, and humble man who loved God and his country. He always stood up for what he believed in.
He enjoyed going to the gym with his son, having a few beers with friends, bowling, grilling out, and spending time with his granddaughter, Kennedy. He loved the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, Ford mustangs, and NASCAR. He planned on buying a motorcycle, a Triumph Rocket, in the spring and enjoying life.
Ed will be remembered for his humbleness, kindness, perseverance, and his selflessness to help others. In tradition of his willingness to always help others, Ed has given the gift of life through organ donation. He will never be forgotten, but will live on through others"...Read more
News Story: "Eau Claire County (WQOW) - An area man charged with choking his father ending in his death was charged on Thursday with reckless homicide.
Cody Kohls is accused of putting Edward Kohls in a chokehold during a December 27 argument at the mobile home they shared in rural Fall Creek.
Cody Kohls told investigators his father was angry because Cody called in sick to work, and tried to punch him numerous times, then charged at him twice once while he was trying to leave the home. Cody said he then put his father in a chokehold for 15 to 20 seconds to keep from being punched.
Cody said when he noticed his father had become unresponsive, he started CPR and called a friend then 9-1-1 while continuing CPR. Edward Kohls died two days later after life support was removed"...Read more
We are not aware of an obituary at this time. We will post one here if we become aware of one.
News Story: "MILWAUKEE -- A young mother is the second homicide victim of 2017 in Milwaukee. Police said they know who the shooter is -- and relatives of the victim said they do too.
The family of 18-year-old Stephanie Jones said the suspect is her ex-boyfriend, 18-year-old Hakeem Tucker, and the father of her child.
Relatives said Jones' father, a 54-year-old, was also wounded in the shooting.
Police now need your help locating Tucker"...Read more
Welcome to the January 2017 edition of Hope House's Community Education E-bulletin!
New "Parenting through Trauma" Support Group
We are excited to announce a parenting support group for parents of kids who have experienced trauma. This support group will begin on January 17th and run every Tuesday at 1:30pm at Hope House, 720 Ash St in Baraboo. It will be facilitated by our Family Advocate, Jennifer Macdonald, who has worked in our community for many years supporting families as both a teacher and an employee of Lutheran Social Services (before coming to Hope House). The group will focus on
Change in Dates for Support Group in Mauston
Hope House's support group in Mauston is changing dates. Starting this January, it will be held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. Group sessions will still run from 6-7 PM at the Mile Bluff Medical Center, 2nd floor conference room, in Mauston. Questions? Please call Hope House at 608-356-7500 or 1-800-584-6790.
Next RPE Empower Baraboo Advisory Committee Meeting
The next Empower Baraboo Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 17th from 6:15-7:15pm in the Baraboo High School library. We welcome all Baraboo area community members who are interested in helping to create a high school environment that is respectful, inclusive, and free of sexual harassment and assault. Meetings are spent planning events that will engage students and staff throughout the high school community. Future meetings will also be held on the third Tuesday of each month at the same time and location: February 21st, March 21st, April 18th, May 16th. Questions can be directed to Prevention Project Coordinator Nola Pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-356-9123.
Hope House Donation Needs
Monetary donations are most needed. Individuals have the option of donating online. Please note that a portion of your online donation will go towards PayPal fees. Donations can be mailed to Hope House, P.O. Box 557, Baraboo, WI 53913. We also appreciate gas cards, gift cards (Walmart, Kwik Trip, Walgreens, Kohl’s), taxi vouchers from Baraboo Taxi, and used cell phones, iPods and iPads. Please note that we are not accepting stuffed animals/plush toys, used toys, clothes (except for new sweatshirts and sweatpants), shoes, used books, furniture, TVs, bar soap, hats, scarves or travel-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, or body wash. Current needs include the following; our most needed items are bolded:
Campus Sexual Assault
Children and Youth
Parents' and Youth Service Providers' Section