Lantern Lit on 2/22/17-2/28/17 for Karie and Dean Lantz, 44 and 49, of Eau Claire; Charlene Wold and Logan Reese, 49 and 28, of Hudson; and Anthony Upchurch, 53, 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.
News Story: "Nine days before her death, Karie J. Lantz sought to end her 21-year marriage to Dean J. Lantz, saying it was irrevocably broken, according to court records.Karie Lantz, 44, of 937 W. Hamilton Ave., also was seeking a restraining order against her husband, 49, who lived at 2041 Crescent Ave., court records indicated.The bodies of the couple were discovered by a family member Monday inside the home they once shared at 2041 Crescent Ave., on the city’s southwest side, Eau Claire police Chief Gerald Staniszewski said Tuesday. The family member called 911 at 3:12 p.m. Monday to report the deaths, Staniszewski said. The caller believed both Karie and Dean Lantz died of gunshot wounds. Eau Claire police officers immediately responded to the location, secured the scene and entered the home, Staniszewski said. Inside, they found Dean and Karie Lantz with 'significant physical injuries.' Both were pronounced dead at the scene. 'On behalf of the Eau Claire Police Department, I want to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the Lantz family,' the chief said. During the department’s investigation, police learned a family member had unsuccessfully attempted to contact Karie Lantz and went to the home at 2041 Crescent Ave. to speak with her, Staniszewski said. This family member entered the home and found Karie and Dean Lantz dead, and a firearm was located at the scene. Autopsies will be conducted today on both bodies at UW Hospital in Madison to determine the cause and manner of deaths. That said, 'homicide is a component of these deaths,' said Matt Rokus, deputy police chief of the department’s investigations and professional standards division. Police declined to comment on whether the deaths were a murder-suicide"...Read more
Obituary: "Charlene Adele Wold, age 49, of Hudson, WI, passed away tragically on February 19, 2017. Charlene was born on June 21, 1967 in Baldwin, WI, the youngest child of John and Molly (Agner) Bourn. She grew up in Woodville, WI, along with her seven brothers and sisters, and graduated from Baldwin-Woodville High School, the class of 1985. Earlier in life, she worked as a waitress for the Hudson’s Dog Track. It was while working at Petco that she discovered her love for animals, inspiring her to open her own pet grooming business, Spots Professional Grooming, first in Hudson, WI and later in Lakeland, MN. Charlene also worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for St. Croix County Emergency Medical Services. During this time, she also worked at Shorty’s Dry Cleaner in Hudson.Aside from being a dedicated and hardworking business owner, Charlene was an avid painter and reader. She loved being outdoors, whether that was tending to her garden, sitting around a bonfire on warm summer nights, running, or being on the back of a motorcycle with Darrell. She was the definition of a people person; someone who was warm, caring, and loving. Though she was an opinionated woman with an “open book” personality, you could always trust Charlene’s genuine honesty and sincerity. Her family was her greatest passion and joy, and those qualities made her an exceptional wife, mother, grandmother, and friend"...Read more
News Story: "ST. CROIX COUNTY, WI — St. Croix County sheriff's deputies have named two additional victims after a tragic murder-suicide case that unfolded over the weekend. A nightmare scenario unfolded across the Wisconsin-Minnesota border early Sunday after a 28-year-old man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he reportedly stabbed his mother to death, and engaged in a police pursuit that stretched 50 miles in which he fired at officers before his fatal act.
The Mother, Charlene Wold, was pronounced dead at the scene. Logan Reese, who was determined to be a suspect, reportedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a police chase that spanned the Wisconsin-Minnesota border.
Authorities have identified additional victims in this case. Darrell Wold, 49, Hudson, and husband of Charlene Wold, was also stabbed and sustained non-life-threatening injuries. A 17-year-old family member also sustained a head injury during the incident. Police are withholding the 17-year-old's name as a juvenile"...Read more
We are not aware of an obituary at this time, but if we become made aware of one, we will post it here.
News Story: "Based on what they found, prosecutors charged Upchurch's girlfriend of two years, Angela Crawford, with second-degree reckless homicide on Thursday. A criminal complaint outlines how investigators developed her as a suspect: As Upchurch, 53, lay in an ambulance telling an officer a man had stabbed him, detectives searched Crawford's house in the 5700 block of N. 95th St...Crawford and her two children were home at the time of the stabbing on Jan. 27. Detectives asked her what happened. She said she was in her bedroom when Upchurch came to the doorway holding a towel to his face and telling her to call 911. Meanwhile, at the hospital, Upchurch was rushed to surgery and suffered a stroke, which paralyzed his left side. On Feb. 4, detectives spoke to a friend of Upchurch's who said Upchurch had described a 'volatile relationship' with Crawford. The friend said he had urged Upchurch to go to his house instead of Crawford's the day of the stabbing"...Read more