Bad enough that Sheriff Kalvin Barrett consorted with a wanted felon who, inconveniently, is pictured wearing the sheriff’s campaign T-shirt. But also pictured with pedophile John F. Brown, age 56, is Dane County Supervisor Anthony Gray. Last year, Gray offered a resolution to strip law enforcement officials of qualified immunity. Brown also got up and close and personal with Gov. Tony Evers, patron of Kenosha criminal Jacob Blake, whose lawful arrest set off the Kenosha riots! (See for yourself.) The WI State Journal also links Brown to State Rep. Shelia Stubbs, D-Madison.
John F. Brown had been wanted since 03-14-22. Three days before the sheriff’s close encounter with the fugitive on 06-09-22, the U.S. Marshall’s service blanketed police agencies that they wanted this guy. The Dane County sheriff, apparently, was blissfully unaware of the active arrest warrant.
According to Barrett’s challenger, Anthony Hamilton (himself a sheriff’s detective) Brown was 41 years old when he sexually assaulted a juvenile between the ages of 12 and 15. Brown is also suspected of inciting rioters two years ago as Dane County law enforcement was told to stand down, Hamilton says. Brown was wanted for:
- Resisting/obstructing an officer; two charges.
- Misdemeanor and felony bail jumping
- Disorderly conduct
- Felony sex offender registry violation; two charges
Hamilton concedes that one cannot vet everyone who attends a campaign event. But why, the challenger asks, did the sheriff call the Department of Corrections to ask whether Brown would be charged? (The full story here.)
Blaska’s Not-quite Bottom Line: And Democrats are trying to shake their Soft On Crime profile!
Scene in Madison WI
A tree grows in Madison
Construction on the notorious ‘Hairball’ intersection required a bend in the curb on Blair Street to accommodate the tree in front of the old railroad depot, now part of MGE.
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The canary is coughing: How does Trump-backed Sarah Palin lose to a Democrat for the lone House seat in ruby-red Alaska?
Did you notice? The City of Madison and Dane County have an extra $9 million for a homeless shelter but not $10 million for a jail?
Would someone please put that unnecessary, unwanted, Madison Public Market out of its misery? Another “funding gap.” This time, $5.2 million. New price tag: $20.2 million. (Read & weep.)
Memo to Tim Michels: For your next campaign ad, promise if voters elect you governor and you will load that 42-ton Chamberlin rock on one of your flatbed trucks and return it to the UW-Madison campus. Plus, you’ll restore Fredric March’s name so big it will dwarf that iconic “Hollywood” sign.
Blaska’s Bottom Bottom Line: Now John F. Brown is a “resident” of Kalvin Barrett’s jail.