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As Putin Takes Ukraine, The Obamas Make Plans For 21st Luxury Vacation.


Speaking in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2008,  then would-be First Lady Michelle Obama said, “for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.”

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Then in Madison, she said, “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country, and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.” (source – ABC News)

You can bet she is darn proud of her country now, the Obama’s treat America as their own personal ATM. Nothing is too good, too expensive or too out of reach for the Community Organizers from Chicago. As Russia steamrolls into Ukraine and seizes Crimea, whats the most pressing item on the Obama agenda? Why, planning for their next vacation of course.

MV Times: Like the annual return of pinkletinks and crocuses, inns and hotels around the Island are getting familiar calls this week from White House officials planning a vacation on Martha’s Vineyard for President Obama and his family.

Three reliable sources, who asked not to be named because they are not authorized to release information, told The Times that Mr. Obama will return to the Island in August. Two sources said the vacation is scheduled on or about August 9, a week earlier than the first family visited in previous years.

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The president brings a large entourage of Secret Service agents, White House staffers, and support personnel, and the White House began arranging for lodging this week, according to the sources.

Mr. Obama and his family have vacationed on the Island every year since his 2008 election, with the exception of 2012, when he was campaigning for re-election.

In 2009, 2010, and 2011, the First Family rented Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark, a 28.5-acre compound on Tisbury Great Pond. The house was sold in December 2011 to architect Lord Norman Foster and his wife, Lady Elena Foster, of Thames Bank in Great Britain under the name of a holding corporation.

Last year, the first family stayed in Chilmark, renting a 5,000-square-foot, four-bedroom house valued at $7.6 million just a short distance off South Road. Owned by David M. Schulte, the home has an attached, two-bedroom guesthouse, small basketball court, and water views. It is surrounded by woods. source – Martha’s Vineyard Times.

by NTEB News Desk

IG Probes ATF Use of Mentally Disabled in Sting Operations.


The Justice Department Inspector General has kicked off an investigation into questionable tactics used by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) agents that included recruiting mentally disabled individuals to unwittingly participate in sting operations.

Operation Fearless first came to light earlier this year after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel uncovered details of a local ATF operation run amok.

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The paper found that federal agents in Milwaukee hired a man with brain damage to help draw criminals to a shop as part of a sting. After the operation concluded, agents arrested the man for crimes they said he committed during the sting.

ATF said the tactics were confined to the Milwaukee operation, but the newspaper discovered that agents used similar tactics in other cities.

“We’ve been calling for the IG to add this to his current review,” Justice Department spokeswoman Ellen Canale told Newsmax.

“ATF has taken appropriate steps in light of past revelations about its storefront operations,” she said in a follow-up email. “A review is already underway to assess these reforms, and that review can and should include a look into these most recent allegations.”

For six months, the ATF used Chauncey Wright — a 28-year-old Milwaukee man with an IQ of 54 — to stage drug deals and criminal transactions at a set-up store where undercover agents could swoop in and make arrests.

Wright was reportedly paid in cigarettes and told to ride his bicycle around the area, handing out fliers about the new store.

Wright was completely unaware that the store was a fake and that it was part of the ATF’s undercover operation. Wright reportedly helped agents stock shelves with illegal merchandise, including drug paraphernalia, aimed at drawing in the criminal element to facilitate making arrests.

When ATF finally shut down the shop, they charged Wright with federal counts related to drugs and illegal guns.

That outcome angered former Milwaukee police officer Greg Thiele, who said a “ludicrous” injustice was done to the mentally challenged man, the Journal Sentinel reported.

A spokesman for the Milwaukee Police Department refused to comment in a telephone call, only confirming that the department had “resources assigned to the ATF” to help with the city’s storefront operations.

ATF agents working undercover in the Milwaukee store also reportedly allowed the operation to be compromised by a burglary, let an armed felon leave the store without apprehension, lost government weapons — including a machine gun — to theft, and damaged a rented building they used during the investigation and refused to pay for it.

At the rental property, ATF agents left behind a stack of sensitive documents that shed light on the law enforcement operation, the Journal Sentinel’s investigation showed.

The agents also set up sting operations near churches and schools, aimed at catching criminal activities in areas that carry stiffer fines and penalties. And they specifically tried to attract youthful offenders, enticing them to commit crimes by offering alcohol and video games.

At the end of the operation, the ATF could not report any substantial arrests or convictions.

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On the heels of the firestorm generated by the newspaper report, ATF officials testified before Congress and assured members that the botched operation that included Wright was an isolated episode resulting from lax office supervision.

But the newspaper recently found during a further review of court documents and police reports that similar ATF undercover operations have occurred in several other cities across the nation.

The newspaper’s investigation also found that ATF agents in other cities, including Atlanta, Wichita, and Albuquerque, copied the Milwaukee method of recruiting the mentally disabled to do dirty legwork.

For those looking for easy money, the federal operations have proven lucrative. Fox News reported that ATF agents hoping to get guns off the street with buyback programs have offered such insanely high prices that many people have simply bought weapons at shops, then turned around and sold them to the ATF — making a quick profit at taxpayer expense.

In November, Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote to Republican Rep. James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin and Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia, both members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, vowing a thorough review.

“Our review will evaluate the progress and effectiveness of the measures that the department has implemented since the time of the Fast and Furious report. We will consider activities and operations by ATF that were initiated subsequent to the new measures being implemented, including Operation Fearless in Milwaukee,” Horowitz wrote.

At least one Wisconsin politician, Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, is getting impatient with the investigation and wants quick answers.

In a letter to Horowitz dated Dec. 12, Baldwin detailed how she had earlier asked then-acting ATF Director B. Todd Jones for a further explanation about the agency’s undercover “tactics, methods and operations.”

Now she wants a more thorough investigation, given the new information that’s come to light indicating that the ATF’s abuses have spread to more cities.

“ATF allegedly recruited and used individuals with developmental disabilities in their drug-and-gun operation in Milwaukee and at least four other cities,” Baldwin wrote.

“These reports also allege ATF agents intentionally targeted individuals with development disabilities to carry out illegal activities associated with the storefront stings. The methods and tactics used to get illegal firearms off the street raise a number of questions that need to be answered.”

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By Cheryl K. Chumley

Threatened Pastor Wins Right to Hand Out Bibles During Harley-Davidson Festival.


 

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Motorcycles are lined up at the House of Harley-Davidson. (Facebook)

The city of Greenfield, Wis., agreed Friday to allow a pastor to continue distributing Bibles on public streets at a Harley-Davidson festival after receiving aletter from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Police had threatened the pastor with arrest for peacefully handing out the Bibles to willing passersby at the festival.

“No one should be threatened with arrest simply because they choose to exercise their First Amendment freedoms in a public place,” says ADF legal counsel Jon Scruggs. “We commend the city for promptly agreeing to respect the constitutionally protected right of this pastor and all Americans to peacefully distribute faith-based literature.”

On Aug. 28, David Murray went to the House of Harley-Davidson on West Layton Avenue to express his religious faith and distribute Bibles during the Harley-Davidson festival, which is free and open to the public. Security officers and Greenfield police officers ordered Murray to stop expressing his beliefs and to move to the adjacent sidewalk behind the festival vendors, an area no one accesses.

Murray’s friend Dan Lawrence then tried to convince a police captain to allow him and Murray to distribute Bibles in the festival area. But the captain reiterated that neither man was allowed to distribute Bibles on the street inside the festival.

As the ADF letter explains, “Lawrence desires to convey his religious beliefs through activities protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. According to the Supreme Court, oral and written dissemination of religious viewpoints are entitled to the utmost constitutional protection.”

The letter also explains that “expression in a traditional public forum deserves the highest level of protection, and any infringement of speech activity there must overcome great scrutiny.”

Greenfield’s police chief wrote in an email to ADF on Friday that “personnel have been advised to allow your client’s activity within the public streets, sidewalks and right of way.”

“The government should not harass and threaten citizens for exercising their constitutionally protected freedoms in public,” adds senior counsel Kevin Theriot. “The city of Greenfield has rightly understood this, and we will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that this pastor’s freedom to share his faith is respected. The First Amendment specifically protects every American’s freedom of speech and religious expression.”

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

ABBY CARR

Abortion’s ‘Invisible Grief’ Surfaces With Nationwide Gravesite Ceremonies.


 

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Mourners gather at a memorial service for the unborn at the Los Angeles Grave of Unborn Babies. (abortionmemorials.com)

Most people will acknowledge that losing a child is a terrible thing. That’s why it is the focal point of the National Day of Remembrance set for Sept. 14.

This solemn event will memorialize tens of thousands of children buried at gravesites around the nation—a tiny fraction of the 55 million children killed by abortion since it was legalized in 1973. Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life and the Pro-Life Action League are coordinating this day to heighten awareness that every abortion results in the death of an innocent child, to create an appropriate outlet for both personal and national grief, and to pray for an end to abortion.

The grief caused by abortion is an “invisible” grief—what grief therapy expert Dr. Kenneth Doka defines as “disenfranchised loss,” one not recognized or socially sanctioned and therefore not triggering the type of social support people normally receive at a time of significant loss.

Post-abortion counselors attest that this grief is amplified by the message that abortion is a legally protected right to be celebrated by our society, leaving no room for mourning the loss of the aborted child. To admit that loss would require abortion advocates to acknowledge a real baby is involved.

The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children is set for Sept. 14 to mark the 25th anniversary of the burial of several hundred abortion victims in Milwaukee. Solemn prayer vigils will be conducted at the Milwaukee gravesite as well as 34 other burial sites and dozens of other memorial sites dedicated to the unborn victims of abortion. There are hundreds of such sites across the country.

“The graves of these victims are scattered across America—graves of sorrow and graves of indictment on a nation that permitted the killing of the innocent,” says Monica Miller, co-director of National Day of Remembrance and director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society.

The gravesites stretch across the country from Riverside, Calif., to Wilmington, Del.—including a grave in Los Angeles containing the remains of 16,000 aborted babies.

Eric Scheidler, co-director of National Day of Remembrance and executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, lives near the Chicago-area Queen of Heaven Cemetery, where 2,000 tiny abortion victims were buried in 1988 by Cardinal Joseph Bernadin, then prelate of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

“It’s sobering to realize that these grave markers for the unborn victims of abortion list only a date of burial,” Scheidler says. “They have no birthdays because they were never allowed to be born.”

In a time when thousands of abortions are legally performed each year on children of the same gestational age that neonatal surgeons work to save, National Day of Remembrance coordinators look to this project to emphasize the humanity of unborn children.

“Having a memorial service where these babies are buried reminds us that abortion is not merely about beliefs but about bloodshed; not just about viewpoints but victims,” notes Fr. Frank Pavone, co-director of National Day of Remembrance and national director of Priests for Life.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

MELANIE KORB

Milwaukee Archdiocese Shielded Pedophile Priests.


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Roman Catholic Church officials in Milwaukee vigorously shielded pedophile priests and protected church funds from lawsuits during a decades-long sex abuse scandal, according to hundreds of documents released on Monday.

The documents include letters and deposition testimony from Cardinal and Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan who, during his time as archbishop of Milwaukee from 2002 to 2009, appealed to Vatican on numerous occasions to help address the ongoing fallout from the scandal.

The 6,000 pages of documents related to eight decades of abuse cases showed in great detail the Milwaukee archdiocese regularly reassigned priests who were accused of sexual molestation to new parishes and Dolan himself asking the Vatican permission to transfer $57 million to a trust fund to protect it against court action.

In 2011, the Milwaukee archdiocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing the financial drain of settling sexual-abuse claims and acknowledging missteps by the church in dealing with pedophile priests.

The judge overseeing the archdiocese’s bankruptcy ordered the documents to be released.

The Roman Catholic Church has been hit with a series of abuse accusations and scandals during the past two decades, in the United States and elsewhere. The scandals have cost the U.S. church about $3 billion in settlements and driven prominent dioceses such as the one in Milwaukee, into bankruptcy.

One document is a letter that Dolan sent to the Vatican in June 2007 requesting permission to move $57 million into a cemetery trust fund in order to protect the funds from “any legal claim and liability.” The Vatican approved the transfer a month later, according to the documents.

During a news conference on Monday, Jeff Anderson, an attorney representing more than 500 abuse victims, said the money was to be used to “pay off some of the offenders to quietly go away.”

Dolan disagreed with the characterization of the fund in a statement released on Monday. He said it was a “perpetual care fund” from for cemeteries, not an attempt to shield money from bankruptcy.

Milwaukee is the eighth American diocese to declare bankruptcy, with the first three filed in 2004 in Portland, Oregon; Tucson, Arizona; and Spokane, Washington.

The documents also showed that when Dolan, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the nation’s most prominent Roman Catholic official, asked the Vatican to remove priests, it was slow to respond.

In September 2003, Dolan informed the Vatican of abuse by Reverend John O’Brien, who sent a resignation letter to Pope John Paul II a month before, according to the documents.

In November 2003, when he had received no response, records show that Dolan followed up with more two accounts of abuse on the part of O’Brien, according to a document.

It was not until April 2009, that O’Brien was removed from the priesthood.

Documents also show the Milwaukee archdiocese transferring pedophile priests instead of removing them from the church.

In one such case, Reverend Raymond Adamsky received counseling and was transferred to 11 parishes in 34 years before being sent to serve as nursing home chaplain with restrictions on contact with minors, after he was accused of molestation in 1961 and then again in 1983, the documents show.

The documents also detail the Milwaukee archdiocese, on a regular basis, requested priests accused of abuse be laicized, a process in which they are stripped of their powers and duties.

As part of their laicization, priests such as O’Brien were paid $10,000 to start the process and $10,000 during the process and, in some cases, $1,250 per month for health and dental insurance, according to the documents.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

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Pope Blesses Hundreds of Harley-Davidsons.


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Pope Francis greeted hundreds of Harley Davidson riders and blessed their motorcycles prior to the start of the June 16 Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
 

Biker culture came to the Vatican on Sunday as Pope Francis blessed thousands of Harley-Davidsons and their riders celebrating the manufacturer’s 110th anniversary with a loud parade and plenty of leather.

Thundering Harley engines nearly drowned out the Latin recitation of the “Our Father” prayer that accompanied Francis as he greeted the crowd before Mass. Standing in his open-top jeep, Francis drove up the main boulevard leading to St. Peter’s Square, blessing the thousands of people in what was a giant Harley parking lot.

Once the service got under way, bikers in their trademark leather Harley vests sat in the square alongside nuns and tens of thousands of faithful Catholics taking part in an unrelated, two-day pro-life rally.

Francis addressed them both afterwards, giving a blessing to the “numerous participants” of the Harley gathering.

Some estimates say a half-million Harley owners from around the world descended on Rome for the four-day anniversary of the American manufacturer. The main events were Saturday’s parade past the Colosseum and other historic landmarks and Sunday’s Vatican blessing.

Earlier in the week, Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Harley gave Francis two white classic Harleys for the Vatican police force to use.

There was something a bit incongruous about the Harley crowd — known for their “Freedom” motto, outlaw image and adventuresome spirit — taking part in a solemn papal Mass to commemorate a 1995 encyclical on the inviolability of human life.

Evangelium Vitae” is a roadmap of the church’s teaching against abortion, euthanasia and murder. Harley’s advertising for its 2013 bike collection reads “Live life on your own terms. More than 30 ways to defy the status quo.”

The Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi noted that there were probably quite a few Catholic riders in the crowd and that regardless, anyone is welcome to a papal Mass.

“I know great people who have big bikes,” Lombardi quipped.

In his comments to the pro-life crowd, Francis offered prayers “for every human life, especially the most fragile, defenseless and threatened.” But he stayed away from saying anything more polarizing about abortion or contraception.

He then spent a good half-hour after the Mass caressing, kissing and chatting with a few dozen sick or disabled people in the square, including one on a motorcycle wearing Harley garb.
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Report Puts Obamacare’s Cost at $30.8B, 114M Paperwork Hours.


Obamacare has so far cost $30.8 billion and 111.4 million hours to complete paperwork to individuals, healthcare institutions, and small businesses, according to a new report.

The American Action Forum, a Washington-based advocacy group that has long opposed the health law, said 55,742 employees — working 2,000 hours per year — would be needed to process all the red tape associated with Obamacare.

The report cites several examples of excessive costs from each category.

In most cases, neither the Department of Health and Human Services nor the Congressional Budget Office has provided cost estimates, the organization said.

In the healthcare market, for instance, the Obamacare rule on “preexisting condition exclusions” is costing institutions $4.9 million and 38,000 paperwork hours, the group said.

Regarding premiums, the organization surveyed healthcare costs in five cities — Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Phoenix, and Milwaukee.

“The results are sobering: young and healthier individuals, including small employers, can expect a 169 percent premium increase, averaged across the five cities,” the report concluded. “Consumers in Milwaukee could experience the greatest sticker shock, with a 190 percent increase in 2014.”

For individuals, the report noted that Obamacare requirements for mandated nutrition labeling could drive up food prices — ultimately costing more than $750 million and imposing 2.6 million paperwork hours, causing “some businesses to forgo certain consumer products.”

But the biggest impact continues to be on small business, those with up to 50 employees, the report said. Obamacare so far has imposed 11 new regulations on small business.

These range from patient-notification requirements for medical providers — at a cost of $2.5 million and 138,032 paperwork hours — to menu-labeling changes for restaurants — $757.1 million and 622,000 paperwork hours.

But Obamacare also imposes a 3 to 5 percent tax on small companies, based on size.

“They will undoubtedly affect health insurance coverage, consumer products, and the amount of time Americans spend completing federal paperwork,” the report concluded.

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By Todd Beamon

Jobs outlook modest ahead of “fiscal cliff”: Manpower.


NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. employers are expected to continue adding jobs in the first quarter of 2013, but uncertainty over the “fiscal cliff” has tempered the outlook, according to a quarterly hiring survey by ManpowerGroup.

The global staffing services company’s outlook for U.S. jobs has been positive for 15 straight quarters, even as it weakens in most other economies.

A majority of U.S. employers polled did not expect any changes to their payrolls in the first quarter of 2013, said Jonas Prising, president of ManpowerGroup. Seventeen percent of U.S. employers anticipate adding workers, compared with 8 percent who believe they will have lay-offs.

“If you think about the ‘fiscal cliff’ and you’re an employer, you’re only going to hire what you need to hire,” he said, referring to the $600 billion in spending cuts and tax hikes that will kick in starting in January unless Congress reaches a budget compromise.

The seasonally adjusted U.S. net employment outlook — which measures the difference betweenemployers who say they expect to add jobs and those planning to cut them — was plus-12 for the first quarter of 2013, up from plus-11 in the fourth quarter and plus-9 a year ago.

One unexpected bright spot was retail. Employers in the wholesale and retail sector anticipate adding jobs in the first quarter, a period when companies usually cut back following the holiday season.

“It’s a reflection that consumers are still feeling pretty good,” Prising said.

Manpower‘s U.S. survey, which is 50 years old this year, is based on interviews with 18,000 employers. It is considered a leading indicator of labor market trends, but does not directly correlate with the monthly jobs numbers reported by the government.

OVERSEAS OUTLOOK WEAKER OR STAGNANT

The United States is one of 11 major economies that Manpower projects to have a stronger hiring outlook for the first quarter of 2013. However, exactly half of the 42 countries surveyed are expected to have a tougher marketplace for job-seekers.

Hiring in China is expected to remain stagnant as the large emerging economy continues to show signs of slowing down.

“Whenever China slows down it is a concern because it is one of the countries that can really propel growth,” Prising said. “A China that slows down, even a little bit, has an immediate impact.”

Job prospects continue to be dire across most of Europe, with Greece, Italy and Spain expected to be the weakest markets.

However, despite the ongoing economic uncertainty in Europe, the United Kingdom reported its strongest outlook in four years and job prospects in Germany improved slightly.

“All of Southern Europe is looking very tough, but Northern Europe is still holding its own,” Prising said.

Manpower’s global survey is based on interviews with 65,000 hiring managers. The Milwaukee-based company does business in about 80 countries and territories but generates most of its revenues in Europe.

(Reporting By Adam Kerlin; Editing by Patricia Kranz and Dan Grebler)

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By Adam Kerlin | Reuters

Who Do You Worship?.


The other night I took my daughters to see Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. We made the mistake of arriving five minutes before the movie started, too late to snag anything but seats in the front two rows of the theater. But that was just the start of my punishment. Having misread the show times, I was stuck purchasing tickets to the 3D version. There would be no place to hide from Bieber’s famous mop of hair, swirling just millimeters away from my face.

Surrounded by an ocean of girls, I spotted only two males in attendance—a clueless dad and a hapless boy, no doubt dragged to the theater by enthusiastic family members. Speaking of enthusiasm, I was shocked by how loud a couple of hundred teenagers can scream. We faced the double assault of girls screaming on the big screen as well as in the theater itself. It was a deafening but hilarious experience to hear all these kids so worked up over a sixteen-year-old boy, all the more amusing because it so vividly recalled a Beatles movie I had seen in prehistoric times. I remember sitting in the back of the theater feeling annoyed by all the girls up front who were bouncing up and down, waving their hands in front of the screen and screaming at the top of their lungs. I liked the Beatles but couldn’t understand the frenzy of passion they were able to create in many of my friends’ hearts.

My brush with Bieber-mania reminds me that our sense of peace is directly influenced by what or whom we worship. I have yet to meet a single person who will admit to feeling more peaceful due to adulation of a superstar. But canvass a roomful of Christians and you will be hard put to find someone who hasn’t experienced God’s presence and peace in worship.

Today let us worship him.


 (Image courtesy of deadserpents at flickr.com)

By Ann Spangler

Wife told court Wis. spa shooter terrorized her.


  • This photo provided by the Brookfield Police Dept. shows Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, Wis. Deputies are searching for Haughton on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, who's suspected of wounding multiple people in a shooting at a spa near a suburban Milwaukee shopping mall. (AP Photo/Brookfield Police Dept)

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man terrorized his wife for years, threatening to throw acid on her face, dousing her car with tomato juice and slashing her vehicle’s tires before finally going to the spa where she worked, opening fire and killing her and two others.

The shooting spree stunned the middle- to upper-class Milwaukee suburb where it happened, but court records show the conflict between Radcliffe Haughton and his wife had been escalating for years.

The 45-year-old former car salesman ultimately shot seven women at the spa before turning the gun on himself. Three remained hospitalized Monday.

Haughton, of Brown Deer, was charged with disorderly conduct last year after police officers responding to a 911 call saw Haughton point what appeared to be a gun at his wife, Zina, from a window at their home. Officers took cover, and a 90-minute standoff ensued.

Brown Deer police said Monday the standoff ended peacefully, and they were never able to confirm a gun was involved because Zina Haughton wouldn’t allow them into the couple’s home. The charge against Radcliffe Haughton was dropped when a police officer failed to appear in court.

Police said the officer asked the prosecutor to reschedule, but the prosecutor refused. A call to the prosecutor Monday evening rang unanswered.

According to court records, Zina Haughton told police when she called 911 that her husband had thrown her clothes and bedding into the yard and poured tomato juice on her car.

Ernest J. Polk, who lives across the street from the Haughtons’ home, said they were friendly to him but he saw signs of turmoil.

“There was always confrontation over there, but I never thought it would come to this,” he said. “… It was mostly verbal. I didn’t see anything physical.”

Zina Haughton told police last year that her husband didn’t own any guns, but she was concerned enough about her safety to get a police escort when she went to the house earlier this month to pick up a few items.

Zina Haughton wrote in restraining order request filed Oct. 8 that her husband had threatened to kill her if she ever left him. He also, at various times, threatened to throw acid on her face and burn her and her family with gas.

“His threats terrorize my every waking moment,” Zina Haughton wrote.

She said when she drove to work after picking up items from her home, she found her husband waiting for her in a car outside the spa. He leaned out of the vehicle and, in front of her and two co-workers, slashed her vehicle’s tires. He was later arrested.

Radcliffe Haughton appeared in court Thursday, when a judge issued a four-year restraining order and told him to turn in all firearms to a county sheriff. It’s not clear whether he turned in any weapons.

He bought the .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun used in the shootings on Saturday, Brown Deer police said in a statement.

People who buy handguns from gun dealers must wait 48 hours after they have cleared a background check from the Department of Justice to pick up their firearm. There is no such waiting period or background check required in Wisconsin for people who purchase handguns from private individuals, which police say Radcliffe Haughton did.

Two Democratic state lawmakers said Monday that they’ll re-introduce a bill designed to ensure that perpetrators of domestic violence comply with judges’ orders to surrender their weapons.

The shooting spree also killed Cary Robuck, a 35-year-old nail technician from Racine, and Maelyn Lind, 38, of Oconomowoc.

Shawn Scheffler, who had lived with Robuck for six years, described her as a “bright personality” who loved her part-time job at the spa.

“She was my world,” Scheffler said. “That was the woman I was going to spend the rest of my life with, and she was taken from me just like that.”

Kathy Sieja, a spokeswoman at the hospital where the survivors were taken, said one woman was released from the hospital Monday afternoon and the others were in satisfactory condition.

The shooting spree that happened about 11 a.m. Sunday triggered chaos in the commercial area around the spa. Believing Haughton had fled, police began a massive, six-hour search that locked down a nearby mall, country club and hospital.

The police chief in Brookfield, where the spa is located, said later that a fire Haughton set in the building, the discovery of a propane tank initially believed to be an improvised explosive device and the layout of the facility, with many small rooms and locked areas, all slowed officers’ search and delayed the discovery of the gunman’s body.

It was the second mass shooting in Wisconsin this year. Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old Army veteran and white supremacist, killed six people and injured three others before fatally shooting himself Aug. 5 at a Sikh temple south of Milwaukee.

Sunday’s shooting took place less than a mile from where seven people were killed and four wounded on March 12, 2005, when a gunman opened fire at a Living Church of God service held at a hotel.

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Associated Press writers Gretchen Ehlke and Scott Bauer in Milwaukee and researchers Lynn Dombek and Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this report.

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Dinesh Ramde can be reached at dramde(at)ap.org.

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By DINESH RAMDE | Associated Press

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