These are the biggest crime and police-related stories to occur in the North Shore suburbs this past year.
Brown Deer police officer Devon Kraemer was charged with aggravated battery on Oct. 21 for shooting an unruly bus passenger in March. Kraemer and her fellow officer Michael Leeman were flagged down by a bus driver on March 14 when one of the passengers, Manuel Burnley, Jr., became argumentative. When officers tried to remove him from the bus, he resisted arrest, causing Burnley and the two officers to fall to the ground. Kraemer said she shot Burnley in self defense. Burnley was released from the hospital after 12 days.
The 61-year-old Brown Deer man who shot and killed his girlfriend's 21-year-old son on Sept. 12 has been sentenced to 20 years in prison and another 10 years of extended supervision. The victim, Mannix Franklin, had been living with his mother and James inside the Algonquin Manor senior apartments, 5005 W. Bradley Road, Brown Deer.
Pierre Gardner was charged with shooting and killing his 19-year-old girlfriend Nya Hammond on Sept. 16 in the parking lot of Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin, where she worked as a cleaner.Gardner, 21, and Hammond lived together in Milwaukee and had a 3-year-old child together. Hammond moved in with family members three weeks prior to the murder, telling multiple people that Gardner abused her and threatened her.
Jacquelyn Ranallo, 53, of Mequon, was found in the Milwaukee River six months after she was reported missing. Her decomposed body was discovered by two bicyclists looking over the Range Line Road bridge in River Hills.
Two pit bulls were shot by Brown Deer police after the dogs attacked two 14-year-old girls in Brown Deer on Sept. 29. The girls received serious but non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the dog attack. One of the dogs died from gunshot wounds; the other dog was turned over to Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Center after being shot. The injured dog was euthanized at the request of the owner.
Two Milwaukee women died and a third was injured after the driver lost control of her vehicle, rolled the car over and crashed into trees in the 8400 block of Teutonia Avenue in Brown Deer on Feb. 11. Kierra Jackson, 20, and Fredericka Owens Wright, 22, were killed in the crash, and 20-year-old America Goudy was injured.