2019 WAI Conference 

March 5-8, 2019

The Tundra Resort and Lodge 

Green Bay, WI


subject to change

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

8:00 – 12:00  Property Evidence Room 101

Lawrence Stringham – Tri-Tech Forensics Florida

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:00     Evidence Packaging and Submission Guidelines for WSCLB

Kathy Mahnke and Katrina Behnke – Wisconsin State Crime Lab

2:00 – 5:00     Best Practice Manual Update

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

8:00 – 8:30     Opening Ceremony

8:30 – 12:00     Beaver Dam Apartment Explosion

  FBI Special Agent Mark Dring

FBI Special Agent Bomb Tech Milan Momcilovic

Deputy Sheriff Bob Richardson – Dane County Sheriff

In March of 2018, the largest TATP (peroxide based homemade explosive) seizure to date in the US occurred after a post blast investigation at a residence in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.  The detonation resulted in one fatality and the multi day evacuation of over 200 residents and senior citizens.  The Dane County Bomb Squad as well                                             as the FBI, ATF, WI National Guard 5th Civil Support Team responded along with numerous other state and local assets.  The initial scene stabilization took 4 days during which several controlled detonations were performed along with advanced evidence collections at several different locations.

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 3:00     Zelich Suitcase Homicides

Detective Jeff Recknagel – Walworth County Sheriff

On June 5, 2014 a Public Works employee was cutting the ditch line and found 2 suitcases near Lake Geneva.       The suitcases each contained an adult deceased woman that were both in advanced states of decomposition.  By     networking with other Agency's we were able to identify Steven Zelich, an experienced Wisconsin law enforcement     officer, as a person of interest.  The case gave insight to the BDSM world and how science and networking will solve    cases.

(2:00 break) WAI Group Photo

3:15 – 5:00     Child Pornography

Special Agent Chad Racine - DCI Appleton Regional Field Office

This presentation is related to the legal process, storage, and field previewing of child pornographic evidence to prosecutors and defense attorneys. S/A Racine will also entertain questions attendees may have related to this area.

7:00 - ?     President's Reception

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Break Outs (morning)

• 8:00 – 9:20

• 9:25 – 10:45

• 10:50 – 12:05

Major Case Prints/Latent Print Processing (10 students max)

Madelyne Weismantel – Wisconsin State Crime Lab

This class will cover Dye Stains (e.g. Rhodamine 6G), a brief overview of superglue fuming, and taking major case prints using tape and powder  (Hands-On) 

Alternate Light Source Photography of Bodily Fluids

Paul Olsen – Sheboygan PD

This will cover what type of evidence you can search for, how to use the ALS and how to photograph evidence using the ALS. Students encouraged to bring their own camera and tripod to practice ALS photography. (Hands-On)

Basic Photography – Knowing Your Camera (15 students max)

Chelsea Reed –Evidence Technician Brown Co. Sheriff

Attendees will learn how to take pictures when Automatic mode just isn’t capturing the photographs you would like. In this class, students will learn about all of the “foreign symbols” on the turn dial on top of your camera. Students will also learn how to manage Depth of Field/Aperture/What’s in Focus, shutter speed and what ISO does for your photographs. (Hands-On)

Casting Tool Marks, Gun Barrels, and Friction Ridge Detail

Jason Cole – Foster & Freeman

This hands-on workshop is encouraged for crime scene investigators processing scenes as well as forensic analysts processing items in the laboratory. The best way to become proficient is by practice! After attending this workshop attendees will be able to recover fingerprints from a variety of surfaces including textured and curved. Attendees will also make casts of tool marks and barrel impressions. (Hands-On)

Gadgets to Make Your Photography Easier

Bob Sanders – Retired WI Crime Lab Analyst

This workshop will begin with a demonstration of several camera accessories that can make crime scene photography quicker and easier. A handout listing some of these gadgets will be provided. Students encouraged to bring their own camera equipment to practice with camera accessories. (Hands-On)

12:05 – 12:45 Lunch

Break Outs (afternoon)

• 12:45 - 2:05

• 2:10 - 3:30

• 3:35 - 4:55

Photographing Troublesome Evidence at Crime Scenes (class size limit 15)

Chelsea Reed – Evidence Technician Brown Co. Sheriff

Attendees will learn how to capture low light photography with Blue Star, how to capture proper footwear/tire impressions along with how to properly take photographs in the rain/snow and not have the tiny dots show up in your photographs.

Handgun Hotline – State & Federal Firearms Disqualifiers for the Return of Firearms

Andrew Nowlan - Justice Program Supervisor CIB WI Department of Justice

This session will be about the eligibility of a person to purchase and possess a firearm under Wisconsin and Federal laws. The session will summarize the disqualifiers, highlight the differences between the state and federal laws, and provide examples of information that can be used to determine a person's eligibility to possess a firearm.

Development of Friction Ridge Detail from Cartridge Cases and Cleaned Metals

Jason Cole – Foster & Freeman

This presentation will begin by providing attendees with a background to a new novel chemical fuming process that has been shown to offer significant advantages over traditional latent fingermark enhancement processes across a range of metallic substrates (copper, brass, stainless steel, etc). Described by the UK Ministry of Defense as ‘revolutionary’ and ‘ground-breaking’, the unique ability of this process to recover fingerprint ridge patterns when none of the latent fingermark residue actually remains on the substrate (i.e. the surface has been wiped clean, washed, submerged in water, heated, or a combination of these) will be explored and practical examples illustrated and discussed. (Lecture)

BERLA – Infotainment in Vehicles

Detective Tim Blanke – Dane County Sheriff’s Office

BERLA is a company, that creates solutions for investigators to identify, acquire, and analyze critical information  stored within vehicle systems to uncover key evidence that determines what happened, where it occurred, and who  was involved.

Vehicle Processing – DNA and Friction Ridge Detail

Jeff Jacoby – Janesville PD & Detective Paul Olsen – Sheboygan PD

Vehicle Processing: Searches, Prints, DNA, and Bullet Recovery

6:15 - ? Banquet

Friday, March 8, 2019

8:00 – 9:30     Working Cold Cases/Sexual Assaults

Detective Erik Goth – Janesville PD

Case 1: 10 assaults over ten years with same M.O. and DNA profile. Finally solved with a print that was collected at the very first case, though the suspect had been printed in Wisconsin during that time span. Several lessons to be learned. 

Case 2: Assault of an elderly victim, by stranger home invasion. Blood left at the scene from suspect. CODIS hit 17 years later, victim now deceased. Original evidence retained so able to go to trial and get a conviction. Several lessons here including evidence retention, victim statements to medical staff admissible, and extension of statute of limitations on DNA profiles.

9:30 – 12:00     Waukesha Slenderman Case Study

Lieutenant Jerry Habanek – Waukesha Police Department

      Detective Thomas Casey - Waukesha Police Department

      Detective Shelly Fisher - Waukesha Police Department 

      Specialist David Platta - Waukesha Police Department

Shocking case from 2014, where two twelve year old girls: Morgan Geiser and Anissa Weier, planned to kill their classmate and friend Payton Leutner. During the presentation we will explore mirandizing and obtaining confessions legally from twelve year old suspects for attempted homicide. How to handle their parents during this process. And the issues that will present themselves at the Miranda Goodchild hearing and throughout the judicial process. We will talk about the impact of the International media and their effect on our relationship with our local media. We will watch and discuss the Forensic Interview of the victim, Payton Leutner at the hospital days after the incident.

12:00 – 2:00 Lunch and General Membership Meeting

2:00 New Officers and BOD Photos

53rd Annual WAI Conference

53rd Annual WAI Conference
03/05/2019 8:00 AM - 03/08/2019 3:00 PM
Location: The Tundra Lodge and Resort

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