Monday, December 5, 2011

30-year-old Man Arrested For Defacing Recall Governor Walker Petition Signatures In West Bend

Jeffrey Karnitz

Suspect asked to sign recall petition and then began to scribble on several signatures, afterwards he fled.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 5, 2011

West Bend, Wisconsin - On Monday, Jeffrey Karnitz, 30, was released from the Washington County jail after being arrested for intentionally defacing recall Governor Scott Walker petition signatures. Over the weekend, Karnitz asked a woman collecting signatures to recall Walker to sign the petition. He began to scribble off some signatures from two petitions and the woman took the petitions back from Karnitz, he then fled the scene. The woman was able to get his license plate number and Karnitz was later arrested, according to West Bend Police Lt. Richard Lucka.
He is facing two felony counts for defacing/destroying petition signatures. The Washington County District Attorney's Office is reviewing the case and charges could be filed later this week.
Recall organzers are pushing for a stiff penalty.
In an unrelated case, Mary Jean Dezurik, 68, of Thorp was arrested in Chippewa Falls after she stopped in an area where recall Walker volunteers were collecting signatures. She got out of her vehicle and grabbed Recall Walker petitions and ripped them, according to Chippewa Falls Police Captain John Liddell. Dezurik got back into her vehicle and fled.
A volunteer was able to take her license plate number down and reported it to police. Chippewa Falls Police in the preliminary investigation indicated the petitions might have been blanked.
Dezurik is facing charges for criminal property damage and disorderly conduct, according to the Chippewa County District Attorney's Office.

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