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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

51st Annual WAI Conference

  • 03/07/2017
  • 8:30 AM
  • 03/10/2017
  • 4:00 PM
  • The Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • 3 day conference with lunches and banquet included
  • Tuesday Property and 3 Day Conference
  • includes lunch and banquet
  • Tuesday Property and 3 Day Conference
  • Must provide document on school letterhead to show that you are registered as a full time student in a college or university studying in the field of Criminal Justice or Forensic Science.

Registration is closed


Tuesday, March 7, 2016 - ONE DAY Evidence Management

7:30 - 8:30 am - Registration

8:30 -10:00 am - Wisconsin Law Enforcement
        Accreditation Group (WILEAG)
        Accreditation in the Evidence Room
        PRESENTERS:     Lt. Kevin Konrad - Oshkosh PD
        Chief Robert Rosch - Village of Hartland PD

10:00 - 10:15 am - Break

10:15-12:00 pm - Packaging Practical, Completing
           Transmittal Forms, Submission Guidelines for
            DNA, Submission Guidelines for Heroin
            PRESENTER: Ron Groffy 

 12:00 – 1:00 pm       LUNCH

 1:00 -1:45 pm  Every Agency's Dirty Little Secret
            How to get ready for accreditation and annual 
            PRESENTER: Rochelle Skorlinski

 1:45 – 2:00           BREAK

 2:00-4:00             Retention Periods and how to
            change them (I-COP Video/Body Cam)
            Criminal Case Studies: Drug Drop Box Etc.
            PRESENTER: Assistant Attorney General
                               Roy Korte

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

8:00 - 8:30 am - Opening Ceremony

8:30-10:30 am - ICAC - Case Studies
                             Lt. James Valley - Brown County Sheriff

10:45-12:15 pm - WI Crime Scene Response Team - 
                          Chris Johnson - WI State Crime Lab,
                          DNA Supervisor 

12:15 - 1:00 pm - Lunch (included)

1:00 - 1:45 pm - AFIS Unit - common problems in 10 
                             print rejection, proper fingerprint 
                             card collection techniques, etc -
                             Tim Erlandson
                             WI State Crime Lab - AFIS Unit

1:45 pm - Group Photo

2:00 - 4:30 pm - Ariel Castro Case Study: 3 teens 
                             held hostage for 10 years
                             Cleveland FBI Evidence Response
                             Team (ERT)
                             Special Agent Chris Garnett
                             Intelligence Analyst Mike Wisniewski

Thursday, March 9, 2017

3 Morning Breakout session times:
8:00 - 9:15 am  
9:25-10:40 am
10:50 - 12:05 pm
**Sign up in above time slots for any three following morning breakouts

1. Prostitution and Human Trafficking      
        FBI Agent Heather Wright
2. Evidence Packaging Techniques - WI
     State Crime Lab - Sami Delfosse and Katrina
3. Drug Labs - DCI Alan Hunsader

12:05 - 12:45 pm - Lunch (included)

3 Afternoon Breakout session times:
12:45 - 2:00 pm
2:15 - 3:30 pm
3:45 - 5:00 pm
**Sign up in above time slots for any three following afternoon breakouts

1. Forensic Collection Procedures - Lt. James Valley
         Brown County Sheriff's Office
2. Fire Scene Investigations - Brian Liethen, DCI
3. Multi Jurisdiction Crime Scene Setup -
         Mike Sasse DCI
4. Dissecting the Identification Section -
         Madelyne Weismantel - WI State Crime Lab

6:15 pm - Banquet

Friday, March 10, 2017

8:30 - 10:30 am - Dealing with Internal Law 
        Enforcement Struggles - Sgt. Chris Prochut
        (Retired); Bollingbrook PD

10:45 - 12:00 pm - WI State Crime Lab DNA Unit-
        What We Can Do For You  - DNA Supervisor
        Jennifer Naugle

12:00 - 2:00 pm - Lunch and General Membership                    Meeting

The Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center
60 North Gasser Road
Wisconsin Dells, WI 
800-648-4765, press 1 to reserve

Single and Double Rate $82/per night



Wisconsin Association for Identification
1578 S 11th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204

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