Reward fund established for hate crimes

    A fund has been established to offer rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the recent hate crimes on the UW-Whitewater campus.

    Anyone can contribute to the UW-Whitewater Reward Fund at either Commercial Bank of Whitewater or First Citizens State Bank of Whitewater. The reward funds have been established at the main offices of both banks. Commercial Bank is located at 200 S. Fremont St. First Citizens is located at 207 W. Main St.

    "I am grateful to community members for their willingness to assist us in solving these crimes that have deeply affected our campus community," said Chancellor Richard J. Telfer. "We hope that the offer of a reward will encourage anyone who has information about these incidents to come forward."

    John Tincher of Tincher Realty has already made a donation to the fund. "Whitewater has always been and will be a safe and enjoyable place to live and raise a family," Tincher said. "The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an integral part of our community. I believe it is important to make it known that like Chancellor Telfer, we, as a community, will not tolerate this type of behavior, that we respect all types of diversity and we will do what is needed to help bring these hate crimes to an end."

    Tips on these crimes can be reported anonymously through the UW-Whitewater campus police at 262-472-4660 or Crime Stoppers at 262-723-2677.

    Here are summaries of each of the incidents:

    - Sometime on Monday night, Nov. 8, three cars in two parking lots were vandalized. The tires of the vehicles were slashed and "KKK" was spray painted on the vehicles. African-American UW-Whitewater students own the vehicles.

    - On Sunday, Nov. 7 at 6:45 p.m., a female student was approached by two white males while walking on the sidewalk near the cemetery on the north side of campus. The males were wearing shorts and T-shirts. One male was over 6 feet tall. The other male was approximately 5' 6". The taller of the two males pushed the victim into a fence and held her there. He made a derogatory statement about the victim's perceived sexual orientation and let the victim go.

    - On Sunday, Sept. 26 at approximately 10 p.m., a female UW-Whitewater student wearing a shirt that read "Legalize Gay" was called a "faggot" and punched in the face by one of two unknown male assailants who then fled. The incident happened on Tratt Street and is being investigated by the City of Whitewater Police Department.

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