Channel 3000: Walker Opponents Plagued By Threats, Thefts

Sun Prairie Police Open Investigation

November 21, 2011- Opponents of Gov. Scott Walker said they have faced threats and thefts in the days since the recall effort began.

Two volunteers in the petition drive reported violent threats made against them to the police. Neighbors in Monona also complained to authorities of politically motivated thefts from their yards.

The threats involved phone calls from an area code in Minnesota. The calls came overnight after Walker's opponents began the recall, said Madison resident Tom Peer, who said he received a call at 2 a.m. on Thursday.

"They said, 'If you don't stop circulating recall petitions, we will kill you,'" said Peer.

A similar call came to Heather DuBois Bourenane, of Sun Prairie. The United Wisconsin recall worker jumped out of bed when her phone rang around 4 a.m. on Thursday.

"He said I had attracted the attention of some very bad people, and my life and the lives of my family were in danger," Bourenane said.

She called Sun Prairie police, who confirmed investigators were working on the case.

The male voice's number came from the Minneapolis area. WISC-TV called that number Sunday, but the calls went straight to voicemail and the message service hadn't been activated.

Meanwhile, neighbors on Dean Avenue in Monona said they had contacted police that someone had stolen several political signs from their yards.

Jim Lemens had three signs taken since the recall began Tuesday. On Sunday, another large homemade sign sat in his front yard.

"I can't just give this up. If it wasn't important to me, I wouldn't have put the sign up in the first place," Lemens said. "It's just sad, it's not how things are supposed to be around here. It's not what Wisconsin's known for."


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