Evgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(RACINE, Wisc.) — A reward to help catch the gunman who killed an off-duty Wisconsin police officer has climbed to $37,000 .Officer John Hetland, a 24-year veteran of the Racine Police Department, was at Teezers Tavern in Racine Monday night when he saw an armed robbery unfolding, police said. He tried to intervene and was shot, police said.As authorities continue to search for his killer, Racine Police Chief Art Howell said Thursday that a local business has provided a $15,000 reward.The FBI has already offered a $20,000 reward, while Racine Crime Stoppers has provided a $2,000 reward, the chief said.Though tips have been pouring in, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said he hopes the large reward convinces more people to come forward.“Help us catch this person and get him off the streets,” Beth urged at a news conference Thursday.Meanwhile, the shocking slaying has been “extremely traumatic” for Howell’s fellow officers, Howell said.But the chief added, “they are a resilient group of people. They are bruised but they are not broken.”“They are doing what John would want them to do,” he said. “They are serving the public.”Hetland is survived by two children, Racine Mayor Cory Mason told reporters on Tuesday.“I’ve ordered the flags to be flown at half-staff today and until his burial,” said the mayor, who had met Hetland before his death. “I just really can’t express how deeply we feel the loss of this officer. It’s been more than 40 decades since we’ve had a loss in this city.”Hetland will be laid to rest on June 26, the chief said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Alyssa L. Shepherd, 24, from rural Rochester, Ind., is pictured in a booking photo from Oct. 30, 2018. – (Indiana State Police)(ROCHESTER, Ind.) — A 25-year-old woman has been sentenced to four years behind bars for the crash that killed three young children and seriously injured another as they crossed the street to their school bus in Indiana last year.Alyssa Shepherd will also serve three years in home detention and three years probation. Her driver’s license was also suspended for 10 years.Shepherd was driving her pickup truck on the morning of Oct. 23, 2018, when she struck four children as they attempted to board their school bus on a rural road near Rochester, Ind.Alivia Stahl, 9, and her 6-year-old twin brothers, Xzavier and Mason Ingle, were killed. Their classmate and neighbor, 11-year-old Maverik Lowe, survived but suffered multiple broken bones and had to be airlifted to a hospital, where he spent 30 days and ultimately underwent 21 surgeries.During her testimony in court this past October, Shepherd said she had dropped her husband off at work and was on her way to drop her kids at school and welcome a new youth pastor to her church when she came upon “a very large vehicle.” She said she saw blinking lights but failed to see that it was a school bus or that it had a red stop sign arm extended.Shepherd was found guilty of three counts of reckless homicide, one count of criminal recklessness and one count of driving around a school bus with its stop arm extended. She had faced a maximum of 21 1/2 years in prison.During Shepherd’s sentencing on Wednesday, the mother of the three young siblings who were killed allegedly lunged at the woman and was subsequently taken out of the courthouse in handcuffs, according to South Bend ABC affiliate WBND-LD.Shepherd has a restitution hearing scheduled for Feb. 14. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.