Thursday, August 18, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Judge Dennis Barry Found Dead

I can't believe this!!!
RACINE - Racine County Circuit Judge Dennis Barry has been found dead in Lincoln Park just north of Spring Street.

Barry was the deputy chief district Judge for our judicial district. He was reportedly found dead in his vehicle.

Racine County Circuit Judge Judge Allan "Pat" Torhorst says he was notified by county officials at 9:30 a.m. today.

"I was notified as soon as they could by the county executive and the sheriff," Torhorst said.

Torhorst called the apparent death "a real loss to not only the community but the county."

There are 10 judges in Racine County Circuit Court, and every two years the rotate among assignments. Barry's most recent assignment was to civil court.

Racine County Executive Jim Ladwig said he learned of Barry's death at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday but declined to provide more details.
There are rumors floating around the courthouse regarding his cause and manner of death, but I will NOT repeat rumors until they are confirmed. Suffice it to say I am SHOCKED! Prayers to family and friends.

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