News 6/5/15

Fox Lake Accepts Proposal For Construction Of New Website


6/5/15 – The Fox Lake City Council accepted a proposal from Civic Plus to construct a new website for the city.  Fox Lake is entering into a four-year contract and will pay $115 a month.  Civic Plus mainly hosts sites for local governments and currently works with over 70 Wisconsin municipalities.  City Administrator Gary Rogers did not disclose the name of who designed the city’s current website but says the change was necessary to make communication with the residents simpler.  According to Rogers, the current website is not user or customer friendly and is difficult to navigate.  The city is hoping to link its new website with the school district and chamber of commerce’s websites.  Rogers says that will be easier and so will managing the online calendar that displays city events.  The site is expected to be up and running in two to three months.  Rogers says the city is looking for photographs to use on the new site and encourages residents to send some in for consideration.


No Traffic Fatalities In Dodge Co Though Statewide Numbers Up


6/5/15 – With better weather and a better economy, it’s no surprise that Wisconsin traffic deaths are higher than a year ago.  The D-O-T said 54 people were killed in highway crashes around the Badger State in May.  That’s six more than last May, and five more than the average for the past five years.  For the year as a whole, 207 motorists lost their lives from January through May — 48 more than last year, and 26 more than the five-year average. There have been no fatal accidents on Dodge County roadways to date this year; the five-year average is 11. Columbia, Washington and Fond du Lac counties have seen three fatalities each while Jefferson and Green Lake counties have had two each.  Twenty-two motorcyclists have died in state mishaps in the first five months of the year — along with 20 pedestrians and a pair of bicyclists.  State D-O-T transportation safety director David Pabst says the motorcycle season has yet to get into full swing, and motor vehicle drivers must be more watchful of bikes — especially at corners, and when changing lanes and making turns.  Pabst says bikers must also be more careful by wearing helmets and conspicuous clothes, obey traffic laws, and not ride while impaired.


Dodge County’s New Officer-Canine Pair Make First Arrest


6/5/15 – Dodge County’s newest – human – canine officer made his first big bust. Sgt. Joe Nicholas was recently named the handler for Paige, a drug-sniffing dog sworn in four years ago. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says the partnership is already paying dividends. He cites the weekend arrest of a 20-year-old West Bend man found with 67 grams of Ecstasy, a brick of marijuana butter and $500 in drug money. The sheriff says Sgt. Nicholas and his canine partner represent his department’s effort to reduce the transport of dangerous drugs on Dodge County roadways. Schmidt says the K9 team is an extremely important resource in their attempts at keeping the neighborhood safe.


Waupun Woman Enters Not Guilty Plea On Child Sex Assault Charge


6/5/15 – A Waupun woman entered “not guilty” plea at arraignment yesterday to charges that she had inappropriate contact with a toddler.  Cassandra Scheuers is facing one felony count of First Degree Sexual Assault with a Child Under the Age of Twelve.  According to the criminal complaint, an officer was investigating a check welfare complaint and thought the 25-year-old was possibly going to harm herself after taking a hatchet with her on a vehicle ride.  Once taken to the police station, she reportedly provided authorities with a hand-written note describing sexual acts involving herself, her husband, an infant and a toddler.  Scheuers’ husband allegedly took pictures of her act and threatened to use them against her.  Scheuers said she committed the act out of fear that her husband might harm her if she did not cooperate.  If Scheuers’ is found guilty, she faces up to sixty years in prison.  She has a status conference scheduled for July 6.


Beaver Dam Man Charged With Stealing From Car Waves Prelim


6/5/15 – A Beaver Dam man accused of taking items from his neighbor’s car waived his right to a preliminary hearing in a Dodge County Courtroom yesterday.  Matthew Milligan is facing a Felony Theft count.  The 26-year-old’s neighbor notified authorities that a 45-caliber handgun, ammunition, and a laptop computer were missing from his car after it was accidentally left unlocked overnight.  Officers reportedly recovered the firearm from Milligan as he was being taken into custody.  If he is convicted, Milligan faces up to six years in prison.  He’ll be arraigned July 7.


Not Guilty Plea Entered By Man Accused Of Break-In Of Neighbors


6/5/15 – A Beaver Dam man accused of breaking into a neighbor’s apartment entered a not guilty plea at arraignment yesterday.  Richard Valdovinos is facing felony Burglary and misdemeanor Theft of Movable Property counts.  According to the criminal complaint, a witness saw the 42-year-old break into the Madison Street apartment.  $140 cash was reported missing.  If he is convicted, Valdovinos faces up to 13 years in prison.  His next court activity is scheduled for July 7.


Beaver Dam Man Found Guilty On Receiving Stolen Property Count


6/5/15 – Letting your friend into your car with a stolen television doesn’t pay.  In fact, as a Beaver Dam man learned yesterday can cost $100 plus court fees.  James Narr was found guilty on a reduced misdemeanor count of Receiving Stolen Property.  That stemmed from an incident in March where he and 48-year-old Darris Montgomery, also of Beaver Dam, were arrested following reports of a breaking and entering on South Lincoln Avenue.  A door was damaged to gain access to an apartment, and the loud noise led neighbors to call police. Montgomery, who had apparently been in prison with the victim, was seen leaving the scene with a television.  Officers stopped a vehicle matching an eye-witness description a short time later.  Narr told officers that Montgomery got into his car with a television but said he did not give it much thought.  Montgomery was sentenced to six months in jail in May.


Bucks’ Arena Funding Proposal Revealed


6/5/15 – Taxpayers would spend more if the Milwaukee Bucks left Wisconsin, than if the public chipped in toward a new Bucks’ arena.  That was the key selling point yesterday, when Governor Scott Walker and other leaders unveiled a 50-percent tax-funding proposal for an arena that would cost 500-million dollars. Taxpayers would cover half the project, 250-million plus interest, and the Bucks would pick up any cost over-runs.  If the arena is not built by mid-2017, the N-B-A can buy back the team and possibly move it.  If that happens, Walker said maintenance costs at the Bucks’ current Bradley Center home — plus lost tax revenue from players — would total 419-million dollars.


Health Committee Votes To Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks


6/5/15 – The Wisconsin Senate’s health committee voted 3-to-2 yesterday to ban all abortions in the Badger State after 20 weeks.  Three Republicans voted yes, and the panel’s two Democrats voted no.  The measure could go to the full Senate for a vote on Tuesday. It would then go to the Assembly, where it remains up in the air whether an exception to the 20-week abortion limit would be added for rape-and-incest victims.  G-O-P Speaker Robin Vos said his majority caucus has not discussed the bill yet — and they’ll wait to see how the Senate votes.


UW Faculty Tenure Takes Step Towards Being Removed


6/5/15 – U-W faculty tenure protections are one step closer to being removed from state law. A committee of the university’s Board of Regents voted in Milwaukee yesterday to endorse a budget measure from the legislative finance panel to move the issue of tenure to the U-W Regents.  One of the regents, state school Superintendent Tony Evers, tried but failed to get the committee to suggest that non-fiscal items like tenure be removed from the final state budget this month. Instead, the U-W committee endorsed a proposal by Regent Gerald Whitburn to create a task force to consider a layoff policy for faculty, as part of the university’s new tenure policy.  The full board is expected to take it up today.  Hundreds of U-W professors have signed petitions opposing the change.  They said losing tenure would cause them to lose the freedom to express ideas.  About a dozen faculty members carried protest signs and wore blue tape over their mouths to show how they could be silenced without tenure.  Madison professor David Vanness drew loud applause when he told the regents’ committee that the “whole world is watching” to see what happens to Wisconsin’s long-standing faculty tenure.


Tours Of Horicon Marsh Being Offered Tomorrow


6/5/15 – The Tour De Marsh is happening tomorrow (Sat) in and around Horicon. Participants can choose to tour around and through the Horicon Marsh by themselves or on a guided tour. Participants can choose from a 40, 18 or eight mile route, all based on their comfort level. There are five starting and resting points on the tour and a prize drawing will be held for participants who visit all five stops. There is a guided eight-mile bicycle tour at 9am and 10am leaving from the National Refuge parking lot on Highway 49 on the north end of the marsh. Tour maps and refreshments will be available at designated spots along the route. The Tour De Marsh runs from 8am until 1pm and there is no entry fee. The 33,000-acre marsh is one of the largest fresh water marshes in the United States.  More information is available at A link is on our website, –