News 6/8/15

Schmidt Addresses ‘Tailgating’ In Latest Law Of The Month


6/8/15 – The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is warning motorists against following other vehicles too closely on roadways as its June Law of the Month.  According to Sheriff Dale Schmidt, what is commonly referred to as ‘tailgating’ is a common problem in Dodge County that can result in crashes when the lead vehicle must quickly stop or slow down, and the second car does not have sufficient distance to react in time to avoid the collision.  State statute instructs motorists not to follow another vehicle more closely than is ‘reasonable and prudent.’ Schmidt encourages following three seconds behind when the roads are clear and an even further distance when there is inclement weather.  Following another vehicle too closely brings a fine of $213 and the loss of four demerit points.


Stormy Monday, Tuesday’s Just As Bad


6/8/15 – Get ready for a stormy work-week in Wisconsin.  The National Weather Service predicts thunderstorms for much of the Badger State every day but Wednesday. The entire state could get at least some rain this afternoon and evening.  Gusty winds and hail are possible in most areas — and northwest Wisconsin could get even heavier storms tomorrow.  Many parts of the state had their warmest day of the season yesterday, as the mercury rose in the 80’s.  Above-normal temperatures will continue for most of the week.  Tomorrow is supposed to be the warmest day, with the mercury getting close to 90 in parts of the southwest.  Northwest Wisconsin had hail-storms yesterday and early last evening.  Nickel-sized hail fell near Pine City in Burnett County.  Half-inch hail fell in parts of Washburn and Sawyer counties.


Beaver Dam Given Bird City Sustained Flight Recognition


6/8/15 – Beaver Dam is being credited for its efforts to maintain its “Bird City” designation.  Administrator Evonne Boettge oversees the city Parks Department. Boettge read a letter from the Audubon Society to the city council at a recent meeting recognizing Beaver Dam for its dedication to our fine feathered friends. The society recognized the city with a “sustained flight” honor for their inaugural Hummingbirds to Hooters event held in April, a program with Hummingbird identification by birder Jack Bartholmai, owl and raptor exhibits from bird rehabilitator Barb Harvey, a bird house workshop and feather identification for kids. More information is available at


Taxpayers Would Not Cover Bucks Arena Maintenance


6/8/15 – Taxpayers would not have to cover maintenance for the proposed new Milwaukee Bucks’ arena, like they do now at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The latest financing proposal for the half-billion-dollar arena requires the Bucks to pay the operating and maintenance costs.  And the team expects to sell the stadium’s naming rights to pay the bills.  Based on similar N-B-A facilities in cities like Milwaukee, the Journal Sentinel says the Bucks could get 3-to-4 million dollars a year by putting a corporate name on the new facility.  For the last three years, BMO Harris Bank has spent a reported one-million dollars a year to put its name on the Bradley Center where the Bucks have played since 1988.  It has helped give the company a higher-profile after acquiring the former M-and-I Bank chain in 2011.  Bank vice-president Christina Nardella says BMO Harris is proud to be the official bank of the Bucks — but it’s too early to say what it might mean for the naming of a new arena.


Dems Support Vinehout For Governor, Elect Laning


6/8/15 – Wisconsin’s most active Democrats want Kathleen Vinehout to be their party’s nominee for governor in 2018.  The state senator from Alma was the top vote-getter in a straw poll from Wis-Politics-Dot-Com at the Democratic state convention in Milwaukee this past weekend.  Vinehout received 149 votes, to 89 for state Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling of La Crosse.  House Democrat Ron Kind of La Crosse was third with 85.  Vinehout was third in her party’s primary in the 2012 governor’s recall election.  She was considering a second run for governor last year before she was badly injured in a traffic crash.  Five-hundred-11 delegates, alternates, and registered guests took part in the Wis-Politics straw poll.  It also named Hillary Clinton as the favorite for the party’s presidential nomination next year.  She had 252 votes.  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders finished second with 208.  Sheboygan area fund-raiser Martha Laning was elected the party’s new chairwoman, replacing Mike Tate who stepped down.


Walker Wants States To Define Gay Marriage


6/8/15 – Governor Scott Walker said Sunday that if he’s elected president, he would seek a constitutional amendment to let each state define marriage for itself. On A-B-C’s “This Week,” the Republican Walker said the issue does not belong at the federal level.  Walker is a long-time gay marriage opponent who favored Wisconsin’s “one-man, one-woman” constitutional definition of marriage that the federal courts struck down last year.  Court reversals are generally why same-sex marriage is now legal in 37 states, including the Badger State.  The U-S Supreme Court is expected to rule this month on whether it should be legal in the rest of the country.  The constitutional amendment Walker proposes would need approval from three-fourths of the states.  Walker, who’s expected to announce a White House bid in a few weeks, also said he would not rule out an invasion of Iraq for the reclaiming of territory seized by the Islamic State terrorist group.  Fellow G-O-P presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham proposed sending 10-thousand U-S ground troops to Iraq.  Walker would not commit to a specific strategy, saying the U-S should “never send a message to our foes as to how far we’re willing to go.”  He did say the U-S could make better use of troops already in the region.


Brantner Arraigned In Beck Murder


6/8/15 – A 61-year-old Kenosha man entered a ‘not guilty’ plea at his arraignment in Fond du Lac County Court on Friday in the 1990 murder case of 18-year-old Berit Beck.  Dennis Brantner of Kenosha is charged with First-Degree Murder.  Beck was driving from her home in Sturtevant to a computer class in Appleton when she vanished.  Her van was discovered in a parking lot in Fond du Lac, and her body was found a few weeks later along a roadside near Waupun.  An autopsy indicated that Beck was most likely strangled.  Brantner remains in jail under a million-dollar bond.


Moungey Charged In Assault


6/8/15 – A Waupun man whose wife was charged with sexual assault last week has now been charged for his alleged role in the matter.  Robert Moungey is facing one felony count of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child Under the Age of Twelve as a Party to a Crime.  According to an alleged note provided to authorities by his wife, Cassandra Scheuers, the 26-year-old had pornographic images of minors on his computer.  She also claimed that he engaged in inappropriate acts with an infant and forced her to have similar contact with a toddler.  If Moungey is convicted, he faces up to 60 years in prison.  His preliminary hearing is set for June 11.


Taste Of Wisconsin Returns To Beaver Dam For Ninth Year


6/8/15 – The Ninth Annual Taste of Wisconsin will be held in Beaver Dam later this month.  Event Co-Chair Jeff Davidson says unlimited tasting of 100 beers and 60 cheeses, all from the state of Wisconsin, will be included in the price of admission.  He says representatives from at least twelve breweries will be on hand and that cider will also be offered, a first for the festival.  The all-inclusive tickets are $30 each or six for $150 if ordered ahead of time or $35 apiece the day of the event.  Davidson says there is also a $5 ticket available for those who are underage or serving as a designated driver.  Those tickets include unlimited cheese tasting and soft drinks.  Tickets can be purchased at the Beaver Dam Chamber, Beaver Dam Piggly Wiggly, Rechek’s Food Pride, Verlo Mattress, or Johnny’s Bar through June 19.  The festival will be held on Saturday, June 20 from Noon to 4 pm.  This year’s event will be held a bit south of the normal location in front of the chamber.  It will take place on South Spring Street between Henry and Mill Streets.