News – April 22, 2019

(Beaver Dam) State Representative Mark Born says he has heard from a wide cross-section of the community as he tours Wisconsin getting feedback on the state budget. The Beaver Dam Republican is a member of the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, which is wrapping up a series of public meetings with a stop in Green Bay this week. Born says the committee has heard comments on topics ranging from healthcare to education funding to prison reform. At many of his own local listening sessions, Born says the thing he hears most about is roads.

(Madison) A Marshall man who killed a Sun Prairie man and hid his body in Columbia County was sentenced to life in prison Friday. In December, Daniel Lieske (LEE-ski) pled guilty to a felony count of Hiding a Corpse and was later found guilty by a jury on First Degree Homicide charges in the death of 21-year-old Jesse Faber (FAY-bur). Prosecutors say Lieske shot Faber five times and hid his body in Rio, about 30 miles from where he was last seen in Marshall. Lieske’s finance, 52-year-old Miechelle Goss, was given ten months in jail for helping cover up the murder. The 60-year-old Lieske has the possibility of parole in 20 years.

(Fond du Lac) A 39-year-old Chilton man is facing charges for leading Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s deputies on an 8-mile chase that began in the town of Calumet and culminated in the city of Fond du Lac. A deputy initially tried to stop the man who was going 98 miles an hour on Highway 151. The man made it past a tire deflation device and at times was traveling at the speed limit in Fond du Lac. Eventually he was stopped during a moving roadblock technique. He is facing charges for eluding, drunken driving and faces others for having his four children, all under the age of 14, in the vehicle with him. Fond du Lac Police assisted in the pursuit, which began at 4:15 pm.

 

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac firefighters responded to a house fire at 301 Star Street Saturday afternoon. The fire was contained to a second-floor bedroom. The blaze caused significant fire and smoke damage. No one was injured. The Red Cross assisted residents with overnight housing arrangements. The time of the fire call was 2:25 pm.

 

(Madison) New analysis shows Wisconsin had the fourth largest decline in higher education funding when measured by per student.  The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association says the state’s eight-percent drop between 2013 and 2018 comes as the country as a whole increased this funding by 15-percent.

 

(Madison) The Wisconsin Supreme Court will take up a second lawsuit challenging last December’s State Legislature lame duck session, bypassing a state appeals court.  The unions who filed the lawsuit claim the laws passed limiting powers of Governor Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul violate the state constitution’s separation of powers.  The state’s highest court decided one week ago to take up another lawsuit challenging the session for being unconstitutional.

 

(Beaver Dam) Domestic violence and law enforcement officials hope that a recent program creates a safer environment for those facing potentially violent situations. The lethality assessment program was first brought to the Dodge County area in 2017 and is a form that determines a victim’s risk of being killed by their abuser. PAVE’s Associate Director Ashley Welak says when an officer responds to a domestic disturbance they ask a series of 12 questions. If the victim answers “yes” to a certain amount Welak says that means they are at a high risk of being killed. She says the officer will notify the victim and encourage them to reach to PAVE for shelter. PAVE’s contact information can be found with this news story on DailyDodge.com.

(Dodge County) Year-to-date vehicle sales in the region are up when compared to this time last year. According to the Waterloo-based industry tracking firm Reg Trak, there have been a total of 916 car and light truck sales in Dodge County in the first three months of 2019, 114 more than last year or an increase of 14.2-percent. Car sales were actually down four-percent while truck sales were up 17-percent.