News – December 24, 2016

Person Identified From Fiery September Crash

 

12/24/16 – The Dodge County Medical Examiner has identified the person killed in a fiery September crash.  33-year-old Mauricio Camacho-Flores of Mexico died at the scene of the Theresa accident on September 22.  The two-vehicle head-on collision occurred on Highway AY near Highway Y.  Camacho-Flores vehicle burst into flames, making it difficult to identify his body.  The other driver, 43-year-old Jonathan Murray of Mayville sustained minor injuries in the crash.

 

Dodge Co. Snowmobile Trail Partially Closed

 

12/24/16 – Part of Dodge County’s snowmobile trail system has been closed.  Zone Five, which is in the county’s southwest corner, was shut down yesterday morning due to deteriorating conditions.  That zone includes Corridor 36, which runs between Jefferson and Dane counties and the club trail from Corridor 36 north to Reeseville.  Zones One through Four and the ATV trail along the Wild Goose State Trail remain open.  Dodge County’s snowmobile trails opened last Saturday, and riders are urged to be cautious when using the trails as open water has been reported in low lying areas in Zone Three, south of Iron Ridge.  Riders are also told to stay on the marked trails when riding through a portion of Zone Three southeast of Juneau that runs through a field surrounded by many round bales.  County officials remind riders that this year’s map is the same as that from the previous three years.  While on the trails, a valid pass must be displayed at all times.  Before hitting the trails, riders are encouraged to call a 24-hour status line at 920-386-3705.

 

Badger Honor Flight Announces 2017 Plans

 

12/24/16 – A program that honors area veterans announced its schedule for the coming year on WBEV’s morning show yesterday.  Badger Honor Flight plans to make another four flights in 2017- on April 22, May 13, September 16, and October 7.  The program takes local veterans on a day-long trip to Washington D.C. to see various war memorials, free of cost.  Information on how to register a veteran is available at badgerhonorflight.org.

 

Longtime Waupun Firefighter Hangs Up Boots

 

12/24/16 – A longtime local firefighter’s career has come to an end.  Tom Pluim was recognized at the last Waupun Common Council meeting.  He retired in September after serving the city for over 32 years.  Fire Chief B.J. DeMaa notes Pluim did a lot for the department, retiring as captain of the main engine and also training new firefighters.  Pluim says he enjoyed working in Waupun and will miss the job but said it was time to call it quits.  At the recent meeting, DeMaa also recognized the department’s newest hire, Shawn Turnes, who recently completed his one-year probationary stint.  In addition, the council approved DeMaa’s request to fill a vacancy in the department.  DeMaa says he will begin the hiring process but notes it is not easy as there are less applicants than there were in previous times.

 

Wisconsin Could Again Look At Bathroom Bill

 

12/24/16 – The Wisconsin Assembly Republican who introduced the state’s bathroom bill in the last session says he might propose it again. G-O-P Speaker Robin Vos said this week that schools should set their own policies on whether transgender students should have to use the restrooms and locker rooms of their birth genders. But Assembly Republican Jesse Kremer of Kewaskum says a statewide policy is still needed — and he might try again next year, depending on what the U-S Supreme Court does with a case in Virginia. In October, the justices agreed to rule on whether Gavin Grimm, born as a girl, can use the boys’ bathrooms at a high school. Kremer says he introduced his Wisconsin measure before the issue became a national uproar, fueled by President Barack Obama’s order that schools must let students use bathrooms of the genders with which they now identify.

 

National Group, Legislators Disagree On UW Funding Issue

 

12/24/16 – A national group says two Wisconsin lawmakers are engaging in censorship, by warning that the UW’s next budget may be affected if the Madison campus does not drop a course on white racism. Joe Cohn of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education says lawmakers can criticize academics all they want — but when they use veto power on course content, it amounts to a stifling of speech prevented by the First Amendment. Assembly Republican Dave Murphy of Greenville and Senate Republican Steve Nass of Whitewater have said UW funding could be affected unless Madison drops a planned course next spring called “The Problem With Whiteness.” Murphy says Cohn’s analysis is wrong, saying he never threatened to withhold university funding — but he says taxpayers should be included in the debate.

 

Theme Park Owner Says Death Not Preventable

 

12/24/16 – The owner of the Mount Olympus theme park in Lake Delton says there’s nothing more that could have been done to prevent the death of a 16-year-old Florida boy. Police say the teen, his brother, and a friend scaled a seven-foot tall fence to reach a large outdoor water slide late Wednesday night. Officials say all three climbed to the top, one went down the slide on a snow saucer, and he got stuck in the snow about halfway down before falling 35 feet to his death. The boy’s name was not immediately released, and the three were staying with teen’s family at the resort’s Hotel Rome. Mount Olympus owner Nick Laskaris says the safety measures — including the fence — are there for a reason, and his thoughts and prayers are with the family.

 

Wisconsin Officer Enters Plea In Shooting Death

 

12/24/16 – Former Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan Brown has pleaded not guilty to a reckless homicide charge for a shooting death that spurred violence in August. The 24-year-old Heaggan Brown waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday, and he was ordered to stand trial for the on duty shooting that killed 23-year-old Sylville Smith, triggering two nights of unrest in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood. Heaggan Brown was fired from the police force after five other criminal charges were brought for an alleged sexual assault two days after the shooting. He’ll return to court January 12th, most likely to schedule a possible trial for all six charges.

 

Panel Upholds Ex-Prison Chief’s Firing

 

12/24/16 – A state employment panel has upheld the firing of former Corrections Secretary Ed Wall, saying he intentionally broke the state Open Records Law while lobbying for another job. Wall did get hired to a different post, and the state’s Employment Relations Commission rejected Wall’s appeal of his firing from Attorney General Brad Schimel. Wall stepped down as the agency’s leader amid a controversy about reported abuses of juvenile inmates at Lincoln Hills — and after taking his new job, the commission said Wall improperly tried lobbying Governor Scott Walker’s chief of staff to return to one of his old posts as the head of state criminal investigations. Wall reportedly told Walker Chief of Staff Rich Zipperer to “shred” his letter after reading it, so no one could find a public record of what he did. Zipperer reported the matter, and the A-G later fired Wall — whose lawyer says he’ll consider an appeal of the commission’s action.

 

Corn Board Looking For Local Growers

 

12/24/16 – A statewide governing body is looking for area corn growers.  Three Wisconsin Corn Production Board districts are looking for a new representative, including District Seven which represents six counties including Dodge, Green Lake, and Washington counties.  The election period opened last week and runs through January 10.  Corn growers who have not received a ballot should visit the wisconsin.gov website.  The growers elected will serve three-year terms.