News – February 22, 2019

(Juneau) Attorneys for a Fox Lake murder suspect have withdrawn a motion that sought to exclude newly-discovered evidence from being introduced. That after District Attorney Kurt Klomberg agreed not to use the evidence – discovered on Tuesday – in the two-week jury trial of Lavern Ware Jr, which is set to get underway in ten days. The defense motion initially sought to dismiss odometer readings retrieved from two vehicles that may have contradicted the 36-year-old’s alibi the night of the December 2016 murder of his girlfriend. The D-A says that the evidence was first discovered two years ago but was incorrectly labeled and went unnoticed until this past Tuesday. Both the defense and prosecution indicated at yesterday’s hearing that they want the jury trial to proceed as scheduled.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School District has over $226-thousand dollars in unused funds left over from the $49-million-dollar referendum approved by voters in 2016. The money was used to completely overhaul the high school and make security enhancements at all other district buildings. School administrators say the district generated nearly a half-million dollars in investment revenues and interest from borrowed money before it was spent. That same revenue stream was used to pay-off debt in the 2017-18 school year, which lowered the tax impact of the referendum and kept the mill rate under ten dollars. Suggestions for using the remaining funds include fencing and-or lights around the football field and track, a monument sign in front of the high school, additional outdoor storage or to pay debt.

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac County Executive Al Buechel figures sometime in the next five years the county will have to build a new jail or upgrade their current facility. He says a committee will have to be put together to study their options. Buechel says less staff would be needed for a new jail, but there are some drawbacks to that as well such as having to transport inmates for court appearances.

(Madison) The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is the latest group to file a federal lawsuit against Republican legislation limiting the authority of the governor and attorney general. DPW Chair Martha Laning says Republicans are ignoring the will of the people to withdraw from the lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act and to expand Medicaid access in Wisconsin.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam teen was placed on probation for 18 months yesterday (Thursday) for stealing a souvenir baseball bat from the high school. 18-year-old Cody Cassel was captured on video surveillance inside the Beaver Dam High School in August. There was also minor vandalism reported, including damage to some doors and an office computer.

(Beaver Dam) Applications are being accepted through this Sunday for the Beaver Dam Police Department’s 16th Annual Citizens Police Academy. Officer Bill Linzenmeyer says the 12-week course covers a number of topics including firearms training, defensive tactics, OWI procedures and cadets even participate in a ride-along.  The course is free of charge, but is limited to 12 applicants who must be 18 years old with a clean record and either reside, work or own property in Beaver Dam. The programs begin March 4th and continue on most Monday’s through May 20th, typically between 6pm and 9pm. Additional contact information can be found with this news story at

(Neenah) Fire destroyed a Winnebago County snowplow Thursday morning in Neenah. The driver was able to get out of the plow, which was plowing snow on Terra Cotta Court around 7am. Town of Neenah Fire Department officials say a mechanical system on the truck failed causing the blaze. After the fire was put out the truck was taken back to the county’s highway shop.

(Milwaukee) Two days after he was featured in a newspaper article as “Wisconsin’s oldest living man,” Ron Schwartz died at the age of 108. Schwartz was born in 1911 and raised on a farm just outside of East Troy.  He moved to Milwaukee in 1953 and finally gave up his home to move to an assisted-living apartment last year.  How did he live so long?  Schwartz says good genes and luck.  His parents also lived past 100 and four siblings were in their 90s when they died.