News – January 9, 2019

(Juneau) The Christian Leaders Coalition of Dodge County wants to see Solomon’s strip club in Juneau turned into a performing arts center. The non-profit presented their ideas for the club to the county board’s Executive Committee yesterday (Tuesday). They say a repurposing of the structure will help spur economic growth and increase tourism. While no plan was offered to pay for Solomon’s, the organization is suggesting the use of county funds. County officials say there is very little room in the budget this year and suggest discussing any options with the county’s Economic Development Administrator. Solomon’s has been up for sale for over seven months with a price tag near $400-thousand dollars.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam fire chief says there has been an increase in the number of fires caused by spontaneous combustion from oily rags. Chief Alan Mannel says there has been an uptick of such incidents in kitchens, taverns, laundromats and restaurants. He says most people do not realize that cooking oil is moderately-to-highly susceptible to supporting spontaneous combustion, specifically animal and vegetable-based oils. Modern washing machines could be part of the problem because the high-efficiency settings do not fully remove cooking oil, especially in cold water. Mannel says fires can be prevented by presoaking, washing twice, using hot water, using commercial washing machines or solvents, air-drying or using a medium heat and disposing of heavily-soiled rags.

(Juneau) The Juneau Common Council last (Tuesday) night approved a short-term contract for a new tenant to operate the Community Center. After several years, Chef Chanse Schomber left the city-owned facility as of December 31st to pursue other endeavors. A new four-month contract with Jason White Catering LLC is in effect as of January 3rd and will be revisited before it expires. The rent for the Juneau Community Center is being paid for by the city’s Community Development Authority but White is required to give ten-percent of all gross revenue back to the CDA.

(Madison) A delay has been requested in a federal trial on Wisconsin redistricting. Attorneys for the Republican-controlled state Assembly have asked a three-judge federal panel in Madison to delay the trial, set for April. That’s because the U-S Supreme Court said last week it would hear arguments in March in cases out of North Carolina and Maryland. The outcome of those could impact the Wisconsin case, where opponents have argued that Republicans illegally gerrymandered district maps. It’s an updated version of a lawsuit that resulted in previous trials in 2012 and 2016.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man was placed on probation for one year yesterday (Tuesday) for having an inappropriate relationship with a minor. Devan Elkins plead no contest to one felony count of Repeated Sexual Assault of the Same Child. Elkins was placed on a deferred prosecution agreement, meaning he will avoid a felony record if he stays out of trouble while on probation. The offenses occurred over a seven-month period in 2015 when Elkins was 21-years-old. He ultimately conceded that contact had taken place on approximately ten occasions. The victim, who came forward when she turned 18-years-old, says Elkins left her with deep emotional scars.

(Dane County) A Dane County homicide trial is underway. 59-year-old Daniel Lieske is accused of killing 21-year-old Jesse Faber of Sun Prairie a year ago near Marshall and hiding the body in a storage locker in Rio. Lieske has pleaded guilty to hiding a corpse, but has not entered a plea to a count of first-degree murder.

(Milwaukee) Harley-Davidson is rolling out it’s much-anticipated electric motorcycle. The LiveWire is on display this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. If you’re interested, Harley-Davidson’s website lists it for just under $30-thousand dollars, with a release date of August. For comparison, a Harley Sportster V-Twin can be had for less than $9000. According to the web page, LiveWire can accelerate from 0-to-60 in under 3-point-5 seconds and has an estimated 110-mile range.