News – March 11, 2019

(Juneau) Week two getting underway today in the two-week jury trial of a Fox Lake murder suspect. Laverne Ware Jr is charged in the 2016 murder of his girlfriend Sesalie Dixon. On Friday, former Wisconsin State Crime Lab Forensic DNA Analyst Kaitlyn Perry testified that DNA testing was conducted on several items recovered from the scene including Ware’s pickup truck and both a black and a pink handgun. While the black firearm was covered in blood, it was the pink gun that was identified as the murder weapon through matching shell casings. While being questioned by District Attorney Kurt Klomberg, Perry said she was surprised by the development.

 

(Waunakee) The Waunakee man who fatally shot his neighbor in her home last summer will spend the rest of his life in a state mental hospital.  75-year-old Ronald Jenne was found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect for the death of Julie Anderson.  Lawyers for both sides agreed Jenne lacked the capacity to understand the actions he did.

 

(Beaver Dam) Authorities say a Beaver Dam woman was drunk when she was seriously injured after driving the wrong way in the Columbia County Town of Newport Saturday evening. Witnesses reported that the 25-year-old’s car was westbound on Highway 16, near New Haven Road, when she struck an eastbound minivan. The Beaver Dam woman was transported from the scene and cited for first offense OWI. The 23-year-old Norwalk woman in the minivan sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Road conditions had begun to transition from rain and sleet to snow at the time of the crash, which remains under investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

 

(Beaver Dam) State Representative Mark Born says he will be reintroducing a bill that would give protected status to county jailers. The bill would give county jailers benefits similar to state prison workers. That includes the ability to retire earlier and duty disability insurance, which is difficult for those in high-risk jobs to obtain in the open marketplace. Previous versions of the bill had been held up during the committee process but Born says a new committee will review the bill this year which he says bodes well for its success. The Beaver Dam Republican says that the chairman of the Corrections and Judiciary Committee has assured him that a hearing will be scheduled to discuss the matter.

 

(Beaver Dam) The candidates in the contested race for Beaver Dam’s Third Ward joined us last week on WBEV’s Community Comment to discuss the issues. Among the topics we discussed was the use of taxpayer dollars for downtown revitalization efforts. Incumbent Jon Abfall, who is seeking his third term, supports targeted investments in smaller downtown projects. The incumbent is being challenged by Doug Garczinski (gar-shin-ski) who says downtown revitalization is a responsibility of the private sector. You can find our entire interviews with each candidate on DailyDodge.com.

 

(Racine County) Foxconn’s top executive Louis Woo will meet in person today with Governor Evers’ Administration Secretary Joel Brennan and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Secretary Mark Hogan.  The intent is to clarify what Foxconn’s plans are for their Wisconsin facility, which has been in flux since late January.  The meeting comes as the Racine Journal Times reports roughly 225-million dollars have already been spent on road construction surrounding the proposed plant site, with over 300-million still planned.

 

(Sheboygan) A warning to be a little more alert behind the wheel today due to Daylight Savings Time.  The Sheboygan Police Department highlighting a study done back in 1996 by the New England Journal of Medicine that found an 8-percent increase in traffic accidents the first work day after clocks spring forward.  The reason is due to the loss of sleep as the body adjust to clocks moving ahead one hour.

 

(White Lake) Another round of heavy snow in northern Wisconsin led to several roof collapses  Sunday.  One impacted the volunteer fire department building in White Lake in Langlade County.  Locals assisted in removing the debris and salvageable equipment as nearby departments will cover fire calls.  In Eau Claire an awning at a gas station collapsed with one vehicle underneath it.  One person was taken to the hospital with injuries.

 

(Lake Geneva) The warming temperatures and chances for rain this week are creating dangerous conditions for ice on area waterways.  The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office says one vehicle nearly went through the ice on Geneva Lake Sunday.  An airboat from the Lake Geneva Fire Department assisted in getting the vehicle back to shore safely.

 

(Sun Prairie) Four Allstate agents in southern Wisconsin are offering free emergency preparedness kits this week.  Supplies include a first aid kit, emergency blanket, flashlight, rain poncho, dust mask, whistle and water bottle.  The number of kits in Pewaukee, Muskego, Sun Prairie and Fitchburg are limited.  The Allstate Foundation hopes to distribute over 50-thousand kits nationwide.

 

(Waukesha) Monday begins demolition at the Waukesha County courthouse for a new expansion.  The intake court building will be removed to make room for a 62-thousand square foot, four-story tower that includes eight new courthouses and better security features.  Funding for the first phase of the 38-point-5 million dollar project was included in the county’s 2019 budget.

 

(Green Bay) UW-Green Bay will be the first school in the UW System to offer a water science major.  It will combine science and public policy courses to help fill a shortage of workers focused on water quality.  The move comes as Governor Evers addresses drinking water contamination in his first year in office.

 

(Wisconsin) A study by the Center for American Program finds over half of Wisconsin children live in child care deserts, where there are only one licensed child care for every three children.  Child care directors says they are struggling to find and retain workers, blaming the shortage on poor benefits and wages along with low unemployment.  The average child care worker makes 10-dollars 33 an hour, with a child care teacher makes 12-dollars an hour.

 

(Wisconsin) With warmer weather finally returning to Wisconsin, the Great Lakes may have reached their peak in ice cover.  Lake Superior was at 94-percent as of Friday, the first time in four years it surpassed 90-percent.  Lake Michigan’s ice coverage has averaged around 40-percent in recent weeks.  Lake Erie also had 94-percent ice coverage, with Lake Huron around 85-percent, and Lake Ontario at 23-percent.

 

(Madison) An UW-Madison Police officer is struck in the face while arresting a student in a residence hall early Sunday morning for peeing in a hallway.  The 18-year-old student was trying to fight with officers throughout his arrest.  No officers were seriously hurt.  The student had a blood alcohol level over twice the legal limit, and faces battery and resisting charges.

 

(Wausau) A Wausau man tried to blame his seventh OWI arrest last week on actor Ryan Reynolds.  Court records from Marathon County state law enforcement found the 45-year-old after he crashed into a snowbank and walked away.  When being taken into custody, Brandon Ingram says he did drink but claims Ryan Reynolds was driving.  Ingram was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the accident.