News – March 15, 2019

(Sullivan) The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for our entire listening area until 3:45am Saturday.

(Dodge County) The changing weather is making it more difficult to get around Dodge County. Highway Commissioner Brian Field says the combination of frozen culverts, roadside ditches full of ice, a rapid snow melt, and periodic rain events has caused some local highways to be closed and detoured. Residents are encouraged to report any flooded roadway that does not have warning signs or closures to the Highway Department during the week or to the Sheriff’s Office on weekends. You will find that information along with a link to closed and detoured roads at DailyDodge.com.

(Lodi) In Columbia County, flooding is being reported in the Lodi-area. Spring Creek is over two-and-a-half feet above flood stage at 9-feet. Flooding resulted in downtown building furnaces to fail and release a natural gas cloud, resulting in the evacuation of several buildings yesterday (Thursday); there were no fires or explosions. A temporary shelter was set up at Lodi Elementary after both gas and power were shut off in and around the downtown area.  Volunteers are being sought to help with sandbagging.

(Waupun) The south branch of the Rock River at Waupun is at moderate flood stage. The National Weather Service says the river is at 8.6-feet; its record peak is 10.1-feet. Waupun Utilities has responded to power outages on the west side of the city. Sandbags are available at the Waupun City Garage on North Madison Street on a first come first serve basis.

(Fond du Lac) Some Fond du Lac residents had to be evacuated from their homes Thursday morning when the Fond du Lac River overflowed its banks. Troy Haase (HAH-zee) is the Division Chief for the City’s Fire and Rescue Department. He says while reminiscent of flooding in the city in June of 2008, flooding wasn’t city wide. Temporary shelters have been set up.

(Juneau) The mother of a Fox Lake murder suspect testified yesterday that she did not kill Sesalie Dixon in October of 2016. The state is prosecuting Laverne Ware Jr. for the shooting death but the defense argues that the defendant’s mother, Marjorie Jones, is the actual perpetrator. Jones adamantly denied the claim yesterday and called her son’s defense attorney’s (quote) “liars.” Ware’s attorneys maintain that Jones was upset because the 27-year-old victim stole money, pills and her 59-year-old boyfriend. The defense noted that a bullet and the keys to the truck where the body was found were located inside of Jones’ purse. Once again, Jones denied any knowledge. Today is the final day of the two-week jury trial.

(Columbus) A Columbus is facing his seventh drunken driving charge after being pulled over in Marquette County for driving erratically. A state trooper had gotten a complaint about a northbound driver on Interstate-39 and stopped Jacob Price near mile marker 110 late Wednesday morning. There were allegedly open intoxicants in the vehicle and the 38-year-old refused to take a field sobriety test.  Price was arrested and taken to the Marquette County Jail.

(Burnett) A Watertown man accused of failing to complete a barn renovation project for the Dodge County Antique Power Club is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday. Steven Neuman was given a $22,000 down payment for materials and allegedly spent around $16,000 on personal living expenses. If convicted, the 54-year-old faces no more than ten years in prison. Neuman will be arraigned next month.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Fire Chief Alan Mannel says it took him a while to wrap his head around the fact that he would have to burn an entire 16-unit apartment building to the ground. Today marks one since the controlled burn of Village Glen Apartment building 109, ending an eleven-day ordeal sparked when Benjamin Morrow blew himself up while tinkering with volatile homemade chemicals. With the recent release of documents related to the investigation, the public is just now learning that the feds had considered a controlled burn since day one of the eleven-day ordeal. Even so, Chief Mannel says when the final decision was made it was difficult for him to accept. Mannel admitted that, at first, he thought the plan was to burn the Morrow’s individual apartment without damaging the rest of the building.