News – March 26, 2019

(Beaver Dam) Illinois officials say the 30-year-old state’s attorney who was killed in Beaver Dam last weekend had filed a restraining order against her husband.  Ulisses Medina Espinosa is accused of shooting Stacia Hollinshead to death and is in custody at the Dodge County Detention Facility.  Hollinshead had reportedly sued Medina for child support twice in the past after filing for divorce in 2016. Hollinshead’s body was found by police Saturday afternoon.  It is the first homicide investigation in Beaver Dam since the mid-1980’s.

(Mayville) The mayor of Mayville says he is pleased that a Dodge County Judge has denied the state’s decision to allow two neighboring municipalities to merger. Earlier this month, Judge Joseph Sciascia sent back the Department of Administration’s ruling to allow the town of Williamstown to attach to the village of Kekoskee. Sciascia determined that state law does not permit Williamstown to just vanish with a boundary agreement between the two municipalities and said that the matter needed to be straightened out by the Court of Appeals or Supreme Court. Mayor Rob Boelk says the city expects both Williamstown and the state to appeal the judge’s decision. He says if that happens the matter will go to an appellate court. Since the new entity would surround the city, officials say the merger would stunt Mayville’s growth and affect other areas such as school district population and transportation.

(Beaver Dam) Voters in Beaver Dam’s Ward Five will see a contested aldermanic race on their April ballot. Incumbent Alderman Mick Fischer says he has always felt that he should give back to a city that has been so good to him. Fischer says he grew up here and feels an obligation to do what he can to lead the way into the future. Challenger Betsy Ramsdale says she is no longer interested in siting on the sidelines and is ready to step up and work for the community. Ramsdale says she wants to make Beaver Dam continue to be a great city to work and raise their families. You can listen to our entire conversations with both candidates at DailyDodge.com.

(Princeton) Residents in Princeton along the Fox River are fed up with flooding. The Fox has jumped its banks three times in the last ten months and there have been four major floods in the last ten years.  Some people are pushing for construction of a flood wall.  Local officials say they have met with the Department of Natural Resources and state emergency management officials.  The situation is complicated because much of Princeton is located in a marsh area.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam teen accused of molesting an underage girl made his initial appearance in a Dodge County courtroom yesterday (Monday). Ryan Falkinham allegedly molested the victim, who was fourteen at the time, on three different occasions in the summer of 2018. They 18-year-old reportedly admitted his actions in text messages between himself and the victim. A signature bond was set at $5000 yesterday and a preliminary hearing is scheduled in May.  If convicted, Falkinham faces a maximum 160-year prison sentence.

(Milwaukee) The Milwaukee man accused of abducting two-year-old Noelani Robinson and fatally shooting 24-year-old Sierra Robinson was not in court for a scheduled preliminary hearing Monday. The hearing for Dariaz Higgins adjourned as the 35-year-old hires an attorney. Higgins is facing multiple charges in connection with the death of Sierra and abduction of Noelani. An Amber Alert was issued for the toddler after her mother’s murder on March 11. Higgins was arrested in Milwaukee two days later, and the little girl’s body was found along a highway in southern Minnesota on March 15.

(Beaver Dam) On WBEV’s Community Comment this (Tuesday) afternoon we sit down with the executive director of Dodge County’s domestic violence shelter. Teresa Nienow will discuss the warning signs of volatile relationships and the resources available in the area in the wake of Beaver Dam first homicide since the 1980s. In our second segment, our guest will be Columbus City Administrator Patrick Vander Sanden, who will give us an update on recent flooding in the city and talk about the ‘Columbus Road Map to 2050.”  Community Comment airs weekdays on AM1430 WBEV beginning at 12:35pm.

(Beaver Dam) Organizers with the 25th annual Beaver Dam Lake Days have announced this year’s music line-up. The three-day festival at Tahoe Park begins with a Teen Dance on Thursday, July 11. On Friday, performers include: the Starkweather Bay Blues Band, Whiskey Flats, Copper Box, The Boogie Men and Madison County. On the stage Saturday: Alexis, Chances Thrown, The Jimmy’s, Ultimate Legends and Metal Men.