(Beaver Dam) Cash bond was set at $2-million dollars Tuesday afternoon for the suspect in a weekend murder in Beaver Dam. Ulisses Medina Espinoza of Beaver Dam is charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide in the death of his ex-wife Stacia Hollinshead of Sycamore, Illinois. According to the criminal complaint, when officers arrived on scene, the suspect’s mother was screaming to police “he killed her, he killed her” and she pointed at Medina Espinoza, who was kneeling next to his daughter crying profusely. The victim brought the girl to see her grandparents in Beaver Dam for the weekend. In what can only be described as a heart-breaking account, the five-year-old told investigators that she was in the kitchen with her grandmother, heard the front door open, saw her dad and they met in the living room where he gave her a bunch of presents. The 31-year-old then went into the kitchen and shot Hollinshead 15 times. If convicted, Medina Espinoza could spend the rest of his life in prison.
(Beaver Dam) A fund has been established to help the child whose mother was murdered in Beaver Dam over the weekend. The Beaver Dam Police Charities has an account at American Bank’s three branches in Beaver Dam to collect funds specifically for the child caught in the middle of the tragic situation. Donations can be made online anytime or in person during regular business hours. You can find more information on the American Bank website, the Beaver Dam Police Department website and Facebook pages or look for links to all those websites with this news story at Daily Dodge.com.
(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce is hosting a debate tonight with the candidates in contested races for city council and school board. Panelists confirmed include the contenders in aldermanic ward’s three, five and seven along with four of the five candidates for Beaver Dam school board. The format allows for opening and closing statements, questions from the media, questions from the public and questions among the candidates. The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce Spring Election Candidates Forum will be held tonight from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Veteran’s Center at 300 Beichl Avenue. It will be broadcast live on 95.3 WXRO and video streamed at DailyDodge.com.
(Waupun) The Waupun Common Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday night to begin drafting an ordinance that would allow residents to house hens within city limits. In recent months a group of residents began circulating a petition requesting the city to explore the creation of an urban chicken ordinance. City Administrator Kathy Schlieve there are people opposed to the idea and cite concerns such as sanitation, rodents and overall ability to enforce such an ordinance. Schlieve says that issues such as number of birds allowed per parcel, applications and consent, slaughter, commercial use, nuisance and animal control should be reviewed before the council takes up a vote. City Attorney Daniel Vande Zande says the draft ordinance should be completed by end of April.
(Madison) It’s still flu season in Wisconsin. Public health officials say they’re seeing a spike in late-season flu cases. An increasing number of those cases involve a strain of the flu virus that this season’s vaccine is ineffective against. The Department of Health Services recommends the usual precautions, such as washing your hands.
(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam residents can begin to leave brush at the streets edge beginning Monday. Neatly-piled, loose tree limbs and shrubbery cuttings should be left out by 7am on the first waste collection day of the month. Yard waste can also be dropped off at the DPW garage on South Center Street which after April 6th will also be open on Saturday’s. Brush pick-up continues once a month through the first collection day in November.