News – March 28, 2019

(Beaver Dam) The candidates for Beaver Dam school board fielded questions from the media on the voucher program and school safety; questions from the public on improving test scores and questions amongst themselves on collective bargaining. There are three contested races on the Beaver Dam Common Council in Wards Three, Five and Seven and the candidates grilled each other on road funding, new fire stations and pools. The media asked about the reducing the size of the council while the public asked about the effectiveness of the city’s demerit point ordinance for liquor licenses and downtown revitalization. You can find audio and video of last (Wednesday) night’s Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce Spring Election Candidates Forum at DailyDodge.com.

(Beaver Dam) Officials with Dodge County’s domestic violence shelter say their organization can help people in violent relationships devise a strategy that focuses on their wellbeing. PAVE Executive Director Teresa Nienow joined us on WBEV’s Community Comment this week as details emerged from a violent weekend murder in Beaver Dam. Ulisses Medina Espinoza is facing life in prison for the murder of his ex-wife Stacia Hollinshead, who shot 15 times in an apparent domestic violence incident. Nienow says advocates at PAVE can help children and adults in a domestic violence situation develop a “safety plan” geared to their unique situation that creates options for their protection. You can find more details on PAVE’s website, a link can be found with this news story at DailyDodge.com.

(Juneau) A Portage man charged in connection with the homicide of a Beaver Dam man entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment hearing yesterday. Nigel Schultz is facing felony charges of First Degree Intentional Homicide in the death of Bradlee Gerke. The property owner called authorities on Halloween reporting that there could be a body in his cow pasture. He told investigators that his daughter identified the suspect as Schultz, who is her ex-boyfriend. When interviewed by investigators, Schultz initially maintained that the property owner was the one who shot the victim and he only stole the victim’s phone and Food Share Card. But later, the 21-year-old allegedly confessed to shooting Gerke in the back of the head with a 38-Derringer and a .22-rifle.

(Lake Mills) A Dodgeville man, charged in connection with the death of a Lake Mills firefighter on the Beltline in Madison, entered a not guilty plea at arraignment yesterday (Wednesday). Samuel Cremers is facing with one felony count of Knowingly Operating A Vehicle on a Suspended License Causing Death. The 28-year-old avoided a drunk driving homicide charge after his blood alcohol level came back just under the state’s legal limit at point-zero-seven-nine (0.079). Truman had pulled over to the side of the Beltline to help a stranded driver when he was struck.

(Madison) It’s probably not something you want to hear, but Wisconsin has a chance of snow over the weekend. The National Weather Service says rain and snow showers are possible for parts of the state Friday through Saturday as a weather system moves through. Temperatures will be wobbling above and below freezing for the weekend, meaning we’ll be seeing showers, snow and stuff that’s in between. No significant accumulation is expected.

(Madison) School Choice Wisconsin Action is suing the state Department of Public Instruction for not allowing private schools in the choice program to count online classes toward instructional time.  DPI contends that state law would have to be changed in order to allow this.

(Madison) Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services has awarded a grant to help the nation’s first peer-run respite home for veterans who are dealing with distress due to mental health and substance abuse.  The Mental Health America of Wisconsin will use the money for services similar to what has been done at three other clinics across the state for any adults, but focuses on the specific needs for veterans.