News – March 6, 2019

(Fox Lake) Attorneys for a Fox Lake murder suspect began opening arguments yesterday by implicating the defendant’s own mother. Laverne Ware Jr is charged in the 2016 murder of his girlfriend Sesalie Dixon. The defense argues that 56-year-old Marjorie Jones was upset because the victim had stolen money, pills and her 59-year-old, live-in boyfriend. Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg says all the forensic evidence points to Ware along with witnesses who say Ware confessed the murder. Today marks day three of the two-week trial.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam teen is facing up to 160 years in prison for assaulting an underage girl. 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 confessed his actions in text messages between himself and the victim. Falkinham has an initial appearance scheduled later this month.

(Portage) A Michigan man allegedly caught with counterfeit credit cards during a traffic stop in Columbia County is facing 15 felony charges. Deshon Lamont-Rahim Davis was arrested in January after giving a state trooper a false name. During the traffic stop on Interstate 39-90, the trooper reportedly found four phony credit and rewards cards belonging to other people. The 23-year-old is scheduled to make an appearance in Columbia County Circuit Court later this month. If convicted, he faces up to 50 years in prison.

(Beaver Dam) A scam artist is using the name of a Beaver Dam priest in the latest con making the rounds. Father Mike Erwin of St. Katharine Drexel in Beaver Dam heard on Monday that a conman was using the name of a Milwaukee priest and was surprised to learn on Tuesday that his own name was being used in a similar fashion. Erwin says a Beaver Dam parishioner was solicited by text message to purchase gift cards and send the pin number to a cell phone.  Erwin learned from the Milwaukee Archdiocese that the names of four other priests have been used in a similar scam. While the victim in Milwaukee lost money, the conman who used Father Erwin’s name did not get anything.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Fire Chief Alan Mannel says his department quickly ruled out a drug lab or natural gas explosion when they surveyed the damage at Village Glen building 109. Mannel joined us on WBEV’s Community Comment yesterday, which marked one year since a fatal explosion that sparked an eleven-day ordeal ending with a controlled burn of the entire building; the only way to safely dispose of the volatile homemade chemicals discovered inside. The department’s fire inspector knew from past experience that there was no gas service to building 109, ruling that out. Crews inside said the apartment said it was just too “neatly kept” for a methamphetamine lab, and then saw suspicious jars of liquid in a small frig. That’s when Mannel said “this is not adding up, let’s get out of here.” By the end of the day, 228 people, including those from neighboring buildings were evacuated. You can hear the rest of the story at DailyDodge.com.

(Madison) Governor Evers says he’s ready to use his veto pen on the state budget, if it comes to that. At a stop in Sturgeon Bay, Evers said that he’s ready and willing to veto any budget passed by the state legislature that doesn’t support the people of Wisconsin or include some of his priorities. Evers presented his budget last week, but it received little support from Republicans. They’ve already indicated they’ll be writing their own budget this year.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Community Hospital and Marshfield Clinic Health System have taken the next step in their planned affiliation by signing a definitive agreement. The two organizations signed a letter of intent in June 2018. Beaver Dam Hospital President and CEO Kim Miller says it is “exciting to reach this milestone in the…process.” Miller says the institution will continue to deliver local care to those it currently serves and will expand the number of specialties and sub-specialties through the agreement, with additional access to innovative technologies, along with Marshfield Clinic’s expertise. The affiliation is expected to close in the coming months. Specific terms are not being released.