News – October 7, 2016

Dodge County Officers Could Soon Have Body Cameras

10/7/16 – Dodge County sheriff’s deputies could soon be equipped with body cameras. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says that is part of a $230,000 expense he proposed in his 2017 departmental budget. The county does not currently use body cameras. In addition to the body cameras, Schmidt hopes to replace the aging, failing camera system that is in the county’s patrol cars as well as the aging server that stores his office’s video footage. He plans to share the cost over the next two budget years but says a recently-received $80,000 federal grant could allow up to 75% of the equipment to be purchased in 2017. Schmidt says equipping his officers with body cameras could provide evidence that can be used in court and helps corroborate an officer’s word when challenged. The Dodge County Board is expected to vote on the final budget November 15.

Beaver Dam Man Waives Hearing On Battery Charge

10/7/16 – A Beaver Dam man accused of attacking an officer has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Aaron Robinson is facing two felony counts of Battery to Law Enforcement along with one misdemeanor. Last month, police responded to a domestic disturbance complaint of two people arguing, Robinson and a woman with whom he was living. Despite multiple warnings, the arguing continued. Robinson was arrested when he allegedly threatened the officers. As the 38-year-old was being placed in the squad car, he reportedly kicked one of the officers in the chest. If he is convicted, Robinson faces over 22 years in prison. He will be arraigned October 19.

Waterloo Man Waives Hearing On OWI Charge

10/7/16 – A Waterloo man accused of driving drunk for an eighth time will proceed to trial. Thomas Kovacs yesterday waived his right to a preliminary hearing on felony counts of eighth offense Operating While Intoxicated and Operating a Motor Vehicle While Revoked. Officers were dispatched to the intersection of Highways 89 and County Road TV in the Town of Portland last month for a vehicle run off. Upon arrival, an officer spotted a truck in a field and saw Kovacs walking toward him. The 52-year-old allegedly said his son was driving the vehicle when they went off the highway. When asked why his son was no longer at the scene, Kovacs stated he had hitched a ride home. Kovacs’ wife and son later arrived. After first claiming he was the driver, Kovacs’ son reportedly told the officer he was not even present when the vehicle went off road, claiming his father was in fact the driver. When asked if he was impaired, Kovacs allegedly responded with (quote) “absolutely.” He reportedly failed field sobriety tests and blew over twice the legal limit for driving. If he is convicted, Kovacs faces up to 11 years in prison. He will be arraigned October 12.

Fox Lake Man Charged With Buying Drugs With Stolen Card

10/7/16 – A Fox Lake man is accused of using a stolen credit card to buy cocaine and other drugs. Ryan Howell Jr. is facing one felony count of Identity Theft along with two misdemeanors for allegedly stealing and using a credit card from the mother of a friend he was living with at the time of the September incident. When officers arrested the 27-year-old, they reportedly found the stolen card in his pocket. If he is convicted, Howell faces over 14 years in prison. His initial appearance is October 17.

Hearing Delayed In Slenderman Trial

10/7/16 – A judge in Waukesha has delayed a hearing on whether to allow insanity pleas in the Slender Man stabbing case. Circuit Judge Michael Bohren has ordered another psychologist to evaluate Morgan Geyser, after the first doctor filed conflicting reports of whether her insanity plea was justified. A defense lawyer said the first psychologist did not have a good command of the English language, and Bohren agreed to have another doctor look at Geyser. Because of that, a hearing to review psychological reports for Geyser and defendant Anissa Weier was pushed back from next Thursday to November eleventh. Geyser and Weier, both 14, are both charged as adults with attempted homicide for allegedly stabbing classmate Payton Leutner 19 times in May of 2014 in allegiance to the online horror character Slender Man.

Officer: No Credible Threat In FDL High School

10/7/16 – Fond du Lac Assistant Police Chief Steve Klein says there was no credible threat at the city’s high school this week. He says both an incident in a lunchroom Tuesday and a post on Snapchat afterwards about a “revolution” were dealt with. Klein says fear spread when a student texted a parent Wednesday about a rumor that someone might have a gun in the school, which was later proven false.

State Officials Warn Of Contaminated Produce

10/7/16 – Wisconsin agricultural and consumer protection officials are warning about the safety of food grown in flooded fields. Specialists say flood water contains pathogens, chemicals or both, which can contaminate produce directly or indirectly. Food safety spokesman Peter Haase at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says if flood water has touched the produce it shouldn’t be sold or consumed. Officials caution producers who use well water to wash produce before it’s sold should also pay attention to the condition of their well. Contamination can occur if flood water enters the top of the well or migrates underground to your well from a neighbor’s flooded well.

Crews Looking Into Western Wisconsin Storm Damage

10/7/16 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency teams are in western Wisconsin to assess damage caused by flooding last month that killed two people. Teams dispatched to the 12 affected counties of western Wisconsin on Wednesday to assess damage to roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. Their work will help Governor Scott Walker determine whether to seek a federal disaster declaration, which is the first step in requesting federal assistance. The preliminary damage assessments of $14,000,000 in public infrastructure and $7,200,000 in private infrastructure don’t meet federal disaster thresholds.

Schoenfeld Seeking To Purchase Juneau Piggly Wiggly

10/7/16 – The owner of the Beaver Dam Piggly Wiggly is taking over ownership of the store in Juneau. Daryl Schoenfeld is in the process of purchasing Jensen’s Piggly Wiggly from owner Jonathan Jensen, who is pursuing other interests. Schoenfeld started bagging groceries at the Beaver Dam store in high school, was promoted quickly and he and his wife Brenda eventually bought the franchise from Doug Gilmore in 2008. The Juneau operation would be his second store. Schoenfeld says he will change the name of the store but he will not be using his last name as some franchise operators do. He says it is the customer’s store, not his store, so it will be called Juneau Piggly Wiggly. Other than a new owner, Schoenfeld says Juneau Piggly Wiggle will have the same offerings including an in-store bakery, produce department, deli and meat counters, fresh and frozen seafood and a full liquor department. The sale is expected to be finalized next month.

Mayville’s Audubon Days Back For 30th Year

10/7/16 – An annual fall celebration returns to Mayville this weekend. Audubon Days is back for its 30th year. The festival runs today through Sunday, with many of the events taking place at Foster Park. Today’s events include team bed races down Main Street, a beer and wine tasting and guided tours through the city’s downtown. A 5k run-walk gets things started tomorrow morning. Sunday’s events include the Audubon Days parade at 11 am and the ‘Rock River Rubber Duck Race’ at 4 pm.

Walk Raising Money For Those Dealing With Dementia

10/7/16 – An upcoming event is raising money for people suffering from a memory-related disease. The Steppin’ Out for Dementia Awareness Walk is raising money for the Dementia Concerns Coalition. Proceeds will fund various Alzheimer’s and dementia grants in Dodge County. The coalition’s purpose is to enhance the quality of life for people suffering from dementia by providing advocacy information, support, and education. The event is tomorrow at the Beaver Dam Community Hospital. Registration is at 8:30 am, and the walk starts at 10am. Participants can choose from one or two mile routes. There is a cost to register.

Trump, Ryan To Share Stage In Elkhorn

10/7/16 – White House nominee Donald Trump will appear in Elkhorn tomorrow (Saturday) with three of Wisconsin’s top elected officials, in an apparent show of unity 31 days before the election. Trump will join House Speaker Paul Ryan, U-S Senator Ron Johnson, and Governor Scott Walker at the G-O-P’s First House District Fall Fest. Ryan’s office announced the appearance and it’s the first time he’ll be on a stage with Trump, after the speaker endorsed him but remained critical of some of the nominee’s stronger comments. Johnson has been supportive of Trump but has not endorsed him — and Walker recently appeared with Trump for the first time in West Bend and helped running mate Mike Pence prepare for this week’s vice presidential debate. Recent polls showed Trump trailing Democrat Hillary Clinton by two points — and state Senate G-O-P leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau says tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) event shows that Wisconsin is “again in play.”