News – February 27, 2016

Fox Lake Mayor Named As Million Dollar Lottery Winner


2/27/16 – A local officeholder was announced as the million dollar lottery winner this morning.  Fox Lake Mayor Tom Bednarek was back at the store the winning ticket was sold, Rechek’s Food Pride, for a press conference following his Saturday night Powerball win.  Bednarek matched all five numbers without the Powerball.  He says the ticket was a quick-pick but did contain both one of his daughter’s and one of his granddaughter’s birthdays.  Bednarek says he plans to use the money to help his daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  He also wants to get a new truck to upgrade his current one that is 16 years old.  After finding out, Bednarek says he sat his wife, Kay, down to tell her the news.  Although she was skeptical at first, she came to the realization that their lives had in fact changed forever.  Bednarek says he also plans to donate funds in the local community.


Man Accused Of Stealing From ‘Safe Ride Ron’ Charged


2/27/16 – The Neosho man accused of stealing from Safe Ride Ron has been charged.  Brian Krieger is facing one felony count of Operating a Motor Vehicle without the Owner’s Consent and one misdemeanor Theft count.  The Dodge County Tavern League’s Safe Ride Ron picked the 48-year-old up from a bar during a December snow storm.  When he could not find him a place for the night, Ron took Krieger home with him.  Ron awoke the next morning to find his flat screen TV and a van he was keeping for a friend were missing.  The van was found in Milwaukee the next day.  Krieger was picked up in Waukesha County and returned to Dodge County.  If he is found guilty on both charges, Krieger faces over six years in prison.  An initial appearance is set for March 14.


Hustisford Man Accused Of Ripping Off Client


2/27/16 – A Hustisford man is accused of ripping off a client.  Kurtiss Keel is facing one felony count of Theft by Contractor.  According to the criminal complaint, Keel received a $10,000 payment to build an attached garage onto a residence.  The 34-year-old allegedly only did part of the job, and the work that was completed was not up to code.  If he is found guilty, Keel faces up to six years in prison.  An initial appearance is set for March 2.


Horicon Aquatic Center’s 2016 Schedule Announced


2/27/16 – Horicon’s City Council set the 2016 calendar for its aquatic center at this week’s meeting.  The pool will be open from June 4 through August 28.  The one-day pass costs a buck more than last year, five dollars.  Single day tickets bought between 6pm-8pm on weeknights in June and July are two dollars.  Season passes are being offered at $45 for individuals and $100 per family.  Five dollars will be knocked off that price is bought before May 31 at Horicon City Hall.


Mayville Committee Receives Golf Course Appraisal


2/27/16 – Mayville’s Finance Committee discussed a recently completed appraisal of the city golf course at its meeting this week.  Valbridge Property Advisors estimate the property and equipment is worth $660,000 while the business has an annual worth of $60,000.  The common council approved funding for the $4,500 appraisal in December.  Mayor Bob Redeker says it will be used to negotiate an agreement for someone to run the course when the current deal with the Mayville Golf Club expires at the end of the year.  The city has owned the course since it was built in the early 1930’s.


Mayville Salt Supply In Good Shape


2/27/16 – This winter’s lack of snow has bolstered the City of Mayville’s salt supply.  Crews had only been out 15 times this year as of Monday’s Public Works Committee meeting, five less than at this time last year.  Seven instances were for salting and plowing while eight were just for salt.  The city had taken 829 tons of salt and still needs to bring in another 520 tons by late April.  Officials say there should be enough storage space in its shed.


Mayville EMS Funds Down In 2015


2/27/16 – Emergency responders in Mayville collected less money in 2015 than two years prior.  That’s according to the city’s annual EMS report.  Only $207,000 of the $417,000 billed in 2015 was brought in.  In 2013, $221,000 of the billed $383,000 was collected.  The number of Medicare and Medicaid patients the city EMS responded to was 75% in 2015, as compared to 64% in 2013.  An extra 25 billable runs were made in 2015.


Columbus FFA Holding Donkey Basketball Tournament


2/27/16 – Donkey basketball is coming to Dodge County tomorrow afternoon.  The Columbus FFA is holding a tournament in the Columbus High School gym.  It is part of National FFA Week.  Both students and staff will participate.  The group has held a number of events throughout the week including an ‘Ag Olympics’ competition, a dodgeball tournament, and a presentation from National FFA President Taylor McNeil.  The donkey basketball tournament starts at 2 pm tomorrow.  Tickets are $8 at the door.  Proceeds fund future chapter activities and projects.


Milwaukee Child Killed In Brown Deer Car Crash


2/27/16 – A three-year-old Milwaukee girl was killed in a crash late Thursday night in Brown Deer. The accident happened near Sherman Boulevard and Teutonia Avenue, and the child was ejected from the vehicle. She was rushed to the hospital but later died. The child is identified as R’moni Little-Smith. The Wisconsin State Patrol was brought in to investigate and estimated the vehicle was traveling approximately 90 to 100 miles-an-hour, and the driver of the vehicle was under the influence. Another child and an adult were also hurt. Officials have arrested the driver, who was the girl’s mother’s boyfriend. The children were not in car seats, or restrained in any other way. Charges are pending. Others involved in the accident have not been identified.


Milwaukee Man Killed In Collision With Bus


2/27/16 – A Milwaukee man was killed yesterday when the car he was riding in slammed into a parked school bus near 46th Street and Mill Road. Police say the car’s 36-year-old male driver was going too fast and smashed into the school bus. He was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. His passenger, a 40-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. The 39-year-old male driver of the school bus was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. There were no students on the bus. No names have been released.