August 16, 2014

Two Flown From Town of Beaver Dam Accident Scene

8/16/14 – Two Flight-For-Life helicopters landed at the scene of a three-vehicle accident Friday in the Town of Beaver Dam. The accident happened around 4pm on County Highway A, near the intersection with County E. Chief Deputy Scott Smith says an SUV with Illinois license plates was southbound on County A and had stopped to make a left-hand turn into the Indian Hills subdivision when they were struck from behind by a semi-tractor-trailer. The impact pushed the SUV into the northbound lane where it was hit by another vehicle. Both vehicles came to rest on the east side of the road by Indian Hill Trail. The female driver of the SUV and a minor passenger in her vehicle were flown to UW Hospital in Madison. The woman driving the second car was transported by Horicon EMS to Beaver Dam Community Hospital. The driver of the semi was not injured. The accident remains under investigation.

Former Waupun Cop Hearing Set For Crime Spree

8/16/14 – A plea hearing is now set for next month in Barron County for a former Waupun police officer connected with a multi-county crime spree last summer.  44-year-old Bradley Young of Brandon is facing a variety of charges in several counties. In Barron County, where he is charged with Vehicle Theft and Fleeing an Officer. Young had a Plea Hearing that was originally scheduled for yesterday but that has now been rescheduled for September 23.  Most of Young’s alleged crimes took place in a two-day period in early August of last year.  Authorities said he stole a pick-up truck in Green Lake County, crashed it in Barron County during a police chase, stole another vehicle near Rice Lake, broke into to a cabin west of Spooner where he considered killing himself, and later gave up at the cabin after he realized that officers were surrounding him.  Investigators say Young also apparently broke into grocery stores in Waupun, Berlin, and Markesan.  He later resigned from the Waupun police force. Young has a status conference in Green Lake County on September 15 and is set to make his Initial Appearance on a felony Burglary count in Waushara County in October.


Former West Allis Cop Waives Prelim In Homicides


8/16/14 – Former West Allis police officer Steven Zelich waived his preliminary hearing Friday in one of two homicide cases he’s facing in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  The 52-year-old Zelich was ordered to stand trial in Kenosha County for the 2012 death of 19-year-old Jenny Gamez of Cottage Grove Oregon.  He’s scheduled to enter pleas Monday to charges of first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse.  Authorities said both Gamez and Laura Simonson of Farmington Minnesota died after erotic choking games.  Their bodies were found June 5th in separate suitcases tossed along a grassy road near Lake Geneva.  The defense asked for a new judge to hear the Kenosha case.  Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder was named to replace Chad Kerkman. Criminal defendants in Wisconsin are allowed to have one judicial substitution without having a give a reason.  Zelich also has a status conference scheduled September 23rd for his Walworth County case involving two counts of hiding a corpse.  Charges involving Simonson’s death will be heard in Minnesota.

Fond du Lac Officials Anticipate Charges In Chase

8/16/14 – Fond du Lac County Chief Deputy Sheriff Mark Strand says the 18-year-old Berlin man who led both Fond du Lac and Dodge County deputies on chases using stolen vehicles last weekend could be looking at some serious jail time. He says Maxwell Decker will eventually be charged in Fond du Lac County. Decker was charged in Dodge County this week for a burglary that occurred while he was trying to get away from authorities. Bond was set at $100,000 cash and he has a preliminary hearing next Thursday.


Nation Of Patriots Tour To End In Beaver Dam

8/16/14 – Officials in Beaver Dam were determined to have the Nation of Patriot riders travel through the city later this summer—and that dream will come true on August 30. Organizers have confirmed Beaver Dam as the final stop on the tour. The fundraiser was launched six years ago in Oconomowoc with the goal of providing financial support to the families of wounded servicemen and women. The latest fundraising total is upwards of $64-thousand dollars and is ahead of the total at this point in the 2013 Tour. There are ceremonial flag handoffs throughout the country, and each leg has a flag-bearer who fly’s the flag on the back of their motorcycle. The flag that left Wisconsin in late May for a 100-day journey through the 48 Continental United States is circling back toward home. On August 30, riders will gather at Hogz and Honeez at 7:30am for a 7:45 departure to Badger Harley-Davidson in Madison. There the final flag transfer and flag bearer’s oath ceremony will begin at 9am and at 10am the riders will leave Badger Harley-Davidson, arriving in Beaver Dam for an 11am parade through downtown. The closing ceremony and celebrations will take place at the final destination at Hogz and Honeez Bar and Grill in Beaver Dam. Over 500 riders are expected to escort the flag on the final leg of The Patriot Tour.

Big Crowds Show For Wisconsin’s Largest Farm Show

8/16/14 – Great weather and big crowds graced Wisconsin’s largest farm show which ended Thursday.  Thousands of people attended Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, which completed a three-day run east of Plover in Portage County.   The show was held around a month later than usual, in order to highlight the region’s potato farming.  Another late show is planned next year at the Statz Brothers Farm at Sun Prairie in Dane County.  Bob Wipperfurth, who heads the executive committee for that show, says it will give the hosts a chance to harvest corn silage for their large dairy operation.   He also said the show’s closeness to Madison will give them a chance to show state officials examples of stewardship and “responsible agriculture.”  The just-completed show also marked the end of Ron Schuler’s official career.  He’s been the general manager of Farm Technology Days for the last four years, and has been involved with the show for 31 years.  Schuler promises to return as a volunteer next year in Dane County.

Day Four Of The Dodge County Fair

8/16/14 – Today is day four of the Dodge County Fair and it’s Music Mania Day. The Anti-Talent Show Contest kicks off at 3pm—any silly or stupid human trick that you can do can win you VIP Seats to Cassadee Pope and a trophy from Custom Trophy. At 3:30pm you have another chance to win VIP seats to Cassadee Pope, by participating in the Kamikaze Karaoke competition. The Chelli Bri Band kicks off the night with music at Radio Park starting at 5pm. Cassadee Pope is taking the Grandstand Stage at 8pm and then Chelli Bri Band is back at it, playing on Radio Park Stage afterwards  at 9:30pm. The cost to enter the fair before 2pm is $7 and after 2pm is $10. There is no additional charge for the grandstand acts or parking.

Cream Puff Eating Contest Results

8/16/14 – Over two dozen contestants competed in the 19th Annual WXRO Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Contest yesterday at Radio Park on the Dodge County Fairgrounds. The opening round was dedicated to the county’s greatest celebrities: our veterans. Retired US Air Force Colonel Gene Kirschbaum – who is delivering the keynote address at next month’s American Hero’s Music Festival – bested fellow veterans representing the American Legion, VFW, Am Vets and Marine Corps League. Kirschbaum took home the coveted Excellence In Pastry Consumption trophy. Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg defeated elected officials from the state assembly and senate, and the Dodge Jefferson Honey Queen, to take home the Cream Puff of the Crop trophy. The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre’s Rick Ramirez, fresh off directing this summer’s musical Wizard of Oz, took home the Bill Puff Daddy McCollum trophy after beating out the Loco Vocals Dr. Jay Wilkins, Beaverland Mustskis skier and announcer Ron Wilkie, Dodge County Emergency Management Director AND 1993 Dodge County Fire Queen Amy Nehls, and two representatives from the event’s sponsor Horicon Bank, Adrianne Bates and Whitney Herrera. The Sweetest of the Fair trophy went to 2010 Dodge County Fairest of the Fair Danielle Hammer-Clark who took home the trophy for the third time. Hammer-Clark outpaced 1987 Fairest Susan Kelm, 1993 Fairest Jody Hafemesiter-Paplham, 1994 Fairest Dina Gubin Statz, 2009 Fairest Amanda Hetzel, and 2014 Fairest Carrie Warmka, who was barely one bite behind Hammer-Clark. The Fastest of the Fair trophy, which brings together record-setting winners of years past, closed out the event. Horicon American Legion and Second District Legion Commander Daniel Seehafer consumed the cream puff in 41-seconds with Beaver Dam Mayor Tom Kennedy, Barn Show musician Casey Carney and Dodge County Deputy Emergency Management Director Joe Meagher only a few seconds off the pace. Plans are already underway for the 20th Annual Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Contest in 2015.

Gubernatorial Candidates Accepting Ice Bucket Challenge

8/16/14 – Jonathan Lucroy and some of his Brewer teammates have done it.  Aaron Rodgers did it.  Now, Governor Scott Walker has dumped a bucket of ice water over his head as part of a fund-raiser to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease.  The Republican Walker and his wife Tonette both accepted the “Ice Bucket Challenge” from the A-L-S Foundation.  Walker posted the video of both on his Facebook page.  Everyone who does it is supposed to nominate three others to record videos of their ice-dumping within 24 hours.  Walker has called on U-S Senate Republican Ron Johnson to do it — along with House Budget chairman Paul Ryan of Janesville, and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus from Kenosha.  Walker’s Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, plans to make her ice dumping video today.