August 20, 2016

Hartford Teen Killed In Dodge County Traffic Accident


8/20/16 – A Hartford teen was killed in a single vehicle accident yesterday morning in Dodge County. Deputies responded at 5:30am to County A, just south of County W in the Town of Oak Grove.  Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says the driver failed to negotiate a curve, drove off of the shoulder and struck an embankment.  The vehicle vaulted and struck two trees before coming to rest.  The driver was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dodge County Medical Examiner. There were no other occupants or vehicles involved in the crash. Schmidt tells WBEV-WXRO that the deceased may have consumed alcohol at the Dodge County Fair Thursday night and investigators believe he used a fake ID. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family. Dodge County was assisted at the scene by Beaver Dam and Juneau EMS, the Juneau Fire Department, the Dodge County Medical Examiner, Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain and the Dodge County Emergency Response Team. The crash remains under investigation by the Dodge County Crash Investigation Team.


Name Of Fall River Man Killed In Columbia County Accident Released


8/20/16 – The name of the person killed in Thursday morning’s two-vehicle accident in the Columbia County Town of Hampden has been released.  54-year-old Douglas Lee of rural Fall River died on scene after he failed to stop at the intersection of Highways 60 and C and struck a semi carrying an empty flatbed trailer.  The semi driver was not injured.


Columbia County Jury Finds Woman Not Guilty Of Attempted Murder


8/20/16 – A Columbia County jury has found a Chippewa Falls woman not guilty of trying to kill the wife of a man with whom she had an affair. However, 47-year-old Stephanie McMillen was found guilty of stalking and obstructing an officer. Columbia County prosecutors say McMillen went to the wife’s home in disguise in 2012 and lured her toward a pond, while asking for help in finding a lost cat. Prosecutors say McMillen could have tried to kill the woman by giving her morphine she allegedly took from the Portage hospital where she worked. A mistrial was declared last year. At her second trial this week, McMillen said she only wanted to scare the wife and denied stealing morphine. McMillen is due back in court August 26th, when the question of restitution will be considered.


Area Home Sales Level, Statewide Figures Down From July 2015


8/20/16 – There were a similar number of homes sold in our local area last month as there were in July 2015.  Dodge County had 92 sales in July, one more than the same month last year.  The median sales price dropped $3,000 to $142,000.  Columbia County’s 92 sales last month were eight less than the previous July.  However, the median sales price was up $8,000 to $173,000.  In Jefferson County, the 134 houses sold in July were two more than the same month of 2015.  The median sales price dropped from $170,000 to $167,000.  Fond du Lac County had 145 home sales last month, six less than the previous July.  The median sales price was up $19,000 to $142,000.  Washington County’s 240 sales were two less than July 2015.  The median sales price dropped from $208,000 to $197,000.  In Green Lake County, the 29 houses sold were three more than July 2015.  The median sales price soared from $110,000 to $180,000.  Last month’s statewide numbers looked a bit different than what we saw in our listening area.  The 8,183 homes sold were nearly 700 less than the previous July’s total.  The median sales price, however, did jump from $164,000 to $170,000.


Dodge County Creates Committee In Effort To Secure Grant Funding


8/20/16 – Dodge County’s newest committee, the Criminal Justice Collaborating Council, is tasked with overseeing its two treatment courts, the Impaired Driving Court and the Treatment Alternatives and Diversions program.  County Administrator Jim Mielke says the group is also a requirement for a state grant the county applied for through the Department of Justice.  Dodge County has requested $290,000 in funding for its treatment courts in 2017.  The county would also contribute $72,500, bringing the treatment programs’ budget to $362,500.  Mielke says Dodge County has received the state funds in previous years.  A new application was submitted last month since the current funding cycle ends in 2016.  While Dodge County officials expect to receive the money, the state won’t notify the county of its final decision until September, ahead of the county finalizing its 2017 budget.  The ten member court will have representatives from the courts, sheriff’s office, and district attorney’s office in addition to high-ranking county officials and those who work with people struggling with addiction.  The committee’s first meeting is tentatively scheduled for August 30.


Contact Line Established For Info On Milwaukee Shooting Death


8/20/16 – An Internet tip line has been created so people can tell investigators what it knows about last Saturday’s Milwaukee police shooting that led to two nights of violence. State Attorney General Brad Schimel asks witnesses to provide tips which are based only on the facts they know firsthand — and not hearsay or speculation. He says he wants to finish the investigation as quickly as possible, so “the community gets the answers they deserve.” Anyone with information about the shooting, or the events before or after it, can use the anonymous tip line. It’s at the state Department of Justice website accessible at Wisconsin Dot Gov.


Justice Department Wants Gender Reassignment Coverage Reconsidered


8/20/16 – The state Justice Department has asked that an insurance panel reconsider covering gender reassignment surgeries for state employees. The Group Insurance Board voted in July to start insuring the gender changes next year, after the Employee Trust Funds agency said new Obamacare rules require it. But Deputy Attorney General Andy Cook calls the rules “unlawful,” saying they “improperly reinterpret” Title Nine’s gender discrimination ban to apply to gender identity issues. The Trust Fund agency says not covering gender reassignments would cause the state to lose $36,000,000 in Medicare payments, and it could hurt the state’s abilities to set contracts with health insurers. The agency also says the Group Insurance Board received two complaints from employees who were denied coverage.


Regents Green Light Engineering School For UW-Stout


8/20/16 – UW-Stout has been teaching engineering students for years, now the school can officially graduate students from its School of Engineering. University of Wisconsin regents approved the new school at the campus in Menomonie on Thursday. Chancellor Bob Meyer says the new school will be an anchor for all three of western Wisconsin’s U-W campuses.


Dodge County Fair Enters Day Four


8/20/16 – It’s day four of five for the Dodge County Fair.  Canaan Smith will take the grand stand at 8 pm.  The young country artist is best known for his radio hits “Love You Like That” and “Hole in the Bottle.”  Music continues after Smith’s set with Highfield Drive performing on the Radio Park stage.  They will also play prior to the grand stand show from 5 to 8 pm.  Family Day on the Midway runs from Noon to 5 pm with special, discounted ride prices during that time.  The annual farm tractor pull runs from 1 to 3 pm.  Chainsaw carving follows that from 3 to 4 pm.  The small animal auction goes from 4 to 6 pm and features rabbits, chickens, turkeys, and ducks.  Top junior and senior showmen will display their dairy beef, sheep, and swine in the Supreme Showmanship contest, which runs from 7 to 8 pm.  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.