August 25, 2016

BDPD Cop Promoting State Program for Families of Officers


8/25/16 – An idea from a Beaver Dam Police Officer has evolved into a statewide opportunity for the families of law enforcement. For the past 15 years, Beaver Dam Officer Rich Dahl has been on the board of the Wisconsin Association of Community Oriented Police. The mission of WACOP (way-cop) is to provide training to cops to better their responses to community needs. During this turbulent time of civil unrest in the state and across the nation, Dahl says there has been an outpouring of support from the community for police. However, its family that Dahl says lays the strongest foundation for a police officer’s support. That need to focus on loved ones led to “A Day of Support For Families of Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officers,” which will be held on October 22. Dahl worked with the Wisconsin Dells Chamber of Commerce to secure a free 300-person conference room at Kalahari Resort, a 75-room block of hotel rooms at the government rate and discounted water park passes. The event will include two professional speakers who deal with the challenges facing the spouses of law enforcement. The hope is to have sports celebrities come and sign autographs for the kids of cops and also possibly recruit the UW Marching Band and Bucky Badger. WACOP is seeking sponsors and donations for the event. The fundraising goal is $15-thosuand dollars. A Go Fund Me page has been set up under WACOP Family Support; you’ll find a link to that and additional contact information on our website Contact Rich Dahl at 887-4614 ext. 523 or email [email protected] or visit or


Mayville Gymnasium Ready For School Year After Mold Issue


8/25/16 – Mayville’s Elementary School gym is ready for use on the first day of classes.  Mold was found in the gym last winter, and it was closed for the second half of the school year.  Superintendent Scott Sabol says crews removed all mold from the school over the summer.  He says it was located in the top corner of the building.  According to Sabol, faulty scuppers prevented water from draining properly.  Sabol is unaware of any health issues arising from the mold.  The total cost of the mold removal project was not provided, but Sabol says it came in under budget.


PBS Show Filming In Horicon Next Week


8/25/16 – A film crew from Milwaukee Public Television will be in Horicon next week. “Around the Corner with George McGivern” will be in the city from Monday to Thursday. The Horicon Chamber of Commerce says there will be a dozen interviews conducted under the themes of work, play and live. Among the stops for the crew: Eberle Produce, Leroy Meats, John Deere, Sure-Fire, Blue Heron Landing Boat Tours, Rock River Bar, Horicon Bank, The Ice Cream Station and the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. The show is expected to be aired in January but would be previewed in Horicon.


Regions Unemployment Below Four-Percent


8/25/16 – Unemployment in Dodge County and surrounding counties is below four-percent. The Department of Workforce Development says the jobless rate in Dodge County was 3.6-percent last month, down from four-percent in June and last year’s 4.4-percent. Both Columbia and Washington counties dropped four-tenths to 3.5-percent. Fond du Lac County reported a 3.8-percent, down two-tenths. Jefferson and Green Lake counties were both at 3.9-percent. Dane County had the state’s lowest rate at three-percent while Menominee County had the highest at 8.9-percent. Wisconsin’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 4.2-percent, seven-tenths below the national rate. All but three counties in the state decreased or remained the same when compared to last year. The numbers come one week after the release of Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates showing that 45-thousand private sector jobs have been added over the past year.


Avery’s Lawyer To File Appeal By Monday Deadline


8/25/16 – Steven Avery’s new lawyer has until Monday to file her first legal request in an appeal of Avery’s conviction for the 2005 rape, burning, and shooting death of Teresa Halbach. Kathleen Zellner has told the New York Times she would ask the Wisconsin Appeals Court for D-N-A evidence gathered at the crime scene, so she can do tests that were not possible during Avery’s original trial. Zellner signed on to the appeal in the wake of last year’s Netflix series “Making a Murderer,” which raised questions about Avery’s guilt. The 54-year-old Avery is serving a life prison sentence for the crime, and Zellner has tweeted for months that she’ll produce strong evidence that will free Avery — who spent 18 years in prison for a rape he never committed before being released more than two years before the Halbach murder. On August 12th, a federal court in Milwaukee overturned the conviction of Avery’s nephew Brendan Dassey for the same crime.


Former Correctional Officer Pleads Not Guilty To Sex Assault Charges


8/25/16 – A former officer at Fox Lake Correctional Institution charged with sexually assaulting three inmates over a period of several months last year pled not guilty at arraignment yesterday.  Alex Andre Wouts of Poy Sippi is facing five felony counts of Second Degree Sexual Assault by Correctional Staff.  In December, officers were told to conduct an investigation at the institution after allegations were sent to the Dodge County District Attorney’s Office.  Three inmates went into detail about the sexual acts, and a pair of one of the men’s underwear was tested and reportedly contained Wouts’ DNA.  The 33-year-old denied the assaults, stating he would not risk his job and family by doing something like that within the prison system.  If he is found guilty on all counts, Wouts faces up to 90 years in prison.  He is due back in court on September 26.


Madison Man Pleads Not Guilty To Randolph Burglary


8/25/16 – A Madison man accused of playing a role in a pair of 2013 Randolph home break-ins pled not guilty at his Dodge County arraignment yesterday.  Dywone Clay is facing one felony Burglary count.  Cash and a digital camera was taken from the first house, and a second break-in was attempted two weeks later.  The 27-year-old allegedly committed the crimes with two other men.  Cody Anderson and Dylan Turner, both of Beaver Dam, were already sentenced for their roles in the burglaries.  Clay is due back in court October 7.


Horicon Man Pleads Not Guilty To Sexually Assaulting Minor


8/25/16 – A Horicon man accused of having a relationship with a 14-year-old pled not guilty at arraignment yesterday.  Nicholas Bradley is facing two counts of Sexually Assaulting a Child Under the Age of Sixteen for allegedly having contact multiple times with a girl he met on Facebook last December.  If he is convicted, the 23-year-old faces up to 80 years in prison.  He is due back in court on October 7.


Highway 26 To Close For Repaving


8/25/16 – A stretch of Highway 26 will be closed for three days early next month as crews repave the road.  The closure runs from Highway 33 to Highway 151 on September 1, 2, and 6.  While the highway may be open at times during the construction, people must obey all posted signs.  Drivers are also reminded that ‘local traffic only’ signs only grant enough access needed to get to one’s home or business.  Failure to comply brings a $213 fine and loss of three demerit points.


Weekend Fundraiser Raising Money To Build Homes Locally


8/25/16 – A weekend fundraiser is raising money to build houses locally.  Proceeds from West Bend’s Germanfest benefit Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge Counties.  Habitat’s Executive Director Russ Wanta says there will be a museum display to commemorate West Bend’s sister-city relationship with Germany’s Heppenheim.  Live music and German food will be offered throughout the four-day event.  Wanta hopes the festival will bring in $55,000 to cover the cost of building one new house in Dodge or Washington County.  He says Habitat is building homes in Beaver Dam, Juneau, and Jackson this year and plans to construct two in both Juneau and Jackson in 2017.  Germanfest is being held at the corner of Fifth and Walnut in downtown West Bend.  It runs Thursday from 5 pm to 11 pm, Friday from 10 am to 11 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 11 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm.  Admission and parking are free.


Milwaukee Parks Order Pokemon Go Halted


8/25/16 – Wisconsin’s largest county has ordered “Pokémon Go” to stop. The Milwaukee County Parks Department has told game developer Niantic to remove its smartphone targets from Lake Park until it obtains the required permit for holding events there. Lake Park is in one of Milwaukee’s most posh neighborhoods along Lake Michigan on the city’s northeast side — and officials say the rush to pick up virtual “Pokemon Go” characters has caused problems litter, congestion, and the limited parking at the site. W-I-S-N T-V says the crowds have remained steady all summer, and so have complaints from neighbors and park users. County park director John Dargle says he would approve a permit for the game — if the producers apply.