August 27, 2016

Beaver Dam Man Charged In Robbery Of Bank Mutual


8/27/16 – A Beaver Dam man, accused of robbing a Watertown bank on July 11, is now also charged with holding up Bank Mutual in Beaver Dam on July 1. A second count of Armed Robbery with the Threat of Force as a Repeat Offender was filed Friday against Adam Raney for the robbery in Beaver Dam. The 37-year-old was arrested last month on the same charge for the robbery of the State Bank of Reeseville in Watertown and allegedly confessed the Beaver Dam robbery during questioning.  He admitted stealing around $3000 from Watertown and $1700 from Beaver Dam. During the robberies, Raney gave each teller a note that said “I don’t want to shoot, remain calm, give me the money, both drawers, no tricks.”


In Watertown, he said he was leaving a bag with a motion activated bomb and no one would be hurt if everyone stayed still for ten minutes, which also resulted in felony charges of Bomb Scare and Terrorist Threats. The teller there told investigators that he had been on the lookout for Raney anticipating that he may try to cash more forged checks. Raney said the robbery was not preplanned. In fact, when the detective said to him “it’s not like you woke up one morning and decided you wanted to rob a bank” Raney reportedly replied (quote) “actually, I did” adding that he needed the money to stay well and avoid heroin withdrawal.


In addition, Raney had 21 other felony charges filed against him Friday for a variety of offenses this summer, including Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Misappropriating Identification to Obtain Money and Identity Theft. He is also charged with Burglary with a Dangerous Weapon for a mid-June home invasion in the Town of Beaver Dam where he stole over $12-thousand dollars in firearms, electronics and jewelry. Raney allegedly told investigators that it all started after he stole a check from his employer and cashed it for $600. He said it kept working so he kept doing it, ultimately stealing around $9000 in total from his boss. He later told police that he had been waiting for the door to get kicked in since he wrote that first bad check and (quote) “it was a relief to be caught and for it to be over.” Raney has a preliminary hearing in Dodge County court next month. He remains jailed on a $100-thousand dollar cash bond.


Avery’s Lawyer Wants Appeals Extension To Test Blood


8/27/16 – Steven Avery’s lawyer has asked a state appeals court to let her examine blood evidence, to see if it could have been planted to convict him. Kathleen Zellner took up Avery’s case after the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” — and she’s appealing his conviction for the brutal 2005 slaying of Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County. Zellner says she found testing methods that can pin down the age of the blood in Halbach’s car, to see if it came from a vial of Avery’s blood that police obtained nine years before the murder. Zellner says the defense is paying for the tests and as she put it, “No one who’s guilty would ever allow this to happen.” Zellner also said she would file papers pointing to another suspect in the killing. In the meantime, she asks that the paperwork deadlines for the appeal be held up, so the blood can be tested — and the request was filed in advance of a Monday deadline set by the court.


Horicon To Start Charging For Police Warrant Execution


8/27/16 – Horicon’s Common Council approved new service fees for police warrants at its meeting this week.  The ordinance calls for a $25 fee for entering the warrant into the system.  That money will always be collected by the City of Horicon.  An additional $50 charge only goes to the city if a Horicon officer executes the warrant.  Police Chief Joseph Adamson says the two-tiered system is needed since the city often incurs costs at multiple times throughout the warrant process.  Staff time is needed to enter the warrant into the system of record.  Then when the warrant is executed, an officer can be taken off the streets for up to a few hours while the subject is taken into custody, processed, and booked.  Adamson says it has been difficult to execute warrants since the city’s system of record has been a binder at the police office, unlike the electronic systems used in most municipalities.  Adamson says the city is moving to an electronic records system in the near future.


Neenah Police Commission To Consider Chief Complaint


8/27/16 – The Neenah Police Commission has agreed to consider a complaint against Chief Kevin Wilkinson in last December’s hostage incident at a motorcycle shop after the owner was killed by officers during a standoff. On Friday, the commission rejected a complaint from two Florida investigators which sought the chief’s removal — but it agreed to review another complaint from the owner of Eagle Nation Cycles and two of the hostages, and the panel will hold further proceedings September seventh. Brian Flatoff is scheduled to go on trial March 13th on 16 charges in the hostage standoff, in which officers killed Michael Funk, reportedly mistaking him for the alleged gunman. The complaint says officers did not render aid after shooting Funk. The state Justice Department ruled that the officers were justified in shooting Funk.


DCSO Law of the Month: Headlights


8/27/16 – Drivers are reminded to be courteous of others on the road.  One aspect of that is dimming headlights when traffic is near, which is the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office ‘Law of the Month’ for August.  Sheriff Dale Schmidt says state statute requires a driver to dim/depress/tilt their headlights whenever they are within 500 feet of another vehicle from the front or rear.  As a heads up to another motorist, Schmidt says a driver can flash their high beams at another vehicle if that driver has not dimmed their own headlights.  While he cannot recall any specific incidents where failing to dim headlights led to a crash in Dodge County, Schmidt says it has the potential to cause wrecks as the lights often keep drivers from seeing the road.  Failing to dim headlights brings a fine of $162 and the loss of three demerit points against one’s driver’s license.


Mayville Capital Projects Outlined


8/27/16 – Mayville could spend between $350,000 and $380,000 on capital improvement projects in 2017.  At its meeting this week, the city’s finance committee recommended the plan to the full council.  Projects include $100,000 to resurface unnamed streets; $135,000 to purchase a new dump truck for the Department of Public Works; and $47,000 for roof repairs on its EMS facility.  The committee struck three proposed projects: upgrading the police department’s communication system; repairing or replacing the roof on the city’s park pavilion; and upgrading city tennis courts.  The full council will vote on the plan at its September 12 meeting.  Even if the council approves, funding is not guaranteed until the city’s 2017 budget is finalized.


Fox Lake Man Re-Elected To Soybean Board


8/27/16 – A Fox Lake man has been elected to another term on a statewide farming board.  Jonathan Gibbs will continue to represent District Four, which includes Dodge, Columbia, and Fond du Lac counties, on the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board.  The board is responsible for overseeing the collection and use of roughly $2-million dollars in assessment fees paid by Wisconsin soybean growers.  That money funds industry research, market development, and consumer education.  Gibbs’ three-year term starts September 1.


Fall River’s ‘Rooted As One’ Celebration Cancelled


8/27/16 – The Savanna Oaks “Rooted as One” fundraising celebration in Fall River — originally scheduled for this weekend — has been cancelled. Organizers decided to pull the plug on the event after there were reports that the fund drive’s benefit recipient had attempted to apply to another charitable source with false information. Organizers and local businesses hope to do a second “Rooted as One” fundraiser in the future and find new applicants. However, the Savanna Oaks’ dinner, games and celebration planned for tomorrow (Sunday) has been cancelled.


Walker Touts Act 10 Study


8/27/16 – Governor Scott Walker’s office hails a new study which shows that the Act Ten public union bargaining limits saved local governments 100-million dollars in 2012 alone. That number comes from a larger study by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance of how local governments have fared since the recession. It’s the same report which showed that about half of Wisconsin’s smallest cities and villages have not seen much economic growth since the recession, and raised concerns about a lesser ability to maintain local roads. Walker spokesman Tom Evenson says the Republican governor is committed to increasing local road funding in his next state budget. Evenson also says Act Ten gives local leaders more freedom to manage their budgets, and it was arguably the “greatest reform for local governments in at least a generation.”


Milwaukee’s Sherman Park To Get Financial Boost


8/27/16 – Five state government agencies will help Milwaukee officials boost employment and eliminate blight in the inner city. The Republican Walker has issued a statement about his approval of four-point-five-million dollars to help the area hit by violence two weeks ago following the police shooting death of Sylville Smith. The effort involves job training, restoring and removing foreclosed houses, and helping businesses damaged by the Sherman Park violence. Walker says it’s all about helping more people become independent through “the dignity that comes from work,” and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says he wants to address a lack of job opportunities and the condition of housing in a “meaningful way.”