December 14, 2014

Teen Killed In Town of Lowell Rollover


12/14/14 – A 17-year-old was killed in a one-vehicle rollover accident Saturday night in the Town of Lowell. The Dodge County Sheriffs Department responded to County Highway G, just north of Highway 16-60, at 10:19pm. The teen failed to negotiate a curve on County G and vaulted off the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dodge County Medical Examiner. There were no passengers in the vehicle. The name of the driver is being withheld pending family and school notification. Agencies assisting Dodge County at the scene included: Beaver Dam Paramedics, Dodge County Medical Examiner’s Office, Dodge County Crash Investigation Team, Dodge County Emergency Response Team, Lowell and Reeseville Fire Departments, Clyman and Juneau Fire Departments and Reeseville First Responders. The accident is currently under investigation by the Dodge County Crash Investigation Team.


Columbus Woman Appealing Misconduct Conviction


12/14/14 – A former aide to Scott Walker when he was Milwaukee county executive has appealed her misconduct in office conviction.  Kelly Rindfleisch filed an appeal with the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday.  A state appeals court had voted 2-1 to uphold her conviction last month.  Rindfleisch had pleaded guilty to charges she had done campaign work while at her county government job.  On her appeal she argues evidence against her should have been suppressed.  Investigators obtained the evidence by examining her e-mails.  The attorney for the Columbia County woman says that was an unconstitutional search.  Rindfleisch was one of six people convicted as a part of an investigation into activities in Walker’s county office.  He was never charged.


Beaver Dam Man Sentenced In Triple Burglary


12/14/14 – A Beaver Dam man who broke into three area businesses in one night will spend four years in prison. 25-year-old Rylee Umland pled “no contest” to felony Burglary and misdemneaor Theft, Criminal Damage to Property and Entry into a Locked Coin Box back in July and had two felony counts dismissed but read into the record. Umland, along with Randall Riese of Beaver Dam, broke into Cocktail’s Bar and Grill, the North Plaza Laundromat and Schmid’s Car Wash in March. A propane torch was used to open the coin machines at the car wash and laundromat. Alcohol and frozen pizzas were stolen from the tavern. Umland was connected to the Beaver Dam property crimes after he used the coin machine at ShopKo to cash-in over $300 dollars in stolen quarters. He dropped a bank bag with “Schmid’s Car Wash” written on it at the department store. Umland was then identified at the scene of the crime in video surveillance footage. When his car was stopped, officers found a small propane torch in the backseat. Riese was sentenced in September to four years in prison. In addition to four years in prison, Umland was sentenced to four years of extended supervision.


Motorist Killed In Highway 151 Wreck Identified


12/14/14 – The motorist killed in an accident Friday along Highway 151 in Dane County has been identified.  Madison police say Miguel Julian of Sun Prairie was checking his S-U-V for damage after he fishtailed and slammed into a concrete barrier near the American Parkway exit. The 71-year-old was struck and killed by a pickup which slid on the same icy roadway at about 7am.  He was dead at the scene.


Beloit College Holding Memorial Today


12/14/14 – Beloit College will hold a memorial ceremony Sunday for Luke Somers, the photo-journalist who was killed last weekend by al-Qaida militants during a raid to rescue him.  The 33-year-old Somers graduated from Beloit in 2008 with a degree in creating writing.  He was working as a free-lance photographer in Yemen when he was captured just over a year ago.  Faculty, staff, and alumni at Beloit College are organizing the memorial ceremony — which will begin at 1pm on Sunday at the Eaton Chapel on campus.  Somers’ body was returned to the U-S late last week.


Health Insurance Signup Deadline Tomorrow


12/14/14 – Monday is the deadline to sign up for health insurance that starts January first under the federal Obama-care purchasing exchange.  No one has said how many Wisconsinites have signed up since the enrollment period began.  About 765-thousand people have enrolled around the country during the first two weeks of the sign-up period.  Of those, about half registered for the first time — and the other half had changed or updated their present coverage.  About 166-thousand Wisconsin residents applied for Obama-care coverage for this past year.  Customers with current plans do have to renew them — but analysts say they would face higher premiums.  Bobby Peterson of the Madison group A-B-C-for-Health says people should get in the habit of evaluating options.  After tomorrow’s deadline, people can still enroll or make changes by February 15th which would take effect later in the year.


Wisconsin Meeting Federal Air Quality Standards


12/13/14 – State officials say Wisconsin is meeting the federal E-P-A’s latest air quality standards, even though the state’s written standards are not updated yet to match the federal ones. Recently, the Midwest Environmental Defense Center and Clean Wisconsin filed suit against the state D-N-R.  They said the agency has broken the law by not updating its standards to reflect tighter federal restrictions imposed in 2010 for nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide.  The plaintiffs also said the state has not updated standards to reflect federal limits from 2012 on fine particulate matter.  Clean Wisconsin said the state’s limits are lax — and they’re causing health problems that include an increase in child asthma.  The plaintiffs asked a Dane County judge to delay all pending air permit requests until the state standards are updated.  The D-N-R’s Pat Stevens tells the A-P that the state’s been working on the updates but it’s a slow process.  He says it’s taking a long time to analyze the economic impact of the standards, as the process requires.  Stevens said almost the entire state falls within the federal limits except the Rhinelander area, where the D-N-R is working with Expera Specialty Solutions to solve an issue to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions there.


Milwaukee Metro Home Sales on Rise


12/14/14 – Home sales are still on the rise in Wisconsin’s largest metro.  The Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors said its members sold 11-hundred-26 existing homes in November — almost two-percent more than the same month a year ago.  It was the third straight month that home sales increased from the year before.  But for the year as a whole, sales dropped by three-point-four percent from 2013.  Mike Ruzicka of the Milwaukee Realtors’ group said a more traditional housing market has finally taken hold in the wake of the recession.  He said there are more first-time buyers, along with growing families who want larger homes, and empty-nest couples who are trying to scale down to a smaller house or condominium.


Dodge County UW-Extension Childcare Training


12/14/14 – The Dodge County UW-Extension is offering a training course for childcare professionals who are seeking training and need certification in dealing with a pair of conditions, Shaken Baby Syndrome and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  SBS is a brain injury that occurs when someone shakes a baby or throws a baby against an object.  It is considered to be a form of abusive behavior.  SIDS is the sudden death of an infant who is less than one year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted, including a complete autopsy, an examination of the scene of death, and a review of the infant’s clinical history.  The training will be held this Monday from 4 to 7 pm at the Dodge County Administration Building located at 127 East Oak Street in Juneau.  The cost to attend is five dollars and preregistration, which can be done at the Dodge County UW-Extension website, is required.


Coffee with a Cop Returns to Juneau


12/14/14 – The Dodge County Sheriff’s Department is back in Juneau for the latest Coffee with a Cop on Thursday at the Village Garden. Sheriff’s deputies are again joining forces with the Juneau Police Department for the two-hour program, which allows law enforcement to sit down with community members in a neutral space to discuss local issues. Coffee with a Cop begins at 8am.


BDACT Holiday Play: Final Performance Today


12/14/14 – The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre’s annual Christmas play wraps up this afternoon. The show is ‘A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol.’  Show director Heidi Freeby says that the comedic play is a twist on the classic Christmas Carol story as it incorporates a variety of other fairy tale characters into the cast.  Price of admission to the show is thirteen dollars, and tickets can be purchased at Rechek’s Food Pride in Beaver Dam or at the door. The final show is a 2pm matinee this afternoon at the theater located at 219 North Spring Street.