December 29, 2014

Life-Threatening Injuries In Crash Near Horicon


12/29/14 – Life-threatening injuries were reported following a two vehicle accident last (Sunday) night near Horicon. The wreck occurred just after 7pm in the Town of Herman. 25-year-old Christopher Lackas of Brownsville was southbound on County Highway AY.  65-year-old Jean Schultz of Wauwatosa was eastbound on Highway 33 when the vehicles collided in the intersection. Dodge County Sheriff’s Lt. Brian Loos says one of the vehicles caught fire but was quickly extinguished. The jaws-of-life were needed to remove both drivers from their vehicles. Schultz was flown to Summit Hospital by Flight for Life, which landed at the scene.  Lackas was transported to Beaver Dam Hospital by Beaver Dam Paramedics.  There were no additional occupants in either vehicle and the conditions of the drivers are not currently known. Highway 33 was completely closed intermittently for nearly two hours because of emergency vehicles and the medical helicopter. Dodge County also received mutual assistance from the Iron Ridge Fire Department and First Responders, Allenton Fire and EMS, Beaver Dam Paramedics, Mayville EMS and the county’s Emergency Response Team DCERT.


Murder Suspect To Appear In Dodge County Court Today


12/29/14 – A Milwaukee woman will make an Initial Appearance in a Dodge County courtroom today in connection with the murder of a Randolph man.  30-year-old Kriscilla McHenry is charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide in the August 24th death of 43-year-old Michael Soeller. According to the criminal complaint, Soeller’s body was found at the Randolph Motel in the Town of Fox Lake by the manager of the facility who had not seen the victim in several days and noticed a bad smell coming from the unit. The manager found Soeller in the bedroom with a large pool of blood next to his body by the bed. McHenry reportedly told investigators that Soeller tried to rape her and she stabbed him with a pen knife after the incident as she was trying to defend herself. She allegedly took his car after leaving his apartment.  McHenry could spend the rest of her life in prison, if convicted.


Lake Mills Man Rescued On Lake Monona


12/29/14 – Passing drivers saw an accident and went out onto the ice covering Lake Monona to pull a man from his burning car.  The 41-year-old Lake Mills man lost control Saturday afternoon.  His vehicle swerved into oncoming traffic, hit a tree and came to rest on the icy lake surface, bursting into flames.  Several people rescued him by cutting the apparently unconscious man from his seat belt and carrying him to safety.  He was taken to a Madison hospital to be treated for burns and other injuries suffered in the wreck.


Snowmobile Fatality In Lincoln County


12/29/14 – A weekend snowmobile accident killed a 41-year-old woman in northern Wisconsin.  Lincoln County authorities said Jennifer Ambrose died in a mishap on Lake Mohawksin in Tomahawk.  Officials said she was riding in a line of three snowmobiles.  She was in the rear of the lead machine when it hit a bump, and she was ejected.  The snowmobile then struck her.  Ambrose — whose home town was not listed by authorities — died later at a Tomahawk hospital.  The mishap was reported just before 12:30 yesterday morning.  Rescuers said they found Ambrose lying on the ice, and she was not breathing.  The state D-N-R is helping Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies investigate the mishap.


Crime Labs to Process More DNA Tests in 2015


12/29/14 – Wisconsin’s departing attorney general says he is confidence crime labs are prepared to handle a dramatic increase in requests for D-N-A tests.  Starting next April, police will have to submit a D-N-A sample from anyone arrested on a violent felony charge.  Legislation was passed last session which also requires the state to collect D-N-A from anyone convicted of a misdemeanor.  Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says lawmakers allowed the time needed to make sure those laboratories have the resources required.  The Department of Justice estimates the state labs will have to test an additional 65-thousand samples per year.  Nearly 20 new staff members have been hired to process the samples.


Columbus Council Mulls Cop Body Cam Donation


12/29/14 – Use of body cams by Columbus Police will be one of the first issues facing the city council at their first meeting of the New Year. The Columbus / Fall River Rotary has offered to pay for new body cam equipment. However, the council has joined other communities in discussing privacy issues before adopting the new police technology. Some council members feel that residents may not be ready for many of the privacy issues that accompany body-worn cameras. The motion to accept the Rotary gift for the body cams will be coming before the council at the January 6th meeting.


Hankes Talks Next Step, Possible Political Return


12/29/14 – Green Valley Enterprises Executive Director Jack Hankes recently spoke about his future after it was announced last week that he will be leaving his role with the administration this spring.  Hankes says that the move allows him to scale back on the responsibilities that he has with GVE as he felt it was time for a change.  He says that spending more time with his family, especially his two young daughters, is the main reason for the decision.  While he is leaving Green Valley, the former mayor of Beaver Dam says that this is not necessarily a complete retirement for him as local politics and other fields still hold his interest.  He expects to consider his next move once he leaves his current position in a few months.


4-H Hall of Fame Spotlight: Nancy Zieman


12/29/14 – Today is the final installment of a three part series on those with Dodge County ties that were inducted as part of the inaugural class of the Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame.  Yesterday we profiled the late Pat Hahn and today we take a look at Nancy Zieman.  Zieman is known by many through her hosting of the television program, ‘Sewing with Nancy.’  In addition to her on-camera work, Zieman is also an author, designer, businesswoman, producer, blogger, and national sewing authority.  She has authored national 4-H clothing literature and provided sewing training to a number of 4-H members.  Zieman is known by many people of all ages in 4-H as a mentor.  She has previously been recognized with a number of awards through the organization at both the state and national level.  Zieman continues to be support the local chapter of the 4-H to this day.  This three-part series has provided a look into the three inductees representing Dodge County in the inaugural 4-H Hall of Fame Class, Art Brehm, Pat Hahn, and Nancy Zieman.


Workforce Development Missed 1.7 Million Calls


12/29/14 – For two months last winter, 60-percent of those calling to get state unemployment benefits were put on hold without somebody answering them. The Legislative Audit Bureau said that the Workforce Development Department’s call centers blocked one-point-seven million calls from benefit-seekers in the last fiscal year.  Most calls came last December and January, from those laid off as an extremely cold-and-snowy winter set in. Auditors found that callers were put in a holding bin when staffers got busy — and if the bin got more calls than it could hold, the callers were told to try again later. Agency secretary Reggie Newson pointed out that a new computer system was put into effect last month, so people could process initial jobless claims online.  Once more people use it, Newson said it should substantially reduce the need to make phone calls to file for benefit claims.  In explaining last winter’s problems, workforce development officials said jobless claims normally spike in the winter not only in Wisconsin — but in other cold-weather states.  Also, they said the number of people affected was less than one-point-seven million — because the same people often called back multiple times.


State Using Less than 1% Cigarette Funds to Help Quitters


12/29/14 – A report says Wisconsin is getting 756-million dollars in the current fiscal year from cigarette tax revenues and the 1998 lawsuit settlement against tobacco companies.  However, the state will only spend seven-tenths of one-percent of the money on stop-smoking programs — or five-point-three million dollars.  The amount has held steady in recent years, and Wisconsin spends the 17th-lowest per capita. Several times through the years, state officials have said they had no choice but to use the tobacco settlement money to cut huge budget deficits. It’s reported that almost 19-percent of Wisconsin adults smoke, as do 11-percent of high school youngsters.


New Year’s Eve Waste Collection Schedule


12/29/14 – Garbage and recycling collection in Beaver Dam will be delayed by one day starting Thursday because of the holiday.  DPW Director Jeremy Klug says Advanced Disposal will suspend garbage pick-ups on New Year’s Day.  Residents who normally receive pick-up on Thursday will instead have garbage collection on Friday. Friday’s route will be collected on Saturday. There is no change in schedule for those who receive garbage pick-up through Wednesday.  The Public Works Garage will also be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.


Packers Clinch North Division Title


12/29/14 – You could almost hear a collective gasp throughout Wisconsin, when Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers collapsed on the turf during Sunday’s 30-to-20 Green Bay home victory over Detroit.  The 2011 league M-V-P aggravated a strained left calf from a week ago, as he threw a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb late in the first half.  Rodgers was carted off Lambeau Field and sent to the locker room — where his leg got heat-and-ice treatments.  Early in the third quarter, Fox Sports dramatically showed Rodgers stretching in the tunnel — as if he was looking to return.  Sure enough, he couldn’t stand seeing the Packers blow a 14-nothing lead — and when the Lions tied the game, Rodgers returned. His blockers game him lots of protection as he threw another touchdown pass to Cobb, and scored himself on a quarterback sneak as Green Bay won the N-F-C North Division title and a first-round playoff bye — adding yet another chapter to Green Bay’s nearly century-old pro football mystique.  Afterward, Rodgers said that years from now, he would “take a lot of pride in getting back out there, and just letting my teammates know I’ll put my body on the line for them.” That deed might have been enough to give Rodgers his second career M-V-P honor. We won’t know until the night before the Super Bowl in early February, when a slew of N-F-L awards will be handed out. Another Wisconsinite — Pewaukee native and ex-Badger J-J Watt — is also a leading M-V-P candidate after a stellar year on the defensive line for the Houston Texans.  Meanwhile, the Packers will get some rest before their first playoff game on Sunday, January 11th.  They’ll host Dallas, Carolina, or Arizona in the divisional round.