February 22, 2013

Winter Weather Advisory Until 6pm


2/22/13 – Roads are in surprisingly good condition this morning after another snow storm rolled through southern Wisconsin overnight. Plows have been out since 1 a.m. in Dodge County and Highway Supervisor Randy Franks says the cleanup is going well as the winds have died down and the somewhat mild temperatures have aided in the process. Dodge County authorities say there were eight runoffs in the county due to the slick conditions. We are under a Winter Weather Advisory until 6pm – though most of the snow we’re going to get has moved through. As of 6am, Beaver Dam had picked up around 3-inches. It’s possible we could get another inch or so. The storm is the same one that has created havoc throughout the Midwest. Its closed airports in Missouri and stranded truckers in central Illinois, and parts of Kansas got up to 17 inches of snow yesterday.


More Charges Filed Against Twaite


2/22/13 – A Watertown man had more charges and a higher bail set in connection with a weekend domestic incident involving an AK-47 assault rifle. Jason Twaite had cash bond set at $1000 on Monday when he appeared in Dodge County court on three misdemeanor charges. The 30-year-old was brought back to court yesterday to answer to the new felony charge of Disorderly Conduct as a Domestic Abuse Repeater and a cash bond of $10,000 ordered.  Authorities were called to the Hidden Meadows Mobile Home Park in the Town of Lebanon just before midnight Friday.  Twaite was allegedly shooting a high-powered rifle at his girlfriend, who was hiding behind a snow bank wearing socks and a tank top. More than thirty empty casings were recovered from the scene.  The felony carries a maximum jail sentence of 90 days but if Twaite is convicted – because he is a repeat offender and used a firearm – up to an additional ten years in prison could be ordered.


Guns Missing from Ashippun Home


2/22/13 – More than a dozen guns were reported missing from a Town of Ashippun home yesterday afternoon. A woman called the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department to tell them that 16 guns were taken from a residence on Fox Run Lane between 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Anyone with information about the missing guns is asked to contact authorities.


Voigt Facing Charges for 7th OWI


2/22/13 – A judge found probable cause yesterday and a Beaver Dam man will proceed to trial on charges of seventh offense Operating While Intoxicated. Thomas Voigt is charged with three felonies including OWI and Possession of Marijuana. According to the criminal complaint, the 43-year-old was seen earlier this month swerving all over the road while pulling a trailer with a snowmobile. The trailer then detached, coming to rest in a driveway but the snowmobile landed in the middle of the street. Witnesses caught up with Voigt and told his about the lost snowmobile but he reportedly just waved them off and kept driving. He returned to the scene a short time later and told police that he knew the snowmobile fell off and planned on returning after he picked-up his son. The child was eventually turned over to child protective services. Voigt allegedly had a blood alcohol nearly twice the legal limit for driving at point-one-four (.14). Authorities also say they recovered a small amount of marijuana. The felony OWI charge carries a minimum three year prison sentence and as much as seven years. Arraignment is scheduled later this month.


Man Arrested Trying to Break Into a Mayville Home


2/22/13 – An Allenton man is charged with felony Attempted Burglary and Stalking for allegedly trying to break-in to a Mayville home where his ex-girlfriend was babysitting four young children. Jose Medina was arrested early yesterday morning after police say they found him on the front porch of the home with a six-inch screwdriver. According to the criminal complaint, the yearlong relationship ended last September and since that time the victim says Medina has broken into her home, harassed her parents and stalked her at work. Medina – who turned 23-year-old yesterday – reportedly broke a patio door trying to enter. His blood alcohol level was over the legal limit for driving at point-one-three-four (.134). A $5000 cash bond was set yesterday and a judge will decide next week if there is enough evidence to order a trial.


Fond du Lac Man Charged With 7th OWI


2/22/13 – A Fond du Lac man waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday (Tu) in Dodge County court on charges of seventh offense Operating While Intoxicated. 60-year-old George Salaja was pulled over outside of Lomira in December. Deputies say the Salaja’s vehicle was traveling slower than usual on Highway 41 and quickly exited onto Highway 49 where he allegedly rolled through a stop sign. A preliminary breath test put his blood alcohol level at point-one-two (0.12). Salaja’s first conviction dates back to 1992 and his most recent occurred in 2000. He remains jailed on a $35,000 cash bond and will be arraigned next month.


First AmeriGas Burglar Pleads Not Guilty


2/22/13 – One of the suspects accused of breaking into AmeriGas in Beaver Dam twice in the last year entered a “not guilty” plea at arraignment yesterday. 27-year-old Joshua Travers of Baraboo is charged with a half dozen felonies and several misdemeanors. His alleged co-conspirator, 20-year-old Anthony Kavcich of Madison will be arraigned next week. A statewide alert was issued in early January following a burglary at AmeriGas in Whitewater. As a result, Dodge County Sheriff’s detectives installed a surveillance system at the Beaver Dam AmeriGas location, which had already been burglarized once before in March of 2012. A window was broken to gain access in that incident and around $650 in cash was stolen. A few weeks after the Whitewater break-in, burglars struck in Beaver Dam for a second time and the cameras were activated at the business on Highway 151 just after 1:30am. When Beaver Dam police arrived on scene, they arrested Kavcich and waited until backup arrived to search for the second suspect. Travers was reportedly found hiding in a ditch with a loaded weapon. Similar burglaries elsewhere across the state remain under investigation.


Citizens Police Academy Applications Being Sought


2/22/13 – Applications for the Beaver Dam Police Department’s Tenth Annual Citizens Police Academy will be accepted through the end of the month. Officer Bill Linzenmeyer says the 10-week course covers a number of topics including firearms training, defensive tactics, OWI procedures and cadets even participate in a ride-along. The academy is not designed to certify citizens to perform law enforcement services. The department has graduated 109 citizen cadets in the past nine years. The course is free of charge, but is limited to 12 applicants who must be 18 years old, have a clean record and either reside or own property in Beaver Dam. The programs begin March 12 and continue on ten consecutive Tuesday’s through May 14, typically between 6pm and 9pm. Applications can be picked up at the police department. Contact Bill Linzenmeyer at 382-6529 or 887-4614 or email [email protected].