February 23, 2013

New Chief Operating Officer At BDCH


2/23/13 – The Beaver Dam Community Hospital has a new Chief Operating Officer. David Corso will join the hospital’s Executive Team effective March 11. Chief Executive Officer Kim Miller says Corso has expertise in strategic hospital operations, business acumen and effective team-building skills. Corso brings years of experience as a health care leader in for-profit and non-profit hospitals. Most recently, Corso set the strategic direction for ThedaCare’s Orthopedics Plus Rehabilitation in Appleton. For nine years prior, Corso was the Director of Rehab Services for Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh, tasked with developing start-up satellite therapy departments.


BD Skateboard and Bike Park Public Meeting Today


2/23/13 – Organizers with a planned skateboarding and dirt bike park in Beaver Dam are inviting the public to an event this afternoon (Sat 2/23) detailing the project. The Beaver Dam Community Skateboard and BMX Park Information and Safety Expo will include comments from organizers including Police Chief Ron Smith, Mayor Tom Kennedy, Father Mike Erwin and local businessmen and skateboarder Tim Gallenbeck. Those who attend will also be able to view conceptual designs, ask questions and even learn about skateboard and bicycle repair. The group is embarking on a $75,000 fundraising effort for phase one, which is targeted for completion this summer. The initial phase would include the entire dirt bike track, a 3400-square-foot concrete pad for skateboarding, and a gravel walking path. Future phases would see two additional concrete pads with more skateboard obstacles, playground equipment, a park shelter and lighting. The proposed park would be located off Fletcher Road between Beichl Avenue, County Road E and Highway 151. The Skateboard and BMX Park Information and Safety Expo will be held at the St. Katherine Drexel Church Gymnasium on South Spring Street in Beaver Dam from 1pm to 4pm.


Home Sales, Prices Fare Better In January


2/23/13 – Wisconsin home sales continued to be strong last month. The state’s Realtors Association said this week that almost 34-hundred-50 existing houses were sold by Realtors in January. That’s over 500 more sales than in January of 2012, for a year-to-year increase of 18-point-three percent. The median resale price for the month was 123-thousand dollars, up three-point-four percent from last year’s average of 119-thousand. In Dodge County, the number of homes sold was down four-percent to 47 in January. But the median price of $114,150 was a jump of 82-percent from last year and the highest January price since 2008. Meanwhile, Columbia County saw a 32-percent jump in homes sold, while Fond du Lac County was up 37-percent. There was a 23-percent increase in Jefferson County last month and Washington County took a 12-percent jump. For median prices, Columbia County was up 66-percent to $132,000 while in Jefferson County there was an 18.3-percent increase to $155,000. Washington County had a median price of $154,000, up 10-percent from last year. Fond du Lac County was down five-percent to $95,000. Renny Diedrich, who chairs the Realtors’ board of directors, said January normally has the fewest home sales of any month of the year. And he said the strong start bodes well for the spring, when the housing market begins to heat up.


Former Columbus Secretary Waives Prelim To Embezzlement


2/23/13 – A former secretary for St. Jerome’s Parish and School in Columbus, accused of misappropriating funds, has waived her right to a preliminary hearing. 54-year-old Susan Droessler is charged with Theft in a Business Setting. According to prosecutors, Droessler used church and school funds on herself, her family and her husband’s business over a four year period from 2007-2010. Among the items listed in the criminal complaint is $88,000 in health care benefits that she was not eligible to receive. Droessler is also accused of failing to deduct more than $9,500 from her paychecks for her child’s tuition at the school. Another $5,500 was allegedly spent at Wal-Mart on flat-screen TV’s, DVD’s and clothes. After Droessler was fired in 2010, a parish investigation discovered that she had also failed to draw taxes from employee checks for payment to the IRS. That failure resulted in a tax liability for St. Jerome’s in the amount of almost $500 thousand dollars. Officials say the missing money was uncovered by a new member to the parish finance committee. Columbus Police Lieutenant Dennis Weiner says he interviewed Droessler in November 2011 and she eventually acknowledged much of what she’s accused of. If convicted, she could spend up to ten years in prison.


Father Sentenced In Dog Attack On Son


2/23/13 – Part of his sentencing is still pending, but the father of an 18-year-old man viciously attacked by a dog will spend six months in jail for his role in the attack. Fond du Lac County Judge Peter Grimm also placed 43-year-old Joel Kennedy Senior of New Berlin on three years’ probation for that attack at 59-year-old Richard Lisko’s Campbellsport farm last August. Kennedy was sentenced on a False Imprisonment charge. Sentencing is still pending on three other charges stemming from the attack. Lisko goes on trial in May for his part in the incident that was reportedly sparked by stolen drugs.


Campbellsport Man Sentenced For Hit-and-Run OWI


2/23/13 – Driving drunk and leaving the scene of a hit and run accident has earned a 24-year-old Campbellsport man ten days in jail and 18 months of probation. Jackson Schickert was recently sentenced in Fond du Lac County Court for the accident last August in Fond du Lac. A 38-year-old Fond du Lac man riding a motorcycle suffered a head and hand injury in the mishap. It was Schickert’s second drunken driving conviction. He will also be required to have ignition interlock devices installed on his vehicles for 18 months.


Lasiewicz Gets Seven Years In Prison


2/23/13 – A Columbus man will spend seven years in prison in connection with four felony cases and a total of 24 criminal charges in Columbia County. Michael Lasiewicz was also sentenced this week to three years of extended supervision. The charges do not include 22 other felony charges and nine misdemeanors in Dodge County court for a variety of offenses ranging from battery to theft to drug possession and running from police.  Columbia County Judge Alan White called Lasiewicz an “egregious repeat offender.”  In June of 2011, Lasiewicz broke into an apartment, got into a fight with a male and threatened a female then fled the scene before authorities arrived. A few weeks later, he sparked a drunken high-speed chase with Columbus police. In March of last year, Lasiewicz ran from police and was subdued with a stun gun and found in possession of seven grams of cocaine. A week later, he assaulted a woman at a Columbus tavern. Lasiewicz still has charges pending in Dodge County for incidents last April. Over the course of several hours, the 30-year-old is said to have stolen two cars, sparking a high speed chase through backyards; he managed to escape on foot by crossing a river, eluding K9 dogs before being arrested at an ex-girlfriend’s apartment, which is where the whole incident started four hours earlier.


Snowmobile Fatality In Door County


2/23/13 – Wisconsin has recorded another snowmobile death this winter. The latest victim is a 13-year-old Brussels area boy killed late yesterday afternoon in Door County. Authorities said the boy’s machine stopped on a snowmobile trail to cross a road. And when he crossed, he collided with a truck driven by a 47-year-old man. The truck driver was not driver was not hurt. The boy was the only one on his snowmobile. His name was not immediately released.


Legislature Seeks Additional Tax Cuts


2/23/13 – Wisconsin Assembly Republicans say they’re looking to cut taxes even more than what Governor Scott Walker proposed in his two-year state budget. Finance committee co-chair John Nygren of Marinette says he and other G-O-P lawmakers will review the state’s tax code, and consider changes to at least 52 programs which offer tax credits. Nygren said some credits could go up, while others would end or be reduced. He says any new tax cuts would have to be paid for with lower spending in other parts of the new budget. Assembly Republicans Dale Kooyenga of Brookfield and John Klenke of Green Bay are working on the review of the tax code. State Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch said Governor Scott Walker would welcome more tax cuts. The governor’s budget already includes 343-million-dollars in income tax reductions over the next two years.


Job Growth Slows In Latest Quarter


2/23/13 – A new report indicates that Wisconsin’s job growth slowed down at a point during last year’s recovery. State officials said Friday that Wisconsin’s private employers added almost 20-thousand-500 new jobs during the year ending last September. That’s about 15-thousand jobs fewer than for the year ending last June – just three months earlier. The state released the September figure Friday, from data sent to Washington for a quarterly federal report that won’t come out until later this year. The state’s early release does not compare Wisconsin’s job gains to those of other states. That comparison is included in the later report sent out by the U-S Labor Department. The last federal report showed that Wisconsin had the ninth-lowest job gains among the 50 states for the year ending last June. The data is considered the most accurate job information put out by the Labor Department – even though it’s much less timely than the monthly jobless figures which are based on much smaller employer samples.


Assembly To Advance Mining Bill


2/23/13 – The Wisconsin Assembly could send the controversial mining incentive package to the governor in about a week-and-a-half. Republican Speaker Robin Vos says his leadership is aiming for a vote on March sixth. The bill is designed to make it easier for Gogebic Taconite to open a new iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties. The Joint Finance Committee is expected to endorse the package on Monday, and a vote in the Senate is possible on Wednesday of next week. Majority Republicans say the bill would provide jobs to a region that badly needs them. Democrats say it would hurt the environment in the north, take away the public’s ability to challenge the D-N-R’s mining decisions, and let Gogebic Taconite escape 170-million dollars a year in mining fees which are now required by state law for a host of environmental programs. Republicans say the fees don’t make sense in Gogebic’s case, because they apply to waste rock that would cover the pit when the mine closes. There’s been no indication that the Senate won’t have the votes to pass the measure within the G-O-P’s three-member majority. And almost no suspense is expected in the Assembly, where Republicans have about a 20-vote majority.


BDPD Citizens Police Academy Applications Available


2/23/13 – 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. Additional contact information is available on our website wbevradio.com. Contact Bill Linzenmeyer at 382-6529 or 887-4614 or email [email protected]