February 28, 2013

Arrests Made in Recent Burglaries


2/28/13 – Two Beaver Dam-area men are in custody in connection with a string of burglaries that have occurred throughout Dodge County in the past month. Sheriff Todd Nehls says his department collaborated with Beaver Dam Police in the surveillance of multiple buildings and roads.  The first arrest was made Monday by Beaver Dam police who took a suspect into custody that had been on a target list during their investigation. That suspect has been connected to not only several burglaries but also some stolen automobiles on the west side of the county. The second suspect was arrested at 2:30am yesterday (Wed) morning after Beaver Dam police observed a suspicious man wearing a ski mask and carrying a large bag on the city’s south side. Nehls says he was one of the suspects they had been looking for.  He was found with a bag containing burglary tools and other items connecting him to several break-ins. The suspects were apparently not working together. Nehls called the arrests a great team effort by both agencies. The suspects are being held in the Dodge County Jail on unrelated charges as authorities examine evidence.


Man Stabs Himself Following Domestic Incident


2/28/13 – A Hartford man was hospitalized early this morning after apparently stabbing himself following a domestic dispute. It happened at a residence on North Lake Street in the town of Hustisford. The man’s 33-year-old girlfriend contacted authorities just after midnight to report the 30-year-old had kicked her in the face. Dispatchers say the phone then disconnected. When the woman called back she said the man had stabbed himself in the chest. He was taken to the hospital by first responders. Authorities say charges will be referred to the district attorney’s office.


Voigt Has Not Guilty Plea Entered


2/28/13 – A Beaver Dam man was arraigned yesterday on charges of seventh offense Operating While Intoxicated. Thomas Voigt stood mute and a “not guilty” plea was entered on his behalf. 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 detached and came to rest in a driveway but the snowmobile landed in the middle of the street. Witnesses caught up with Voigt and told him 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 but planned on returning after picking up his kid from the babysitter. Voigt allegedly had a blood alcohol nearly twice the legal limit for driving at point-one-four (.14).


Contractor Avoids Felony Conviction


2/28/13 – A Beaver Dam contractor who never completed a siding job he was paid for has avoided a felony conviction.  Brock George pled to a reduced misdemeanor count of Theft by Contractor yesterday. The 29-year-old was given a $3500 check to buy supplies for the job, which was supposed to be completed last spring. George told authorities the person who hired him could never decide on a siding color so he used the money on another project, which is illegal. George has already paid restitution in full and was fined $500 plus court costs.


Columbus Selects New Middle School Principal


2/28/13 – The Columbus Middle School may have its new principal. Paul Kurth, currently an administrator in the West Allis School District, was selected from a final group of three this week. The Columbus School Board accepted the resignation of current Middle School Principal David DeGuire at their January 14th meeting. During February, a team of administrators, middle school staff, a board member and a parent screened applications and held a series of interviews narrowing the race down to the final three candidates.  The board is expected to approve his appointment at their March 25th meeting. If approved, Kurth will start on July 1st.


Bill Would Make it Easier to Find Poll Workers


2/28/13 – A Wisconsin Assembly committee is considering a bill that could make it easier for local government clerks to find poll workers – but could also make the voting process more political. A public hearing was held this week in Madison on a bill in which communities could bring in poll workers from their home counties, instead of just their municipal limits. Local clerks would keep their ability to assign workers to specific polling places. Political parties have been able to nominate poll workers for years, and there have been reports that such nominations have increased as politics have become more partisan. Now, Assembly Republican Don Pridemore of Hartford says he wants to make sure both parties are represented equally at the polls. He says it would help to expand the recruiting territory, and increase the numbers of poll workers available. Democrats and some clerks say it might result in more partisanship at the polls. But State Government Accountability Board director Kevin Kennedy says many of those nominated often don’t want to serve. He says many don’t want to undergo the required training to be poll workers – or they don’t like where they would be assigned.


Lassa Unhappy with Majority Republicans


2/28/13 – Wisconsin Republicans keep saying that job creation is Number-One – but at least one Democrat accuses the G-O-P of picking winners-and-losers in that pursuit. Stevens Point Senator Julie Lassa scolded her majority colleagues on the Senate floor last night, right after they voted to make it easier for Gogebic Taconite to start an iron ore mine in the name of creating jobs. Lassa said lawmakers might have voted to let her hometown software firm of Skyward leave Wisconsin, by deciding last year to allow only one vendor instead of two develop a statewide student information system. A Minnesota firm won the contract but Skyward is appealing, saying it was not evaluated properly. If Skyward doesn’t win its appeal, the home-grown firm says it would have no choice but to leave. Lassa told her Senate colleagues quote, “We’ve chosen to make a winner out of a West Virginia coal mining company when at the same time, we have a Wisconsin company who’s ready and willing to create 600 good-paying jobs within the next 10 years … and we’re closing the door on them.” Gogebic Taconite is part of the Florida-based Cline Group, which operates coal mines in West Virginia.


Goodall Coming to Madison for Earth Day


2/28/13 – World-renown conservationist Jane Goodall will observe Earth Day in Madison this year. She’ll be the keynote speaker at the Nelson Institute’s Earth Day Conference on April 15th at Monona Terrace near the State Capitol. Goodall is best known for her studies of chimpanzee behavior in Tanzania. Her lecture is called “Conservation Everywhere, Sustaining Natural and Cultural Diversity.” Primate behavior is one of the topics to be discussed at the Earth Day gathering – along with climate change, cultural conservation, and the way nature is portrayed in films and T-V.


Missing Sausage Returned


2/28/13 – Guido is back. The seven-foot costume of the famous Italian racing sausage was stolen from a festival in Cedarburg 12 days ago. Last night around eight, two men plopped the costume onto a bar at T-J Ryan’s in Cedarburg. They then fled quickly, and bartender Jen Mahony called police. The missing sausage attracted lots of publicity yesterday in southeast Wisconsin, where the characters make numerous public appearances when they’re not racing each other during the Milwaukee Brewers’ baseball games. Guido’s costume is owned by the Klement’s sausage company, and is worth three-thousand-dollars. Cedarburg Police said they took the matter seriously, they could not say if charges would be pursued if the thieves are found. Several food companies offered rewards yesterday for the return of Guido. Ryan Downs of G-L-K Foods in Appleton called the Racine Sausages a “statewide treasure.” And he said the theft could not go unpunished.