January 11, 2014

Registered Sex Offender Moving Into Beaver Dam


1/11/14 – A registered sex offender will be released from prison Monday and take up residence in Beaver Dam. Jason Becker was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2006 on charges of Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. His victims were minor females. The Beaver Dam Police Department say the 33-year-old will be living at 109-and-a-half Elm Street under 24-hour electronic monitoring supervised by the Department of Corrections. Becker will be under GPS monitoring for the rest of his life and is prohibited from having contact with his victims, cannot be anywhere children congregate and cannot live in the same residence as children. Any violations of the conditions of parole could result in revocation and confinement. Authorities stress, however, that he served the sentence imposed by the courts and he is not wanted at this time. Any threats, intimidation or harassment of registered sex offenders in not tolerated.


Super Lube Burglary Getaway Driver Enters Plea


1/11/14 – A Beaver Dam man entered a “no contest” plea Friday to charges that he drove the getaway car for a break-in at the Super Lube and Car Wash on North Spring Street in July. 28-year-old Andrew Poad pled to a felony count of being a Party to a Crime of felony Burglary and a second misdemeanor count of Theft was dismissed but read into the record. Authorities found a window behind the business shattered and a wall safe was tampered with. Three-hundred dollars was missing from the safe and keys were stolen to access coin operating vending machines on the premises. Police officers later spotted Poad’s parked car with several sets of keys in the backseat. 23-year-old Ryan Price has pled “no contest” to charges that he crawled through a broken window to gain entrance to the Super Lube. Blood was found at the scene of the crime and Price was treated at the Columbus Hospital that night for a four inch laceration. Poad was seen in video surveillance inspecting the broken window from outside the building. He faces up to 12-and-a-half years in prison when he is sentenced in March.


Hartford Man Accused of Attempted Armed Robbery


1/11/14 – Authorities in Hartford are investigating an attempted armed robbery. Police Chief David Groves says officers responded to the Petro Quick Mart on East Sumner Street around 10:30am Thursday morning. The suspect brandished a weapon and demanded cash from the register. The gas station attendant refused to comply with the suspects demands and he fled on foot without getting any money. Police responded and observed a person matching the suspect’s description leaving the scene at a high rate of speed. A traffic stop was attempted but the suspect refused to pull over and led officers on a high speed chase before crashing his vehicle into a guard rail. He attempted to flee on foot but was taken into custody. There were no injuries reported. The 28-year-old Hartford man is facing charges in Washington County court of Attempted Armed Robbery, Recklessly Endangering Safety, Eluding and Resisting an Officer.


Madison Man Convicted Of Molestation


1/11/14 – A Madison man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, for taking photos of a 17-year-old girl after she fell asleep in late 2002.  The girl was among a half-dozen females victimized by 29-year-old Brian Stowe.  He pleaded guilty late last year to a federal charge of child sexual exploitation — and he awaits an additional sentence in state court in March, where he pleaded guilty to 27 of 62 charges against him.  He was accused of drugging women, and then molesting them and shooting nude videos after they passed out.  Federal Judge Barbara Crabb said Stowe — who has a master’s degree in business — is a bright-and-talented man.  She said she could not fathom what triggered him into acting as a quote, “predator.”


Prison Counselor Charged With Selling Phones To Inmates


1/11/14 – A state prison’s drug-and-alcohol counselor is free on a signature bond, after she allegedly gave prisoners cell phones in exchange for money.  52-year-old Karen Robertson of Sparta is a contracted employee at the Jackson Correctional Institution in Jackson County.  She’s due back in court January 27th on two felony counts of delivering illegal articles to inmates.  Prison officials said they recovered a pair of cell phones from inmates last month, after being tipped off about them.


Missing Whitewater Student Issued Death Certificate


1/11/14 – It’s been six-and-a-half years since U-W Whitewater student Kelly Nolan disappeared in Madison — and the cause of her death has just now been documented.  Authorities say a death certificate for the 22-year-old Nolan now indicates that she died from blunt force trauma to the torso, including fractures.  Until now, the cause of her death was simply listed as “pending.”  Investigators said Nolan was out with friends in Madison in June of 2007, and she apparently went off with a man who knew her before she vanished for good.  Her body was found a few weeks later in a nearby wooded area.  Madison Police believe Nolan was murdered.  Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said two detectives continue to pursue leads in the case.  One lead cropped up from outside Wisconsin last year.  DeSpain said he hopes the new publicity will encourage somebody with information to come forward.


Sully’s Co-Pilot Skiles To Speak Is Oshkosh


1/11/14 – A former airline crew member, who was part of the “Miracle on the Hudson” landing in 2009, will be a keynote speaker at the AirVenture museum in Oshkosh next week. Jeff Skiles was First Officer aboard the U-S Airways flight, piloted by Captain Sully Sullenberger, that hit a flock of geese and landed safely in the Hudson River near New York City. Skiles is now the vice president of communities and member programs for the E-A-A. A spokesman says Skiles, a Wisconsin-native, will recount that experience on January 16 at 7:00 p.m. More information on this and other presentations is available on the museum’s website at www-dot-AIRVENTUREMUSEUM-dot-org (www.airventuremuseum.org).


DNR Report Outlines Threats At Mine Site


1/11/14 – The state D-N-R has written an internal report outlining possible health and pollution threats from the proposed Gogebic Taconite iron ore mine.  The agency released the report Friday, after a copy was leaked to the conservative Media Trackers’ Web site.  It listed potential acid mine drainage from sulfides in the site’s rock formations — possible toxic effects on wild rice produced near mining site — possible mercury pollution in the formation of taconite pellets — and asbestos-like mineral fibers which have been mentioned before. Bob Seitz of Gogebic Taconite said the report shows that some in the D-N-R have a “bias against mining.”  He noted that the effects were spelled out before the company could test core rock samples.  Media Trackers said the D-N-R’s report implied criticism of the project — although the agency sharply denied it.  The D-N-R’s Jack Sullivan said the report was an effort to highlight issues that his personnel will review after Gogebic applies for state permits for the new mine.  Sullivan says the report does not take sides, and does not try to persuade anyone.


New UW President Focused On Finance Accountability


1/11/14 – The new president of the U-W System promises to be more open about the university’s finances, and to collaborate more closely with state lawmakers.  Ray Cross told reporters at the Milwaukee campus Friday that he’s excited about taking over next month.  He replaces Kevin Reilly, who — like Cross — was the extension-and-colleges chancellor just before being promoted to the presidency.  Cross had held the post since 2011.  Earlier, Cross said he established a number of contacts with legislators, and he promises to keep them more in the loop about what’s happening.  Cross said he also wants to make it easier to understand the U-W’s finances — which can get complicated at times.  The Board of Regents chose Cross over two other finalists, both the heads of higher education systems in Pennsylvania and Kentucky.


Former Congressman Calls For Redistricting Referendum


1/11/14 – Former U-S House Democrat Dave Obey of Wausau says there should be a statewide referendum on having an independent group re-draw legislative districts every 10 years.  The party that’s in control in Madison normally gets that task after every census — and Obey says he doesn’t trust either party to play it straight.  His comments came Friday at a public hearing held in Marshfield by minority state Democrats on their proposal to have the Legislative Audit Bureau handle redistricting.  Freshman Assembly Democrat Mandy Wright of Wausau says it’s similar to the process used in Iowa for over 30 years.  Obey said redistricting is meant to spread equal numbers of voters across communities-of-interest — not piling up voters in various regions to make re-election easier.  Majority Republicans have refused to consider the proposed independent process, so Democrats have taken it up.  G-O-P leaders say what they did was constitutional, after a federal court agreed that the maps had equal numbers of voters.  The court also criticized the secrecy Republicans maintained in the re-mapping process.  It was the first time in several decades that a single party re-drew the maps.  Federal courts did the deed in recent decades, since the Legislature had split control — and the parties could not agree on final district maps.


Wisconsin Youth Participate In NFL Contest


1/11/14 – Three Wisconsin youngsters will compete Saturday in the National Finals of the N-F-L’s “Punt, Pass, and Kick” contest.  Marco Damiani of Cambridge, Curtis Flannick of Menomonee Falls, and Jenna Curtis of Webster are representing the Green Bay Packers.  All three were winners in their respective age groups at the Packers’ competition that was held December 8th in the Don Hutson Center across from Lambeau Field.  They’ll be among 40 youngsters from throughout the country taking part in the National Finals in Denver.  They’re all 6-to-15-years-old.  The winners will be announced after the third quarter of Sunday’s A-F-C Divisional playoff game in Denver.  C-B-S will televise the ceremony.