January 21, 2013

First Fatality of 2013


1/21/13 – Dodge County had its first fatal traffic accident of 2013 early this morning. It happened north of Ashippun on Highway O. Sheriff Todd Nehls says a 29-year-old man was driving south when he lost control of his vehicle and it left the road, rolling over numerous times before coming to rest. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident was reported around 12:15 a.m. but authorities are not sure what time it actually happened. The name of the man is being withheld until authorities can notify his family.


Wind Chill Advisory Until Noon on Tuesday


1/21/13 – The National Weather Service has issued a wind-chill advisory for our area beginning at 6pm tonight and lasting until noon tomorrow. A large Arctic air mass moved into the Badger State during the weekend – and it’s expected to hang around at least until the middle of the week. Superior had the coldest wind chill at three this morning at 32-below. As of 6:30 a.m. in our listening area, we were seeing wind chills of minus-12 in Brownsville, minues-10 in Waupun and negative-11 at the airport in Juneau. Forecasters say wind chills could peak in the 20-to-25-below range all the way into Tuesday morning. Most areas expect a slight improvement this afternoon, before the colder wind chills return tonight and tomorrow morning. A slight warm-up is expected on Wednesday, with highs in the teens in most of the state.


Car Goes Through the Ice on Beaver Dam Lake


1/21/13 – A man escaped uninjured after his car broke through the ice on Beaver Dam Lake Sunday afternoon. Authorities were notified about a car breaking through the ice around 3:15 p.m.  About three minutes later the driver of that car, 19-year-old Kyle Daniels, called 9-1-1 as well. He said his car had broken through the ice and was submerged up to the roof. However, he got out before it went under and made the call while standing on the roof. Daniels then got away from the vehicle and walked to the Beaver Dam Fire Department hovercraft that was searching for him. He was brought to shore and didn’t need any medical treatment.


Authorities say open water has been reported in an area not far from where the car broke through. They say the area is generally described as being near the group of islands north of Airport Road on the southwest portion of the lake. Officials say recent strong winds and the relatively mild winter have made for poor and varying ice conditions on lakes throughout the area. They say motor vehicle traffic is discouraged on the ice and extreme caution should be used if you do decide to go out.


Charges Expected in Bank Robbery


1/21/13 – Dodge County prosecutors are expected to file charges today against the man accused of robbing a Horicon bank last Friday. 22-year-old Eric R King was taken into custody after a high speed chase on Highway 151 ended with him rolling his vehicle. Horicon Police Chief Joe Adamson says the suspect gave a note to a teller at the U.S. Bank location just after the noon hour, stating he had a gun and that no one would be hurt if the teller gave him the money. He was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of cash, but a witness was able to get the man’s license plate number and that was sent out to other local authorities. About 10 minutes after the robbery the man’s vehicle was located in Beaver Dam and a chase ensued down South Spring Street and eventually to Highway 151. The chase covered nearly 12-miles and reached speeds in excess of 100-miles-per-hour before coming to an end near Gunn Road when the man lost control of the vehicle and rolled it. King was taken to Beaver Dam Community Hospital and later booked into the county jail.

Speed and Alcohol Factors in Accident


1/21/13 – A Randolph man was cited for his third drunk driving offense in a Friday night accident that sent him and a passenger to the hospital. 54-year-old Richard Sadoski was allegedly drunk when he lost control of his vehicle a couple miles south of Randolph on Highway 73. His SUV spun off the road and overturned. A short time later, a car slid off the road and hit Sadoski’s vehicle. The people in that vehicle were not hurt but Sadoski and his passenger, 23-year-old Nicole Schlavensky of Fox Lake, were flown to UW-Hospital in Madison. Authorities say there is no indication of wrong doing by the driver of the second vehicle, 55-year-old Tim Rentmeester of Randolph.


Two More Charged in Burglaries


1/21/13 – More burglary charges have been filed against the suspects in a series of multi-county daytime burglaries. 23-year-old Angel Gamboeck of Marshall and 35-year-old Nicholas Griswold of Clyman are scheduled to have their Initial Appearances next Monday in Dodge County court on charges of felony Burglary, and Burglary while Armed with a Dangerous Weapon. Until now, Angel’s sister 25-year-old Jayme Gamboeck had been the only one directly charged in Dodge County with break-ins on October 17. Angel was previously charged with Identity Theft for allegedly using a stolen debit card while Griswold had been charged with beating the sisters outside a Clyman strip club during the crime spree. The trio is also facing dozens of burglary and theft charges in Columbia County for crimes committed last September. Authorities executed a search warrant in Dane County last October and recovered thousands of dollars in stolen guns, tools, jewelry, cosmetics, furniture and other household items. Prosecutors say their crime spree supported their drug habits.


Watermark Fundraisers Begin Grant Application Process


1/21/13 – Officials raising funds for Beaver Dam’s planned community and senior center have begun the application process for a state grant. There are no city tax dollars being used to pay for renovation of the Watermark in the former Fullerton Lumber building at 209 South Center, so a non-profit group is spearheading the fundraising campaign. Community Activities and Services Department Administrator Evonne Boettge says the city is seeking a Wisconsin Community Development Block Grant that could be worth between $500-thousand and $750-thousand dollars. The total cost of the project is estimated at $4.1 million. Boettge is not giving a fundraising total at this time. She says the goal was to raise $2.9 million dollars and the community has been very generous and the campaign is on track. Boettge says they will wrap-up the capital campaign at the end of March or the beginning of April. She is optimistic her department will take occupancy of the Watermark by this fall. The 22-thousand square foot facility would include an office space, an arts and crafts studio-slash-wood shop and a general recreation area. The “community center” portion would be comprised of five, dividable multi-purpose rooms surrounded by a circular hallway that doubles as a walking track. The outside of the pre-engineered steel building would be covered with an insulated brick veneer that conforms to the historic look of the downtown. A public hearing on the Community Development Block Grant application will be held at the beginning of tonight’s 8pm Common Council meeting.


Lake Winnebago Victim Identified


1/21/13 – A man killed after his all-terrain vehicle fell into Lake Winnebago has been identified as 42-year-old Chad Davis of Sherwood. Calumet County authorities said Davis was driving his A-T-V near High Cliff State Park on Saturday, when he fell into open water on the lake. A companion made it across the opening and Davis tried to follow that machine but fell in. Officials said he was underwater for about an hour before Calumet County divers recovered the body. A medical examiner said Davis died from accidental drowning.


State to Celebrate MLK Jr Day


1/21/13 – It’s Martin Luther King Day, and Governor Scott Walker will again take part in two major events to honor the slain civil rights leader. Walker will appear at the annual King Day breakfast at Milwaukee’s main Y-M-C-A – and then he’ll speak at Wisconsin’s official observance during the noon hour at the State Capitol. Author and journalist John Fountain will be the main speaker at the Capitol event. And there will be performances from the Latino Arts Strings of Milwaukee, Malcolm Williams and the Voices of Great Faith, the Madison Bag-pipers, and the Ho-Chunk Native American drum and dance ensemble. King Day is an official state holiday. State and federal offices are closed, and you won’t get mail delivery. Banks will generally be open. Numerous local governments and public schools will also be open, mainly in smaller areas.


Powerball Up to $110M


1/21/13 – The Powerball jackpot is at 110-million dollars for the next drawing on Wednesday night. Nobody won the top prize on Saturday — and nobody from Wisconsin won the second-or-third prizes, either. Eight players in the Badger State won 200-dollars each by having the Power Play option and matching either four regular numbers or three-plus-the-Powerball. Almost 13-thousand Wisconsin tickets won something. Saturday night’s numbers were 8, 28, 29, 34, and 38. The Powerball was 35. Wednesday’s cash option is just over 70-million dollars. The Mega Millions’ jackpot is 80-million for the next drawing in that game tomorrow night.