January 29, 2013

Warm and Rain Today, Cold and Snow Tomorrow


We’re likely to set a new record high temperature today – and get up to six inches of snow tomorrow. That’s according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters say we could hit the upper 50’s in our listening area, shattering the previous record-high temp for the day of 44-degrees at the airport in Juneau. We are also expecting rain much of the day and portions of Dodge County could see more than inch of precipitation. That’ll eventually give way to a winter storm that could dump three-to-six inches of snow in our area. We are under a Winter Storm Watch beginning tomorrow morning and lasting through much of the evening. High winds will lead to blowing snow before temperatures drop into the single digits. We are expecting a high of 10-degrees on Thursday with overnight lows in the single digits below zero.


Timberwolves Donate To Randolph Cancer Fundraiser


1/29/13 – Students and athletes at Randolph High School are trying to help out a coach recently diagnosed with cancer. Assistant Rockets Basketball Coach Rick Stiemsma is battling liver and colon cancer. The Randolph High School National Honor Society has designated this week as “Cancer Awareness Week” and there will be two special fundraisers at their two home basketball games tonight and Thursday. Donations will be accepted, ribbons are being sold and area businesses have donated several gift cards for auction. In addition, Rick’s son Greg Stiemsma – a center for the Minnesota Timberwolves – is donating a basket with Timberwolves-themed items for both games. Proceeds will benefit the UW American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison. The Randolph girls take on Cambria-Friesland tonight with JV at 5:30pm followed by the Varsity game at 7:30pm. The boys host Central Wisconsin Christian on Thursday.


Hairspray Bandits Making First Appearances


1/29/13 – Two suspects in a series of multi-county daytime burglaries made their first appearance in Dodge County court yesterday in connection with four break-in’s. 23-year-old Angel Gamboeck of Columbus and 35-year-old Nicholas Griswold of Clyman are facing felony charges of Burglary and Burglary with a Dangerous Weapon. Until now Gamboeck’s sister, 25-year-old Jayme Gamboeck, had been the only one directly charged with the Dodge County break-ins. The burglaries occurred in Brownsville on October 14, Columbus on October 15, Burnett on October 17 and Clyman on November 1. Authorities say the M-O is the same in all the burglaries: forced entry through a door during the day. Stolen items included guns, tools, jewelry and electronics but also cosmetics, hygiene products and perfumes, leading investigators to dub the trio “the hairspray bandits.” When questioned, Griswold said they either pawned the stolen goods or traded them for drugs.  Judge John Storck yesterday ordered Griswold and Angel Gamboeck held on $100,000 cash bonds as previously ordered. The trio is scheduled to make their Initial Appearance this afternoon in Columbia County in connection with break-ins at three Town of Wyocena homes on September 14 and October 22 and a Fountain Prairie burglary on September 27. Griswold and the Gamboeck sisters are the only suspects currently charged in the crime spree however the criminal complaint mentions a fourth person as driving the getaway car in some of the burglaries.


Nehls Hails 9-1-1 Importance, Rebukes Clark Statements


1/29/13 – The sheriff of Dodge County is taking issue with the comment made by the sheriff of Milwaukee County. Last week, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said in a radio ad that people get a gun and learn how to use it because so many officers are laid off that quote, “simply calling 9-1-1 and waiting is no longer your best option.” Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls says Clark has set 9-1-1 back ten or 15 years. Nehls says he has complete faith and confidence in the E911 system and strongly encourage those in need of an emergency response to make that call first.  He says that call will provide critical information like the location of the call and even background noise.  Nehls says he also has the utmost faith and confidence in his employees and the law enforcement professionals employed by the county’s 21 local police departments. Nehls says the argument could be made that a sheriff from a rural county has no right to criticize the state’s largest county but he cites stats from the Office of Justice Assistance. In 2010, Milwaukee County deputies handled 17 violent crimes while Dodge County handled 59.  Dodge County reported 46 aggravated assaults and the Milwaukee Sheriff had four.  In the area of property crimes, the Milwaukee County Sheriff reported 40 while Dodge County responded to 476. As for the most common of property offenses, burglary, Dodge County saw 144 while Sheriff Clarke handled 40. “He’s going to use that experience to make a statement like the one he did on radio and television,” Nehls asked. Nehls nonetheless remains a staunch supporter of the right to bear arms. He says the decision to arm yourself and protect yourself, your family, and your property is your right. Nehls says before you exercise that right, if you can, without exposing yourself to harm or danger, call 911 and seek shelter until law enforcement arrives.  If you can’t, exercise your rights the Constitution provides, take the action necessary to protect those you love.


Lawyer Suspended for Not Representing Clients Well Enough


1/29/13 – A Washington County lawyer has been suspended for six months, for not doing enough to represent seven clients in civil cases. Everett Wood of Hubertus had never been disciplined until now. The State Supreme Court approved the punishment. And the justices told Wood to pay 20-thousand dollars for the state’s cost of handling the case against him. The justices said they agreed with a judicial referee, who noted that Wood failed to be diligent in acting on clients’ cases – and then did not communicate well when questioned by those clients. The referee said several clients lost patience and reported Wood to the state’s Office of Lawyer Regulation – and Wood later failed to cooperate with the office in some matters.


Pair Ticketed for Going More Than 100-MPH


1/29/13 – Two Lomira men were hit with $515 speeding tickets over the weekend. Dodge County authorities were responding to a reported fight at a Village of Lomira tavern early Saturday morning. As they were driving north on Highway 175, they noticed several vehicles driving southbound at a high rate of speed. With the use of radar, the first deputy called in speeds of the vehicles at 94 mph. A second deputy, a half-mile back, clocked the first vehicle at 103 miles-per-hour and the second vehicle at 105 miles-per-hour – both in a 55-miles-per-hour zone. Deputies pulled over both vehicles and arrested one driver and cited the other. The first driver, 21-year-old Wesley Steger, was arrested for second offense drunk driving and driving 50-miles-per-hour over the speed limit. A passenger in his vehicle was cited for underage drinking. The driver of the second vehicle, 22-year-old Justin Ertl, was ticketed for driving 48-miles-per-hour over the speed limit. Authorities believe the subjects were fleeing from the tavern disturbance.


Passports Will No Longer Be Processed at Courthouse


1/29/13 – The Dodge County Courthouse will no longer process passports after Thursday. Clerk of Courts Lynn Hron says staffing levels and increasingly costly State Department requirements are a primary reason for the decision to eliminate this service. Hron says there are still several places in Dodge County where passports can be obtained, including post offices in Beaver Dam, Columbus, Hartford, Horicon, Mayville, Watertown and Waupun. You can find a link to a complete list of locations at: www.travel.state.gov


FDL Students Hoping for World Record Food Drive


1/29/13 – Students at Fond du Lac’s only public high school hope to break a world record with a food drive in May. The youngsters are organizing what’s called the “Food for Freedom” drive on the first two days of Memorial Day Weekend, May 25th and 26th, at Fond du Lac High. Organizers hope to break the mark for the most food collected at a single location in a 24-hour period. The current record is just under 560-thousand pounds.