May 4, 2015

Fire Destroys Clyman Home

5/4/15 – A weekend fire destroyed a home in Clyman. Crews responded Saturday at 2:45am to W5673 Eagle Road in the Town of Clyman, a property owned by the Nehls Brothers of Juneau. Clyman Fire Chief Eric Howlett says when firefighters arrived on scene they were met with heavy smoke and flames coming through the windows and the roof of the house. Howlett says there was an enormous amount of fuel in the house that ignited prior to firefighter’s arrival on scene.  Because of those dangerous conditions, he says firefighters were forced to use a defensive attack on the structure. Crews were on scene for 4 hours. The house was considered a total loss. The fire was reported by a sheriff’s deputy patrolling in the area. No one was home at the time of the blaze. The residents are currently staying with other family members. There were no injuries. Clyman received mutual aid from Reeseville, Lowell, Lebanon, Juneau, Watertown, Beaver Dam, Horicon, Hustisford, and Iron Ridge Fire Departments, DCERT, and the Dodge County Sheriff.

Four Dead In Menasha Shooting

5/4/15 – Four people died and another was injured in a shooting incident Sunday night on the Trestle Trail Bridge in Menasha.  The shooter was among those killed, in what police are calling a random act of violence.  Menasha Police Chief Tim Styka said officers were called around seven p-m to the bridge, over Little Lake Butte-des-Morts connecting the city and town of Menasha in the Fox Valley.  According to various media reports, about 30 officers were on the scene in a matter of moments after the gun-shots.  The officers were from several agencies, and none fired their weapons. Witnesses said they heard up to a dozen shots, and saw people running in numerous directions.  One report said the shooter was a male.  Chief Styka said no one was specifically targeted.  The lone survivor is said to be a woman in her 30’s. She underwent surgery, and was in critical condition at last word at a Neenah hospital.  The Theda Clark Medical Center was said to be under a “controlled access lockdown” from 7:45 until around ten last night.  Menasha Police expect to say more at a news conference today.

Skeletal Remains Found In Jefferson County

5/4/15 – An autopsy is planned for Monday following the discovery of human remains in Jefferson County on Friday. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a citizen who found what looked like human remains in the Town of Sullivan. The initial investigation confirmed that the remains were human and according to some media reports,  a white female leading to speculation that it may be the body of 27-year-old Kelly Dwyer of Milwaukee who has been missing since October of 2013. Her boyfriend is a person of interest but has not been arrested in connection with the disappearance and remains jailed in a separate matter.

Body Found In Ripon Dead For Several Months

5/4/15 – Authorities said a 45-year-old man might have been dead for several months, before his body was found over the weekend at a home in Ripon.  City police and Fond du Lac County sheriff’s deputies responded Saturday evening, after being asked to check on a person’s welfare.  Officers found the man’s body after they entered the home.  The case remains under investigation.  It’s been referred to the Fond du Lac County district attorney’s office.

Motorcyclist Loses Leg In Highway 151 Accident

5/4/15 – A motorcyclist lost his leg beneath the knee in an accident Friday afternoon on Highway 151. A 24-year-old Pardeeville man driving a van entered Highway 151 southbound near County Highway DE in the Town of Calamus and struck the motorcycle. The 44-year-old Madison man operating the motorcycle was flown from the scene by MedFlight helicopter to UW Hospital in Madison. There was only one rider on the bike and the driver of the van was not injured.

Beaver Dam Woman Sentenced For Sixth and Seventh OWI

5/4/15 – Fifty-four (54) months in prison and 72 months extended supervision for a Beaver Dam woman arrested for felony OWI twice in nine days. Jacquelyn Soldner was arrested for sixth offense OWI on January 22 after picking a child up at school. Her blood alcohol level at that time was over four times the legal limit for driving at point-three-eight (.38). The 47-year-old posted a $10-thousand dollar cash bond one week later. On January 31, authorities received a report of a vehicle all over the roadway and then traveling the wrong way on Highway 151. Soldner was arrested again for OWI with a Minor in the Vehicle; her blood alcohol level was point one-zero (.10). Soldner pled to sixth and seventh offense OWI on Friday.

Eighth Case of Bird Flu Detected

5/4/15 – Wisconsin has recorded its eighth case of the bird flu, and the fourth at turkey farms in Barron County.  State agriculture officials said the H-5 avian flu was most recently confirmed in a flock with 16-thousand breeding turkeys, and almost 42-thousand hatching eggs.  They’ll all be killed as part of a quarantine aimed at keeping the bird flu from spreading.  More than one-and-a-half million birds — mostly turkeys and chickens — have been ordered to be killed in Wisconsin because they were a part of flocks where the disease was discovered. The bird flu was first detected in Wisconsin three weeks ago, after dozens of flocks were hit in neighboring Minnesota and elsewhere in the Midwest.  The Minnesota House will consider a major agricultural bill today that includes state aid for turkey growers.  It would pay for losses not covered by the federal government.  The affected birds are not entering the food supply, and there have been no confirmed human cases of H-5 disease.  A ban on the movement of poultry continues through this month to shows, exhibitions, and swap meets in the four counties where the bird flu has been spotted — Barron, Chippewa, Jefferson, and Juneau counties.

Dodgeland School District Switching Health Providers


5/4/15 – After two years of receiving WEA coverage, employees in the Dodgeland School District will have Unity Health Insurance as its provider effective July 1.  Superintendent Annette Thompson says it came down to cost as the near 25% renewal rate offered by WEA was difficult to manage within the district’s current budget.  She notes the new plan will still provide similar coverage and have a familiar plan design.  The reason given for the high renewal rate was the district’s experience rating.  WEA has been losing money on the Dodgeland School District as they were paying out $1.64 in claims for every dollar received in premium fees.  Thompson says the ninety-ten employer-employee premium contribution will remain unchanged.  While she says the WEA plan was fairly well liked by employees, the switch was made for budgetary reasons.  According to Thompson, the Unity Health plan will help the district gain multi-year stability as excise taxes could have left the budget in rough shape within a few years.  Thompson says Unity Health also provides them with immediate rate relief as the plan is capped at 9% in the second year, which will allow them to budget the cost in a much simpler manner.  Had the district stuck with WEA, Thompson says the budget would have taken a $300,000 hit on top of what they were already paying for coverage.  She says the administration will spend the coming weeks educating the staff about these changes.

DCSO Monthly Column: Be Courteous On The Road


5/4/15 – In his monthly column, Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt is encouraging folks to be courteous on the road.  He says there are multiple factors that can contribute to other drivers getting frustrated behind the wheel.  According to Schmidt, one of the most common means often occurs on multi-lane roads when someone is traveling in the left lane.  Other motorists often get frustrated which can lead to dangerous situations that put lives at risk.  State law requires slower traffic to keep right on highways with multiple lanes traveling in the same direction.  While he encourages people to only drive at a speed comfortable for them, Schmidt says there are certain rules slower drivers must adhere to.  They must pay attention for drivers approaching from the rear and yield the roadway so those motorists can pass.  He encourages pulling over to the side of the road.  Schmidt encourages drivers to avoid road rage by taking a deep breath and relaxing when they feel wronged.  He says people can remember the license plate and report the violation to law enforcement at a safe time.

WBEV Named State of the Year By WBA

5/4/15 – Good Karma Brand’s AM1430 WBEV was recognized this weekend by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. The Beaver Dam-based radio station was named the 2014 Small Market News-Talk Radio Station of the Year. In addition, WBEV was recognized as having the Best News Operation in a small market after garnering first place awards in five categories. The top Awards for Excellence were given for live on-scene coverage, hard news reporting and best newscast. Ongoing coverage of efforts to construct the Watermark community and senior center won in the category of Best Continuing Coverage of a single news story. Brenda Murphy’s Idea Exchange was named Best Radio Show. Our Fifth Annual Tribute to Veterans last November was named Best Specialty Program. John Kraft’s Buck Hunter Show commercials for Pernat-Haase Meats hit the bulls-eye. And the singing ophthalmologists Dr. Jay Wilkins and Dr. Tom Castillo with Vita Park Eye Associates took home their third gold trophy for their series of homemade commercials that twist Christmas carols into public service announcements for eye safety.

Goat On Columbus Farm Gives Birth To Quadruplets


5/4/15 – The owners of a Columbus goat farm recently experienced something they had never seen before.  Doug and Rita Lambert’s 5-year-old goat Ava gave birth to quadruplets.  According to Rita, this was quite out of the ordinary as Ava previously had two sets of twins and one set of triplets.  The four young goats are 75% boar and are likely to be far from the last one’s born on the Lambert’s farm this year.  They have already added twenty goats in 2015, which has bumped their total to 59.  According to Rita, Ava’s birthing process only took around one hour.  The four newborn goats are still in need of names.  Rita says they are considering the names: Rick, Bill, John, and John…in honor of our own Rick Armon, Bill McCollum, John Moser, and John Muir.