News – June 6, 2015

Beaver Dam Man Arrested While Leaving Court On Forgery Charges


6/6/15 – A Beaver Dam man who is already facing a Felony Theft Count for allegedly taking items from his neighbor’s car has been charged with five additional felonies, four counts of Uttering a Forgery and one count of Bail Jumping.  Matthew Milligan was taken into custody on Thursday immediately after he left the Dodge County Courtroom where he waived his preliminary hearing on the theft charge.  The 26-year-old allegedly cashed a total of four checks totaling $1,125 at three different Beaver Dam banks within a week. If he is found guilty on all five of the most recent charges, Milligan faces up to 30 years in prison.  His preliminary hearing is June 11.  If Milligan is convicted of the theft charge, that could add an additional six years in prison.  He’ll be arraigned on that count July 7.


Waupun Man Charged Days After Wife In Alleged Sexual Assault


6//6/15 – A Waupun man whose wife was charged with sexual assault earlier this week has now  been charged for his alleged role in the matter.  Robert Moungey is facing one felony count of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child Under the Age of Twelve as a Party to a Crime.  According to an alleged note provided to authorities by his wife, Cassandra Scheuers, the 26-year-old had pornographic images of minors on his computer.  She also claimed that he engaged in inappropriate acts with an infant and forced her to have similar contact with a toddler.  If Moungey is convicted, he faces up to 60 years in prison.  Cash bond was set at $100,000, and he was ordered to have no unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of sixteen and stay off the internet at all times.  His preliminary hearing is set for June 11.  Scheuers has a status conference on July 6.


Man Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Charge In Beck Case


6/6/15 – A 61-year-old Kenosha man entered a ‘not guilty’ plea at his arraignment in Fond du Lac County Court yesterday in the 1990 murder case of 18-year-old Berit Beck.  Dennis Brantner of Kenosha is charged with first-degree murder.  Beck was driving from her home in Sturtevant to a computer class in Appleton when she vanished.  Her van was discovered in a parking lot in Fond du Lac, and her body was found a few weeks later along a roadside near Waupun.  An autopsy indicated that Beck was most likely strangled.  Brantner remains in jail under a million-dollar bond.


Future Of Dodge County’s Library Association Uncertain


6/6/15 – Dodge County libraries still don’t know what association they will belong to going forward.  Entering 2015, Dodge County was part of the three-county Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System along with Washington and Jefferson Counties.  The eight public libraries in Jefferson County recently voted to leave that partnership and join the Waukesha County Library System, and the matter was signed off on by the county’s library board.  Dodge County Administrator Jim Mielke said at this week’s Executive Committee meeting that the future of the library remains uncertain but that it is possible for Dodge County to continue its partnership with Washington County for the time being before a long term solution can be worked out.  Aside from continuing to operate in that two-county system with Washington County, Mielke says Dodge County’s likely long-term options are to join the seven county South-Central Library System that currently includes Columbia and Dane Counties or join the five county Winnefox Library System that includes Fond du Lac and Green Lake Counties.  If the county chooses to carry on with Washington County, state aid will likely decrease from previous years as it is calculated based on population and service area, both of which will decrease with the loss of Jefferson County.  Mielke says the 2016 financial picture will soon be clearer as library circulation numbers must be submitted by July 1.  That will help the county calculate the non-resident circulation fees that it owes.  The payment Dodge County made this year for non-resident circulation fees and adjacent county circulation was roughly $750,000.  Mielke expects future years to be hit harder by the financial changes resulting from the consortium change than 2016.  No matter what, Dodge County must belong to some system in order to be eligible for state aid.


Teen Pleads Guilty In Hold-Up Of Brownsville Gas Station


6/6/15 – A Brownsville teen who robbed a gas station was found guilty in a Dodge County Courtroom yesterday. Alec James Ryan told the clerk at the BP Gas Station in the Village of Brownsville on November 17 that he had a pistol in his waistband.  The clerk never saw the weapon. The 18-year-old fled on foot with a carton of cigarettes.  Ryan’s sentencing hearing is set for August 13.


Law Enforcement Officers Honor Deceased Fond du Lac Trooper


6/6/15 – Wisconsin law enforcement officers made their annual runs to Stevens Point to raise funds for the Special Olympics.  Those who left from Sheboygan had an extra special mission.  They stopped in Kiel at the grave of Trevor Casper — the state trooper killed in a shootout with Steven Snyder in March during a crime spree that included another murder and a bank robbery.  Over 50 law enforcement officers and relatives of Casper’s paraded for about a mile through Kiel, before laying a wreath at the trooper’s grave.  The group then continued their run to Stevens Point, joining other officers from throughout the state in Thursday’s opening of the Wisconsin Special Olympics.


Walker Would Reluctantly Sign A Budget Without Hwy Borrowing


6/6/15 – Governor Scott Walker says he would reluctantly sign a new state budget that does not include any borrowing for highway projects over the next two years. Walker’s fellow Republicans in the Legislature have balked at his plan to borrow one-point-three billion dollars, instead of raising the gas tax or vehicle registration fees.  G-O-P Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has said he would push through a budget with no borrowing for highway projects if necessary.  That highway funding, the financing plan for a Milwaukee Bucks’ arena and a change in the prevailing wage law are the major sticking points to getting a new two-year state budget approved.  The budget’s supposed to take effect in 25 days.


Board Of Regents Votes For UW Faculty To Keep Academic Freedom


6/6/15 – It appears that U-W faculty members will keep their academic freedom. The U-W Board of Regents voted unanimously in Milwaukee yesterday to add tenure protections to the university’s policies.  However, faculty members could still be under more criteria for facing possible layoffs. That’s because the Legislature’s finance committee inserted a budget item last week to allow tenured faculty to be let go due to budget cuts, program expirations, or campus re-directions. Right now, tenured faculty can only be let go for “just cause” or a campus-wide financial emergency.


Beaver Dam’s Summer Concert Series Starts June 17


6/6/15 – A series of Wednesday concerts at Beaver Dam’s Swan Park kicks off later this month.  The Beaver Dam Community Activities and Services Department will be hosting the shows starting with a performance by the Beaver Dam Community Band on June 17 and running through July 29.  Each show runs from 7 to 8:30 pm.  If there is bad weather, the concerts will be held in the Lindsay Complex at Wayland Academy instead.