News – April 10, 2019

(Portage) The Columbia County District Attorney has tendered her resignation. Tristan Eagon cited disagreements with local officials in a letter. Among the issues: not releasing details about an apparent complaint from a staffer against Eagon.  The DAs Office was closed Tuesday because of the resignation and also because of apparent staffing issues. Eagon says officials at all levels of county government attempted to strong-arm her opinion and gain favor.

(Lebanon) A former owner of a Dodge County strip club is apparently being targeted in a federal investigation into suspected sex trafficking. Radomir Buzdum was the owner of TNT Gentlemen’s Club in Lebanon before the business closed its doors. The establishment had changed its name to Wilde Rose after it was mentioned in a federal complaint last year that alleges sex trafficking had occurred inside. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that newly-released court documents show that Buzdum reportedly paid dancers at the club to have sex with him. Buzdum confirmed to the Journal Sentinel that in January roughly 100 agents raided his Watertown home, TNT and his Watertown bar the Dew Drop Inn. No charges have been filed at this time against Buzdum.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaverland Must-Skis boats have been stolen. The group is asking the public’s help in finding the two boats valued at $95,000 that were reported missing as of Monday night. According to a Facebook post, both craft have not been moved by anyone authorized since February 17 and were at their last known location as of March 22. / One boat is described as a white 2016 Dyna-Ski with black side panels on a black tandem Phoenix trailer with chrome rims. The second boat stolen is a white 2010 Dyna-Ski with white panes on a black tandem Phoenix trailer with chrome rims. / Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.

(Juneau) Residents faced with paying for new sidewalks on a dead-end street in Juneau made another attempt last (Tuesday) night to persuade city leaders to modify the project. Residents on Downie Drive and Leonard Avenue are against the sidewalks in the $487-thousand-dollar project, for which they are assessed the full cost. The sidewalk portion totals $77-thousand dollars, with costs per homeowner ranging from $3000 to $8000. Construction will begin in April with completion slated for June. Alderman Curt Arndt, who abstained from the previous vote because he will be impacted by the assessment, echoed the sediments of residents in attendance in encouraging the council to revisit the matter. Mayor Dan Wegener noted that reopening the project would require a motion from an alderperson who voted with the majority.

(Waupun) The city of Waupun received some positive news at last (Tuesday) night’s Common Council meeting from their annual financial audit. Senior Manager at Baker Tilly Andrea Jansen shared the financial highlights from her report on the recently-concluded 2018 audit. Jansen says they issued Waupun an “unmodified opinion” which is the highest level of assurance an entity can get. She says there was no new debt in 2018 and that Waupun has room for additional borrowing in the future.

(Waupun) We are learning that were no working smoke detectors in the Waupun duplex where a fire occurred late Monday night. Fire Chief B.J. DeMaa says the tenant in the apartment where the fire began just happened to wake up and, when police arrived, they alerted the other two tenants. DeMaa says had they known there was an issue with smoke detectors they would have done something about it.  There was significant smoke and fire damage to one apartment unit on West Franklin Street and smoke damage to the other.