News April 14, 2009

Kelm Arraigned

4/14/09 – A Beaver Dam man, charged in connection with a friend’s overdose death, was in a Milwaukee County courtroom for arraignment hearing yesterday (Monday). 20-year-old Troy Kelm entered not-guilty pleas to three drug related charges; two counts of delivery of Suboxone and one count of delivery of methadone. Kelm is accused of selling a half pill of Suboxone to Luke Murphy on March 23. The 19-year-old was found dead the next morning in a friend’s dorm room. Authorities are still waiting on toxicology reports to determine an exact cause of death. Kelm also had his bond reduced yesterday from $20,000 to $15,000. And the court ordered that he be turned over to an in-patient treatment program. If convicted of all the charges Kelm could be sentenced to as much as 32-years in prison.

BD Man Charged With Impregnating 14-Year-Old

4/14/09 – A Beaver Dam man faces 40 years in prison for getting a 14-year-old girl pregnant. 22-year-old Cristobel Ordonez is charged with Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child in connection with a two-year relationship he had with the girl. Ordonez had cash bail set at $25,000 and a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 28.

Waupun Man Gets Six Months For Hit and Run

4/14/09 – A Waupun man will spend six months in jail for leaving the scene of an accident that left one woman injured. Richard Bahr rear-ended a vehicle while driving on a suspended license in December and fled the scene before authorities arrived. The woman he hit went to the hospital complaining of a headache. The 54-year-old was also placed on probation for two years, had his license suspended for six months and was ordered to pay $300 in restitution.

Parents Charged With Delivering Illegal Articles To Inmate Son

4/14/09 – A Marquette County couple faces felony charges for sending their son mail in the Waupun Correctional Institution. 71-year-old Harry Gabelbauer and 69-year-old Carole Gabelbauer are each charged with Delivering Illegal Articles to Inmates. The two allegedly misrepresented themselves on the envelop, making up a phony law office for the return address. State law prohibits corrections officials from reading legal documents intended for inmates. Authorities say there were legal documents in the letters but according to the criminal complaint, they also included money orders that their son was going to use to bribe fellow inmates. Their son, Harry Gabelbauer III, was allegedly trying to get an inmate to sign a witness statement that would have strengthened Gabelbauer’s case on appeal. His parents now face three and half years in prison, if convicted. The Gabelbauer’s had a signature bond set at $1000 and a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 30.

Schoenike Asks for Recount

4/14/09 – A town chairman who lost by three votes in last weeks election has asked for a recount. Jim Shoenike lost by three votes to Steven Panozzo for the chairman’s seat in the town of Ashippun. The vote was 355 to 352. The county clerk’s office will be overseeing the recount this morning (Tue). If the results stay the same the entire Ashippun Town Board will be made up of entirely new members.

Horicon SD Assesses Needs

4/14/09 – School officials in Horicon are plotting their next steps in the wake of last Tuesday’s failed $300,000 school funding referendum. District Administrator Gary Berger says they need to get some consensus from the community as they assess the district’s needs. The board had previously discussed the elimination of three teaching positions, which would increase class sizes in three elementary grades. Berger says the board will debate those cuts, versus taking money from the general fund, at their meeting next Monday.

Kohl Wants Weekend Voting

4/14/09 – A tradition since 1845 could be altered if U.S. Senator Herb Kohl gets his way. Earlier this year, Kohl introduced legislation that would move Election Day from the first Tuesday in November to the first full weekend of the month. Andrea Kaminski with the League of Women Voters says it’s worth considering, since it could improve access to the polls for many people. However, Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson says absentee ballots have reduced the need for a longer election period. Plus she says people are often out-of-town, and it is difficult as it is to get commitments from poll workers. A resolution that would declare the county’s opposition to weekend voting will be presented to the Board of Supervisors this month.

Big Turnout For Conservation Hearing

4/14/09 – Over 100 Dodge County sports enthusiasts attended the annual statewide meeting of the Conservation Congress in Horicon. There were 91 questions on last night’s survey. One question asked if the definition of a gun should be clarified, to address new technology. There were also three questions about the Earn-a-Buck hunting policy. The audience applauded when officials discussed the possibility of a one-year moratorium for Earn-A-Buck. Hunters have been upset for year’s about the policy, which makes them shoot does in many parts of the state before they can take bucks. The idea is to reduce the deer population – and hunters got even more upset last year when the D-N-R overestimated the size of the herd. Wildlife experts admitted the numbers were too high. Last week, they said Earn-a-Buck should only take place in southern areas where chronic wasting disease has been confirmed. The results of the Spring Hearings will be available on the DNR website beginning tomorrow. Also last night, Harold Drake was elected to a two-year term as a Dodge County delegate to the Conservation Congress. Scott Zimmerman was elected to a 3-year term.

More Phony Cash in BD

4/14/09 – The Beaver Dam Police Department this weekend received two more reports of businesses getting counterfeit $20 bills. The Kwik Trip on North Spring Street got a phony bill on Saturday morning. Authorities are looking at a video of the person involved in the transaction: a white, male in his 20’s, five feet, eight inches tall, 200 pounds. Authorities say they would like to talk to that person, or anyone else who may have information. A counterfeit bill was also passed at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Beaver Dam last Monday. In that instance, M & I Bank mailed the suspect cash to the Secret Service.