News – April 16, 2016

Dodge County Terminates HS&H Director Wimmer


4/16/16 – Dodge County’s Human Services and Health Director has been terminated.  County Administrator Jim Mielke says he recommended Janet Wimmer’s termination to Dodge County’s Human Resources Committee.  Mielke could not comment on the circumstances surrounding Wimmer’s termination, but we previously reported Wimmer was placed on indefinite paid leave March 18.  Prior to that, Wimmer was suspended for one week in late February for allegedly failing to report to work on December 3 and for requesting a gasoline reimbursement for a meeting she attended via telephone in August.  Mielke says the grievance Wimmer filed against the county has no bearing on this decision.  Wimmer’s employment ended at close of business Thursday.  She was not offered a severance package.


Born Running Another Term In State Assembly


4/16/16 – A local representative will run for a third two-year term.  On WBEV’s Community Comment yesterday, 39th District Assemblyman Mark Born announced his re-election bid.  Born believes his successes from the past year-and-a-half include constituent-driven bills to reform the Chapter 980 sex offender housing process and creating tax exemptions for non-profits.  With the legislature’s session wrapped up, the Beaver Dam Republican plans to spend the rest of his term researching ideas for potential future bills, touring local businesses and schools, and speaking with constituents about legislation ideas and concerns.  In addition to chairing the Public Benefit Reform Committee, Born served on the Criminal Justice, Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage, Tourism, Insurance, Financial Institutions, and State Capitol and Executive Residence committees.


Cash Bond Set At $10K For Beaver Dam Fleeing Suspect


4/16/16 – Cash bond was set at $10,000 yesterday for a Beaver Dam man who allegedly sparked a police chase. Michael Alexander Wade is charged with felony Fleeing an Officer for the alleged pursuit that occurred over the noon hour on Thursday. Authorities say the 33-year-old was operating an orange “crotch-rocket” type motorcycle on Highway 151 when he caught the attention of police. Beaver Dam called off the pursuit but Wade was later apprehended and transported to the Dodge County Detention Facility. A judge will decide next week if there is enough evidence to order a trial.


Residents Reminded Of Storage Facility Regulations


4/16/16 – Dodge County residents are reminded they need a permit to build or alter manure storage facilities.  Dodge County Conservationist Marc Bethke says a county ordinance regulates the location, design, and construction of these buildings.  A builder must follow USDA standards and a cropland nutrient management plan.  Bethke says anyone who violates the ordinance faces fines up to $200.  He says there is no cost for a permit to close a manure storage facility.


ATV, Boat Payment Confirmations Have Mistakes


4/16/16 – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says it has sent as many as 100,000 ATV and boat renewal payment confirmations out with mistakes.  Reports say a mailing list error is blamed.  The D-N-R says incorrect temporary operating receipts were sent to people who sent in an application with an expedited proof of registration and some even received postcards for vehicles they didn’t own.


State Investment Board Gives Staffers Bonuses


4/16/16 – The group that handles investments for Wisconsin’s pension fund has approved $11.1-million dollars in bonuses for staff members who helped produce strong returns. State of Wisconsin Investment Board trustees finalized the awards on Wednesday and announced them yesterday. The bonuses were spread among 150 staffers, including managers, accountants and analysts for their work helping generate $1.2-billion dollars above return goals and costs over the last five years.


Auction Raising Money For Local Children


4/16/16 – An annual auction that helps out local kids is returning for a third year. Proceeds from the Bids for Kids auction will go toward this year’s WBEV/WXRO’s Children’s Radiothon.  Auctioneer Dave Bell says people can submit items to the consignment auction.  Bell says any money in addition to the consigners’ cut and cash to cover his expenses will be donated.  According to Bell, people can drop off their items at the auction site, 211 Stoddart Street in Beaver Dam, from 12-4:30pm May 7, 10am-1pm May 8, and 10am-4:30pm May 13.  No items will be accepted the day of the event.  The auction should start around 11 am on May 14 and will include a variety of large, outdoor items.  Bids for Kids has raised as much as $5,000 in one year for the Children’s Radiothon.  This year’s Radiothon is June 23-24.  Nine local organizations will receive funds.  Last year’s Radiothon brought in roughly $100-thousand dollars.  The goal is to exceed that mark this year.


BDAO Ends 62nd Season Tonight


4/16/16 – The Beaver Dam Area Orchestra ends its 62nd season tonight.  The Donald and Eunice Nolter Memorial Spring Concert will be held in the Beaver Dam High School Auditorium.  Director Rich Zeman says the show will feature works from Felix Mendelssohn, John Williams’ Jurassic Park selections, and Vaughn Williams’ English Folk Song Suite.  Doors open at 7 pm for the 7:30 show.  Admission is free.


Supreme Court Deadlocked On Lead Paint Lawsuit


4/16/16 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court reached a three-three deadlock yesterday morning on whether plaintiffs can receive damages for lead-paint poisoning, if they don’t know the company that made the paint. The Supreme Court allowed such damages several years ago, responding to cases in which children got sick from eating lead-based paint that chipped off their walls. In 2013, majority Republicans sided with the industry by prohibiting such cases against multiple paint manufacturers — and they made it retroactive. One litigant said lawmakers exceeded their authority by including past cases in their action — and the justices ordered the appeals court in Milwaukee to rule on that question. The appellate court originally refused to issue a ruling, kicking it upstairs to the high court — where new Justice Rebecca Bradley abstained.


No Bail Reduction For Slender Man Suspects


4/16/16 – A judge in Waukesha will not reduce the $500,000 bonds for the two teens charged in the Slender Man stabbing case. Circuit Judge Michael Bohren says both girls face up to 45 years in prison if they’re convicted as adults. Thirteen year old Morgan Geyser and 14-year-old Anissa Weier are accused of stabbing classmate Payton Leutner 19 times in May of 2014, in what’s been called allegiance to the online horror character Slender Man. Yesterday’s ruling means the girls will stay in a juvenile detention facility, instead of with Geyser’s grandparents in Manitowoc County and Weier’s relatives outside Waukesha.


Gardeners Can Rent Space In Beaver Dam


4/16/16 – A local group is offering a solution for area residents who do not have enough space for their own garden.  The Beaver Dam Area Community Gardens are public grounds for private gardens on Judson Drive, at the corner of Jefferson Street.  For the 2016 growing season, 10’ by 20’ plots cost $15 while 20’ by 20’ plots or raised bed plot for senior citizens can be rented for $25.  BDACG will rototill in the spring and manage the gardens.  A water spigot and hose are available on site.  To rent a plot: contact Dave Rogers at 920-887-2440 or at [email protected]  Anyone interested can also attend a 9am meeting this morning at the Watermark Community and Senior Center.