News – April 16, 2019

(Beaver Dam) Cash bond was set at $2,000 yesterday for a Beaver Dam woman accused of shooting her boyfriend. Tonya Diniz allegedly shot the 20-year-old victim in the groin Sunday morning.  Diniz reportedly said she shot him after confronting him about texts he sent to another woman. She allegedly said she pointed the gun at his groin area and as she knelt on the bed it accidently went off. If convicted, the 28-year-old is facing up to 13 years in prison. A preliminary hearing is set for next week.

(Randolph) A Mississippi man will spend 60 days in jail and four years in probation for a fatal crash in the Town of Randolph in August of 2017. Patrick Craft pled no contest in October to vehicular homicide charges. 40-year-old Christine Novak of Lake Geneva was killed after the 41-year-old Craft drove through a stop sign at Highway 73 and County Highway E. One of the seven children in the van sustained serious injuries.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council last (Monday) night approved the creation of a part-time Community Development Manager position. The economic development role is tasked with attracting new businesses and residents to the city. The contracted position is for 29 hours per-week with a salary of $20-per hour, funded with monies left over from the reduction of the deputy city clerk’s position to part-time, following a retirement. // The source of the funding was a point of contention with city officials. Finance Director John Somers says the money for the position is already built into the budget and will require no new monies in this budget or future budgets. Opponents said the matter should be have addressed at budget time. City officials did amend the resolution on the council floor to include wording that specifies that the contract is for one year-only.

(Beaver Dam) The city of Beaver Dam has a new Finance Director. Jeff Wiswell recently retired as the City Administrator in Algoma. Wiswell will be filling a vacancy created by the retirement of John Somers, which is effective at the end of the month. Somers was hired as Finance Director in 1996 and now holds the title of Director of Administration, which also includes personnel responsibilities that the new position will not be tasked with. Wiswell will be paid a base wage of $96-thousand dollars per year. Mayor Becky Glewen says Wiswell will be helpful as the city considers working toward a City Administrator form of government.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council last (Monday) night approved borrowing totaling $6.3-million dollars to fund various municipal projects. Robert W Baird was the low-bidder in the sale of $4.17-million in bonds at an interest rate of 3.26-percent. Baird was also the low bidder for $2.16-million in taxable bonds. City Finance Director John Somers says the bonding will be used to fund projects in two Tax Increment Finance District’s along with various utility projects and Beaver Dam’s 2019 Capital Improvements Plan. The CIP includes $1-million dollars for road projects and another $181-thousand-dollars for downtown revitalization along with funding for a replacement ambulance and a new northside soccer field, and partial funding for a police shooting range.

(Madison) The State Supreme Court has decided to fast track the lawsuit against last December’s lame-duck session to their chamber.  It will bypass a state appeals court, with oral arguments scheduled for May 15.  A Dane County judge did rule last month the session was unconstitutional, with Republican state legislators appealing the ruling and getting a stay.

(Racine County) Foxconn’s founder and CEO is reportedly planning to retire. Reuters reports 69-year-old Taiwanese electronics executive Terry Gou wants “to pave the way for younger talent.” Foxconn plans to make an 11-figure investment in Racine County and other parts of Wisconsin for flat-screen panel production.  The state and other local governments are offering Foxconn four-billion-dollars-worth of incentives, with the aim of creating 13-thousand jobs.

(Beaver Dam) Cash bond was set at $2,500 yesterday for a Beaver Dam man accused of spitting and throwing a pie into the face of a sheriff’s deputy. Mark Gallagher allegedly threw the pastry and spat in a deputy’s face while he was being evicted on Friday. Prosecutors say the 22-year-old was belligerent when the deputy arrived on scene. If convicted on all charges, Gallagher is facing over 12 years in prison.