News – April 2, 2019

(Beaver Dam) One person is dead and another injured after a vehicle went off the Madison Street Bridge and into the Beaver Dam River early this morning. Authorities were dispatched to the area near Ryan Cantafio’s Way, behind Park Plaza Pizza, at 1:52am. The vehicle was upside down in the river when officers jumped in, encountering waist-deep water and strong currents. The officers removed the woman in the driver’s seat, who was conscious and alert. She was taken to the Beaver Dam Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A short time later, fire personnel located a second subject in the vehicle who was transported to the hospital and later pronounced dead. The four police officers who jumped in the river were treated and released. The accident remains under investigation.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam tavern that is already facing a suspension of its liquor license, is going to have to defend itself from another alleged infraction of the city’s Demerit Point Ordinance. Johnny’s Lounge is appealing a 15-day suspension in circuit court for a closing time fight last June. As part of an incident being addressed separately, the tavern was assessed another round of points under the ordinance for a bloody fight involving an underage patron in December. The city’s Administrative Committee last (Monday) night authorized the city attorney to begin a process that will lead to city officials voting to suspend, revoke, renew or not renew the liquor license Johnny’s Lounge.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council Monday night discussed a new plan related to the city’s possible purchase of Big Skunk Island. The Beaver Dam Lake Development Corporation is offering the one-and-a-half-acre island, that is closed to the public, to the city for one dollar. The lake group says the city could manage the island better and use its recreational immunity for any liabilities if the island is opened to the public. The group outlined a three-year plan – with no costs to the city – that instead uses volunteers, grants and some Lake Corp funds. A primitive dock would be installed to help with conservation practices, like erosion control. If the city decides to open the island in coming years, a kayak launch could be added. The city would be encouraged to hold public hearings on opening the island to hunting. The city will discuss the plan in committee and any action would then go to the Lake Corp for consideration.

(Clyman) Two men were charged yesterday (Monday) with burglarizing a bar in Clyman. Twenty-two-year-old Kaleb Reardon and 19-year-old Matthew Schneider allegedly broke into Mercer T’s during the early morning hours on Sunday (March 31) and took over $400 worth of alcohol, cigarettes and a money jar. Preliminary hearings for both are scheduled next week.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Community Hospital took part in a statewide ceremony yesterday to recognize and promote organ donation. The hospital was one of 80 organizations that simultaneously hosted a Donate Life flag-raising service. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jason Smith says the Donate Life Flag is a symbol for organ donation representing unity, remembrance and hope. Dawn Lyons-Wood, who lost her daughter in a snowmobile accident in 2015, says her child saved six lives, gave sight to two others and improved the lives of over 60 others in 22 states. A quilt will be on display in the main lobby of the Beaver Dam hospital throughout the month to remember past donors.

(Madison) You can get all election results from the greater Dodge County-area as they come in tonight on 95.3 WXRO once the polls close at 8pm. The contested races we will be following include the race for Watertown mayor along with three aldermanic pairings on the Beaver Dam Common Council. There are contested school board races in Beaver Dam, Columbus, Waupun, Mayville, Dodgeland and Rio. We will also be crunching the numbers for school funding referenda in Rio, and monitoring questions in Oakfield, Fond du Lac, West Bend and Sun Prairie. There are contested village president races in Reeseville and Rio and town board chair races in Trenton and Ashippun, along with multiple town supervisor and village trustee contests.