News – April 30, 2019

(Mayville) A public hearing was held yesterday for Mayville residents to give input on the proposed expansion of the Glacial Ridge Landfill. Advanced Disposal is seeking to expand the landfill vertically by 100 feet. The state DNR says that the landfill can survive only six more years without expansion. Nearly everyone who spoke had one major complaint – the smell. Citizens say it disrupts their quality of life noting they cannot even enjoy their own backyards. Alderwoman Kim Olson says while the smell is atrocious, the real problem is the traffic as every 30 seconds a disposal vehicle disrupts what used to be a peaceful neighborhood. The DNR has 60 days to review the public comments and make a final decision on the expansion.

(Portage) Two people were killed in a crash while apparently on the run from authorities in Columbia County. The State Justice Department at the request of the State Patrol, is investigating the officer involved deaths following the accident on southbound Interstate-39/Highway 51 on Monday. According to a press release, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Portage Police Department, and the State Patrol were “attempting to locate and contact a vehicle believed to be carrying an individual suspected of a kidnapping attempt in central Wisconsin.” The suspect-vehicle crashed into the back of a semi-trailer at 7:48am. The driver and one passenger in the suspect-vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.

(Montello) A Montello woman has been formally charged in Marquette County court with starting a fire that killed her ex-boyfriend. Frances Rittmann is facing felony Homicide and Arson charges in connection with the April 20th blaze in Montello. Daniel Gilmartin died; DNA was used to confirm the 43-year-old’s identity. Rittmann reportedly told investigators that she knew Gilmartin was sleeping and she started the fire with the intention of killing both of them. She changed her mind and allegedly left the residence without getting help.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam teen is facing a felony charge for speeding away from police on his motorcycle and then fleeing on foot after crashing. Beaver Dam Police responded to reports of two motorcycles doing wheelies two weeks ago. Officers located one of the bikes, sparking a pursuit that reached speeds of over 100-miles-per-hour. Brenan Jordan crashed on Highway G and allegedly took off running into a nearby fence line. After a quarter-mile, Jordan apparently gave up as the officer closed in. The 17-year-old reportedly apologized saying that he did not want to get caught because he does not have a motorcycle license. Jordan told the officer, he does not even know how to do a wheelie…facing over three years in prison, if convicted.

(Markesan) Followers of the Markesan Police Department’s Facebook page provided tips needed to find two juveniles responsible for vandalizing furniture and other items belonging to a church group. About an hour after posting information Friday about damage at a warehouse belonging to the Markesan United Methodist Church Appliance Fest group, police had the two youth responsible in custody. Furniture and appliances stored in the warehouse go to families in need. The two youth will be doing community service with the Appliance Fest to make up for what they did.

(Madison) Governor Evers will be signing his first bill into law today at the State Capitol.  It’s a bill that will remove the “r” word from the administration code of several state departments and replace with other language.  The bill – sponsored by State Representative John Jagler of Watertown – is a moot point, given Evers had already used one of his nearly two dozen executive orders to do the change earlier this year.

(Rosendale) State Highway 26 between Rosendale and Oshkosh is being resurfaced and reconstructed over the next three months. At some point it will be closed down for about 12 days while three culverts near the Interstate 41 interchange are replaced. Otherwise the highway will be open the majority of the project. Rumble strips and wider-paved shoulders are also among the scheduled improvements. The project should be completed by July 19th, the weekend before EAA AirVenture starts in Oshkosh.