News – April 6, 2019

(Beaver Dam) Authorities have released the name of the motorist rescued after driving her car off the Madison Street Bridge and into the Beaver Dam River. 23-year-old Cindy Lara-Esparza of Beaver Dam was pulled from the icy waters Tuesday morning by four police officers who had to be treated for hypothermia. Lara-Esparza’s boyfriend, 23-year-old Jared Frakes, was killed in the crash. Authorities say speed and alcohol are believed to be factors. The accident remains under investigation.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Police Chief John Kreuziger provided an update for us on last month’s murder when he was guest yesterday (Friday) on WBEV’s Community Comment. Ulisses Medina Espinoza of Beaver Dam is charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide in the death of his ex-wife Stacia Hollinshead of Sycamore, Illinois. Kreuziger says they have executed search warrants in Illinois and Wisconsin, among other things. Kreuziger recently attended Hollinshead’s funeral in Illinois, where he had an opportunity to hug the five-year-old daughter left behind by the tragedy. Kreuziger is encouraging the public to contribute to a fund established to help the child of the victim as part of the Beaver Dam Police Charities. The fund is coordinated through American Bank in Beaver Dam, donations can be made at all three locations in the city or online at, a link can be found with this news story at

(Beaver Dam) A one-day jury trial was scheduled yesterday (Friday) for a Beaver Dam man accused of robbing Kornely’s Craft store. Adrian White allegedly entered the Front Street business before noon on October 13. According to the criminal complaint, the owner told police the suspect said (quote) “give me [sic] all of the money or I will kill you.” White was later spotted by law enforcement matching the suspect’s description. He first fled on a bicycle and then on foot before jumping into the Beaver Dam River on the 600 Block of South Spring Street. As police were searching the east side of the river they came across White lying near the water’s edge. When interviewed by investigators, the 26-year-old allegedly said that he was on his way home from meeting a weed dealer when a police officer pointed a gun at him. White reportedly said that was why he ran and that he did not do anything wrong. If convicted on all charges, White faces over 16 years in prison. The trial is scheduled to begin on July 10.

(Beaver Dam) A local ice skating rink is now enjoying a state-of-the-art lighting system. Last spring, the Beaver Dam Family Center won the $50,000 dollar American Hockey League’s Light Like The Pros promotion. The same professional LED sports lighting system used in the Miami Dolphins Hard Rock Stadium and the Pittsburgh Pirates PNC Park is now installed at the Family Center. Facility Manager Jim Szopinski says Ephesus Lighting, who sponsored the promotion, finished mounting the 50 LED lights on Wednesday. He says they are really something to see. Szopinski also thanked the support from the community for making this happen. The public can check out the new lighting system at this weekend’s showing of Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride presented by the Swan City Ice Skaters. Saturday’s performances will be at 1:30pm and 7pm. A Sunday show is set for 1:30pm. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students and those aged four and under are free. Szopinski says the Family Center is planning an open house to showcase their news lights sometime within the next two months.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam American Legion is looking to expand their home. The chapter began saving for the addition shortly after occupying the building located on 300 Beichl Avenue in 2006. The new space will add over 1,600 square feet onto the existing structure. Project Manager and Legion Member Bob Koch explains the reason behind the expansion. The project will expand the west side of the building 20 feet to accommodate the new office and storage space as well as create room for a larger bar area. Koch says while the Legion has been saving for the past 12 years they are still looking for monetary donations from other members and the community to cover the estimated $175,000 project cost. He says they would also accept in-kind donations to help with some interior work once the outside shell is up and the roof is covered. Koch noted that they have already seen tremendous support. Work is scheduled to begin in May and Koch says the goal is to have everything completed sometime next spring. For more information you can contact the Beaver Dam American Legion at 920-887-7777.

(Beaver Dam) The public will have an opportunity Saturday (4/6) to see the award-winning play of a Beaver Dam writer whose work is entered in a regional competition in Indiana. Rick Ramirez wrote the one-act piece entitled “One Day,” which picked up several recognitions at the state community theatre association’s WACT Fest earlier this year. Ramirez, who entered the play on behalf of the Columbus Red Bud Players, advanced to regionals after winning for Excellence In Playwriting. The play is based on stories Ramirez heard from his mother about his grandparents. The production will be competing in the American Association of Community Theatre’s Regional Festival in Kokomo, Indiana next week. To raise money for the cast and crew to travel to the event, there will be one performance of One Day at the new Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre’s Fine Arts Center Saturday at 7:30pm. The Columbus Red Bud Players award-winning production will be competing in the American Association of Community Theatre’s Regional Festival in Kokomo, Indiana next week. To raise money for the cast and crew to travel to the event, there will be one performance of One Day at the new Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre’s Fine Arts Center tomorrow (Saturday) at 7:30pm. More information is at, a link can be found with this news story at

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Public Works Garage will be open on Saturday’s again starting today (Saturday). The Yard Waste Drop-Off site at 640 South Center Street will be open on Saturday’s from 10am until 2pm. That is in addition to regular weekday hours of 7am until 3:30pm. No waste of any kind will be accepted from contractors or non-city residents. DPW Supervisor Dan Mulhern says attendants may ask for proof of residency if they suspect waste is being brought in from outside of the city of Beaver Dam. Township waste is not accepted. The DPW accepts grass clippings, leaves, garden vines, flowers, straw, hay, pine needles, brush and tree limbs seven inches or less in thickness and hedge or shrubbery cuttings. No fruits, vegetables, garbage or building materials will be accepted. Appropriate signs are posted to assist residents as to where to deposit these approved yard waste materials, as well as waste engine oil and certain acceptable rough metals, which are also accepted from city residents only. The Beaver Dam DPW will be open on Saturday’s through late autumn.