News April 7, 2009

BD Looks To Put More Cops On The Street

4/7/09 – The city of Beaver Dam is pursuing federal stimulus dollars to fund two more police officers. The Common Council last night approved a resolution to submit an application for a Community Oriented Policing Hiring Recovery Program Grant. Deputy Chief Dan Schubert says the additional manpower would be used to fill a vacancy on their third shift and also create a full-time drug officer. The grant will pay the salary and benefits for the first three years of a full-time law enforcement position. The city would have to pay the fourth and final year of the position, but has no obligations after the fourth year. The city would also have to pay the overage for wage and salary increases, in addition to other incidentals like the testing, uniforms and equipment. The total cost to the city over the four years would total just over $100,000. Schubert says after four years, the officers could take the place of retiring personnel.

Abel Praises BDFD

4/7/09 – Beaver Dam Alderman Howard Abel took a couple moments before last night’s council meeting to applaud the Beaver Dam Fire Department. Abel had a heart attack on February 19 and credits the quick response of EMT’s for his survival, saying “they saved my life.” The Ward 4 Alderman says he is doing well, and he recently brought the EMT’s candy and flowers.

Bookout Accused of Embezzlement

4/7/09 – A Waupun woman is accused of embezzling over $20,000 from Holiday Food and Sports. Rhonda Bookout, who was a manager at the stores in Waupun and Beaver Dam, is charged with a felony count of Theft In A Business Setting. According to the criminal complaint, the 42-year-old admitted to taking not only the money but also books of lottery tickets over a three year period. Bookout would reportedly scan the items, accept the money and then void the transaction. She says she paid back the money for all the lottery tickets, after she collected the winnings. If convicted, she faces up to six years in prison. Signature bond was set at $1000 and a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 21.

Fond du Lac Man Faces Child Enticement Charges

4/7/09 – A Fond du Lac man is charged with molesting a 16-year-old girl at a Beaver Dam motel. 34-year-old Roderick Lentz is charged with a felony county of Child Enticement and two misdemeanors related to the series of incidents that occurred in early January. Because Lentz has a previous conviction for Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole, if convicted. Cash bail was set at $25,000 and a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 21.

Jail Time for Ashippun Bar Burglary

4/7/09 – Four months in jail for a Hartland man who robbed the Ashippun Station Bar. Dayne Piehl pleaded “no contest” to a count of felony burglary and had six misdemeanors dismissed. The 33-year-old broke into the tavern in Janaury and broke into several video poker machines and a juke box. Authorities connected Piehl to the crime because of blood found at the scene on an ATM machine that he attempted to break into. Piehl was also placed on probation for five years and was ordered to pay $3000 in restitution.