News April 9, 2009

Horicon Business Owners Question Detour Enforcement

4/9/09 – Business owners in Horicon urged law enforcement to ease up on construction-related traffic stops during a meeting yesterday with city officials and the DOT. Business owners like Scott Hurst says there is a perception that Horicon Police are cracking down on drivers and he and others are saying that could permanently drive customers from Horicon. Lt. AJ Bump says they want customers to visit Horicon businesses but they also need to limit the number of motorists who are only passing through town. Mayor James Grigg says motorists with no plans to stop at city businesses have been ignoring the detour signs and tearing up city streets. One option being explored is new and detailed signs at entry-points. Grigg says he will work with business owners on the wording and seek any required permits from state.

Another Watertown Cocaine Sentencing

4/9/09 – Another sentence was handed down yesterday in connection with a two-county cocaine ring. Federal Judge Barbara Crabb sentenced Efrain Pineda-Buenventura to 10 years in prison. The 33-year-old Mexican national was one of eleven people arrested last June for selling cocaine in the Watertown and Fort Atkinson area. The Department of Justice conducted wiretaps between July of 2006 and last June, monitoring hundreds of calls detailing drug transactions in Dodge and Jefferson Counties. On June 19, authorities executed a series of search warrants and seized over $100,000 in cash, multiple kilograms of cocaine and several automobiles. The Department of Justice says all the subjects will be deported after completing their sentences are completed.

Hartford Man Arrested on Strangulation Charges

4/09/09 – Authorities arrested a Hartford man yesterday morning for choking a Mayville man at his residence. According to Mayville Police Captain Chris MacNeill, three men were drinking at a local tavern and the began after they left and went to the victims home. The 27-year-old Hartford man reportedly became belligerent when asked to leave, attacked him and began choking the homeowner until he turned blue. He was punched in the face and fled but returned minutes later and kicked down the door. He was apprehended a short time later in a cemetery, taken into custody without incident and charged with Criminal Damage to Property and Strangulation. All three men refused medical treatment.