News – April 9, 2019

(Waupun) Three people were displaced when fire swept through a duplex in Waupun overnight. Crews responded shortly after 11pm to a two-story, two-unit apartment at 36 West Franklin Street. Upon arrival, Chief BJ DeMaa says flames were visible coming from the front of the house.  Firefighters knocked down the fire within 20 minutes and remained on scene for around three hours overhauling the structure. No injuries were reported. One unit sustained significant smoke and fire damage while the neighboring unit sustained only smoke damage. The cause remains under investigation.

(Watertown) After eluding capture for several days, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office apprehended the suspect wanted in connection with a recent police chase. The 41-year-old was found Friday evening sleeping in a cooler at the Windwood Country Club near Watertown, which is closed. That was one week after Watertown police called off the brief police chase. The next day, the Watertown man’s car was found crashed on a cul-de-sac, abandoned near the golf course. He had apparently been hiding out in the clubhouse since the crash. The suspect is currently at the Dodge County Jail on a probation hold. The sheriff says the investigation is ongoing and charges will likely be requested in coming days.

(Columbia County) No animals were injured following a break-in at the Columbia County Humane Society Sunday night. The organization says money was stolen and towels were started on fire in their garage. Humane Society is asking the public to contact the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office if they have any information about the break-in.

(Grand Chute) A semi hauling 41-thousand pounds of meat caught on fire on Interstate 41 in Grand Chute yesterday (Mon) morning. The driver got out of the truck and no one was injured. Grand Chute firefighters were dispatched to I-41 northbound just before 6am. They managed to put out the blaze, but there was a lot of clean up afterwards. Police had to close down the interstate, so fire crews could put the fire out. Lanes were reopened to traffic at 10:15am. The cause of the fire is being determined.

(Beaver Dam) There will be a recount for an aldermanic race in Beaver Dam. Incumbent Ward Five Alderman Mick Fischer received three more votes than challenger Betsy Ramsdale, 90 votes-to-87. The City of Beaver Dam Canvass Board will hold the recount at 3:15pm tomorrow (Wednesday) at City Hall.

(Mayville) Mayville’s Police Chief has completed a sixth month probationary period. In September, Jim Ketchem was sworn in and the hiring process included a six-month review. Mayville’s Common Council Monday night approved a $4,000 salary increase and an additional one-week of vacation. Mayor Rob Boelk says he could not be more pleased with Ketchem’s work so far and notes there has been positive changes in the police department.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School Board last (Monday) night approved the district’s health insurance plan for the next two years. Under the plan adopted, there will be no increase in health premium costs next school year, and no more than a seven-percent increase the following school year. The employee will be responsible for 18-percent of the premium cost, or 15-percent if they participate in an employee health-risk assessment. The premium cost is a half-percent less than the current plan.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School Board Monday night recognized the Beaver Dam girls’ basketball team with a proclamation for winning their third straight Division Two State Championship. The Golden Beavers are just the fifth program in state history to win three straight titles.

(Madison) The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says flu cases peaked in the second half of March.  Their latest surveillance report shows the number of positive cases tested dropped for a second straight week below 15-hundred.  The number of deaths due to influenza in that week were 10, with 338 hospitalizations.

(Green Bay) A K-9 officer with Green Bay Police is expected to recover after suffering several stab wounds Sunday night.  The police dog and officer responded to a call of a man with a gun, and when Pyro bit the suspect he stabbed the animal.  Pyro went through two surgeries, and was last reported in critical but stable condition.

(Sullivan) This week’s forecasted spring storm is expected to cause rivers in Wisconsin to rise, but its unknown if it will create flooding conditions.  The National Weather Service says over an inch of rain is expected in southern Wisconsin, while parts of northern Wisconsin could see over a half foot of snow.  Rivers levels have been dropping since last month’s snow melt, and thawing should help soils seep up some of the precipitation.

(Madison) Even though Governor Evers beat state Republicans to the punch, the State Legislature is expected to pass a bill today that will replace the term “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability” in administrative codes.  Legislators were angry last month when Evers made an executive order negating the bill’s effect.  The governor says he will sign it, adding it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.

(Madison) The State Legislature is expected to approve a bill today that would allow hunters to move deer carcasses across county lines.  This would negate a rule the DNR adopted last year, which was suspended shortly after, that would prevent this action.  The DNR did this to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease, but hunters were upset that this could prevent them from brining their kills home.

(Madison) The deadline to file your state and federal income taxes is coming up quickly. State revenue secretary Peter Barca says there’s tax filing assistance available, especially for the state’s elderly population. Barca says the state teams up with the AARP at T-C-E sites, that’s Tax Counselling for the Elderly, where trained professionals will help with filling out forms. You can find free e-filing services and other assistance online at Revenue dot W I dot G O V

(Marshfield) The Packers annual Tailgate Tour kicks off today.  They have scheduled stops in Marshfield, Sparta, New Richmond, Chippewa Falls, and Antigo, but surprise stops are expected.  Each of the main stops will be hosted by a local non-profit group, which will get all the proceeds from that stop.