News – August 12, 2019

(Juneau) A juvenile suspect has confessed to threatening to blow up the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in the Town of Beaver Dam early yesterday morning. Two elders who received the threatening texts, are involved in the Spanish-speaking meetings that occur at that location but the sheriff says it’s not a religious or ethnic hate crime. The building was searched with a dog trained in explosives detection and no explosives were found. The threats were sent from a “spoofed” phone number, which hides the actual phone number from appearing on caller ID. However, investigators were able to determine the device used to spoof the number, and eventually the suspect. The report and a request for charges will be forwarded to juvenile court in the suspect’s county of residence.

(Milwaukee) A Milwaukee area Wal-Mart was evacuated following a Sunday morning bomb threat. It happened around 9:30am. after a call from the store manager, who apparently though there might be a bomb in the store. Police, including the Explosive Detection K-9s from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department, checked the store once all staff and shoppers were out and found no explosives. The store reopened for business.

(Waupaca County) One person was killed yesterday (Sunday) morning when a house exploded in Waupaca County. Emergency personnel responded around 8:45am to a neighborhood in the Waupaca County Town of Lebanon to find debris strewn over the road and nearby fields; the home was a complete loss. The explosion was said to shake the entire neighborhood and shatter the windows of homes next door. No word yet on the cause. There were no other injuries reported.

(Waupun) Two Waupun men were arrested Friday in connection with a bank robbery in Glenbeulah. Police responded to the National Exchange Bank and Trust for an armed robbery around noon. Both men were taken into custody shortly afterwards by Washington County Sheriff’s deputies during a traffic stop. A 26-year-old Waupun man was arrested for armed robbery and possession of cocaine and a 35-year-old Waupun man for being party to the crime of armed robbery. No one was injured during the incident.

(Kewaskum) Six people were injured, two of them seriously, in a six-vehicle chain reaction crash on Interstate 41 in Fond du Lac County on Saturday afternoon. It happened while the Wisconsin State Patrol was conducting a traffic stop and a semi-trailer merged into the outside lane to avoid the trooper. The semi, which was hauling 30-thousand pounds of groceries, failed to reduce speed in time and rear-ended a slowing vehicle.

(Sheboygan) A Sheboygan County judge has denied the latest attempt by Steven Avery for a new trial connected to the 2005 death of Teresa Halbach.  Avery argues the state turned over bones to the Halbach family in 2011 without notifying the defense until last year.  The judge ruled that is not enough to order a new trial.  Avery’s attorney Kathleen Zellner says they will appeal the ruling.

(Beaver Dam) In the weeks leading up to the Dodge County Fair, Sheriff Dale Schmidt and his staff conducted background checks on the employees and vendors working the event. The reason: to identify individuals who have travelled from outside the county or state who are registered sex offenders. Schmidt says this initiative began a few years back and at first netted a few offenders but all background checks since have been clear. The sheriff says running background checks has had a positive impact on fair safety. The Dodge County Fair officially begins on Wednesday.