News – August 13, 2019

(Mayville) The city of Mayville will be offering a new contract for EMS services to the village of Kekoskee. The Mayville Common Council last (Monday) night agreed to offer a one-year contract totaling $15,000 with a 90-day autorenewal. Mayor Rob Boelk says the offer is fair and the figure the city would receive in the deal equates to what Mayville residents currently pay per person for EMS services. The Finance Committee and EMS Director Christine Churchill will work on finalizing the agreement which should be in the village’s hands by the end of this month. Kekoskee would then decide if they accept or reject the contract.

(Mayville) The Mayville Common Council last (Monday) night adopted an ordinance to join Beaver Dam’s municipal court. There would be several benefits for the city including reduced fines, an additional $5 for each citation and flexible court schedules. Mayville Police Chief Jim Ketchem says joining Beaver Dam’s municipal court could lead to fewer overtime hours for Mayville officers because they do not need to attend the initial court appearance. The municipalities that are involved with Beaver Dam’s municipal court must next sign off on their own ordinance before Mayville could join.  Ketchem says if that happens, Mayville would likely join Beaver Dam’s municipal court either by the end of this year or by early 2020.

(Beaver Dam) School staff will be receiving safety training prior to the new year starting. Beaver Dam Superintendent Mark DiStefano told the school board last (Monday) night that the state-mandated training covers everything from basic first aid situations to large-scale incidents. DiStefano says all staff meet with administrators and school resource officers to review the different plans in place then discuss drills and undertake other preparedness activities.

(Fond du Lac) The next big-ticket project for Fond du Lac County could be a new jail or some type of off-site facility to house additional inmates. County Executive Al Buechel says it’s an issue they are going to have to start discussing next year. He says with a new facility they could actually save some money on staffing verses needing more to expand on their current facility or across the street from there. The new County Highway garage and facilities being built on that site in Fond du Lac are at $26 million the most expensive project the county has ever undertaken.

(Montello) Authorities in Marquette County says an Appleton man died while trying to save his child while she struggled to swim at the Lake of the Woods Campground. The girl was able to safely make it to shore.  Witnesses say Erik Williams could not make it out of the water. Bystanders were unsuccessful in their attempt to resuscitate the 36-year-old before emergency officials arrived on scene.

(West Bend) A convicted sex offender in Washington County went missing when he removed his G-P-S bracelet – and that’s led to questions being asked. Now, broadcast reports indicate there are 13 Wisconsin sex offenders which can’t be located.  Thirty-one-year-old Brandon King had just been released after serving time for sex crimes involving a child.  He either removed the G-P-S tracker or caused it to stop working.  There are active arrest warrants out in the names of the 13 missing offenders.

(Jefferson County) A dead bird has led to the first case of West Nile Virus in Jefferson County this year.  Health Department Director Gail Scott tells WTMJ that the spread of the virus by a mosquito bite can lead to human cases, and possibly severe symptoms. Scott adds that no major panic is necessary, given that that four out of five people who do contract the virus never show any symptoms. West Nile symptoms to watch out for after a mosquito bite include severe headache, muscle weakness and confusion.

(Madison) If the Wisconsin Air National Guard gets a deployment of the military’s new F-35 fighter jets, it could make living near Truax Field very difficult. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that a new study by the Pentagon shows that over 200 acres of property near the airport could be “incompatible for residential use”. That’s because the noise from jets at the field would raise the average noise level around the facility past a 65-decibel level that’s deemed safe to live. It could get as loud as 115 decibels when plans take off and land, as loud as a rock concert. More than 1,000 homes could be affected.