News – August 16, 2019

(Horicon) The manhunt is over for a man wanted by authorities in Dodge County. Richard Erdman fled from a motel near Horicon yesterday morning. The Fond du Lac man, who was wanted on multiple felony warrants, escaped from the Royal Oaks Motel after deputies attempted to take him into custody. The 35-year-old ran to a nearby marsh; his tracks covered by wet terrain. A State Patrol air search ended after media helicopters interfered. Drone surveillance and K9 tracking were eventually called-off too. The sheriff’s office says Erdman was apprehended at 9pm (quote) “after information was received.”

(Waupun) A Beaver Dam woman was found guilty yesterday (Thursday) for her role in an overdose death. Jackie Meyer pled no contest to First Degree Reckless Homicide. The 40-year-old supplied the heroin and cocaine that killed Karen Sadowski. Prosecutors said Meyer took Sadowski to her drug dealer in Madison. After the overdose, Meyer – who had a warrant out for her arrest – apparently fled to a friend’s house and asked her fiancé to cover for her lies. Assistant District Attorney and lead prosecutor Gib Thompson said they will be recommending a seven year prison sentence and ten years of extended supervision. Meyer will be back in court for sentencing on November 1.

(Fond du Lac) A 47-year-old Fond du Lac woman has been convicted for supplying a 23-year-old Fond du Lac man with the heroin that led to his overdose death in July of last year. Julie Harr this week pled guilty to First Degree Reckless Homicide and cocaine trafficking charges. Two other charges were read into the record and dismissed.  A pre-sentence investigation was ordered. Two others from Waupun are also facing similar charges in Fond du Lac County court in connection with Steven Compton’s death.

(Columbia County) A Columbia County jury found an Indianapolis truck driver guilty yesterday (Wednesday) of injuring 26 people in a collision with a school bus while under the influence of prescription drugs. Wayne Murphy was convicted on five felony counts including Injury by Intoxicated Use Of A Vehicle and Second Degree Reckless Injury. The 43-year-old was under the influence of the prescription drug Xanax (zan-ex) when his semi-truck smashed into the bus in May of last year on Interstate 39 in the Town of Arlington.

(Harmony Grove) Authorities in Columbia County are investigating the origin of human remains found on a property near Harmony Grove. On August 4th, a homeowner discovered what appeared to be a human bone fragment within their landscaping material. A K9 from the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office specializing in human remains detection was utilized on the property and a nearby construction site. Sheriff Roger Brandner notes that they still have a homicide victim whose body has not been found. Beth Kutz of Poynette was killed 19 years ago. Citizens are asked to call law enforcement with any information.

(Madison) Democrats have proposed universal background checks for gun purchases. Governor Tony Evers is calling on Republicans to support the legislation and “stop waiting for permission from the NRA.”  State Representative Mark Born indicated no support for strengthening background checks when he was our guest Wednesday on WBEV’s Community Comment. The Beaver Dam Republican says he will view any proposal from a constitutional perspective adding as long as the Second Amendment is protected, he is open to discussions. The bill includes several exemptions on background, including for guns transferred as gifts or inheritance.

(Beaver Dam) It’s Day Three of the Dodge County Fair. The Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Contest is held on the Radio Park Stage and broadcast live from 5pm to 6pm during the Barn Show on AM1430 WBEV and streamed in audio and video at  There will be 4-H Youth Music Vocal and Instrumental Judging at Radio Park this afternoon. On the Grandstand Stage at 8pm, it’s country music from Lanco followed by the FM Rodeo at Radio Park.

(Beaver Dam) The Farm Progress Arena was packed for last (Thursday) night’s 57th Annual Meat Animal Auction at the Dodge County Fair. A recap along with video of the event is available at