News – August 2, 2019

(Rubicon) Formal charges have been filed against a Juneau man for not having a valid driver’s license at the time of a fatal crash two years ago.. Robert Underwood allegedly told investigators that he was coughing and choking before he abruptly crossed the centerline. Underwood’s license was reportedly suspended at the time because of a speeding ticket. Underwood contends that he paid the fine but when he went to have his license reinstated he said the line was (quote) “crazy long” and he had an errand to run so he just left. If convicted, the 48-year-old is facing no more than three-and-a-half-years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled later this month.

(Oshkosh) The plane that originated from Oshkosh last week and later crashed in Nebraska killing all three on board may have had some engine troubles. But a preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board does not list a cause. It does reveal one witness at the Chadron Airport saw the plane suddenly drop nose-down behind a tree line and another witness heard the plane’s engine sputter as if it were losing power before the crash. Duncan Brown of Forestville, California and his parents, Damon and Sarah Brown of Sebastopol, California were killed in the July 24th crash.

(Town of Beaver Dam) Authorities are looking for the suspect who stole money from a Town of Beaver Dam gas station. The suspect entered the BP fueling station on Madison Street around 1pm yesterday and asked the clerk for change for a $100-bill. While the clerk was making change, the suspect grabbed the money from the cash register and fled on foot. The suspect described as a black male wearing a plaid shirt and jeans was last seen heading to the Lakecrest Apartments.

(Town of Lowell) A train struck and killed a horse last (Thursday) night in the Town of Lowell. The collision occurred around 10:30pm at the railroad tracks at Bobolink Road. Authorities have been unable to locate the owner.

(Madison) Vaping in indoor public spaces may become illegal in Wisconsin. A bipartisan group of state legislators want to add e-cigarettes and other vaping products to the state’s existing smoking ban, in place since 2009. Current law only applies to tobacco products like cigarettes and cigars.

(Burnett) There is plenty going on this weekend from the 51st annual Dodge County Antique Power Show in Burnett to Kuno Fest in Fox Lake…

(Beaver Dam) The first-ever Beaver Dam Citywide Youth Festival is being held this weekend. The festival highlights a dozen community assets and events with special activities, open houses and free entry or discounted prices. Organizer Marilyn Reichl says it is surprising to her how many people do not know about all of the entertainment, athletic and cultural offerings for children available in the community from parks to theaters, ice skating to music making. Events are taking place at the library, Tower Lanes, Family Center, YMCA, high school field house, YMCA and the new Seippel Center for Music and the Arts. Details can be found with this news story at

(Beaver Dam) A fundraiser is planned this weekend for a local non-profit that helps those who find themselves without a place to call home. MUTED 2019 is a music festival that will benefit the New Beginnings Homeless Shelter, which operates two housing units – one for men located near the former Saint Michaels and another for women located near First Lutheran Church. There will be a dunk tank, games for kids, food, a raffle, and sporting competitions at the fundraiser. Muted 2019 will run from 11pm to 9pm Saturday at Swan City Park in Beaver Dam. The event is free but attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items.