News – August 20, 2019

(Horicon) The Wisconsin State Patrol has released the names of the motorists involved in a multi-vehicle fatal crash near Horicon on July 30. 22-year-old Gavin Rivas from Orfordville was killed in the accident on County Road E near Highway 26. Dustin VanderGalien sustained life-threatening injuries when he crossed the center line and struck two cars; the 35-year-old Beaver Dam man had allegedly been drinking.  Four people from Mayville, Iron Ridge and North Fond du Lac sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the crash which remains under investigation.

(Fort Atkinson) A pilot escaped injury when he was forced to land his plane in a Jefferson County field yesterday (Monday) afternoon. The Sheriff’s Office responded just before noon following reports of a plane crash just north of Fort Atkinson Municipal Airport. Upon arrival, deputies were able to speak with the pilot, who was the only occupant of the plane. The pilot informed authorities that just after takeoff he experienced engine failure and was trying to return to the airport but was unable to.

(Waupun) A 28-year-old Waupun man could be facing arson or criminal damage to property charges for a fire that destroyed a mobile home in Waupun last Friday. According to police, when the 47-year-old Waupun man returned from work to his residence in the 900 block of South Madison Street the 28-year-old was inside trashing it. A fire started causing extensive damage. The younger man resisted officers but was eventually taken into custody and transported to the Dodge County Jail. Charges are still pending the investigation.

(Beaver Dam) Residents along Roosevelt Drive and Warren Street want the city of Beaver Dam to pay half the cost to install new sidewalks as part of an upcoming reconstruction project. Those residents were initially told that they would only pay half, splitting the cost with neighbors across the street who were not getting sidewalk in front of their house. Then the city learned that was illegal and now plan to have 100-percent of the sidewalk cost assessed against those homes getting sidewalk, just as any other resident would have to pay. Taxpayers cried foul during a public hearing last night and are demanding that the city honor its original cost projection. The Operations Committee will discuss the matter in three weeks. The construction is expected to start in about a month.

(Beaver Dam) Johnny’s Lounge is reopening under new management. The embattled Beaver Dam bar failed to have its liquor license reissued following a series of apparent city ordinance infractions. The Beaver Dam Common Council last (Monday) night approved a provisional liquor license for Gregg Clark, who is leasing the building. The Beaver Dam-native plans on being open seven days per week, retaining three former employees. Clark says he has plans to change the name to “Clark’s,” though the Johnny’s sign may stay in place for a while. Police Chief John Kreuziger says Clark passed a background check, noting that the two have had several conversations and says he welcomes the new license holder.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council approved a new four-way stop on North Spring Street last night and another four-way stop is being considered near Jefferson Elementary School.  The four-way stop on North Spring Street at Woodland Drive will be replaced by stop lights or a roundabout in two years. It’s part of an intergovernmental agreement with the township approved last month stemming from the construction of a new apartment complex just inside city limits. Residents on Stone Street requested the four-way stop at Jefferson Street citing heavy traffic and speeding concerns.

(Horicon) The Horicon School Board approved the 2019-2020 preliminary district budget last (Monday) night. The total operations budget is anticipated to come in just over $11.3-million-dollars. It calls for a $4.3-million-dollar tax levy which would be roughly $200-thousand-dollars less than last year. District Superintendent Rich Apple says the preliminary mill rate of $10.34 per one-thousand dollars of assessed value would be a 63-cent drop from what taxpayers saw a year ago. Final budget adoption is slated for the end of October.