News – August 23, 2019

(Beaver Dam) Cash bond was set at $10-thousand dollars yesterday afternoon for the suspect in a police chase that ended with a car crashing into the Beaver Dam Middle School. Roy Cortez is charged with felony Fleeing. The 22-year-old Beaver Dam man was said to be traveling up to 90-miles-per-hour when he struck an electrical transformer before punching a seven-foot-by-30-foot hole in the brick building. Superintendent Mark DiStefano estimates the damage at over $100-thousand dollars; he is optimistic that classes will begin as scheduled on September 3.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam School District Mark DiStefano says the structural integrity of the middle school was not compromised when a car smashed into the building while running from police Wednesday night. He told us yesterday (Thursday) on WBEV’s Community Comment that nonetheless the damage is substantial. Had the incident occurred on a load-bearing wall for the second and third floors, there would be much more concern for larger scale structural damage.  The transformer that was obliterated by the Dodge Dart feeds electricity to 40-percent of the school but should be replaced before school starts.

(Beaver Dam) A family of three was rescued after their canoe capsized on Beaver Dam Lake yesterday (Thursday) afternoon near Waterworks Park. Police officers were first on scene and made contact with the owner of a private boat who agreed to help. They were able to pull out a three-year-old, an eight-year-old and their 49-year-old father. The trio was treated by EMS on scene and released after being in the water for between 30 and 45-minutes. High winds were said to be a contributing factor.

(Beaver Dam) A competency hearing was held yesterday (Thursday) for a Beaver Dam man charged with raping an unconscious female. 23-year-old Steven Carrick was found not competent to stand trial and has any proceedings suspended at this time. The 17-year-old victim allegedly told police that she fell asleep on Carrick’s bed and, when she woke-up, he was on top of her. Carrick has been referred to an outpatient program.

(Waupun) A plea and sentencing hearing was added to the court calendar yesterday (Thursday) for a Waupun man charged with hindering the apprehension of a reckless homicide suspect. Steven Bierman allegedly refused to answer the door when police came looking for Cara Zech, who is charged in connection with a Fond du Lac County overdose death. Bierman reportedly told police that Zech asked him not to answer the door and said he wanted to give her time to make a few phone calls. If convicted, the 65-year-old faces no more than ten years in prison. Bierman is due back in court on October 1.

(Horicon) The Horicon School District superintendent says progress is being made on the referendum construction at the high school. Last spring, voters approved two referendum questions that include building a new elementary school next to the high school, which is also seeing improvements. District Administrator Rich Apple says there is still a lot of work that needs to be done before the upcoming school year that includes finishing up the parking lots and sidewalks. He says no classroom time should be lost due to the construction and the last day of school is still scheduled for the Friday before Memorial Day. Apple says work should be completed by the third week of August next year.