News August 29, 2011

Neumann to Announce Senate Candidacy

8/29/11 – Former Congressman Mark Neumann is expected to announce today that he’ll run for the Wisconsin U-S Senate seat to be vacated by Democrat Herb Kohl next year. Consultant Tim Cogswell says the Republican Neumann will confirm reports of his bid at 8:45 this morning during a radio show appearance in Milwaukee. Cogswell says Neumann will make a more formal candidacy announcement later – which would trigger the start of his fund-raising effort. Cogswell told the Washington news Web site Politico it was a big decision for Neumann to seek the open Senate seat – less than a year after he lost to Scott Walker in the G-O-P primary for Wisconsin governor. Neumann served two terms in Congress from 1995-through-’98, and he lost a Senate contest in ’98 to Democrat Russ Feingold. He’s now a home builder in Waukesha County. Neumann becomes the first confirmed candidate for Kohl’s Senate seat. Former Governor Tommy Thompson is setting up a campaign team for the post. House Democrats Tammy Baldwin and Ron Kind have said they’ll announce soon whether to run.

Hansen Enters into Plea Agreement

8/29/11 – One of two Beaver Dam men who burglarized a shuttered Dodge County business has entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors. 20-year-old Robert M. Hansen pleaded “no contest” on Friday to a count of felony burglary and had two other felonies and a misdemeanor dismissed but read into the record. Hansen and another man were arrested in July after Washington County Sheriffs deputies responded to a report of suspicious activity and found the subjects with spools of copper wire. They are charged in Washington County with felony Possession of Burglary Tools and misdemeanor Obstruction of a Police Officer. Authorities there contacted the Dodge County Sheriffs Department because the two agencies had previously worked on a joint investigation involving Hansen. When detectives went to Hansen’s residence, they found more spools of copper wire in the back of his pick-up. That wire had printed on it the name of a Town of Emmet business that had been closed for four years. Investigators then found the business had been broken into recently and the family says the cooper wire with the name of the business on it had never been sold to anyone else. Hansen initially denied the charges and implicated Jonathon L. Schultz of Beaver Dam before confessing. On Friday, Schultz waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the Dodge County charges and had previously pleaded “not guilty” at arraignment to the Washington County charges. Hansen will be arraigned on the Washington County charges next month and will have a sentencing hearing on the Dodge County charges set at a later date.

Asleep at the Wheel

8/29/11 – A 35-year-old man picked up his 4th OWI early yesterday morning after a passerby reported his vehicle parked in the middle of the road. It happened just after 1 a-m on Dalman Road a few miles north of Waterloo. When a deputy arrived he found the man sleeping in the drivers seat. He taken into custody and taken to the Dodge County Jail.

Helms Pleads “No Contest”

8/29/11 – A Brandon teen will spend 20 days in the Dodge County Jail for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old. Harland Helms pleaded “no contest” on Friday to a reduced misdemeanor charge and was placed on deferred prosecution for a felony charge. Authorities say the 18-year-old admitted to the relationship but said he was not aware of the child’s age. Helms was also placed on probation for two years.

Horicon Celebrates John Deere’s 100th Anniversary

8/29/11 – Calling it a “great event” for Horicon, Mayor Jim Grigg says John Deere’s celebration of 100 years in the city went off without a hitch on Saturday. Current and former employees, residents from throughout the area and many others packed Lake and Larabee Streets late

Saturday morning to take in the parade. The parade included many different models of the machines the factory has built since 1911, with classic cars, bands and a number of fire departments rounding out the lineup. There were no attendance figures available but Grigg said officials believed the number of people that came out for the parade was larger than any for the Marsh Day’s parade. A video of some of the parade highlights is available on our website,

Self Defense Shooting Under Investigation

8/29/11 – Waukesha County prosecutors will decide whether charges will be filed against a man who said he killed a home intruder in self-defense. Oconomowoc Town Police said 39-year-old James Babe-the-Fourth of Waukesha was shot-to-death early Saturday after he broke into Mike Fitzsimmons’ house in Okauchee. Fitzsimmons said he was sleeping when he heard the intruder – and he grabbed his flashlight and a gun. The resident told police he confronted the burglar in his garage – and they went to the back of the house where the man cornered him and threatened him with a gun. And that’s when Fitzsimmons shot Babe. Police said they’re not sure why Babe was in Okauchee. Town of Oconomowoc Police Lieutenant Russel Paar said the killing of an intruder has never happened in that community during his career.

Process of Punishing UW Teachers for Fraudulent Sick Notes Continues

8/29/11 – U-W Madison is still in the process of punishing its doctors who gave questionable medical excuses to pro-union protestors at the State Capitol in February. The Wisconsin State Journal said it was denied access to records about the university’s investigation, because one of the doctors is still trying to win a second appeal of a disciplinary action. That case must still go to the U-W’s academic staff appeals committee. And university attorney Brian Vaughan said the outcome might change disciplinary actions given to other doctors. The school said it looked into 22 U-W Health physicians who reportedly stood on street corners and handed out sick notes to workers protesting the state law that limits public union bargaining. Vaughan said about a dozen doctors were disciplined in late April and early May. Some doctors appealed, and he said most cases were resolved last month. Many schools throughout Wisconsin were closed for at least one day in February while their teachers went to Madison to protest the union law. Madison schools were shut down for four days, and 84 teachers in that city were found to submit fraudulent sick notes.

Authorities Look for Hit and Run Driver

8/29/11 – The State Patrol is trying to find the driver in a hit-and-run Interstate crash that killed a 24-year-old female pedestrian from Madison. The incident happened about one a-m yesterday just southeast of Madison on I-39-90. Troopers found the woman’s body in the southbound lanes of the freeway, about two miles south of Highway 12-18 in the Dane County town of Blooming Grove. Investigators said she was walking alone, and alcohol was apparently involved. The State Patrol regional headquarters in Madison is looking for information from those who saw the woman – or who saw brake lights just before the crash.

GOP Lawmakers Not Welcome at Labor Day Parade in Wausau

8/29/11 – Republican lawmakers have been told they aren’t welcome at the Labor Day parade in Wausau. The Marathon County Central Labor Council is sponsoring the parade on September 5th. A spokesman says the group, which is made up of about 30 labor unions, chose not to invite elected officials it feels have quote, “openly attacked workers’ rights.” A spokesman for Republican Representative Sean Duffy says the congressman had hoped political differences could have been set aside for what is billed as a family-friendly event.

Harley-Davidson Dealers Say Inventories Are Low

8/29/11 – Harley-Davidson says it doesn’t want to flood the market with motorcycles and it wants to protect the value of the brand. The result is many Harley dealership say their inventories are too low. One analyst says a recent survey shows 60 percent of those dealers saying they need more product to sell. Dealers say they have lost sales because their buyers were wanting models that were out of stock. One Wisconsin dealer says they are trading bikes with other dealers much more than before because they can’t keep every model available in every color.

Shilling Sworn in to State Senate

8/29/11 – Jennifer Shilling becomes the newest member of the Wisconsin Senate, the day after resigning from the Assembly. A crowd of more than 200 watched her swearing-in ceremony at Black River Beach Neighborhood Center Saturday. She had represented the 95th Assembly District since the 2000 election, but Shilling defeated Republican Dan Kapanke in the August 9th recall election. Next up is a special election to fill Shilling’s vacated Assembly position. The governor hasn’t set a date for that election yet.

GB School District Closing Early for Packers Game

8/29/11 – Green Bay public school officials say they are concerned about student safety and transportation, so classes will be dismissed early September 8. That’s the date of the home opener for the Green Bay Packers. Schools will close at 12:25 or 1:30 p.m., with the students making up the hours the next day. September had been scheduled as a half-day of classes before the change. School district officials say they want to get their students home before tailgaters descend on Lambeau Field. Head Start, four year old kindergarten and early childhood programs are canceled on the 8th. Other school activities will be held if coaches or advisors decided to do so.

Strupp Named Dodge County Fire Queen

8/29/11 – The Allenton Fire Department Queen has taken the next step and been named the Dodge County Fire Queen. Sixteen-year-old Corianne Strupp of Allenton was crowned during the weeklong 114th Dodge County Firefighters Tournament in Hustisford. She competed with ten other young ladies during the queen contest Thursday night. She attends Slinger High and hopes to attend Concordia University to become a Physical Therapist. Her parents are Martin and Janell Strupp. (KFIZ, Fond du Lac)