News – August 29, 2019

(Town of Beaver Dam) A motorcyclist was killed yesterday (Wednesday) morning after colliding with a car in the town of Beaver Dam. The initial investigation shows that a northbound bike was turning left into a business parking lot near Kellom Road and collided with a southbound passenger car. The driver and lone occupant of the car was uninjured. The operator of the motorcycle was transported to a nearby hospital and was pronounced dead. Names will be released at a later time. The crash remains under investigation.


(Lomira) A 61-year-old man was killed yesterday after a vehicle rolled on top of him at his home in Lomira. Lomira Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to a residence located in the 900 block of Third Street around 12:40pm. Live-saving measures were performed but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.  An investigation into the matter revealed that the man was working on the vehicle when it rolled onto him.


(Lomira) A Milwaukee man was sentenced yesterday (Wednesday) to eight years in prison for his role in assaulting and robbing a truck driver at a wayside in Lomira. In June, a jury convicted Keenan Brown of two felony counts of Robbery with the Use of Force and Substantial Battery. In September of 2017, Brown and second individual stole the victim’s wallet, cell phone and roughly $90 dollars in loose change. Authorities sent the victim’s clothing in for testing which allegedly came back positive with DNA from Brown who denied any involvement in the attack. Brown’s eight year prison term was added to time he is already serving and will not be released until 2029. In addition to prison, the 25-year-old was also placed on extended supervision for five years.


(Beaver Dam) The suspect in a police chase that ended with a fiery car crash that knocked a hole in the Beaver Dam Middle School is heading to trial. Roy Cortez waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday (Wednesday) on a felony charge of Fleeing. The 22-year-old Beaver Dam man was said to be traveling up to 90-miles-per-hour he struck an electrical transformer before punching a seven-foot-by-30-foot hole in the brick building. School officials estimate the damage at over $100-thousand dollars. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for October 2.


(Waupun) A 30-year-old Waupun man has been charged for a confrontation with police when they responded to his home last Saturday for a report of an injured elderly woman. Bond was set at $21,000 cash when Gregory Spittel made his initial appearance in Fond du Lac County court yesterday (Wednesday). According to the criminal complaint, Spittel was drunk and threw a pillow and a whiskey bottle at a female officer and threatened police. A taser was used to bring him under control. The injured woman was his 75-year-old grandmother. She suffered serious head injuries and was taken to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center where she remains. No charges have been brought yet related to how she was injured.


(Beaver Dam) Members of the Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association are concerned about the lack of state action on removal of carp from Beaver Dam Lake. Carp are an invasive species that reproduce and grow quickly, making it difficult for other fish to survive. At the association’s meeting this weekend, President Bill Boettge explained that the DNR did not offer contracts this year to commercial fishing companies to remove carp from the lake and there is no indication that carp will be removed next year. Boettge says an implementation plan was sent to the state in May that would address carp removal. State Representative Mark Born of Beaver Dam was at the meeting and told the group that he met with the DNR last week and learned there needs to be agreement between the state and the association on how best to implement the plan.


(Cambria) Del Monte confirmed yesterday (Wednesday) that Seneca Foods will purchase their Cambria plant. The packing company announced earlier this month that they would sell their 377-acre plant as part of the company’s restructuring plan. Seneca, based in New York, currently operates a facility in Cambria.