News – August 5, 2019

(Green Lake) A Markesan man was killed in a one vehicle crash over the weekend in Green Lake County. Dispatchers were notified around 9am Sunday that wreckage was hidden in the tree line along County Highway K, west of Lakeview Road. Authorities had to cut a path in the trees to get to the scene. Emergency responders found the 29-year-old driver and lone occupant dead. The crash is believed to have occurred around 11:30pm Saturday night.

(Dodge County) The number of cases of teenagers and young adults hospitalized with severe lung disease that has been linked to vaping is now at 11. Wisconsin Department of Health Services says seven other cases are under further investigation. Dodge County is among those with a confirmed case along with Door, Racine, Walworth, Waukesha, and Winnebago counties.

(Juneau) There will soon be a new policy for OWI arrests in Dodge County. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says those arrested will be featured in a post on the Facebook page that will include a photo of the individual as well as the date, time and location of arrest. Schmidt says he does not want to do this to anyone but he believes it is important to notify the public that those arrested are putting people’s lives at risk by driving under the influence. No official go-live date was given for the policy but Schmidt anticipates within the next 30 days.

(Markesan) State Representative Joan Ballweg used her time giving the Assembly Republican Weekly Radio Address to talk about the increasing number of farmer suicides. The state lawmaker from Markesan chairs the Speaker’s Task Force on Suicide Prevention. Ballweg says during the task force’s most recent hearing she made sure they focused on the unique challenges and struggles facing farmers. She says the recent trends in suicide among farmers means they have to do more. The Task Force will meet again next Monday at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire.

(Beaver Dam) A piece in Chicago’s Field Museum of the largest elephant ever to come out of the African continent was made possible by a Beaver Dam-native. Local Historian Roger Noll recently shared the story of Delia Akeley with us on WBEV’s Community Comment. Akeley was on a collecting expedition in Africa in the early 1900’s with her spouse Carl Akeley. Noll says Delia is responsible for the larger of the two elephants on display at the museum. Delia is also credited for collecting one of the elephants in the African Hall at the American Museum of Natural History. The Beaver Dam Community Library has a collection of materials on Delia including several original news clippings.

(Yorkville) A possible failure in footwear while driving drunk results in a car driving into a gas station building in Yorkville Sunday.  The Racine County Sheriff’s Department says a deputy noticed the BMW had struck the wall of the building just after 5pm. The 47-year-old Racine woman driving told investigators her sandal got stuck on the gas pedal.  She was arrested for her second OWI with a blood-alcohol level more than two times over the legal limit.

(Waukesha) A roommate dispute led to an unusual 911 call to Waukesha Police Saturday night.  Police say a woman told dispatch she was upset her roommate ate some of her food and drank her soda.  Dispatch called back due to not getting her address, and found out that the two worked out an agreement to prevent officers from coming to their residence.