News – August 6, 2019

(Green Lake) Authorities in Green Lake County have identified the Markesan man killed in a one vehicle crash over the weekend. Kevin Steinmetz was pronounced dead at the scene. Dispatch was notified around 9am Sunday that wreckage was obscured 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 vehicle. Emergency responders found the 29-year-old Steinmetz dead. The crash is believed to have occurred around 11:30pm Saturday night.


(Columbus) An apparent drunk driver crashed into a house near Columbus Sunday, trapping a woman inside. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle sustained numerous non-life-threatening injuries and was arrested for OWI. Authorities do not know the extent of the injuries suffered by the woman trapped by the vehicle.


(Brooklyn) A 61-year-old farmer was killed when a tractor rolled on top of him yesterday (Monday) in Green Lake County. Authorities were called to Spaulding Hill Road in the town of Brooklyn around 6:30pm. When rescue units and paramedics arrived on scene it was determined that the individual was deceased. The initial investigation showed that the man was working on the farming equipment when it rolled, trapping him under it. The identity of the deceased is not being released pending notification of family.


(Herman) A Lowell man who is charged with setting fire to his former home made his initial appearance in court yesterday (Monday). Signature bond was set at $5,000 for Benjamin Mueller who is facing a felony count of Arson of a Building. The property owner allegedly told investigators that if the fire seemed at all suspicious Mueller was (quote) “your suspect” and that the 41-year-old was not allowed at the residence. Following an examination of the scene by a Wisconsin Deputy State Fire Marshall, he determined that the blaze was the caused by (quote) “the application and subsequent ignition, [by] open flame of an ignitable liquid.” If convicted, Mueller faces no more than 40 years in prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 19.


(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney says young victims of 58-year-old Terry Phelps helped to convict the Ripon man on child sexual assault and abuse charges. Phelps was recently sentenced to the prison term and 13 years of extended supervision. Toney says there were six victims that they know of and Phelps’ conviction may have spared others from becoming victims. Phelps was given credit for the 126 days he already spent in jail.


(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council approved bids last (Monday) night for several road maintenance projects. Advance Construction out of Green Bay was the low bidder at $1.49-million dollars to reconstruct Roosevelt Drive from Warren Street to Park Avenue. Work will include new sidewalk, curb and gutter as well as driveway aprons and is expected to begin in September. The low bidder to resurface Madison Street was Northeast Asphalt of Fond du Lac at $35-thousand dollars. Work is slated for completion by November.


(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council last (Tuesday) night approved a contract with Interquest to provide security for the city’s computer systems. The Beaver Dam-based company will install software and actively monitor computers belonging to around 100 employees. Initially, InterQuest will provide the service for every city department except for the recreation department and the library, which have the newest systems in the city and are currently covered. The goal will be to eventually have one company monitor all department’s IT security needs. InterQuest will be paid a one-time fee of $5000 and a monthly fee of $2000. The contract is month-to-month.


(Beaver Dam) Communities across Wisconsin will be hosting their National Night Out tonight (Tuesday). Beaver Dam’s will be held at Swan City Park beginning at 5pm and will go until 8pm. There will be food and other fun activities. Visitors will also be able to meet the SWAT team, K9 units and other law enforcement personnel. The Beaver Dam Police Department will also have a drug take back where the public can bring any unused prescriptions except for needles and inhalers. Mayville will also be hosting a National Night Out starting at 5pm at Foster Park while Juneau’s will get underway at 6pm at the Public Safety Building.