(Beaver Dam) The details surrounding the trial of a Beaver Dam man accused of murdering his ex-wife were discussed during a motion hearing yesterday (Monday). Ulisses Medina Espinosa’s attorneys are seeking to prohibit statements made to police by the defendant’s mother of her reportedly repeating “he killed her.” Judge Steven Bauer said the comment is an excited utterance and is admissible. Medina Espinosa is facing homicide charges in the death of Stacia Hollinshead of Sycamore, Illinois, who was shot to death in March at a Beaver Dam residence. The trial is scheduled to begin in February.
(Mayville) A plea hearing was added to the court calendar yesterday for a former Mayville police officer accused of having inappropriate contact with a minor. Mark Forster allegedly talked to the victim on social media, while on-duty, seeking to meet up. The 17-year-old reportedly admitted to an incident in early July of 2016 where the two had sexual contact. An internal investigation into the matter revealed that Forster allegedly used police software to lookup the victim’s personal information. If convicted on all charges, the 30-year-old is facing roughly 49 years in prison. The plea hearing is set for January 28.
(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam teen was convicted yesterday (Monday) of assaulting an underage girl. Ryan Falkinham molested the victim, who was fourteen at the time, on three different occasions in the summer of 2018. They 19-year-old admitted his actions in text messages between himself and the victim. Falkinham will be back in court for sentencing in January.
(West Bend) A wrong way driver causing a fatal accident on Interstate 41 near Holy Hill Road late Sunday night. Germantown Police say an SUV traveling south in the northbound lanes struck another vehicle, killing 18-year-old Shellie Becker of West Bend and injuring two other passengers. Charges against the 20-year-old Jackson man are pending.
(Beaver Dam) The union that represents teachers in Beaver Dam last night presented the school board with a petition with the names of 175 certified staffers asking the board to implement wage increases outlined in the employee handbook. District staff received a cost-of-living increase this year but not step increases, which are additional compensation that rewards time spent both in the district and as an educator. The union is asking the board to vote on the step increase at their meeting next month. School Board President Bev Beal-Loeck tells us that the board is committed to providing competitive wages and is actively participating on the compensation team along with staff and administration.
(Mayville) The Mayville Common Council last (Monday) night approved adding a non-binding referendum to the spring ballot asking citizens if they want to sell the city-owned golf course. The facility is currently being leased through the end of next year. Mayor Rob Boelk says while the referendum is advisory, city officials are expected to side with public opinion. Boelk says if the public does not want to sell the course, maintenance costs for the next four years could reach up to $1-million dollars. The city needs to submit the referendum to the county 70 days prior to the April 7th election.
(Waukesha) An 18-year-old Waukesha South High School student faces charges of Recklessly Endangering Safety and Obstruction in connection with last week’s gun incident at the school. Tyrone Smith made his initial court appearance yesterday, shortly after he was medically cleared and released from a hospital for gunshot wounds he received after allegedly brandishing a pellet gun in the school. The criminal complaint quoted Smith as saying he “was tired of being picked on by other students.” He’s due back in court next week.
(Oshkosh) Oshkosh Police Officer Michael Wissink got a heroes’ welcome back to the city Monday after he was released from the ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah. The school resource officer was stabbed in his office at Oshkosh West High School by a 16-year-old student last week. Wissink got a police escort from law enforcement officers from throughout the Fox Valley. Meanwhile, the student will remain jailed without bail until further notice. The sheriff in Oshkosh is asking that no one name the teen. In fact, prosecutors are holding back some court documents to keep his name and details of the attack out of the news.