News – December 11, 2016

Dodge County Traffic Safety Reminds Of Safe Winter Driving


12/11/16 – Dodge County drivers are reminded to pay attention to road conditions this winter.  Joel Kiesow is the coordinator of Dodge County’s Traffic Safety Commission and encourages drivers to develop safe driving habits.  Kiesow says these include driving at a safe, appropriate speed, allowing enough time to safely arrive at one’s destination, clearing snow and ice from the vehicle before leaving home, staying alert behind the wall, and staying a safe distance behind snow plows.  The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office reminds drivers that the posted speed limit is for clear conditions as inclement weather can require a person to drive slower. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office fielded reports of 15 runoffs and four motor vehicle accidents since the snow started falling last night through 5am. At last word, no injury accidents have been reported. For closings and cancellations tune into AM1430 WBEV Sunday morning.


Reports Of Fall Through Neosho Lake Unfounded


12/11/16 – The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Neosho Lake yesterday. At 5:47pm, law enforcement received a report that a person possibly fell through the ice. Upon arrival, officers determined it was a clear patch of ice and found the subject of the phone call was safe. Since most area lakes recently froze over, the sheriff’s office is warning people it is unsafe to head out onto the ice.


Waupun Man Heading To Trial For High Speed Chase


12/11/16 – The 23-year-old Waupun man who led Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Deputies and Ripon Police on a high speed chase last month has been bound over for trial. Dustin Duket was in court last Friday and waived his preliminary hearing. He is charged with 1st degree recklessly endangering safety, eluding an officer and other charges. The chase on November 26th ended when a deputy used his squad car to force Duket off the road. He then fled on foot, but was captured. Duket is being held in the Fond du Lac County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond.


Prison For Madison Man Who Fired At Cops


12/11/16 – A Madison man who fired several shots at police officers last March will wind up spending 33 years in prison.  Tommie Evans’ attorney told the judge his client suffered a mental breakdown.  Evans was given a 22-year prison sentence, which will be added to the 11 years he is currently serving for violating probation on previous convictions.  Madison police responded to a mother’s call when she said her son was acting strangely, was naked, covered in oil and saying the devil was after him.  Evans fired nine shots at the officers, but didn’t hit anyone.


Dog Distraction Leads To Rear-Ending Sheriffs Squad


12/11/16 – An eastern Wisconsin man says he was distracted by a dog in his vehicle, when he rear ended a Sheboygan County sheriff’s car. It happened early Friday morning on Interstate 43 in Kohler. According to W-B-A-Y T-V, the driver from Luxemburg told officers his cruise control was set at 75 miles per hour — and he looked up as he was approaching a bridge just before hitting the rear of the sheriff’s squad unit. The deputy was not injured, even though she was reportedly trapped for several minutes — and the Luxemburg motorist helped free her.


Groups Protests Clark With Diaper Drop-Off


12/11/16 – A group of women calling themselves Progressive Moms of Milwaukee calls for Sheriff David Clarke to resign.  Their demand comes after four deaths at the Milwaukee County Jail, including the death of a baby.  The women piled diapers in front of the building.  They say they’re most upset about a summer incident where a woman gave birth while she was behind bars and her baby died.  Clarke says the call for his resignation is politically motivated.  He called the demonstration an example of “fake news.”


Layoffs Expected To be Down In 2016


12/11/16 – The numbers of Wisconsinites losing their jobs to mass layoffs are expected to be down this year from 2015. The state Department of Workforce Development says almost ten-thousand people were the victims of mass layoffs last year, the highest since 2009 when the Great Recession was at its peak. This year, Wis Business Dot Com says only seven thousand such layoffs have been reported — and unless there are several large job cuts in December, this year’s figure will not come close to last year’s. Analysts say mass layoff figures can be deceiving, because often reflect just one industry instead of the entire Wisconsin economy — and it does not account for lesser layoffs or job creation. The state defines mass layoffs as those involving at least 25 percent of workers in companies with 50 or more employees — or at least 500 employees for larger firms.


Oshkosh Corp Among Those Named Green Masters


12/11/16 – Thirty-five Wisconsin companies have been honored for their efforts to improve the environment, save energy, and make themselves more sustainable. Large manufacturers like the Oshkosh Corporation and Rockwell International are among the “Green Masters” named by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. So are utilities, medical facilities, offices, and a laser tag game center in Milwaukee. The annual winners were announced Thursday at a conference in Onalaska at Empire Screen Printing, which has eliminated pollution and energy waste in its technology. The winners are among the top 20-percent of the 160 firms that applied as “Green Masters” — and the council says the average sustainability scores are improving each year.


Baldwin Confident New Jets Will Come To Madison


12/11/16 – Wisconsin’s Democratic Senator says she’s hopeful Madison will land a new fighter wing.  Senator Tammy Baldwin says the state is a “strong competitor” for a new wing of F-35 fighter jets.  The jets, and a number of new jobs, would go to the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s Truax Field in Madison.  No word when a final decision will come.


Meyer To Head East Central/Select Sires


12/11/16 – A local artificial-breeding cooperative that serves dairy and beef producers in southern Wisconsin has named its next general manager.  Jerome Meyer of Viroqua was recently appointed by the East Central/Select Sires Board of Directors to succeed the retiring Alan Deming.  Meyer has worked as a dairy program manager since 2014, overseeing East Central/Select Sires’ western Wisconsin operation.  Meyer starts his training in January, and Deming officially retires in July.


Burnett Couple Honored By Farm Bureau


12/11/16 – A Burnett couple has received a statewide honor from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau.  Andrea Brossard and Mason Rens were selected as the Bureau Federations’ Young Farmer and Agriculturist Achievement Award.  Brossard is a third-generation dairy farmer at Brossard Dairy Farm LLC in Beaver Dam.  The farm milks 260 cows, raises 70-80 steers, and grows 650 acres of crops.  Rens is a well driller for Municipal Well and Pump, which drills wells for cities and industries along with providing rehab and maintenance on existing wells throughout the Midwest.  The two will now represent Wisconsin in the national contest in Phoenix next month and received various other travel opportunities.


Rosendale Cutting Ribbon On New Drug Drop Box


12/11/16 – The Village of Rosendale and Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County is inviting the public to attend a ribbon cutting to introduce Rosendale residents to a new drug drop box this Thursday at 3:30 pm.  The village recently acquired and installed a drug drop box in the lobby of the Rosendale Municipal Building in Rosendale. The public is encouraged and welcome to attend. The drug drop box will be available year-round to the public Monday through Friday, 8am until 4pm.


Another Successful Year For Stocking Stuffer Program


12/11/16 – It was another successful year for the local ‘Stocking Stuffers’ program.  The annual effort, which is in its 17th year, collects donations and provides gifts for area families who otherwise would not have a Christmas celebration.  Forty families and a total of 90 kids are expected to be served this year.  The effort is made possible by WBEV, WXRO, and Slumberland and runs through the Dodge County Toy Bank.