News – December 13, 2019

(Juneau) The Juneau Fire Department extinguished a fire in a grain dryer yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. Crews responded around 2pm to W6744 County Road W in the Town of Oak Grove. Over 8500 pounds of corn were reportedly smoldering in the grain dryer. Fire Chief Curt Ninmann says upon arrival the owner of the dryer was in the process of unloading the bushels of corn from the dryer. The fire department assisted in a standby operation until the fire was located and removed from the dryer. Fire damage was isolated to the contents of the dryer. The scene was cleared after three hours.

(Juneau) The city of Juneau is in the process of hammering out a $50-thousand dollar incentive package for the expansion of a local manufacturer. Michigan-based AutoPets currently employs 90 people, making and shipping the Litter-Robot, an automatic, self-cleaning litter box. The company broke ground in late October on a 30-thousand square foot manufacturing and warehouse space, a new dock area and an expanded parking area. The money for the incentive will come from available monies in the CDA fund, primarily TIF dollars, helping create 20 new jobs. Mayor Dan Wegener says the city’s goal is not only to attract new business, but support and retain the existing industries. The addition is expected to be in use by spring.

(Fall River) The state Department of Transportation’s annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” holiday campaign begins Friday and runs through January 1st. Motorists will see an increase in officers on the road during the stepped-up enforcement efforts – 6,000 will be out across the state, in addition to 300 drug recognition experts. Sheriff’s offices in Fond du Lac and Columbia counties are participating, along with agencies in Fond du Lac, Oakfield, Rosendale, Brandon Fairwater, Waupun, Campbellsport, Fall River, Lodi, Portage and Wyocena. The consequences of impaired driving in Wisconsin are well documented – in 2018, 159 people died in alcohol-related crashes on Wisconsin roads and more than 3,000 people were injured.

(Theresa) A Theresa man accused of having inappropriate contact with a minor is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday. Anthony Barron turned himself over to Dodge County authorities last week. He allegedly admitted to assaulting the teen victim in Dodge and Washington counties. If convicted, the 34-year-old Barron faces up to 56 years in prison. He will be arraigned next month.

(Watertown) A Watertown man accused of having illegal images of minors is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday (Friday). Benjamin Plummer allegedly had inappropriate images of minors among his files. If convicted, the 39-year-old faces no more than 50 years in prison. Plummer will be arraigned next month.

(Waupun) A Trempealeau County man accused of tying to get illegal contraband into a Waupun correctional facility is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday. Kyle Klimek allegedly threw chewing tobacco into a ditch near the John Burke Correctional Center. The 33-year-old faces a maximum three-and-a-half year prison sentence if convicted. Klimek will be arraigned next month.

(Appleton) An Appleton man is going to prison, after pleading no contest to drunk driving. It was the 12th drunk driving offense for 57-year-old Jerome Pomeroy. A Trempealeau County judge on Wednesday sentenced him to seven years in prison followed by five years extended supervision. Pomeroy was arrested November 9th after crashing into parked cars in the Village of Pigeon Falls.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Area Orchestra will hold its annual Christmas concert this weekend. Music Director Richard Zeman has conducted the holiday performance for over two decades. The 60-plus-person orchestra draws members from six different Wisconsin counties from approximately 28 different communities. There will be two performances tomorrow at the Beaver Dam High School Auditorium. The first one is at 5pm and is referred to as a ‘family concert’ as it is an abbreviated version of the main show which begins at 7pm. There is no cost to get in the doors, but contributions are appreciated to help fund future performances. This show is part of the three concert season that occurs each year. The next performance after tomorrow is the spring concert in April.