News – December 15, 2022

(Beaver Dam) Park Avenue Sports Café is temporarily closed due to a fire. The Beaver Dam Fire Department responded just before midnight Tuesday and evacuated a cleaning crew while extinguishing an active fire on the roof. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. Park Avenue Sports Café management posted on Facebook that there is no word yet on when the business will re-open. A GoFundMe has been started to assist the family and staff. A link to the page can be found at

(Juneau) Law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin will be joining in an effort to target alcohol and drug impaired driving. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign begins Friday and goes through New Year’s Day. During last year’s holiday in Wisconsin, there were 373 crashes involving impaired drivers resulting in seven fatalities and 192 injuries. In all of 2021 there were 6,368 alcohol-related crashes with 166 deaths which is more than a fourth of the fatalities that year.

(Wisconsin) A reward is now being offered to identify the man accused of robbing multiple Culver’s restaurants across southern Wisconsin. The FBI Milwaukee Division will pay $10,000 for information about the suspect who is described as white, around six-feet-five-inches tall, weighing roughly 300 pounds, with brown hair and a goatee. The suspect’s spree began in September, with a series of hold ups and attempted hold ups at Culver’s drive-through locations in Janesville, Beloit, Lake Mills and Mequon.

(Fond du Lac) A third defendant from Fond du Lac County has been convicted on Election Fraud charges. Sam Wells illegally registered his residential address as a P.O. Box and voted in Fond du Lac County in the 2020 presidential election. The 55-year-old never resided in the ward where he voted and was not living in Fond du Lac County at the time. Wells was ordered to pay $300 and court costs.

(Beaver Dam) Wayland Academy is receiving a Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry Grant. The coed college preparatory school in Beaver Dam is one of 58 applicants given a share of a $1.5-million-dollar Urban Forestry Grant. Wayland will use its $14,994 to remove dead and hazardous ash trees and restore the 55-acre campus’s tree canopy with a mix of new trees. The Academy also plans to educate current students, alumni, faculty, and staff on forestry-related topics along the way.

(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County Center for the Arts Holiday Gift Gallery is open now through January 8th. Items at the gallery include paintings from Paul Gfeller, Jim Smiths, and Frank Mittelstadt. Other items include photography from Charlie Hohenstein, silk ties from Barb Ellefson and jewelry. The Dodge County Center for the Arts is located at 130 West Maple Avenue in Beaver Dam.

(Madison) A Southern Wisconsin veterinarian has been accused of abusing several animals treated at his clinic. Court documents filed Monday say Doctor Wesley Arnett faces six counts of mistreating animals while he owned Waunakee Veterinary Clinic. A complaint details nine clinic employees’ accounts of Arnett allegedly kicking and punching the pets, as well as slamming them against walls. Brenda McMiller, who was a patron of the clinic, tells WMTV in Madison she wishes the clinic would have told her about the incidents first-hand. The clinic says Arnett is no longer an owner, nor affiliated with them-WRN.