News – December 17, 2017

Another Round Of Snow Hits Dodge County Area


12/17/16 – Some snow is already on the ground and more is on the way.  Much of south-central Wisconsin has received four to six inches According to the National Weather Service, another two to five inches is expected this afternoon into tonight for Dodge and surrounding counties, with the highest totals coming near the lake.  Little snow is expected in the morning hours, but the winter storm warning remains in effect until 9 pm tonight.  Multiple local municipalities have issued snow emergencies, which means no vehicles can stop or park on city streets.  Mayville’s declaration runs through 11 am Sunday while Horicon’s is set to expire Monday.


Dodge County Residents Reminded Of Snow Protocol


12/17/16 – With snow already having hit the ground and more on the way this weekend, Dodge County residents are reminded to obey snow removal practices.  Highway Commissioner Brian Field says it is illegal to push snow onto a public highway.  If someone is caught leaving snow on the road or its shoulder, that person is subject to a $200 fine.  Field also notes snow removal equipment should be equipped with adequate lighting to make it visible to traffic.


Snowmobile Trails Open In Dodge County


12/17/16 – All Dodge County snowmobile trails are open as of 7 am this morning.  Though, folks are urged to ride with caution through the marshes as some areas are still soft and ungroomed.  The county is using the same trail maps this season as it did the last three years, but there is a reroute in the Village of Lowell that is not noted on the maps.  Intersection 12 is now located west of Lowell near Sock Road from where the trail runs north to Intersection 12-A which is now located near the intersection of Blackbird Road and Highway G.  Corridor 13 follows the reroute around the village.  Riders should also note that the trail to the Reeseville BP station has yet to be installed, and tickets can be issued for running the village roads to the gas station.  Snowmobilers are reminded to display a valid trail pass at all times when riding.  Before hitting the trails, riders are encouraged to call a 24-hour status line at 920-386-3705.  Earlier this week, the county also declared the ATV trail along the Wild Goose State Trail as open.


Former Wayland Teacher Sentenced For Sex Assault


12/17/16 – A Mayville man who used to teach at Wayland Academy will spend four years in prison for having inappropriate contact with a student.  In August, Adam Hechimovich was found guilty of three felony counts of Sexual Assault of a Student by School Staff and two felony counts of Child Enticement with Sexual Contact.  On campus, the 24-year-old had contact with a 16-year-old boy a number of times between October and December of last year.  Hechimovich will also spend 11 years under extended supervision and could face an additional four years in prison if he violates his probation.  He must also register as a sex offender, avoid unapproved contact with anyone under the age of 18, not use a computer without supervision, and pay over $8,300 in restitution.


DCSO Group Collecting Food For Pantry


12/17/16 – Local law enforcement is giving back this holiday season.  A holiday food drive is being held today by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office’s Explorer Post, which is comprised of area youth interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.  Sheriff Dale Schmidt says all food collected will be donated to the Gathering Source Food Pantry in Reeseville.  The drive runs from 8 am to 2 pm at the Walmart store in Beaver Dam.


Wisconsin Electors Plan To Stand With Trump


12/17/16 – The ten Wisconsin Republicans who will help elect the new president on Monday are standing firm in their intentions to vote for Donald Trump. Kim Babler of Madison says he has received about 75,000 emails plus phone calls, letters, and Christmas cards urging him to vote his conscience and reject Trump. But state G-O-P chairman Brad Courtney says his party has been waiting since 1984 to help send a Republican president to Washington — and he’s excited to vote for Trump, who had his 22,000+ vote victory confirmed in a recount which ended earlier this week. All ten electors are G-O-P activists chosen by their state party, and elected by the voters in Wisconsin’s “winner take all” election on November 8. They’re required to vote for whom the state carries, although they’re not fined if they do not.


Milwaukee Man Added To FBI ‘Most Wanted List’


12/17/16 – A man whom authorities say viciously killed two men in Milwaukee has been added to the F-B-I’s list of 10 most-wanted fugitives. Police allege 24-year-old Terry Strickland fired into a group of men on July 17 after an argument, then shot a man lying on the ground multiple times and shot a second man in the head. Both died at the scene. The F-B-I says Strickland fled the scene, leaving his 18-month-old daughter behind inside the house. Strickland was charged in July in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, and an arrest warrant was issued. In October, he was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for any information leading directly to his arrest.


UW-Madison Sex Defendant Free On Bond


12/17/16 – A former U-W Madison student charged with sexually assaulting, groping, and stalking ten students is free, after his father posted a $100,000 bond.  20-year-old Alec Cook of Edina, Minnesota had his bond reduced in half Friday, when he appeared in Dane County Circuit Court on 21 charges that include sexual assault, false imprisonment, stalking, and attempted strangling. Six new charges were filed this week, after prosecutors added four women to the list of Cook’s alleged victims. Circuit Judge Stephen Ehlke is now hearing the case, after Cook asked for a different judge — and he’s due back in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing, when the defense says it will seek to drop some of the charges. Prosecutors say the incidents took place during an 18 month period ending in early October.


Milwaukee Man Cleared Of Intentional Homicide Charge


12/17/16 – A 23-year-old Milwaukee man still faces the possibility of spending decades in prison, but not the automatic life term.  A jury found Martez Maclin-Dyson guilty of several felonies, but not first-degree intentional homicide, in the death of Tony Vance.  Maclin-Dyson was one of six men involved in a car chase and gun battle in downtown Milwaukee last December.  The jury found him guilty of attempted first-degree homicide in another shooting the day after Vance was killed.  The verdict was returned Friday after three days of deliberations.


Milwaukee School Board Rejects Superintendent’s Plan


12/17/16 – Members of the Milwaukee School Board have rejected parts of a plan to shift all schools in the district to a unified calendar starting the school term in mid-August, running through mid-May.  M-P-S Superintendent Darienne Driver told board members that would leave time for an option summer term to maximize learning time for children.  The district’s graduation rate trails all comparable big-city metropolitan districts at 58 percent.  The board voted unanimously to limit the early-start calendar to specific schools in the district and any which isn’t failing can decide to opt out.