(Beaver Dam) The suspect in a police chase that ended with a fiery car crash that knocked a hole in the Beaver Dam Middle School was found guilty yesterday (Monday). Roy Cortez of Beaver Dam was said to be traveling up to 90-miles-per-hour when he struck an electrical transformer before punching a seven-foot-by-30-foot hole in the brick building on August 21st. School officials estimate the damage at $2-million dollars. Cortez is facing a maximum six-year prison sentence. A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered and Cortez is due back in court on February 17.
(Beaver Dam) A Madison woman accused of passing counterfeit $100-dollar bills in Beaver Dam made her initial appearance in court yesterday (Monday). A signature bond was set at $1,000 for Hazel Freiberg who is facing a variety of felony Forgery and Attempted Forgery charges. The 21-year-old and a Madison man are accused of passing the phony bills in March at Recheks, Wal-Mart, Game Stop and Animart and trying to use them at Menards and Shopko. She allegedly bought low-cost items and walked away with the change. In some of the incidents, she was also able to make change for a second, phony $100 bill. Freiberg will be back in court next month for a preliminary hearing.
(Waukesha) Police say a student was shot by a school resource officer at Waukesha South High School yesterday morning. Police Chief Russell Jack says the shooting happened just before 10am after the teen pointed a gun at officers. The 17-year-old is hospitalized. Students were sent home. Police say the shooter is hospitalized. No one else was hurt.
(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce president has resigned. Phil Fritsche announced his resignation to the Commerce Board of Directors last Wednesday. Fritsche has accepted a similar position with the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce in Illinois. . In the interim, Staff Assistant Alison Wolf will maintain chamber programming along with members of the Board of Directors and volunteer Committee Chairs. The Executive Committee will begin the process of finding the next chamber president in the coming weeks.
(Beaver Dam) More solar power could be coming to Beaver Dam. The Common Council last (Monday) night approved a memorandum of understanding with Bluestem Energy Solutions. The company would be placing solar panels at the Wastewater Treatment on Myrtle Road and the lift station on County Road G at Cemetery Road. The agreement would be for 30 years and would cost the city seven-tenths of a penny per kilowatt hour with an escalator of 1.5-percent. Beaver Dam currently pays around $800-thousand dollars per year for power at city-owned sites. Under this agreement, the city is expected to save $2.1-million dollars over three decades.
(Fort Winnebago) A registered sex offender is being placed in Fort Winnebago. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office says Caleb Smalley will be residing in the 7000 block of Carimaunee Drive. The 26-year-old Smalley was convicted of Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child as well as multiple methamphetamine related drug charges. He is being released from prison today (Tuesday). Smalley will be under the supervision of the Portage Office of Probation and Parole.
(Columbus) The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is in Wisconsin, making stops in Sturtevant and Caledonia Monday. Today’s stops begin in Wauwatosa at 4 p.m., then Hartland, Oconomowoc, Watertown and Columbus. Wednesday will see the train make six stops in south central and western Wisconsin before leaving the state Thursday.
(Beaver Dam) The Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam hosted the 30th annual Tree of Lights Celebration last night. The campaign raises money for the hospital’s Hospice program which helps patients suffering from terminal illnesses and Lifeline program which assists at-risk people living alone. Christmas trees are located at the hospital, Hillside Manor and Stone Terrace. Lights can be purchased for $7 apiece in honor or in memory of a loved one and can be obtained by contacting the hospital.