News – December 6, 2016

Authorities Search For Columbus Subway Robbery Suspect


12/6/16 – Authorities are looking for the person who robbed the Subway Restaurant in Columbus Sunday evening. Columbus Police Lt. Dennis Weiner says it happened just after 9pm when a man dressed in all black entered the restaurant, displayed a knife and demanded that the drawer be opened. He fled the business with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect is described as six-feet tall with a thin build, wearing a black face mask and black gloves.  Anyone with information should contact the Columbus Police Department at (920) 623-5919 or Columbia County Crime Stoppers at (800) 293-TIPS.


DCSO Investigating ‘Suspicious Death’


12/6/16 – Law enforcement is investigating what it calls ‘a suspicious death’ that occurred in Fox Lake over the weekend.  The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is not sharing any other information about the incident.  However, they are asking the public to contact them with tips regarding a 2016 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab pickup truck that was driven in the Fox Lake area over the weekend.


Dodge County Presidential Recount Numbers


12/6/16 – The final numbers are in from the Dodge County presidential recount.  Clerk Karen Gibson says a total of 43,078 ballots were cast, 13 more than originally counted.  President-Elect Donald Trump picked up eight votes, bringing his total to 26,643.  Democrat Hillary Clinton stayed level at 13,968 while the Green Party’s Jill Stein, who requested and funded the recount, ended up with the same vote total of 361.


Man Heading To Prison For Seventh OWI


12/6/16 – An Oshkosh man will spend three years in jail after he was found guilty Monday of his seventh OWI.  In March 2015, a homeowner reported a suspicious vehicle parked in a private driveway near Highway 175 in the Town of Theresa. Deputies found Daniel Wittrock slumped over the wheel of the car with the engine running, lights on, and a flat tire. When the deputy tapped on the window, Wittrock quickly sat up, began revving the engine, spinning the front tires and kicking gravel at the deputy, who moved behind a tree with his gun drawn. Dispatch was able to get the 42-year-old’s cell phone number, and deputies outside the vehicle called Wittrock to convince him to get out of the car. Officers said Wittrock was confused, swaying and shaking with his eyes occasionally rolling back in his head. He was taken to the hospital where attempts to administer a field sobriety test were unsuccessful.  Wittrock admitted to having taken several narcotic drugs. In addition to the three years behind bars, Wittrock will spend five years under extended supervision.


Warrant Issued For Man Accused Of Causing Drunken Crash


12/6/16 – An arrest warrant has been issued for a Beaver Dam man accused of seriously injuring another motorist in a drunken driving crash. Raymond Cody failed to appear at his initial appearance Monday on felony charges including Injury By Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle and fourth offense Operating While Intoxicated.  The 35-year-old allegedly had a blood alcohol level over twelve times the legal limit for driving at point-two-five (.25). The legal limit for most drivers is point-zero-eight (.08) but because Cody had three previous OWI’s his minimum threshold is point-zero-two (.02). Prosecutors say he refused to submit to a blood test and a search warrant was required. The accident happened in January on Highway G in the Town of Westford.  Cody was driving a southbound Ford truck and he collided head-on with an 18-year-old Beaver Dam man driving a northbound car.  The victim was flown to UW Hospital in Madison with life threatening injuries while Cody, and a passenger in the 18-year-old’s vehicle, were both taken to the Beaver Dam hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The charges carry a combined maximum of 43 years in prison.


Cash Bond Set For Man Accused Of Child Sex Assault


12/6/16 – Cash bond was set at $5,000 Monday for a Kimberly man accused of having inappropriate contact with a Dodge County minor.  Travis Knight is facing three felony counts of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child Under Age 13 for allegedly violating a family friend multiple times between 2012 and 2014.  If he is convicted, the 21-year-old faces up to 180 years in prison.  Knight’s preliminary hearing is January 19.


Beaver Dam Committee Approves MPTC Land Deal


12/6/16 – The Beaver Dam Operations Committee last night approved a purchase agreement for the sale of city property to Moraine Park Technical College. Carrie Kusabaski, the college’s Vice President of Finance and Administration, says a $2.3-million-dollar expansion is planned along the east side of the existing building. The expansion is for a new gas utility technician program. The 3800-square foot facility would house a lab and classroom. City Engineering Coordinator Ritchie Piltz says the city is vacating the north half of School Street between Gould and Burnett streets along Highway 151. The south half of that same roadway, which had been owned by the tech college decades ago, is being transferred back to the school as the city no longer plans to use it for a through street. The matter now heads to the city Plan Commission. If all goes according to schedule, ground would be broken during the 2017-18 school year.  The new gas utility technician program is expected to graduate around 20 students per year with a starting salary currently estimated at $54-thousand-dollars.


BDCH Hosts Annual Tree Of Lights Celebration


12/6/16 – It started to feel a lot more like Christmas in Beaver Dam last night.  The annual Tree of Lights celebration launched a campaign where people can buy a Christmas tree light for $5 apiece in honor or in memory of a loved one.  The trees are located outside BDCH, Hillside Manor, and Stone Terrace.  Proceeds benefit the hospital’s Hospice and Lifeline programs.  Hospice helps patients and families dealing with a terminal illness while Lifeline offers security to people living at home by providing emergency assistance with the push of a button.  Two hospice families were honored at this year’s celebration.  Two Hospice families were honored at this year’s ceremony: the survivors of Lorence Schuster and Pastor Kenneth Prol.  Organizer Gail Hope-Henschel says she is excited that the event continues to grow each year as a record crowd was on hand last night.  Hope-Henschel credits the community for its charitable nature.  After the presentation, the tree was lit outside of the hospital, which was followed by a group sing-a-long of ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas.’  Anyone interested in purchasing a light should contact the hospital by the end of the month.  In its first 26 years, the Tree of Lights effort has collected over $400,000.


Kennedy Seeks Fifth Mayoral Term, Litscher Files Non-Candidacy


12/6/16 – Beaver Dam Mayor Tom Kennedy is seeking a fifth term in office. Kennedy has filed his declaration of candidacy papers with the city for the April election. Meanwhile, longtime council president and Ward 11 Alderman Jon Litscher will not be returning. Litscher, who was recently appointed again as Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, filed his non-candidacy papers with the city; no one has filed as of yet for the vacant Ward 11 seat. Three other Beaver Dam alderpersons have filed their paperwork to run again: Jon Abfall in Ward Three, Mick Fischer in Ward Five and Kevin Burnett in Ward 13. The final day to file nomination papers is 5pm on Tuesday, January 3.


Fond du Lac County Town Fighting Sex Offender Placement


12/6/16 – An attorney for the Town of Eldorado has filed a temporary restraining order to halt the placement of a violent sex offender at a residence on NItschke Road. Fond du Lac County Sheriff Mick Fink says the county and township have been bushwhacked over the placement of 61-year-old Terry Olson. He says those trying to place Olson were ambiguous with their answers to the Washington County judge who decided on the placement. Olson is supposed to be placed in the residence Thursday, the same day the Washington County judge is supposed to consider a motion for reconsideration on the placement.


Holiday Train To Stop In Columbus Tonight


12/6/16 – The bright lights of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will stop in Columbus tonight. The colorful train is decked out for the holidays and will play the music of Colin James at the Amtrak Station on Ludington Street. The celebration includes a number of events for people of all ages in the stores and public buildings of downtown Columbus. Among the activities are a holiday story walk that begins and ends at the Columbus Public Library. The senior center and the community center will both be open from 6pm to 8:30pm. The train stop and musical performance is scheduled for shortly after 9pm tonight. There will also be warming barrels and refreshments at the Amtrak station. The train is traveling the northern United States accepting food and cash donations for local pantries.


Winter Parking Rules Officially In Effect In Beaver Dam


12/6/16 – Do not plan on parking on the street overnight in Beaver Dam until spring as winter parking rules are now in effect. Mayor Tom Kennedy announced that no parking is allowed on city streets between 2am and 6am, so that the Department of Public Works can clear snow. Citations will be issued for violations and begin at $20 if the ticket is paid within five days. The parking ban will remain in effect until April 1 unless it is announced that the ban has been temporarily or permanently lifted. A $40 on-street parking permit is required for those who have no alternative but to park on the street. Permits can be picked up at the city finance office during regular business hours.  Residents are also reminded to clear any snow or ice from the sidewalks facing their property.  If the snow or ice is not cleared, the city will remove it at the homeowner’s expense.  Additional fines may be issued to repeat offenders.  Citizens are reminded not to plow snow into the street.