News – December 8, 2016

Police Chief Updates Beaver Dam Bar Activity


12/8/16 – The Beaver Dam Administrative Committee this week heard a quarterly update on bar activity from the police department. Chief John Kreuziger told elected officials that the city’s Demerit Point Ordinance for liquor license holders is working as intended. He says a majority of all the bars are in compliance and there are just a few from time-to-time that do not follow the rules and have points assessed. One-hundred and fifty (150) points were assessed this past quarter against Saturday’s bar on Front Street for serving an underage patron over the summer. Statz Ale Haus was also assessed points for serving patrons after bar closing time. With 230 points, the Madison street tavern was the only establishment last quarter to exceed the number of points outlined in the ordinance. Taverns that accumulate 200 points in a rolling 18-month period could have their license suspended or revoked. The offenses at Statz occurred within 16-months so Kreuziger says a meeting was arranged with police, tavern owners and the city attorney. The chief says the bar owner understands the importance of the next two months and has been very cooperative to resolve the matter. Having an early warning meeting works well, says Kreuziger, because goals for the future are discussed and problems are addressed.


Pay Hike For Fox Lake City Employees


12/8/16 – All Fox Lake city employees will receive a raise in the new year.  The council last night approved a 1.75-percent pay hike for city workers, effective January 1.  When the 2017 budget was adopted last month, city officials cited a roughly 18-percent increase in insurance premiums as a need for the raises.  Mayor Tom Bednarek says the 1.75-percent is more than 1.5-percent that was originally discussed.  He says city officials felt the need to make the increase when they heard employee insurance costs could jump anywhere between 10-19-percent.  Bednarek says the 1.67-percent he referred to is the cost of living pay increase that many government employees are receiving in 2017.  The mayor says he met with the city’s insurance representatives who said the increase represents increasing costs of providing insurance for various levels of government.  Bednarek says he is pleased with the city’s current workforce and does not see a need for individual, merit-based raises in place of the annual across-the-board pay bump.


Fox Lake Council Accepts Administrator’s Resignation


12/8/16 – Fox Lake’s City Council accepted the resignation of its city administrator last night.  Gary Rogers served in the position for over three years before recently announcing his intentions to retire.  Rogers last day on the job is December 30.  Chuck Schranz will serve in the interim until a new part-time administrator is hired.


Dodge County Corporation Counsel Retiring


12/8/16 – Dodge County’s Corporation Counsel is retiring.  John Corey’s last day is set for December 30.  Corey started working as an assistant corporation counsel in 1987 and was promoted to the office’s top position in 2006.  County Administrator Jim Mielke says the position was posted last week and as of Monday, there were no applicants.  Once candidates apply, Mielke hopes to set up interviews for mid-January.  Until a full-time replacement is hired, the three assistant corporation counsels will handle the office’s business.


Presidential Recount Progressing With No Major Changes


12/8/16 – By the time Donald Trump supporters get a court hearing tomorrow to stop the Wisconsin recount, it could be close to finished with almost no change in Trump’s winning margin. The state Elections Commission says 70% of the 2.8-million presidential ballots were recounted by late Tuesday — and Democrat Hillary Clinton gained 492 votes and Republican Trump 410, meaning that Clinton has cut into Trump’s original victory total by 82 votes, and Trump led by 22,000 going into the week-old recount. The Elections Commission says the tally is on track to finish on time by Monday night. The City of Milwaukee says it’s done, and the state says 34 of the 72 counties were finished by late Tuesday, including Dodge County, as the process continues in other large counties. Trump supporters tried last Friday to stop the recount, but Federal Judge James Peterson ordered that it continue while he considers the request more fully.


Milwaukee Sheriff Bypassed For Cabinet Spot


12/8/16 – Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke insists he did not campaign across the country for Donald Trump in order to win a job in his new administration. Trump’s transition team met with Clarke last week, reportedly to check him out as the new Homeland Security secretary. But reports say the job will go instead to retired Marine General John Kelly, and Clarke says he likes the appointment. Clarke also insisted that Trump’s victory was “all that was important” to him. However, Trump’s chief of staff nominee Reince Priebus says Clarke “will have opportunities” as the new administration takes shape.


Senate Minority Leader: GOP Must Figure Out Road Spending


12/8/16 – Wisconsin’s Senate minority leader says her party will let majority Republicans fight it out among themselves to come up with a way to pay for new and improved highways. Jennifer Shilling says the G-O-P “needs to govern” — and her party will have an “adult conversation” with Republicans after they decide on a plan. Governor Scott Walker and majority senators oppose a tax or fee hike that Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says might be necessary to avoid more crumbling roads and long construction delays. Shilling says she agrees that a long term funding mechanism is needed – and that her party worked with the Assembly G-O-P in the last session to finalize all of the borrowing authority for roads that’s in the current state budget. Shilling leads the Senate’s smallest Democratic caucus since 1971, with only 13 party members among the 33 seats.


Transportation Offered To Attend Sex Offender Hearing


12/8/16 – Bus service will be available for any Fond du Lac County residents interested in attending a hearing in Washington County today about the placement of a violent sex offender in the Town of Eldorado. The bus will provide round-trip transportation, leaving from the town’s fire station at the corner of Highways N and C at 12:30 p.m. The hearing will be to reconsider placement of 61-year-old Terry Olson at a residence on Nitschke Road.  County Sheriff Mick Fink says to reserve a seat on the bus call Earl Degner at (920) 922-2571.


Lawyers: Don’t Reinstate Dassey Conviction


12/8/16 – Brendan Dassey’s lawyers have urged a federal appeals court not to reinstate his conviction for the 2005 killing of Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County. The state is appealing a magistrate judge’s ruling from August that threw out his guilty verdict, which said the then-16-year-old Dassey did not have the proper state of mind to deal with police techniques for drawing out confessions that both he and his uncle Steven Avery raped, burned, and shot the 25-year-old Halbach. Dassey’s appellate lawyers say the state’s version of the case is “spun of pure function,” and the state’s response is due December 21st to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Meanwhile, new evidence in Avery’s case has just been sent to the State Crime Lab in his effort to have his conviction thrown out. The case was the subject of the Netflix series “Making a Murderer.”