News – February 12, 2016

Dodge County OWI Task Force Makes Weekend Arrests


2/12/16 – A new law enforcement group created to keep local roads safe was out for the first time last weekend.  The Dodge County OWI and Aggressive Driving Task Force patrolled the towns of Ashippun, Neosho, and Rubicon on Saturday and Sunday.  A press release from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office listed some of the incidents they encountered.  One driver was arrested for first offense OWI and expected drug impairment after being stopped for going 92 miles per hour on Highway N.  Another driver failed to stop when an officer tried to pull him over for speeding on Pond Road.  The driver finally stopped in Hartford and was arrested for second offense OWI.  Fleeing charges are being referred to the District Attorney’s Office.  Two other stops resulted in OWI arrests.  In multiple incidents, passengers were also cited for open intoxicants.  The task force hopes to raise awareness for the importance of safe driving.


New Group In Dodge County Combating Heroin


2/12/16 – A leader in Dodge County’s fight against heroin is forming a new group to deal with the issue.  Wendy Borner is the Team Leader for ‘Care for Dodge County.’  During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Borner said it is necessary to unite local leaders in combating the problem.  She says this group can bring together support group leaders, law enforcement, and court officials to discuss what resources are needed to combat the local heroin epidemic.  Borner also hopes the group can create pamphlets that explain heroin addiction and available treatments to local hospitals and families who want to help their loved one.  The group meets on February 23 at 5:30 pm in the clinic behind the Beaver Dam Community Hospital at 130 Warren Street.


Waupun Man Pleads Not Guilty To Providing Drugs In Overdose Death


2/12/16 – A Waupun man charged in connection with a 2009 overdose death pled not guilty at arraignment yesterday.  Christopher Skalitzky is facing three felony charges of Delivering Narcotics. The 33-year-old is accused of supplying the methadone and oxycodone to Shallen Carlene Manske. The 25-year-old Juneau woman was found unresponsive by officers responding to a possible overdose; she was pronounced dead a short time later at the hospital. Skalitzky reportedly admitted to providing the drugs. An autopsy later indicated that Manske died as the result of those drugs or from a pre-existing seizure disorder. Since being charged in the 2009 death in October, Skalitzky has been charged for with eleven counts of felony Bail Jumping along with misdemeanor Battery and Criminal Damage to Property for incidents unrelated to the  . If convicted, the charges carry a maximum combined sentence of 36 years in prison.


Watertown Man Found Guilty Of Child Molestation


2/12/16 – A Watertown man pled no contest yesterday to charges of molesting a child. A Dodge County court found Terry Lee Langner guilty on one felony count of Second Degree Sexual Assault following an incident last March. The 45-year-old went to use the toilet in a bathroom where the 15-year-old girl was showering.  Langner made an inappropriate comment and then later sexually assaulted her while they were watching television.  The girl said she was afraid to tell him ‘no’ but never gave consent. Langner will be sentenced May 27.


Randolph Man Bound Over For On-The-Job Jewelry Theft


2/12/16 – An Allenton man will proceed to trial on charges that he stole thousands of dollars in jewelry while he was doing flooring work at a Randolph home. In a Dodge County courtroom yesterday, Jacob Engel – who is charged with felony Theft of Movable Property – waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Prosecutors say the 30-year-old was working for Neosho-based B&B Flooring Refinishing in May when he stole $9,400 in jewelry, including a wedding ring. Engel was confronted by his boss about the theft and reportedly admitted the rings were pawned in Slinger. A receipt with his name shows that he allegedly received $480 for the stolen items. Engel will be arraigned March 9.  The charges carry a maximum of six years in prison.


Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood Heading To Governors Desk


2/12/16 – The Wisconsin Assembly has sent a bill to Governor Scott Walker that would reduce Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid reimbursements by four-million dollars a year. The lower house voted 60-to-31 Thursday to limit the amount that clinics connected with abortion providers can be reimbursed to provide birth control to low-income women. All Republicans on hand voted yes and all Democrats voted no — and the same was true as the Assembly passed statewide rental policies that allow landlords to evict tenants for criminal activity, even if they’re not arrested for it. Supporters call it a safety measure, but some opponents say it would result in domestic abuse victims being evicted — even though the measure specifically prohibits that. The bill now goes to the Senate, and it also requires two-thirds approval from affected property owners in order to create a historic preservation district.


Clinton, Sanders Debate In Milwaukee


2/12/16 – Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders highlighted their Milwaukee Democratic debate by sparring over which would be the best successor to President Obama. Clinton looked at her primary opponent on the stage at U-W Milwaukee Thursday night, and quoted him as calling Obama “weak” and a “disappointment” — an attack which Sanders called a “low blow.” The independent senator from Vermont says he’s had his disagreements with the Democratic president, but says he often worked with Obama during their time together in Washington. He and Clinton spent much of the debate agreeing on some issues, while disagreeing over how to expand health care and help more people go to college. They also called for police reforms when Clinton brought up the race-related Milwaukee police shooting death of Dontre Hamilton.


BDACT: Beaver Dam-Native Performing With ‘Wheelhouse’


2/12/16 – A Beaver Dam-native is bringing his nationally-touring bluegrass band to his hometown this weekend. Kenny Leiser plays fiddle and mandolin in the Madison-based quartet Wheelhouse, a full-time working-band that performs its original material at around 220 shows each year. Growing up the son of now-retired local music teachers, Leiser is no stranger to the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre, where his parents often performed. Leiser says his fondness for the venue on North Spring Street – coupled with its acoustics – were the main reasons Wheelhouse chose to record their third album “Meanwhile Back at the Ranch” in the century-old former Baptist church. Wheelhouse returns to the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday afternoon at 2pm. Tickets are available at the door, at Rechek’s Food Pride or at


First Musical Act Announced For 2016 Dodge County Fair


2/12/16 – The first musical act has been announced for this year’s Dodge County Fair.  Country duo Montgomery Gentry will perform on opening night, Wednesday, August 17.  The group broke onto the country scene in 1999 and has released 29 singles.  Their most notable songs include ‘Where I Come From,’ ‘Something to be Proud Of,’ and ‘My Town.’  The concert is free with gate admission- $7 before 2 pm or $10 after 2.