(Beaver Dam) The details surrounding the trial of a Beaver Dam man accused of murdering his ex-wife were discussed during a motion hearing yesterday (Wednesday). Ulisses Medina Espinosa’s attorney took no objection and the court granted the state access to the defendant for an evaluation. Last month, Medina Espinosa changed his plea from not guilty to not guilty by reason of mental defect. The defense is arguing that a workplace exposure to toxic chemicals may have been a factor in the crime. The 32-year-old is charged in the March shooting death of Stacia Hollinshead in Beaver Dam. His trial is scheduled to begin June 1st.
(Theresa) A Theresa man was convicted yesterday (Wednesday) of assaulting a minor. Chris Christianson entered a no contest plea to an amended felony count of First Degree Child Sexual Assault of a Person Under Age 13. The incident occurred while the victim was visiting the area in August and she alerted her mother shortly after. Upon learning of the accusations in August, the 62-year-old attempted suicide at the Interstate 41 northbound wayside. He survived and admitted his actions to investigators. A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered and Christianson is due back in court on April 27th.
(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam has a new chief administrative officer. Angelia Foster has accepted the position, effective March 2. Foster has more than eight years of health care leadership experience, most recently as executive vice president/chief administrative officer at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers in Bryan, Ohio. Foster will partner with interim CAO Joe Gilene as she transitions into the new role.
(Beaver Dam) The candidates for Beaver Dam mayor joined us on WBEV’s Community Comment this week for a series of one-on-one interviews. Jeff Kohman, Al Winter and incumbent Becky Glewen will all be appearing on Tuesday’s primary election ballot; city residents can vote for only one candidate. You can listen to, or watch, each interview at DailyDodge.com.
(Madison) Interrupting a class or a speaker at a state university in Wisconsin could get students kicked-out of school, under a bill from Republicans. The Wisconsin Assembly approved a bill Tuesday that would enforce new rules for speech on campus, which require anyone who disrupts a speaker, a class, or a rally twice to be suspended. A third offense could get the student expelled. Republicans say the rules protect free speech. Democrats say the idea undermines free speech. The proposal now heads to the State Senate.
(Beaver Dam) Five skaters from Beaver Dam and Waupun are among 16 from the Wisconsin Inspire Co-op competing for a national championship later this month. Members of Wisconsin Inspire will be in Rhode Island after placing third at the Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships in Wichita on January 18th. The cooperative brings together skaters and coaches in Southern Wisconsin who share a passion for synchronized skating. The Synchronized Skating Championship is being held February 26th through the 29th with Wisconsin Inspire set to compete on the 28th.
(Winnebago) Winnebago County Sheriff’s officials say a pickup truck went through the ice near Willow Island on Lake Winneconne Wednesday morning. The man who was in it was able to get out and called the Sheriff’s office around 6:35am. The Sheriff’s Office posted a list on their Facebook page of mishaps involving thin ice on Lake Winnebago, Lake Poygan, and Lake Winneconne since last Friday. The list included three pickup trucks, a snowmobile and an ATV that have gone through thin ice on those lakes. They caution that the ice is unpredictable and say if you are not sure whether it’s safe do not risk it.