News February 14, 2009

Pautsch Enters Into Plea

2/14/09 – A Horicon man who robbed the Best Western – Campus Inn last fall has entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors. 24-year-old Curtis Pautsch pleaded “no contest” yesterday (Fri) to a felony charge of Robbery with the Use of Force and had a count of Threats to Injure dismissed but read into the record. Pautsch entered the hotel on Park Avenue in Beaver Dam just after 4am on October 3 and left with a bag full of cash hidden inside a garbage can. Authorities say the desk clerk identified Pautsch by a tattoo on his hand and other distinguishable facial features. A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered and a sentencing hearing will be held on April 30.

Pellett Prelim

2/14/09 – One of the suspects arrested following burglaries at two area businesses last fall appeared for a preliminary hearing Friday in Dodge County court. 21-year-old Tabatha Pellett of Stoughton was bound over for trial on charges of felony burglary. Pellett, along with 23-year-old Kurtis W. Billings and 27-year-old Trevor P. Waller, are all charged in connection with the October break-ins at Beaver Plumbing and Kelm Painting. Authorities say they are likely connected to other business burglaries in and around Dodge County late last year and additional charges against the trio are possible. The cases are being tried separately. Billings had a bench warrant issued Thursday for failing to appear as a material witness in Waller’s preliminary hearing. Both Billings and Waller have court dates related to this matter scheduled later this month. Pellett has an arraignment hearing on March 3.

Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing Monday

2/14/09 – The city of Beaver Dam will hold a public hearing Monday to gain input on a proposed ordinance to adopt their Comprehensive Plan. Mayor Tom Kennedy says the plan is important to the future growth of the city for the next 25 years. A draft of the plan is available for review at the City Clerks office, the community library or on the city’s website The public hearing will be held at 8pm in Council Chambers at City Hall. Alderpersons will vote on the plan later that evening. Written comments will also be accepted prior to the meeting. The state mandates the city have the plan in place by January of 2010.