News – February 14, 2020

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Police Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson says he is confident the perpetrator who robbed Chase Bank will be brough to justice. On February 3rd, an unidentified person walked into the Beaver Dam bank at closing time and presented the bank teller with a note demanding cash. The threat of a weapon was implied but a weapon was not displayed. An undisclosed amount of money was taken. Johnson told us on WBEV’s Community Comment that he cannot remember the last (quote) “local” bank robber who was not caught. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Beaver Dam Police Department.

(Waupun) A West Allis man accused of fleeing police in Waupun is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday. Samuel Vasquez allegedly speed away from police when they wanted to search his car for possible drug paraphernalia in December. Vasquez was allegedly clocked going over 85-miles-per-hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone. He eventually stopped and apologized, reportedly saying that he (quote) “had no reason to run.” If convicted, the 25-year-old faces roughly five years behind bars. An arraignment hearing is scheduled in March.

(Rubicon) A Neosho man accused of injuring two others in a drunk driving accident is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday. Jason Uhing reportedly crossed the centerline on Highway 60 in the town of Rubicon and struck a westbound vehicle on December 20th. The collision injured both Uhing and his passenger as well as the driver of the other vehicle. A preliminary breath test allegedly returned a reading of point-two-nine (.29). If convicted, the 46-year-old will face no more than 12 years in prison. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for March 25th.

(Waupun) The Waupun Common Council this week adopted the findings of a housing study. In August, Wisconsin-based Cedar Corporation was hired to assist elected officials, city staff and community members better understand key housing issues and how they affect the city. Among the recommendations: elevating the role of the city’s Community Development Authority and a more robust Housing Rehabilitation Program. City officials say the recommendations are in-line with Waupun’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan and the recently-published Housing Affordability report.

(Beaver Dam) Kohl’s department stores say they are removing a layer of regional leadership positions as a part of restructuring. Wisconsin-based Kohl’s is not closing any stores or corporate offices after a disappointing holiday shopping season. A spokesperson says about 250 jobs will be eliminated in the process.  The company is said to be offering a severance package and outplacement services to help the affected employees.

(Beaver Dam) Student groups at several local schools are receiving $1000 grants for leadership programs that address alcohol, drugs, and vaping challenges. The Beaver Dam Middle School is getting $1000 for their ABC: Anti-Bullying Club. Dodgeland Elementary will receive the same amount for their Junior Coaches program. The Lomira Middle School will use the grant to fund their Leadership Team. Other districts receiving the $1000 grant include Omro, Hartford, Watertown, Waterloo. There were 78 student-led groups in total who were awarded over $65-thousand dollars through the DPI’s Student Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Mini-grant Program.

(Lake Mills) Highway 89 through the city of Lake Mills will be detoured during a major reconstruction project slated to get underway this spring. State transportation officials have scheduled a public meeting on Wednesday, February 26 at the Lake Mills Community Center to preview the project. The reconstruction of Main Street between Topel and Woodland Beach Road and will include new pavement, curb and gutter, sidewalk, storm sewer, street lighting, sanitary sewer and water lines. Completion is expected this summer. Officials at the public meeting will discuss the preliminary schedule, access and detours, and answer questions.

(Barron) A Barron County mailman is facing drug delivery charges. Deputies arrested 66-year-old Tim Wilson after receiving a tip that he was carrying meth on him. Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says a search of Wilson’s house and his person turned up around over 20 grams of meth. He now faces charges of possession with intent to distribute. Wilson is free on a signature bond.