News – February 16, 2016

Hustisford Woman Killed In Brown Deer Accident


2/16/16 – Brown Deer Police have identified a Dodge County woman who was killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday night. 25-year-old Lauren Unertl of Hustisford was driving in Brown Deer when an SUV went through a red light and struck her vehicle. She was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. Her passenger, 31-year-old Edgar Barbosa of Hustisford, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital. The 25-year-old Milwaukee man driving the SUV may have been impaired. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Charges are pending with the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.


Friesland Man Suspected In Wife’s Shooting Death


2/16/16 – A 41-year-old woman allegedly killed by her estranged husband at a hotel in Portage has been identified as Tracy Krueger of Friesland. Police responded soon after she was shot Monday morning at the Ridge Motor Inn in Portage. Police Chief Ken Manthey says the victim was found in a parking lot and an ambulance was called — but she died before getting a chance to recover. Officials say Krueger’s 51-year-old husband Kevin drove away, but was found west of Portage and was booked into the Columbia County Jail for homicide and weapons violations. Online court records show that Tracy Krueger filed for divorce last October, and the case was still pending at the time of the murder.


Photo IDs Needed To Vote Today


2/16/16 – About one of every ten Wisconsin adults are expected to vote in today’s primary elections. They’ll decide who the finalists will be for the Wisconsin Supreme Court and hundreds of other local government and school board seats — and they’ll decide the fates of eleven school referendum proposals. Three people are running for two spots on the April ballot for the State Supreme Court seat held by the late Patrick Crooks, who was planning to retire before he died last summer. Wisconsin’s voter I-D law will get its first major test in four years today, now that court challenges have been settled. The vast majority of voters can show their driver’s licenses when they pick up their ballots before the polls close at 8pm tonight. Voter advocacy groups have been encouraging those without licenses to find out if their other photo I-Ds will get them in — and if not, to get free cards offered by the state D-O-T. Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson says official state I-Ds will work, as well as college-and-technical school I-Ds with verifications of current enrollment. If you’re still in doubt, the state Government Accountability Board has more information online in its “Bring It to the Ballot” campaign at


Water Rescue Equipment Discussed In Advance Of Borrowing


2/16/16 – The Beaver Dam Administrative Committee Monday night discussed the status of the fire departments water rescue equipment in connection with the borrowing plan for the current year’s municipal needs. The department has identified $255-thousand dollars in water and ice rescue gear and has asked lakefront townships to cover 25-percent of the cost. The only rescue item budgeted for 2016 is a $75-thousand dollar hovercraft. Fire Chief Alan Mannel says the current hovercraft has saved three lives but is 16 years old and, while currently working, is “unreliable.” The lakefront townships – which contract with the city for fire protection services – have indicated an unwillingness to pay the 25-percent, contending that state statute gives the sheriff jurisdiction over the lake; the city gave a presentation to the county earlier this month. Mayor Tom Kennedy says replacement of the aging hovercraft could be delayed this year without the support of the townships and-or county. Council President Jon Litscher, however, says when it comes to the total package of ice rescue equipment he believes the city needs to move forward. Litscher says he feels strongly that lakefront townships have some tax obligation because they get increased property value because of the lake. The council is expected to vote on its borrowing plan in three weeks.


Council Confirms Wood Shop Partnership With School District


2/16/16 – The Beaver Dam Common Council Monday night approved a partnership that would allow the city to use the school district’s wood shop. The city’s wood working program was halted when the Watermark opened last month and the old senior center on East Third Street closed its doors. While the Watermark has room to expand as monies become available, the wood shop was cut out of the blueprints in a cost-saving move. The city had been looking at several sites when the school district offered free use of its woodshop at the Don Smith Learning Academy. That wood shop has been unused since the district’s technical education program was moved to updated facilities in the high school. For liability reasons, the students at Don Smith will not be able to use the senior center equipment but woodshop coordinator Appenfeldt says he and his fellow woodworkers would help with any wood working questions the students may have. Woodshop users will be required to have background checks and be given an electronic key that will work during business hours. The old district equipment is being moved out to be replaced with the senior centers modern equipment. The program should be back up and running in the next month.


Ordinance Change Would Increase Parade Fee In Beaver Dam


2/16/16 – The Beaver Dam Administrative Committee Monday night tabled a resolution that would increase fees and add liability requirements for getting a parade permit. The resolution as drafted would increase the fee in tiers from its current cost of five-dollars to $100 for a gathering of 200 or less or as much as $500 for a gathering of 5000 or more people. It would also add a requirement that the organizers furnish proof of insurance to the city five days before the parade. Exemptions could include funeral processions, presidential or gubernatorial processions or military convoys. City leaders are reworking the ordinance to also exempt city events. The new permit would exempt events that do not utilize city streets and remain on the sidewalk or close to the tree border in cases where there is no sidewalk; current ordinance requires the fee in such situations. The matter is expected to be brought back before the committee in three weeks. Officials say no communities in the area have a parade permit ordinance.


Facility Issue Could Stop Horicon-Mayville School Consolidation


2/16/16 – Multiple Horicon School Board members last night identified a possible deal-breaker in consolidating with the Mayville School District.  Last spring, Mayville voters turned down two referendum questions totaling $23,000,000.  Horicon Board President Jerry Tribbey says it would be a deal-breaker for him if Mayville goes to referendum to fund building improvements prior to a consolidation.  Tribbey does not want part of that cost passed along to Horicon taxpayers.  Despite not knowing for sure if Mayville’s buildings would be used in the consolidated district, Horicon Board Vice-President David Westimayer says he would not mind if Mayville does go to referendum to address facility needs.  If consolidation happens, Horicon Board Member Eric Krause-Emerick says the Mayville High School building should not be used due to heating and cooling issues.  Horicon and Mayville’s boards plan to discuss facilities and whether consolidation could benefit students at a joint meeting February 29.


Man Accused Of Giving Porn To Minor No-Shows Initial Appearance


2/16/16 – A warrant was issued yesterday for the arrest of a former Lomira man accused of giving pornography to a minor.  Craig Seelow of Manitowoc did not appear in Dodge County court for his initial appearance on one felony count of Exposing a Child to Harmful Material.  The 45-year-old allegedly gave his friend’s child four DVD’s for helping him move in 2011.  The kid’s mom called police after she caught her son watching one of the discs.  If he is convicted, Seelow faces over three years in prison.


Bond Set For Man Accused Of Fleeing Ashippun Police


2/16/16 – A Dodge County court set bond at $1,000 yesterday for an Oconomowoc man accused of running from an officer in the Town of Ashippun.  Travis Enders is facing one felony count of Attempting to Flee a Traffic Officer.  The 24-year-old was allegedly clocked last month going 110 miles per hour down Highway O.  Enders was reportedly slurring his speech and refused a field sobriety test.  If he is found guilty, Enders faces over 3 years in prison.  His preliminary hearing is April 14.


DNR Confirms EAB In Two Dane County Locations


2/16/16 – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources confirmed Monday that the emerald ash borer has been found in two new Dane County locations. The invasive bug was found last week by Dane County forestry staff at the campground in Taken Creek County Park, and also near the village of McFarland in the new Lower Yahara River Trail construction corridor. Dane County recently secured a $25-thousand dollar state grant for additional staffing to help manage the effects of the emerald ash borer, plus a $10-thousand dollar donation from the Madison Community Foundation for tree-planting efforts at Mendota and Token Creek county parks.