News February 17, 2009

Teen Center Burglar Sentenced

2/16/09 – A teenager who broke into the Beaver Dam Teen Center last April was sentenced to nine years in prison Monday in Dodge County court. Dustin Bruns was arrested following a four-day crime spree that included the Teen Center burglary in addition to escaping from Huber work-release, stealing two cars and burning one of them and threatening students at the Beaver Dam High School, which prompted school officials to place the campus on lockdown. The 18-year-old from Beaver Dam pleaded “no contest” last September to five of eight charges. Dodge County District Attorney Bill Bedker says Bruns said at sentencing that Bruns is at a high risk to re-offend. Bruns frequently interjected commentary and interrupted the proceedings as Judge Brian Pfitzinger attempted to explain to him that his criminal behavior, poor attitude and tendency to blame others made him a threat to society. Bruns has a restitution hearing set for March 9.

Campbell Convicted

2/16/09 – It took a jury five hours to convict a Beaver Dam man who sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl he met on the internet. Matthew D. Campbell was found guilty on Friday of Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime and Exposing a Child to Sexual Activity. Authorities say the victim invited Campbell to her Waupun home to watch television. That’s when 33-year-old Campbell stripped naked and began to touch her inappropriately. The assault was interrupted by the mother’s boyfriend, who came to check on the girl when he saw a suspicious truck in the driveway. The boyfriend told authorities that Campbell said he was a 21-year-old named Jim who was at the house to fix the girls computer. Campbell fled the scene, but not before backing into the boyfriend’s vehicle and getting stuck in a snow bank. Authorities tracked Campbell down through his license plate. Campbell will return to court on May 19th for a sentencing hearing. The charges carry a total maximum of 53 years of prison and 33 years of extended supervision.

Cops Respond To Prank

2/16/09 – The Beaver Dam Police Department had to be called to the scene of a Friday the 13th prank. According to Deputy Chief Dan Schubert, officers responded to the Wal-Mart parking lot to rescue a man who had locked himself in the trunk of a car. Schubert says a woman told the 19-year-old that she didn’t believe he could fit into his trunk. He proved her wrong… but it wasn’t until after the trunk was closed that he realized the car keys were in his pocket. Officers used a tool to enter the car and remove the backseat so the teenager could get out. He was in the trunk for less than a half hour and was not injured…physically.

Waupun School District Goes to Referendum Today

2/16/09 – Voters in the Waupun School District are being asked today to consider three referenda questions. District Administrator Randy Refsland says the money is needed to address mounting operational and maintenance needs in the district. The questions ask taxpayers to allow the district to exceed the revenue cap for three years by a total of nearly $5-million. Refsland says if the questions do not pass it’s possible that both Fox Lake and Alto Elementary would have to close. As an alternative, a citizens group is asking the school board consider closing Jefferson Elementary in Waupun instead, opening the brand new high school to 8th grade students and putting students age Kindergarten through 7th grade into middle school.