News – February 18, 2020

(Mayville) A Silver Alert has been issued for a missing Mayville man. John Bachhuber (boch-huber) was seen on Saturday around 1pm at his home on South Walnut Street. He was later spotted that same day around 6:30pm at the Mayville Piggly Wiggly, which he is known to frequent. The 77-year-old does not have a vehicle and is believed to be on foot. He is described as a white male with blue eyes and gray hair, five-foot-seven-inches tall, 130-pounds. Bachhuber is missing lower teeth, may be wearing glasses and was last seen wearing a gray coat. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mayville Police Department.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man was ordered yesterday (Monday) to pay over $2-million dollars in restitution and serve 32 months in jail for crashing into the Beaver Dam Middle School. In December, Roy Cortez entered a no contest plea to a felony charge of Fleeing. Cortez was said to be traveling up to 90-miles-per-hour when he struck an electrical transformer before punching a seven-foot-by-30-foot hole in the brick building on August 21st. Beaver Dam School District Superintendent Mark DiStefano spoke at sentencing and got choked up when expressing the challenges students of the school had to endure. Cortez gave a brief statement and apologized for his actions. He says he takes full responsibility for what happened. Cortez was also placed on extended supervision for three years.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council last (Monday) night was presented with the findings of a study on staffing and the need for a northside fire station. Consultant Dana Sechler (seck-ler) with Strategic Management of Sturgeon Bay says the highest priority identified in the study is staffing and the recommendation is to go to referendum and ask the voters to consider staffing a third ambulance full-time, around the clock.  The study also recommends building a substation / training facility in the area of Ganske Road/ County B, west of Highway 151, to help with response on the north side of the city. The study will next be reviewed by the city’s Police and Fire Commission. You can read the study and listen to the presentation with this story at

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council last (Monday) night approved the hiring of a major department head. Todd Janssen is the city’s new Director of Facilities/ Engineering Coordinator/ Project Manager. Janssen replaces Ritchie Piltz who took a similar job in Watertown last year. Janssen has 17 years of experience working with MSA Professional Services, which is the city of Beaver Dam’s contract engineer. His salary is $103-thousand dollars.

(Fond du Lac) Nineteen storage units were damaged following a fire at Barber Enterprises in the township of Friendship last night. The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office received reports of the blaze just after 11pm. Sergeant Alex Volm says a passerby called the Communications Center and said smoke was coming from one of the storage units. Of the nineteen units damaged, five are considered a complete loss as well as their contents. Volm says there is believed to be approximately $100-thousand dollars in damage to the building itself. The exact monetary amount of damage done to the contents of the storage units is undetermined. No one was injured and the cause of the blaze is still being investigated.

(Madison) There is a primary election today in Wisconsin and every resident will see a race for Wisconsin Supreme Court. Jill Karofsky and Ed Fallone are running against incumbent Daniel Kelly. In the city Beaver Dam, all voters will see a three-way race for mayor pitting Jeff Kohman and Al Winter against incumbent Becky Glewen. There are two aldermanic races on the ballot today in Watertown. Northern Wisconsin voters will be narrowing down their choices for a special election for Congressman. Republican voters will be picking between Tom Tiffany and Jason Church. Democrat voters will have a choice between Tricia Zunker and Lawrence Dale. The seat opened up last year after former Congressman Sean Duffy stepped down following his daughter’s birth. The polls are open until 8pm.