News February 21, 2009

Up To 8 Inches of Snow Expected

2/21/09 – Budget in some extra time if traveling this morning as roads are snow covered and slippery. A couple inches of snow have fallen during the overnight hours, making driving conditions a little more difficult. Snow accumulation totals for our area are higher than originally predicted, the National Weather Service now saying we’ll have a total of 6 to 8 inches of accumulation before snow diminishes to flurries around sunset and that Winter Storm Warning expires around 6pm.

Multi-County Drug Ring Busted

2/21/09 – Federal indictments were handed down this week in connection with a three-county cocaine distribution ring. Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls says members of his SWAT Team and the Columbia County Emergency Response Team executed a series of search warrants earlier this month in Dane and Columbia counties. A six-month investigation led to a 17-count federal indictment against 50-year-old Ken Jessick of Columbus, 60-year-old Jerome Worzalla of Sun Prairie and 38-year-old Maciel Nino-Rodriguez of Madison. In addition four Columbus residents face drug possession charges in Columbia County Circuit court related to this investigation. Those arrested include: 45-year-old Thomas Clark, 48-year-old Terry Raether, 43-year-old Kevin Brown and 50-year-old Mary Schreiner. Sheriff Nehls says the arrests have put a huge dent in the local drug world. They are still identifying suspects and more charges are likely.

More Sentences Doles Out in Dodge-Jeff Co Cocaine Ring

2/21/09 – Two more sentences were handed down Friday in connection with a multi-county drug ring. Federal Judge Barbara Crabb sentenced Maximo Pineda-Buenventura to 17 and a-half years in prison while his brother Teodulo Pineda-Buenventura got 5 years. The Mexican nationals were among several people arrested last June for selling cocaine in the Watertown area. The Department of Justice conducted wiretaps between July of 2006 and last June, monitoring hundreds of calls detailing drug transactions in Dodge and Jefferson Counties. On June 19, authorities executed eleven search warrants and seized over $100,000 in cash, multiple kilograms of cocaine and several automobiles. Three defendants have already been sent to prison and one will be sentenced next month. Three suspects remain at large. The Department of Justice says all the subjects will be deported after completing their sentences are completed. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the investigation had a substantial impact on cocaine trafficking in the Watertown area.

Three Injured in Clyman

2/21/09 – Three injuries were reported in a 2-vehicle accident this morning in the Town of Clyman. According to the Dodge County Sheriffs Department, the wreck occurred at 2:19am on Highway 26. A southbound vehicle driven by 26-year-old Neil Krohn of Madison crossed the centerline and struck a northbound vehicle, driven by 21-year-old Bobbie Beyersdorf of Beaver Dam. The two drivers and a passenger in the Beyesdorf vehicle were transported to local hospitals for treatment of injuries, which authorities say do not appear to be life-threatening. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.

Benson Released on Bond

2/21/09 – Former surgeon Mark Benson has been released from Waukesha County Jail after his bond was reduced. Benson is accused of being high on prescription drugs when he rammed his SUV into a car last April. Jennifer Bukosky and her 10 year old daughter were killed. Benson was driving on a revoked license after his third drunken driving conviction just two days before the wreck in Oconomowoc. Among the charges he faces is homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Prosecutors say Benson took a mix of prescription drugs just before he caused the fatal accident.

Appleton Couple Accused of Child Neglect

2/21/09 – A couple from Appleton faces felony charges for waiting a week to seek medical help for their injury baby. The five month old girl was burned while she was being bathed. Thong Thao and Moua Vue say they were afraid they’d get in trouble, so asked a shaman for help. The girl was injured when her father turned on the cold water downstairs, causing the water temperature upstairs — where she was being bathed — to rise sharply. The two face charges of child neglect resulting in great bodily harm.

Car Insurance Rates Could Increase

2/21/09 – A provision in the governor’s budget could drive up car insurance rates. Wisconsin’s governor wants to increase minimum coverage amounts. Wisconsin Insurance Alliance President Andy Franken says that would make Wisconsin the highest minimum standard state in the country. He says rates would go up 33 to 43 percent for many low and middle income families. The Wisconsin Association of Justice disputes those figures. Madison attorney Keith Clifford says the association’s survey shows premium increase would be almost imperceptible. In one case, rates went down seven percent.

Kay Is Not A Police Officer

2/21/09 – While he was in jail for impersonating an officer, prosecutors say Joshua Kay let his fellow inmates in on a secret. He told them he was an undercover sheriff’s deputy investigating jailers at the Dane County Ferris Center. Kay’s in trouble again. Kay is a former security guard. He’s serving eight months on three misdemeanor counts. One of those counts is a 2007 conviction for impersonating a police officer. Kay apparently used red flashing lights on his Honda Civic, trying to stop a speeding car on Madison’s Beltline. Unfortunately for Kay, the car was being driven by an off-duty police officer.

Texting Drug Dealers Is A Bad Idea

2/21/09 – Be careful who you text – or you might end up in jail. Police said a Sheboygan woman learned that lesson the hard way. Apparently, the 20-year-old woman sent a text message to a 20-year-old man that said she wanted to buy the prescription pain-killer oxy-codone. But the text was sent to the wrong person – who just happened to be an off-duty Sheboygan police officer. The woman’s already in jail for forgery, but she was freed last night for a group meeting. The text message asked the man to meet her at the jail about 15 minutes before she was supposed to go back in. He met there – and several officers were on hand, as well. And when they made the transaction, the officers closed in and arrested both. Police have asked the district attorney to charge both with possessing and delivering a narcotic. And there would be a higher penalty because the buy took place within a-thousand feet of the jail.