News – February 4th, 2010

Waupun Beautification Committee Looking For Input

2/4/10 – Officials in Waupun are looking for community input as they begin the process of beautifying an open space on Main Street. Melissa Hunt with the Waupun CDA Beautification Committee says they are targeting the lot at 423 East Main Street. Hunt says the submissions can be in a detailed plan or a general idea for either the total space or a section. She says they are interested in any and all ideas. Ideas must be submitted by Friday, February 26. The committee will then review the ideas and have an open house concerning the plan for the space. Hunt says that some or all of the submitted plans might be chosen. The committee plans to get started in the spring with most of the work projected to be completed by fall. Ideas can be emailed to Hunt at melissa@fcedc.com or dropped off at Waupun City Hall.

Gypsy Moth Battle Continues

2/4/10 – The battle against the gypsy moth resumes this spring in at least portions of four southeast Wisconsin counties. State and local officials say they are planning an aerial spraying assault against the pest that threatens trees in Milwaukee, Racine, Waukesha and Washington counties. The spraying is scheduled to start between mid-May and early June. A public meeting on the spraying program will be held next Thursday at the Muellner Building in Wauwatosa.

Ripon Man Cleared Of Child Sex Crime Charges

2/4/10 – A state appeals court cleared a Ripon man yesterday of a charge that he tried to arrange sex with a 14-year-old girl. The Second District Court of Appeals said a Manitowoc County prosecutor knew that the woman really 28 – but he falsely suggested to a jury that she was 14. That helped convict 53-year-old Clifford Bvocik of using a computer to arrange a child sex crime. He and the woman both joined a sex-related Web site for adults. Authorities said the woman listed her real age on the site. But she later lied to Bvocik about being 14 to try and drive him away. He continued to try and meet her, though, and she later called police. A Manitowoc officer then pretended to be the girl in their web chats – and Bvocik was arrested when he met her.

Chase Suspect Bound Over

2/4/10 – A Fall River man accused of leading authorities on a high-speed chase that at times reached speeds of 130-miles per hour entered a “not guilty” plea yesterday to a felony charge of Fleeing and Officer. Mayville police attempted to pull over Peter Brockman for an alleged broken taillight around 8:30pm on November 5. A chase ensued that started on Highway Y and continued to Highway 49 before the suspect lost control of his vehicle on East Main Street in Waupun. The vehicle jumped a curve before coming to rest about five-feet from a residence. The 24-year-old abandoned the vehicle and took off on foot. He managed to elude officers and a K-9 unit but was taken into custody the next morning after being spotted at a gas station using a pay phone. Brockman has court activity on the calendar for next month.

CCAP Censorship Bill Advances

2/4/10 – Wisconsinites are one step closer to losing their access to many of the state’s popular on-line court records. The Assembly State Affairs Committee reached a 3-to-3 deadlock Wednesday on a bill to let people see only those cases that end in convictions. And panel chairman Fred Kessler broke the tie by voting to send the measure onto the full Assembly. Kessler, a former circuit judge in Milwaukee, is a co-sponsor of the bill. But he says it might have a hard time getting enough support among majority Democrats in the Assembly to get it passed. The state court Web site gets four-million hits a day. The bill would prevent people from getting information they now get on pending cases, and those with no convictions. Those in the judicial system would still get full access to the site, along with law enforcement and journalists. All the records would also remain available at county courthouses.