News – February 8, 2016

Stop Heroin Now Sets Goals For Dodge County


2/8/16 – The Dodge County chapter of a statewide organization focused on the heroin epidemic has set new goals.  During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, local representatives from Stop Heroin Now discussed their plans for 2016.  The group’s Vice President Jessica Geschke says the group is looking into possible locations for a sober coffee house in Beaver Dam where people can relax, order food and non-alcoholic beverages, and hold business or support group meetings.  To help those struggling with addiction, Dodge County Team Leader Wendy Borner hopes more treatment specialists will move to the area.  While she says Dodge County’s Human Services and Health Department has recently added six counselors, Borner feels more private providers are needed to deal with what she calls a growing problem.  Borner also wants more of a focus on wraparound coverage which begins with getting an addict the necessary help.  Once that person is out of their rehabilitation program, wraparound coverage provides them support, assistance in finding a job, and helping them schedule meetings and support group sessions.  Borner says this time of coverage also equips the person’s family with the necessary tools to help their loved one.  Donations to Stop Heroin Now’s programs can be made on the organization’s Go-Fund-Me page.


Dodge County Sheriff Details Key Performance Objectives


2/8/16 – The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office has set a number of goals for the coming year.  That’s according to Sheriff Dale Schmidt who outlined some of his department’s 19 ‘annual performance objectives’ for 2016 in his monthly column.  Schmidt says one goal is to look into creating a rapid responder program to use in case of a mass casualty or disaster event.  He says people trapped in a building could access the program on their phones and provide law enforcement with real time intelligence.  Another goal is setting up a backup dispatch center in the Beaver Dam Fire Department in case the main center in Juneau cannot be used due to something like a building evacuation.  Schmidt expects that backup center to be up and running within the next few months.  Other goals include: creating a search plan for missing person cases, developing an ambassador program for the county’s new Amish community, and establishing a task force to crack down on drunk drivers.  A full list of the performance objectives is available on the sheriff’s department’s website.


Fond du Lac County DA On Convictions Post-Avery Doc


2/8/16 – The Netflix series “Making a Murderer” is having an impact on some trials in the state. Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney says fortunately the series about Steven Avery and the murder of Teresa Halbach did not influence a jury pool for a recent murder trial in the county. But jurors in Green Lake County were asked if they had seen the documentary when Nicolas Tuinstra was tried for a double homicide. Toney says it helped when they were trying Eve Nance for the murder of her husband Tim to have a juror questionnaire. He says he has not watched the Netflix series. He says from what he’s read about it the series seemed to take a one-sided approach to the events that happened in the Avery case, but he has not formed an opinion about it.


BD Relay For Life Seeking Honorary Survivor, Caregiver


2/8/16 – The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of the Beaver Dam Area is looking for those impacted by the disease to participate in this summer’s event. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Organizer Kristin Fabisch said Relay is looking for an honorary adult cancer survivor, a youth cancer survivor, and a caregiver for a cancer patient to speak at the opening ceremony.  To nominate a survivor or caregiver, call 920-203-4552.  Beaver Dam’s 21st annual Relay for Life event is June 17th and 18th at the Beaver Dam High School track.  Participants are encouraged to sign up as teams and raise money for the American Cancer Society ahead of time.  This year’s theme is ‘there’s no place like hope,’ and the fundraising goal is $115-thousand dollars.  Last year, the 28 teams raised a combined $114-thousand dollars.


Badger Honor Flight Hosting Informational Meeting


2/8/16 – An informational meeting will be held Tuesday in Beaver Dam for those who would like to learn more about the Honor Flight program. Honor Flight takes veterans for free on a daylong visit of the military memorials in Washington DC, including the World War Two monument, Vietnam Wall and even Arlington Cemetery among other stops. Jim Bublitz is with the Dodge County wing of the Madison-based hub known as Badger Honor Flight. Bublitz says tomorrow’s informational meeting will include a few short videos of recent trips by Badger Honor Flight and details on who qualifies. There will be applications at the event and an opportunity for questions and answers. While Honor Flight is meant for veterans who served stateside or overseas during World War Two, Korea and Vietnam, Bublitz says anyone and everyone is invited to the program. The informational meeting will be held at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home’s Community Room on North Crystal Lake Road tomorrow (Tue) afternoon at 2:30pm. Bublitz says the time of the program is meant to allow people adequate time to get to the meeting following Radio Bingo.


Hartford Man Arrested For OWI Following Brief Chase


2/8/16 – A Hartford man was arrested for second offense Operating While Intoxicated early yesterday (Sun) morning following a short police chase. According to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department, the 24-year-old was taken to jail on a 12-hour hold and charges of Fleeing and OWI have been referred to the District Attorney’s Office.


Skier Killed At Columbia County Hill


2/8/16 – A skier died after running into a tree Saturday morning at Cascade Mountain. The 24-year-old woman was taken from the Town of Caledonia ski hill to Divine Savoir Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Her name is being withheld pending notification of family.  Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards says his department is investigating but the death appears to be an accident.


Wood Burner, Chimney Possible Source Of Waupun Fire


2/8/16 – A wood burner and chimney may be the source of a fire Saturday that caused moderate damage to a two-story home in Waupun. Chief BJ DeMaa says when crews arrived at 704 East Franklin Street just after 4pm, smoke and flames were visible on the back side of the single family residence. There were no injuries. Smoke and water damage is estimated at up-to-$35-thousand dollars. A neighbor alerted homeowners Christopher and Christine Mayo of the flames.


Dodge County Snowmobile Trails Closed


2/8/16 – All Dodge County snowmobile trails are closed. Dan Schultz with the county Land Resources and Parks Department says as of 6pm last night, all trails are closed including the ATV trail along the Wild Goose State Trail. He says warmer temperatures yesterday caused trail conditions to deteriorate quickly. Colder temperatures are being predicted for this week which may allow the ATV trail to reopen. Schultz also says that the trail information signs located at the Highway 60 trail head parking lot, Highway 26-33 parking lot and Highway 49 intersection are not updated during the weekends and holidays. Because of that the trail status line (at 920-386-3705) should be checked before riding. Trail information and maps are available at


One Dozen Cars Fall Through Lake Geneva Ice


2/8/16 – More than one dozen cars and trucks fell through the ice at Lake Geneva’s Winterfest Saturday.  Witnesses say there wasn’t much to do but stand by and watch the vehicles sink into the frigid water.  Some people rushed out and tried to rescue cars that had not yet sunk.  Nobody was injured.  The Lake Geneva Fire Department says people were not told to park on the ice, which was apparently not as thick as it looked.