News – January 27, 2016

Three People Injured In Westford Car Accident


1/27/16 – Three people were taken to the hospital following a two-vehicle accident in the Town of Westford last night.  According to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred on Highway G South of Hawk Road at 10:47 pm.  Preliminary investigation shows that a 34-year-old Beaver Dam man driving a southbound Ford truck and an 18-year-old Beaver Dam man driving a northbound Pontiac collided head on.  The 18-year-old was flown to UW Hospital in Madison with life threatening injuries while the 34-year-old and the passenger in the 18-year-old’s vehicle were both taken to the Beaver Dam hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Highway G was closed over 4 hours overnight.  Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.


Horicon Latest City To Pass Sales Tax Resolution


1/27/16 – Horicon is the latest Dodge County municipality to sign on to a county-wide movement.  Last night, the council adopted a resolution requesting a portion of revenues from the county’s half-a-percent sales tax.  The Dodge County’s Mayor’s Consortium is leading an effort to receive part of the annual income, which is estimated at $5,900,000 in the current budget year.  Similar ordinances have passed in Beaver Dam, Fox Lake, Juneau, Mayville, and Waupun.  Mayor Steve Neitzel says the city could use the funds for road projects or economic development.  Neitzel believes some of the funds should go for local use since the citizens are the ones who generate that income.  The mayors argued in a presentation to the county board last fall that their communities could do a better job of attracting young couples to strengthen the county’s tax base if extra funds were available for beautification projects and infrastructure upgrades.  The idea has drawn mixed reviews from county board supervisors.  At least one of them would have to sign off on the idea for it to formally come before the board.  The half-percent sales tax was put in place two decades ago, and revenues are used for general projects.


Reeseville Man Gets Ten Years For Child Porn


1/27/16 – A Reeseville man was sentenced yesterday to ten years in prison for possessing child pornography. In October, a jury in Dodge County found Adam Rogers guilty on twenty felony charges. Investigators say Rogers had 40-thousand provocative images of children on his computer. He contended that bought a computer hard drive second hand and the images investigators found were from the previous owner.  The 35-year-old said the hard drive was not in use during the months in question. However, a Department of Justice analyst proved that several photos and videos had been viewed during the timeframe that he owned it. Dodge County DA Kurt Klomberg called it a “very difficult case involving some of the most disturbing images one could imagine.” Rogers was given around three years of credit for time-served as part of his ten year prison sentence, which also included ten years of extended supervision and a requirement to register as a life-time sex offender.


Beaver Dam Man Accused Of Beating Girlfriend


1/27/16 – Cash bond was set at $25,000 yesterday for a Beaver Dam man charged with beating his live-in girlfriend on four separate occasions in two weeks. Todd Wylesky is facing 14 felony counts including Domestic Battery, Domestic Disorderly Conduct, False Imprisonment and Bail Jumping. During the assaults, the 39-year-old is accused of punching the victim, head-butting her multiple times and attempting rape. The victim was pushed to the ground, dragged by her hair, kneed in the ribs, thrown down a hallway into a dresser and tackled at the side of the road as her face was forced into the ground. At one point, the woman was tied to a bed while an officer was on the premises to question the suspect about a separate incident.  The victim was left with black eyes, bruising and rib injuries. Wylesky reportedly refused to take her to a hospital. During their relationship, several charges of domestic abuse were dropped before prosecution but Wylesky had charges pending stemming from a November incident along with past convictions in Winnebago and Dodge counties. A judge will decide next week if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial on the newest charges.


Beaver Dam Relay For Life Holding Kick-Off Event Tonight


1/27/16 – Those interested in participating in the 2016 Relay for Life of the Beaver Dam Area are being encouraged to attend tonight’s kick-off. The event itself will be held on June 17 and 18 at the Beaver Dam High School track. Tonight’s open house-style kick-off will be held at the Beaver Dam Community Hospital’s main conference room. Returning teams are asked to come at 6pm while new teams are invited at 6:30pm; a presentation will be given at 7pm. Ten teams and 28 participants are already registered; last year there were 28 teams and 272 registered participants. In addition to new and returning teams, Event Lead Kristin Fabisch says they are looking for general volunteers for committee assignments along with help on the day-of the event. Last year, the fundraising goal was $110,000 which was exceeded by $4,000. This year the goal is $115,000. The theme is, “there’s no place like hope.” For more information, contact Kristin Fabisch at (920)203-4552.


Library Presentation Discusses City’s Mayoral History


1/27/16 – There will be a free presentation tonight on the history of the mayors of the city of Beaver Dam.  As part of Beaver Dam’s 175th anniversary celebration this year, a book documenting the history of all 44 of the city’s mayors was assembled by current Mayor Tom Kennedy with help from local historian Roger Noll. The Chamber of Commerce is selling copies of the book, which will be available during tonight’s presentation which begins at 7pm at the Beaver Dam Community Library.


Grand Jury Indictment Possible For Alleged Thwarted Milwaukee Shooting


1/27/16 – A grand jury indictment appears to be the next step in a federal prosecution which claims to have thwarted a mass shooting in Milwaukee. Twenty-three year old Samy Mohamed Hamzeh is charged with illegally possessing a machine gun and a silencer — but he has not been charged with terrorism, despite indications of a possible terrorist plot. A criminal complaint released late yesterday says undercover agents sold the guns to Hamzeh on Monday. He reportedly told sources who went to the F-B-I that he and two others planned to attack a Masonic Center in Milwaukee and kill dozens of people, after giving up on going to the West Bank to attack soldiers and residents in Israel. Hamzeh, who’s been under investigation since September, is quoted as saying he’s part of a group of Muslims who need to defend their religion — and he predicted there would be more such shooting plots in the U-S which would “scare” Americans and lead to people “clashing with each other.”


Wisconsin Asking Supreme Court To Block New Climate Change Rules


1/27/16 – Wisconsin has joined other coal-producing and consuming states in asking the U-S Supreme Court to block President Obama’s new rules to fight climate change. Yesterday, dozens of states asked the justices for an emergency stay that would block the E-P-A’s new policies — after a federal appeals court in Washington refused to issue such an order. A petition to Chief Justice John Roberts says the E-P-A would exceed its authority by enforcing the new mandate, which calls for power plants to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 32% by 2030 compared to what they were emitting in 2005. Wisconsin says it would have to slash emissions by 41%, because the Badger State relies more than most on coal-fired plants for its electricity. The rules’ supporters say there would be irreparable harm if carbon emissions are not slashed.


Public Hearing Held On Seizure Bill


1/27/16 – A bill that would limit the ability of law enforcement to seize assets during a criminal investigation went to a public hearing before the Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform yesterday. Under current law, police can seize certain property from a person who is involved in the commission of a crime, or in relation to a criminal investigation, through a forfeiture proceeding. The agency that seized the property may retain a percentage of the proceeds of selling the property to cover administrative and other costs, and the rest goes into the state school fund. The new bill would change state law to allow police to seize assets through a forfeiture proceeding only upon a person’s conviction for a crime. Supporters of the bill include the Wisconsin chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Wisconsin Grandsons of Liberty.


Thiesfeldt Unofficially Announces Bid For Fourth Term


1/27/16 – State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt unofficially announced his run for a fourth term in the State Assembly on Monday. He says it happened in a first hour history class at the Fond du Lac High School where he was invited to speak. The official announcement is expected at a later time, but says he’s enjoyed representing the 52nd State Assembly District the past six years. Thiesfeldt was a teacher at Winnebago Lutheran Academy in Fond du Lac when he successfully ran for the state legislature.