News – January 28, 2009

K9 Cop on Horicon Beat

1/28/09 – There’s a new cop on the beat in Horicon. Police Chief Joe Adamson says Officer Dusty is a one-year-old Golden Lab certified in narcotics detection. Dusty and his handler Robert Korth just completed training, went operational four-days ago and are on the streets in a new police vehicle specifically for canine operations. Dusty is the fourth canine officer in Dodge County. He will be certified in search and rescue this spring.

Panawash Sentenced for Seventh OWI

1/28/09 – A Neosho man was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for his seventh OWI yesterday in Dodge County court. Gregory Panawash had previously entered a “no contest” plea and had a second felony count was dismissed as part of the plea. The 48-year-old was arrested in August after he went to the Dodge County Economic Support Office at 8:45am in the morning with alcohol on his breath. Panawash was pulled over by Juneau Police for a loud exhaust and his blood-alcohol content was point one-nine (.19), which is more than twice the legal limit. He repeatedly asked the arresting officer to let him off the hook, saying “I’ve never had an accident while I was drunk and I never killed anybody while I was driving drunk.” Panawash was also sentenced to 60 months of extended supervision with absolutely sobriety and an ignition interlock

device for three years.

Five Watertown Teens Injured in Dead End Wreck

1/28/09 – Five Watertown teenagers were injured yesterday after their car drove through a guardrail at the end of a dead-end road. 18-year-old Kayla Peterson was traveling northbound on Overland Drive, when she drove through the dead-end sign and struck several trees before the vehicle came to rest on its roof. Peterson and her four passenger, who ranged in age from 15 to 19-years-old, were transported to area hospitals. The preliminary investigation shows that alcohol and speed may have played a role in the accident, which is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation Team.

Randolph Teacher on State Task Force

1/28/09 – A teacher from Randolph High School is among those appointed to an entrepreneurship task force established by the state school’s superintendent. The task force is comprised of business and community representatives, educational advocates and entrepreneurs from across the state. Agriculture teacher Keith Gundlach sits on the task force alongside Department of Commerce Secretary Richard Leinenkugel and Madison Times owner Ray Allen. James Morgan with Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and Rep. Sondy Pope-Roberts of Middleton serve as co-chairs. The Honorary Chair is Lorrie Keating Heinemann, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions. State School Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster says she wants students to “know how to harness their creative and innovative capacities in an entrepreneurial spirit that supports economic growth and business vitality.” The group will meet this morning in Madison to discuss a framework that will guide district planning for entrepreneurial education across the state. The task force will make recommendations to Burmaster in May.