News – January 30, 2016

Snowmobile Drives Into Beaver Dam Lake, Two Arrested


1/30/16 – A snowmobiler drove into open water on the Beaver Dam Lake around 9:30 pm on Thursday.  Preliminary investigation shows three snowmobilers were heading east on the lake when they arrived at open water on the east shore near Sunset Boulevard in the Town of Beaver Dam.  Two of the drivers navigated across the open water but the third snowmobile was submerged in 8 to 10 feet of water, 4 to 5 feet from shore.  The snowmobiler waded to shore and was treated by paramedics for hypothermia.  33-year-old Shaun Bradley and 50-year-old Brett Rechek were arrested and received citations for Operating a Snowmobile while Intoxicated.  The other snowmobiler was 36-year-old Jesse Riesen.  All are Dodge County residents.  The incident remains under investigation.


People Warned About Openings On Beaver Dam Lake


1/30/16 – The Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association is advising folks to look out for the multiple areas of open water on the lake.  They say the water’s oxygen level is very high for this time of year due to a late freeze, limited snowfall, and the areas of open water.  Since the water openings are not caused by the association’s aerators, which have not been deployed this year, the areas are not roped off.


DA Releases Statement On WCI Inmate Conviction


1/30/16 – A jury found an inmate at the Waupun Correctional Institution guilty this week for expelling bodily substances at prison staffers.  Cody Cromwell was convicted on five felony counts of Assault by Prisoner from 2014.  The 27-year-old argued he had a mental disease that cleared him of blame, but a psychiatrist testified that Cromwell was faking the symptoms.  The jury returned a guilty verdict in under 20 minutes.  District Attorney Kurt Klomberg says (quote) “the actions of the defendant only makes the jobs of the correctional officers more difficult and are engaged in solely for his amusement.”  Cromwell faces over 37 additional years in prison.


Cabin Fever Fest Kicking Off Beaver Dam’s 175th Celebration


1/30/16 – Beaver Dam’s annual winter celebration starts today.  Cabin Fever Fest at Crystal Lake Park runs through tomorrow afternoon.  Awards will be handed out at 3:30 pm for the morning ice sculpting competition taking place in both downtown and the Park Village Shopping Center.  The snowball drop also starts at 3:30.  The person who collects and returns the most snowballs will win a pool party while those who find the snowballs marked as the top three balls will win cash prizes.  That is followed by an adult skate with alcoholic beverages from 5-6:30 pm.  Tomorrow’s lineup includes a chili tasting competition, ice safety demonstration, and the mayor’s plunge at 3:30 pm.


Jury Finds FDL Woman Guilty Of Killing Husband


1/30/16 – Eve Nance showed no emotion Friday morning when a Fond du Lac County jury found her guilty of killing her husband Tim and of hiding his corpse. The six-man, six-woman jury had eight days’ worth of testimony and 147 pieces of evidence to consider but came back with verdicts after only about two hours of deliberation District Attorney Eric Toney says no one really won in this case. He says it doesn’t change want happened, it doesn’t bring Tim back, it doesn’t give Tim’s daughter a father or mother. He says there was no winner with the verdict. Tim’s best friend Brandon Johnson called the verdict “bittersweet.” He says to get it finalized and complete to find her guilty, he and others knew that a year ago. He says it took this long for the court to come that conclusion. Eve Nance shot and killed Tim Nance in their home on November 1st of 2013. She disposed of his body at the end of a dead-end in Milwaukee. During an upcoming status conference a decision will be made about a pre-sentence investigation.


Local Vehicle Sales Up In 2015


1/30/16 – Dodge County vehicle sales increased slightly last year from 2014.  According to the Waterloo-based industry tracking firm Reg Trak Inc., county sales increased by half-a-percent to 3,545.  Over 2,600 were trucks.  Neighboring counties had larger overall increases.  Columbia County saw vehicle sales increase by 3.3% last year to 2,673.  In Jefferson County, 2,787 vehicles rolled off the lot last year, a 2.7% increase from 2014.  The nine-county south central Wisconsin region had a 3.4% jump in vehicle sales from 2014 to 2015 with over 46,000 vehicles rolling off the lot last year.  In the month of December alone, Dodge County vehicle sales increased by 6% from the same month in 2014 while Jefferson County sales fell by four-tenths of a percent and Columbia County dropped 6.8%.


Mayville Police Honored For Life-Saving Efforts


1/30/16 – Multiple Mayville police officers are being recognized for heroic efforts last year.  At this week’s committee meetings, Police Chief Christopher MacNeill announced that Captain Ryan Vossekuil and Detective Tug Hockers received ‘life saving awards’ for a December 10 incident.  MacNeill says the two responded to a call from the Mayville Kwik Trip stating a man collapsed and stopped breathing.  Through CPR and use of a defibrillator, the law enforcement officers were able to get a pulse back for the man before he was transported to a Madison hospital.  Also, Officer Ryan Toellner will receive the Dodge County Executive Law Enforcement Association’s ‘Officer of the Year’ award for saving an infant’s life on June 23 by performing CPR.  That honor will be handed out at the association’s annual banquet on February 19 at the Mayville Golf Course.


Mayville Salt Supply In Good Shape, Plowings Minimal


1/30/16 – The City of Mayville’s salt supply is good shape over one month into winter.  As of Monday night’s committee meetings, crews had been out eight times this season to plow or salt.  That is compared to 12 instances by the same date in the 2014-2015 season.  The city’s salt shed was full after taking only 28% of the contracted amount.  46% had been taken by this time last year.  975 tons out of 1,350 were still on the way as of Monday.


Woman Pleads Guilty To Smuggling Contraband Into WCI


1/30/16 – A Manitowoc woman pled guilty yesterday to charges that she tried to smuggle chewing tobacco to her inmate son at the Waupun Correctional Institution. A Dodge County court entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with Michelle Olson.  She will avoid a felony record if she stays out of trouble.  The 48-year-old was caught at the prison last summer with the contraband in a breath mint container. She tried to hand the container to her inmate son under a table in the visitor’s area of the state prison. The inmate told his mother that if she does not bring tobacco to him to not bother visiting.  A jury trial was supposed to start February 24.


Iowa County Deer Tests Positive For CWD


1/30/16 – A white-tailed deer from an Iowa County farm has tested positive from chronic wasting disease.  The 2-year-old buck was killed after sustaining an injury and was one of only 15 deer reported on the one acre farm during last June’s registration.  The farm has been under quarantine since 2008 when wild deer within a five mile radius tested positive for CWD.  Tests are being conducted to see if any other deer farms have been exposed to the disease.


Bird Watchers Event Being Held At Horicon Marsh


1/30/16 – The Horicon Marsh is hosting a free event for bird enthusiasts today.  The Owl Prowl runs from 3-9 pm.  A carpool to comb the grounds for owls leaves at 3.  An owl pellet dissection starts at 5:30 in the Education and Visitor Center.  At 6:30, a DNR naturalist will speak about the bird’s biology and unique features.  That is followed by a hike into the marsh to listen for owls.  The event i