News – January 7, 2016

Record Year For Beaver Dam’s Red Kettle Campaign


1/7/16 – It was a record year for Beaver Dam’s Red Kettle Campaign.  That’s according to Organizer Rhonda Steiner who says the effort brought in $41,514, which is up over $1,000 from 2014 and is the highest total in the local campaign’s ten year history.  Collections at various businesses began the day before Thanksgiving and ended on Christmas Eve.   Funds were brought in through donations during the 250 two-hour ringing shifts, contributions to counter kettles at various stores, and the annual Red Kettle Concert in early December.  Those funds provide one-time assistance to primarily local people in need through vouchers for food, clothes, or bill payments.  Steiner says this was the first year ringers were out each day during the week of Christmas.  The success leads her to believe the hours on those days could be expanded from the four that were scheduled each day that week in 2015.  Steiner says folks can sign up for 2016 bell ringing shifts by calling 920-885-5589.


Columbus School Board Ballot Order Set


1/7/16 – Three Columbus school board candidates for the 2016 spring election had to draw for ballot order yesterday. There will be three seats up for election in April. Two of those seats will be three-year terms and one seat will be a two-year term. The top two vote-getters will receive the three-year terms. The Columbus District will have school board seats currently held by Mary Arnold, Mike O’Brien and Liz O’Donnell up for election. Arnold and O’Brien are seeking to renew their terms on the board. However, 12-year veteran board member Liz O’Donnell will not be seeking office. In her place Julia Hoffman will have her name on the ballot. After yesterday’s drawing, Julia Hoffman, Mary Arnold and Mike O’Brien will appear on the ballot in that order.


Fall River Superintendent Gets Vote of Confidence


1/7/16 – Fall River Schools’ top administrator Mike Garrow received votes of confidence at this week’s Public Superintendent’s Forum. District residents and school board officials gathered to voice opinions on Garrow’s performance during his first six months in leading the district. Support for Garrow was apparent at the meeting. The school board will be making a decision on extending the superintendent’s contract at their next meeting. Garrow is the fifth person in the Fall River district’s top position in the past six years.


Fox Lake Council Approves Employee Wage Increase


1/7/16 – Fox Lake employees will see a two-percent increase in their wages for 2016.  The city council approved that pay bump at its meeting last night.  After considering a smaller increase than the 2-percent employees received last year, Mayor Tom Bednarek says the council decided to keep it at the same level this year to help offset part of the employee health insurance contribution cost which jumped from 12-percent to 13-percent on January 1.


Name Of Person Killed In Columbus Accident Released


1/7/16 – The name of the person killed in a two vehicle accident on Highway 151 southbound Tuesday morning has been released.  69-year-old Lawrence Skalitzky of rural Columbus was operating his tractor just south of Highway K near Columbus when it was struck by a semi driven by 45-year-old John Brunssen of Cedar Rapids Iowa.  Brunssen was not injured.  The accident remains under investigation.


Madison Man To Enter Plea In Death of Markesan Student


1/7/16 – A Madison man accused of selling the heroin that killed a Markesan student is now expected to enter a plea. Charlie Phillips-Moore had a two-day, 12-person jury trial scheduled in Portage County for January 20 but yesterday that was changed to a January 22 plea hearing. The 22-year-old is charged with First Degree Reckless Homicide in the overdose death of 21-year-old Jordan Peterson, who was a U-W Stevens Point student.  Peterson was found dead in November 2013 by a roommate who returned to their off-campus apartment after a weekend away. Phillips-Moore has been in prison since last October for an unrelated drug conviction in Dane County.  The man who gave Petersen the fatal dose, 21-year-old Erik Olsen of Hancock, was sentenced last year to three-and-a-half years in prison, six-and-a-half years of extended supervision and ordered to pay restitution for funeral costs.


Trial Postponed For Waupun Man Accused Of Child Sex Assaults


1/7/16 – A Waupun man accused of being involved in multiple inappropriate actions involving minors had a two-day jury trial postponed in a Dodge County courtroom yesterday.  Robert Moungey is facing a felony count of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child Under the Age of Twelve as a Party to a Crime.  According to an alleged note his wife gave police, the 27-year-old had pornographic images of minors on his computer.  She also claimed that he engaged in inappropriate acts with an infant and forced her to have similar contact with a toddler.  If Moungey is convicted, he faces up to 60 years in prison.  He also faces felony First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child Under the Age of Thirteen and Child Sexual Exploitation charges in Green Lake County that may be consolidated with the Dodge County charges.  Moungey also plans to waive his preliminary hearing on two separate felony Possession of Child Pornography charges in Dodge County.  Moungey will be arraigned on the child sex assault charges on February 12.


Jury Trial Set For Woman Accused Of Smuggling Contraband Into WCI


1/7/16 – In Dodge County court yesterday, a jury trial was set for a Manitowoc woman accused of trying to smuggle chewing tobacco to her inmate son at the Waupun Correctional Institution. Michelle Olson is charged with one felony count of Delivering Illegal Articles to an inmate. According to the criminal complaint, the 48-year-old was caught at the prison last summer with the contraband in a breath mint container. She reportedly 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. Olson now faces three-and-a-half years in prison, if she is convicted. The trial is set for February 24.


Beaver Dam Man Sentenced For High Speed Chase


1/7/16 – A Beaver Dam man was sentenced yesterday for sparking a high speed chase. Totoxsy Randle was found guilty last fall on a felony count of Operator Fleeing an Officer Causing Property Damage and a misdemeanor OWI charge.  The traffic stop was initiated in June on East Industrial Drive and the car initially turned into the parking lot of an apartment complex. The 33-year-old slowed to the point where the officer thought he would flee on foot but instead Randle accelerated. A second squad car blocked the driveway of the complex but the suspect drove onto the grassy area around the squad and quickly fled. Speeds reached 80 miles per hour as Randle swerved into both lanes of traffic on North Spring Street. Randle hit the train tracks at Parallel Street and started skidding sideways, striking a fire hydrant, telephone pole and several sign posts before rolling twice into the front yard of a home on Gilmore Avenue, damaging a wooden deck. Officers conducted a high-risk traffic stop and Randle was arrested with guns drawn. Marijuana was found in the vehicle.  He was sentenced to three years in prison, was given three years of extended supervision, and must pay $20,000 in restitution.


Iron Ridge Man Heading To Jail For Fleeing Officer


1/7/16 – One month in jail with work release for an Iron Ridge man who fled a traffic officer.  Nicholas Siebenlist pled guilty to one felony count of Attempting to Flee or Elude a Traffic Officer.  The 20-year-old was clocked going at speeds up to 97 miles per hour to avoid being caught with a suspended license.  Siebenlist was also given two years’ probation.


Beaver Dam Woman Pleads Not Guilty To Fleeing Officer


1/7/16 – A Beaver Dam woman accused of running from police pled not guilty at arraignment yesterday.  Samantha Crawford faces one felony count of Attempting to Flee or Elude a Traffic Officer.  According to the criminal complaint, an officer tried to pull the 22-year-old over for having an expired registration and suspended driver’s license.  Crawford reportedly fled at speeds up to 50 miles per hour while blowing multiple red lights and stop signs.  When she finally stopped, Crawford reportedly moved from the driver’s seat to the passenger seat, claiming that the driver had jumped out of the vehicle.  She also admitted to consuming alcohol that night.  If she is found guilty, Crawford faces three-and-a-half years in prison.  Further court activity is set for next month.


You Did Not Win Big In Powerball


1/7/16 – Nobody won the 524-million dollar Powerball jackpot Wednesday night, so the top prize for Saturday will start at 675-million — the largest in U-S lottery history. One ticket in Wisconsin won the third prize of 50-thousand dollars by matching all the numbers but a regular one — and another state player won 150-thousand the same way but with the Power Play multiplier of three. The Wisconsin Lottery did not immediately say where those tickets were sold. Another 135-thousand players in the Badger State won smaller prizes ranging from four-dollars to 300 — about 15 times the numbers of winners when the jackpot is close to its minimum. Officials say almost two-point-eight million dollars worth of Powerball tickets were sold in Wisconsin through Tuesday for Wednesday night’s drawing — and Saturday’s cash option will be 413-million dollars.