News – January 8, 2016

Beck Murder Suspect Convicted On Drug Charges


1/8/16 – A Fond du Lac County jury Thursday found a 62-year-old Kenosha man suspected of killing Berit Beck guilty of drug and bail jumping charges he was also facing. The drug charges against Dennis Brantner stemmed from a search of him at the Fond du Lac County Jail last March when he was being booked in for the murder of the 18-year-old Sturtevant woman. District Attorney Eric Toney says he’s pleased with the jury’s verdict in the two-day trial. He says the jury did a good job of listening to all the evidence and of rendering a fair and just verdict. Brantner was charged with drug possession and bail jumping charges and eight of those charges were felonies. Toney says a pre-sentence investigation was ordered. The jury only took 45 minutes to deliberate the case. Meanwhile Brantner will go to trial in June for the 1990 murder of Beck. The Sturtevant woman was driving to Appleton when she vanished.  Her body was found weeks later outside Waupun.


Convicted Murderer Gets Probation For Selling Cocaine


1/8/16 – A Waupun man was placed on probation in a Dodge County courtroom yesterday for selling cocaine to an undercover informant.  Gary B. Campbell pled no contest to one felony count of Manufacturing or Delivering Cocaine in September while four similar counts were dismissed and read into the record.  Campbell sold the informant drugs on five separate occasions last April.  The 37-year-old was on extended supervision at the time as he just finished serving a 10 year prison sentence for a homicide and corpse hiding in Milwaukee County four months prior.  District Attorney Kurt Klomberg argued for a 15 year prison term, citing Campbell has been in and out of custody since the age of 12.  Judge Joseph Sciascia gave Campbell five years’ probation with one year of jail time.  If Campbell fails to successfully complete his probation, he will serve 16 years in prison.


Allenton Man Accused Of Possessing Illegal Drugs In Lomira


1/8/16 – An Allenton man arrested while traveling through Lomira is accused of possessing illegal drugs.  Morgan L. Miller is facing two felony counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substances, one for having over 50 grams of ecstasy and one for having less than 200 grams of THC.  According to the criminal complaint, Miller was one of three passengers in a car that was pulled over due to the driver having a suspended license.  The officer sensed there might be drugs in the car, and a K-9 was deployed.  The search allegedly yielded two locked boxes containing roughly 68 grams of various drugs and $570 cash.  The 20-year-old reportedly admitted to using drugs and was argumentative with and vulgar toward the arresting officer.  If he is found guilty on both counts, Myers faces over 43 years in prison.  His initial appearance is set for January 25.  The driver, Nathan Myers, was charged with the same two counts and has a plea/sentencing hearing set for March 1.


Waupun Man Found Guilty Of Sexually Assaulting Child


1/8/16 – A Waupun man was found guilty yesterday for having an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old girl.  Corey Teachout pled no contest to one felony count of Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child while a second count was dismissed but read into the record. The victim told investigators that she was with the 27-year-old five times in the fall of 2014. She said they are dating and love each other and she does not want him to go to prison. Teachout admitted contact with the teen, telling police that she originally said that she was 16-years-old. He will be sentenced on March 30.


Jefferson Man Sought For Campbellsport Burglary


1/8/16 – Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s officials are looking for a 45-year-old Jefferson man they suspect broke into the Campbellsport Ben Franklin True Value Hardware store last Sunday morning. Deputies spotted a vehicle belonging to Daniel Johnson in the area at that time and a search warrant executed at a storage unit in Dane County he used turned up tools and other stolen items from the break-in. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.


Beaver Dam Man Pleads No Contest To Amended Hit And Run Count


1/8/16 – A Beaver Dam man who left the scene of a car accident pled no contest to an amended charge yesterday.  Steven Lange was found guilty of felony Hit and Run Involving injury.  The incident occurred in October 2014 on Frances Lane near Wal-Mart.  The 42-year-old was driving his FedEx truck when he struck a car that was in a turning lane and proceeded without stopping at the scene.  The driver of the car was checked over by emergency responders but not transported.  Lange told authorities the accident was not his fault, which is why he did not stop. He was ordered to pay $500 in fines.


Manitowoc Swamped With Avery Public Records Requests


1/8/16 – Court officials in Manitowoc say they’re swamped with requests for files in the Steven Avery murder case. That’s part of the national buzz from the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer,” which raises doubts about the convictions of Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey in the 2005 slaying of Teresa Halbach. Manitowoc County Clerk of Courts Lynn Zigmunt says there are more than six banker-sized boxes of files — plus another box full of appeal records in the case. She says a woman from Australia wanted the whole thing — and she’s being billed six-thousand dollars at a rate of one-dollar and 25-cents per page. Zigmunt expects things to slow down soon, as she expects somebody to put the files online for the rest of us to see.


BDPD Selling Stuffed Animals For K9 Fundraiser


1/8/16 – The Beaver Dam Police Department is raising money to help fund the addition to a second K-9 to its force this year.  Chief John Kreuziger told the city’s Police and Fire Commission this week that his department has Police K-9 stuffed animal dogs for sale. The toys are $15 a-piece and can be viewed on the department’s Facebook page. Kreuziger says the department has roughly $12-thousand for the program with an additional $1800 included in the city’s 2016 budget.  The department is working to fundraise the remaining $1200 needed.  To save on costs, the plan is to retrofit an old squad car for the new K-9 instead of purchasing a new one.  Officer Kevin Hall was selected to work with the dog.  He would work alongside the department’s current K-9 team of Blade and Officer Nathan Keener. We will hear more about the departments K9 unit this afternoon on WBEV’s Community Comment.


Watermark Move Delayed Until Monday


1/8/16 – Officials in Beaver Dam are making the move to the new Watermark Community and Senior Center and nobody is more excited that the Administrator Evonne Boettge who says she can hardly sleep at night. She calls the building “wonderful” and says now that the decorative outdoor lighting has been turned on in the evening the facility looks “absolutely stunning.” Activities at the current Beaver Dam Senior Center are on hold until the middle of next week while the move is being made. The Department of Public Works will transfer furniture and equipment to the new facility. The move from East Third Street to 209 South Center Street was supposed to start today but Boettge says that has been delayed until Monday to finalize some cleaning. That could delay the planned Wednesday opening of the Watermark but Boettge says her goal is still Wednesday; she advises those who plan to visit to call ahead or stay tuned to local media. The entire calendar of events will resume once the facility opens. A public ribbon cutting and open house is being planned for next month. Phone service is still available during the move.

Call: 920-887-4639 or 920-210-7630.


Senate Vote Next Week On Civil Service Changes


1/8/16 – The Wisconsin Senate plans to vote January 20th on a Republican bill to change the way the state government hires-and-fires about 30-thousand of its workers. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald’s office announced the timetable. The Assembly okayed the measure in late October, amid a disagreement between the two houses on whether job candidates should have to check boxes on their applications if they’ve been convicted of certain crimes. Legislative leaders said earlier they were optimistic that Republicans in both houses could reach an agreement. The bill eliminates civil service hiring exams, toughens discipline, and shortens the appeals’ process.


Dodge County Snowmobile Members To Aid On County Trails This Winter


1/8/16 – Riders will have help during this year’s snowmobile season.  The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says it is partnering with the County Association of Snowmobile Clubs to create a Trail Ambassador Program where club members monitor the county’s 400 miles of trails throughout the season.  The ambassadors will not enforce the law but rather will discourage irresponsible behavior through education and aid in search and rescue operations.  All county trails remain closed, and users are encouraged to check the trail’s status before riding by calling a 24-hour status line at 920-386-3705.