News – July 13, 2019

(Herman) A Chicago man facing charges in Dodge County for burglarizing a Town of Herman home with a loaded handgun was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison and five years of extended supervision. Travis White was convicted last month on charges of Robbery With the Threat of Force. The 27-year-old told investigators that a family member needed money to clear a debt. An accomplice, 47-year-old Robert Couch will be sentenced next month.

(Portage) There were four overdose deaths in a one-week period last year in Columbia County and now prosecutors have filed charges in one of the cases. 29-year-old Vanessa Burger of Portage was charged yesterday with First Degree Intentional Homicide for the overdose death of a 48-year-old Portage woman last September. Burger is also facing felony Bail Jumping charges. She is expected to make an initial appearance as early as next week.

(Beaver Dam) The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has awarded a grant to a business moving into downtown Beaver Dam. That’s according to Mayor Becky Glewen who has announced that a new restaurant called “Dam Chicken” is moving into the downtown at 300 South Spring Street. Last year, the city council approved a resolution that allowed the city to act as a conduit in applying for a downtown revitalization grant on behalf of the private business. The Community Development Investment Grant required no match on the part of the city. The state will pay up to 25-percent of the costs for the new business to move into the downtown, though the exact figures have not yet been released. Dam Chicken has received the same grant that was secured for the Ooga Brewing Company, a new brewery that recently opened across the street from the new chicken restaurant.

(Milwaukee) Dozens of court documents paint a disturbing scene of an alleged abduction in Milwaukee. Investigators say a mother and her two young children were held against their will in a Milwaukee basement as part of an elaborate bank robbery plot. The family was driven back to the Kenosha bank where the woman works, using the woman’s security codes to get in and disable the alarm. The woman and children were left at the bank as the suspects took off with the cash in her car. She got outside and called 911. Police say the suspects torched the car and left it in Milwaukee. Surveillance video ended up helping police catch the suspects. Two weeks later, all four are in jail.

(Green Bay) A woman whose dog died in a hot vehicle at Lambeau Field has been charged with felony animal mistreatment.  The incident happened last week.  The 55-year-old woman left her golden retriever locked in the vehicle for about three hours with the windows rolled up.  Green Bay police say they aren’t releasing her name until the charges are filed by the Brown County district attorney’s office.

(Madison) Two men armed with tiki torches fought in the East Towne Mall food court Thursday. Damonte Lacey-Parr of Milwaukee was arrested for disorderly conduct. The fight had to do with a money-making scheme. Lacey-Parr says the other suspect got angry when he wasn’t able to buy a cell phone, and threatened to leave him behind in Madison. That’s when the two grabbed tiki torches from the food court and started fighting. The other suspect got away before the police arrived.

(Beaver Dam) There will be more than fireworks during the final day of Beaver Dam Lake Days today at Tahoe Park. The three-day event features live music, food, refreshments and, new this year, an inflatable carnival. There is a focus on children’s activities this afternoon with a petting zoo that opens up at noon and runs until 3pm. Also at noon, there is what’s called the Superhero and Princess My Party where kids can meet their favorite fictional characters. There will be a strolling magician and balloon artist from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Pontoon rides will again be available from 4pm to 7pm. The Beaverland Must-Skis will host a special waterski show at 2pm. The Must-Skis are also offering a Learn To Ski Clinic this morning from 8am until noon. Music entertainment today includes Whiskey Flats, Chances Thrown, The Jimmys, Ultimate Legends. Headlining tonight will be Metal Men who will take the stage after tonight’s fireworks, which will begin at 10:10pm.

(Beaver Dam) After 43 years of exclusively playing country music, a major change came to WXRO Friday morning. The Beaver Dam-based radio station at 95.3 on the FM dial flipped formats to adult contemporary and has been rebranded as 95X. The format will showcase a multitude of genres, including the best of pop, rock, country and alternative.  WBEV/WXRO General Manager Ryan Gabel says he is excited to see WXRO (quote) “evolve and bring a fresh format to the community…that will attract a wide audience while playing everyone’s favorite artists and today’s best music.” The WXRO morning show is now the 95X Morning Show, playing a little more music. Uncle Bill McCollum will be returning home to WBEV as his legendary Barn Show is moving to AM1430, streaming at where you can also find the new 95X.