“News – July 16, 2009”

Henry Bond Set at $250,000


7/16/09 – Bond was set at quarter million dollars cash yesterday for the Waupun man accused of murdering his wife on Monday.  Larry Randall Henry is charged with one felony count of First Degree Intentional Homicide. According to the criminal complaint, the 44-year-old told investigators that he struck his wife in the head with a metal pipe and then placed plastic wrap over her head and she quote “never regained consciousness.”  42-year-old Tammy Henry was found on a blood-soaked mattress in the couple’s living room. The Dodge County Medical Examiner ruled that she died as the result of blunt force trauma to the head. Larry Henry faces a life prison sentence, if convicted. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 30.


$1 Million Dollar Bond for Suspected Fond du Lac Murderer


7/16/09 – Bond was set at $1 million cash this morning for a 36-year-old Fond du Lac man suspected of murdering his girlfriend, burning and disposing her body. Brandon Mueller is charged with 1st Degree Intentional Homicide and Mutilating a Corpse. Mueller allegedly strangled 28-year-old Renee Redmer in the bedroom of his mother’s apartment. Redmer’s mother reported her disappearance to Waukesha Police in January. Mueller allegedly got help from his mother Nancy Pinno to move a cooler with Redmer’s body in it to Donnie Worth’s Kinker Road property. The body was burned and an ice auger was used to drill holes in the ice in Lake Winnebago and the ashes were dumped in it. Mueller, Pinno, and worth will all have preliminary hearings on Friday, July 24th.


DOT Meetings Draws Nearly 100 Attendees


7/16/09 – Nearly 100 people attended a public informational meeting last night hosted by the state DOT that previewed the conversion of a 27-mile stretch of Highway 151 between Columbus and Waupun from an expressway to a freeway. Future plans for an expressway would get rid of cross traffic by eliminating private road access.


Several new interchanges, underpasses and overpasses will be needed.  Three new possible interchanges were identified between Columbus and Beaver Dam: at County Road S, Gunn Road and County Road DE.  Two new interchanges are possible between Beaver Dam and Waupun: at County Road C and Redwood Road.  DOT officials stress the project is still in the preliminary stages and all, some or none of the interchanges could become a reality, as there are several roadblocks. Among them: the number of affected property owners and homes that would need to be relocated; the impact on wetlands, farming and business development; and the distance between interchanges.  Side road intersections would be removed under the plan and frontage road construction would be necessary.


DOT officials say a piecemeal approach to the project is possible with funding and construction potentially spread over several decades or phases.  A safety study and freeway conversion report will be finalized this fall and will be followed by a two-year environmental study.  An official map of the project won’t be available until 2012 at the earliest.  Input from the public is encouraged during this first of three planned phases. Contact information is available on our website, wbevradio.com.


Columbus Council Reviews EMS Contract


7/16/09 – The Council took their first look at the new EMS contract being drafted between the City of Columbus and LifeStar Ambulance Services this week. As the new emergency ambulance provider LifeStar will be asked to cover a larger service area than the current provider, Heartline Medix. Details being worked out in the contract include response times, staffing agreements, EMS reports to the City and provider performance bonds. City Administrator Boyd Kraemer told the council that quite a bit of time was spent in developing the contract with LifeStar. The ambulance “response time” issue is getting extra attention since Lifestar will cover a larger service area than the current provider.  Kraemer asked the Council to review the contract draft ASAP so that the final agreement can be signed early next month. He also told the Council that Heartline has agreed to provide continued 9-1-1 ambulance service until December 30th when the current two-year contract expires.


Petri Co-Authors ‘Water Protection and Reinvestment Act’


7/16/09 – Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri is one of the authors of a 10 billion dollar bill aimed at improving the nation’s drinking water and sewage treatment facilities.  The so-called “Water Protection and Reinvestment Act” was introduced in the House yesterday (Wed).  Revenue for the project would come from proposed taxes on the pharmaceutical industry.  Petri says Wisconsin’s aging waste water infrastructure is starting to become overwhelmed.  The Republican from Fond du Lac pointed out that heavy rain last month caused almost a billion gallons of sewer overflows in the greater Milwaukee area.  Petri says the need is urgent and nationwide.


Fed Prosecutor Search Narrowed


7/16/09 – The field has been narrowed down to four to replace Erik Peterson as the chief federal prosecutor for the western half of Wisconsin, which includes Dodge Country.  An 11-member nominating commission endorsed assistant U-S Attorney John Vaudreuil, Assistant State Attorney General Frank Remington, former Assistant A-G Eric Wilson, and Madison attorney Michael Leffel.  The nominating panel took three candidates out of the running – state corrections’ lawyer Ismael Ozanne, and Madison area attorneys Pablo Carranza and Mike Bauer.  Wisconsin’s U-S senators formed the nominating panel – and they’ll give final recommendations to President Obama, who will make the appointment.  Peterson resigned as Madison’s U-S attorney, which is normal when there’s a change in administrations.  Peterson took a job with the state Justice Department.


Justice Dept To Appeal In Deer Killer Case


7/16/09 – The state Justice Department says it will appeal the dismissals of felony charges against two brothers accused of killing deer with their snowmobiles.  Robby and Rori Kuenzi of Weyauwega are still charged with hunting violations.  Their lawyers convinced Waupaca County judges Philip Kirk and John Hoffman to drop their more serious animal cruelty charges, saying hunters cannot be guilty of mistreating animals. Kirk blasted the district attorney’s office for over-charging Rori Kuenzi – and he told prosecutors to either drop the hunting violations or the mistreatment charges.  The D-A refused, so Kirk dropped the more serious case.  A third defendant is due in court next Wednesday, when a third judge will take up the same matter.  All three defendants are accused of killing about a half-dozen deer on a Waupaca County snowmobile trail last January.  Rori Kuenzi is also accused of stealing the machine he allegedly used.   Snowmobile groups blasted the dismissals of the animal cruelty charges – and at least three state legislators have bills that would make the mistreatment of wild animals a separate crime.


Mercury Marine Future Uncertain


7/16/09 – Mercury Marine employees attended a mandatory meeting this morning during which they were informed that a decision about the company’s future in Fond du Lac could be made by the end of the summer. Mercury spokesman Steve Fleming says anything is on the table when it comes to consolidating operations at either the Stillwater, Oklahoma or Fond du Lac facilities. Fleming says in the current economic environment both plants are being underutilized. He says the company has bee working with local and state officials in both Stillwater and Fond du Lac. He says the hope is that a stronger company will emerge. Mercury is employing around 1,900 workers in Fond du Lac and under 400 in Stillwater.