“News – July 17, 2009”

Waupun Fire Electrical In Nature 


7/17/09 – The fire that destroyed a Waupun home early Thursday morning was likely sparked by an electrical short. That’s according to Fire Chief Jeff Berry who says investigators had originally thought the fire was started by a cigarette. The resident had speculated that he may have fallen asleep while smoking, but Berry says further investigation showed that the fire started in the floor area above a utility room. The Waupun Fire Department responded to an upper level fire at 413 South Grove Street around 2:15 this morning.  Berry says the owner of the home, Dan Levin, awoke to find his bedroom filled with smoke.  He managed to crawl out of the bedroom, down the stairs, and escape without being burned.  Berry says firefighters were able to contain the fire in about a half-hour and were on the scene for about two hours.  Berry says the fire damage was contained to the upper level but was extensive in that area.  There were smoke detectors in the residence but were not working.


Dodge County Joins Internet Crimes Task Force


7/17/09 – The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office has joined the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls says the partnership with the Justice Department will allow his department to better protect our children from harm. Nehls says the affiliation will give his department a wide-range of resources, including training, investigative assistance and reimbursement to help fund task force-related expenses. Attorney General JB Van Hollen says in the past decade, the task force and affiliate agencies have arrested 540 suspects, executed 647 search warrants, and rescued countless numbers of children throughout the state. According to Van Hollen, there are over 22,000 internet protocol addresses in Wisconsin containing and offering to distribute known images of child pornography. One in seven children are asked online to engage in sexual activities, sexual talk, or provide personal sexual information. Van Hollen has placed a priority on law enforcement’s proactive response to the growing problem of internet crimes against children and has directed a 67% increase in the number of special agents assigned to the task force. The number of local law enforcement partners in the task force has quadrupled to 93 in the past year.


Lomira Man Charged With Repeated Molestation


7/17/09 – A Lomira man faces up to 40 years in prison for allegedly molesting a teenage girl over a six-year period.  Maynard Luedtke was bound over for trial yesterday on two felony charges. The 61-year-old is accused of sexually assaulting the girl on numerous occasions beginning in 2002 and ending in 2008, when she came forward to school officials.  According to the criminal complaint, Luedtke admitted to six encounters when the girl was 17-years-old but told investigators that he “never forced” her to have sex with him. Luedtke has an arraignment hearing scheduled for July 22.


Horicon Man Acquitted of Sexual Assault


7/17/09 – A Dodge County jury on Thursday found a Horicon man “not guilty” of child molestation charges.  Andrew J. Waters had been charged with a felony count of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child Under the Age of 13.  According to the criminal complaint, the 39-year-old was accused of inappropriate contact with a preteen girl last summer. The Dodge County District Attorney’s Office would only say they were “disappointed’ with the outcome.


One Year in Jail For Pawning Stolen Jewelry


7/17/09 – A Beaver Dam woman who pawned over $10,000 in stolen jewelry will spend a year behind bars.  Nicole Kuhn first told authorities she found the jewelry in a school parking lot, and then later changed her story to implicate a former boyfriend. The items were taken from a Town of Westford home in May of 2008. The 29-year-old pleaded to a felony count of Receiving Stolen Property and had a felony charge of Theft of Movable Property dismissed but read into the record.  The year in jail, with Huber privileges, must be served in 90 day increments over a period of four years. Kuhn was also placed on probation for four years and must pay over $2300 in restitution.


BDACT: Peter Pan Soars To the Stage Tonight


7/17/09 – The actress playing Peter Pan in the Beaver Dam Area Community Theater summer production says she only flew into the sets a couple times in rehearsals, and it didn’t hurt that bad.  Ashley Beck says in addition to memorizing lines, she and the actors playing the Darling Children also had to learn how to dance and sing in mid-air. The professional theatrical flying effects company ZFX Incorporated of Louisville, Kentucky was brought in to train the actors. Peter Pan premiers tonight with evening performances at 7pm and Sunday matinees at 2pm. The show runs everyday except Wednesday through July 26. Tickets are available at Rechek’s Food Pride or at the door.