News – July 19, 2022

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam has a new city administrator. The common council Monday night approved the recommendation of the mayor to hire former Pleasant Prairie Village Administrator Nathan Thiel. The council approved the creation of the city administrator position in September while at the same time reducing the role of mayor from full-time to part-time.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council this week directed $50-thousand dollars in ARPA funds to develop a master plan for Edgewater and Crystal Lake parks. Mayor Becky Glewen says the pandemic revealed the need to have outdoor opportunities for the health of the community and a plan has to be in place to be eligible for grants. In voting no, Alderman Mick Fischer said the city already spend enough money on parks. Beaver Dam has received around $1.7-million dollars in federal money.

(Ashippun) An Oconomowoc man accused of burglarizing a business in Ashippun made his initial appearance in court Monday. James Schmeling allegedly entered the business, which scraps junk vehicles, earlier this month and took an estimated $94-thousand-dollars worth of property. According to the complaint, Schmeling admitted he was there taking items but that they all belonged to him. If convicted, the 20-year-old faces up to 23-and-a-half-years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 25th.

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac County authorities have fielded a number of vehicle break-in complaints in recent weeks. The sheriff’s office says these incidents have occurred primarily along the Winnebago Drive area, with the suspects targeting residences on dead-end and secluded streets. Sheriff’s officials are asking the public’s help in keeping an eye out, especially in the identified problem area. Anyone who has seen a suspicious person, or captured anything on residential security cameras, is asked to contact the sheriff’s office. The public can also leave an anonymous tip.

(Fond du Lac) The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office say they have an action plan for security at this week’s County Fair. Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt says they will have both deputy reserves and full-time deputies working at the fairgrounds. Meanwhile an action plan is developed each year incorporating security to address the latest crime trends. One change will be barriers put up that cut off vehicle access to the fairgrounds. Other measures will be put in place, but for security reasons authorities have not revealed them. The fair starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday at the County Fairgrounds in Fond du Lac.

(Wisconsin) The new nationwide Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is now in use. That number is 9-8-8, and it will connect you to local counselors. Health officials hope having the new easy-to-remember number could help reduce the calls to police and emergency services, and instead send those in help directly to those that can help them. Wisconsin’s helpline directs calls to Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin in Green Bay, which became the statewide service for these kinds of calls in August 2020. – WRN