News – June 10, 2019

(Madison) It was 100 years ago today Wisconsin ratified the 19th Amendment, which would give women the right to vote nationwide.  A special ceremony will take place today at the State Capitol starting at noon, kicking off a year-long remembrance for the amendment.  Governor Ever and First Lady Kathy have announced the launch of a new website, women-vote-W-I-dot-gov, that will share resources about events and programming.

(Beaver Dam) A caller to WBEV’s Community Comment on Friday told us that every day has been a gift since avoiding a fatal accident. Just two-weeks ago, on May 26, a Beaver Dam man driving the wrong way on Highway 151 killed both himself and a Sun Prairie man that he struck head-on. The caller says when the car in front of him swerved he saw headlights and (quote) “didn’t have a chance to think about and just made a reaction.” He vowed from that day forward he would no longer use his phone while driving. Beaver Dam Police Officer Jeremiah Johnson says if a person finds themselves driving the wrong-way on a freeway to pull over immediately.

(Lodi) One person was killed in a two-vehicle collision yesterday (Sunday) evening in Columbia County. The crash happened around 5:10pm in the Town of Lodi. Sheriff Roger Brandner says a Ford Escape was northbound on County Road J when the vehicle apparently crossed the centerline near Richards Road and struck a Chevrolet Trailblazer. The woman driving the Chevy was pronounced dead at the scene. The man driving the Ford was flown by MedFlight to UW Hospital in Madison while his passenger was taken there by EMS.

(Oshkosh) Winnebago County Sheriff’s officials say a 24-year-old Oshkosh man who was walking in the travel lanes of I-41 southbound early Sunday morning was struck and killed by a semi-truck. The truck driver, a 55-year-old Van Dyne man, told investigators he tried to take evasive action. It is believed that neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor for the driver and no citations were issued. The accident south of State Highway 44 occurred about 2:44 Sunday morning.

(Madison) One person is dead and another in critical condition after two separate incidents in Lake Monona at the Madison Ironman triathlon. One man was found unresponsive in the water just before 8am yesterday (Sunday), while another man was found an hour later. Paramedics started lifesaving procedures on their way back to shore in both cases and transported the men to local hospitals. Fire officials say it is possible the men may have suffered a medical emergency that caused them to go under. The death comes one week after another person died after going under water during the Lake Mills Triathlon. The event in Madison was a qualifier for the 2020 Ironman Championship in Hawaii.

(Wausau) A Wausau man is facing federal charges for hacking and selling other people’s Kohl’s Cash discounts. The FBI says Robert Gordon hacked into other people’s Kohl’s cash discount accounts and sold off their coupons online. They allege he made around 93-thousand dollars in the scam. Police got tipped off after complaints were made, and tracked Gordon through the Twitter account and other digital trails he left online. If convicted, he could face a maximum of 45 years in prison.

(Ashwaubenon) Around 700 current and former Shopko workers have signed a letter seeking payments they were apparently promised when the company filed for bankruptcy. A federal judge last week approved the Ashwaubenon-based retailer’s plan to close down operations and setting the stage for the remaining stores to shut down by months end. The Shopko workers are asking the private equity firm that bought the chain 14 years ago to honor the contract. Those payments were taken out as the plan made its way through the courts.

(Beaver Dam) Twenty area nonprofit organizations were recently awarded community grants totaling over $65-thousand dollars from the Alliant Energy Foundation. New Beginnings Homeless Shelter of Dodge County in Beaver Dam was awarded $3000 while the Beaver Dam School District’s Robotics Team, the RoboHackerz, is getting $1000. The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation in Juneau was awarded $9000, the highest amount given to any one community. The Living Hope Food Pantry in Fox Lake is being granted $2000 for a walk-in freezer. Three different programs in Mayville will be recipients: the public library’s Summer Reading Program will get $500 while the United Way of Dodge County is in line for $600 for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The Mayville Open Door after school program will receive $2000. Energy Foundation Executive Director Julie Bauer says their nonprofit partners are constantly working to make life better.