News- June 13, 2015

Former Beaver Dam Man Bound Over For Watertown Murder


6/13/15 – A Watertown man will proceed to trial on charges that he murdered a neighbor with a sword on Thursday. Young J Choi is charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide in the death of Dustin Vanderheyden. In October, the 31-year-old was found to be incompetent to stand trial. That decision was reversed yesterday when Jefferson County Judge David Wambach determined that Choi’s competence could be maintained as long as he is given the proper medications while in jail. Choi then waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over for trial. According to the criminal complaint, Choi told the victim’s wife in the days before the June 2014 killing that he wanted her to himself. She lived with her husband near Choi in Watertown in the apartments above a bar on North Fourth Street. She told police that she convinced Choi not to do it, thought the suspect was fine and there would not be any further issues. Vanderheyden suffered multiple stab wounds and died later at a Watertown hospital.  Choi later told police the universe wanted him to kill the man. At the time of the killing, Choi was also facing charges in Dodge County for a June 2013 incident when he lived in Beaver Dam. Two men reported that Choi was chasing them around their yard with a taser gun. The victims were striking Choi with a piece of lumber to keep him away but he apparently kept attacking. There is no word yet on the status of that case. An arraignment hearing the homicide case is up next for Choi but a date has not been set.


Jury Trial Set For Rio Woman In Columbus-Area Drunk Driving Crash


6/13/15 – In Columbia County court Friday, a Rio woman accused of seriously injuring herself and another motorist in a drunken driving accident had a two-day jury trial scheduled for October 1. Tanya Hohlstein is charged with felony counts of Injury By Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle and Knowingly Operating While Revoked Causing Great Bodily Harm. The two-vehicle head-on collision occurred in February of last year on Highway 60, just east of Wendt Road, four miles west of Columbus. The 30-year-old was driving eastbound when she apparently crossed the centerline and struck a westbound car driven by 37-year-old Mary Klitzke of Arlington. The jaws-of-life were needed to remove both drivers from their vehicles and both were transported by MedFlight to UW Hospital in Madison.


Langner Arraigned On Assault Charges


6/13/15 – In Dodge County court Friday, a Watertown man accused of molesting a child entered a “not guilty” plea at arraignment. Terry Lee Langner is facing one felony count of Second Degree Sexual Assault following an incident in March. According to the criminal complaint, the 44-year-old entered a bathroom, where the 15-year-old girl was showering, to use the toilet.  Langner allegedly made a sexual reference and then sexually assaulted her while they were watching television together.  The girl reportedly was afraid to tell him ‘no’ but never gave consent. If convicted, the charges carry a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. A motion to reduce Langner’s $50-thousand dollar bond was denied yesterday.


State Vet Announces Poultry Guidelines For Fairs


6/13/15 – The state veterinarian has announced guidelines for exhibitors who enter their chickens, turkeys, and other birds in this summer’s state-and-local fairs.  Paul McGraw said earlier that he would not follow the lead of Minnesota and some other states, which have banned birds at fairs so the avian flu does not get spread.  McGraw says Wisconsin fair exhibitors must certify that their farms do not have any bird deaths for ten days prior to their events.  Also, birds cannot be transported to shows and swap meets which are not part of state-or-local fair.  The Badger State has not had a confirmed case of the bird flu since May 4th.  One-point-seven million chickens and turkeys have been killed in Wisconsin since mid-April, to avoid the H-5-N-2 bird flu from being spread.


BDPD Reminding Residents Of Noise/Music Protocol


6/13/15 – With the first day of summer just over a week ago, the Beaver Dam Police Department is reminding folks to watch how much noise they’re making outside.  During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Sergeant Jake Vosters noted the recent ordinance change that allows outdoor music at bars until 11 pm.  Vosters says music at a private residence should wrap up around that same time.  He says the common noise ordinance in the city allows anyone to call the police at any point to complain about music that is causing a nuisance.  A responding officer may ask the person to turn the music down or off completely depending on the circumstances.  Vosters says anyone looking to hold an event that falls outside those guidelines, such as a block party, should apply for a permit from City Hall.  Detective Ryan Klavekoske says the time of day usually dictates live music at parks.  He advises people to avoid playing music when most people are sleeping.  No matter the location, Klavekoske says each case comes down to the officer’s discretion.


BDACT: Possins Offer Another Matching Grant


6/13/15 – A $100-thousand dollar matching has been made to the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre in their efforts to move to a larger, handicapped-accessible facility.   Elaine and Orris Possin have offered a six-figure donation allowing potential donors to have their contributions matched dollar for dollar. It is the second time that the longtime theatre patrons have offered a $100-thousand dollar matching grant. Board Member Annette Kamps says the first one was highly successful and the newest one, if also successful, will make the couple’s total contribution around a quarter million dollars. The Possins have been advocates for the theater since its early days, more than fifty years ago. Kamps recalls Orris helping set up a temporary stage at the Wisconsin movie theater, now the Rogers, where BDACT held its first productions in between the regular movie schedule. The Possin’s says they support the theatre’s plan to reconstruct the former St. Patrick/St. Katharine Drexel Elementary School on Maple Avenue to a theater complex with an elevator for all three levels, a 400 seat main auditorium, a 200 seat children’s theater, workshop and meeting rooms, a catering kitchen and more. The theatre currently has around $1.35-million dollars of the $2.4 million dollar project cost.


Donations can be sent to BDACT, P.O. Box 216, Beaver Dam, WI 53916. For information or to tour the building for a detailed explanation of the reconstruction plans, call Campaign Co-Chair Jim Flynn, 887-8497; Scott Eberle, 920-210-0333; or see


Mural Design Proposed For Interquest Building


6/13/15 – A local vintage electronics store may be the next image painted on the side of a downtown building. Karla Jensen with Downtown Beaver Dam Inc’s Design Committee says that Kamrath Radio and TV Store is proposed to be the focus of the mural. Kamrath’s used to be located in the same building as Interquest. The image was one of three submitted by Walldogs, an international group of artists; the collective of as many as a hundred artists descends upon a community and paint murals by the dozen. A festival with as many as a dozen-and-a-half murals is planned for 2017. The Interquest building is slated to contain a triptych, which is three images in one. The center image would be of Kamrath’s while the left panel would be feature a couple dressed in evening wear watching a new Zenith television. The right panel would be the classic image of the Victor Victrola and dog vintage advertisement. The Downtown Beaver Dam Committee still needs to grant final approval. Five to seven Walldog artists will be painting the mural for a week beginning Wednesday, July 8. In the years leading up the 2017 Walldogs festival, individual projects are planned. The Interquest images join a Monarch Range mural on the side of the Richards Insurance building painted two years ago.



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