News – June 14, 2009

Dodge County Fatality

6/14/09 – One person is dead following a one-vehicle accident near Brownsville. According to the Dodge County Sheriffs Department, the wreck occurred at 2:15am this morning on State Highway 49. A small pick-up pulling an enclosed trailer was traveling westbound near the County Trunk Z intersection, when the unidentified driver failed to negotiate a curve, struck a guardrail, then rolled down the embankment and caught fire. The driver was unable to get out of the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dodge County Medical Examiner. The identity of the driver has not yet been determined. The Dodge County Crash Investigation Team is investigating.

Demerit Point System To Be Reconsidered

6/14/09 – The Beaver Dam Common Council Monday night will be reconsidering the demerit point system that was voted down last month. At the last meeting of the council, alderwoman Mary Flaherty made the motion to reintroduce the ordinance. An ordinance can only be brought back at the next consecutive meeting by a member of the majority party. At the council May 18 meeting, Flaherty was one of seven to vote against the demerit point system. The ordinance was amended once on the council floor, most notably to remove any penalty for an establishment that voluntarily calls the police during a fight. Several alderpersons have indicated that they plan to introduce changes that would further amend the ordinance. Under the plan, demerits could be given to bars for such violations as serving minors, excessive noise or failing to notify the police of a fight. Taverns in violation could have their license suspended or revoked. The common council meets at 8pm in city hall.

Long Hours Logged in Drive By Shooting

6/14/09 – Fond du Lac police detectives and officers put in some long hours to ensure the safety of residents while a drive-by shooting suspect was being sought. Police Major Kevin Lemke says investigators first had to develop information on a suspect so they knew who to look for. Lemke says they also increased their patrols in the Hamilton Area Neighborhood District where the shooting occurred. The 20-year-old suspect was spotted and arrested during a high-risk traffic stop Thursday evening. Major Lemke says there were no weapons on the man or in the car he was a passenger in. Charges are expected to be filed against the man early this week. No one was hurt during the shooting.

Second Wisconsin Swine Flu Death

6/14/09 – A second person in Wisconsin has died from the swine flu. Few details are being released about the death — other than the victim was an adult who died the day after the World Health Organization declared the influenza was a global pandemic. The first death, a little over a week ago, involved a victim with underlying medical complications. Health officials weren’t saying if that was a factor in this case. They do say the H1-N1 virus is hitting mostly young people. That’s unusual. Up to 74 percent of Wisconsin swine flu cases have involved individuals 20 years old, or younger.

Farm Days Ticket Details Released

6/14/09 – With Wisconsin Farm Tech Days just over a month away, Dodge County organizers have released ticket price information. Executive Secretary Matt Hanson says daily admission is $5 but advance tickets can be purchased in packets of ten for $40, though July 18. Tickets are available at the UW-Extension office in Juneau or at numerous locations around the county (see below). A complete list is on our website, The theme of the show this year is is “Food, Fuel, Future.” Executive Committee Chair Dave Frohling, says all of the educational events at the show center around theme. Frohling, who retired from and sold his farm implement business in Watertown just before taking on the task of chairing this huge show, says education has always been an important part of the Farm Technology Days show (formerly Farm Progress

Days). In fact the Crave Brothers farm was selected, in part, because of their interest in education and work with researchers through the years. Frohling says the Craves have many innovative ideas on the farm including a cheese plant to process the milk from their 1200 cows, two anaerobic digesters to create electricity, heat and a material that is used as the base of a potting soil mix from the manure on the farm. The farm also includes many new buildings including a “state of the art shop”, office, feed storage and livestock housing. Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the farm while at the show. Frohling says they will have more trams at this show than ever before so as to get as many people through the farm as possible. They expect to be able to take 2500 people a day through the tours. More information on specific activities planned for this year is on the show’s website at

Tickets can also be obtained at: State Bank of Reeseville at Reeseville & Watertown; Glenn’s Market at Watertown; REMAX Reality Center at Watertown; Cenex at Watertown; Mullens Dairy Bar & Eatery at Watertown; Ace Hardware at Watertown; Bank of Lake Mills at Lake Mills & Watertown; Farmers & Merchants State Bank at Waterloo; Badger Bank at Johnson Creek; Premier Bank at Johnson Creek & Jefferson; M & I Bank at Watertown; ISB Community Bank at Watertown, Ixonia & Oconomowoc; Farmers & Merchants Union Bank at Juneau & Columbus; Horicon Bank at Horicon, Burnett, Iron Ridge, Neosho & Beaver Dam; National Exchange Bank & Trust at Beaver Dam; Farmer State Bank at Fox Lake & Markesan; M & I Bank at Lomira & Mayville; Associated Banks at Watertown; Geeenwood State Bank at Lake Mills; Farmers Implement at Allenton & Columbus and Mayville Motor Supply at Mayville.

DNR Honors Bruch

6/14/09 – The DNR’s go-to-guy for information on Lake Winnebago system sturgeon has been recognized for his efforts. The Wisconsin Conservation Congress has named Ron Bruch as their Fisheries Manger of the Year. Bruch is the DNR Fisheries Team Supervisor in Oshkosh. The Department of Natural Resources Tom Turner says Bruch was honored for his long standing efforts to preserve and protect the state’s sturgeon population. Turner says Bruch developed great relationships with the state’s sportsmen and women and as a result has their trust and respect. Bruch, who has a PhD in Biological Sciences from the U-W Milwaukee, will add author to his resume this fall. He co-authored a book called “People of the Sturgeon.” It will be released by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.

Assembly Budget Debate One-Sided

6/14/09 – The budget debate lasted hours, eventually ending Saturday morning at about 5:20 a.m. The Wisconsin Assembly finally approved the 62 billion dollar spending plan by a two-vote margin, 50-48. Now, the Senate is expected to begin its own debate. Republicans offered more than 100 amendments, but none were approved. Assembly Majority Leader Tom Nelson calls it a “fair share budget,” spreading the pain of higher taxes and spending cuts. Minority Leader Jeff Fitzgerald has a different take, calling the two-year plan “a very typical Democrat product,” with higher taxes, more state spending and dozens of pork barrel projects and policy items for special interest groups.

Dem’s Select Tate

6/14/09 – Wisconsin Democrats say their new state party leader is the youngest in the nation. Strategist Mike Tate was elected chairman yesterday at the age of 30. He has been involved in politics for more than 10 years, working with both U.S. Senator Russ Feingold and Governor Jim Doyle. Tate takes the place of Joe Wineke who has stepped down after two, two-year terms as chairman.

SBA Gets Obama Bucks

6/14/09 – The Obama administration has made more money available to small businesses. Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton says she wants to make sure Wisconsin businesses are well positioned to take advantage of the money available through the Small Business Administration to address the credit crunch. Lawton says the most important thing for businesses to understand is that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Lawton says deferred payment, interest free business stabilization loans of up to 35 thousand dollars for financially vulnerable businesses will be available starting tomorrow.

Catch-And-Release Too Successful

6/14/09 – Wisconsin’s catch-and-release approach for bass fishermen is working — maybe too well. A survey mailed out by the state DNR shows bass fishermen kept only six percent of their catch in 2006. Combine that with high minimum size limits and you have many Wisconsin lakes with too many bass, where few large mouths even reach legal size. Now, fisheries managers are asking anglers to keep more bass. The focus here is on Polk and Washburn counties. The aim is to maintain the proper population and let bass grow bigger.

Man Released From Prison, Arrested Following Fatal Shooting

6/14/09 – Freedom doesn’t last long for a Milwaukee man. Twenty four year old Bobby Lee Tate was released from prison last Tuesday morning. He had served three years behind bars. Police say at 6:30 p.m. that same day Tate shot Jarvis Banks to death. The shooting took place on Milwaukee’s north side. Investigators say he also shot a second man. He faces several felony charges which were filed Friday.

Four Years for Prank Gone Wrong

6/14/09 – When Andrew Marvan pulled the prank he’d been saying it would “be funny.” The Menomonee Falls man has up to four years in prison to laugh about setting a party costume on fire. It was a military-themed, going away part in December 2007. Teenager Benjamin Krainer was wearing a shaggy, military-style camouflage costume. Witnesses say it burst into flames immediately. Krainer had serious burns to his legs, hands and buttocks and had to spend seven weeks in a Milwaukee burn unit. Marvan pleaded not contest to second-degree reckless injury charges. He was sentenced to four years in prison. The party in Waukesha was being given for a soldier who was headed to Turkey.

Sheboygan Jail Flooded By Inmate

6/14/09 – Jailers say Jason Flowers told them he wanted something to eat and to use the phone. That may earn the Sheboygan man an additional year behind bars. He’s accused of stopping up a toilet, a sink and breaking a sprinkler head, causing three different cells in the Sheboygan County Jail to flood. Flowers used his jail uniform shirt to plug the toilet, then flushed it. He then broke a sprinkler, which flooded the same cell. The 23 year old was moved to isolation, where he broke another sprinkler, then started yelling for help when the water in the cell started to rise. Flowers is facing several misdemeanor complaints of disorderly conduct and criminal damage to public property.