News – June 19, 2019

(Beaver Dam) The city and town of Beaver Dam have been at odds for the past year about roads going into a new development on the city’s northside in what is known as the Elser Woods and Shady Oaks subdivisions. The city and town are at odds over a dead-end road off North Spring Street called Woodland Drive. A new apartment complex is being built there – in the city – but the town has refused to lift the barricades on the dead-end. The township is instead wanting access to the apartment complex to come from what is now a temporary road off County B. The developer is against that idea and was successful in urging city officials this week to table an intergovernmental agreement. City Attorney Maryann Schacht says there may soon be resolution as the two sides are meeting in the next week. The developer is hoping for a quick resolution as Oak Point Village is expected to be open by September.

(Juneau) Dodge County has officially hired a new director for the Finance Department. The County Board last (Tuesday) night approved David Ehlinger for the opening. His work experience includes serving as the Finance Director for Jefferson County and Brown County and the Fiscal Operations Manager for Milwaukee County. Ehlinger also worked for the State of Wisconsin Employee Trust Funds in Madison where he was most recently employed. The starting salary will be $51.93 per hour and benefits include 15 days of paid vacation. Ehlinger’s first day is slated for July 15.

(Waupun) A Waupun woman convicted of federal tax fraud is going to prison for one year. Kimberly Bagneski prepared and filed false tax returns to the IRS with fictitious claims for refunds. According to the indictment, Bagneski electronically filed at least 20 false federal income tax returns seeking more than $90-thousand dollars in refunds. On the returns, the 48-year-old claimed false deductions, tax credits and business income/losses. In addition, virtually all of the fraudulent tax refunds were diverted to bank accounts under her control. In addition to the 366-day prison sentence, Bagneski was also ordered to pay $84,129 in restitution.

(Watertown) Four people were displaced when a two-family residence in Watertown caught fire Monday night. The Watertown Fire Department responded around 8pm to a call of smoke entering the structure at 604 North Second Street. Upon arrival, crews found smoke on the second floor and reached the fire by opening up walls and ceilings which revealed charring. The cause of the fire is electrical and damage is estimated to be roughly $7,500. Chief Kraig Biefeld says his department did not find any working smoke detectors in the residence.

(Watertown) A Watertown man was placed on probation for a year-and-a-half yesterday (Tuesday) for kicking a nurse in the head at the Watertown Regional Medical Center. After injuring his left eye in October, John Porter was taken to the hospital for stitches. As a nurse attempted to lower Porter back into his bed the 56-year-old swung for a nearby doctor and missed, then kicked a nurse in the back of the head.