News – June 23, 2016

The WBEV-WXRO Children’s Radiothon Is Underway


6/23/16 – The WBEV/WXRO Children’s Radiothon is here with a 27-hour marathon broadcast to benefit nine local charities. It begins with a live on-air auction Thursday morning at 6am, which will continue through 9am Friday morning. The Eighth Annual Noel’s Angel Walk is at Waterworks Park with registration at 6am and the walk beginning at 7am. The Angel Cakes Breakfast follows from 7:30am until 10am at the nearby Girl Scout House. John Kraft is traveling around the county Thursday as the organizations benefitting from the Radiothon compete to raise funds with the winner taking home the Annual DCS Trophy Cup. Brenda Murphy will host an on-air dessert auction from 9:30am through 11am. There will be a car wash, brat fry and ice cream bar at the GKB Verizon Wireless Zone on North Spring Street from 11am to 2pm. We will again be collecting cash donations on the roof of the Stoddard Street radio station. Award-winning journalist John Muir will be the “News Guy in the Sky” on the roof for the entire duration of the Radiothon. He will be joined by local celebrities including Beaver Dam Mayor Tom Kennedy, Fox Lake Mayor and million dollar-lottery-winner Tom Bednarek, Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt and Ryan Klavekoske with the Wisconsin Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Tonight, the Radiothon Bash will be held at Tower Lanes in Beaver Dam from 6:30pm 8:30pm. The nine organizations benefiting from the Children’s Radiothon are People Against A Violent Environment, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dodge County, Green Valley Enterprises, YMCA of Dodge County, Clothes for Kids, the Watertown Family Center, ARC of Dodge County, Community Care Preschool and Child Care and – new this year – the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association.


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Sixteen Year Old From Town Of Emmet Crash Dies At Hospital


6/23/16 – The person involved in a single vehicle accident in the Town of Emmet on Monday afternoon died at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee yesterday.  16-year-old Gabrielle Spende of rural Watertown was southbound on Welsh Road when her car struck a pillar under the Highway 26 Bridge.  There were no passengers.  The crash remains under investigation.


Two Flown To Hospital Following Hustisford Crash


6/23/16 – Two people were flown to the hospital with life-threatening injuries following an early morning crash in the Town of Hustisford yesterday.  The accident happened on St. Helena Road north of Arrowhead Trail at 3:41 am.  Preliminary investigation shows a car driven by 34-year-old Ryan Rhadans of Watertown was heading south when it went off the road, struck an embankment, and vaulted.  The vehicle then hit a tree and overturned.  The lone passenger was 33-year-old Timothy Bradfield of Juneau.  The crash remains under investigation.


Two Killed In Fond du Lac Crash


6/23/16 – Two people were killed and three were injured in a three-vehicle accident in Fond du Lac yesterday.  The accident was on Interstate 41 northbound around 11:40 am.  The Wisconsin State Patrol says a semi-truck was slowing down when the crash happened. A vehicle behind the semi also was slowing down, but another vehicle then hit that vehicle from behind.  Emergency crews tried to revive two people who were in the middle vehicle, but they died at the scene.  Names have not been released.


DNA Evidence, Ex-Wife Among Day Eight Topics In Brantner Trial


6/23/16 – DNA evidence, an ex-wife, and a talkative juror were all items of interest in the eighth day of a Fond du Lac County homicide trial yesterday. Bart Naugle a DNA analyst from the State Crime Lab told the court he tested about 30 different items from Berit Beck’s van, but got little to no DNA that would be helpful in the case against Dennis Brantner. Judy McLeod, one of Brantner’s ex-wives, also testified. She said she met him while she was bartending at a bar near the Wisconsin-Illinois border. It was the late 1980s and Brantner was a trucker. She was interested in him and asked if he was married, he was separated at the time and said no. They got married, but later it was invalidated after she found out he was still married. The two would later be remarried, but that ended in 1994 when she found him hiding in her vehicle with a knife. Deputy District Attorney Dennis Krueger also informed Judge Gary Sharpe that they had learned that one of the male jurors had apparently talked to someone at his workplace about the strength of the evidence in the case. Krueger said they were still looking into that.  The trial continues today.


Man Accused Of Fleeing Dodge Co. Officer Pleads Not Guilty


6/23/16 – A Hartford man accused of leading a Dodge County Sheriff’s deputy on a drunken high speed chase pled not guilty at arraignment yesterday. Myles Hesse is charged with felony Attempting to Flee a Traffic Officer along with two misdemeanors. The 24-year-old was allegedly clocked in February going ten miles over the speed limit in the Town of Rubicon. When deputies pursued the vehicle, speeds reached near 100-miles-per-hour. Hesse was arrested at gunpoint after stopping his vehicle in the City of Hartford. He told the arresting officer he was (quote) “just being an idiot.” The deputy informed the suspect he was clocked going 83-miles-per-hour to which the Hesse reportedly responded (quote) “at least that.” A preliminary breath test indicated his blood alcohol level to be above the legal driving limit at point-one-two (.12). If convicted, the charges carry a maximum sentence of six years in prison. Hesse has a plea hearing set for June 29.


Wisconsin State Fair To Install Medical Detectors


6/23/16 – Wisconsin State Fair officials are installing metal detectors at West Allis fairground entrance gates for the first time to ensure the safety of summer fairgoers. Officials say the metal detectors might slow things down a little bit for the thousands of people who will attend the State Fair from August 4th to the 14th, but they say safety is their top priority. Organizers do not allow weapons of any kind on the fairgrounds. Additional cameras also will be added throughout the fairgrounds, allowing security to have more than 200 vantage points during the State Fair.