News – June 25, 2016

Another Successful Year For WBEV/WXRO Children’s Radiothon


6/25/16 – The 27-hour marathon WBEV/WXRO Children’s Radiothon raised $106,080.88 in its 19th year. It all began with a live on-air auction Thursday morning at 6am and is continued through 9am yesterday (Fri) morning. For the ninth consecutive year, all the agencies benefiting from the Radiothon competed in fundraisers throughout the region for the Dodge County Service Cup. This year’s trophy winner, Green Valley Enterprises and The ARC Dodge County, raised $4346 in the Waupun area. Award-winning journalist John Muir was the “News Guy in the Sky” on the roof for the entire duration of the Radiothon collecting donations with a fishing pole. He was 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, Beaver Dam Community Activities and Services Administrator Evonne Boettge and Ryan Klavekoske with the Wisconsin Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The total from the roof this year is $5617.12. The Angel Walk raised $9091 which brings their eight-year total to $100,750. The Tower Lanes Bash raised $1288.50. The Eagle Riders and Stilettos On Steel raised $3625. Auctioneer Dave Bell and his Bids for Kids pulled in $3000 at a fundraiser last month. 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, The ARC Dodge County, Community Care Preschool and Child Care and – new this year – the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association.


Cash Bond Set For Former BDHS Soccer Coach Accused Of Child Sex Crime


6/25/16 – Cash bond was set at $10,000 yesterday in a Winnebago County courtroom for a former Beaver Dam High School soccer coach facing child sex charges. Schools Superintendent Steve Vessey says he was contacted Thursday by the City of Oshkosh Police Department regarding the arrest of Colin Stringer. On Wednesday evening, Stringer was taken into custody on felony charges of Using a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime and Possessing with Intent to Deliver Marijuana. Stringer was the Beaver Dam High School girls’ Junior Varsity coach during the 2015 season and was also a WIAA high school soccer official and youth soccer coach. Superintendent Vessey says a full background check was conducted when Stringer was hired in Beaver Dam and it did not identify any prior convictions. No victims have been identified in the Beaver Dam area, but Vessey notes the investigation is ongoing by the Beaver Dam Police Department in cooperation with the district. Vessey extended his heartfelt apology over the situation saying the safety of students is the district’s top priority. Parents who have concerns about their children’s interaction with the suspect should contact the Beaver Dam police and those with questions can call the superintendent’s office in the Educational Service Center.  Beaver Dam Police: 920-885-4613 ext. 501, Beaver Dam Unified School District: 920-885-7300 ext. 1111 or [email protected].  The 19-year-old Horicon man is due back in court July 7.


Video Watching Highlight Of Brantner Trial Day Ten


6/25/16 – A Fond du Lac County jury Friday watched a video police did with Dennis Brantner at the Kenosha Police Department in March of 2014. Brantner was living in Kenosha at the time. He was confronted with fingerprint evident taken from Berit Beck’s van. Brantner said he had been drinking with a guy at a bar the night before and woke up in a hotel the next morning with little recall of that night. He denied killing her and couldn’t remember that night. He said, “I did not kill her and I don’t know how I got to the hotel, and I don’t know what time we left.” Detectives from the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department and Kenosha Police pressured him to confess, but Brantner broke down in tears denying murdering the 18-year-old Sturtevant woman. He said, “I don’t know, if I did I hate myself.” Sheriff’s Detective Eric Muellenbach said, “But this would be the time to make it right.” Brantner kept uttering, “I don’t know, I don’t know.” Muellenbach told him to put the past behind him that it was “the time to move forward.”  The trial continues on Monday.


BDFD Conducting Fire Training In Residential Area


6/25/16 – A handful of Beaver Dam streets will be closed for part of the day.  The Beaver Dam Fire Department is conducting a live house burn at 800 South University Avenue as part of its fire training.  From 7 am to 1 pm, South University will be closed to traffic between Stark Street and Brook Street.  Brook Street will be closed to all thru traffic.  Citizens can access Stone Terrace and Hillside Manor through the entrance near Stark Street and the Beaver Dam Community Hospital off South University.  The training will be done inside the house, which was donated to the fire department by Beaver Dam Community Hospital.  Fire Captain Lee Smith says there will be moderate amounts of smoke in the area for short periods of time.  The training runs from 8 am to 1 pm.  The Beaver Dam Fire Department plans to tear the house down once the training is complete.  


Unemployment Down In Dodge County, Wisconsin


6/25/16 – Unemployment rates dropped in all area counties and statewide last month.  Dodge County reported 3.5-percent, down half-a-percent from April and nine-tenths from last May.  Columbia County’s 3.3-percent was half-a-point lower than April and 1.1-percent less than May 2015.  In Jefferson County, the 3.6-percent rate was four-tenths less than April and seven-tenths below last May’s number.  Washington County reported 3.2-percent in May, three-tenths less than the month before and six-tenths less than the same month last year.  Fond du Lac County’s 3.3-percent is three-tenths below April’s figure and nine-tenths less than last May.  In Green Lake County, May’s 4.4-percent was down one-percent from April and six-tenths from last May.  Statewide, the 4.2-percent jobless rate was down two-tenths from April and four-tenths from last May.  It is also five-tenths below the national figure.  The 4.2-percent is Wisconsin’s lowest figure since March 2001. 


Dodge County Board Amends Pawn Broker Ordinance


6/25/16 – The Dodge County Board amended an ordinance this week that governs how pawn brokers do business.  Any pawn broker, secondhand article dealer, or secondhand jeweler must upload all information about each item they receive to a Dodge County Sheriff Office approved website within 24 hours of the transaction.  If the site is down at any point, the person must report their inability to upload the information within 12 hours.  An electronic or written report is the back-up way to disclose the necessary information.  Sheriff Dale Schmidt says this ordinance change allows law enforcement to issue citations if someone disobeys.  He says it is now a requirement whereas it was previously a recommendation.


Law Enforcement Cracking Down On Drunken Boating


6/25/16 – The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is one of the Wisconsin law enforcement agencies taking part in a nationwide crackdown on drunk boating. Operation Dry Water started yesterday and runs through Sunday, and officials say one of the goals is to get people thinking about boating safety before the July Fourth weekend — which is known for alcohol related boating mishaps. The state D-N-R will take part in the crackdown along with U-S Coast Guard officers at Kenosha, Green Bay, and Sturgeon Bay. Geneva Lake’s law enforcement will also participate — along with Green Bay and Milwaukee police, officers in the Racine County towns of Norway and Waterford, and Door County sheriff’s deputies.


Event Raising Money For Gold Star Memorial Trail


6/25/16 – An event in Beaver Dam tomorrow is raising funds for a planned trail that will honor fallen veterans.  Organizers of the Gold Star Memorial Trail are collaborating with Mischler’s 14th Annual Mystery Ride.  Funds go toward construction of the first of five trail segments.  It will connect Mayville to the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area at a cost of $650,000.  To date, $188,340 is still needed.  Through the end of 2016, Mayville’s Bachhuber Foundation is offering a 100% matching grant for all donations.  Construction is expected to wrap up by the end of 2017.  In coming years, the plan is for the non-motorized path to connect Mayville, Horicon, and Beaver Dam.  Sign-up for the ride runs from 8:30 am to 10 am with the first group hitting the road at 8:45 am.  Groups of six to eight are welcome.  Anyone without a group will be paired.  Pledges are encouraged, and there are prizes for the top two winners.


State Fire Marshal Looking Into Oconomowoc Blaze


6/25/16 – The state Fire Marshal’s office is helping local investigators determine the cause of a fire that destroyed the Oconomowoc Landscape and Garden Center. Police officers reported the fire early Wednesday morning, after seeing several parts of the business in flames. Oconomowoc Public Safety Officer Dave Beghun says there was at least one explosion. He added that foul play is not suspected. No injuries were reported.  Beghun says several dump trucks were torched inside the building which also contained mulch, fertilizer, and other flammable materials.


Community Center Summer Concert In Fall River Tonight


6/25/16 – The Savanna Oaks Community Center “Summer Concert” is tonight in Fall River. The musical group “Funky Chunky” is playing –rain or shine– under the big tent on the Savanna Oaks grounds. Gates for the event will open at 5:00 pm and the music will start at 6:00 pm. People are invited to bring their own lawn chairs or blanket.


Canoe And Kayak Event At Horicon Marsh Today


6/25/16 – People have the opportunity to travel down the Rock River today.  The Horicon Marsh is hosting a 6.5-mile aquatic journey for canoers and kayakers through the marsh.  Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff will be on hand to guide participants while pointing out various wildlife and ecosystems in the marsh.  The trip runs from the Green Head Boat Landing to the Nebraska Street Landing in Horicon.  The trips go until 1 pm.  A free shuttle from the Nebraska Street Boat Landing back to the Green Head Boat Landing runs until 1:30 pm for paddlers with their own canoe or kayak.