News – June 25, 2019

(Beaver Dam) Cash bond was set at $2,500 yesterday (Monday) for a Beaver Dam woman charged with vehicular homicide after the car she was reportedly driving went off the Madison Street Bridge and into the Beaver Dam River. Authorities were dispatched to the area near Ryan Cantafio’s Way, behind Park Plaza Pizza, at bar closing time in April. Cindy Lara-Esparza sustained non-life-threatening injuries but her 23-year-old boyfriend, Jared Frakes, was killed. Both Lara-Esparza and Frakes were reportedly drinking at Johnny’s Lounge the night of the accident. A blood draw from Lara-Esparza allegedly returned a result of point-two-one-two (.212). If convicted on both charges, the 23-year-old faces no more than 50 years in prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled in August.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man charged with raping an unconscious female made his initial appearance in court yesterday (Monday). Steven Carrick is facing a felony count of Second Degree Sexual Assault. The 17-year-old allegedly told police that she fell asleep on his and when she awoke he was on top of her. If convicted, the 23-year-old faces no more than 40-years in prison. Signature bond was set at $1,000 and the court ordered a competency evaluation.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man was sentenced to six months in jail with work release privileges yesterday (Monday) for making threats against police. In April, Samuel Stephenson entered a no contest plea to a felony count of Threats to a Law Enforcement Officer. Stephenson ran from officers following a January fight. After a brief chase, a Taser gun was used to take Stephenson into custody. While being booked into the Dodge County Jail, Stephenson verbally threatened corrections officers and staff, even the city’s K9. The 21-year-old was also placed on probation for four years.

(Wisconsin Dells) State troopers are paying more attention to four so-called “hot spots” in and around the Wisconsin Dells this summer. Trooper Sou Xiong (soo zhong) says 600 people have been injured in summer crashes in Sauk County over the past three years. The “hot spots” are Highway 12 and Interstate 94 in the Lake Delton, Highway 33-136 in West Baraboo, and Highway 23-33 in Reedsburg.

(Wisconsin Dells) A nearly week long search for the body of an 11-year-old boy in the Wisconsin River ended Monday morning.  Adams County Sheriff Brent York says Jamison Owen Dean Miller was found near the Kilbourn Dam, down river from the swimming area near Wisconsin Dells where he went missing back on the 18th.    Friends and family held a vigil for Jamison last Saturday.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School Board will decide on the closure of an elementary school at its July meeting. South Beaver Dam Elementary would be consolidated with Jefferson Elementary after the next school year. Around $2.25-million dollars would be used to accommodate the new students at Jefferson. The Educational Services Center would also close. The school board meets on July 15 at 6:30pm.

(Beaver Dam) A stretch of Stone Street in Beaver Dam is now closed until the fall. Reconstruction is getting underway on the portion between South Spring Street and Roedl (RAY-dull) Court. The entire street will remain closed to through traffic during the entire length of the $1.1-million-dollar project, which is expected to be completed by the end of October.

(Madison) Today (Tuesday) is “Lightning Awareness Day” in Wisconsin. Andrew Beckett with Wisconsin Emergency Management says the best advice is “when thunder roars, go indoors.” Most injuries and deaths from lightning strikes are people doing recreational activities outside. Beckett says if someone you’re with is struck by lightning, you should begin CPR and call 911 immediately.

(Beaver Dam) The new Seippel Center for Music and the Arts is hosting their first outdoor concert (Tuesday) tonight. The new non-profit was established as a hub linking teachers with students, but the Center’s Music Director says they want to supplement that mission with live concert performances. Rich Zeman says attendees are invited to bring a chair, blanket and picnic basket. The Beaver Dam Community Band will perform at 7pm.