News – June 3, 2016

Clyman Man Accused Of Mishandling Overdose Death


6/3/16 – A Clyman man made his initial appearance in a Dodge County courtroom Thursday on charges that he failed to get help for a friend who died of a heroin overdose. Gabriel Brandl is charged with felony Hiding A Corpse in connection with the death of Holly Nehls this past Tuesday. Investigators initially told Brandl multiple times that he was not under arrest, that they had no intention of arresting him and that if he did not want to talk he was free to leave. The 29-year-old at one point stated (quote) “heroin is an epidemic” and he wanted to do what was right for Nehls by explaining the circumstances surrounding her death. Brandl allegedly said that he was a regular user and Nehls was an occasional user. The two would share drugs sometimes and on Tuesday, Nehls asked Brandl if he would help her shoot up for the first time. He apparently agreed, sharing his personal needle with her and giving her half the dose she asked for. Brandl and Nehls then drove around the Watertown area with their drug supplier, who was named only by initials in the criminal complaint. She was reportedly fine after shooting up for about ten minutes and then she went unconscious. Brandl says he and the unnamed supplier assumed she would “snap out of it” and drove around for three hours debating about the right thing to do. Later in the evening, after dropping off their supplier, Brandl noticed Nehls was no longer breathing. According to the criminal complaint, he attempted CPR, was 99-percent sure she was dead and started to feel guilty because he should have brought her to the hospital sooner. If convicted of felony Hiding a Corpse, the maximum penalty is 12-and-a-half years in prison. Brandl is being held in the Dodge County jail on a $5000 cash bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next week.


Inmate Accused of Assault Bound Over


6/3/16 – A former inmate at Dodge Correctional in Waupun, accused of violently raping a fellow prisoner, will proceed to trial. During a preliminary hearing yes terday, Dodge County Judge John Storck found probable cause and bound over Tyrone Jones Junior on two felony counts of Second Degree Sexual Assault with the Use of Force.   The 22-year-old has since been moved to the prison in Boscobel. An inmate reported to prison staff that he was forced by Jones to perform a sex act without his consent on two separate occasions last summer. If convicted, he could have up to 80 years added to his sentence.  Jones will be arraigned next month.


Beaver Dam Man Pleads Not Guilty To Battery Charge


6/3/16 – A Beaver Dam man accused of threatening police officers pled not guilty at arraignment yesterday.  Steven Bilke is facing two felony counts of Battery or Threat to Law Enforcement along with three misdemeanors.  Beaver Dam Police was dispatched to the 46-year-old’s house for a disturbance in progress last month.  Upon arrival, officers tried to arrest Bilke for an outstanding warrant.  Bilke allegedly refused to cooperate and made contact with the arresting officer multiple times.  After pepper spray was used, Bilke reportedly threatened the officers a number of times.  If he is found guilty on all counts, Bilke faces up to 22 years in prison.


Church Health Services Expands Dental Offerings


6/3/16 – Church Health Services is now able to provide dental service to more patients at once.  The non-profit group, which offers healthcare to local residents who have a low income, are uninsured, or are underinsured, moved into its current location on Beaver Dam’s North Center Street in 2012, and the dental program started in 2014.  Now an entire wing of the building is devoted to dental care.  Dental Clinic Coordinator Stacy Nehmer says they now have four chairs instead of two, which increases efficiency as a dentist can operate out of all four chairs at once.  While the dentist is seeing one patient, assistants can work with the other three.  Nehmer says Church Health Services is now able to accept Medicaid for dental services, something that allows them to serve more clients than most firms since they have a much lower overhead cost than many for-profit dentists.  Anyone who needs to schedule an appointment or volunteer their services as a healthcare professional should visits


Tour de Marsh Is Saturday


6/3/16 – The Tour-de-Marsh is set for Saturday in and around the Horicon Marsh. The DNR’s Liz Herzmann says the event incorporates the beauty of the marsh with the charm of small towns and food. Herzmann says outdoor enthusiasts have an opportunity to view the marsh by foot, bicycle, motorcycle or automobile. Participants can ride from eight miles to 38-miles, all based on their comfort level. There are five starting and resting stations on the tour each with parking, refreshments, maps, information cards, stamp cards and restrooms. The five stations include Chances Bar and Grill in Burnett; Rock River Tap in Horicon; the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitors Center off Highway 28; the National Wildlife Refuge Office and Visitor Center off County Highway Z and the National Wildlife Refuge hiking trail parking lot off Highway 49. Guided tours leave from the National Refuge parking lot at 9am and 10:30am. Other stops include Marsh Haven Nature Center and Ledge Park. The Tour De Marsh runs from 8am until 1pm tomorrow. There is no entry fee and no official starting or ending point. The 33,000-acre marsh is one of the largest fresh water marshes in the United States, has been named one of the “sever wonders of Wisconsin” and a “wetland of International importance.”

Call Horicon Chamber of Commerce for more information at 920.485.3200 or the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitors Center at 920.387.7893.


Fish ‘N Fun Hits Record Number, Event Rain or Shine


6/3/16 – There will be a record number of children receiving free fishing poles in Beaver Dam tomorrow as part of the 14th Annual Kids Fish ‘N Fun Day. Bill Boettge with the Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association says when registration closed one week ago they had over 200 kids signed-up. Children ages four through 12 will be learning about boat safety, knot tying, baiting a hook, casting, and fish cleaning at Edgewater Park. Kids Fish and Fun Day will be held rain or shine. This weekend is also free fishing weekend in Wisconsin.


Ryan On Trump Endorsement


6/3/16 – House Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville says Donald Trump did not offer a thing in exchange for the speaker’s endorsement. Ryan wrote in his hometown Janesville Gazette Thursday that he still has differences with the presumptive G-O-P presidential nominee — but the two agree more than disagree on an agenda that House Republicans have been working on to unify their party. They’re expected to start unveiling that agenda next week. Ryan made waves last month when he said he was not ready to support Trump — but they’ve had a number of talks since then, and Ryan says he’s now confident that Trump will help improve people’s lives with the idea in the G-O-P’s agenda. Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz slammed what she called Ryan’s “tepid, halfhearted endorsement.”


Legislators Still Seeking Highway Maintenance Revenue


6/3/16 – At least two Republican legislative leaders say they’ll keep looking for acceptable revenue increases to improve Wisconsin highways. That’s after Governor Scott Walker said Thursday he would not raise transportation taxes or fees without corresponding budget cuts elsewhere. Walker also told reporters he would not repeat his 2015 proposal to borrow a record one point three billion dollars to avoid tax hikes — something his fellow Republicans in the Legislature criticized as they reduced the bonding to 850-million dollars through the middle of next year. Assembly G-O-P Majority Leader Jim Steineke says Walker’s plan is “unsustainable,” noting that road projects would continue to be delayed, and the economy could suffer. G-O-P finance chair John Nygren says there’s still a big interest among his colleagues to find more money for highways.