News – June 3, 2021

(Beaver Dam) Elected officials in Beaver Dam are divided on who should be approving a half-million dollars in downtown revitalization grants. Mayor Becky Glewen wants the new Downtown Redevelopment Committee to approve the business improvement funding. Opponents say that committee has mostly appointed officials, and elected officials on the full common council should have the final word of approving the grants. A resolution giving the council that authority was voted down last month but the matter is expected to be revisited in committee.

(Juneau) Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson says residents of the 37th Assembly District can request an absentee ballot for the upcoming primary election. A total of eight Republicans have announced their candidacy for the assembly seat vacated by John Jagler after his election to the senate. The district consists of the Towns of Elba, Emmet, and Lebanon; the Villages of Lowell and Reeseville; and the Cities of Columbus and Watertown. The primary election will be held on June 15th. The top vote getter will advance to the special election on July 13th to face one Democratic candidate and one Independent candidate. All of the Republican candidates appearing on the primary ballot have been invited on WBEV’s Community Comment next week.

(Juneau) A Beaver Dam man was sentenced to three years in prison and placed on extended supervision for three years yesterday (Wednesday) on domestic abuse charges. Jordan Kemper continuously struck and dragged the victim by her ankle and leg after he could not find his vape device last July. The 26-year-old also called the victim from jail and told her to tell prosecutors that she caused her own injuries. During sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Yolanda Tienstra (teen-stra) said Kemper has a lengthy history of violent behavior and that there was no alternative to a lengthy prison sentence.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man charged with assaulting an unconscious woman at his apartment entered into a plea deal yesterday (Wednesday). Steven Carrick entered a no contest plea to a felony count of Second Degree Sexual Assault and two misdemeanor charges of Fourth Degree Sexual Assault. The court withheld finding guilt on the felony charge and placed Carrick into a deferred prosecution agreement. Meaning he will avoid a felony record if he stays out of trouble for three years. Carrick was found guilty on the misdemeanor charges and was placed on probation for two years.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man charged with possessing an explosive device has changed his plea to not guilty by reason of mental defect yesterday. Beaver Dam police allegedly found a pipe bomb in Chad Leitner’s possession in February. The Dane County Bomb Squad was called to the scene and rendered the device – which had a kill radius of nearly 50 feet – safe. Leitner had denied making the pipe bomb. If convicted, the 42-year-old faces up to 18 years in prison.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials recorded 16 COVID deaths yesterday bringing that number to 7,110. Dodge County is now reporting 172 deaths with 88 active cases. Thirty-four-point-two-percent (34.2%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 38.4-percent have had at least one dose.

(Portage) The Portage Fire Department promoted four members yesterday (Wednesday). Mark Bublitz was promoted from lieutenant to captain-engineer. Matt Asch and Brain Bonovetz were both promoted to lieutenant-engineer from fulltime engineer. Ryan Armson was promoted from fulltime engineer to inspector-engineer. Fire Chief Troy Haase says their families took part in the celebration by pinning their badges and collar brass during the pinning ceremony.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department recently commended a kid for rescuing baby ducklings. Officers were called to Edgewater Park Monday around 5:30pm after a report was made that a kid was catching baby ducks with a net and showing them to other visitors of the park. Police found the child and lauded his efforts for rescuing the ducks.