News – June 4, 2016

DOT Releases Traffic Fatality Statistics


6/4/16 – Preliminary data shows 49 people died in Wisconsin traffic crashes last month including eight during the recent Memorial Day weekend. Transportation safety officials note that traffic speeds and volumes typically increase over the next several months—and tragically—so do injuries and deaths from traffic-related crashes. Drivers and all motorists are urged to buckle-up, eliminate distractions, watch their speed, and be alert for motorcyclists and deer. Through the first five months of this year, 216 people died in Wisconsin traffic crashes, nine more compared to the same period last year. In Dodge County there have been three deaths in 2016. Jefferson County has experienced two. Fond du Lac County is reporting four. Washington County is at six. Columbia County has had ten road fatalities this year.


DCSO Reminding Drivers Of Insurance Law


6/4/16 – Drivers are reminded they need to have liability insurance to drive on Wisconsin roads.  It is the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Law of the Month for June.  The state law went into place in June 2010.  That does not mean all drivers abide by the rule.  Last year, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office issued 109 citations to uninsured drivers. Operating without insurance brings a fine of $200.  Failing to carry proof of insurance is an additional $10 fine.


Beaver Dam Hospital Holding Safety Open House


6/4/16 – Beaver Dam residents have a chance to teach their kids safety practices today.  The Beaver Dam Community Hospital is holding its Ninth Annual Safety First Open House.  The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and Beaver Dam Police, Fire, and EMS will be on hand providing things like boating safety tips, a fatal vision goggle demonstration, and a bike obstacle course.  There will also be health information exhibits, CPR instruction, child identification fingerprinting, and a car seat safety check.  The free event runs from 9 am to Noon with a MedFlight helicopter scheduled to land on the hospital roof at 11 am.  Most stations will be set up in the hospital’s lobby, conference rooms, and parking lot.


Walker Makes Final Appointments To Elections Panel


6/4/16 – Governor Scott Walker has made the final appointments to a new panel that will run Wisconsin elections. Walker chose Beverly Gill from a list of appointees recommended by legislative Republicans — and he appointed Julie Glancey from a list offered by Democrats. Gill is an election inspector in the town of Burlington, and Glancey is a former president of the Wisconsin County Clerks Association and a retired Sheboygan County clerk. They’ll join Mark Thomsen, Steve King, Don Millis, and Ann Jacobs on the six member elections panel. That agency, plus a new ethics commission, will replace the state Government Accountability Board at the end of June.


Job Growth Starting To Slip


6/4/16 – U-S employers have added their fewest jobs for a one-month period in five years, soon after the economy of southeast Wisconsin started to slip. The Labor Department says only 38-thousand jobs were created in May — and while the nation’s unemployment rate dropped three tenths to four point seven percent, it was mainly because more Americans stopped looking for work, and therefore not counted as unemployed. Some observers raised concerns about a looming economic slowdown. The Milwaukee Metro Association of Commerce says only eleven of the region’s 23 economic indicators improved in April, the fewest since January of 2012. The Milwaukee region has had 67 consecutive months of job growth — but April’s year to year increase of six tenths of one percent was the slowest growth since the middle of 2012.


Green Lake County Man Sentenced To Life For Murder


6/4/16 – A Green Lake County man will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing his estranged wife and her boyfriend. Thirty five year old Nicholas Tuinstra was given two life prison terms with no chance for a supervised release after he shot Melissa Tuinstra and Justin Daniels to death in September of 2014 in Berlin, soon after Melissa filed for divorce. Tuinstra yelled profanities and lunged toward the prosecution table at his sentencing Thursday, after it was mentioned that allegedly abused his wife in front of their daughter — and he later apologized for the outburst but said his daughter was a sensitive subject. He also maintained his innocence in the killings. A jury convicted Tuinstra on two homicide counts and a stalking charge.


Man Rummaging For Cans Injures Eyes On Meth Lab


6/4/16 – A man rummaging through a trash barrel at a Fond du Lac convenience store for aluminum cans got more than he bargained for. He found a two liter bottle with white powder inside of it. He got some of the powder in his eyes and went to the hospital. Meanwhile the bottle in the trash can started smoking. Assistant Police Chief Steve Klein says they suspect the bottle was what is termed a one-hit meth lab that someone had tossed in the trash. He says it was handled like a hazardous materials call. Klein says it was a dangerous situation. Klein says the chemicals used to make methamphetamine are combustible and throwing them out near a gas pump was dangerous. The call at the AP Kwik Mart on Scott Street was just before 12:30am Friday morning. Both Fond du Lac Police and Fire responded.


Beaver Dam Library Summer Reading Program Begins Monday


6/4/16 – The Beaver Dam Community Library will begin their seven-week-long summer reading program on Monday. The theme this year ties together reading with exercising mind and body. For youth participants, it’s “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read,” asking kids to read 15 minutes a day. Children’s Librarian Kim Kluge says that makes them eligible for weekly prizes and a $10 gift certificate for their End of the Summer Book Fair.  Teenagers are asked to “Get In The Game And Read” by completing five books and writing a brief review by the July 30th deadline to earn that $10 book fair gift certificate.  Information and Community Services Librarian Anita Streich says that $10 is also open for grownups through the adult reading program which has the theme “Exercise Your Mind: Read.” Summer reading packets are available for pick-up Monday and the official Summer Kick-Off party is a week from Monday, June 13 at 10am. The End of Summer Book Fair will run from August 1st through the 6th at the Beaver Dam Community Library.


Columbus Aquatic Center Offering Family Passes


6/4/16 – Columbus Area Aquatic Center planners are recommending family passes for pool use this summer. The family pass includes tickets to a number of special pool fun events — a “Flick and Float” on June 22nd — a “Ping Pong Float” on July  17th — and a Back to School event on August 21st —  at the community’s outdoor pool. The Columbus Aquatic Center opened for business on Memorial Day weekend. This year the facilities have a new staff and newly painted bathhouse interior.


Madison Named Among Best Places For Staycation


6/4/16 – A new study shows that Madison is one of the nation’s best places to take a vacation without going anywhere. The Washington finance website Wallet Hub says Madison is the 24th best place to take a “staycation” among the nation’s 150 largest cities. That’s based on 28 factors which involve recreation, relaxation, dining, and entertainment. Milwaukee is ranked 85th, and was listed as one of the worst big cities to relax in — but folks in western Wisconsin have it much better, as the nearby Twin Cities are ranked eighth for staycations. The Triple “A” says two thirds of Americans are not going beyond 50 miles for their vacations this summer — and the “Project Time Off” website says one third of workers cannot afford to use their vacation time.’’’