News – June 4, 2019

(Trenton) A Beaver Dam man who caused a fatal crash while driving the wrong way on Highway 151 has succumbed to injuries sustained in the wreck. On May 26, Eric Hagenbart was driving a minivan northbound in the southbound lanes in Town of Trenton when the 39-year-old struck the oncoming car head-on. 24-year-old Ryan Schultz of Sun Prairie was pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff says the incident remains under investigation.

(Clyman) A Clyman man was placed on probation for two years yesterday (Monday) for his role in the March 31st burglary of Mercer T’s bar in Clyman. 19-year-old Matthew Schneider entered into a deferred prosecution agreement on a felony Burglary charge, meaning he will avoid a felony record if he stays out of trouble while on probation. A 22-year-old Clyman man is facing similar charges for his role in the break-in.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam teen accused of running from police had a signature bond set at $1000 during an initial appearance yesterday (Monday). Beaver Dam police initiated the pursuit in April after getting reports of two motorcycles doing wheelies. The chase reportedly reached speeds of over 100-miles-per-hour. Brenan Jordan crashed on Highway G and allegedly ran into a nearby fence line before surrendering. The 17-year-old reportedly said he did not want to get caught because he does not have a motorcycle license. Jordan is facing up to three-and-a-half years in prison, if convicted.

(Beaver Dam) A couple counterfeit bills were passed in Beaver Dam over the weekend. A fake $100 bill was spent at Dunham’s and Piggly Wiggly. The suspect is described as a black male in his late teens or early 20s described as “skinny.” Both bills were discovered in deposits at local banks. Anyone with information is asked to contact Beaver Dam Police.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council last (Monday) night approved incentives that will allow a downtown business to expand. Nunatak Coffee – formerly Blackwater – is expanding its operations into a building at 315 South Spring Street. The city will provide up to 20-percent of the $400-thousand-dollar project cost. An amount not to exceed $80-thousand dollars will come from TIF #6, paid upon completion of the project. The contract has stipulations protecting the city, requiring substantial construction to be completed by the end of next year and penalties for selling the property within five years. The facility will house a café and coffee roasting facility.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council last (Monday) night approved the sale of 4.4-acres of land for Dodge County’s only domestic violence shelter to build a new facility. PAVE – which stands for Protect, Advocate, Validate and Educate – has been talking about moving into a newer, larger facility for years. The purchase price is $5000-per acre for the land located on North Crystal Lake Road, next to Wal-Mart.

(Beaver Dam) The YMCA of Dodge County yesterday (Monday) celebrated the 30th year of a free, life-saving program. The Bea Bonner McKinstry Begin to Swim Program gives area children and adult non-swimmers the opportunity to learn how to swim at the Y at no-cost. It was created by an endowment fund established in 1989 by Bea Bonner McKinstry’s husband Randall McKinstry and her son John McKinstry. Bea had two friends die in a drowning accident in 1927. Since its inception, over 3,000 children and adults have participated in the program.

(Eldorado) Cayley Vande Berg of Eldorado will be representing Fond du Lac County as the Fairest of the Fair over the next year. The 19-year-old UW-River Falls student was crowned during ceremonies in Fond du Lac over the weekend. The Fond du Lac County Fair is July 17th through the 21st. Vande Berg will compete at the state Fairest of the Fair Competition next January.

(Milwaukee) Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes has taken care of a fine for unpaid parking tickets.  The Journal Sentinel first reported that the 108-dollar fine was nearly a year old, and that is was paid off last week.  A Milwaukee municipal judge found Barnes guilty for not paying the parking tickets within two-months of their issuance.  Barnes says he did not know about the ticket until he tried to register a vehicle he previously owned.