(Beaver Dam) The water level on Beaver Dam Lake may be dropping over the winter from now on. The city held a public hearing this week and advanced a revised “water level order” to the state DNR. The current water level is 88.3-feet year-round with the exception of four weeks in the spring when it is reduced by around seven inches. The proposed change would keep the lake at that lower level from mid-October until mid-April, or whenever the lake is free of ice, whichever is later. The matter is now in the DNR’s hands and state officials are awaiting a formal request and permit fee payment from the city before moving forward with a public hearing period and final decision. Beaver Dam is one of the few lakes in the state without a winter draw down.
(Oconomowoc) A multiple hour standoff in Waukesha county closed I-94 Tuesday night and those two suspects are in the hospital. The incident started when a DNR Warden spotted a stolen vehicle, which lead to a chase with police that ended with the two suspects barricading themselves in the vehicle. Waukesha County sheriff Eric Severson says police gassed the vehicle to force the couple out, at which point the male suspect was shot while pointing his gun at the female suspect. The man is in critical condition. The case has been handed over to the state division of criminal investigation.
(Friendship) Fond du Lac County has it’s second fatal traffic accident of the year. Forty-seven-year-old Richard Detert of Fond du Lac died of injuries he suffered in a motorcycle versus pickup truck accident. Detert passed away Monday at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah. Also injured in the accident on Lakeshore Drive Sunday afternoon, 37-year-old Karen Detert of Fond du Lac, was flown to ThedaCare with serious injuries. The pickup truck driver was not hurt in the collision after attempting to turn in front of the motorcycle.
(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man is charged with raping an unconscious female. 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 22-year-old faces no more than 40-years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled later this month.
(Brandon) A Brandon teen who had sexual contact with a four-year-old girl has been sentenced to six years of probation. A charge of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child was read into the record and dismissed. Fond du Lac County Judge Robert Wirtz (WURTZ) sentenced James Iverson Jr. this week on charges of Causing a Child to View a Sex Act and Exposure of Genitals to a Child. The 18-year-old Iverson pled no contest to those charges in March.
(Waupun) A 10-year-old girl in Waupun says a man offered her candy and money Monday afternoon. She went home immediately and told a parent. When police checked the area of East Main and North Watertown Streets no man or vehicle matching the description she gave was found. He is described as Caucasian between 20-and-30 years old. He was said to be driving a black four-door car.
(Waupun) A Dodge County jury this week found a 21-year-old inmate guilty of assaulting a corrections officer at Dodge Correctional in Waupun. The verdict was rendered Tuesday after a one-day jury trial for Tyler Milton who was charged with a felony count of battery by prisoners. During a strip search in May of 2018 Milton head butted a guard. Corrections officers suspected Milton had taken an unidentified medication. He will be sentence on August 8th. Milton is now being housed at Waupun Correctional.
(Madison) The State Senate has taken the first step at legalizing electric scooters. The Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would put electric scooters like the for-rent Bird Scooters in the same class of vehicle like mopeds and personal mobility devices. That means the devices would be cleared for use on sidewalks and bike lanes, but not on many highways. Local governments would still be allowed to make laws on where those scooters may be parked. The bill now moves to the State Assembly.
(Madison) The 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion is today. Wisconsin’s Veterans Museum in Madison is remembering this anniversary by unveiling a new display featuring some of the items used by a Wisconsin sailor during the invasion. It includes rain gear, a helmet and boots Martin Gutekunst of Milwaukee wore on Utah Beach. The display will be in place through the month of June.
(Beaver Dam) Those in attendance at comedian Charlie Berens show this weekend will see video of the Manitowoc Minute host learning to jump on water-skis on Beaver Dam Lake. Berens’ Da Oh My Gosh Tour will be onstage at the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre Saturday night. Ron Wilkie, who is with both the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre and the Beaverland Mustskis, says he first got to know Berens while trying to book him for a show. The two had dinner while Wilkie was in Hollywood and he pitched the Beaverland Mustskis as a vignette for Berens weekly program. Berens instead incorporated the video-taped segment into his stage show, for not only the Beaver Dam performance, but the entire tour. There are only a handful of tickets remaining for this Saturday’s show at the Fine Arts Center.