News – June 7, 2019

(Juneau) In a federal courtroom in Chicago yesterday, an initial status hearing was held on a civil case brought by a Beaver Dam man who says he was held illegally in the Dodge County Jail for six months in 2017. Selepri Amachree (suh-lep-re, uh-mock-re) is seeking $5-million dollars in damages from Immigration and Dodge County, among others. The complaint alleges that Sheriff Dale Schmidt conspired with ICE to detain the Liberian-born, legal US resident on a technicality. Emails in the complaint between the DA and sheriff paint Amachree as a conman, drug addict, thief and pervert. Amachree calls the claims defamatory and baseless built on hearsay. A status hearing on the case is scheduled in Chicago later this month.

(Mayville) The city of Mayville has won a lawsuit filed by a former police officer. A Dodge County judge yesterday (Thursday) granted a summary judgement to the city and former Chief Ryan Vossekuil, who was accused of violating a confidentiality agreement. Mark Forster sued for reinstatement of his job with full salary and back pay. Forster maintained the agreement in his 2016 resignation was broken because information about his departure was given to the sheriff, city clerk and detectives from Watertown. The letter in question raised concerns about a conflict of interest with Forster’s wife, a city alderperson, as it related to “alleged misconduct” by her husband. Forster was seeking in excess of $700-thousand dollars; he can still appeal.

(Beaver Dam) Cash bond was set at a quarter-million dollars yesterday for a Sun Prairie man facing multiple charges for allegedly having inappropriate contact with several minors in Beaver Dam. It all started when a 16-year-old told police that she was in a relationship with Albert Gonzales in 2017. The 25-year-old is also accused of being with a 13-year-old. The victims reportedly provided incriminating social media messages and a search warrant of his Facebook page allegedly uncovered numerous other attempts to lure young girls. A judge will decide next week if there is enough evidence to order a trial.

(Theresa) Fond du Lac County recorded its second fatal traffic accident in one week yesterday. Sheriff’s officials say a 53-year-old Fond du Lac man crossed over the center line on Highway 175 in the Town of Byron and crashed head-on into a truck driven by a 51-year-old Theresa man. The Fond du Lac man died at the scene and the Theresa man was flown to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah with serious injuries. Alcohol is not considered a factor in the crash which remains under investigation.

(Beaver Dam) Authorities confirm that the kayak found near a body in the Beaver Dam River is not related to the investigation. Police Detective Daniel Kuhnz says they should be considered two separate issues at this point as there is no indication that they are associated. Kuhnz says he has spoken with several people who were with a group when the watercraft overturned, so they tied it up. They identified the owner, but police have not had made contact. 48-year-old George Stodola of Beaver Dam was found by kayakers in the water between Cooper Street and Highway 151 Saturday. The death remains under investigation.

(Mayville) A 22-year-old Mayville man accidentally shot himself while practicing his draw at the Ripon Rifle and Pistol Club Wednesday afternoon. Town of Ripon Police Captain Howard Stibb says the man was on the range and was pulling his gun from his holster when it went off, into his hip. The bullet exited through his right thigh. He was taken to the Ripon Medical Center where he was flown to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center. Later in the day, he was released from the hospital.

(Milwaukee) The entire Beaver Dam Girls Basketball team made the trip to Milwaukee for last (Thursday) night’s Wisconsin Sports Awards. The event, put on by WBEV/WXRO parent company Good Karma Brands, is a celebration of Wisconsin’s high school, collegiate and professional athletic achievements from the previous year. The Golden Beavers were nominated for two awards, Team of the Year and Top Coach. Both were ultimately awarded to the Milwaukee Bucks and their coach Mike Budenholzer. Beaver Dam Head Coach Tim Chase says it was an honor to be recognized and was a great way to cap of a great year. Chase says that he is (quote) “proud” that his team got to be a part of this experience.