News – June 8, 2016

Beaver Dam PFC Learns Of Unexpected Costs


6/8/16 – The Beaver Dam Police and Fire Commission last night learned about unexpected charges related a pending change in the sheriff’s department’s records management system. In November, the Dodge County Board approved purchase of the Spillman records management system. At $1.1-million dollars, Spillman will be used to connect law enforcement countywide starting in 2018. Beaver Dam Police Chief John Kreuziger says that he received a letter from Sheriff Dale Schmidt detailing the city’s financial obligation to change over to Spillman. A letter was sent to all the chief’s in Dodge County. The one Beaver Dam says Spillman will cost $25-thousand dollars in 2017 and then nearly $14-thousand dollars in 2019 and beyond. City Attorney Mary Ann Schacht says she will touch base with the county’s legal counsel to further clarify information in the letter. Schacht says that the police chief does not have the authority to make the decisions required by the letter and additional information is needed. Spillman will replace New World, which was reportedly plagued with issues since going online in September of 2013.


Jensen Appointed Fire Department Chaplain


6/8/16 – The Beaver Dam Police and Fire Commission last night appointed a chaplain for the fire department. Pastor Mark Jensen of Beaver Dam’s First Lutheran Church has been tabbed as the volunteer chaplain for the fire department. He has served as chaplain for the Police Department for the past year and says his role as pastor dovetails nicely into his role as chaplain. Jensen was out guest on WBEV’s Community Comment last Friday and discussed his role with the Beaver Dam Police Department. Over the next two days we will look closer at the role of police chaplain as it relates to helping both victims and law enforcement officials.


Dodge County Could Soon Vote On New Library Association


6/8/16 – By the end of next month, Dodge and Washington County libraries could have their futures decided.  At last month’s Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System meeting, Dodge and Washington County officials voted to approach the neighboring Eastern Shores Library System about becoming member counties.  Eastern Shores is currently made up of Sheboygan and Ozaukee County libraries.  Dodge County Administrator Jim Mielke says this seems like the best fit geographically.  Dodge and Washington Counties are looking to join a new system after Jefferson County left the Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System for the neighboring Waukesha County Library System last year.  The Dodge and Washington county boards could vote on joining the Eastern Shores Library System at their July meetings. They would officially become members on January 1.


Columbus Council Vacancy To Be Filled By Appointment


6/8/16 – There is a vacancy on the Columbus City Council following the resignation of First District Alderman Rick Royem. The opening will be filled by council appointment and would serve through April of next year, when the seat will be up for election. Mayor Kelly Crombie says that appointment could be approved as early as June 21, the next regular meeting of the common council. First District residents in Columbus interested in the vacancy can submit a letter of interest to City Clerk Anne Donahue at City Hall.


New Superintendent Tabbed For Oakfield School District


6/8/16 – The Oakfield School District will have a new superintendent next month. Vance Dalzin has been the superintendent for the Fox Point-Bayside School District and will begin in Oakfield on July 1st. He replaces Sue Green who worked part time as the superintendent for Oakfield the past three years. Dalzin has 25 years of educational experience. Green lives in Madison and resigned in March to take care of her sick mother. Twenty people applied for the Oakfield job.


Nominations Being Accepted For BDUSD Wall of Fame


6/8/16 – Nominations are now being sought for the Beaver Dam School District’s 2016 Wall of Fame Awards. Honors will be given in two categories: Friends of Education and Outstanding Alumni.  Friends of Education are individuals or organizations who have given distinguished service to the district and its students. Last year, Mark Killingsworth, the Beaver Dam Scholarship Foundation and Jerry Rechek and Rechek’s Food Pride were honored. Outstanding Alumni are graduates of the high school recognized for exceptional accomplishments, outstanding leadership, historical significance and prominence on the local, state, national or international stage. The most recent Outstanding Alumnus was Eric Stanley Kalkhurst. The 1919 graduate appeared on Broadway and in film, and also taught acting to Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart. Film star Fred MacMurray was first recipient. Nomination packets are available at the Educational Service Center and on the district website at Nomination deadline is September 9. The district will honor the 2016 Wall of Fame recipients at their Wall of Fame Banquet in November. Award plaques will be permanently displayed at the high school.


Waupun Woman Pleads Guilty To Garage Thefts


6/8/16 – A Waupun woman pled guilty yesterday to committing a crime spree last August.  Brittany Hopp will spend 90 days in jail, three years on probation, and must enroll in the county’s Treatment Alternatives and Diversions program for a series of garage burglaries in Waupun.  Six other counts were dismissed but read into the record.  The 24-year-old stole power tools and electronics from various garages.  Hopp stashed them in bushes and later picked them up with her car.  Police found many of the stolen items in the back of Hopp’s car after she got into an accident in Fond du Lac County a few days after the thefts.  Additional items were traced to a pawn shop.  Hopp was motivated by a heroin addiction.


Tree Trimmer Injured In Dane County


6/8/16 – A tree trimmer is hospitalized after falling 75 feet from a bucket truck south of Madison. Dane County sheriff’s deputies say a 50-year-old man from Albany was working for a private tree trimming service when he fell yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon — perhaps because a boom connected to the truck had snapped. Almost 50 Wisconsin Power and Light customers lost power soon after the incident. But officials say the man was not working next to power lines, and there was no indication he was electrocuted. He was taken to U-W Hospital in Madison, where he was in serious condition at last word.


Wisconsin Women Not Rallying Around Clinton


6/8/16 – Wisconsin women do not seem to be rallying around Democrat Hillary Clinton just because she’s the first woman to secure a major party presidential nomination. U-W Milwaukee professor Kathy Dolan says young women in particular believe that a candidate’s gender should not determine their vote. Exit polls from the April Wisconsin primary showed that Clinton and Bernie Sanders split the women’s Democratic vote — and a Marquette Law School poll just before the primary showed that 64 percent of Wisconsin women under 30 chose Sanders, while 30 to 60-year-old women split between him and Clinton.  Luz Sosa is a national convention delegate committed to Sanders. And while she’ll vote for Clinton in November, she tells the Journal Sentinel the former Secretary of State needs to be more likable and less “robotic” to attract more young female voters.


Trump To Wisconsin GOP Leaders: ‘Get Over It’


6/8/16 – Donald Trump is telling Wisconsin’s top Republicans to “get over it,” after they criticized his stance against a federal judge due to his Mexican descent. Three of the state’s highest G-O-P elected officials — House Speaker Paul Ryan, U-S Senator Ron Johnson, and Governor Scott Walker — were among the Republicans criticizing Trump for being against a judge with Mexican parents hearing his court case involving Trump University. The presumptive G-O-P White House nominee issued a statement yesterday (Tuesday) that his remarks were “misconstrued,” denying a racist motive — and later on Fox News, Trump said Republicans have a “lot of anger” they have to get past, noting it’s okay if they don’t endorse him. Ryan calls Trump’s remark from last week a “textbook definition of a racist