News – March 1, 2019

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers revealed his spending plan to a joint session of the Legislature Thursday night.  Evers is calling for an eight-cent increase in the fuel tax, with higher vehicle title fees and heavy truck registration fees needed to pay for the state’s transportation needs.  The governor also laid out his positions on a number of issues including K-12 education funding, Medicaid expansion and criminal justice reforms. State Senate Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau says the governor needs to sit at the “table to negotiate a budget that Republicans in the Senate might actually support.”

(Beaver Dam) It took a Dodge County jury just under four hours yesterday to convict a Beaver Dam man who supplied the drugs that led to an overdose death. After a weeklong jury trial, Brian K. Larson II was convicted of First Degree Reckless Homicide by Delivery of Drugs and Bail Jumping. 25-year-old Dakoda Kline of Juneau died of a drug overdose in April of 2017 after taking heroin supplied by Larson. A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered and Larson will be sentenced in June.

(Rubicon) Three people were injured, two seriously, in a two-vehicle crash in the township of Rubicon yesterday (Thursday) morning. Dodge County Sheriff’s officials say a car traveling east on Highway 60 near Jefferson Road around 10am started to spin counter-clockwise, crossed the center line and collided with a pickup truck in the opposite lane. The driver of the pickup sustained minor injuries, the driver of the car had serious injuries and a passenger in the car sustained life-threatening injuries and was airlifted by MedFlight to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.

(Oakfield) No injuries were reported in a house fire in the town of Oakfield yesterday (Thursday) morning. The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office says fire crews responded to the residence of Tom and Julie Hilbert on Hunter Lane around 9:20am. While there was no structural damage as a result of the fire, the home did sustain water and smoke damage. Two people and a dog were able to flee the home. The incident is not suspicious in nature; electrical issues were determined to be the cause.

(Jefferson County) A tax preparer in Jefferson County is accused of stealing tax refunds from customers. David Zehnder, who operated A-Z Productivity, Inc., prepared and filed at least 83 fraudulent federal and Wisconsin income tax returns from 2013 to 2017. Prosecutors allege that Zehnder stole, or attempted to steal, $32,312 of his customers’ refunds. If convicted, Zehnder could face up to 34 years in prison.

(Waupun) A local high school was named a finalist in a statewide competition. The Waupun High School is competing in the final round of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC) protocol gift design alongside Black River Falls, Northwood and Turtle Lake. The schools are required to use technology from their fabrication lab to create drink coasters that include Wisconsin in the design – and features elements that represent the state’s positive economic, cultural and historical attributes. Two winning designs will be chosen to be mass produced and will be presented to foreign delegations visiting Wisconsin and to business and government leaders on WEDC trade missions led by the governor.

(Beaver Dam) A local business, non-profit and citizen were honored during the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner last (Thursday) night. Reed Chrysler was recognized as the 2018 Business of the Year. St. Vincent de Paul Society of Dodge County was awarded the Non-Profit of the Year. Lifelong Beaver Dam resident Mary Fitzgerald was recognized as the Citizen of the Year. Chamber Member of the Year went to Andy Magurs (meh-gurs) who has spent over 22 years in Beaver Dam.

(Beaver Dam) Next Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the fatal explosion at the Village Glen Apartments in Beaver Dam. A controlled burn of Building 109 was ordered following the blast that revealed chemicals so volatile they first had to be detonated, before the entire building was burned to the ground. On WBEV’s Community Comment this (Friday) afternoon, our guests will be members of the Beaver Dam Police Department, the agency that handled the local investigation. We will be looking back at the eleven-day ordeal, discussing what police learned from the incident and going through some of the recently-released records of that investigation. Community Comment airs on AM1430 WBEV beginning at 12:35pm and he program will be streamed in audio and video at