News – March 18, 2016

Grocer Prevented Woman From Being Scammed


3/18/16 – Beaver Dam Police are crediting employees at Rechek’s Food Pride with preventing an elderly woman from being scammed out of hundreds of dollars. The Beaver Dam woman was in the store over the noon hour on Wednesday attempting to send around $500 via Western Union to people she did not know in Jamaica. Police Chief John Kreuziger says while the woman was in the store, the conmen called her several times coaxing her into wiring the money. Kreuziger says they promised to send her $2000 after she wired her money. He says when services such as Western Union are used it is nearly impossible to reverse the transaction or trace the money. The chief says employees at Rechek’s were familiar with the tactics being used and realized it was a scam. Rechek’s Assistant Store Manager Mike Monheim says the employees at the service desk are trained to spot red flags and ask questions about their relationship with the person they are sending money to so that no one falls into a trap.  Kreuziger says if someone tries to get you to send money to get money back that is a sure indication of a scam.


Beaver Dam Kohl’s Store Not On Closure List


3/18/16 – Kohl’s will be closing 18 of its stores across the country, but only one in Wisconsin. That store is located in Brown Deer. The announcement came on the heels of the company’s earning report. Half of the Kohl’s stores being closed are located in California. The Kohl’s store Beaver Dam will apparently not be affected by the closures.


State Supreme Court Debate Tonight


3/18/16 – Wisconsinites will get to see the two candidates for the State Supreme Court debate each other tonight (Friday). Justice Rebecca Bradley and her challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg will discuss the issues for one hour, starting at seven p-m on Wisconsin Public Television and Radio. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and public broadcasting are co-sponsoring the debate, which will originate from Madison. J-S Online will feature a panel reacting to the candidates’ comments — and former state Justice Janine Geske will be part of that group.


Annual County Health Rankings Released


3/18/16 – The annual County Health Rankings by U-W Madison and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have been released. Dodge County dropped three spots to 32nd for current health factors, which measures behaviors along with clinical care and social, economic and physical environmental factors. In terms of “health outcomes” – meaning how long people live and how healthy they feel – Dodge County improved from 33rd last year to 22nd. Dodge County also had an overall health ranking of 22nd out of the state’s 72 counties. Columbia County has an overall ranking of 35th while Fond du Lac County is 31st. Green Lake County came in at 25th. Washington and Jefferson counties are in the top ten with seventh and eighth place rankings, respectively. For the fourth year in a row, Ozaukee County is the healthiest in Wisconsin. Just like last year, Ozaukee leads the 72 counties in both current health factors and projected outcomes of how long and how well residents live. Waukesha County is second-best for current health and Number-six for projected outcomes. Menominee County, home of the Menominee Indian Reservation, is again 72nd-and-worst in both categories — and Milwaukee County, with high poverty is again second-worst in both.


Horicon School Participates In Anti-Smoking Event


3/18/16 – A local school district took part in a national anti-smoking event this week.  A number of students at Horicon High School spelled out tobacco kills on a fence and signed a large banner pledging to stay tobacco-free.  This was part of Wednesday’s national ‘Kick Butts Day.’  This year’s campaign focused on marketing tactics that target youths.  Local Organizer Anne Millane says she is involved with the program to keep kids away from cigarettes since that can lead to using more dangerous drugs.  Before he died, Student Brittney Roser says she promised her grandfather, who suffered from smoking-induced lung problems; she would never pick up the habit.  Roser says she has kept that promise for sixteen years and does not plan on changing things.  Fellow Student Brandon Mlejnek says the most empowering part of the day was seeing a large number of people sign the banner and hearing some young smokers say they will quit for their own health.  According to Millane, nearly 11% of Wisconsin’s high school students smoke.


Gas Leak Forces Evacuation Of Horicon High School


3/18/16 – Horicon High School had to be evacuated Thursday morning due to a gas leak. Students were moved to the Van Brunt Elementary School while the fire department and Alliant Energy investigated the leak.


Governor Signs Bills To Combat Heroin


3/18/16 – A Wisconsin lawmaker says lives are being saved in his effort to help others prevent the heroin addiction his daughter went through. Assembly Republican John Nygren of Marinette has authored 17 bills in the last three years to fight heroin addiction and the prescription drug abuse that leads to it — and increase the state’s monitoring of pain clinics and medications so doctors can prescribe opioids responsibly. Yesterday (Thursday), Nygren joined Governor Scott Walker in ceremonies around the state where eight of the latest bills were signed into law. Nygren says lives have been saved from one of his first proposals, letting qualified first-responders and relatives administer the heroin antidote Narcan. He says the campaign also helps him find new opportunities to fight drug abuse in Wisconsin, where overdoses now kill more people than traffic accidents.


Teacher Accused Of Assaulting Student Headed To Trial


3/18/16 – Probable cause was found yesterday for a Mayville man to proceed to trial on charges that he had inappropriate contact with a Wayland Academy student.  Adam Hechimovich is facing one felony count of Sexually Assaulting a Child.  The 23-year-old, a former instructor at Wayland, allegedly had contact with a 16-year-old boy a number of times on campus between October and December 2015.  If he is found guilty, Hechimovich faces up to six years in prison.  He will be arraigned April 20.


Fall River Man Gets For Years For Bar Stabbing


3/18/16 – In Columbia County court Thursday, a four year prison sentence was handed down against a Fall River man who stabbed another man in bar fight. 39-year-old Jeremy Grueneberg had previously pled “no contest” to felony Aggravated Battery and misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct. The stabbing occurred at CJs’ Bar last March. The victim who was stabbed was taken by ambulance to Columbus Community Hospital, treated, and eventually released. In addition of four years in prison, Grueneberg was also sentenced to four years of extended supervision followed by two years on probation.


Bond Set For Beaver Dam Woman Accused Of Attacking Neighbor


3/18/16 – Bond was set at $1,000 yesterday for a Beaver Dam woman accused of attacking her neighbor.  Eva Loskot is facing felony Burglary and misdemeanor Battery charges.  The 27-year-old allegedly broke into her downstairs neighbor’s apartment and punched her twice in the head.  Loskot allegedly blamed the victim for calling the police on her boyfriend, who was just arrested.  If she is found guilty on both charges, Loskot faces over 13 years in prison.  A preliminary hearing is set for May 5.


Hustisford Contractor Pleads Not Guilty To Ripping Off Clients


3/18/16 – A Hustisford man accused of ripping off two clients pled not guilty at his arraignment yesterday.  Kurtiss Keel is facing two felony counts of Theft by Contractor.  In the first charge, Keel allegedly used money from a 2014 roofing project to recover his repossessed truck.  In December 2015, the 34-year-old reportedly took money to build a garage but never finished the project.  The two charges carry a combined sentence of over nine years in prison.  Keel will be back in court May 2.


Beaver Dam Man Accused Of Hit-And-Run Waives Hearing


3/18/16 – A Beaver Dam man accused of fleeing the scene of an accident waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday.  Mackaveli Graham is facing one felony count of Hit and Run Involving Injury along with one misdemeanor.  The 19-year-old reportedly drove off after causing a multi-vehicle accident that resulted in two people being taken to the hospital with possible head and neck injuries.  Graham allegedly fled the scene on foot and later told officers he did not have enough time to stop since his front brakes did not work.  If he is found guilty, Graham faces 9 months in jail.  He will be arraigned April 7.


Watertown Woman Proceeding To Trail On Escape Charge


3/18/16 – A Watertown woman accused of failing to report to jail when her house arrest was revoked in December waived her right to a preliminary hearing in a Dodge County courtroom yesterday.  Amanda J. Clark is facing one felony count of Escaping Criminal Arrest.  The 31-year-old was sentenced to seven months in jail last summer for a burglary conviction.  Repeated contacts allegedly went unanswered when it was decided the rest of Clark’s sentence should be served behind bars, not under home monitoring.  If she is found guilty, Clark faces up to six years in prison.  She will be arraigned April 20.


Farm Bureau Holding Annual Fundraiser


3/18/16 – A local group that promotes agriculture is holding an annual fundraiser tonight.  The Dodge County Farm Bureau’s Fish Fry offers all-you-can-eat fish and chicken.  During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Organizer Andrea Brossard said proceeds fund the department’s yearly activities, including a farm city day that allows local elementary students to tour one farm each year.  Brossard says this year’s event is May 3 at her family’s dairy farm.  Tonight’s event runs from 5-8 pm at the Juneau Community Center.  Adult tickets are $14 at door while children ages five to ten are six dollars.  A silent auction and bake sale will be offered.


The Rivers Rising


3/18/16 – Flood waters have receded in some parts of Wisconsin, but at least eight rivers in the Badger State continue to have flood warnings in the wake of heavy rains and melting snow. Major floods are still predicted for the Wisconsin River at Portage, which is expected to crest tomorrow (Saturday) at almost two-and-one-half feet above its flood stage. Portage prison inmates have been making sandbags, and the river is not expected to return within its banks until next Tuesday. The Black River is three-point-five feet above its flood stage at Black River Falls this (Friday) morning, but only minor flooding is predicted. The National Weather Service has added the Wolf River in Waupaca and Outagamie counties to the list of warnings it put out yesterday (Thursday) — and those warnings remain in effect on parts of the Fox, Yellow, Eau Claire, and Chippewa Rivers.