News – March 19, 2009

Benson Back Behind Bars

3/19/09 – A former surgeon charged in a two-vehicle crash that killed an Oconomowoc educator and two children is back in jail. 56-year-old Mark Benson was freed on February 20th, after he posted a half-million-dollar bond which a judge had cut in half. But Tuesday night, authorities arrested Benson, and seized medications and other items. Benson was in Waukesha County Circuit Court Wednesday and had cash bond set at $150,000. The conditions of his bond state that he not take or possess drugs that were not prescribed by his doctor. If released, he could only obtain medications from one pharmacy and would only be allowed to travel in counties adjacent to Waukesha County, except to visit his lawyer in Dane County. Authorities said Benson was just days away from reporting to jail for his third drunk driving conviction, when he caused a crash last April while high on prescription drugs. The accident killed Oconomowoc High School assistant principal Jennifer Bukosky, her unborn child, and a 10-year-old daughter.

Parpart Ordered To Pay $45K in Restitution for OWI Injury

3/19/09 – A Horicon teen who injured a passenger in a drunk driving accident was ordered yesterday to pay $45,000 in restitution. 20-year-old Cody Parpart lost control of his vehicle on Highway 33 in August of 2007 and overturned. His blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit. One of the passengers was taken by MedFlight to UW Hospital Madison. Parpart was sentenced in January to six months of conditional jail time and placed on probation for five years.

Tiedt Gets Probation

3/19/09 – A West Bend man who injured a passenger in his vehicle while fleeing from police was sentenced yesterday to three years probation. Ryan Tiedt also had a seven year prison sentence imposed and stayed. The 25-year-old ran from authorities in December of 2007 in the Town of Hubbard. He lost control of his vehicle and rolled it on State Highway 67, just north of Highway 33. A passenger in the vehicle injured and transported b to the Beaver Dam Community Hospital. Tiedt fled the scene on foot before being apprehended a short time later. He also had his license revoked for one year.

Dodge County Gets Stimulus Funds

3/19/09 – A state panel has given final approval to 49 road-and-bridge projects to be built this year with federal economic stimulus cash. The Joint Finance Committee voted 16-to-nothing this week to free up just over 42-million dollars, including $1.7-million-dollars to complete the Dodge County Highway G project from Glen Drive to Highway 73 in the Town of Westford. Surrounding counties will also see an influx of the money. Fond du Lac will be able to reconstruct the Lake Maria Road Bridge and the Oak Grove Road Bridge in the Town of Alto, while Washington County will work on the Highway W Bridge over the East Brand of the Rock River. Construction bids will be sought this spring.

Middle School Students Visit DC

3/19/09 – A group of eighth-grade students from Riverside Middle School in Watertown are in Washington DC this week. Social Studies teacher Tim Gifford says the group of 16 is visiting the nation’s capital in association with the Washington Works Foundation. Gifford says it’s been a busy week so far with students visiting the monuments on the National Mall, the Supreme Court, the National Zoo, Ford’s Theater where President Lincoln was shot and the Kennedy Center to see a show. On Wednesday, the students had the opportunity to meet with Congressman Tom Petri, who stepped out of an Aviation Subcommittee meeting to greet them.