News – March 2, 2016

Beaver Dam Leads State In Snowfall Totals


3/2/16 – The National Weather Service says Beaver Dam and Glenbeulah received the most snow in the state from Tuesday’s snowstorm: six inches. Green Lake, Sheboygan, Sun Prairie and southwest Fond du Lac all reported five-inches of accumulation. Three-point-six (3.6) inches was reported in Oconomowoc and Columbus while Hartford and northeast Fond du Lac reported 2.8-inches. Many places had one-to-five inches, despite warnings for up to eight-inches just a few days after the region had record-highs in the 50s and 60s. Forecasters say it might be a while before the new snow melts, as Wednesday’s highs are not supposed to get out of the 20s — and there’s a chance for some more light snow Wednesday night and tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office reports eight run-offs and eleven motor vehicle accidents including one that resulted in injury. A one vehicle rollover was reported at Highway 151 and Highway 73 in the Town of Elba. The 21-year-old woman driving the vehicle was taken to Columbus Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. She was cited for driving too fast for conditions.


State Secretary Praises Dodge County’s Manufacturing


3/2/16 – Wisconsin’s Secretary of Workforce Development says Dodge County is among the best in the state at raising youth awareness of manufacturing careers available after graduation.  During yesterday’s edition of WBEV’s Community Comment, Ray Allen says his department is focusing on youth to bridge the skills gap in Wisconsin.  He says students are placed into youth apprenticeship programs and then moved up to a full-on apprenticeship once they are more mature.  Allen says his department works to bridge the skills gap year-round but especially in February, which Governor Scott Walker declared Career and Technical Education Month, and October, which is Manufacturing Month.  Although it was one day after February ended, Allen says a statewide manufacturing forum held yesterday in Green Lake County brought together some of the best youth apprenticeship coordinators in the state to share successful practices.  Allen credits the Manufacturing Business Alliance of the Dodge County area for the local success.  Its work includes pairing students with local manufacturers to work on specific projects and holding manufacturing days where students can tour a number of area facilities.


Dodge County Offering Loan Dollars For Job Creation Efforts


3/2/16 – Dodge County is offering funds to promote job creation.  The county’s revolving loan program provides low-interest loans for economic development projects that create or retain jobs and expand or maintain existing businesses.  Funds can be used to purchase land, buildings, or equipment, renovate a facility, or cover inventory and labor costs.  One job must be created for each $35,000 borrowed, and those positions must be open to low or moderate income candidates.  One dollar of private funds is the required match for every dollar loaned.  Over $400,000 is available.  For more information, contact the Dodge County Land Resources and Parks Department.  Over the last ten years, loan money has helped create 73 full-time jobs, 50 part-time jobs, and retain 27 jobs.


Beaver Dam Police Getting Second K9 Unit


3/2/16 – The Beaver Dam Police and Fire Commission last night gave final approval to establish a second canine unit in the city. Officer Kevin Hall has been tabbed as the new handler. Hall gave the PFC a presentation detailing the type of dog the department is wanting and the timeline. Beaver Dam currently has a narcotics detection dog named “Blade” who works second shift with Officer Nathan Keener. The city is looking to acquire a “dual-purpose” dog which – in addition to narcotics detection – would be trained to conduct evidence and building searches, criminal apprehensions and the tracking of a fleeing or missing person. The German Shepherd would work third shift and would be a “passive detection” dog, which means it would sit quietly once something is detected; as opposed to an “aggressive dog” which would bark or scratch to alert their handler. The department’s canine fund currently has over $20-thousand dollars. The cost of the dog including purchase, training and related equipment is estimated at around $13-thousand dollars not counting annual certifications. Food for both dogs is being completely donated by Animart, who is also offering a 30-percent discount on accessories. Wyllow Pet Hospital is also offering 30-percent off its services. The department plans to obtain the dog from Jessiffany Canine Services of Iron Ridge. There are currently two dogs earmarked for Beaver Dam to choose from. The selection is expected to be made in coming weeks. Training would last four to five weeks and should start in early April. The plan is to have the new canine on the beat when the police department enters its “busy season” this summer.


BDLIA Continues To Work Toward Controlling Carp


3/2/16 – A group is working to control one of the Beaver Dam Lake’s biggest problems.  During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association President Bill Boettge discussed the issues caused by large amounts of carp.  Boettge says there is roughly 355 pounds of carp per acre in the lake.  In addition to dominating other species of fish, Boettge says carp contribute to phosphorous rising in the lake to spur algae growth.  According to Boettge, the carp level needs to be less than 250 pounds per acre to be under control.  He says carp would completely dominate the lake at 500 pounds per acre.  Boettge says the main way carp are removed from the lake is commercial fishing.  Last year, roughly 800,000 pounds were removed.  According to Boettge, that is necessary each year.  Since it is a contract lake, Boettge says bids were recently received to address the carp problem.  He says a group from La Crosse will take on that problem this year.


Hunters No Longer Required To Wear Back Tags


3/2/16 – Wisconsin hunters no longer have to wear number-tags on their backs while they’re in the woods. It was one of 58 bills signed Tuesday by Republican Governor Scott Walker. Many states have stopped making hunters wear the tags, which are used to register deer and other animals. The Wisconsin Force group, which is associated with the N-R-A, calls the back-tags an “obstacle” enjoying the state’s sporting heritage — while opponents say the new law makes it harder to identify hunters who trespass and break other laws. That argument did not gain traction among legislators, as the bill passed the Assembly by a voice vote and the Senate by a wide 28-to-four margin.


Walker Signs Bill Curbing Operational Spending


3/2/16 – State government agencies will no longer be able to ask for large operational spending hikes in their next budgets. Republican Governor Scott Walker signed a bill Tuesday that requires agencies to submit requests that cut their operational spending by five-percent over the following two years — and to maintain future spending at current levels. Senate Republican Chris Kapenga of Delafield and Assembly Republican Rob Hutton of Brookfield authored the measure. It does not cover state debt levels, or state aid to local governments and others.


Manitowoc Given More Time To Produce Avery Files


3/2/16 – A state appeals court is giving Manitowoc County more time to round up its old files about the Steven Avery murder case, so the judges can consider his latest appeal of his conviction. The Second District Appellate Court in Waukesha originally wanted the county court office to submit boxes of records in the complex Avery case by Wednesday. But Clerk-of-Court Lynn Zigmunt tells W-B-A-Y T-V her office has had employees on vacation and a heavy load of other cases — so they’re being given until March eleventh to finish gathering the files for Avery’s second appeal of his conviction for the 2005 slaying of Teresa Halbach. The case has taken on new life in the wake of the recent Netflix series “Making a Murderer.”


Waupun OD Suspect Appears On Domestic Charges


3/2/16 – A Waupun man charged in connection with a 2009 overdose death was back in a Dodge County courtroom this week on a variety of unrelated charges. Christopher Skalitzky was already facing three felony charges of Delivering Narcotics when he was arrested last month on charges of misdemeanor Battery, Criminal Damage to Property, Disorderly Conduct and Contact After a Domestic Abuse Arrest along with eleven counts of felony Bail Jumping. Cash bond is now set at $7000 for the domestic incidents that occurred on February 6. The 33-year-old was charged late last year with supplying the methadone and oxycodone to Shallen Carlene Manske. The 25-year-old Juneau woman was found unresponsive by officers responding to a possible overdose; she was pronounced dead a short time later at the hospital. Skalitzky reportedly admitted to providing the drugs. An autopsy later indicated that Manske died as the result of those drugs or from a pre-existing seizure disorder. He will be arraigned on the newest charges on March 15 and a telephone scheduling conference related to the overdose death is set for the following day.


Madison Man Sentenced For Fall River Police Chase


3/2/16 – A Madison man was recently sentenced for causing a 29-mile police chase that ended in Fall River.  Chad Fortney pled guilty to a felony count of Fleeing an Officer in January.  The 41-year-old fled at speeds up to 80 miles per hour when Madison Police tried to pull him over for reckless driving last August.  Officers had to pull Fortney from the vehicle after he refused to exit when it was stopped by spike strips.  Fortney will spend nine months in jail while a four year prison sentence was withheld.  He must keep a job and stay sober at all times.