News – March 24, 2016

One Person Injured In Columbia County Rollover


3/24/16 – One person was injured in a single vehicle rollover accident near Columbus yesterday.  According to the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred at 11:30 am near mile marker 112 northbound by the Town of York.  Road conditions reportedly caused the driver to lose control of his car, which flipped multiple times.  The male driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries while his male passenger was uninjured.  Elsewhere, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office police briefing says there were eight runoffs between 3pm yesterday and 5am this morning.


Dodge Co. Board District Nine Candidates Talk Water Rescue


3/24/16 – The two candidates for the Dodge County Board’s District Nine seat shared their stance on water rescue on WBEV’s Community Comment this week.  Stephanie Justmann of the Town of Herman and Douglas Schultz of the Town of Hubbard are vying for the Herman, Hubbard, and Iron Ridge area seat being vacated by Howard Kriewald.  Last year, the City of Beaver Dam approached the five townships that contract fire services with the city to cover 25% of the cost for new water rescue equipment.  That was met with resistance by the townships who stated water rescue responsibility falls on the county sheriff’s office.  The county says it is meeting all duties outlined in state statute and says creating a county-wide dive team, as the townships suggested, would be a waste of taxpayer dollars as that would duplicate services already provided by the Beaver Dam Fire Department in a timelier manner.  Justmann is hesitant for the county to fund part of Beaver Dam’s new equipment as she believes other municipalities with rescue teams may request similar funding.  While Schultz does not want a county-wide team created, he would be open to contributing funds to the existing rescue teams.  He notes the Beaver Dam Lake’s importance in the county’s tourism revenue and wants to ensure people are adequately protected.  Throughout this month, candidates in contested local races are appearing on WBEV’s Community Comment.  County Board District Seven Challenger Richard Bennett and District Four Challenger Jerry Neis will appear on Tuesday’s program.  Respective incumbents Randy Grebel and Ed Nelson declined our offers.


Listen to the entire Community Comment interview:


Jagler Applauds Passage Of Dementia Bill


3/24/16 – State Representative John Jagler is applauding the governor’s signature on three bills that will help dementia patients and their caregivers. The Republican Walker this week approved an extra one-million dollars in state funds for respite care along with a pilot program in which counties will form crisis units to respond to emergencies involving those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia.  Jagler sponsored the third bill that allocates 250-thousand dollars to train those mobile crisis teams. The Republican from Watertown says as the cases of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia rise in coming years, the need for properly trained mobile crisis teams to meet this unique challenge is needed now more than ever.


BDCH To Purchase Basset Store Front


3/24/16 – After 30 years in business, Bassett Furniture of Beaver Dam is closing its doors but the building already has an interested buyer. The Beaver Dam Community Hospital has confirmed that they will be purchasing property at the corner of North Spring Street and East Industrial Drive. The hospital already has a joint venture with Advanced Pain Management in a neighboring store front. Officials say the purchase of the outgoing Basset Furniture store will ensure that patients have continued easy access to Advanced Pain Management and ample parking while also providing additional space for future expansion as needs are identified.


Reeseville Woman Pleads Not Guilty To Stealing From Father


3/24/16 – A Reeseville woman accused of stealing funds from her elderly father pled not guilty at arraignment yesterday.  Joane King is facing a felony Theft count for allegedly taking $24,000 from her father’s bank account to fund drug use, drinking, and gambling.  The 53-year-old’s father has advanced dementia, and King was his power of attorney.  If convicted, King faces up to six years in prison.  She will be back in court May 2.


Columbus Mas Has Jury Trial Set In Assault Case


3/24/16 – A jury trial is now on the calendar for a Columbus man accused of assaulting a 16-year-old. Steven Rist is charged in Columbia County court with felony Child Enticement and Exposing himself along with three misdemeanor counts of Fourth Degree Sexual Assault. Prosecutors say alcohol was involved when the 44-year-old pulled her into the bathroom at his home, leading to the alleged encounter. Rist gave her a ride home the next morning. He reportedly admitted to detectives that he was in the bathroom with her two-or-three times on the night in question. Rist has a one-day jury trial scheduled on July 28.


Columbia County Man Facing Charges For High-Speed Chase


3/24/16 – A 50-year-old Portage man is being held in the Columbia County Jail after driving into a gas pump, then leading police on a high-speed chase.  Portage officers report a police dog tracked Michael Purnell down to his hiding location.  Witnesses told investigators a man had hit a gas pump at Jim’s B-P, and then drove away from the scene last Friday.  Purnell is charged with felony seventh offense OWI, two cases of driving on a revoked license and six counts of bail jumping.  The police dog found him hiding in the woods the next day.


Virus Impacting Dodge County Continues To Spread


3/24/16 – Winnebago County has been added to the list of counties impacted by the deadly Elizabeth-kingia bloodstream infection. The state Department of Health Services says 13 Wisconsin counties are now impacted, including Dodge, Columbia, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, and Washington counties. 59 total cases have been reported to the DHS since November 1, 2015. 52 cases are confirmed, three cases are under investigation, and four are listed as “possible cases.” There have been 17 deaths tied to the outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is helping the state test for possible sources.


Jefferson County Residents Disagree On Goat Milking Operation


3/24/16 – Some Jefferson County residents are resisting plans for the largest goat-milking operation in the United States.  Drumlin Dairy wants to buy roughly 250 acres to house 9,000 goats.  Backers say they would have 7,000 milking goats and 2,000 kids there.  They are trying to help address a shortage of goat milk in Wisconsin as the goat-cheese market grows rapidly.  Drumlin Dairy hopes to be in business by March 2017, but residents worry about health hazards, odor and traffic problems.


Company To Provide Narcan Rebates To Government/Law Enforcement


3/24/16 – A pharmaceutical company has agreed to provide rebates to public entities in Wisconsin that purchase the heroin overdose antidote Narcan. State Attorney General Brad Schimel announced the deal yesterday.  The agreement calls for Amphastar Pharmaceuticals to provide a $6 rebate for every Narcan syringe public entities purchase from the company through February 1, 2017. State, county and local government agencies as well as law enforcement and other government entities that distribute Narcan will be eligible for the rebate. Similar agreements have been reached in other states including New York and Ohio.


Federal Judges Could Take Gerrymandering Case


3/24/16 – If a case arguing extreme gerrymandering is allowed to move forward, it will go before a panel of three federal judges in May.  Twelve Democratic voters allege the district boundaries drawn up by Republicans represent an illegal partisan effort.  The Wisconsin Department of Justice has asked for a summary judgment.  No matter the outcome of the May trial, either side will be able to appeal directly to the U-S Supreme Court.  Democrats point out that their party’s candidates got 186,000 more votes than Republican candidates, yet the G-O-P wound up with 60 seats in the Assembly and the Democrats got 39.


Appelton Considers Spending Money On Water Treatment Facility


3/24/16 – City officials in Appleton say spending six million dollars on upgrades to the water treatment facility will be a good financial move.  The new technology being installed is reportedly 10 times more efficient than the current equipment.  It’s expected to save the city about $500,000 a year in operating costs alone.  About 8,000,000-12,000,000 gallons of water are processed in Appleton every day.


DNR Looking To Grow Wisconsin Elk Population


3/24/16 – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reports 39 elk from Kentucky will be quarantined in a Jackson County holding pen before they are released this summer.  The state is trying to establish an elk herd in that western Wisconsin location.  The D-N-R has set up a five-year agreement with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife in Kentucky to import 150 elk.  They will be used to strengthen an established herd near Clam Lake and add to the herd in the Black River State Forest.  The first elk from Kentucky were released there last year.


Bunny Berigan Jazz Jubilee Line-Up Announced


3/24/16 – Jazz legend Bunny Berigan will be celebrated in his hometown of Fox Lake once again this spring with a three-day music festival. In a press release issued yesterday, organizers announced the details of the Bunny Berigan Jazz Jubilee that will be held May 13th through the 15th at various venues throughout the city. This year’s line-up features Bob Schulz and His Mid-West All Stars, the Saint Louis Stompers led by Steve Lilley, the Monday Morning Dixie Band, the Matt Miller Jazz Trio and Bunny Berigan’s nephew Kaye Berigan and the Kaye Berigan 5Tet. In addition to dancing, the jubilee will include an education program about Bunny, a graveside service at Bunny’s grave, a Sunday morning worship service, a jazz music store, handmade crafts, food and a scholarship presentation. Ticket information and a full schedule of venues and show times can be found at