News – March 25, 2009

Randolph Man Arrested for 1980 Murder

3/25/09 – The Columbus Council chambers broke into a round of applause last night when Mayor Nancy Osterhaus and Police Chief Dennis Weiner announced the arrest of a suspect in a 29-year-old unsolved murder. A 51-year-old Randolph man, Curtis Forbes is in custody in Columbia County jail as a result of the Columbus “cold case” investigation. Forbes was arrested yesterday and is facing charges in the murder of a Columbus woman, Marilyn McIntyre, back in 1980. The cold case was reopened in 2007 when Osterhaus received an email request from McIntyre’s family to take another look into the murder investigation to give their family some peace of mind. Chief Weiner said that the case looked “pretty solid” and this could close the case of a 29-year-old unsolved murder.

Storm Cleanup Begins

3/25/09 – Beaver Dam received about two-point-two inches of rain during a 24-hour period starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday. That’s according to workers at the waste water treatment plant on the south side of the city. Even with all that rain the Beaver Dam River is still more than a foot below flood stage. Meanwhile, the Rock River is just below its flood stage in Watertown and it’s the same story for the Crawfish River at Milford. Other towns have not been as fortunate as the Rock was almost two-feet over its banks in the town of Afton this morning. There have been no reports of significant house flooding, but flood warnings continue. There was also some severe weather in far southern Wisconsin. Authorities said a barn with 30 cows inside blew down near Janesville late last night. Numerous trees and power lines went down in Rock County. Kenosha Police said large trees were uprooted, and street signs fell. Winds hit 57-miles-an-hour at Brooklyn in Dane County.

Man Picks Up 5th OWI

3/25/09 – A traffic stop yesterday afternoon resulted in a man being arrested for his 5th OWI. 58-year-old Richard A. Hoffman was pulled over on Highway B in the Town of Beaver Dam just after 3pm. The Sheriff’s Department arrested Hoffman for allegedly being intoxicated and took him to jail. He was cited for 5th OWI and Operating after Revocation.

Horicon Applying for Grants to Upgrade City Parks

3/25/09 – The Horicon City Council approved a motion that allows for MSA Professional Services to apply for grants to improve a number of parks in the city. Horicon will pay MSA no more than $3,000 to apply for the grants, with the biggest being $290,000 which would be used at River Bend Park. If they are approved for that grant the city would have 18-months to use it or return it to the DNR.