News – March 4, 2016

Deadly Bacterial Infection Identified In Dodge County


3/4/16 – Dodge County is one of eleven counties where a deadly bacterial infection has been found. Wisconsin’s health officer expects the number of cases of Elizabeth-kingia to rise, after 18 people died and 26 others got sick. The Badger State is the only one in the country affected by the outbreak so far. Officials say the cases are from Dodge County and ten others including Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Racine, Dane, Sauk, Jefferson, Columbia and Fond du Lac. The U-S Centers for Disease Control sent five investigators to Wisconsin to help state officials determine the cause of the bacterial outbreak, in which the first six cases emerged in late December and early January. State health officer Karen McKeown says most of those affected are over the age of 65 and all with serious underlying health issues. The symptoms include fever, chills and shortness of breath.


Beaver Dam In Negotiations With County For Monarch Property


3/4/16 – The city of Beaver Dam may be back at the negotiating table with Dodge County for the old Monarch Range property. Late last year, officials in Beaver Dam declined an offer to purchase all five parcels of the county-owned land along North Spring and Main streets near Rechek’s Food Pride. The city – which had considered using the Monarch lot for a storm water pond – rejected several county offers because it came with the potential for environmental cleanup costs. Mayor Tom Kennedy says there is now a third party interested in three or four parcels at the former manufacturing site. While Kennedy could not disclose who the interested party is, he told us on WBEV’s Community Comment that the city is working with the private party in discussions with the county and the state Department of Natural Resources. Kennedy says there is a possibility that the city acts as a middleman in the purchase, first acquiring the parcels from the county and then immediately turning around and selling the property to a commercial developer. For the county to sell the property it would need to go out to bid, unless the land is sold to the city.  All parties involved are doing their due diligence and the process is expected to play out over the next several months.


Fund Established For Woman Who Died At Cascade Mountain


3/4/16 – Wisconsin’s agricultural education group is starting a memorial fund to honor a previous state officer who died in a Columbia County skiing accident. The state F-F-A Foundation says the fund honors 24-year-old Brittany Rieth of Madison — and donations will help support community service projects by local F-F-A chapters. Rieth died February sixth after she struck a tree while skiing down a difficult hill at Cascade Mountain near Portage. She was the state F-F-A’s sentinel in the 2012-’13 school year, helping numerous agricultural educators and F-F-A members in a variety of ways.


Man Pleads Not Guilty To Stealing From Mayville Church


3/4/16 – A Black Creek man accused of breaking into a Mayville church pled not guilty at his arraignment yesterday in a Dodge County courtroom.  Bond was set at $1,000 for Tristan Vandeneng who is facing a felony Burglary charge along with two misdemeanors.  According to the criminal complaint, the 18-year-old used a pipe wrench to break into Christian Life Fellowship Church last November to steal cash and electronics.  Vandeneng allegedly confessed, stating that he was trying to build a home stereo system.  If he is found guilty on all counts, Vandeneng faces up to 14 years in prison.  He will be back in court April 19.


Beaver Dam Man Guilty Of Burglarizing Randolph Homes


3/4/16 – A Beaver Dam man pled no contest yesterday to breaking into a pair of Randolph homes in 2013.  20-year-old Cody Anderson was found guilty of felony Burglary while a misdemeanor Theft count was dismissed but read into the record.  Cash and a digital camera were taken from the first house, and a second break-in was attempted two weeks later.  Anderson will be sentenced April 11.  His alleged co-conspirator, 22-year-old Dylan Turner, has further court activity set for March 29.


Beaver Dam Business Owner Waives Prelim On Burglary Charge


3/4/16 – A Beaver Dam businessman accused of breaking into a neighboring business waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday. Cory Mahlum is facing one felony Burglary count.  According to the criminal complaint, the 33-year-old, who owns Autoworx Unlimited, broke into Professional Floor Coverings last October to connect a cable that allowed him to steal internet services.  Mahlum was allegedly behind on rent and close to eviction.  He reportedly told officers that he broke into the neighboring office due to a falling out with that business’s owner.  If he is found guilty, Mahlum faces over 12 years in prison.  His arraignment is set for March 15.


Fond du Lac County Honors Fallen State Trooper


3/4/16 – Wisconsin State Trooper Trevor Casper was posthumously honored this week by the Fond du Lac County Law Enforcement Executives Association. Fond du Lac Assistant Police Chief Steve Klein is the outgoing president of the association. He says Trevor’s parents, Kevin and Debbie Casper, were at a luncheon where Trevor was named the Officer of the Year for his heroics during a fatal shootout with bank robber Steven Snyder last March 24th in Fond du Lac.


Dessert Auction To Benefit Domestic Abuse Victims


3/4/16 – The local group that helps domestic abuse victims is holding a fundraiser tonight.  People Against a Violent Environment, or PAVE, has its annual ‘Sweet Thanks’ event at Beaver Dam’s Chapel of the Archangels.  Sweet Thanks is highlighted by a dessert auction where a variety of cakes and other treats are up for bid.  There is also a silent auction and presentation of the non-profit’s 2015 awards to a person, volunteer, and business that helped the cause.  Executive Director Teresa Nienow says proceeds cover utility costs and maintenance fees that are not covered by state or federal grants.  Nienow says the event has brought in roughly $60,000 through its first six years.  On WBEV’s Community Comment this week, PAVE’s Family Advocate Bobbi Jo Bentz says PAVE provided 3,322 nights of shelter to 531 individuals in 2015.  She says they reached nearly 2,800 people through their outreach work.  Bentz says PAVE served 30 more clients last year than in 2014 and notes the number of people reached through their education outreach also increased.  Sweet Thanks runs from 5:30 to 8 pm tonight.  Tickets can be purchased at the door for ten dollars.


Waupun Offering Open House At SAGES School On Saturday


3/4/16 – The Waupun School District’s SAGES charter school will have a community open house Saturday in Fox Lake. It will feature school tours, student presentations and more. Guided tours will be student-led. There will be hands-on learning activities like hearing from famous people in the SAGES Wax Museum. The community open house is from 9am to noon. The school is located at 200 South Depot Street in Fox Lake. More than 130 students attend the K-8 school that places an emphasis on agriculture and the environment.