News – March 4, 2019

(Beaver Dam) On the first Monday in March of 2018, Beaver Dam was thrust into the national spotlight when a man named Benjamin Morrow blew himself up while tinkering with homemade explosives at the Village Glen Apartments. That explosion sparked an eleven-day ordeal that ended with the entire building being intentionally burned to the ground. The tenants of the building thought they would be able to return home, but that hope ended following an unexpected explosion of leftover materials. Police Chief John Kreuziger told us Friday on WBEV’s Community Comment that authorities knew from day one that the whole building may have to come down. You can find our interview with Kreuziger at Tomorrow on WBEV’s Community Comment, we speak with Fire Chief Alan Mannel about the controlled burn that eventually leveled building 109.

(Juneau) Jury selection today in the two-week trial of a Fox Lake murder suspect. Lavern Ware Jr is charged with Hiding A Corpse, Felon In Possession of a Firearm and First Degree Intentional Homicide with a history of Domestic Abuse in the December 2016 murder of his girlfriend Sesalie Dixon. The 27-year-old was found in the cab of Ware’s pick-up truck inside a Fox Lake garage with a gunshot wound to the head.

(Williamstown) A veteran parole officer from Williamstown is accused of taking personal items and various other belongings from his parolees. Joey Chiarello allegedly took various documents that disclosed health and personal information of offenders and checks ranging from 13-cents to $468 dollars intended for parolees. Chiarello reportedly said he was falling behind on paperwork and wanted to hide that fact from his supervisors, so he simply took some of it home. An initial appearance is scheduled in two weeks.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department says a conman is calling local residents claiming to be with the city finance department. Sergeant Erik Smedema says a local citizen received a phone call last week and the number on caller-ID was from the city. The potential victim, however, quickly grew suspicious. He says the caller never provided the correct information and the citizen later learned that the number was ‘spoofed’ to make it look like it was coming from the city. Smedema says police have noticed an uptick in these types of spoofing scams over the past year. People are encouraged to contact the police department if they receive a suspicious phone call.

(Kimberly) Three people have agreed to drop the restraining orders against each other after they fought at a youth wrestling tournament in Kimberly last month.  The attorneys for the Shiocton couple and a Green Bay woman told a judge they will work out an agreement outside of court.  The three still face municipal citations that need to be paid.

(Madison) One part of Governor Evers budget that isn’t sitting well with Democrats is the lack of any new strategies to fight chronic wasting disease.  A spokesperson for the governor says Evers is waiting for the DNR to come up with a plan.  DNR officials say they are in the middle of a four-year study on deer mortality.  C-W-D has been reported in 26 counties.

(Madison) Governor Evers will continue traveling the state today to discuss his budget proposal.  It will begin at UW-Milwaukee for a higher education roundtable.  It continues northward in Green Bay regarding transportation, Sturgeon Bay for a clean water roundtable, and Sheboygan for a local control roundtable.

(Madison) The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs has extended its deadline for female veterans to take a survey that will impact programs they offer them.  They want anyone who has served in the military to take the survey by the end of March, with one goal to help veterans connect to the resources and benefits they have earned.

(Madison) A drop in teen pregnancies is a contributing factor to Wisconsin having its lowest birth rate since 1973.  The Department of Health Services says teen births have dropped 60 percent over the past decade, with 2017 numbers falling below four-percent of all births.  The most recent data shows low birth weight in babies continue to increase.

(Oshkosh) Oshkosh Police say the deaths of a man and woman this past weekend are an isolated incident.  Officers were called to the city’s south side for a weapons complaint.  They found a 26-year-old man dead and a 26-year-old woman with multiple gunshot wounds, who later died at a hospital.  Police say the two people knew each other, and they are not seeking suspects.

(Madison) Wisconsin is expected to remain a leader in organic farming.  The state ranks second behind California with 1,276 farms, and La Crosse hosted the MOSES Organic Farming Conference last month.  Industry leaders say more public and private investment is needed to help organic farmers grow.

(Madison) Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services is seeing more cases of a lesser common strain of the flu.  Doctor Lyn Ranta of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin tells WTMJ this strain is stronger than the more common H1N1. Doctor Lyn says it still isn’t too late to get a flu shot, since this stronger strain of the flu is expected to remain a higher risk in Wisconsin through May.

(Ashland County) For the fourth straight year the ice caves at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore won’t be open to visitors.  Park Service officials say ice along the shoreline is unsafe for people to walk on to reach the caves.  The ice caves were last accessible to the public in 2014 and 2015.

(Mount Pleasant) Two people are facing OWI charges after a vehicle strikes a porch in Mount Pleasant early Sunday morning.  Police say the vehicle failed to follow a stop sign on Ohio Street, getting airborne after striking a curb and struck a home on Spring Street.  The driver of the vehicle was arrested for his 4th OWI.  A second driver went through a police blockage around the scene and was arrested for their first OWI for driving under the influence of marijuana.

(Milwaukee) No word on the cost of damage done to a Milwaukee streetcar station after it was struck by an SUV early Saturday morning.  The accident took place near the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Milwaukee Street.  Police say no one was injured, and they are trying to determine what led to the crash.  Services on The Hop were not impacted by the accident.

(Milwaukee) Another blast of arctic air has the DOT acting caution for a stretch of I-94. Since Saturday, the DOT has closed the right lane of 94 northbound starting at County Road G and extending northward to Ryan Road.  The reason is due to the extreme cold temperatures and a risk that pavement could heave.  It was in this same area back on February 22 that frost heave forced emergency road work, blocking several lanes for hours, causing lengthy delays.  The DOT says they are working on plans to address the temporary pavement in this area.