News – May 10, 2016

BDHS Dedicates New Baseball Scoreboard


5/10/16 – There’s a new addition to Beaver Dam High School’s baseball field.  After a new scoreboard was installed last month, the program held a dedication ceremony before yesterday’s game against Arrowhead.  Head Coach Joe Loizzo says they could no longer order replacement parts for the 15-year-old scoreboard that was installed when the field opened in 2001.  He says soccer and football have already gotten new scoreboards of their own, and softball is set to have a new one within the next couple weeks.  The $25,000 cost was covered by White Construction.  Loizzo says the White family has a long history with Beaver Dam baseball.  Vice-President Abe White was on Beaver Dam’s state championship winning American Legion Baseball teams in 2000 and 2001, and the family regularly shows up to BDHS games.  Beaver Dam is 9-6 this season and visits Arrowhead for the second half of a home-and-home series this afternoon at 4:30.


Success Has Brought High Expectations For BDHS


5/10/16 – Beaver Dam High School has no plans of resting on past accomplishments.  It was recently announced the school finished in the top ten percent statewide and nationally for the second straight year in U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings.  Superintendent Steve Vessey says with the success comes an expectation that the high school will continue to improve on its rating each year going forward.  Beaver Dam finished 41st out of 468 Wisconsin high schools this year after placing 35th in 2015.  Nationally, Beaver Dam ranked 1,830th out of more than 28,000 schools, up 80 spots from last year.  Vessey believes the high schoolers’ success is a team effort.  In addition to the high school teachers, he credits the elementary and middle school staffs for preparing the students for future success.  The rankings measure a number of factors including student performance in areas like reading and match, student-teacher ratios, and college readiness.


BD Superintendent Shares Early Open Enrollment Stats


5/10/16 – More students want into the Beaver Dam Unified School District than want out.  That’s according to Superintendent Steve Vessey who says the district received 40 incoming requests to open enroll and 36 outgoing.  Vessey says those numbers are fairly common for this time of year when the paperwork is due.  However, he says those numbers often change by September as up to 70-percent of students have not followed through on their requests in past years.  Fifteen of the outgoing requests expressed a desire to go to a virtual academy and 14 have never attended one of the district’s schools.  Open enrollment revenue projections were not made available at this time.


BDUSD Meal Prices On The Rise In 2016-17


5/10/16 – Meal prices are on the rise in the Beaver Dam Unified School District.  The board last night approved a five cent increase for all student and adult breakfasts and lunches.  Superintendent Steve Vessey says the increase is necessary to meet state reimbursement guidelines.


Mayville Seats New Council Member


5/10/16 – There is a new face on the Mayville Common Council.  Lon Bartelt was approved last night to fill the ward five aldermanic seat vacated last month by Mayor Rob Boelk.  Bartelt was one of two applicants for the position.  He previously served on the city’s Park and Rec Board and was Mayville’s postmaster for 16 years.  Bartelt is the fourth new alderperson to join the six-member council this spring, along with Bob Smith, Gene Frings, and Kim Olson.


Mayville Approves Sewer Lateral Loan Rate


5/10/16 – The loan rate was approved last night for Mayville residents who want to borrow money from the city to pay for their sewer lateral replacement.  The council set it at 5.5%, which is one percent above the rate the city is getting from its bank.  Starting this spring, city ordinance requires homeowners with defective laterals to replace them at a projected cost of $3,000 to $5,000.  Many of the replacements are tied to road construction projects.  Any homeowner whose cost is over $1,000 is eligible for the seven-year loan.  The cost will be added to the tax bill.


Mayville Awards Bid For TAG Center Expansion


5/10/16 – Mayville’s Common Council last night awarded the bid for an expansion project at its fitness center.  Cardinal Construction of Fond du Lac will receive $2,200,000 to complete the $3,300,000 effort.  The project includes: expanding existing classrooms, adding a cardio cinema, creating a 24-7 access door, and adding a virtual golf simulator that allows users to experience many of the nation’s top courses.  A parking lot expansion will also bring additional handicap spaces.  The project should get underway next week and be complete by the end of 2016.


Bond Set For Fox Lake Man Accused Of Vehicular Homicide


5/10/16 – Bond was set at $1,000 yesterday for a Fox Lake man charged in connection with a fatal accident in 2014. 69-year-old Lee Henricksen is charged with felony Homicide By Negligent Use of a Vehicle along with two counts of Reckless Driving Causing Great Bodily Harm. The accident happened on the afternoon of August 15 on County Highway A, near the intersection with County E. 45-year-old Judith Haddad from Lindenhurst, Illinois and a passenger were traveling southbound when she slowed to turn onto Indian Hills Trail and their vehicle was rear-ended by Henricksen. The impact pushed Haddad into the northbound lane where it struck 31-year-old Jennifer Polenska from Waupun. Polenska and Haddad sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The 9-year-old passenger in the Haddad vehicle died four days later at UW Hospital in Madison. Henricksen was uninjured in the crash. A voluntary blood draw found no alcohol or drugs in his system. Henricksen’s preliminary hearing is set for June 30.


Cash Bond Set For Man Accused Of Attacking Officer


5/10/16 – Cash bond was set at $2,000 yesterday for a Beaver Dam man accused of kicking a police officer in the groin.  Joshua Benson is facing a felony Battery to a Law Enforcement Officer count along with three misdemeanors, all as a repeat offender.  Beaver Dam Police responded to the 33-year-old’s apartment multiple times early Sunday morning for noise complaints and safety concerns.  When police tried to arrest Benson, he allegedly resisted and threatened the officers.  As they were carrying him to the squad car, Benson reportedly kicked one of the officers.  Also, multiple people in the apartment told officers a crack pipe that was found on a couch belonged to Benson and that he was using it earlier that day.  If he is found guilty on all counts, Benson faces over 11 years in prison.  A preliminary hearing is set for May 19.


Beaver Dam Man Accused Of Burglaries


5/10/16 – A Beaver Dam man is accused of stealing from a number of people between November 2015 and February 2016.  Douglas Rinden is facing five counts of Felony Burglary as a party to a crime and repeat offender along with one misdemeanor.  According to the criminal complaint, the 29-year-old stole electronics and other items from a number of Beaver Dam residences to support his drug addiction.  Rinden also allegedly tried to break into the mother of his child’s apartment after she kicked him out and threatened to harm both her and himself.  Officers reportedly recovered some of the stolen items from storage units Rinden had accessed in his apartment complex.  Rinden allegedly admitted to the thefts.  If he is found guilty on all counts, Rinden faces over 94 years in prison.


Randolph State Employee Charged With Child Porn Possession


5/10/16 – A state employee is due back in court Thursday, after being charged with ten felony counts of possessing child pornography. Forty-eight year old Sean Robillard of Randolph was allegedly stopped last Tuesday as he was driving in Eau Claire, the same day officers executed a search warrant at his home with his stepson there. Robillard is a technical engineer for the state’s online court records. According to reports, he allowed officers to search laptop computers he had in his vehicle when he was stopped — and he reportedly admitted that they had child porn. Robillard is jailed under a $10,000 cash bond as he awaits a Dodge County Circuit Court hearing that will determine whether he’ll be ordered to stand trial.


Columbus Archers Heading To National Tournament


5/10/16 – Columbus Schools’ student Archers — Cardinals Unlimited — is sending two teams and three individuals to the National Archery in Schools Tournament May 11th to the 13th in Louisville. The School Board accepted 42 donations from local individuals and businesses totaling nearly $12,000 to send the archers to the Kentucky Expo Center. High School and Middle School teams and three individuals qualified at the state tournament. A total of 50 Cardinals Unlimited students will be competing at the N A S P tournament. Cardinals Unlimited student archers and their families will be using the $12,000 to pay for the Kentucky competition trip.


Gov. Walker To Take Trade Mission To Mexico


5/10/16 – Governor Scott Walker will try to drum up more business this summer with Wisconsin’s second largest trading partner. The Republican Walker has announced a trade mission to Mexico for June 12th through 17th. Wisconsin businesses sold about $3,000,000,000 worth of products to Mexico last year — almost 5% more than the previous year, and it represented 13% of the state total exports. The governor will be joined by officials from the state’s Economic Development Corporation and Agriculture Department. They plan to meet with leaders of Mexican companies — and they’ll attend an annual dairy trade show in Guadalajara.


Speaker Ryan Says He Is Not Out Of Touch With Wisconsin


5/10/16 – House Speaker Paul Ryan insists that he’s not too busy to stay in touch with his southern Wisconsin constituents. Sarah Palin made that claim on C-N-N Sunday, when she criticized Ryan’s statement that he was not ready to support G-O-P presidential finalist Donald Trump. Palin declared that Ryan’s time in office is “over,” and she promised to back fellow Republican Paul Nehlen in the August primary. Reports say Nehlen is working with Palin, the 2008 G-O-P vice presidential nominee, on her campaign assistance — and he will definitely support Trump as the G-O-P nominee. Ryan, meanwhile, says he’s looking forward to meeting Trump when they get together later this week — and Ryan says he’ll step aside as the Republican National Convention chairman if that’s what Trump wants.


West Allis Man Charged With Murders In Multiple Counties


5/10/16 – A West Allis man suspected of killing a resident in his apartment building and a motorist near Wisconsin Dells has now been charged in both those incidents. It might be a while before 20-year-old Zachary Hays appears in court, because he’s still hospitalized after being shot by police following a freeway chase. Hays was charged in Milwaukee County yesterday with first-degree reckless homicide in the May first shooting death of Gabriel Claudio-Sanchez, as prosecutors said he shot into an apartment door while looking for a brother. Hays was charged last week in Sauk County with intentional homicide and three counts of reckless endangerment for allegedly shooting at a random vehicle while driving home from Wisconsin Dells on the same day as the West Allis incident — and 44-year-old Tracy Czaczkowski of suburban Chicago died. Two of Hays’ brothers were also arrested and one of them — 30-year-old Jeremy Hays — is free on a signature bond pending charges.