News – May 10, 2019

(Theresa) Four people were injured and a teenager was killed when a car and pickup truck collided in the Town of Theresa last night. There were three 19-year-old Mayville men in the car; one was pronounced dead at the scene while another sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The third – the driver of the car – suffered non-life-threatening injuries as did a 16-year-old female passenger from Theresa and the 26-year-old Mayville man driving the pickup; all of the injured were taken to Aurora Summit in Oconomowoc. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and State Patrol are investigating.

(Fox Lake) Charges have been dropped against a Fox Lake man accused of helping to cover-up a murder. On a prosecutor’s motion, a Dodge County judge this week dismissed charges of Aiding a Felon against Vernon Mickey. The 60-year-old testified against LaVerne Ware Jr. who was convicted in March of First Degree Intentional Homicide in the death of his girlfriend and first cousin Sesalie Dixon. The 27-year-old’s body was found in the cab of a pickup truck concealed in Mickey’s garage. The day after he learned of the death, the 60-year-old Mickey left his house to call police from a gas station, but video surveillance reportedly shows him in the same gas station hours earlier, at which time police were not contacted.

(Juneau) Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says yesterday’s (Thursday’s) vote by the Joint Finance Committee to eliminate over $1 billion in tax hikes took the first step in protecting taxpayers. The Juneau Republican says the governor’s proposed budget was built on sand, spending too much, taxing too much, and resulting in a nearly $2 billion structural deficit. Democratic State Senator Jon Erpenbach says it is “fiscally irresponsible” to strip Medicaid expansion money out of the proposed two-year budget plan. Governor Tony Evers’ says taking federal money for Medicaid expansion would free up $320-million dollars in state funding over the next two years.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department is asking the public to donate to a fund established to help the child whose mother was murdered in the city. The Beaver Dam Police Charities has an account at American Bank’s three branches in Beaver Dam to collect funds specifically for the child caught in the middle of the tragic situation. Sergeant Jeremy Johnson told us recently on WBEV’s Community Comment that their non-profit charitable group wanted to do something to help the child who may see her father incarcerated for life. More information on the account at American Bank is available with this news story at

(Beaver Dam) Thirty students received awards when the Beaver Dam Scholarship Foundation held their 28th Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony this week. The foundation’s mission is to support area youth as they seek post high school education. Since 1992 the organization has given out more than $3.1-million in scholarships to over 600 students. Over $211,000 in scholarships were awarded this year. Beaver Dam High School Senior Akshay Kalra says the award goes to show the generosity of the foundation and the strength of the Beaver Dam community.

(Beaver Dam) Reservations are now being accepted for the twenty-first annual Beaver Dam School District Wall of Fame Awards Ceremony. Three recipients will be recognized at this year’s event. Gary Macheel is a 1970 graduate who had a successful 30-year career in Hollywood in sound design and editing. Two ‘Friends of Education’ will also be recognized. Tom and Judy Heffron are being singled out for supporting the community various child-centered activities and programs. The other Friend of Education being recognized is the Alpha Xi Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, which has been serving children in the Beaver Dam community for 50 years. The awards ceremony will begin at 11am on June 2 at the Beaver Dam High School.

(Mayville) The public has until tomorrow (Saturday) to register for a special giveaway from a local grocery store. The Mayville Piggly Wiggly and the Blue Zones Project are teaming up to give one lucky person the chance to win free groceries in a three-minute shopping spree. Any Dodge County resident at least 21-years-old can enter by filling out an entry form available at the Mayville Piggly Wiggly. The winner will be selected and notified on Monday. The shopping spree will be held on May 20 at 1pm.