News – May 12, 2016

Dodge County Remembers Fallen Officers


5/12/16 – Dodge County officers gathered at the Law Enforcement Memorial outside Juneau’s County Administration Building yesterday to remember their fallen comrades.  One of the officers honored was State Trooper Trevor Casper who died in a shootout with a bank robber last March in Fond du Lac.  Colonel Brian Rahn of the Wisconsin State Patrol was yesterday’s guest speaker.  Rahn says while Casper can never be replaced, he left a lasting impact on all officers in the state of Wisconsin.  Casper’s name will be added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C. this Sunday as part of the country’s observation of National Police Week.  Iron Ridge Police Officer Anthony Liebenow is the great-great nephew of fallen Horicon Police Chief Charles Liebenow, who was shot and killed at a domestic disturbance incident he responded to in June 1941.  He says it means a lot to see the law enforcement community take time to honor his late relative for his sacrifices.  Twelve officers’ names are listed on the Juneau memorial stone.  In 2016, 35 officers have been killed in the line of duty, down 17% from last year.  However, the number of officers killed by firearms has increased by 70% from 2015.


Baldwin Introduces Bill That Addresses Derailments Like Watertown


5/12/16 – First responders would learn more about handling the derailments of fuel trains, under a bill passed Wednesday by the U-S Senate. Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin co-sponsored the measure that attempts to prevent derailments like the ones last November that spilled 20-thousand gallons of ethanol near Alma, and several hundred gallons of crude oil in Watertown. Wisconsin has seen dozens of oil trains pass through the state each week from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota. The bill would create a special council of both public and private experts to review training standards so local personnel can get the necessary resources and support to respond to accidents. La Crosse Democrat Ron Kind introduced a similar measure in the House.


Student Voters Significantly Impacted By Voter ID


5/12/16 – Wisconsin’s League of Women Voters says the state’s new voter ID law caused problems mainly for college students. The League released a new report on voter ID Tuesday. The investigation found “significant impact” in student-heavy areas. The League is basing its findings on reports from 200 polls out of Wisconsin’s 38-hundred election precincts.


Mayville Caregiver Guilty Of Stealing From Client


5/12/16 – A Mayville caregiver pled no contest yesterday to stealing money from a client’s debit account.  Lynette McMahon was found guilty of three reduced misdemeanor Theft counts.  The 54-year-old used the elderly woman’s debit card in February 2015 for $2,600 worth of private purchases throughout Dodge County.  McMahon will avoid prison time if she stays out of trouble during two years on probation and pays restitution.


Woman Guilty Of Writing Bad Checks In Dodge County


5/12/16 – A Fond du Lac woman pled no contest yesterday to writing bad checks at Dodge County grocery stores.  Regan Garb was found guilty in a Dodge County courtroom of felony counts of Forgery and Misappropriating an ID while seven other counts were dismissed but read into the record.  The 34-year-old stole the checks from her brother’s girlfriend and wrote them for a total of just over $700 at grocery stores in Juneau, Randolph, and Waupun.  Garb will avoid prison time if she stays out of trouble during three years of probation.


Former WCI Inmate Guilty Of Attempted Escape


5/12/16 – A former John C. Burke Correctional Center inmate pled no contest yesterday to trying to run away.  Stanley Brown Jr of Milwaukee was found guilty on one felony count of Escaping Criminal Arrest.  The 31-year-old was picked up from his job at Northwoods Paper Converting in April 2015 and taken into custody when he returned 45 minutes later.  Brown Jr’s sentence for his previous offense ended in December.  He will be sentenced for the escape on July 12.


Man Pleads Not Guilty To Watertown Sex Assault


5/12/16 – A Jefferson man accused of having inappropriate contact with an underage girl in Watertown while she was sleeping pled not guilty at arraignment yesterday.  Vincent Nunez is facing one felony count of Second Degree Sexual Assault of an Unconscious Victim.  The 16-year-old girl says she awoke last November to find the 19-year-old was trying to assault her.  She tried moving around to make it seem like she was getting up, and Nunez reportedly left the room.  If he is found guilty, Nunez faces up to 40 years in prison.  He will be back in court next month.


Neosho Man Pleads Not Guilty To Child Abuse


5/12/16 – A Neosho man accused of throwing a child down a flight of stairs in Watertown pled not guilty at arraignment yesterday.  Anthony Owen is facing one felony count of Child Abuse.  The 42-year-old was allegedly intoxicated when he attacked the underage victim after an argument in January.  Owen says he was defending himself after the child started pushing him.  If he is found guilty, Owen faces up to six years in prison.  He will be back in court June 13.


Weekend Festival Honors Local Jazz Legend


5/12/16 – An annual celebration of a late hometown jazz favorite returns this weekend.  The Bunny Bergian Jazz Jubilee runs Friday through Sunday in Fox Lake.  Berigan is a famous trumpet player who grew up in Fox Lake from the time his family moved there when he was one year old.  As an adult, he moved to New York and played alongside some of the world’s most famous jazz musicians.  The festival kicks off tomorrow with a free 4 pm concert at Mullin’s Drive-In.  That is followed by music at the American Legion Clubhouse from 7 to 10 pm.  Organizer Julie Flemming says the graveside service at Berigan’s plot in the St. Mary’s Cemetery will be held Saturday morning at 10:30 am.  It will include music from two jazz groups: Bob Schulz Mid-West All-Stars and the St. Louis Stompers.  The two Saturday musical sessions at the Fox Lake Community Center run from 11 am to 5 pm and 5 pm to 11 pm.  Sunday morning, Flemming says there will be a jazz service at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam.  In between the jazz worship at 8 am and 10:30 am, there will be a presentation on Berigan’s life.  The final musical session of the weekend runs Sunday from Noon to 5 pm.  Tickets cost $30 per session and $105 for a weekend pass.  Those can be ordered at


Bid For Kids Consignment Items Drop-Off Friday


5/12/16 – Friday is the deadline to submit items to be auctioned off at the Bids For Kids fundraiser for the WBEV-WXRO Children’s Radiothon. Auctioneer Dave Bell says they are looking primarily for lawn and garden items. Among the items already collected: skid steers, riding and push lawnmowers, air compressors, hand tools and lawn ornaments. There are also several that do not necessarily fit the theme including household furniture, collectable die-cast cars and figurines, and a motorcycle. Over the past two years, the event has raised $7000. Bell says it would have been less but some people completely donated items outright to the Radiothon. Items can be dropped off Friday between 11am and 4:30pm at 211 Stoddart Street, the Navis Excavating building down the road from the radio station, the same place the consignment auction will be held on Saturday. The auction begins Saturday at 11am.