News – May 13, 2019

(Randolph) Two men were arrested Saturday following a strong-armed robbery in Randolph. Police Chief Michael Klavekoske says a Randolph man reported that he was robbed by two individuals in a public alley near Williams Street around 2:15pm. No weapon was displayed but physical force was used to take his money. A vehicle description and license plate number were provided. The suspect’s vehicle was stopped on Highway 151 in Dane County. The victim’s cellphone and cash were found inside. Klavekoske says that charges of Robbery, Marijuana Possession and Bail Jumping are being forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office.

(Green Bay) The producers of the documentary Making a Murderer are asking a federal court to throw out a suit filed by retired Manitowoc County Detective Andrew Colborn.  The Netflix series follows the arrest, trials and appeals of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, who were both convicted for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. Colborn claims he was defamed because interviews with him in the Netflix series were edited to misrepresent the facts of the case.  There has not yet been a ruling issued.

(Juneau) Some Dodge County Board supervisors are questioning a recent personnel move on the drug task force by Sheriff Dale Schmidt. Last month, the county board tabled Schmidt’s request to convert a detective’s position to a sergeant’s position until an audit of the department is completed in August. Supervisor Kira Sheahan-Malloy acknowledges that Schmidt was within his constitutional authority to make the temporary change but she says he did so in direct conflict with the county board’s wishes. Schmidt says the detective’s position was vacant at the time of his request and he did not want to leave it unfilled until a permanent decision could be made this summer. The sheriff refutes the claim that the sergeant’s position is limited to administrative tasks and says that position is needed to conduct vital investigations.

(Waupun) A holding company for National Exchange Bank and Trust has reached an agreement to purchase National Bancshares in Waupun. National Exchange is headquartered in Fond du Lac and has more than $1.9 billion in assets and operates offices throughout southeastern Wisconsin. The sale is scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of this year. National Bancshares has offices in Waupun, Rosendale, Brandon and Fairwater and will continue to operate as NBW Bank until they are transitioned to National Exchange Bank and Trust.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Senior Expo returns to the Wayland Academy Fieldhouse on Wednesday.  Senior Expo Council President Tom Thompson says 66 vendors will be at the event to demonstrate what is available to active adults in the community. The free event starts at 9am with exhibitor booths open through 2pm. The Dodge County Master Gardeners have a presentation at 10am. Bingo starts noon and the Swinging Beavers perform at 1pm. A WBEV/WXRO brat fry gets underway at 11am. People are encouraged to leave their vehicle at the Park Village Shopping Center and catch a free shuttle.  For more information visit

(Milton) Wisconsin’s 72nd Alice in Dairyland is Abigail Martin of Milton.  She was selected over the weekend from four other finalists after three days of final interviews and events.  Martin will now travel the state to help promote the largest industry in Wisconsin, agriculture. Martin is expected to cover up to 30-thousand miles.

(North Carolina) A North Carolina agency that supports the homeless and needy has fired a worker who falsely claimed Wisconsin golfer Steve Stricker would appear at their charity golf outing.  Rob Hillmer claimed he was a close relative of Stricker and told attendees that Stricker would be at the event May 2.  Stricker had no knowledge of the outing.  Hillmer did not financially benefit from the scheme. The agency is refunding donations upon request.