News May 22, 2009

Suspected Fox Lake Molester Bound Over

5/22/09 – A Fox Lake man, accused of molesting a preteen girl, was bound over for trial yesterday. Judge Steve Bauer found probable cause to bind Jonathan Sparacio over for trial on a felony count of Child Enticement for a series of offenses that allegedly occurred in 2004. The mother of the victim legally recorded two conversations with Sparacio in which he admitted guilt but blamed the girl. The 62-year-old is being held in the Dodge County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond. Sparacio has arraignment scheduled for June 8.

Accused Fond du Lac Molester Bound Over

5/22/09 – A Fond du Lac man, charged with molesting a 16-year-old girl at a Beaver Dam motel, was bound over for trial yesterday during a preliminary hearing in Dodge County court. 34-year-old Roderick Lentz is charged with a felony county of Child Enticement and two misdemeanors related to the series of incidents that occurred at the Grandview Motel in early January. Because Lentz has a previous conviction for Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole, if convicted. Lentz is being held on a $25,000 cash bail. Arraignment is scheduled for June 16.

Juneau Man Sentenced in Drug Ring

5/22/09 – A Juneau man was sentenced yesterday to 30 months in prison for selling cocaine. James Hrobsky purchased cocaine from the Watertown area, from members of a drug ring that was recently broken-up by state and federal authorities. Federal prosecutors say they intercepted 8000 calls during a 5-month period last year in which the 27-year-old Hrobsky made arrangements to purchase cocaine for re-distribution. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb said Hrobsky cooperated with law enforcement and that was the primary factor that lead her to impose a sentence that was substantially below the other sentences handed down in the case.

Steger Says Rogers Saved City Millions

5/22/09 – Waupun’s mayor says outgoing City Administrator Gary Rogers has saved the city millions of dollars in the seven years he’s been with the city. Rogers is leaving to take a similar job in Iowa. Mayor Jodi Steger says cites as an example the hundreds of thousands of dollars saved after the consolidation of dispatch services with the county. Steger says he also had an active role in disaster relief efforts when a tornado and two floods hit the city over the past five years.

Dells Ducks Coming to Beaver Dam

5/22/09 – The Wisconsin Dells world famous Ducks will be waddling into Beaver Dam next month as part of a fundraiser for the YMCA of Dodge County. Fundraising Committee co-chair Mary Vogl-Rauscher says this marks only the second time ever the Original Wisconsin Ducks are leaving the Dells to help an organization with a fundraising event. Vogl-Rauscher says the amphibious vehicle will take participants on a loop from the YMCA grounds to the Beaver Dam Lake and back. The Duck rides are just one of several events planned in conjunction with the YMCA’s “Modes of Transportation” fundraiser to benefit their capital campaign. We’ll get more details from Vogl-Rauscher when she joins us on WBEV’s Community Comment next Tuesday.

Tommy Bartlett Show Hits The Waves

5/22/09 – The Tommy Bartlett Show in Wisconsin Dells will feature water-skiers on Lake Delton today for the first time since the lake was emptied by severe storms and washouts last June. The Bartlett show is one of the Dells’ top attractions. And it was among dozens of businesses which suffered heavy losses for most of last summer – after T-V images were spread around the world showing homes floating down the Wisconsin River. The Bartlett Show continued through the

summer, but only with stage and aerial acts – and not its classic water-ski tricks. State and local officials spent about 10-million dollars to make repairs and re-fill Lake Delton. And workers scurried to get everything done before the start of the tourist season this Memorial Day weekend.

Unemployment Numbers Not That Bad

5/22/09 – Wisconsin’s unemployment rate has gone down slightly. State officials said the actual un-adjusted jobless rate for April was eight-point-eight percent, down from nine-point-four in March. The workforce development agency said about 17-thousand more Wisconsinites had jobs last month than the previous month. Labor economist Eric Grosso said employment normally rises about this time of year, as seasonal work begins – like construction, which added 61-hundred jobs over the past month. Leisure and hospitality employers added almost six-thousand people to get ready for summer travelers. But even with the latest improvement, Wisconsin’s jobless rate was four-point-six percent higher than the previous April. Employers cut 128-thousand positions in the year ending last month, for an annual decline of four-and-a-half percent. That’s the biggest drop since the recession of 1958.