News – May 22, 2019

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board received an update last (Tuesday) night on the progress of a software change for the Finance Department. The current program, JD Edwards, has been in place since 1997 and was established to bring all financial records into one place. That system is now antiquated and is being updated to Tyler Munis. The program was originally set to go-live on May 1st of this year but was push backed to July 1st and again to January 1st of 2020. Several county board members questioned why the launch date was extended. County Administrator Jim Mielke says the biggest factor was training. Mielke says in order to provide the right amount of training to all who need it the decision was made to extend the go-live date.

(Madison) The Joint Finance Committee has approved parts of a plan that will see a broad two percent pay raise for all state employees. The measure would also boost the wages for state prisons workers. The Joint Finance Committee also approved a flat pay raise for prison guards. State Representative Mark Born sits on the committee and he joined us live this morning on WBEV. The Beaver Dam Republican says another $35-million in additional funding is being invested in all state correctional institutions where workers will average $19-per hour. The democrats $5-per hour raise at the half dozen prisons will stay in place through next June. Joint Finance chose not did not implement a $15 dollar an hour minimum wage for most state employees. Republicans pulled a plan that would raise minimum wages for most state workers to 15 dollars an hour.

(Campbellsport) The Campbellsport man charged with allegedly trying to kill his fiancée is heading to trial. James Allen was recently in Fond du Lac County court for a preliminary hearing. Charges stem from an incident in late March while the couple was on their way home from a night out at restaurant and two bars. The victim told investigators she felt Allen planned the attack and was looking forward to killing her. She was stabbed three times in the neck. The 33-year-old is being held in the Fond du Lac County Jail on a $500-thousand dollar cash bond.

(Fox Lake) A Milwaukee man was sentenced to ten-and-a-half years in prison yesterday (Tuesday) for his role in a series of residential break-ins around the Dodge County-area. Adam Tibbits pled no contest to three felony counts of Burglary as a Party to a Crime for offenses that occurred in the spring of 2017. Tibbits admitted to investigators that he perpetrated several of the break-ins but maintains he did not commit all of them. In addition to prison, the 37-year-old was placed on extended supervision for ten-and-a-half years.

(Columbus) An August 28 jury trial was added to the court calendar yesterday (Tuesday) for a convicted sex offender caught with illegal images of children. David Brickett is charged with two felony counts of Possession of Child Pornography. A search warrant was executed in January at Brickett’s rural Columbus residence. Investigators allegedly uncovered the images on a computer. Brickett faces up to 25 years in prison on each new count.

(Sun Prairie) A lawsuit against companies involved in last summer’s explosion in downtown Sun Prairie will proceed. A Dane County judge denied a motion to dismiss Abby Barr’s suit in the death of her firefighter husband Cory. Lawyers argued the situation was unprecedented for first responders. Attorneys for the companies cite a “firefighters rule,” which normally precludes firefighters from recovering for personal injuries sustained while performing their duties. The companies named in the suit include VC Tech, Bear Communications, USIC Locating Services and WE Energies. Two other firefighters filed personal injury lawsuits.

(Hustisford) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office responded to an injury accident yesterday (Tuesday) morning. The car versus semi crash occurred at 6:45am on State Highway 60 and Hilltop Road in the Town of Hustisford. The motorists involved sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Also, sheriff’s deputies assisted the Neosho-Rubicon-Ashippun Police Department in a traffic pursuit late yesterday morning. A motorist refused to pull over during a traffic stop on State Highway 67 in the Town of Rubicon around 11:40am. Spike strips were deployed near Highway 60, and the vehicle was disabled. The driver was taken into custody without further incident.