News – May 24, 2019

(Fox Lake) One person was flown from the scene of a two-vehicle crash yesterday (Thursday) in the Town of Fox Lake. The preliminary investigation shows that a box truck failed to stop at the stop sign at County Road A and County Road C and collided with an eastbound SUV. The drivers of the truck and SUV suffered non-life-threatening injuries but a passenger of the SUV was flighted to UW-Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

(Beaver Dam) A Texas woman was sentenced yesterday (Thursday) to two years in prison and eight years of extended supervision for having inappropriate contact with a minor from Beaver Dam. Baylei Smotherman was convicted in March on a felony count of child sexual assault. Smotherman met the victim while the two were playing the video game Fortnite. The 16-year-old boy told police that Smotherman flew from Texas to Madison and then drove to Beaver Dam so the two could meet up.

(Waupun) The Kenosha man who murdered 18-year-old Berit Beck in Fond du Lac County in the summer of 1990 will have a drug possession conviction reviewed by the State’s Supreme Court. In 2015 when Dennis Brantner was booked into the County Jail he was searched and it turned up drugs in his boot. That led to a six year and seven-month sentence and later, the 65-year-old received ten additional years for killing the Sturtevant woman, whose body was found in Waupun. In January, an appeals court upheld the drug conviction.

(Beaver Dam) A Doge County jury yesterday (Thursday) convicted a Beaver Dam man of threatening police. Michael Nelson was found guilty of charges including Battery to a Law Enforcement Officer and Discharge Bodily Fluid at a Public Safety Worker. Beaver Dam police attempted to arrest the 34-year-old following a domestic disturbance last July but he made derogatory statements, spit in their face and said he would shoot them if he ever saw them on the street. Nelson will learn his fate after a pre-sentencing investigation is complete.

(Beaver Dam) School Board President Bev Beal-Loeck discussed the possible closure of South Beaver Dam Elementary School when she was our guest this week on WBEV’s Community Comment. The administration is recommending the closure based on the results of a facilities study that says, among other things, that the rural school should be consolidated with Jefferson Elementary after the next school year. Beal-Loeck notes that the possible closure is part of a larger discussion about the number of buildings in the district and future consolidation needs. She says consideration needs to be given to providing equitable services for students with regards to special education, tutors, mentors, music and art. Beal-Loeck says the more buildings in the district, the more those personnel have to be spread out because of funding realities. The school board will discuss the matter in a workshop meeting, prior to their regular board meeting, on June 10. Beal-Loeck says a decision needs to be made by July.

(Beaver Dam) Through all their years of debauchery and craziness, John Moser and Bill McCollum were never arrested but last (Thursday) night the two local radio legends were given citations. It was the hottest ticket in town: One Night Stand, a fundraiser for the WBEV-WXRO Children’s Radiothon, on the stage of the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre, which received half the money from the ticket sales. The ticket prices were: $14.30 or $95.30 for the front row. At the end of the program, Moser and McCollum were each presented with citations by State Representative Mark Born of Beaver Dam and State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau. The citation recognized the two longtime broadcasters for their combined 100 years of commanding the airwaves in the Dodge County-area.