News May 27, 2009

Demolition Begins

5/27/09 – The former Julie R Danceware building in downtown Beaver Dam has been demolished. Crews began demolition work yesterday on the ten buildings that have been targeted for demolition in downtown Beaver Dam. The buildings violated state statute because they were constructed over the Beaver Dam River and last summers flooding spurred efforts to move forward on the project. Contractor Brandenburg Industries continues demolition today with structures on the 100 block of Front Street before moving onto the 200 block. Demolition is expected to take up to two weeks.

Columbus EMS Talks Resume Thursday

5/27/09 – Talks changing EMS District lines in the City of Columbus and eight surrounding Townships resume Thursday night. The Township of Fountain Prairie has decided to leave the Fall River Fire District EMS and join Columbus in their contract negotiations with LifeStar Ambulance of West Bend. The new EMS District includes areas in Columbia, Dane and Dodge counties.

Fountain Prairie will join with the City and the towns of Calamus, Columbus, Elba, Hampden, Portland and York in formation of the new EMS District. City Council member Bill Bruns was chosen to chair the Committee of City and township representatives at their series of monthly meetings. The Committee is discussing a set of bylaws and municipal representation plan for the Ambulance Service District.

The Village of Fall River and the Towns of Otsego and Courtland will be retaining their current municipal EMS service. The reduction of the area covered by the Fall River EMS will call for the approval of a new contract when the Fire District meets in July. The Columbus contract between LifeStar Ambulance and the district being formed is being negotiated.

No Injuries In City Rollover

5/27/09 – No injuries were reported after an SUV flipped over during a two-car accident in the city of Beaver Dam Tuesday afternoon. It happened just after 3pm at the intersection of North Spring Street and Third Street.

Waller Charged With Church Break-In

5/27/09 – A Beaver Dam man has been charged in connection with a church break-in last fall. Trevor Waller is accused of breaking into the First Lutheran Church of Beaver Dam on October 20 and ransacking the offices. Authorities heard about the burglary while they were down the street at the United Methodist Church investigating a similar break-in. There have been no charges filed yet in connection with that incident. Authorities found blood and fingerprint evidence at the First Lutheran Church and connected it to Waller, who is also charged in connection with a pair of business burglaries. The 28-year-old Waller is charged along with two others in connection with break-ins at Kelm Painting and Beaver Plumbing around the same time. He has jury trials scheduled in August for the business break-ins and a preliminary hearing on the church break-in July 9. Waller faces over 40 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

Schuett Charged With Residential Break-In

5/27/09 – A Juneau man faces over 15 years in prison for a residential burglary last October. Christopher Schuett is charged with a felony count of Burglary as a repeater and Criminal Damage to Property. The 20-year-old is accused of breaking into a residence and stealing cash, checkbooks and an iPod. Authorities found blood and fingerprints at the scene and tied it to Schuett, who will be back in court for a preliminary hearing next month.

Parking Lot Flasher in Court

5/27/09 – A Madison man, who was arrested after witnesses say he performed a lewd act inside his car, had a signature bond set at $500 during an initial hearing Tuesday in Dodge County court. The Beaver Dam Police Department responded the Kohl’s Department Store parking lot on the afternoon of May 13 after a woman reported the incident. The suspect left the scene but the witness followed him onto Highway 151. A short time later, the Columbus Police Department arrested Kevin C. Johnson. The 42-year-old is charged with Lewd and Lascivious Behavior, which carries a maximum nine-month prison sentence upon conviction.

Waupun Consolidation Moving Forward

5/27/09 – Waupun District Administrator Randy Refsland says moving plans for the three elementary schools to be closed at the end of the school year are coming along. With the district cutting its number of buildings from six to three Refsland says there is a lot of work to do but he feels comfortable with the timeline so far and says he expects everything to be ready by the time kids come back in the fall. One big issue for many in the move has been placing 7th grade kids in the same building as 12th graders as part of the high school. Refsland says they’ve gone to great lengths to separate the two including placing most of the middle school classes on the 2nd floor. But he says they are also many positives to have the two groups together, including being able to have the older students tutor the younger ones. The moving comes after the district was forced to make drastic cuts to deal with a $1.2-million-dollar deficit for the coming school year.