News – May 30, 2016

Beaver Dam Has Morning Full Of Memorial Day Events


5/30/16 – The City of Beaver Dam is holding its annual Memorial Day festivities this morning.  There are over 30 entries in this year’s parade.  The theme is ‘Veterans Serving the Beaver Dam Area for 175 Years.’  Parade Committee Member Lois Levenhagen says the parade starts on South Center Street and runs down Front Street and Park Avenue until it gets to the Veteran’s Memorial at Oakwood Cemetery.  Entries are encouraged to check in at the corner of Mill Street and South Center Street at 8 am.  At 8:30 am, there will be a river ceremony at the Tower Parking Lot to honor local veterans who lost their lives at sea.  The parade starts at 9:15 am.  That is followed by a memorial service at Oakwood Cemetery.  If you can’t make it out, AM 1430 WBEV will have a live broadcast starting at 10:15 am.  Levenhagen says the Beaver Dam High School marching band will provide music.  There will also be speeches, poems, and a reading of the names of all area veterans who passed away in the last year.  This year’s guest speaker is Dodge County Veterans’ Services Officer Andrew Miller.


Man Seriously Injured In Theresa Motorcycle-Deer Crash


5/30/16 – A 31-year-old Milwaukee man was seriously injured early this morning when his motorcycle struck a deer.  The accident occurred on Highway 41 near Highway 28 in the Town of Theresa at 12:37 am.  The man reportedly did not have a valid motorcycle license and was not wearing a helmet.  Flight for Life took him to the hospital.  The man’s name will not be released until tomorrow, and the crash remains under investigation.


ICAC: Alicia’s Law Expands Subpoena Powers


5/30/16 – Recent changes in state law now allow special agents with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to cut through the red tape more quickly. Alicia’s Law is named after the 13-year-old who was rescued by a specialized law enforcement cyber unit who tracked down her location via online images. The governor signed the bill last month that seeks to decrease the amount of time it takes to track down suspects of internet sex crimes against children. Special Agent Ryan Klavekoske, a former Beaver Dam Police Detective, says the law provided the Justice Department with administrative subpoena power. He told us recently on WBEV’s Community Comment that could mean the difference between life and death. The law does not expand the authority of law enforcement to obtain search warrants; if evidence is gathered a judge would still need to sign-off on the execution of a search warrant. The law also allowed for the agency to receive one-million dollars from the state that will go directly toward combating internet crimes against children. Whether the state will continue to provide such money to the federally-funded task force is unknown but Klavekoske says the agency is currently only able to tackle a small portion of the problem of online child exploitation.

Listen to Klavekoske from Community Comment:

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Beaver Dam Lake Days Seeks Volunteers


5/30/16 – Beaver Dam Lake Days is looking for manpower again this year. Volunteers age 14 and older are needed for concessions, those 18 and older are needed to sell tickets, and age 21 and over are needed to check IDs.  Organizer Doug Sackett says it is a perfect opportunity for a non-profit because the organization will be paid $6-per hour for each volunteer provided. Lake Days has had some financial trouble in recent years because of poorly-timed inclement weather and Sackett says the festival is not out of the woods yet. He is encouraging people to volunteer on behalf of Lake Days to help bolster the event’s coffers going forward. The 23rd Annual Beaver Dam Lake Days is July 7th through the 9th at Tahoe Park. Headlining acts are Quiet Riot on Friday night and The Journey Experience on Saturday night.  There will be fireworks both Friday and Saturday night though the event downsized from a four-day festival to three this year. The cover charge this year will be $7 for everyone age five-and-up and that includes free, unlimited carnival rides. Last year’s cover was $5 and in came with a free beverage.

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Waste Collection Delayed In Beaver Dam


5/30/16 – There’s no need to roll the garbage cans to the curb today. Waste pick-up is delayed this week because of the Memorial Day holiday.  Waste collections in Beaver Dam by Advanced Disposal will be one day later than normal for the rest of the week.  Today’s scheduled route will be collected tomorrow and the pattern continues through Friday which is collected on Saturday. In addition, the Public Works Garage is closed today.


Beaverland Must-Skis Kick Off 2016 Season Tonight


5/30/16 – Another sign that summer is near.  The Beaverland Must-Skis kickoff their 2016 season tonight.  The Memorial Day show starts at 6 pm at Beaver Dam’s Tahoe Park.  It is the water ski teams’ first of 13 home shows this year, which run through early September.


Local, Statewide Unemployment Down Last Month


5/30/16 – Area and statewide jobless filings dropped from March to April.  That’s according to non-seasonally adjusted numbers from the state Department of Workforce Development. Dodge County reported a four-percent unemployment rate last month, down eight-tenths from March.  Columbia County also dropped eight-tenths to 3.9-percent.  Jefferson County’s 3.9-percent jobless rate was 1.1-percent less than March.  In Fond du Lac County, the unemployment rate fell seven-tenths to 3.6-percent.  Washington County decreased by six-tenths to 3.5-percent.  Green Lake County had the biggest drop from 6.8-percent to 5.4-percent.  In April, Dane County again had the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 2.9-percent.  Iron County surpassed Bayfield County with the highest rate at 10.8-percent.  The statewide rate of 4.3-percent in April was down seven-tenths from March.


Memorial Day Festivities Planned Throughout Wisconsin


5/30/16 – Ceremonies are planned throughout Wisconsin on this Memorial Day. State Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos says Wisconsin still has soldiers and Marines in harm’s way while serving our country — and that’s one special reason to remember the troops who have died for our freedom. 126 Wisconsinites have been killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars since the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Governor Scott Walker plans to speak today during a ceremony in DeForest at the Veterans Memorial Park. Walker was also at a gathering yesterday at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.


Madison Police Chief Says More Officers Needed

5/30/16 – Madison’s police chief says he needs more officers and resources as his department responds to violent crimes.  There have been three homicides in the Capitol City area in less than six weeks.  Chief Mike Koval said he will ask the Madison City Council to let him add at least 10 full-time positions.  Koval says the recent crime wave represents an unprecedented level of gun violence in Madison’s history.  He says the economy and housing crises have created a “perfect storm,” which is “creating a lot more desperate people.”