News – May 5, 2016

Fox Lake Applying For Grant To Repair Third Street


5/5/16 -The City of Fox Lake is looking to repair one of its failing streets.  City officials say the section of Third Street from Crocker Street to Trenton Street is close to being shut down after it scored a two out of ten on the most recent PASER rating, which assesses street condition.  At Wednesday night’s meeting, the city council approved a resolution to apply for a Community Development Block Grant.  If successful, the grant would cover half of the $500,000 to $600,000 project cost.  Third Street is eligible since over 51% of residents on that block are of low to moderate income.  MSA Professional Services’ Community Development Specialist Jeff Thelen is working with the city and says the project would address sewer needs that have caused backups over the years, storm water issues that have led to flooding, and some road work.  The application is due May 27, and Fox Lake expects to hear back on whether or not they were successful in mid-August.  If the grant is secured, construction would likely begin next spring.


Fox Lake City Administrator Gets Raise


5/5/16 – Fox Lake’s council approved a pay raise for its city administrator at Wednesday night’s meeting.  The hourly rate was set at $30.60, a two-percent increase.  That raise was approved by the city’s Personnel Committee last year but was never brought to the council.  The new rate took effect this pay period since current administrator Gary Rogers declined the back pay.


Rotary Club Downtown Riverwalk Coming To Fruition


5/5/16 – The Beaver Dam Rotary Club plans to have a new downtown river walk in place this year. The service organization is working on a river walk that would stretch along the Beaver Dam River starting in the Tower Parking lot north of the walking bridge. It would include green space continuing parallel to South Spring Street down to Mill Street. A concept plan approved by the Beaver Dam Operations Committee this week eliminates 39 parking spaces on the west side of the tower parking lot along the river both north and south of the water tower. During the planning stage, amenities including a shelter and clock tower were discussed as part of an estimated $50-thousand dollar project. While not part of the current project, the Rotary hopes to see their improvements spur additional enhancements along the river walk. The Rotary’s John Zanghi says the project will cost around $15-to-$20-thousand dollars, paid for entirely by the club. City staff are going to design the river walk in-house and then prepare a plan for bidding.


Mercury Marine Employees Personal Information Hacked


5/5/16 – Employees at Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac are among the Brunswick Corporation employees in the U.S. impacted by an email phishing incident. The company last Friday discovered the incident potentially disclosed 2015 W-2 information of current and former employees. Mercury spokesman Lee Gordon says the focus now is on protecting employees from possible identity theft. Brunswick is offering credit monitoring and reporting, identity theft assistance services and identity theft insurance free to every affected employee for up to two years. Gordon says Brunswick understands what happened and people will react to it differently. Gordon says this was a criminal scam and not a rogue hacker trying to gain access to Brunswick’s information systems. He says someone received an email, responded to it and that allowed the documents to be released. Brunswick has about 13-thousand employees in the U.S.


Jury Trial Set For Friesland Man Accused Of Murder


5/5/16 – A week-long jury trial was put on the calendar Wednesday for a Friesland man accused of killing his wife.  Kevin Krueger claims he does not remember shooting his estranged wife to death at a hotel in February. The 51-year-old faces four felony counts, including homicide. Krueger allegedly stole a shotgun from a friend and used it to kill 41-year-old Tracy Krueger the Ridge Motor Inn in Portage. The Columbia County trial is set to begin July 18.


Charges Filed In Deadly Multi-County Crime Spree


5/5/16 – Sauk County prosecutors say alleged double murderer Zachary Hays acted paranoid ever since he smoked marijuana four days before a drive by freeway killing. The 20-year-old West Allis man remains hospitalized after being charged Wednesday with homicide and three counts of reckless endangerment for the shooting on Interstate 90-94 south of Wisconsin Dells that killed Tracy Czaczkowski. More charges are expected after Hays allegedly shot and killed a fellow resident of his apartment complex in West Allis Sunday morning — pointed a gun at several motorists near the Dells before apparently shooting Czaczkowski at random — and was wounded himself by an officer near DeForest after a chase. Hays’ two brothers were with him and were both arrested — but according to the new charges, Jeremy Hays said Zachary threatened to shoot both brothers if they left him. The 44-year-old Czaczkowski died Tuesday, and was taken off life support after her organs were donated.


Beaver Dam Woman Convicted In Burglary


5/5/16 – A Beaver Dam woman who broke into a house along with her daughter was sentenced Wednesday to nine months in jail.  42-year-old Catherine Kenevan pled to misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property and Theft of Movable Property and had a felony count of Burglary dismissed but read into the record.  Prosecutors say she and her 18-year-old daughter Kayla Kenevan broke into a house on Fabisch Road and stole cash.  A neighbor called police after observing the two acting suspiciously.  Shortly after, officers arrested the two women in a car that was parked in a wooded area near the Dodge County Fairgrounds. Kayla was previously ordered to pay restitution and get counseling. In addition to nine months in jail, Catherine was placed on probation for two years and ordered to pay joint restitution.


Watertown Woman Gets Probation For Pocketing Money


5/5/16 – A Watertown woman pled no contest yesterday to stealing money from her employer.  Brittany Zabel was found guilty on two misdemeanor Theft counts.  The 25-year-old voided eight food checks worth roughly $240 and pocketed the cash while working at Deegs Two in Watertown in May and June of 2015.  She will spend 18 months on probation and has a restitution hearing set for June 22.


Beaver Dam Man Pleads Not Guilty To Police Chase


5/5/16 – A Beaver Dam man accused of sparking a police chase pled not guilty at arraignment yesterday. Michael Alexander Wade is charged with felony Fleeing an Officer for the alleged pursuit last month. Authorities say the 34-year-old was operating an orange “crotch-rocket” type motorcycle on Highway 151 when he caught the attention of police. Beaver Dam Police called off the pursuit, but Wade was later apprehended.  He will be back in court June 3.


Oconomowoc Man Pleads Guilty In Miller Coors Fraud


5/5/16 – An Oconomowoc man who used to head Miller Coors’ marketing has agreed to plead guilty to a scam in which the brewing company lost eight point six million dollars. Federal prosecutors in Chicago they’ll ask a judge to sentence David Colletti to no more than 65 months in prison — as long as he helps the federal government convict seven other defendants. They include Andrew Vallozzi, who partnered with the 59-year-old Colletti in a hotel project in Waukesha that failed. In a plea document, Colletti says he’ll admit to a federal wire fraud charge, in exchange for serving only two thirds of the minimum sentence recommended under federal guidelines — and he’s forfeiting two luxury cars he received. Colletti will be sentenced until he finishes helping the government, perhaps with testimony in other trials.


Highway 33 Traffic Snarled Following Semi Accident


5/5/16 – Dodge County Sheriff’s officials say a semi carrying a logging processor struck a railroad overpass at Highway 33 and Highway 67 Wednesday morning. As a result of the crash, traffic on Highway 33 was reduced to one lane for several hours. The crash backed traffic up in both directions while the mishap was investigated and debris was cleaned from the highway.


Two Injury Accidents Reported In Dodge County Wednesday


5/5/16 – An 86-year-old woman was transported to the hospital following a three vehicle accident in the Town of Portland. The wreck occurred at 5pm yesterday on State Highway 89 at County Road T. All three vehicles were towed. An hour-and-a-half later in the Town of Emmet, two teens were transported to the hospital following a two vehicle collision at the intersection of State Highway 16-26 and County Road L. The teens were in one vehicle and were struck by a vehicle operated by a 72-year-old Watertown man, who was cited for Failure To Yield Right-Of-Way. From today’s Dodge County Sheriff’s Office police briefing, a report of shots fired on Spearhead Trail in the Town of Hubbard around 3am. The matter is under investigation.


Investigation Continues Into Fatal Helicopter Crash

5/5/16 – An investigation continues into a helicopter crash in Manitowoc County that killed a 61-year-old pilot from Madison. The American Transmission Company says the unidentified pilot was helping to string wire for a power line when his M-D-369-E chopper went down Wednesday in a swampy area near Reedsville. No one else was in the helicopter, which is owned by the South Carolina firm of Rotor Blade which provides chopper services to utilities. Manitowoc County Sheriff Rob Hermann says the helicopter appears to have shut down and did not hit anything before it crashed. The National Transportation Safety Board and the F-A-A are investigating.