News May 8, 2009

Beaver Dam Family To Be Featured on Oprah

5/8/09 – A Beaver Dam woman is going to be on Oprah next week. Michelle Ladwig and her family were chosen to be part of “Oprah’s Challenge” and were asked to live without electronics for one week and they had to give up ten other items each day. Gone were the cell phones, I-pods, and TV’s. In its place were nightly family dinners and camera’s following their every move. Ladwig says Oprah’s people filmed the episode at her home Wednesday via satellite. An exact air date has not yet been announced.

Inmate Bound Over in Claw Hammer Attack

5/8/09 – A former Fox Lake Correctional Institution inmate who allegedly attacked two guards with a claw-hammer was bound over for trial yesterday in Dodge County court. 50-year-old Terrance Davis is charged with two counts of attempted murder for allegedly assaulting the guards in the prison’s furniture-making shop last November. A 52-year-old officer sustained head injuries and a broken arm and a 38-year-old guard required surgery for a fractured skull. Davis has been in prison since he killed two Milwaukee police officers 23 years ago when the officers walked into a drug deal. Davis faces up to 40 years in prison on each count. Arraignment is scheduled for March 26.

Contreras Waives Prelim

5/8/09 – A Beaver Dam man accused of raping two young girls waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday in Dodge County court. Robert Contreras entered a “not guilty” plea to five felony counts of sexual assault and child enticement and two misdemeanors counts of Sex With A Child. The 36-year-old is accused of raping a preteen girl in March of 2008 and a teenage girl on several occasions beginning in May of 2006. The assaults reportedly stopped when Contreras was sent to prison in March of 2008 for his 5th OWI offense. If convicted, he faces a combined total of over 226 years in prison.

Zirzow Sentenced For Exposing Child to Porn

5/8/09 – A Beaver Dam man who showed a young boy pornography will spend 15 days in jail. Roger Zirzow pleaded “no contest” to a felony count of Exposing a Child to Harmful Materials related to the June 2007 incident. The 36-year-old Zirzow was also placed on probation for two years and ordered to undergo sex offender counseling.

Horicon Bank Gets Federal Dollars

5/8/09 – The parent company of Horicon Bank has been approved for $13.6 million in federal money. Sword Financial Corporation announced yesterday that they will accept money from the governments Capital Purchase Program, which is part of President Obama’s Troubled Asset Relief Program, also known as TARP. Bank President Fred Schwertfeger says the one-time offer of capital will put the bank in a better position to help support local economic growth with home, business and farm loans. The funds are offered only to banks which are deemed strong and approved by the U.S. Treasury and banking regulators, including the FDIC. The investment must be repaid with interest on a quarterly basis. To date, 13 Wisconsin banks, comprising a majority of Wisconsin-based loans and deposits, have received U.S. Treasury money. Horicon Bank has assets totaling $500 million dollars and operates ten branches, mostly in Dodge County, but also in Washington, Outagamie, Winnebago and Fond du Lac counties.