(Beaver Dam) The Fall River teen facing Attempted First-Degree Intentional Homicide charges was released on bond Monday. Dylan Lenz posted the $150-thousand-dollar cash bond after spending the last two weeks in jail on the charge that stems from an incident in Beaver Dam on October 15th. Lenz reportedly admitted to law enforcement that he had (quote) “bad thoughts about murdering people.” The 17-year-old met up with the juvenile victim from Beaver Dam and allegedly choked and stabbed her with a boxcutter before she fled screaming from his vehicle near the Wal-Mart parking lot. Lenz apparently drove over her as she tripped running down a hill. If convicted, Lenz faces up to 60 years in prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 17th.
(Alto) Authorities have identified the Markesan teen killed in a single vehicle crash in the township of Alto Sunday morning. The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office say Corin Moore was heading west on Lake Maria Road near Oak Grove Road just before 2am. The vehicle left the pavement, entered the north shoulder, then struck a guardrail. The 17-year-old was not breathing and had no pulse when first responders arrived on scene. Life-saving efforts were attempted but were unsuccessful. Moore, who was the lone occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. Law enforcement say speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash.
(Watertown) The Watertown Police Department says the “kidnapping scam” is making the rounds. It involves a scammer placing a phone call to the victim and telling them a loved one has been taken. Threats of violence soon follow unless a ransom – typically in the form of a wire transfer – is paid. Authorities say the most disturbing aspect of these calls is that the scammers will play recordings of screams in the background. They encourage the public to never feel pressured into sending money to someone you do not know and speak with someone first.
(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam mayor says there is still work to be done before ground can be broken on a potential housing project in the downtown. The city recently received over $145-thousand-dollars to help clean-up a sparsely used lot at the corner of Ryan Cantafio’s Way and South Center Street. Mayor Becky Glewen says a developer out of Madison has been working with city officials to look into the feasibility of constructing affordable apartments as well as condos that would run approximately $225-to-$250-thousand-dollars. She adds that the project’s scope and other funding sources still need to be hammered out.
(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department recently received a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The agency is getting $10,000 from the Forest Fire Protection grant program to replace its 2003-year model UTV and skid unit. That skid unit will also replace the agency’s snowmobile. The Forest Fire Protection grant program provides 50-percent project reimbursement and grand funding for personal protective equipment, training, and other costs associated to fighting forest fires.
(Sheboygan County) We Energies wants to expand its solar power program. The company recently switched on a plant in Sheboygan County that brought their total capacity up to 27 megawatts. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that WEC Energy Group, We Energies’ parent company, is asking the Public Service Commission for permission to expand out to 60 megawatts of power. They’re also hoping to include Wisconsin Public Service in the program to install another 20 megawatts. We Energies provides service throughout the southeastern quarter of Wisconsin, including southern and eastern Dodge County. -WRN