News – November 17, 2017

Beaver Dam Man Seriously Injured After Colliding With Semi


11/17/16 – A Beaver Dam man was seriously injured in a two vehicle accident Thursday morning. The wreck occurred around 9:30am on County Highway S near South Center Road in the Town of Beaver Dam. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says the preliminary investigation shows that 58-year-old Daniel Krueger of rural Mayville was driving a semi with a flatbed trailer east on County S when he collided with a passenger car. 40-year-old Jeffrey Hildebrand was driving the car that reportedly drifted over the centerline into eastbound traffic, striking the rear wheels of the flatbed. Hildebrand sustained life-threatening injuries and was flown from the scene by Flight for Life to UW Hospital in Madison. Krueger was not injured in the crash and there were no other occupants in either vehicle.  County S was closed for almost four hours while the scene was being cleared. The accident remains under investigation.


Five More Charged In Beaver Dam Drug Ring


11/17/16 – Dodge County prosecutors have charged five more people in connection with a heroin and cocaine distribution ring in Beaver Dam. Those implicated include 22-year-old Earl Howard of Chicago; 23-year-old Herman Jones of Beaver Dam; 25-year-old Paris Mickle of Chicago; 30-year-old Justin Woods of Milwaukee and 31-year-old Jamar Davis of Beaver Dam. The five were allegedly associates of 27-year-old Lacresha Lightfoot of Beaver Dam who was arrested this week following an 11-month investigation by the Dodge County Drug Task Force. The criminal complaints indicate that the suspects were all affiliated with Lightfoot often times selling drugs on her behalf when she was not available, in some cases using her cell phone to conduct transactions. The sale of cocaine and heroin in one-to-three gram packages to confidential informants allegedly occurred throughout the city over the past year. Lightfoot is being held on a quarter-million-dollar cash bond.  Arrest warrants have been issued for the other five suspects.



Fox Lake Council Adopts City’s 2017 Budget


11/17/16 – Homeowners in Fox Lake will see a slight increase in the city portion of their taxes in 2017.  The mill rate of $9.41 per thousand dollars of assessed value is up nine cents from the number homeowners saw last December, meaning the owner of a $150,000 home will pay an extra $13.50 in city taxes.  The $1,600,000 budget adopted by the council last night brings a tax levy near $780,000, and property values are up roughly $500,000 from last year.  In addition to levy funds, City Administrator Gary Rogers says roughly $165,000 was needed from the city’s undesignated fund balance to cover 2017 expenses.  Rogers says the city increased taxes to just below the maximum amount allowed to still qualify for the state’s expenditure restraint program, which rewards municipalities that keep spending in check.  He says Fox Lake typically receives around $23,000 annually in expenditure restraint funds.  The fund balance was around $500,000 at the start of the budget cycle, and Rogers says the city is in decent shape barring a major event like a natural disaster.  He says the city’s reserve fund contains around 18-percent of the city’s total property values, which is short of the 25-percent that is recommended.  Major expenses in the budget include replacing a police squad car and a couple vehicles in the utility department, dredging the boat launch area on Fox Lake, and seal coating Mill and Academy streets.  While a 1.5-percent pay increase for city employees was included in the budget, the council will vote next month on whether to increase it to 1.75-percent in an effort to partially offset rising health insurance costs.  City officials say funds are available to cover the extra quarter-percent if it passes.


Today’s A Great Day To Quit Smoking


11/17/16 – Today is the 41st Annual Great American Smokeout and anti-smoking advocates in Dodge County are using the occasion to urge the public to quit any and all tobacco products. Emma Kane is with the American Lung Associations Tobacco Free Community Partnership of Dodge, Jefferson and Waukesha counties. Kane says there are misconceptions that electronic cigarettes and vaping are healthier than traditional cigarettes but she says nothing can be further from the truth. She says there are a lot of harmful chemicals in the liquid used in e-cigarettes to produce vapor that are known carcinogens that cause irreversible lung disease.  Kane says a youth tobacco survey released yesterday shows that young people are favoring the e-cigarettes, which have less regulation and lower taxes than traditional cigarettes. Eight-percent of current Wisconsin high school students are smoking conventional cigarettes, which she says is down, while 13-percent are smoking e-cigarettes which Kane says is a significant increase. Jody Langfeldt is the Public Health Officer with the Dodge County Human Services and Health Department.  She encourages friends and family of smokers to support them when they do decide to quit. Langfeldt says a good resource for those looking to quit smoking is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, and the CDCs phone number 1-800-QUIT-NOW. There are also resources on the web for Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the American Lung Association


Cash Bond Set For Woman Accused Of Running Drug Ring


11/17/16 – Cash bond was set at $250,000 yesterday for the Beaver Dam woman accused of running a drug ring within city limits.  Lacresha Lightfoot is facing sixteen felony drug charges tied to heroin, cocaine, and counterfeit narcotics.  As we reported yesterday, the 27-year-old was arrested on Monday night following a traffic stop in Beaver Dam.  Sheriff Dale Schmidt says there was an 11-month investigation, and the sales allegedly date back to 2014.  Lightfoot and her associates reportedly sold drugs to three confidential informants, including one alleged sale behind the Beaver Dam Community Library involving Lightfoot herself.  Officers say the drug ring was run out of various places in Beaver Dam including locations on Lakecrest Drive, Rosendale Street, and the Shoe Factory Apartments on North Spring Street.  Schmidt says the county’s Drug Task Force will continue to work toward bringing her associates to justice.  If convicted, Lightfoot faces up to 188 years in prison.  Her preliminary hearing is set for November 23.


Columbia County Man Accidentally Electrocuted While Working


11/17/16 – A Columbia County man was killed while working on his property. William McKribben was electrocuted Tuesday afternoon along County Highway EE in the Town of Fort Winnebago, just north of Portage. Sheriff Dennis Richards says the 40-year-old was operating heavy equipment when the boom on the equipment made contact with electrical lines above his driveway. The accident remains under investigation by the Columbia County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.


Judge Orders Dassey Release Again, AG Files Motion Again


11/17/16 – A federal judge has ordered that a man convicted in the case featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” must be released from prison by Friday evening. U-S Magistrate Judge William Duffin overturned Brendan Dassey’s conviction in August, saying investigators tricked Dassey into confessing he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape, kill and mutilate photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005. State attorneys have been arguing he should remain in prison while they pursue an appeal. Duffin ordered him released Monday. The state Justice Department asked Duffin on Tuesday to stay his ruling, but Duffin issued an order Wednesday saying Dassey must go free by 8pm Friday. The state’s Justice Department planned to file an emergency motion with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago seeking to block Dassey’s release.


Former US Defense Secretary Laird Passes Away


11/17/16 – Wisconsin is mourning the death of former U-S Defense Secretary Melvin Laird, after the 94-year-old Marshfield native died Wednesday. Laird was a G-O-P congressman for 17 years before President Richard Nixon named him to run the Pentagon in 1969 — and in the next four years, Laird carried out Nixon’s policy of withdrawing U-S troops from Vietnam, doing it faster than the president wanted. He suspended the draft in 1973 and made the military an all-volunteer force. Laird was in the Wisconsin Senate before heading to Capitol Hill, where he played a key role in developing health research — including the start of the Centers for Disease Control and an expansion of the National Institutes of Health, and a large medical research facility at his hometown Marshfield Clinic is named in Laird’s honor. The Fine Arts building at the two-year U-W college in Marshfield is named for his mother Helen Connor Laird, and former campus dean Carol McCart says Marshfield is proud of one of its favorite sons, never wavering in his support for education.


Baldwin Named To Leadership Post


11/17/16 – Democrat Tammy Baldwin vows to fight what she calls the “Republican establishment” in her new U-S Senate leadership post. The Wisconsin lawmaker was named the Democratic Conference secretary, as new Minority Leader Chuck Schumer expanded his leadership team from seven members to ten on Wednesday. Baldwin served for 14 years in the U-S House before being promoted to the Senate in 2012. She wrote on Facebook that too many Americans “feel like they’re being left behind.” Baldwin says corporate lobbyists, big banks, and Wall Street are “calling the shots” — and she’ll focus on “making a difference in people’s everyday lives.”


MPTC Accepting Distinguished Alumni Nominations


11/17/16 – Moraine Park Technical College is accepting nominations for its 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award.  Anyone who is to be considered must hold a one or two-year technical diploma, associate degree, or associate of applied science degree from a Moraine Park program.  Nominees must also have demonstrated service or support to Moraine Park, the Wisconsin Technical College System, and the local community.  One also should be distinguished in their career or civic activity.  Applications can be submitted on the MPTC website and must be completed by January 20.


For more information about the Distinguished Alumnus Award, contact Joan Brezinsky at 920-924-3281, [email protected], or