News – November 24, 2016

Local Officials Provide Update At Chamber Luncheon


11/24/16 – The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce held their annual economic update luncheon on Wednesday. Beaver Dam Mayor Tom Kennedy delivered his state-of-the-city address two days after the common council adopted the 2017 budget with a mill rate of $9.92-per thousand dollars of assessed value, 18-cents lower than last year. Kennedy said the tax rate has been relatively steady over his time in office averaging a half-percent increase per year over nine years. County Board Chairman Russ Kottke noted that the county portion of the tax bill will cost the owner of a $150-thousand-dollar home five-dollars less than last year at $845. He says that no sales tax revenue was used on roads in the budget and the only reconstruction plans are an extension of County Road C. Kottke defended the condition of county roads in his address saying Dodge County has no more “hillbilly roads” than in any other community. Beaver Dam Schools Superintendent Steve Vessey addressed the crowd two weeks after voters approved a $48.9-million-dollar referendum for an overhaul of the high school and districtwide safety improvements. In his state-of-the-school address, Vessey said a healthy portion of referendum dollars will stay local, $5.4-million to $7-million dollars. That is part of an initiative by the district to buy local if the local bid price by a subcontractor is within two-to-three-percent of a low bid. Vessey provided a chart showing that the school portion of the tax bill at $8.15-per thousand is lower than all the other districts in the county and he said the mill rate will still be below the current statewide average of $9.96 when the referendum impact is realized next year.


Name Released In Dodge County Death Investigation


11/24/16 – Dodge County authorities have released the names of the Milwaukee men involved in a death investigation. 46-year-old James Greevers Jr. was found dead on Monday in a Town of Portland cabin. His father, 69-year-old James Greevers Sr., was unresponsive and is in the ICU with a potentially life-threatening medical problem. Deputies responded to the cabin in rural Reeseville after receiving a call to check on the welfare of two males. A family member reported that the two were overdue to return home from a weekend deer hunting trip and could not be reached by phone. Responding deputies observed through a window one of the men on the floor unresponsive and forced entry into the cabin. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says the cause has not been definitively determined, but carbon monoxide and other environmental factors are being investigated.  The Dodge County Medical Examiner is investigating the death with the Sheriff’s Office.


Lake Mills Police Continue Search For Missing Teen


11/24/16 – Police in Lake Mills are asking for people’s help in finding a 16-year-old girl who’s been missing since November first. Police Chief Pat Matuszewski says Kendall Humphries ran away from home, and investigators say she may be in some type of danger. Officials say Kendall also ran away in October but came back home. She’s five feet four, 130 pounds, brown hair, blue eyes, and there’s a scar on her upper lip.


Independent Firm To Begin Testing Of Avery Evidence


11/24/16 – An independent firm will soon begin scientific tests of key evidence that Steven Avery hopes will overturn his conviction in the 2005 slaying of Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County. His appellate lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, has worked with the state Justice Department on an agreement to allow the tests — and it was filed Wednesday with the judge who’s considering Avery’s appeal, Angela Sutkiewicz of Sheboygan County. Most of the evidence to be tested involves blood stains and D-N-A from Halbach’s vehicle, which was found six days after she disappeared at the Avery family’s auto salvage yard where Halbach was raped, shot, and burned. The Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer” raised questions about the convictions of Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, whose guilty verdict was later thrown out by a federal magistrate.


Doc Connected To Rock Star Death In West Bend Bonds Out


11/24/16 – A doctor from Alabama is free on bond, after being charged with illegally prescribing the drugs that killed a co-founder of the rock group Three Doors Down in Wisconsin. Richard Snellgrove of Fairhope was charged with six counts in October, but the allegations were not made public until a judge unsealed them last week. Snellgrove is accused of giving illegal prescriptions for Fentanyl and four other drugs, just days before guitarist Matt Roberts died at a hotel in West Bend. That’s where he was planning to perform at a fundraiser for an Honor Flight program which makes one day flights to Washington, so older veterans can see their national monuments. Roberts mentioned health issues when he left Three Doors Down in 2012, and their biggest hit was “Kryptonite” in 2000, which was nominated for a Grammy Award.


Columbus Man Sentenced For OWI Injury


11/24/16 – A Columbus man was sentenced to one month in jail yesterday for injuring a passenger in a drunken driving accident. Zachary Link pled no contest to misdemeanor Causing Injury While Under the Influence and had a second misdemeanor and a handful of traffic citations dismissed and a count of felony Bail Jumping dismissed but read into the record. In March, Link missed a curve and put his car in a ditch in the Town of Elba. A passenger sustained a fractured jaw in the wreck. The 24-year-old had a blood alcohol level that was over two-times the legal limit for driving at point-one-seven-nine (.179). In addition to 30 days in jail with work release privileges, Link was placed on probation for 18 months.


Warrant Issued For Beaver Dam Burglary Suspect


11/24/16 – A warrant has been issued for a Beaver Dam woman charged with felony Burglary who failed to appear in court yesterday for an arraignment hearing. Cecilia Tovar allegedly broke into the home of a family member and stole nearly two thousand dollars in cash, jewelry and electronics. The 34-year-old reportedly broke into the Town of Calamus residence in April. She was captured on a hidden camera taking the items after manipulating a backdoor to gain entry. If convicted, the charges carry a maximum sentence of over 18 years in prison.


Hartford Woman Arraigned On Hit and Run Injury Charge


11/24/16 – A Hartford woman accused of fleeing the scene of an accident entered a not guilty plea at arraignment yesterday.  Alyssa Busateri is facing one felony count of Hit and Run Involving Injury.  In July, the 18-year-old allegedly drove off at speeds around 100 miles per hour after striking another vehicle from behind in the Town of Rubicon.  The driver of the other vehicle suffered multiple injuries, including a herniated disc.  If she is convicted, Busateri faces up to nine months behind bars.


Stein Raised Funds For Wisconsin Recount


11/24/16 – The Green Party’s White House candidate will spend Black Friday shopping for a recount of Wisconsin’s presidential vote. Jill Stein plans to ask for statewide tallies in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania — where a New York Magazine report says hackers reduced the ballots counted in electronic voting machines, and Democrat Hillary Clinton would have won Wisconsin by three-thousand votes instead of Donald Trump winning by 27-thousand. State officials say there’s no evidence of hacking — the claims reflect inaccurate exit polls and unofficial results — paper ballots make up 85-percent of the state’s total — and the rest generally leave paper trails. On her campaign website, Stein says Americans deserve elections they can trust — and as of early Thursday, her camp has raised more than the two-point-two million dollars they’ll need to pay for the recounts. In Wisconsin, Stein’s camp says it has raised the $1.1-million-dollar cost, and it will file its recount request by five p-m tomorrow, with later deadlines in Michigan and Pennsylvania.


Trump’s Education Secretary Choice Has Ties To Wisconsin


11/24/16 – Donald Trump’s choice for the nation’s education secretary has ties to Wisconsin’s private school choice effort. Betsy DeVos used to chair the board of the American Federation of Children, which started in Milwaukee in the 1990s as a supporter of the city’s voucher program that lets low income kids attend private schools. Jim Bender of School Choice Wisconsin says the DeVos appointment shows big support for Trump’s natioonal agenda, which includes 20-billion tax dollars for youngsters to attend their choice of private and public schools. Republican Governor Scott Walker calls DeVos a friend. House Democrat Mark Pocan of Madison calls the nomination “bad news for public schools,” — and the group One Wisconsin Now says DeVos, an heir to the Amway fortune, should be disqualified due to her large financial support of pro voucher political candidates.


Greendale High School At Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


11/24/16 – A suburban Milwaukee high school band will represent Wisconsin at the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. About 270 members of the Greendale band left Monday for sightseeing and final rehearsals in New York. Almost one-thousand of their friends and relatives will be among the expected three-point-five million spectators lining the streets for Thursday morning’s three-hour parade — and 20-million more will watch on N-B-C. The band will perform two numbers as they march — a Mary Poppins medley and “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by Justin Timberlake. Director Tom Reifenberg says the Greendale band learned 18 months ago they would be in the Macy’s parade — and since then, they’ve been busy raising funds and shoring up their teamwork.