News – November 26, 2019

(Beaver Dam) State Representative Mark Born is applauding the governor’s signature on two of his bills that were inspired by local constituents. One bill gives school officials the opportunity to warn select students of an upcoming fire drill. The Beaver Dam Republican says the old law prohibited teachers from telling students when a fire drill is about to happen, which can cause problems especially with special needs students who can react negatively to the surprise fire alarm.  The other bill signed into law by the governor increases the amount of credits that can be transferred from a two-year school to a four-year school. Born says it was inspired by a constituent worried about their daughter giving up on her bachelor’s degree because only 15 of her 72 credits from Moraine Park Technical College were accepted at a UW system school.

(Madison) Your kids’ lemonade stand is now fully legit. Governor Tony Evers on Monday signed a bipartisan bill allowing children to sell lemonade and other goods on private property without having to get a permit, as long as they don’t exceed two thousand dollars a year in sales. The Democratic governor also signed legislation allowing gasoline with no ethanol and gas that contains up to fifteen percent ethanol to be dispensed through the same hose.

(Adams County) State officials are investigating after a deer hunter found human remains in Adams County during opening weekend. That body was reportedly found on Saturday in a wooded area. The state Department of Justice is handling the investigation, along with deputies from Adams and Dane counties. There’s been no word on identification of the body at this time.

(Lincoln County) The death of a deer hunter Saturday in north-central Wisconsin was likely due to natural causes.  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says the man was preparing to field dress a deer he had just shot when he collapsed.  Other members in his hunting party found him unresponsive and called for help.

(Juneau) A violent registered sex offender is now living in the city of Beaver Dam. A Dodge County judge ordered the release of Robert Larson Jr. from the Sandridge Secure Treatment Center on October 31. The 61-year-old has been the focus of news stories about his placement for several years. Larson had met the criteria for release years ago but his release was held up because efforts to place him throughout the state on multiple occasions had repeatedly been unsuccessful. However, it is also unconstitutional for the state to detain someone who has served their time. According to the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry, Larson is now residing on Elm Street on active community supervision through the Department of Corrections.

(Horicon) Horicon Police were able to track down a vehicle stolen from a suburban Milwaukee car dealership. The agency was asked by the Glendale Police Department on Saturday to intercept the car, which was being monitored by GPS. Rodney Harris, an employee at the Toyota dealership, was arrested at gunpoint after officers located the vehicle near Highway 26. The 53-year-old Milwaukee man apparently took the car without asking management. The dealership learned it was missing after receiving reports of a hit and run involving the stolen vehicle and realizing that Harris had not been to work in several days. If convicted, he faces a maximum three-and-a-half year prison sentence.

(Beaver Dam) An arrest warrant was issued yesterday (Monday) for a Beaver Dam man who failed to make his initial court appearance. Charles Daniel allegedly broke into the Beaver Dam Public Transit building in August and took roughly $1,500. Staff reportedly told police that Daniel was one of the last people in the structure before the burglary. When questioned, Daniel at first denied the accusations but later allegedly admitted to his actions. If convicted, the 49-year-old faces no more than 14 years in prison.

(Tomahawk) An alert bank teller in Tomahawk saved an elderly man from falling victim to a scam last week. Lincoln County deputies say the teller was tipped off after the man said he had to withdraw 35-hundred dollars to pay for his winnings from “Publisher’s Clearinghouse”. Deputies showed up to help the man, and while they were there, the scammers called again asking for the money. The next day, they tried again, asking for gift cards instead. Earlier this month, two other people in Tomahawk were scammed out of 65-hundred dollars by scammers who claimed their loved ones needed to pay a bail.

(Winnebago County) It’s about a month too early to take your vehicle out on the ice on Lake Butte des Morts and especially if you’re driving drunk. One such driver was arrested for operating under the influence Saturday after an SUV went through thin ice on the lake. Winnebago County Sheriff’s officials posted a photo of the vehicle and caption on Facebook with the message not to drive on the ice particularly if you’ve been drinking.

(Sun Prairie) The Sun Prairie Area School District is investigating a student who wore black face at a girls basketball game Saturday.  The student appears to have applied the paint while at the game and posted a photo with it on social media before other students force him to remove it.  Disciplinary actions are under consideration.