(Town of Beaver Dam) Fire swept through a Town of Beaver Dam residence on Thanksgiving night, claiming one life. The Beaver Dam Fire Department, and multiple other agencies, responded at 10:25pm to reports of a house fire with victims trapped in the basement at N7295 Watercress Lane. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and fire on the first floor. A 92-year-old male was able to exit the home on his own; he is being treated for his injuries. A Dodge County deputy was able to rescue an 82-year-old female, who died from her injuries at the hospital in Beaver Dam. One deputy was treated for smoke exposure. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshall.
(Beaver Dam) Two Madison men are accused of stealing over $1100 in power tools from Fleet Farm in Beaver Dam to fuel their crack cocaine habits. Fifty-one-year-old Scott Brown and 58-year-old William Byrnes each face charges including felony Retail Theft and Bail Jumping. The pair were arrested after they fled the store Monday on Highway 151 and Scott reportedly admitted to a drug problem and said he could get a few hundred dollars for the tools in Madison. Brown and Byrnes are being held on $500 cash bonds and have preliminary hearings in two weeks.
(Watertown) A Watertown man is facing felony Escape charges for allegedly failing to return to the Dodge County Jail while on work release. Michael Gleesing called the jail to report car trouble in August, saying he would be back in a half hour. Six hours later, a felony warrant was issued for the 39-year-old’s arrest. Gleesing, who is serving three, consecutive nine month sentences for misdemeanor Theft, was due to be released from the county jail in December of 2020. If convicted, the new charges carry a maximum six-year prison sentence.
(Horicon) The public is encouraged to attend an open house tomorrow (Saturday) in Horicon to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the America Legion. The Horicon American Legion Post 127 along with Auxiliary Unit 157 will host the event at their headquarters on 735 South Hubbert Street. There will be a POW and MIA table display, historical and organization displays as well as raffles and basket drawings. The open house begins at noon and goes until 7pm.
(Washington DC) U.S. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett will not stop efforts to discharge a Wisconsin Air National Guard whistleblower. Master Sergeant Jay Ellis complained to U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin last year about sexual assaults and harassment within his 115th Fighter Wing squadron. His complaints triggered two federal investigations. He alleges his superiors are trying to discharge him on trumped-up medical issues and deny him retirement benefits in retaliation.
(Madison) Democrats at the Capitol are rolling out a diaper bill. More specifically, a diaper changing station bill. The legislation would require public and commercial buildings to have diaper-changing stations available to men as well as women. Milwaukee Representative Jonathan Brostoff – who has a nine-month old son – said he hoped Republicans who control the Legislature would sign onto the bill, noting similar measures have passed elsewhere.
(Madison) A bipartisan back bill introduced in Madison this week would expand notifications when serious criminals are released from prison. If passed, the Department of Corrections would need to notify police in the community where the convict will reside, work or attend school.
(Madison) State taxpayers will need to cover over 26-thousand dollars in legal fees after Assembly Republicans refused to hand over records in an electronic format. The Journal Sentinel reports 81-year-old Sheila Plotkin of Madison sued 14 of them when they asked her for money to cover her request for correspondence regarding lame-duck laws limiting Governor Tony Evers’ powers.
(New Berlin) Some We Energies customers are being powered by a large-scale solar project in Wisconsin. The utility says the first panels of their Solar Now project went into use this month. Nearly two-thousand solar panels are part of the project, placed on the roof of New Berlin Eisenhower Middle/High School.
(Milwaukee) Friday’s Front Row Sports Grill at Miller Park is now closed, but Milwaukee Police are searching for a suspect who stole money from a safe earlier this week. Surveillance cameras taped the suspect entering the stadium last Sunday evening. A picture and description is at wtmj.com. The restaurant is being replaced with a new restaurant that will be run by Delaware North Sports Services, which operates the concession stands at Miller Park.