News – November 7, 2011

Watertown Man Killed In Wrong-Way Wreck

11/7/11 – A Watertown man was killed in a head-on collision near Milwaukee. Four squad cars tried in vain to stop a woman headed the wrong way on I-94 before she slammed into the vehicle of 41-year-old Brian St. Germaine early Saturday morning in the town of Delafield. The 44-year-old Pewaukee woman driving the wrong-way was also killed. The Waukesha County Sheriff’s office says it got several calls about a car going the wrong way on the interstate shortly after midnight Saturday. The collision between St. Germaine’s blue Chevy Impala and the woman’s Chrysler Sebring occurred right in front of an eastbound sheriff deputy’s squad. Several law enforcement agencies sent squad cars to try to avoid an accident, but they were too late. One deputy rushing to catch the wrong-way car almost wound up involved in the accident. Nicole St. Germaine, an emergency room nurse, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that her husband coached their daughters in basketball at St. John’s Lutheran School on Milwaukee’s south side before they moved to Watertown. The girls are now 11, 14 and 15. The Sheriff’s Department asked for blood tests on the woman.

Deputies Use Bean Bag Gun To End Watertown Standoff

11/7/11 – Dodge County deputies used a bean-bag gun to disarm a Watertown man who sparked a weekend standoff. Authorities were called to the 1300 block of Douglas Avenue just after 8:30pm Saturday to reports of an armed man who had barricaded himself inside his residence. Sheriff Todd Nehls says his department assisted the Watertown Police Department by providing four deputies and a negotiator. The subject exited the house about one hour after law enforcement arrived on scene armed with either a shotgun or rifle. That’s when a deputy used two rounds of a bean-bag gun to subdue the suspect and take him into custody. Nehls says he was intoxicated and faces a variety of charges.

Nehls: Drunken Teen Rollover ‘Concerning’

11/7/11 – Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls says Friday night’s drinking and driving accident that injured six Beaver Dam-area teens is very concerning. The alleged driver, 18-year-old Adam Klodowski, was southbound on Thompson Road when he reportedly lost control and rolled into a ditch. No one was wearing a seatbelt and three of the occupants were ejected. They were all said to be drinking. An 18-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl were transferred to UW Hospital Madison for treatment of head injuries and broken bones. Klodowski was transported to the Beaver Dam Community Hospital, along with two 15-year-old girls and a 16-year-old boy. Nehls says Klodowski is facing some serious charges.

New Beaver Dam Police Station Is Fully Operational

11/7/11 – The Beaver Dam Police Department has completed the bulk of their move into their new $5.1 million dollar facility. Police Chief Ronald Smith says officers started operating out of the Park Avenue police station with the start of third shift, Saturday night. Officers made the move with the help of a Wal-Mart box truck over the weekend and while most of the transition is complete, Smith says the transporting of evidence will take place at another date under close scrutiny of select personnel.

Beaver Dam 2012 Budget Back In Committee Tonight

11/7/11 – The Beaver Dam Administrative Committee is expected to advance the 2012 budget when they meet tonight (Mon). Officials go into the meeting having to trim around $136,000. Committee Chair Don Neuert says options are limited. Layoffs do not appear likely and most purchase requests were approved by his committee late last month. Neuert says the committee is considering pushing off $140,000 in next year’s debt payments but that would cost an additional $88,000 in interest over the long run. The final option would be to save money on health insurance by increasing the deductible on police and fire personnel, something allowed for the

first time because of recent changes in Madison. The total proposed budget is $13.7 million dollars, of which the city plans to levy for $8.4 million, that’s an increase of four-and-a-quarter-percent (4.25%) or roughly $342,000 higher than the current budget. The Administrative Committee meets at 6pm tonight in City Hall.

Washington County Approves Budget

11/7/11 – The Washington County Board has cut spending on operating costs by nearly two-and-a-half percent (2.5%). The $113.6 million budget for 2012 was adopted late last week on a 23-6 vote. The budget includes a property tax levy of $36.7 million, which is down one-and-a-half percent (1.5%) from 2011. The mill rate will be $2.85 per $1,000 of equalized value – which is unchanged from this year. The owner of a $200,000 home will pay around $570. Administrative Coordinator Doug Johnson says the levy would have been higher but the board decided to allocate $5.2 million in county sales tax revenue to reduce the property tax burden. The 2012 operating budget includes an average half-percent increase for employee wages.

Kohl Representative In Juneau on November 18

11/7/11 – A representative for Senator Herb Kohl will be in Dodge County later this month. Marlene Mielke, Kohl’s regional representative, will be available to meet with constituents at the Dodge County Administration Building in Juneau on Friday, November 18 from 11am until noon. Kohl says people should meet with Mielke if they are having a problem with a federal program or agency, or have an opinion on an issue before Congress. No appointment is necessary. Mielke can also be contacted at Kohl’s regional office in Appleton. Kohl’s regional office is located at 4321 West College Avenue, Suite 370, in Appleton, WI 54914. The telephone number is (920) 738-1640 and email address is [email protected]