News – October 14, 2019

(Waupun) No patients were at risk while authorities dealt with a potential gas leak at Waupun Memorial Hospital yesterday morning. Hospital staff immediately notified the Waupun Fire Department and Alliant Energy after a boiler fault alarm sounded. The source was quickly identified and addressed.

(West Bend) It took West Bend Police several hours to arrest a man Saturday for a domestic violence incident.  Officers found the suspect in a closed downtown business moments after his girlfriend reported the incident.  When he refused to come out, it took the department’s Special Response Team to get him out without incident.  An investigation continues.

(Pardeeville) Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies pursued a horse and buggy Saturday.  Deputies were called to assist an Amish farmer whose horse got free from a post towing an empty buggy north of Pardeeville.  One deputy tried to use his squad vehicle to stop the horse, but it crashed into it.  The horse had to be euthanized due to its injuries.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam authorities discussed a police chase that ended in Madison with us recently on WBEV’s Community Comment. Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson says two types of pursuit laws, fresh pursuit and hot pursuit, permit officers to travel outside of their jurisdiction. He says under those laws, police can leave their jurisdiction so long as there is reasonable suspicion to do so. Johnson adds that local authorities would be notified if a pursuit crosses into their jurisdiction, as a courtesy.

(Beloit) A Rock County man is facing his third OWI offense after crashing his truck into the roof of a garage north of Beloit Saturday.  Town of Beloit Police say the vehicle entered an empty water retention area, became airborne and traveled 20 yards before striking the garage.  No one was injured, but the 37-year-old driver was arrested for OWI-related charges and reckless driving.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man was arrested last week for shooting windows with a BB gun. On October 8th, police officers responded to several complaints of windows being damaged. With assistance from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office a white Dodge Dart that matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle was located. The suspect was taken into custody and has been charged with several counts of Criminal Damage to Property. Chief John Kreuziger says these crimes are particularly aggravating because they target random vehicles and random victims.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department is encouraging people to close their bedroom doors when the sleep. Captain Chris Ackley says the “Close Before Your Doze” message can help stop the quick spread of any fire. He says an open door feeds oxygen to the flames, creating what is called a “flow path.” Closing the door provides a longer period of time to plot an escape.

(Beaver Dam) The south central Wisconsin region is about at the halfway point of changing autumn leaves. The Fall Color Report at says the Beaver Dam area is at 55-percent peak color with full peak expected during the fourth week of October. Fond du Lac is said to be at 35-percent while Green Lake is at 50-percent. Up nort, Ashland is at 100-percent peak, so is Rhinelander, while Bayfield is pretty much spent at 90-percent. Further south, Green County is still pretty green at 30-percent peak.

(Columbus) The Beaver Dam chapter of Modern Woodmen of America recently honored a Columbus teen for a selfless act during the Dodge County Fair. Before the sale of Ty Thorson’s hog at the Meat Animal Sale, he had the auctioneer read a note stating that he was donating all his proceeds from the sale to his neighbor. Samantha Zander was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer after finding a lump in early June. Thorson was honored as part of the Modern Woodmen’s Hometown Hero Program. Video of the auction captured by went viral.

(Waukesha) Waukesha Police had to help a security guard who got stuck in his own handcuffs Friday morning.  Officers were called to a Bath and Body Works store, where the guard told them he put the cuffs on himself out of boredom, and forgot the keys at home.  Once freed, police says he hid the handcuffs so it wouldn’t happen again.