News – October 15, 2016

DCSO Looking For Hit And Run Driver

10/15/16 – The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information tied to a hit and run incident. At 8:07 pm last night, a northbound vehicle struck a northbound bicycle on Highway 175, north of Meridian Road, in the Town of Theresa. 25-year-old Kyle Dais of Fond du Lac was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Parts found at the scene indicate the vehicle was likely a Buick Century from 1999-2001. The vehicle should have damage to its passenger side, including a missing mirror. The Dodge County Crash Investigation Team is looking into the matter.

Beaver Dam Man Charged With Having Child Porn

10/15/16 – Cash bond was set at $10,000 yesterday for a Beaver Dam man accused of electronically storing illegal materials. Marc Nadig is facing five felony counts of Possessing of Child Pornography. By using investigative software, officers were tipped to the alleged offense. A search warrant of the 23-year-old’s house reportedly found an SD card with both video and still images of child porn. If he is convicted, Nadig faces up to 125 years in prison. His preliminary hearing is October 20.

Taxi Rates On The Rise In Waupun

10/15/16 – Taxi rates in the City of Waupun will increase in the new year. Fares will jump by $0.25 to $22.24 per hour. The common council this week approved a new two-year deal with the city’s current taxi service, Brown Cab. The contract also gives Waupun the option to extend the agreement for an additional three years. Brown Cab was the only provider to respond to the city’s request for proposals, and City Finance Director Jared Oosterhouse says the bid came in one dollar less than expected. In recent years, Oosterhouse says the city’s taxi service has been operating in a deficit of roughly $10,000-$15,000 annually. In past years, Oosterhouse says the city did not levy for that amount. As a result, roughly $80,000 has been taken from the city’s general fund to cover the shortfall. Oosterhouse expects the city will use roughly $23,000 from the general fund to cover the taxi service shortfall in 2017, $7,000 more than in 2016. Alderman Pete Kaczmarski called the council’s action a move in the right financial direction without jeopardizing the taxi’s amount of riders.

Beaver Dam Man Guilty For Role In Injury Accident

10/15/16 – A Beaver Dam man was found guilty yesterday of fleeing the scene of a September 2015 accident. Mackaveli Graham pled no contest to reduced misdemeanor counts of Hit and Run and Disorderly Conduct. The 19-year-old fled the scene after causing a multi-vehicle accident that resulted in two people being taken to the hospital with possible head and neck injuries. Graham later told officers he did not have enough time to stop since his front brakes did not work. An 18 month prison sentence was withheld. Graham must pay nearly $9,500 in restitution and court costs.

Trump Cancels One Of Monday’s Wisconsin Rallies

10/15/16 – Republican White House nominee Donald Trump has canceled a rally in suburban Milwaukee for Monday night — but his scheduled visit to Green Bay’s KI Convention Center late Monday afternoon is still on. The Trump campaign says a scheduling conflict forced the candidate to cancel the rally he planned at State Fair Park in West Allis.

Program Aimed At Stopping Veteran Suicides

10/15/16 – A new program was announced yesterday to identify Wisconsin veterans who might think of committing suicide. The “Zero Veteran Suicide Initiative” was unveiled at a mental health summit in Pewaukee, sponsored by the state Veterans Affairs Department. Officials say 20 military veterans took their own lives each day throughout the US in 2014, and almost one of every five suicides in Wisconsin that year involved a veteran. State Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos says training will be available for family members, non-clinical nursing staffers, veterans’ organization members, and others. They’ll learn basic steps to detect veterans contemplating suicide, and where to refer them for help.

EAB Found In 40th Wisconsin County

10/15/16 – Manitowoc County has become the 40th in Wisconsin to have at least one confirmed sighting of the tree killing emerald ash borer. The state Agriculture Department said yesterday that a private landowner found the green beetle while checking woodpecker damage to ash trees on a six acre woodlot near Kiel. The U-S Agriculture Department tested samples from two infested trees in the Town of Schleswig, and it confirmed EAB larvae this week. The discovery would normally trigger a quarantine, but Manitowoc County is already under quarantine after the ash borer was found in neighboring Calumet and Outagamie counties. It means that people cannot take firewood from Manitowoc County to those without quarantines — and businesses that sell ash wood products must certify that their products are EAB free before they ship them to customers. EAB was detected in Dodge County three years ago. Columbia, Jefferson, Fond du Lac, and Washington counties are also under quarantine.

Columbus Mayor Betting On Badgers

10/15/16 – One local mayor is showing a lot of faith in his college football team. This week, Columbus Mayor Kelly Crombie proposed a wager with Columbus, Ohio Mayor Andrew Ginther over tonight’s Wisconsin-Ohio State football game. Ginther accepted the bet, in which the loser makes a personal $100 donation to a local food pantry in the winning mayor’s community. In making the wager, Crombie said “we may be a smaller city than that other Columbus, and our team may be an underdog, but come Saturday night, we plan to be standing tall.” The eighth-ranked Badgers host the second-ranked Buckeyes tonight at Camp Randall. Coverage of that game begins at 5pm on AM 1430 WBEV.

Haunted History Event Returning To Beaver Dam

10/15/16 – A Halloween-themed event is helping to celebrate Beaver Dam’s 175th Anniversary. The Dodge County Historical Society is holding the seventh annual ‘haunted history’ tour next weekend. To commemorate the city milestone, this year’s edition is a ‘best of’ tour that highlights some of the characters that have been portrayed in previous years. Nine reenactors will be on hand to tell the story of deceased persons who played a role in Beaver Dam’s history. The haunted history tours will take place at the Old City Cemetery on Saturday, October 22. Tours last about 30 minutes each and start every 10-15 minutes between 6-8 pm. Cost is $5 per person.

Beaver Dam Watermark Hosting Dance Party

10/15/16 – Tunes ranging from Frank Sinatra to Prince will be playing at the Watermark tonight. Beaver Dam’s community and senior center is hosting an event called ‘Dancing the Night Away.’ Folks of all ages are invited to listen to music from Bobby Way and the Fabulous Wayouts. Admission is $20 per person or $30 per couple. Earlier this week on WBEV’s Community Comment, Event Organizer Wayne Schmitz said proceeds will fund senior center activities not included in the community activities and services department’s annual budget such as the wood shop projects, card parties, and trips. The dance runs from 7-11 pm.