News – October 15, 2019

(Beaver Dam) On an 11-to-3 vote, the Beaver Dam Common Council last night approved borrowing for next year. The Capital Improvements Plan, or CIP, totals $3.78-million dollars in long-term borrowing for streets, infrastructure and major equipment purchases. The big-ticket item is the reconstruction of most of South Spring Street, which comes with a one-million dollar grant. Other projects approved as part of the capital budget include a new phone system at city hall, breathing apparatus for the fire department and a new roof for the Dodge County Historical Society Museum. Around $290-thousand dollars is being directed to improvements to four of the city’s two dozen parks, including an expansion of the new dog park.

In voting no, Alderman Mick Fischer pointed to a 1997 resolution in noting that CIP borrowing should generally target projects in excess of $40-thousand dollars or instead be part of each departments operating budget. Mayor Becky Glewen noted that revenue caps have since “forced a municipalities hand on borrowing.” Alderwoman Jaci Shelton applauded the CIP noting that 76-percent of the borrowing is for streets, a major concern among constituents.

(Beaver Dam) City Engineering Coordinator Ritchie Piltz announced last night that Beaver Dam is receiving a $1.4-million-dollar federal grant for the reconstruction of East Davis Street. The project slated for 2021 runs from Spring to University. The grant covers 80-percent of the cost, not counting engineering, leaving the taxpayer obligation at $550-thousand dollars. As previously reported, the city received a one-million-dollar grant for next summer’s reconstruction of South Spring Street.

(Waupun) A Waupun High School graduate is dead after her body and the body of her nine-month-old daughter is found in front of a Texas ranch Saturday night.  Law enforcement arrested the boyfriend of 22-year-old Alia Hutchinson after he told them he thought he was being chased, and that God told him to kill Alia and her daughter.

(Madison) Steven Avery’s attorney filed her latest appeal Monday to get him out of prison.  Kathleen Zellner’s 150-page appeal is asking the Wisconsin Court of Appeals to consider overturning Avery’s life sentence for the death of Teresa Halbach.  She makes several claims, ranging from insufficient scientific testing of evidence to ineffective trial counsel.

(Neenah) Neenah police are looking for a suspect in a fatal armed robbery. Authorities say the suspect in their case entered the Short Branch Saloon early Monday morning, and shot and killed a customer during the robbery. The victim is a Neenah resident.

(Watertown) A three-day jury trial was scheduled yesterday (Monday) for a Watertown man accused of having inappropriate contact with minors. Nathan Lord is accused of assaulting an eleven-year-old girl three years ago. In 2015, Lord allegedly assaulted two other preteens. If convicted on all charges, the 40-year-old faces up to 160 years in prison. The trial is set to begin February 19.

(Beaver Dam) A Reeseville man made his initial appearance in court yesterday (Monday) on charges he attempted to flee police while in custody. Ricky Hardy allegedly ran from a residence in Reeseville when officers came to arrest him on a parole violation. After being taken into custody, Hardy was transported to the Beaver Dam Hospital where he again reportedly fled but gave himself up a short distance later. If convicted, the 41-year-old faces over six years in prison. Signature bond was set at $10,000 dollars and Hardy waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Arraignment is set for next month.

(Washington DC) Two Democrats announced their candidacies Monday to run for the Congressional seat formerly held by Sean Duffy.  Tricia Zunker wants to be the first Native American elected to Congress in Wisconsin, while Vietnam Veteran Lawrence Dale is running to counter the Trump administration’s policies.  The primary and general election dates still need to be set after the first dates did not follow federal election rules.