News – October 23, 2020

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam woman convicted of Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle was sentenced yesterday (Thursday) to six years in prison and ten years of extended supervision. Cindy Lara-Esparza drove off the Madison Street Bridge and into the Beaver Dam River in April of last year. That resulted in the death of a passenger, her 23-year-old boyfriend Jared Frakes. Lara-Esparza had a blood alcohol level of point-two-one (.21). At sentencing DA Kurt Klomberg said the defendant killed the victim, placed the entire public in danger and caused Beaver Dam police officers to risk their lives to save her.

(Watertown) A Watertown man charged with firing a weapon at another person is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing. Paris Selvie allegedly fired three shots during the argument. He reportedly said it was in self-defense because he saw someone hand the victim a large butcher knife. If convicted, the 28-year-old faces up to over 30 years in prison. Selvie will be arraigned on October 29th.

(Fox Lake) A Scandinavia woman charged with mailing in an illegal substance into Fox Lake Correctional is heading to trial after waiving her right to a preliminary hearing. Amber Testdorf allegedly mailed in an envelope to an inmate that had Suboxone behind the stamp. The 32-year-old reportedly admitted to her actions. If convicted, Testdorf faces three-and-a-half years in prison. She will be arraigned next month.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam residence was damaged by fire Thursday morning. Crews responded to North Hills Mobile Home Park Lot 85 on Kellom Road around 5:10am. Resident Walter Stavanew told dispatchers that he returned home to find the residence full of smoke. Upon arrival, fire personnel saw smoke coming from the roof and interior of the structure. Major smoke and minor fire damage were reported, specifically between the ceiling and roof of the home. No one was inside at the time and no injuries were reported.

(Madison) A federal grand jury has indicted two people on arson charges for actions during the August riots in Madison following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. Forty-five-year-old Willie Tremaine Johnson and 27-year-old Anessa Renee Fierro were charged last month. Federal law requires that criminal charges filed by complaint have to be presented to a grand jury for indictment. Johnson and Fierro are in trouble with the law for trying to burn two commercial buildings in Madison on August 25th.

(Wisconsin) There are just four state lawmakers on Wisconsin’s new task force on racial disparity. The rest of the panel is made up of mostly faith leaders or law enforcement officials. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ office named the 32 people who will be on the task force this week. The task force is working on bills to introduce this spring to deal with police policies, and education and social service needs in Wisconsin. Vos created the task force in response to Jacob Blake’s shooting in Kenosha in August.

(Dodge County) For the second consecutive day Dodge County recorded another COVID-19 related death. Dodge County now has 24 of the 1703 deaths statewide after another 22 deaths were announced yesterday, including deaths in Washington and Columbia counties. Dodge County health officials are actively monitoring 954 people. There are 38,852 active cases in the state, an increase of 367 from Wednesday. Wisconsin health officials are reporting 3,413 positive coronavirus cases in Thursday’s daily update.

(Dodge County) Nine nursing homes in Dodge County are being monitored by state health officials, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health’s weekly update. In Beaver Dam, Hillside Nursing Home and Beaver Dam HCS currently have active COVID-19 health investigations. Clearview Nursing home in Juneau is also being monitored by the state along with facilities in Mayville, Waupun, Watertown, Lomira and Randolph. Active investigations are being reported at 19 workplaces in Dodge County as well as four group housing facilities. The state only identifies the nursing homes by name.

(Wisconsin) More than 75-thousand people in Wisconsin took advantage of the first day of early voting. The Wisconsin Elections Commission says the number of people who cast ballots on the first day is just the latest sign of what Election Day 2020 will look like. Usually, the Elections Commission says about six-percent of voters vote early or absentee. The Commission says that number could be 60-percent this year. Milwaukee and Madison saw the largest number of first-day early voters.