News – October 27, 2016

Sheriff Confident Beaver Dam Will Join County Records System


10/27/16 – Two days after Beaver Dam’s Administrative Committee signed off on a 2017 budget that does not include funding for its police department to join Spillman when the sheriff’s office implements the new records management system in January 2018, Sheriff Dale Schmidt reacted on yesterday’s edition of WBEV’s Community Comment, saying he is in talks with city officials and is confident they will sign on prior to the 2017 system training.  The county board last fall agreed to purchase the $1,100,000 software to replace New World, which county officials say has been plagued with issues since going live in 2013.  The goal is to connect law enforcement countywide, and the county is offering the software to its police departments free of cost.  Though Schmidt says each municipality will have to pay $700 per officer in training costs in 2017 and $280 per departmental computer in maintenance costs each year starting in 2019.  Schmidt says failing to sign on right away will likely mean increased training costs for a municipality if they decide to join at a later date.  Beaver Dam’s Common Council votes on the city budget next month.  Earlier this week, Mayville’s Finance Committee signed off on including the training costs in its 2017 budget.  Schmidt hopes to get commitment for all county municipalities by the end of this year.


Property Values In Dodge, Fond du Lac County ‘Flip-Flop’


10/27/16 – The recent trend in property values between Dodge and Fond du Lac counties has reversed course and nowhere is that change reflected more than in city of Waupun which is located in both counties. City Finance Director Jared Oosterhouse provided an update on equalized property values for the Waupun Common Council during their committee of the whole meeting this week. Oosterhouse says last year, when there was a levy increase of $38-thousand dollars, there was no tax rate increase for Dodge County because equalized property values were higher in Fond du Lac County. This year, it’s the opposite resulting in more of the tax levy being allocated in Dodge County. He says equalized values are at 50.38-percent in Dodge County and 49.61-percent in Fond du Lac County. That means, for example with no levy increase, there is an increase of nine cents-per thousand for Dodge County property owners and a nine-cent-per-thousand reduction on the Fond du Lac County side. City officials in Waupun are proposing an 11.6-percent increase in the levy for 2017. For property owners in Dodge County, the mill rate would increase 89-cents to $7.39-per-thousand dollars of assessed value. Fond du Lac County residents would see an increase of 77-cents to $7.34-per thousand.


Assembly Candidates Born, Zahn Differ On Education Funding


10/27/16 – The candidates for the state’s 39th Assembly District both say education is a priority but disagree on their approach to funding. Republican incumbent Mark Born of Beaver Dam says he supported a modest base funding increase for state aid for school districts along with the extra $150 per student allocated over the past two years. Born says he has had an opportunity to vote on two budgets since being elected and each budget has seen more money directed to k-12 education. He says education funding is important for the state’s future workforce and anticipates continued investments in future budgets. Democrat Jim Zahn of rural Juneau says a good education costs money and the funding increases offered over the past two years do not make-up for the cuts that were enacted when Republicans took control of the legislature in 2011. Zahn says cuts to education over the past five years are among the reasons he is running for Assembly. He downplayed the $150 in per pupil funding adopted in recent budgets pointing instead to the $500 lost per pupil following Act 10. Zahn served on the Dodgeland School District board of education and chaired the district’s transportation committee. Born is a past Beaver Dam city alderman who is seeking his third term in the legislature.


Presidential Candidates Keep Focus On Wisconsin


10/27/16 – Donald Trump’s son Eric tells Milwaukee area supporters his father will work “so, so hard” for this country if he’s elected in 12 days. Eric Trump met dozens of supporters at G-O-P offices in Bayside and Wauwatosa on Wednesday — and some wore “Wisconsin Women for Trump” T-shirts as they tried downplaying reports that Trump has made lewd comments about women and inappropriately touched some. Meanwhile, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has canceled a visit to Madison today Thursday due to illness, but the rally is still on. And Democrat Hillary Clinton’s website says her running mate Tim Kaine is planning events in Madison and Appleton next Tuesday to encourage Democrats to vote early.


Beaver Dam Man Going To Prison For Child Sex Assault


10/27/16 – A Beaver Dam man will spend ten years in prison for impregnating a minor.  Robert A. Reichwald was found guilty of a felony sexual assault charge in March.  The 14-year-old girl told authorities that she had contact with the 25-year-old in February 2014.  She became pregnant and gave birth that November.  After his release from prison, Reichwald will spend six years under extended supervision.


Reeseville Man Pleads Not Guilty To Vehicular Homicide


10/27/16 – A Reeseville man accused of driving under the influence of inhalants when he killed a pedestrian pled not guilty at arraignment yesterday. Cody Buechel is facing felony charges of Homicide by Negligent Use of a Vehicle. The 21-year-old was driving a pickup truck on Highway G in the town of Lowell last September when 17-year-old Lukas Jaeger was struck. Prosecutors say Buechel inhaled the product Dust-Off minutes before driving. Buechel reportedly drove up on the front lawn of a corner residence before driving over the center line into the southbound lanes where the victim was struck. The vehicle then continued down Highway G later crashing into a culvert. In addition to the can of Dust-Off, investigators say marijuana paraphernalia was also inside the truck. The felony charge carries a maximum prison sentence of ten years, if convicted. Buechel is due back in court December 5.


WCI Inmate Pleads Not Guilty To Beating Officer


10/27/16 – A Waupun Correctional Institution inmate accused of attacking a corrections officer pled not guilty at arraignment yesterday.  Jermaine Lockhart is facing one felony count of Battery by Prisoner as a Repeat Offender.  The 35-year-old allegedly beat the officer with a milk crate last October during a cell search.  The officer was treated for an abrasion on the top of his head and a contusion to his left arm.  Lockhart claims the officer had been mistreating him prior to the alleged incident.  If he is convicted, Lockhart faces up to ten additional years in prison.


UW Student Making National Headlines For Assault


10/27/16 – Suspended U-W Madison student Alec Cook is due in court Thursday afternoon for a bond hearing on expected new charges that he molested fellow students. He’s already been charged with nine counts that include forcible second degree sex assault, battery, false imprisonment, and strangulation — and media reports say Cook may face 30 charges in connection with four victims who have come forward. The 20-year-old Cook is a business major from Edina, Minnesota — and he’s been suspended from the U-W and is barred from setting foot on campus. Meanwhile, his attorneys say Cook has become the victim of a “modern day character assassination” due to national publicity about the case. N-B-C News and the Washington Post have reported on it — the Daily Beast had the headline “Frat Boy Accused of Serial Rape” — and social media has spread things as well.


Fire Destroys Fond du Lac County Strip Club


10/27/16 – An exotic dancing nightclub in Fond du Lac is closed following a fire Wednesday morning. Firefighters got the call to the Other Place at 208 North Main Street about 7:30. Division Chief Troy Haase says the fire started low near a rear door. He says it began on the outside back corner by the door and traveled up the side of the building. Haase says the back corner is damaged along with the roof. Haase estimates damage at $30,000 to the outside of the building and $5,000 on the inside. He says the building will have to be shut down for repairs. The cause is still being determined. Haase says the fire smoldered and burned quite a while before it was discovered. No one was inside the nightclub during the fire.