News September 10, 2011

AHMF Enters Second Day

9/10/11 – The American Hero’s Music Festival enters day two today with a parade and music all afternoon long. The parade begins at 11am in downtown Beaver Dam and continues down Park Avenue to the festival grounds at Swan Park. In addition to marching bands, military vehicles, patriotic floats and representatives of the Armed Forces, the parade will feature the vehicle of fallen Beaver Dam Marine Ryan Cantafio. His dad Joe Cantafio – not to be confused with Ryan’s cousin and festival organizer “Chicago” Joe Cantafio – refurbished the car in 2005, in the months following Ryan’s Thanksgiving Day death in Iraq. Cantafio joined the families of Kirk Straseskie and Jacob Gassen yesterday in accepting a hand-painted portrait of their sons from the Exchange Club of Beaver Dam and Chicago-based organization “Good Bless The Troops.” The opening ceremony at 12:30pm will be broadcasting live on our WXRO 95.3FM. Music on the stage includes The Elwood Lee Band, Crystal Waters and USO Entertainer “Chicago” Joe Cantafio and his 101st Rock Division Band. Also, don’t forget to bring your used cell phones as AT&T will donate a $25 calling card to our soldiers stationed overseas for each phone collected.

Governor Walker Orders Flag at Half-Staff

9/10/11 – Governor Scott Walker has ordered U-S and Wisconsin flags at state facilities to fly at half-staff on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Walker says it will honor the victims of the attacks, and their families. He said it would also recognize members of the military serving overseas right now. The governor said 32-thousand Wisconsin troops have fought the war-on-terror overseas – and 117 Wisconsinites have died in combat since September 11th of 2001.

Man Injured in Rollover Accident

9/10/11 – A 36-year-old man was flown by Flight for Life following a one-vehicle accident early this morning. It happened on County Trunk A near County Trunk F in the town of Fox Lake around 3:15 a-m. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Department says a vehicle driven by Franci Monsivais of Markesan left the road and rolled over. The investigation continues.

BD Fire Department Responds to Dumpster Fires

9/10/11 – The Beaver Dam Fire Department responded to two more dumpster fires last evening. The most serious one occurred at the warehouse housing CM Lumber on Iron Road in the town of Beaver Dam. Fire Captain Paul Hartl says they responded just before 6 p-m to a report of a dumpster on fire inside the structure. They were able to make entry quickly, and had the fire under control within 15-20 minutes. Hartl said there was only minor damage, and the fire was contained to the dumpster. No cause has been determined. While at that fire, a second dumpster fire was reported in the back of Johnny’s Lounge, though it was not considered serious and was put out quickly. The two dumpster fires came on the heels of a fire in the dumpster at the Park Avenue McDonald’s on Thursday, but Hartl doesn’t believe the three are connected.

2nd Counterfeit Bill Found in BD

9/10/11 – A second counterfeit bill has been reported to the Beaver Dam Police Department this week. An employee with the Associated Bank on Park Avenue reported to police yesterday (Th) that a phony $10 was found in a deposit. The money will be turned over to Secret Service for investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Beaver Dam Police Department.

BD Budget in the Red

9/10/11 – The city of Beaver Dam is going into 2012 budget planning with $220,000 in red ink. The shortfall is a result of reductions in shared revenues, road aid and recycling grants. Administrative Committee Chair Don Neuert said last month that if push comes to shove, layoffs

would be on the table. Mayor Tom Kennedy told us on WBEV’s Community Comment recently that layoffs are just one of the tools city officials are looking at in balancing the budget. He says doesn’t feel it will come down to employee layoffs as the city is already pretty lean in its workforce in providing services to the community. Kennedy says the theme this year is to keep budgets as lean as possible and he is asking all department heads to operate within last years budget.

Erpenbach Standing Up for Fired Employee

9/10/11 – Wisconsin Senate Democrat Jon Erpenbach is going to bat for a state shipping-and-mailroom employee who was fired after he sent out an e-mail about the voter I-D law. An official in the Department of Safety-and-Professional Services said 38-year-old Chris Larsen was let go yesterday due to a series of work rule violations, including what he called “multiple misuses of e-mail.” But Erpenbach said “anyone with a pulse” would believe Larson was fired because of the e-mail he sent co-workers about the voter I-D law. It objected to the D-O-T’s policy to give out free photo I-D’s at motor vehicle officers only to those who ask – and to not offer them upfront. Larsen told his department employees to ask for the I-D’s if they need them – and tell everyone they know to do the same. Because Larsen is a limited-term employee, Erpenbach says he does not have the same protections as other state workers. So the senator said he arranged a meeting between him, Larsen, and Larsen’s boss to discuss the matter. No date was set for that meeting. Larsen had worked for the safety agency since last December.

Wood Due in Court on Forgery and Fraud Charges

9/10/11 – Former State Representative Jeff Wood is scheduled to appear in court September 20th, after being charged with trying to get more medicine than what his doctor prescribed. Two felony charges were filed this week in Wood’s home county of Chippewa. Prosecutors said Wood tampered with a prescription by increasing the amount of medication that was listed. A doctor told authorities that a zero was added to the number of pills on the note, making the total 10 times the original amount. Wood is charged with forgery, and attempting to get prescription drugs by fraud. He turns 42 on Monday. Wood was convicted of impaired driving three times in 2008-and-’09, including once in Columbia County, when he was an Independent in the state Assembly. Lawmakers censured Wood last year, after an effort to remove him failed. He did not run for re-election last November.

Woman Gives Birth on Highway 151

9/10/11 – A Calumet County sheriff’s lieutenant helped a mother give birth yesterday along Highway 151 near Chilton. Andrea Jost woke up with labor pains. Her mother drove her to a Chilton hospital – but Andrea got uncomfortable along the way, so they stopped and called 9-1-1. Lieutenant Kelly Sippel responded – and he knew what to do, since he helped deliver two other babies in his 30 years in the sheriff’s department. After two pushes, Jost gave birth to a son, Aiden Nicholas. A first responder happened to be driving by – and she provided a bathrobe to keep the mother-and-child warm until an ambulance could take her to the hospital. Jost said the first responder later sent flowers and a balloon, identifying herself only as Karen. The mother and baby were later transferred to a hospital in Neenah, and both are doing fine. Sippel calls it one of the better things in his law enforcement career. He told the Appleton Post-Crescent quote, “It’s always a bonus to be able to bring a new life in, versus watching a life go.”

Fan Issues at Lambeau Field Double from Last Year

9/10/11 – Two dozens fans didn’t get a chance to see the Packers’ goal line stand late in Thursday night’s season opener. Others may have left early, but those fans were booted. Police report seven people were arrested, too — one of the seven held on an outstanding warrant. The problems were about double the number seen at last season’s opening game, but the crowds were much larger for the pre-game festivities this time.