News – September 13, 2019

(Waupun) A federal indictment has been handed down against two Waupun men for Armed Bank Robbery. Thirty-five-year-old William Balgie and 36-year-old Justin Smith are being connected to robberies in Waukesha, Washington and Sheboygan counties. That includes National Exchange Bank and Trust in Allenton on April 8; Cornerstone Bank in Menominee Falls on June 17 and National Exchange Bank in Glenbeulah on August 9. If convicted, each charge carries a maximum 25 year sentence on each count.

(Beaver Dam) Probable cause was found yesterday and a Madison man is heading to trial on charges that he broke into a Beaver Dam tavern. Momodou Jammeh was reportedly spotted outside the Beaver Dam tavern wearing a mask before taking off on foot and jumping into the lake. The 20-year-old was apprehended a couple blocks down Madison Street. Security photos show the suspect inside the establishment holding the cash register. If convicted, Jammeh is facing over 28 years in prison. Jammeh will be arraigned next month.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man was found guilty yesterday (Thursday) of threatening violence against police. Dale Lengling entered a no contest plea to a felony count of Threats to Law Enforcement. The 40-year-old was taken into custody after shouting profanities to a neighbor at the Lakecrest Apartments in May. Lengling was treated at Beaver Dam Community Hospital after intentionally banging his head against the rear seat of a squad car. At the hospital, he made multiple threats towards police. A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered and Lengling is due back in court on November 26.

(Beaver Dam) Test scores for Wisconsin students have dipped slightly. After several years of modest increases, math scores declined during the 2018-19 school year, according to the latest data from the Department of Public Instruction. Proficiency in English was also down slightly. The latest scores including results from the Forward Exam, taken by elementary students, and the ACT, taken by 11th-graders. In Beaver Dam, ACT scores in English were slightly below the statewide average of 36.7-percent. In Math, 24.6-pecent of Beaver Dam 11th-graders were proficient and advanced compared to the statewide average of 29-percent. Elementary students in Beaver Dam were two-tenths of a percent above the statewide average of 40.6-percent in English and 2.7-percent higher than the statewide average of 43.1-percent in Math.

(Madison) Former Wisconsin Badger Montee Ball will be among the speakers in Madison tomorrow (Saturday) at the Annual Rally For Recovery, which seeks to help those struggling with addiction while celebrating those who’ve found sobriety. Also sharing stories of recovery and performing is Horicon-native Lee Turner, guitarist for Darius Rucker’s band. Ryan Hampton, a nationally touring addiction speaker who worked in the Clinton White House, is also sharing his story. The 11am rally on the capitol steps will also feature informational booths with resources on how to battle addiction and training on how to use Narcan, an over-the-counter drug that counteracts an overdose.

(Horicon) Five Dodge County-made products are among 150 in the running to be the Coolest Thing Made In Wisconsin. For the past four years, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce has run the contest, which aims to highlight the state’s manufacturing industry. The products with Dodge County ties include a John Deere Lawn Tractor, Kraft Heinz Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese, MEC’s Clay Target Machine, Specialty Cheese Company of Reeseville’s Crunchy Baked Cheese Bars and SCAG/Metalcraft’s Windstorm Stand On Blowing Machine. First round voting runs through Sunday. The winner will be announced on October 8. A link to the voting page is at

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department received a call Wednesday evening reporting a Good Samaritan. According to police records, an unknown person placed an envelope with $150 cash inside at a residence on Norris Street. There was a note that read (quote) “Use it or pass it along to someone” and it was signed “The Good Sam Club.” Beaver Dam Deputy Chief Scott Bahr says the family did not need to turn the money over to police, they just wanted it noted in case anything similar is reported. No word on if the family kept the money or paid it forward.