News – September 17, 2019

(Beaver Dam) City officials in Beaver Dam are taking a closer look at their debt cap policy, which limits annual borrowing to around $1.7-million dollars. A motion to increase the borrowing cap to $2-million dollars failed last night on an eight-to-five vote. A subsequent vote by to scrap the entire debt cap policy was withdrawn after council discussion. The consensus was to have the city finance director and administrative committee chair Kara Nelson draft a new policy. Nelson says she would like to see a policy that regulates borrowing based more on debt capacity and less on a fixed dollar amount.  The proposed changes are expected to come before the city’s Administrative Committee next month.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Administrative Committee last (Monday) night signed-off on changes to city ordinance that prohibits minors from vaping. If approved by the full council, the proposed wording would add electronic devices like e-cigarettes to the existing ordinance that prohibits those under age 18 from using or possessing cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council will consider a bullying ordinance next month. The ordinance seeks to reduce bullying by making parents liable for the behavior of their children. Police Chief John Kreuziger says if approved, his department would be able to better address bullying that occurs on school grounds, in addition to incidents that happen away from school and even online. The ordinance would afford parents up to 90 days to get the behavior under control. The penalties (for both the bullying and vaping ordinances) would be determined by the municipal court judge and could be monetary.

(Columbia) Columbia County Sheriff Roger Brander is warning citizens about an increase in thefts from unlocked vehicles. The department has been receiving reports from Arlington, Lodi, Okee, Grove and other rural areas in the southwest portion of the county. In some cases, the suspects are using garage door openers in unlocked vehicles to enter homes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office or their anonymous crime stoppers tip-line.

(Burnett) A Burnett man was convicted yesterday of three felony counts of Possession of Child Pornography. In March, the justice department connected a computer’s IP address that had accessed illegal files to Jeffrey Schaum. The 54-year-old is facing up to 25-years in prison when he is sentenced in November.

(Oak Grove) A Beaver Dam man faces up to 40 years in prison for inappropriate contact with a minor. Matthew Hawley allegedly assaulted a 14-year-old girl last October at a storage unit off Highway 26. DNA tests of the victim reportedly matched swaps taken from the 37-year-old suspect.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man accused of having inappropriate contact with a minor made his initial court appearance yesterday (Monday). Robert Lee Haley is accused of assaulting a 14-year-old at his apartment last November. The girl’s profile on a dating app reportedly indicated she was 19. If convicted, the 29-year-old faces up to 40-years in prison.

(Hubbard) An Iron Ridge man was convicted yesterday of harboring a felon. Timothy Hermann refused to let a deputy in his home to apprehend convicted sex offender James Griswold, who had a warrant for his arrest. The two were later taken into custody without incident following the execution of a search warrant. The 40-year-old was ordered to pay $500 dollars in court costs or serve 20 days in jail.

(Horicon) A signature bond was set at $1000 yesterday for a Horicon man accused of setting fire to a building he was renting to his son. Neighbors reportedly observed Michael Hansen at the Horicon residence, right before it was damaged by fire three years ago. The 69-year-old initially denied entering the home, but later changed his story allegedly admitting to inspecting the home’s utility room, which is where the fire originated. If convicted, Hansen faces up to 40 years in prison.