News – September 19, 2016

Owner Of Johnny’s Lounge Injured In Sheboygan County Wreck


9/19/16 – A Beaver Dam businessmen was one of the two people injured in the a one-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon in Sheboygan County. The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office tells us that 56-year-old John Hammen, owner of Johnny’s Lounge on Madison Street, was driving the car involved in the wreck that occurred just before 2pm yesterday on County Road SS, east of State Highway 28 in the Town of Sherman. Witnesses told Channel 58 in Milwaukee that the car was traveling at 100 mph before driving down a large hill. The car reportedly went airborne before striking trees. The engine was thrown 100 feet from where the vehicle stopped, landing in a nearby yard. Both Hammen, and his passenger 61-year-old Freddie O. Nelson, were transported by Theda Star to area hospitals with serious injuries.


Motorcyclist Killed In Dodge County Deer Collision


9/19/16 – A motorcyclist was killed Sunday night in Dodge County after striking a deer. It happened just after 11:30pm on County Highway C, just west of Highway 151, in the Town of Trenton. Authorities say a 52-year-old was thrown after colliding with the deer as it was crossing the roadway. He was thrown from the bike and died from injuries sustained in the crash. There were no other passengers on the motorcycle. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by Beaver Dam Fire and EMS, the Dodge County Emergency Response Team and The Dodge County Medical Examiner. The name of the victim will be released tomorrow morning following notification of family.


Four Arrested Following Waupun Stabbing


9/19/16 – Four Waupun men were taken into custody in connection with the stabbing of an 18-year-old Randolph man early Sunday morning in Waupun. Police say the victim was taken to a local hospital, treated and released. Officers say there was a fight involving a number of people from Waupun, Randolph and Markesan. Witnesses were reportedly uncooperative so police obtained a search warrant for a home in the 500 block of West Brown Street, the same area where the stabbing occurred. Three men were taken to the Dodge County Jail. An 18-year-old Waupun man is facing charges of Recklessly Endangering Safety, Battery, Disorderly Conduct, and Obstruction. A 20-year-old Waupun man was arrested on a probation violation. A 37-year-old Waupun man was arrested for a traffic offense and probation violation. A 44-year-old Waupun man was interviewed and released. Police say they still want to talk to a 19-year-old Waupun man.


Two Flown From Sheboygan County Accident Scene


9/19/16 – Two people were flown from the scene of a one-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon in Sheboygan County. The wreck occurred just before 2pm on County Road SS, east of State Highway 28 in the Town of Sherman. Authorities on scene say it appears the car went airborne before striking trees. Witnesses told Channel 58 in Milwaukee that the car was traveling at 100 mph before driving down a large hill. The engine was thrown 100 feet from where the vehicle stopped, landing in a nearby yard. Both occupants were transported by Theda Star to area hospitals with serious injuries.


Report Says Expanded Police Force Needed In Milwaukee


9/19/16 – A new report says Wisconsin’s largest city will find it hard to expand its police force or help improve neighborhoods, without new types of revenue that need state legislative approval. Milwaukee’s Public Policy Forum says the city relies too much on local property taxes, and it calls the state mandated structure “broken.” City budget director Mark Nicolini blames a 22-million-dollar drop in state shared revenues to Milwaukee since 2003. He says those monies would be the best way to grow the city’s revenues, like they once did. Public Policy Forum president Rob Henken says Milwaukee might need a revamping of its revenue structure to add social programs and job training and opportunities to place like Sherman Park, where violence occurred after the shooting death of a suspect by a police officer on August 13th.


Dodge, Fond du Lac County United Way Teaming Up


9/19/16 – United Way chapters in Dodge and Fond du Lac counties are teaming up this Saturday for a food packaging event. It’s hoped the 150 volunteers for the event will be able to put together 50,000 packages from 10am to noon at the Union Youth Center in Waupun. Susan Jentz is the Executive Director of the Dodge County United Way. She says there is a need for nutritional food when food pantries are running low. She says about 13 percent of households in both counties do not have sufficient food coming in. Fond du Lac Area United Way Executive Director Amber Kilawee says it’s the first time the two United Way chapters have collaborated on such an effort, but United Way officials encourage collaboration. Volunteers will be packing tomato and basil pasta and apple and cinnamon oatmeal packages. The outreach food packaging event will benefit nine different types of food pantries in Fond du Lac and Dodge counties.


Noll Named Grand Marshall For Beaver Dam Holiday Parade


9/19/16 – The grand marshal for this year’s Beaver Dam holiday parade has been announced.  Local Historian Roger Noll will do the honors after giving a number of presentations throughout 2016 as part of the city’s 175th anniversary celebration.  During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Organizer Kay Appenfeldt said this year’s parade theme is ‘175 Years of Holiday Fun’ as a means of tying to holiday festivities to the year-long celebration.  Appenfeldt says the window decorating contest for downtown businesses will return for another year.  More information on the contest as well as parade entry forms should be released in the coming weeks.  This year’s holiday parade is Saturday, December 3.


Hightower Stumps For Congressional Candidate In Dodge County


9/19/16 – A liberal icon was in Dodge County to stump for a congressional candidate. Nationally-syndicated columnist, author and humorist Jim Hightower was at the Waupun Historical Society Friday night in support of Sixth Congressional District candidate Sarah Lloyd, a dairy farmer from Columbia County challenging incumbent Republican Glenn Grothman. Hightower said it’s about time for a farmer to be seated in congress. He referenced musician Patti Smith that “’the people have the power; the power to dream, to rule and wrestle the world from fools,’ you have a chance to rescue the Sixth District from a fool by supporting Sarah Lloyd.’” Hightower was also in the area for the 15th Annual “Fighting BobFest,” in Madison – which he and Lloyd both helped found – a political rally for progressives named after former Governor Robert La Follete. Both used the Fighting BobFest stage noting those who have stood on it like Ralph Nader, Robert Kennedy Jr and Bernie Sanders. Lloyd said “we’ve been sold this trickle down idea that’s actually turned into trickle up because somehow all of our money seems to get up to the few people at the top.” Lloyd has a PhD in Rural Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and teaches Rural Social and Economic Issues.


Wisconsin leads Nation In Organic Food


9/19/16 – Wisconsin remains among the nation’s top states for making and selling organic foods. The U-S-D-A says Wisconsinites bought the nation’s fourth largest amount of organic items last year, at almost 222-million dollars. State farmers devoted 210-thousand acres to organic production, second only behind California — which is far and away the national leader in both production and sales. The Golden State sold almost four times as much as Washington, and eleven times as much as Wisconsin in 2015. Badger State farmers received 68-percent more money for organic products than in the previous national survey in 2011, on almost 36-thousand more acres statewide.


Ships Launched In Northeast Wisconsin


9/19/16 – Seven littoral combat ships have been launched from northeast Wisconsin. That includes the soon to be named U-S-S Wichita, which was christened during the weekend at the Marinette Marine shipyard. Kate Lehrer, a novelist and wife of former P-B-S anchor Jim Lehrer, broke a champagne bottle on the bow of the ship that she sponsored. It will receive its final outfitting and tests before Fincantieri, Marinette Marine officially delivers the ship next year. It’s the nation’s 13th littoral combat ship with Lockheed Martin as the main contractor, including craft built in Marinette and Alabama.


Fall Colors Emerging Throughout State


9/19/16 – Fall colors are emerging in more parts of Wisconsin. Trempealeau County in the west central part of the state has the best early color for mid-September, at 25-percent of its peak for red, orange, and yellow leaves. Travel Wisconsin Dot Com says all other counties report 15-percent of their peak colors or less. Beaver Dam is still at zero-percent but the Horicon Marsh area is said to be at five-percent. Fall colors are a big tourist draw in the Badger State, and the peaks normally show up around the first of October in the far north and later in October the further south you go.


Bulk Garbage Pickup In Beaver Dam Next Month


9/19/16 – Bulk garbage pick-up in Beaver Dam is next month.  DPW officials say this year’s bulk pick-up will take place beginning Monday, October 3 and continue through Friday, October 7. Bulk waste is defined as, but no limited to, furniture, wooden doors and windows and rolled carpet, not exceeding 4’ to 6’ in length. Per the state’s E-Cycle law, items that will not be collected include desktop and laptop computers, printers, fax machines, cell phones, DVD players and computer monitors. In addition, no metal items like bed springs, doors, windows and pipes will be collected.  No bundled or loose piles of building materials will be collected either.  Building materials like lumber must be broken down and placed in the weekly collection cart.  Items should be placed at the street edge no later than 7am on the day of collection and cannot be placed out sooner than 24 hours prior to the scheduled pick-up. Prior to last year, bulk pick-up had been in November for several years. The next bulk garbage pick-up after October will be the first waste collection day of May.