News- September 20, 2016

Beaver Dam Water Rate Increase Proposed


9/20/16 – Beaver Dam water utility customers are looking at a possible 30-percent increase in water rates next year. The city’s Operations Committee advanced the rate hike last night. Director of Utilities Rob Minnema says that the city has been taking on debt for water utility projects. The State Public Service Commission recommends having the cash flow on hand to complete needed projects. Minnema says the 30-percent rate hike will translate to around $4-per month for the average residential customer. The 30-percent number is not final as the PSC will determine the final percentage for residential, commercial and industrial customers. The city’s last water rate increase was in 2005 when it went up six-percent (6%). Minnema says even with the increase, Beaver Dam will still be at or below both the state and county water rate average. Approval by the state is anticipated in January and the increase would take effect following a public hearing.


Waupun Teen Charged In Weekend Stabbing


9/20/16 – A Waupun teen appeared in Dodge County court yesterday in connection with a weekend stabbing. 18-year-old Nicholas Core is charged with Injury By Negligent Use of a Weapon for the incident which investigators say all started over a comment posted to social media about a girl. According to the criminal complaint, a group of teens in Markesan took issue with something posted about a friend by some teens in Waupun so they drove to Waupun to confront the perpetrator. Core says he was defending his friend when the fight broke out and the victim must have accidentally fallen on the knife during the melee. An 18-year-old Randolph man sustained a two-inch cut to his arm. Core is free on a $1000 signature bond and a judge will decide in November if there is enough evidence to order a trial. If convicted the charge carries a maximum prison sentence of three-and-a-half years.


Heeringa Discusses Weekend Stabbing


9/20/16 – Waupun’s Police Chief says they were very cautious entering a home in the 500 block of West Brown Street where an 18-year-old Randolph man was stabbed early Sunday morning. The man was stabbed in the arm and needed a number of stitches. He was treated at Waupun Memorial Hospital. Police Chief Dale Heeringa says they have had some history with the home in the past few years. He says it is a bunch of very irresponsible people in a residential area causing a disturbance that more or less terrorized the whole neighborhood.  Waupun Police teamed up with the Dodge County Sheriff’s SWAT Team to enter the home. He says a flash bang explosive was used and the team forcibly went through the front door of the home. An 18-year-old Waupun man was arrested for the stabbing. Two other Waupun residents were arrested for probation violations. The owner of the home was questioned and released. Heeringa says the folding knife that may have been used in the stabbing, and drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in the home.


Beaver Dam Businessmen Injured In Sheboygan County Wreck


9/20/16 – A Beaver Dam businessmen was one of the two people injured in the a single-vehicle weekend wreck. 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 Sunday afternoon accident on County Road SS, east of State Highway 28, in the Town of Sherman. Investigators say Hammen was traveling at speeds over 100 miles per hour when his sports car veered off the road, struck a culvert and crashed into the tree line. The engine was reportedly thrown 100 feet from where the vehicle stopped, landing in a nearby yard. Both Hammen, and his passenger 61-year-old Freddie O. Nelson of Beaver Dam, were flown from the scene to Froedtert Hospital with serious injuries. Alcohol and speed are both believed to be factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.


Hartford Man Identified In Fatal I-41 Crash


9/20/16 – A Hartford man killed in an Interstate crash in Washington County has been identified as 35-year-old Adam Long. Sheriff’s deputies say his S-U-V lost control as he was slowing down for traffic at a construction zone — and his vehicle flipped several times on a grassy stretch between the freeway and an on ramp. It happened around midday Friday in the southbound lanes of Interstate 41 in Richfield. Long died at the scene, and he was not wearing a seat belt. An investigation continues.


Fleet Farm Shooting Suspect Arraignment Hearing Set


9/20/16 – An October 10 arraignment was placed on the court calendar yesterday for the Fitchburg man accused of shooting an employee outside Beaver Dam’s Fleet Farm. In July, Jared Spencer was found competent to stand trial.  The 18-year-old is facing six felonies and two misdemeanors stemming from the July 2015 incident.  Spencer allegedly shot Fleet Farm’s assistant manager with a handgun after he was confronted about a suspected ammunition theft.  The manager was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Spencer was taken into custody shortly after the incident following a traffic stop on Highway 151 near Columbus.  If he is found guilty on all charges, Spencer faces a combined maximum of over 150 years in prison.


Beaver Dam Recognizes Bystander Rescuers


9/20/16 – The Beaver Dam Common Council last night recognized the bystanders who risked their lives in rescuing an Appleton man from a burning motor home. It happened in the parking lot by Piggly Wiggly last month as Robert and Cheryl Schwartz were traveling through the city from their home in Appleton. Schwartz, a double leg amputee, says “it was wonderful, they carried me a hundred yards until I was safe.” Robert de Los Angeles says he just saw someone who needed help and he decided to help them. Luis Garcia also assisted at the scene but could not be tracked down. De Los Angeles says “I looked at him, he looked at me and we decided to just go in and get them.” Chief Alan Mannel says there is no doubt in his mind that the selfless actions of Garcia and de Los Angeles saved a life that day.  There were no injuries. The motor home sustained significant damage. The cause of the fire could not be determined but may have been mechanical. Schwartz had prosthetic limbs that were left behind after he was removed but firefighters were able to save the prosthetics.


Beaver Dam Hires New DPW Supervisor


9/20/16 – The Beaver Dam Common Council last night approved the hiring of a new Public Works Supervisor. Kris Quandt will be paid $72-thousand dollars per year. His first day is October 31. The position was created when the last Director of Facilities left the post earlier this year and his responsibilities were restructured. City Engineering Coordinator Ritchie Piltz assumed a portion of the director’s responsibilities while most of the remaining tasks were assigned to the new Public Works Supervisor position.


New Four-Way Stop In Beaver Dam


9/20/16 – There is a new four-way stop in Beaver Dam. The common council last night approved making Gilmore and Grove streets a four-way stop. Next month, the council will consider changing Fourth Street, in front of the middle school, from a two-way street to one-way. Traffic between North Spring and North Center streets would become westbound only.


Patrick Kennedy Talks Addiction, Mental Health Needs In Milwaukee


9/20/16 – A son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy tells a Milwaukee audience about the need for more effective mental health care. Patrick Kennedy, a former congressman who has struggled with bipolar disorder and drug addictions, spoke Monday at a program put on by the Milwaukee County Medical Society. He says we need to “break the silence” on mental health and addiction issues, saying his family kept silent about their addictions — and he had to walk on “egg shells” to avoid the subject while at home. Kennedy advocated for more community resources, saying a variety of help and support have helped keep him sober every day since February 22nd of 2011. The 49-year-old Kennedy served for 16 years in Congress, representing Rhone Island before he stepped down in 2010.