“News September 21, 2009”

Weekend Accident Claim Three Lives


9/21/09 – Two women were killed and a man was injured when two vehicles collided head-on in Washington County. Sheriff’s officials say a vehicle was traveling south in the northbound lane of Highway 144 Friday night and struck an SUV.  34-year-old Rachael Olson of Campbellsport was driving in the wrong lane and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. 60-year-old Bette Voeks of Farmington, who was a passenger in the SUV, was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Polk, where she was pronounced dead. Voeks 58-year-old husband was taken to Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Wauwatosa.


Thirty-seven-year-old Lisa Venus of Hartford died when a car crossed the centerline on Highway 60 in Washington County Saturday afternoon and hit hers. The accident also sent her 10-year-old son Cole to Children’s Hospital, and the other driver 44-year-old Kim Downer of West Bend to a Milwaukee Hospital. (KFIZ)


Scam Targets BDHS Athletics


9/21/09 – The Beaver Dam High School and Chamber of Commerce are warning the public of a scam involving a publishing firm seeking advertising money.  The Chambers Executive Director Phil Fritsche says the con artists are with a company they call New Generations. The caller says they are working with the Chamber and the high school’s athletic department in selling advertising space to celebrate the success of the cross country team. Fritsche, and Athletic Director Bill Greymont, say neither the high school nor the chamber are in any way associated with New Generations and no one locally will benefit from the proceeds of the phony advertising campaign. Fritsche says both chamber and the high school initiate their own publications that always provide contact information for verification.  Greymont says if you have any questions about the legitimacy of a solicitation, you should contact him at the high school. (885-7520 x2110).


Rockwell Sentenced in Manitowoc Burglary Case


9/21/09 – A 22-year-old Waupun man was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison after pleading no contest to a felony burglary charge.  Dustin Rockwell admitted to authorities that he broke into a Two Rivers home this past January and stole a DVD player, die-cast NASCAR collectibles and four Budweiser mugs.  The victim had been gone for four days in mid-January and returned home to find signs that his home and been broken into.  The man later visited a pawn shop in Manitowoc where he found the items.  An employee there identified Rockwell as the man that sold the items.  According to the criminal complaint, Rockwell admitted to the burglary during questioning.


Still Searching for Answers in Pewaukee Lake Death


9/21/09 – Authorities are still investigating the death of a 69-year-old man found in Pewaukee Lake.  A fisherman found the body yesterday morning near a public pier on the east side of the lake.  Officials were not sure how long it had been there.  Police said there were no visible signs of foul play.  The victim’s name was not immediately released.


BDUSD to Hold Annual Budget Hearing Tonight


9/21/09 – The Beaver Dam School District will hold their annual budget hearing tonight at the Educational Service Center.  The proposed $48.3M document would include a tax rate of about $8.85 per $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of 5.1-percent over last year.  That means a person with property valued at $150,000 would pay around $1,330 for the school portion of their taxes.  The budget hearing begins at 6 p.m.  The regularly scheduled monthly meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m.


Full Agenda for Beaver Dam Tonight


9/21/09 – After taking a week off for Labor Day, the Beaver Dam Common Council returns this evening with a full agenda featuring over two dozen ordinances and resolutions.  Many of the items involve the downtown. The council will consider hiring MSA Professional Services as an environmental consultant in the removal of leaking underground storage tanks.  The city has been awarded $117,000 in stimulus funds to address removal of possible contaminants in the downtown. The council will also consider a resolution considering the project plan for the newly created TIF District #4, which is located in the downtown area.  And the council will also vote on developers agreements related to the old Weyco Shoe Factory property and the former Thomas Chevrolet property across the street.  Also on the agenda tonight, a resolution to award a contract to Ace Plastering of Beaver Dam for façade improvements to the downtown buildings whose walls were left exposed after adjacent buildings were demolished.  The Beaver Dam Common Council meets at 8pm tonight at city hall.


Columbus Council Asked to Prepare Early for James Street Reconstruction


9/21/09 – Columbus officials are getting ready to plan the replacement of James Street, the major east / west artery through the downtown.  Although the projected construction is five years away, City Administrator Boyd Kramer and Mayor Bob Link are urging the Council to begin budget and policy talks on the project.  Kraemer recently informed the Council that James Street – the route for highways 16 and 60 through Columbus – is approved for 2015 construction.  Link asked the Council to look ahead at needs associated with the repair of the major thoroughfare, as there would be costs beyond the street and utility repairs that the City would have to face.  The project will be on of the major discussion items as the council begins discussions on the 2010 budget during the first of four special meetings this Wednesday.


Impact of Mercury Marine Staying in FDL Being Felt


9/21/09 – Mercury Marine’s decision to stay in Fond du Lac is beginning to have an impact on the Fond du Lac County economy. Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation President Brenda Hicks-Sorensen says she’s talked with some businesses since union workers approved wage and benefit concessions and they started seeing some increased spending right away. She also says they are beginning to see some movement on development projects that were in a holding pattern while others waited to see the outcome of Mercury’s decision. (KFIZ)


BDPD Releases Crime Statistics


9/21/09 – The Beaver Dam Police Department has released crime statistics for the month of August.  According to the report compiled by Chief Dale Boldt, there were nine burglaries, of which one involved forcible entry. Four of the burglaries were residential while the other five were business related.  There were 44 general thefts reported and 14 thefts from automobiles. The burglaries and thefts resulted in nearly $23,000 in stolen property. Beaver Dam police officers issued seven citations for Operating While Intoxicated, and 18 for Disorderly Conduct.  There were 44 traffic accidents in August resulting in 14 injuries. Finally, 21 parking tickets were issued in addition to one boat launch citation.


Legislature to Pass Bill for Secret Successors


9/21/09 – The Legislature is getting ready to pass a bill that allows lawmakers to designate secret successors. The bill would allow each legislator to name three to seven successors. They would come into play if an enemy attack leaves nine or more vacancies in the Senate or 25 or more vacancies in the Assembly. The bill also would allow the Legislature to meet at a temporary state capital of its choosing. Right now the governor picks the temporary seat of government. If lawmakers can’t physically meet they could hold virtual meetings. The Senate and Assembly are poised to take up the measure Tuesday.


Powerball at $129M


9/21/09 – The Powerball jackpot is up to 129-million dollars for Wednesday night.  Nobody won the top prize on Saturday, and nobody from Wisconsin won the 200-thousand dollar second prize, either.  This is the sixth time this year the jackpot has been above 100-million-dollars.  The year’s top prize was just under 260-million, won in South Carolina on August 19th.  Wednesday night’s cash option is 66-million – which goes to a single winner who takes the whole prize now instead of in 30 annual installments.