News – September 23, 2016

Three-Year-Old Ejected In Apparent Drunk Driving Accident


9/23/16 – A three-year-old child was ejected from a car Thursday afternoon in Dodge County and the mother is suspected of driving drunk. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says the accident happened at 2:45pm in the Township of Ashippun. Noelle E Deehr was westbound on Town Road MM when the 32-year-old Horicon woman lost control her SUV and entered the south ditch, striking a steep embankment and a utility pole. The three-year-old was ejected from the vehicle causing serious but non-life threatening injuries. The child was flown from the scene by Flight For Life to Children’s Hospital. Deehr was uninjured but the sheriff says alcohol appears to be a contributing factor in the crash.  The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Ashippun Fire and First Responders, Lebanon EMS, Watertown EMS and Flight for Life. The accident remains under investigation by the Dodge County Crash Investigation Team.


One Person Killed In Head-On Collision Near Theresa


9/23/16 – One person was killed in a two-vehicle head-on collision yesterday in the Town of Theresa. It happened just before 4pm on County Highway AY. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says a northbound vehicle and southbound vehicle collided near County Highway Y. The driver and lone occupant of the northbound vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dodge County Medical Examiner.  The driver and lone occupant of the south bound vehicle sustained no injuries and refused EMS. The accident remains under investigation.


Beaver Dam Man Dies In Hospital Following Crash


9/23/16 – A Beaver Dam man has succumbed to injuries sustained in a single-vehicle weekend accident. Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Sgt. Blaine Spicer tells us that Freddie O. Nelson died at Froedtert Hospital. The 61-year-old was a passenger in a car driven by 56-year-old John Hammen of Beaver Dam. The accident happened Sunday afternoon on County Road SS in the Sheboygan County 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. Spicer says speed was definitely a factor, and while alcohol was present, they are waiting for toxicology results to determine the extent it played a role in the crash.  Charges are also pending as the crash remains under investigation.


Fitzgerald Denies Involvement In Secret Fundraising 


9/23/16Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau says he never worked with a conservative group’s secret fundraising to help his fellow Republicans in the 2011 and ’12 recall elections. Sealed records leaked by The Guardian showed that the Wisconsin Club for Growth got $750-thousand dollars from a lead producer. Paint makers that previously used lead in their products were later given retroactive protections from lawsuits by families whose children got sick from eating lead-based paint chips. Fitzgerald said yesterday he never had conversations with the Club for Growth, although Governor Scott Walker did. The Senate leader said he learned about the donations when the media reported it. Also, Fitzgerald said he would not oppose Walker’s plan to prevent tax hikes by delaying some major road projects even though the Assembly vows to come up with its own funding and road work package.


Bond Set For Beaver Dam Man Accused Of Kicking Officer


9/23/16 – Cash bond was set at $2,500 yesterday for a Beaver Dam man accused of attacking an officer.  Aaron Robinson is facing felony counts of Battery to Law Enforcement and Threat to Law Enforcement along with one misdemeanor.  On Tuesday, police responded to a domestic disturbance complaint of two people arguing, Robinson and a woman with whom he was living.  Despite multiple warnings, the arguing continued.  Robinson was arrested when he allegedly threatened the officers.  As the 38-year-old was being placed in the squad car, he reportedly kicked one of the officers in the chest.  If he is convicted, Robinson faces over 22 years in prison.  His preliminary hearing is September 29.


Man Pleads Not Guilty To Breaking Into Clyman Business


9/23/16 – A Watertown man accused of stealing from a Clyman business pled not guilty at arraignment yesterday.  Armando Tovar is facing one felony Burglary count for allegedly breaking into his former place of employment, Pernat Haase Meats, and stealing nearly $6,000 from the safe.  The 31-year-old faces over 12 years in prison if he is convicted.


Beaver Dam Waives Hearing On Fleeing Charge


9/23/16 – A Beaver Dam man accused of running from police will proceed to trial.  Leighton Finnestad has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on one felony count of Operator Fleeing an Officer for allegedly driving off at speeds around 70 miles per hour down residential streets when an officer tried to stop him in July for erratic driving.  If he is found guilty, the 18-year-old faces over three years in prison.  Finnestad will be arraigned October 19.


Lightning Causes Rosendale House Fire


9/23/16 – Lightening started a house fire on Olden Road in the Town of Rosendale late Wednesday night. Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s officials say the dispatch center received a call about the fire at W11099 Olden Road at 11:58 p.m. Occupants of the home were able to safely escape. Eight fire departments battled the blaze. No one was injured during the fire.


Barb Harvey To be Honored On October 1 At Marsh Haven


9/23/16 – A tribute will be held next week at the Marsh Haven Nature Center near Waupun for Barb Harvey, a raptor rehabilitator who shared her passion for birds of prey with young and old alike. Renee Wahlen, the Director of Marsh Haven, says Harvey gave so much of her life to helping birds and people. “I’ve never met a more compassionate person,” says Wahlen adding that her birds probably ate better than most people. She says Harvey has always had a special connection to Marsh Haven and her love of birds was sparked during the Center’s earliest days when it was intended as a raptor rehab sanctuary. The founder of Marsh Haven asked Harvey to look after an injured screech owl named Tuffy, who “melted her heart and the rest is history.” Harvey’s favorite raptor was Sasha, a red-tailed hawk that she would bring along on most of her presentations to school children. She considered Sasha her spirit bird; Sasha is now being cared for by a friend. Wahlen says Harvey certainly made her mark in the area. The outdoor amphitheater at Marsh Haven was a place where Harvey would give many educational talks about birds of prey. Years ago, the Board of Directors wanted to name the theater in Harvey’s honor but she said “no you’re not going to put my name on it, you are going to call it the ‘Respect Our Earth Theatre’ because she felt that was a very important message. Wahlen was supposed to work with Harvey on a book of her stories as a raptor rehabilitator over three decades but unfortunately her health prevented the collaboration. However, Wahlen will work with friends of Harvey’s this winter and plans to have the book published next year. The Tribute to Barb Harvey will be held on Saturday, October 1 during Marsh Haven’s annual John Denver Celebration Weekend. Friends will be asked at 3pm to share stories and memories of Barb Harvey’s legacy.


BDHS Wrestling, Baseball Standout Among HOF Inductees


9/23/16 – Three men will be inducted into the Beaver Dam High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame tonight.  In this final installment in a three-part series, we look at Greg Furdek’s high school career.  Furdek graduated from BDHS in 2000.  Hall of Fame Committee Member Greg Steil says Furdek was an accomplished wrestler, winning four varsity letters and three regional championships.  Furdek qualified for the state wrestling tournament on two occasions and won the Wisconsin Little Ten’s Wrestler of the Year award in 2000.  He was the Golden Beavers’ captain his senior year and was a three-time team MVP.  Steil says Furdek also had a successful baseball career as the team’s starting catcher for three years, twice leading the Golden Beavers in batting.  Furdek was named the Wisconsin Little Ten’s Player of the Year for the 2000 season and was a two-time all-conference selection.  Steil says Furdek also played quarterback and defensive back for the football team, earning three letters.  Furdek, Karl Nienhuis, and Ben Murray join the 47 alumnus already enshrined in the BDHS Athletic Hall of Fame.  Festivities honoring the Class of 2016 include a parade at 3:30 pm and dinner in the high school cafeteria from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.  The formal induction ceremony will take place at 6:45 pm on the school’s football field.  Kickoff of the Golden Beavers’ homecoming game against West Bend West is at 7:05 pm and can be heard live on AM 1430 WBEV.


Governor’s Executive Order Creates Drug Task Force


9/23/16 – Governor Scott Walker Signed an executive order yesterday that creates a task force to make additional recommendations on fighting abuse of pain relievers. Walker says the task force will be led by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Representative John Nygren, whose daughter has struggled with drug abuse. Walker signed the order at a Milwaukee Walgreens to highlight the chain’s drug take-back disposal program at 18 pharmacies in Wisconsin. Citizens can drop off unused medication, including controlled substances by placing them in a disposal kiosk.


State Agencies Say What Items They Would Cut


9/23/16 – Vehicles would only get one license plate instead of two following next year’s state budget adoption. For the first time, a new state law required 45 agencies to tell what they would cut if their funding was reduced by five percent. Agencies also said they would cut 27 prosecutors, end the state’s grain inspection program, reduce U-W course offerings, cut state funds to schools by millions, and make local governments perform state functions like supervising parolees. Assembly Democrat Gordon Hintz of Oshkosh says passing state functions onto local governments does not cut people’s taxes, but Senate Republican Chris Kapenga of Delafield said the agency cut list is needed to “right size” state government.