News – September 5, 2016

Three-County Police Chase Ends In Dodge County

9/5/16 – A 22-mile, three county police chase ended in Dodge County yesterday. At 4:25 pm, the Neenah Police Department received reports of a stolen pickup truck. Minutes later, another report stated the stolen truck sideswiped another vehicle on Interstate 41. A trooper started following the vehicle in Fond du Lac County before the vehicles were stopped in traffic. The truck’s driver, a 28-year-old Menasha woman, passed vehicles on the interstate’s right shoulder and avoided three police attempts to deflate the truck’s tires. The pursuit continued at speeds near 100 miles per hour. When one of the truck’s tires disintegrated for an unknown reason, the vehicle continued to travel on its rims at speeds around 80 miles per hour. The truck then went off the pavement, struck a highway sign, and spun out before coming to rest in the median on Interstate 41 near Highway 67 near Lomira. The woman was med-flighted to an Oconomowoc hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Warrants were out for the woman’s arrest in two counties. The entire pursuit lasted about 15 minutes, and Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating the incident.

Organizers Call 2016 Patriot Tour A Success

9/5/16 – A summer-long toured that spanned the nation wrapped up in Beaver Dam this weekend. The eighth annual Nation of Patriots’ Patriot Tour began in Madison on Memorial Day weekend. The United States flag that left Madison traveled throughout the country this summer, stopping in each of the lower 48 states. There was a ceremony and fundraiser at each stop. Founder Bill Sherer says this year’s tour collected over $100,000 for wounded veterans and their families and believes the total will be closer to $150,000 when the final tabulations are complete. Sherer says this year’s tour was the seventh straight where no stops were missed and there were no delays. He believes this year’s tour was an example of the strength, unity, and patriotism that exists in the United States. A contingent of motorcycle riders left Beaver Dam’s Hogz and Honeez at 9 am on Saturday. The final flag transfer took place in Madison later that morning, and the group returned to Beaver Dam for an early afternoon parade through the downtown. Festivities then shifted to the Dodge County Fairgrounds where the final ceremony was held. Sherer says it is surreal to see his initial idea turn into a large, nationwide campaign that draws large crowds at every stop. Organizers plan to hold the tour again in 2017.

Mold Removed From Columbus Elementary

9/5/16 – There is no visible mold in the Columbus Elementary School. That’s according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services who inspected the school after moldy carpeting was recently removed from the school. District officials first noticed the mold late last month. They responded by hiring safety consultant, Environmental Management Consulting to remove the infested carpet and collect air samples. Superintendent Annette Deuman says there are no safety concerns.

Beaver Dam Man Accused Of Stealing Checks

9/5/16 – Bond was set at $1,000 Friday for a Beaver Dam man accused of stealing money from his sister. Jordan Vujnovich is facing four felony Identity Theft counts for allegedly taking and forging his sister’s checks to support his heroin addiction. If he is found guilty, the 26-year-old faces up to 24 years in prison. His preliminary hearing is October 20.

Bond Set For Woman Accused Of Identity Theft

9/5/16 – Bond was set at $500 Friday for a Beaver Dam woman accused of stealing credit cards from an unlocked truck. Adrienne Page is facing a felony Identity Theft count for allegedly using the stolen cards to make purchases at multiple Beaver Dam businesses. The 27-year-old reportedly told officers the crime was fueled by her heroin addiction. If she is convicted, Page faces up to six years in prison. Her preliminary hearing is September 15.

Wisconsin Continues To Lead U.S. In Cheese Production

9/5/16 – For the 22nd month in a row, Wisconsin made more cheese in July than in the same month the previous year. The U-S-D-A says the Badger State pumped out 266,100,000 pounds of cheese, 1.1% more than in July of 2015. The state’s increase was slightly less than the national hike of 1.4%– and Wisconsin remains the nation’s top cheesemaker, with second place California putting out 213,000,000 pounds in July for an increase of 4%. Nationally, almost 1,000,020,000 pounds were produced during the month. Wisconsin’s output of Italian and mozzarella cheeses were both up from 12 months before — while Cheddar and American cheese had smaller totals.

Milwaukee Shooting Site Reopened To Public

9/5/16 – A Milwaukee County judge sided with the county executive and the city’s Sherman Park was reopened to the public Sunday. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke had installed a snow fence and shut down the park from 6:00 p-m to 6:00 a-m each evening. That step was taken after a fatal, officer-involved shooting of a man. County Executive Chris Abele called the fence a barrier to healing for the neighborhood and ordered it taken down. When Sheriff Clarke sent deputies to put the fence back up, he was served with court papers and Judge David Hansher sided with Abele. The park will revert to its normal operational hours of 6:00 a-m to 10:00 p-m.

Madison Man Accused Of Abusing Woman

9/5/16 – A 45-year-old man has been arrested after a witness told police that he saw him hit a woman at Olbrich Park. The witness told officers the man was yelling at the woman to get into a car, then, when she got in, the man started to beat her, pushed her out and drove away. Daryl L. Sanders was found sitting in the car at his home and police took him into custody. He’s being held at the Dane County Jail on tentative charges of domestic battery, domestic disorderly conduct and ninth offense operating while intoxicated. The woman’s name hasn’t been released.

Oshkosh Fire Crews Spend Hours At Wax Plant Fire

9/5/16 – Crews from the Oshkosh Fire Department stayed on the scene of a two-alarm fire at a wax manufacturing plant for six hours, starting Saturday night. No one was inside the Blended Waxes facility when the fire broke out at shortly after 8:00 p-m. Its cause is still being investigated. Firefighters say they had to combat heavy smoke and flames and weren’t able to leave the location until 2:00 a-m Sunday. No injuries were reported.

BDUSD Taking Wall Of Fame Nominations

9/5/16 – Nominations must be submitted by the end of this week for the Beaver Dam School District’s 2016 Wall of Fame Awards. Honors will be given in two categories: Friends of Education and Outstanding Alumni. Friends of Education are individuals or organizations who have given distinguished service to the district and its students. Last year, Mark Killingsworth, the Beaver Dam Scholarship Foundation and Jerry Rechek and Rechek’s Food Pride were honored. Outstanding Alumni are graduates of the high school recognized for exceptional accomplishments, outstanding leadership, historical significance and prominence on the local, state, national or international stage. The most recent Outstanding Alumnus was Eric Stanley Kalkhurst. The 1919 graduate appeared on Broadway and in film, and also taught acting to Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart. Film star Fred MacMurray was first recipient. Nomination packets are available at the Educational Service Center and on the district website at Packets are due back by close of business on Friday. The district will honor the 2016 Wall of Fame recipients at their Wall of Fame Banquet in November. Award plaques will be permanently displayed at the high school.

Randolph Corn Carnival Back For Another Year

9/5/16 – An annual Labor Day tradition returns to Randolph today. The 54th annual Community Corn Carnival is being held throughout the village. An FFA Alumni breakfast runs from 6:30-9:30 am at Randolph High School. A car and bike show at the elementary school goes from 9 am to 3 pm. This year’s parade starts at 10 am and honors the American farmer. The Fall River Pep Band takes the Randolph Park stage at 11 am, and musical entertainment follows throughout the afternoon. Free sweet corn is available in the park after the parade.