News – September 5, 2019

(Menominee Falls) Wisconsin’s longest serving member of Congress has announced he will not seek reelection. Menominee Falls Republican Jim Sensenbrenner made the announcement yesterday (Wednesday). The 76-year-old was elected to the House in a 1979 special election. Sensenbrenner will be retiring at the end of his term in January of 2021. Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District covers all of Washington and Jefferson counties, most of Waukesha County, and portions of Milwaukee, Walworth and Dodge counties.

(Dodge County) Five hours of testimony taking place at the State Capitol Wednesday for bills that would strengthen Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws. The 11 proposals include making a first OWI offense a misdemeanor, a mandatory five-year sentence for killing someone while driving drunk, and closing a loophole that allows for multiple first OWIs due to using different vehicles. Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt was among those offering testimony at the capitol. A committee vote on the bills is expected later this month.

(Beaver Dam) A Madison man was arrested early this (Wednesday) morning after breaking into a Beaver Dam tavern. Beaver Dam police were dispatched to Thirsty Beaver around 5:30am after an alarm was tripped. Following a search that included a K9 unit, the 20-year-old suspect was located near 500 Madison Street and was taken into custody. Deputy Chief Scott Bahr says evidence at the scene suggests the tavern was forcibly entered. The crime is still under investigation and burglary charges are pending.

(Fox Lake) A Cambridge woman charged with bringing illegal contraband into Fox Lake Correctional was arraigned yesterday (Wednesday). Margaret Gordon stood mute and the court entered a not guilty plea on her behalf on a felony count of Deliver Illegal Articles to an Inmate. Gordon allegedly attempted to smuggle a balloon filled with chewing tobacco inside a piece of clothing on April 19. At first Gordon denied the accusations but later allegedly admitted to her actions when informed that she was caught on camera. If convicted, the 36-year-old is facing no more than three-and-a-half-years behind bars.

(Columbus) The state DOT is holding a public informational meeting later this month to discuss the planned reconstruction of State Highway 89 in Columbus. Construction between Avalon Road and Park Avenue is scheduled to start in the summer of 2022. A brief presentation will be given outlining the project, which includes improvements to the pavement, intersections, and water/storm sewer utilities. The meeting will be held from 5:30pm to 7pm on Monday, September 16 at the Columbus High School Library.

(Beaver Dam) Organizers with the Patriot Tour say there has been some challenges over the years in getting that one American flag that travels the country each summer back to Wisconsin. Founder Bill Sherer says early on, everyone was in contact through email and organizers relied heavily on the word of people they have never met to meet up at the right locations to pass on the flag. Sherer says the whole fundraiser could have easily fallen apart a couple times but it did not, thanks to the patriotism of people and their passion for the flag. The fundraiser for veterans returns to Beaver Dam’s Swan Park this Saturday.

(Fond du Lac) A three-foot long Ball Python named Kai is still on the loose at the Fond du Lac High School. It escaped from its cage in a science classroom over the Labor Day weekend.  The snake slithered into an air vent where officials found slither marks. High School Principal Matt Steinbarth says the ventilation system it crawled into leads out to the roof. Some traps have been set that won’t harm the snake which is the family pet of an instructor.

(Madison) A naked burglar may have struck again in Madison. For the second time in two days, Madison police are investigating a report of a very tan, but naked, burglar.  A woman says the man was either naked or wearing some type of skin-tight suit in the most recent case and police are looking into whether its the same suspect in the first incident where the suspect was described as “bald, very skinny, naked and very tanned.”