September 30, 2014

Medical Condition May Have Caused Fatal Wreck


9/30/14 – A fatal wreck in the Town of Waupun Sunday morning may have been the result of the driver suffering a medical condition prior to the accident. That’s according to Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Captain Rick Olig who identified Gary Masemore as the motorist who failed to negotiate a curve on Highway 49 and went into a ditch. The 62-year-old West Bend man was transported to Waupun Memorial Hospital where he died. Masemore was a wildlife photographer who was concluding a shoot in the area. Some of his more recent work posted on his Facebook page included photos from the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge.


Suspect In Green Lake County Double Homicide Released


9/30/14 – A man was released Monday afternoon, after he was questioned by police in Berlin for the weekend shooting deaths of his wife and another man.  Green Lake County District Attorney Andrew Christenson said the investigation continues into the deaths of Melissa Tuinstra and Justin Daniels, both 28.  Tuinstra’s husband Nicholas and her eight-year-old daughter were found in nearby Marquette County after the Saturday night shootings.  Officials informed the public about the girl’s disappearance in a brief Amber Alert early Sunday.  Nicholas Tuinstra was identified in the Amber Alert, and was questioned as a person-of-interest before he was let go.  Media reports say he and his wife filed for divorce last week.  Melissa Tuinstra was found shot to death outside her apartment building.  Daniels was found dead on the building’s second floor.


Waupun Sex Offender Facing New Assault Charges


9/30/14 – Bond has been set at $250-thousand dollars cash for a 31-year-old Waupun sex offender who is suspected of assaulting a 15-year-old boy. Jesse Madison made his initial appearance in Dodge County Court on Monday. According to the criminal complaint, the boy’s mother learned he was with Madison and called Waupun police. The boy was found hiding in Madison’s home. He had met Madison about a month ago in Fox Lake. Madison told investigators he did not know the boy was under 18. A judge will decide next month if there is enough evidence to order a trial.


Beaver Dam Man Sentenced In Brick Assault


9/30/14 – A Beaver Dam man, who another man with a brick during a bar fight last fall, entered into a deferred prosecution agreement Monday with Dodge County prosecutors. Jose Reyna pled to reduced misdemeanor charges of battery and disorderly conduct. A felony Bail Jumping charge was deferred and Reyna will avoid a felony record if he stays out of trouble for the 18 months he is on probation. He was also ordered to spend 15 days in jail with work release. The 42-year-old was charged with Bail Jumping because of another assault at the same bar one year prior. The most recent assault occurred last October outside Dino’s Bar in Beaver Dam. He had just finished serving a one month jail sentence for the first incident when the latest fight occurred. Reyna beat the man several times in the face with the brick, breaking his nose and fracturing his eye socket.


Teens Face Felony Charges For Stealing Change Jar


9/30/14 – Two Beaver Dam women who are facing felony charges for stealing a jar of coins from a family member had bond set at $1000 Monday in Dodge County court.  17-year-olds Noelle Chapman and Megan Neu are each charged with felony Burglary and misdemeanor Theft. The two are accused of breaking into a Beaver Dam apartment in May and stealing the change which totaled $45. Prosecutors say Chapman admitted to entering her brother’s apartment without permission, because she needed to buy food and gas.  According to the criminal complaint, Neu gave Chapman a ride to the apartment but she said she stayed in the car while Chapman went inside, later returning with the jar.  Chapman’s brother told police it was not the first time and accused her of stealing money in the past. Neu says she did not know Chapman’s intentions when she gave her a ride. Champan and Neu have preliminary hearings scheduled in November.


Legislators Daughter Allegedly Using Heroin Again


9/30/14 – A state legislator who proposed anti-heroin laws in the wake of his daughter’s addiction says he’s disappointed that she has succumbed again.  Twenty-five year old Cassandra Nygren of Marinette was one of three people arrested at a home in Green Bay.  Police said they found prescription pills and substances “consistent with heroin.”  Nygren appeared in Brown County Circuit Court Monday on felony charges of manufacturing and possessing narcotics, and a misdemeanor count of illegally obtaining prescription drugs.  She was held on a five-thousand-dollar bond.  Her initial proceeding is scheduled to resume October 10th.  Her father, state Assembly Republican John Nygren, had seven bills approved earlier this year that seek to battle Wisconsin’s growing heroin abuse.  Nygren shared his daughter’s story when proposed the legislation.  Yesterday, he said she became addicted again after being clean for a year.  Nygren said he was not surprised by his daughter’s arrest.  He said heroin is a very powerful drug, and those who push it lie, cheat, and manipulate.


Conservative Group Wants John Doe Prosecutor Investigated


9/30/14 – A target of the John Doe probe into Republican campaigning in the state’s recall elections wants the state’s prosecutor in the case to be investigated.  Eric O’Keefe, who heads the conservative Wisconsin Club for Growth, wants a judge to name a special prosecutor to determine if Milwaukee County D-A John Chisholm overstepped his bounds.  O’Keefe has accused Chisholm of starting the investigation because the D-A’s wife — a public school union steward — was upset about the Act-10 clampdown on public employee bargaining.  That allegation came out earlier this month.  Chisholm’s office has not responded. The D-A launched the John Doe two years ago, to check into allegations that Republicans illegally coordinated with outside groups on secret fundraising and other activities connected with the recall elections, including the 2012 recall votes against Governor Scott Walker and Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau.


Governor’s Race Attracts National Attention


9/30/14 – The tight Wisconsin governor’s race attracted some national star power Monday, as Michelle Obama and Chris Christie visited the state to campaign for their respective party candidates.  Obama and Democrat Mary Burke spoke to hundreds of supporters at a downtown Milwaukee convention hall. Republican Governor Scott Walker and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appeared at the local G-O-P headquarters in Hudson before speaking to workers at an area heavy-equipment factory.  Christie hailed Walker as a man of honesty-and-integrity.  He also attacked Burke’s alleged plagiarism of her jobs’ proposal, asking why people would trust her about anything else.  The nation’s First Lady defended Burke, saying she’s in the race for the right reasons — and she cares about people more than politics.  Burke defended her jobs plan, saying the goal is to achieve results, regardless of where the ideas come from.  Both also appealed to their party bases to get out and vote.  Christie warned of voter fatigue after Walker’s 2010 election and 2012 recall vote.  Obama noted that many voters in his two contests were young people who had never voted before — and too many people tune-out for the mid-term contests.  As the First Lady put it, “When we stay home, they win.”  Walker and Christie are both said to be possible G-O-P presidential hopefuls for 2016, but they avoided any talk of that. Walker said his plan is to be the governor for the next four years.


Friends of Horicon Marsh Receives Alliant Energy Grant


9/30/14 – Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center will benefit from a grant they received from Alliant Energy. The Friends of Horicon Marsh help raise money for programs and projects that parks and state wildlife cannot afford to do. Executive Director Leslie Hershberger says the main mission is to support wildlife education programming. The grant money will be used towards programming teaches children about environmental education, conservation education and about wildlife on the Horicon Marsh. Hershberger says they also use the money for classroom supplies, field trips, books and printing. Children can enjoy hands on learning activities that are offered at the center. Hershberger says groups and businesses that continue to support the center enable the programming to stay open.


DC Conservation Dept Encourages Residue Management


9/30/14 – As the harvest season approaches, Dodge County farmers are encouraged to start thinking of ways to manage crop residue. Residue management is the practice of maintaining some or all crop residues on the soil surface after harvest, over winter and even after next year’s crop is planted. These residues include stalks and stems, leaves, and seed pods. Dodge County Conservationist Robert Bird says controlling soil erosion and sediment loss from crop fields is crucial for farmers. By leaving more residue farmers are preventing soil erosion and runoff from farm fields that could have a negative effect on surface waters. Bird says residue management provides other environmental benefits including, reductions in snowmelt and stormwater runoff to help control flooding and increased availability of food and cover for wildlife.  There are many residue management techniques that farmers can adopt to maintain soil surface including, a no till and mulch till system, a conservation tillage system and chisel plowing that incorporates residue into the soil. Benefits to a farmer who practices these techniques include both the short-term and long-term maintenance of soil productivity, little repair to fields after a rainstorm, improved soil structure and more. Dodge County farmers are encouraged to contact the Land Conservation Department weekdays between 8am and 4:30pm for assistance in changing over to a reside management system on their cropland.


Leaf Pick-Up Begins Monday in Beaver Dam


9/30/14 – Leaf pick-up in Beaver Dam begins next Monday.  DPW Director Jeremy Klug says leaves — along with lawn grass rakings resulting from leaf gathering, garden vines and stalks – may be placed in the terrace areas of the street edge in loose piles for collection by the Department of Public Works. Collection will continue through late November. Yard waste cannot be placed in the street or gutter, or in any containers. Klug says leaves, rakings and garden debris cannot be mixed with other forms of waste like brush or shrubbery cuttings.  Fruits, nuts and vegetables are not acceptable and should be disposed of as garbage.  The items can also be dropped off at Beaver Dam’s Yard Waste site, which is located at 640 South Center Street. No waste of any kind will be allowed from outside the city.