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Dodge County Finalizes Antlerless Harvest Recommendation

Apr 20, 2015 -- 8:55pm

4/21/15 - Following last month's Dodge County Deer Advisory Council meeting where an initial proposal was establsihed, the public was given the opportunity to weigh in on the recommendations.  The council reviewed that feedback last night at what was its second spring meeting.  CDAC Chair Dale Maas says the feedback that was received in the survey they issued was very similar to what the public initially asked for last fall in terms of changing the county's deer population.  With the majority of the public approving, the council agreed to submit a final antlerless deer harvest quota recommendation of 2,725 for the coming season.  1,325 permits will be issued for private land and 125 for public ground.  According to Maas, those figures are on par with the recent past.  He says adjusting the bonus tag availablility was the only way to reduce the number of deer that will be taken in the coming years, based on the available options.  The council's goal was to set numbers that would help increase the county's deer population by roughly seven percent over the next three years.  That increase was submitted by the council late last year and approved by the State Natural Resources Board in February.  Even with fewer bonus tags being issued, Maas doesn't expect hunters to see much of a difference.  The Natural Resources Board will meet next month to give final consideration to Dodge and the other 71 Wisconsin counties' proposals.

Report Sheds New Light On Beck Murder

Apr 20, 2015 -- 7:23am

4/20/15 - There's a report that Fond du Lac County sheriff's investigators made a number of missteps in probing the murder of Berit Beck, the woman whose body was found in a ditch near Waupun 25 years ago.  Gannett Wisconsin Media says it found a belief that Beck's van was long the target of the crime -- and not the 18-year-old Beck herself.  Authorities said she was driving from her Racine County home to a computer class in Appleton -- but she never made it there, and her van was found abandoned in Fond du Lac.  Her decomposed body was found a few weeks later along the roadside near Waupun.  Sixty-one year old Dennis Brantner was arrested in late March.  He has a preliminary hearing scheduled nine days from now on a first-degree murder charge.  The Gannett report said investigators were driven off-track for years by a theory that Craig Hron of West Bend killed Beck. Circumstantial evidence was cited, along with the fact that Hron was found to have Beck's hair brush.  He was never charged. Gannett called him a "convenient suspect" that might make Brantner's prosecution complicated. Brantner's lawyer said his client did not kill Beck.  Hron is serving a 25-year prison term for wounding Tammie Jollie in a stabbing incident almost two years ago in a Walmart parking lot in West Bend.

Columbus Fire Chief Identifies Hero’s In Fiery Rescue

Apr 20, 2015 -- 7:23am

4/20/15 - The Columbus Fire Chief has issued a correction to a press release from last week about the woman who was rescued from a fiery rollover.  The incident happened Thursday morning around 10:45am on Highway 151 near exit 115. The driver was trapped in her vehicle and the exhaust system caused the grass underneath to catch fire.  In the original press release written by Columbus Fire Lieutenant Jerrod Fox, it spoke of three bystanders removing the woman less than one minute before fire swept through the cab, fully engulfing the vehicle in flames…all of which happened before fire and EMS personnel arrived on scene. Fire Chief Randy Koehn says there was one thing missing from the press release written by Lt. Fox…it made no mention of the heroic efforts undertaken by Lt. Fox. In an email to us, Chief Koehn wrote (quote) “Jerrod, in his humble manner, did not want to toot his own horn and made no mention of the role he played…If he won’t give himself credit, I will.” In the chief’s updated press release, it notes that at the time of the page, Fox was returning to Columbus from a meeting and was about a mile from the crash.  Fox guided three bystanders in helping to get the driver’s door open, untangle the driver’s feet, and remove her from the car before the car was totally destroyed by fire.  The chief identified the good Samaritans as Cherno Chanbum of Madison, Richard Iorio of Saukville, and Zachary Bart of South Barrington, Illinois.  68-year-old Beatrice Dunning of Columbus was flown to UW Hospital Madison with non-life-threatening injuries.

‘;Project Lifesaver’ May Be Heading To Dodge County

Apr 20, 2015 -- 7:22am

4/20/15 - A program to help the elderly and children with autism could be coming to Dodge County.  Project Lifesaver is intended to help these people at times when their caregivers aren’t around.  Sheriff Dale Schmidt says a band for either the wrist or ankle would alert law enforcement where that person is when they’re reported missing so they can be found quicker and brought back to a safe environment.  According to Schmidt, the Dementia Coalition in Beaver Dam may be willing to fund the effort.  He says the program would require initial training for his staff and monthly equipment checks to ensure they are working properly.  In addition to the family’s piece of mind, Schmidt says Project Lifesaver would greatly reduce the amount of resources needed in finding one of these missing persons.

Columbus Fire Chief Identifies Hero’s In Fiery Rescue

Apr 20, 2015 -- 7:22am

4/20/15 - The Columbus Fire Chief has issued a correction to a press release from last week about the woman who was rescued from a fiery rollover.  The incident happened Thursday morning around 10:45am on Highway 151 near exit 115. The driver was trapped in her vehicle and the exhaust system caused the grass underneath to catch fire.  In the original press release written by Columbus Fire Lieutenant Jerrod Fox, it spoke of three bystanders removing the woman less than one minute before fire swept through the cab, fully engulfing the vehicle in flames…all of which happened before fire and EMS personnel arrived on scene. Fire Chief Randy Koehn says there was one thing missing from the press release written by Lt. Fox…it made no mention of the heroic efforts undertaken by Lt. Fox. In an email to us, Chief Koehn wrote (quote) “Jerrod, in his humble manner, did not want to toot his own horn and made no mention of the role he played…If he won’t give himself credit, I will.” In the chief’s updated press release, it notes that at the time of the page, Fox was returning to Columbus from a meeting and was about a mile from the crash.  Fox guided three bystanders in helping to get the driver’s door open, untangle the driver’s feet, and remove her from the car before the car was totally destroyed by fire.  The chief identified the good Samaritans as Cherno Chanbum of Madison, Richard Iorio of Saukville, and Zachary Bart of South Barrington, Illinois.  68-year-old Beatrice Dunning of Columbus was flown to UW Hospital Madison with non-life-threatening injuries.

Fire Destroyed Iron Ridge Home, Garage

Apr 20, 2015 -- 7:21am

4/20/15 - No one was hurt in a fire that destroyed a home and garage in Iron Ridge early Sunday morning. The fire on Main Street began shortly after 2am. No one was hurt in the blaze that spread to an adjacent garage and home. Firefighters prevented it from seriously damaging that second structure. The fire destroyed one home, both garages and three cars. About a dozen fire departments battled the fire in the Dodge County community.

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