12/18/14 - The Waupun Common Council approved a raise for a couple of groups of city workers at a special meeting Wednesday night. Mayor Kyle Clark says that city representatives met with the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Union last week to discuss the wages of the city’s public works and library employees. He says that AFSCME and its members accepted the initial offer of a one-point-five-seven percent raise that will take effect in the coming year.
12/18/14 - The City of Columbus and the Village of Fall River have joined other area communities in using Advanced Disposal as their refuse management company. Advanced acquired Badger Disposal's coverage area pick-up routes last month and has already begun service. Advanced Disposal representative Jason Johnson has been talking with city and village officials with assurances that there would not be any big changes in their service to community residents. The Horicon-based company has its corporate headquarters in Florida. Johnson also told officials that his company is assessing disposal improvement areas for the two communities. One improvement area being discussed is a switch to automated cart pick up. Cart pick up is already standard in Beaver Dam and is being considered for Fox Lake and Waupun.
12/18/14 - Departing Sheriff Patricia Ninmann appeared on Wednesday’s edition of Community Comment on AM 1430 WBEV. She reflected on a number of different aspects of her approximate twenty months serving as Dodge County’s top cop. Ninmann says that she feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to move as far up the ladder as she did in her field, having begun as a dispatcher and ending up as the county sheriff. She says that she feels that she is leaving the department in a better place than it was when she first took office. Ninmann says that she appreciates having been able to meet a number of great people and to have made an impact through the programs she helped develop. She mentions losing the election as the most surprising moment of her time in office. Ninmann notes that she believes that the timing of the primary election, not her job performance, ultimately sealed her fate. The sheriff mentions possible future endeavors in AODA counseling or going to Madison to advocate interests that are important to her. However for the time being, she is looking forward to some down time to relax once she leaves office early next month.
12/18/14 - A former Waupun police officer was placed on probation Wednesday in one of the six counties where he is facing charges in connection with an extensive crime spree. In September, Bradley Young entered a guilty plea in Barron County to a felony count of Taking a Vehicle Without Consent and had a felony charge of Fleeing an Officer dismissed but read into the record. He had a three year prison sentence imposed and stayed yesterday. Most of Young's alleged crimes took place in a two-day period in August of last year. Prosecutors say he stole a pick-up truck in Green Lake County and crashed it in Barron County during a police chase, stole another vehicle near Rice Lake and broke into to a cabin west of Spooner where he gave up after he realized that officers were surrounding him. The 45-year-old was later connected to several other crimes in the area and is still facing charges in five other counties. Felony charges related to the cabin break-in are still pending in Burnett County. Young is scheduled to enter a plea this February in Green Lake County where he is charged with seven felonies – for not only Vehicle Theft but also Burglary– for breaking into grocery stores and burglarizing restaurants in Berlin and Markesan, along with stealing that pick-up truck in Green Lake. The most recent charges were filed in Marquette County for a burglary that occurred in November of 2011.
12/17/14 - A Beaver Dam man is accused of molesting a teen runaway. Brock Schwarzenbacher is charged in Dodge County court with felony Sexual Assault of a Child Under the Age of 16. The 25-year-old was arrested in October with the 14-year-old in his vehicle. The two had mutual friends and had met two weeks prior on Facebook. Schwarzenbacher told police that he thought she was 18-years-old and was reportedly visibly nervous and upset when he was told her actual age. He initially denied contact with the teen but later admitted to the relationship. An Initial Appearance is scheduled later this month. If convicted, Schwarzenbacher could spend up to 40 years in prison.
12/17/14 - The Dodge County Board Tuesday night approved the purchase of a cargo van to transport federal prisoners. The sheriff’s department generates revenue from housing federal inmates from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The cargo van cost $38-thousand dollars and replaces a 2008 cargo van of similar make and model that has over 500-thousand miles on it. Revenue from the so-called contract beds had averaged around $9-million dollars annually since the jail was constructed in 2001. That number dropped to $8 million in 2013. Last year, revenue was projected based on an average of 275 being filled every day; the final number was closer to 230, which is being budgeted again for next year.