3/28/17 - Fire damaged a house in the Town of Beaver Dam early this morning. Crews were dispatched to N5942 South Center Road just after 3:30am. Beaver Dam Fire Chief Alan Mannel says units arrived to find the fire in the basement area, were able to quickly extinguish the flamesand prevent the fire from extending into other areas of the home. The loss is estimated at $30-thousand dollars. The entire home sustained smoke damage. The residence is not currently habitable. The cause is under routine investigation by the Beaver Dam Fire Department. There were no injuries as the homeownersTravis and Ashley Kleindl were woken up by working smoke detectors. One cat perished in the blaze. The scene was cleared around 6am. Beaver Dam Firefighters were assisted at the scene by Burnette, Horicon, Juneau, and Lowell fire departments. Dodge County Sheriff’s officials and Dodge County DCERT were also on scene. Watertown EMS and Hustisford Fire covered emergency services in the city for Beaver Dam Fire.
3/28/17 - There are three candidates vying for two open seats on the Mayville School Board. Voters in the Mayville School District will see a $24.5-million-dollar referendum on the April 4 ballot.
Candidate Joseph Hohmann is with a group that is encouraging voters to vote against the referendum. Hohmann says the question should have been split in two parts and he is touting a plan to close Parkview Elementary and move those students to the Middle School.
Listen to interview: https://clyp.it/1cgm20sg
Candidate David Ognenoff supports the referendum and says if approved it would address a lot of issues and solve a lot of problems at all three schools.
Listen to interview: https://clyp.it/sqs04vjn
Incumbent Terri Wilkens supports the referendum and says the decision to go to the voters was not taken lightly.
Listen to interview: https://clyp.it/ckz3mds5
3/28/17 - On Community Comment today the first of a two-part series looking at the race for Dodge County Circuit Court judge. Beaver Dam Attorney Randy Doyle will join us for a one-on-one conversation this afternoon to explain why he is the best candidate to be seated in Branch Two. Incumbent Martin De Vries, who was appointed last year by the governor following the early retirement of Judge John Storck, will be our guest tomorrow. Community Comment airs weekdays on AM1430 WBEV beginning at 12:35pm.
3/28/17 - Restitution was ordered yesterday for a Fox Lake man in connection to a fatal car accident from 2014. Lee Henricksen rear-ended Judith Haddad from Lindenhurst, Illinois on Highway A near the intersection with Highway E. The impact pushed Haddad into the northbound lane where she struck Jennifer Polenska from Waupun. Polenska and Haddad sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. A 9-year-old passenger in the Haddad vehicle died four days later at UW Hospital in Madison. Henricksen was uninjured in the crash. A voluntary blood draw found no alcohol or drugs in his system. Henricksen is currently serving a two year prison sentence. The 70-year-old was ordered to pay $2700 to the Dodge County Clerk of Courts.
3/28/17 - A Reeseville man accused of driving under the influence of inhalants when he killed a pedestrian had a November 27 jury trial added to the court calendar yesterday. Cody Buechel is facing felony charges of Homicide by Negligent Use of a Vehicle. The 21-year-old was driving a pickup truck on Highway G in the town of Lowell in September of 2015 when 17-year-old Lukas Jaeger was struck. Prosecutors say Buechel inhaled the product Dust-Off minutes before driving. Buechel reportedly drove up on the front lawn of a corner residence before driving over the center line into the southbound lanes where the victim was killed. The vehicle then continued down Highway G later crashing into a culvert. In addition to the can of Dust-Off, investigators say marijuana paraphernalia was also inside the truck. The felony charge carries a maximum prison sentence of ten years, if convicted.
3/28/17 - An Oconomowoc woman is accused of stealing cash and ammunition from the home of a friend in the Town of Ashippun. Brittany Ericson is charged with felony Burglary along with misdemeanor Criminal Damage To Property and Theft, all as a repeat offender. Prosecutors say the 30-year-old cut a screen and broke a window to gain access to the house last May while the homeowner was out-of-town. A trail camera set to record the driveway captured an image of the suspect vehicle and that, along with blood found at the scene, led investigators to Ericson and an accomplice. 31-year-old Ashley Lowe of Oconomowoc pled guilty during an initial appearance yesterday to misdemeanor Theft and Operating While Revoked in connection with the break-in; Lowe will be sentenced on Monday. The victim, meanwhile, had also developed his own leads after posting the vehicle images to social media. The suspects were later recorded on video cashing in the stolen jar of change. Ericson reportedly admitted to investigators that she used the money to purchase heroin and cocaine. If convicted of felony Burglary, Ericson could spend over 12 years in prison. A signature bond for Ericson was set at $1000 yesterday and a judge will decide in May of there is enough evidence to order a trial.