12/1/15 - The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is warning business owners against a phone scam that has surfaced in recent weeks. According to Sheriff Dale Schmidt, the caller claims to be from one of the local utility companies, including WE Energies, Waupun Utilities, and Juneau Utilities. They say the business is behind on its electric payments and threaten to shut off electricity if payment is not immediately made over the phone with a pre-paid debit card. While some calls have been reported during the busiest times of day,other calls have been outside of normal business hours to prevent the targets from directly contacting the utility company. The caller typically says the amount due is around $800 and becomes confrontational if the business owners asks questions. Schmidt urges folks not to make the prepaid debit card payment since that is not how the electric companies do business. He advises the business owner to end the call and phone their electric company back at the number on their electric bill to verify legitimacy of the claim. Anyone who needs assistance in dealing with this scam should contact local law enforcement.
12/1/15 - Dairyvative Technologies, a Markesan company that gives milk a multi-year shelf life and makes it more economical to transport, has raised $2.5-million dollars from four investors, according to a filing with federal securities regulators. Dairyvative was founded in 2014 by Charles Sizer to create new, global markets for milk products. Sizer previously worked in research and development for international food corporations, including Frito-Lay, Tetra Pak and the National Center for Food Safety and Technology. Dairyvative's technology allows it to process a quart of milk into a yogurt-like texture that reduces to one-seventh of its original volume and can fit in a yogurt-sized container. The resulting product has a nearly indistinguishable flavor from regular milk, and the processing makes the product acceptable for the huge global lactose intolerant market.
12/1/15 - The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre is offering an opportunity to learn to write a short play with a New York playwright. The workshop will be taught by Beaver Dam-native Jeremy Kamps who has a Master of Fine Arts from New York University. Participants in the class will develop a ten-minute play that will be developed for the stage as part of the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre planned Ten Minute Play Festival next year. The workshop will focus on writing and re-writing, honing key elements of dramatic writing and finding each writer’s individual voice as a storyteller. There is a $10 fee that will be collected at the first session in early January, when there are three, two-hour sessions planned. Two more three-hour sessions are planned in March after extensive re-writes and there will also be one-on-one video chats.
Completed application forms, available at www.bdact.org, at the Beaver Dam Community Library, and at the BDACT office, must be postmarked no later than December 1, or e-mailed no later than December 5. Selected participants will be notified by December 20. A ten-dollar registration fee will be collected at the first session. For further information, contact Managing Director David Saniter, 920-885-6891 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
12/1/15 - An Allenton man is accused of steaking thousands of dollars in jewelry while he was doing flooring work at a Randolph home. Jacob Engel is charged with felony Theft of Movable Property, which carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison if he is convicted. Prosecutors say the 30-year-old was working for Neosho-based B&B Flooring Refinishing in May when he stole $9400 in jewelry, including a wedding ring. Engel was confronted by his boss about the theft and admitted the rings were pawned in Slinger. A receipt with his name shows that he allegedly received $480 for the stolen items. Engel is scheduled to make his Initial Appearance in Dodge County court in two weeks.
12/1/15 - A deer hunter found shot-to-death near Spencer in central Wisconsin has been identified as 50-year-old Mark Bychinski. State D-N-R Hunter Education Coordinator Jon King says the victim was found at the base of a tree. His rifle was found hanging nearby on a rope that was apparently used to move the gun in-and-out of a tree stand. Bychinski died at the scene. Authorities were called there Sunday night, almost four hours after the state's nine-day gun deer season officially ended. An autopsy was performed yesterday (Monday). Officials are waiting for toxicology test results to finalize the cause of death, but the D-N-R says Bychinski is the state's third fatal shooting victim this season. Meanwhile, the D-N-R is expected to release deer harvest totals on Tuesday. More than 192-thousand deer were registered in the first eight days of the hunt -- more than in all nine days a year ago.
11/30/15 - A Beaver Dam woman is accused of stealing credit card information from her employer’s customers. Julieann Noyce is facing six counts of felony Identity Theft. According to the criminal complaint, the 29-year-old, who works at the Jung Garden Center in Randolph, used six customer’s credit card information to purchase Kwik Trip gift cards online. Noyce had seven other gift card purchases with additional customer’s information declined. She allegedly admitted the crimes to officers. If convicted on all counts, Noyce faces 36 years in prison. Her initial appearance is December 14.