A Beaver Dam man charged with drug possession and theft waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday (Tues). Alexander Prieve of Beaver Dam entered a not guilty plea. Judge Steven Bauer, who is presiding over the case in Columbia County court, found probable cause to believe that Prieve committed a felony and bound him over for trial in Columbia County Circuit Court. Prieve is alleged to have delivered Oxycodone to a confidential informant in July 2013. Prieve also is charged with Felony Theft -- Party to a Crime -- arising out of allegations that he and his girlfriend stole and pawned more than four thousand dollars worth of property from his girlfriend’s mother between August and December of last year. In January, the defendant was also charged with Disorderly Conduct/Domestic Abuse on and Possession of THC and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. While the defendant has been charged in a criminal complaint, he is presumed innocent and the state will need to prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. He is scheduled to have court activity on September 15th.
7/23/14 - A Beaver Dam boy was found guilty of criminal damages in connection to taking a video system from a home. William Simmons pleaded no contest to burglary, criminal trespassing, theft and disorderly conduct and an amended battery charge in connection to another case. The 17-year-old’s plea was accepted and the court withheld finding Simmons guilty of burglary and instead placed him on a deferred prosecutor’s agreement. He was found guilty of the other charges. Additional charges in connection to taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent in March were dismissed but were read into the court record. Simmons was placed on probation for two years and his sentence was withheld. He must pay roughly $650 dollars in restitution. According to the criminal complaint, authorities responded to a home on Lakeshore Drive in November following a report of individuals trying to enter the residence without consent. Throughout the morning, several other calls were received about attempted entry to various homes in the same area. Simmons apprehended a short time later following a traffic stop of a suspicious vehicle on South Center Street. Stolen items were allegedly recovered from his vehicle.
7/23/14 - For the first time this year, the number of existing houses sold by Wisconsin Realtors was higher than the same month a year ago. The Realtors Association said today its members sold just over 77-hundred homes statewide during June -- four-and-a-half percent more than in June of 2013. The median sales price was 159-thousand-900 dollars, six-tenths of a percent more than the year before. Dodge County homes sales were down 13-percent with 79 home sales last month, 12 less than June of last year. The median price dropped 5-percent to $125,900. Steve Lane, who chairs the board of the Realtors' group, called last month's sales "a welcome sign," noting that June is the biggest month for home selling in the Badger State. He said the housing market is headed in the right direction, and the Realtors' sales growth is "consistent with other economic signals we're seeing." All parts of Wisconsin reported gains in sales. However, Lane said the improvement for June would not completely erase reductions in sales during the first part of the year. Total home sales were down by almost five-percent during the first six months of 2014. In Dodge County, year-to-date sales are down a fraction of a percent with 412 sales so far, three less than last year by this time.
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire that displaced guests staying at the Comfort Inn in Fond du Lac. On July 18 employees from the house cleaning crew smelled and saw smoke on the first floor by the entrance of their pool area. The fire caused more than $700-thousand dollars in damages to the hotel. Fond du Lac Assistant Fire Chief Troy Haase says the origin of the fire was traced to a garbage can located outside a building entrance near the swimming pool annex. The fire did cause extensive smoke damage to a back entryway and fire damage to adjacent rooms. The pool house is separated from the hotel by an 8x8-foot walkway where the fire started. The fire was discovered by housekeeper Tina Fugate, who fortunately is an entry level firefighter with the Cambellsport Fire Department and an advanced EMT. Fugate knew she had to get everyone out of the building when they noticed the smoke. Two unidentified people, including an employee, were transported from the scene for treatment of smoke inhalation.
7/23/14 - The DOT in the Northeast Region of Wisconsin has announced the reopening of a major highway. 7.4 miles of WIS 49 from Waupun –(County MMM) to Brandon –(Clark Street) in Fond du Lac County is scheduled to reopen to through traffic on Thursday (July 24th). A delay in delivery of beamguard posts pushed back the reopening date of Wednesday morning. Officials say without the beamguard there is a hazard to the traveling public. This stretch has been closed since late June and was needed to replace cross culverts and update a railroad crossing. For the remainder of the project, WIS 49 will remain open with lane closures and flagging operations. The $2.5 million dollar project is expected to be completed by early September. Motorists are reminded to use caution and remain alert when driving through this or any work zone.
7/23/14 - The city of Beaver Dam has installed a new piece of technology to improve safety and driver compliance in Beaver Dam. A push button activated crosswalk system has been installed on Park Ave. at the Roosevelt Dr. intersection. Director of Facilities Jeremy Klug says the system was installed last week but it was activated Tuesday The crosswalk system has retro-reflective pedestrian crossing signs along with push button activated light bars with LED flashing lights visible to eastbound and westbound traffic. Push buttons are located at all 4 quadrants of the intersection for pedestrians.