8/20/14 - The Dodge County Board approved the creation of two full-time counselor positions within the Human Services and Health Department at last night’s meeting. The positions were created as part of the county’s effort to assist those with drug addictions and reduce drug-related crime. Department director Janet Wimmer says that the program will be open to all Dodge County residents, regardless of ability to pay. She also stated taxpayer dollars, grant funding, and reimbursement from Medicaid and insurance companies will share the cost for the program. Tuesday’s vote was just to create the jobs and will have no effect on the current budget as the funding for these positions will be voted upon as part of the 2015 budget. The total cost of these jobs with benefits included is $150-thousand. Grant money has been applied for to cover some of this amount but so far none has been received.
8/20/14 - A 9-year-old from Illinois has died as a result of injuries sustained in a three-vehicle accident from last Friday. Ilan Hurtado of Lindenhurst, Illinois was the passenger in a car operated by 45-year-old Judith Haddad who is also from Lindenhurst. Authorities say Haddad was traveling south on County Highway A, slowed to turn into Indian Hills subdivision and was rear-ended by a semi-truck. The impact pushed Haddad into the northbound lane where her vehicle collided with one driven by a 31-year-old Waupun woman. The 67-year-old Fox Lake man operating the semi-truck was not injured but the other three were flown to Madison. The 9-year-old was the most seriously hurt and the death was announced yesterday.
8/20/14 - A 20-year-old Hubertus man could spend the rest of his life in prison, after he was convicted yesterday of killing a former high school classmate in Hartford. A Washington County jury deliberated for three hours before finding Daniel Bartelt guilty of first-degree intentional homicide in the strangling death of Jessie Blodgett. Her mother testified that the 19-year-old Blodgett was at a theater group's cast party last July -- and the mother found her dead in her bed the next afternoon. An autopsy showed that she was bound and strangled. Bartelt initially pleaded insanity, but two experts found him mentally competent to help with his defense. Sentencing is scheduled for October 14th. Bartelt will get a mandatory life term, but the judge can set a date for a possible supervised release at least 20 years down the line.
8/20/14 - A Waupun teen who broke into two restaurants in the city was recently sentenced to two years of probation. Andrew Biever broke into Chang Jiang’s Restaurant last February and Helen’s Kitchen last April. He was caught when police got a call from a bank in the City after the 17-year-old tried to exchange a large amount of coins for paper money. He later confessed to Waupun Police Detective Brian O’Donovan. Biever pled to felony Burglary and misdemeanor Theft and Criminal Damage to Property and had a second felony and two other misdemeanors dismissed in a plea deal.
8/20/14 - Beaver Dam has a new police chief. The city’s Police and Fire Commission last night named John Kreuzinger, who was the interim police chief, to fill the top post permanently. Kreuziger is a 1979 graduate of Beaver Dam High School and has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Concordia College. The Beaver Dam-native has been with the department for 24 years. He was a sergeant for two years, lieutenant for six years as was most recently in charge of the detectives division. Kreuziger is also the Town of Beaver Dam Police Chief, a position he will be stepping down from after a replacement is found. He replaces former Chief Ron Smith resigned in January after two years on the job.
8/19/14 - The Beaver Dam Common Council voted unanimously last night to accept the half-million dollar grant for the planned Watermark Community and Senior Center. The Watermark is projected to cost just over $2.1-million dollars. After cash, pledges, possible TIF District funds and the grant are all added up, around a quarter-million dollars is still needed to fund the project. Finance Director John Somers says the acceptance of the grant does not bind the city into identifying all of the funding sources. The council still has to vote on the contract for the grant, which is expected in the next month or so.