9/21/14– A driver dies while warming up at the Beaver Dam Raceway. Sheriff Pat Ninmann tells us that it occurred during “hot laps” around 6pm Saturday. The Beaver Dam Raceway's website identifies the driver as Scott Semmelmann of Brookfield. The 47-year-old was pronounced dead because of injuries suffered in the crash. Several agencies responded and cleared the scene about two hours later. Beaver Dam Raceway General Manager Carolyn Mueller and Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Car Series President Steve Sinclair decided to cancel the rest of the race program out of respect for the family and friends of Semmelmann. Fans, drivers and crew members were offered an opportunity for a refund, but had the option to donate the money to the family, which most did. Beaver Dam Raceway and the Sprint Car Series expressed their condolences to the family and plans to donate any remaining proceeds from the evening to the family. The vehicle is now at the Dodge County Sheriff's Department for further investigation. Officials with the raceway say an incident like this has not happened there in at least 30 years.
9/20/14- A fatality was reported at Beaver Dam Raceway Saturday evening. The incident occurred around 6pm.Sheriff Pat Ninmann tells WBEV-WXRO that it occurred during “hot laps.” The Town of Beaver Dam Police Department is investigating. The facility is located southeast of the Highway 151 and Highway 33 intersection.
9/20/14- Governor Scott Walker announced Friday that he is seeking applicants for appointment as the Register of Deeds in ColumbiaCounty. The new appointee will fill the vacancy created by the forthcoming resignation of Lisa Walker and complete a term ending in January 2017. Applicants must reside in ColumbiaCountyat the time the appointment becomes effective. Interested parties should outline in their cover letters what professional and academic experiences qualify them to be Register of Deeds and describe their civic activities and community involvement. In applying for the position, include a cover letter and resume along with an application, which can be found on the governor website. Application materials must be received no later than noonon Friday, October 3.
Potential applicants with questions about the appointments process may contact Eric Esser at 608-266-1212.
Completed application materials should be submitted to:
Office of the Governor
Attention: Eric Esser
115 East, State Capitol
Madison, WI 53707-7863
9/20/14- The Dodge County Clerk says the November ballot is not as clearly laid out as it was in previous years but it is too late now to change. Republican legislative leaders are asking the courts to change the design of the model Wisconsinballot for the upcoming election. The state Government Accountability Board re-designed its model ballot for this fall. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneausays the re-designed ballot favors Democrats -- because the Democrats are listed first. Republican leadership wants new ballots printed. Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson says it cost the county nearly $9500 to print 40-thousand ballots for November. In an election with county and state races, the county is responsible for the cost of the printing, though some smaller municipalities and school districts with referenda do pay a small portion. If the county has to have the ballots reprinted, Gibson says nobody has explained who would pick-up that cost but she is guessing it will be the responsibility of the county. There should be time though, if a decision is made soon, as it took Gibson two weeks to have the ballots printed. Another concern by Republican state legislators is that there is no line between the title of the office and the first candidate's name; there are lines between the parties' nominees. Gibson says that is not the case on the ballots printed already by DodgeCountywhere there already is a distinct line. Gibson says there are multiple vendors printing ballots around the state and as a result the appearance of some ballots may fluctuate slightly from county-to-county. The lawsuit was filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court, where a judge will consider a temporary restraining order to halt the use of the new ballots on Wednesday. In the meantime, state officials have told local government clerks to keep sending out absentee ballots while the suit is pending.
9/19/14 - There may be a “global resolution” in the works for a 32-year-old Markesan man facing charges in multiple counties. That’s the term that was used in Fond du Lac County Court when a plea and sentencing hearing was held for Aaron Schreiber Thursday. The hearing was rescheduled when the court was told a “global resolution” is being worked on. Schreiber is accused of multiple bomb threats and of officiating youth sporting events despite his sex offender status. He also faces charges in Dodge, Green Lake and Walworth Counties.
9/19/14 - A Reeseville man entered a “no contest” plea yesterday in Dodge County court to a felony charge of eighth offense Operating While Intoxicated. 54-year-old George Gamboeck was injured in a three-vehicle accident last December on Highway 19 in the Town of Portland. A breath test showed his blood alcohol level to be over three times the legal limit for driving at point two-five (.25). Gamboeck was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison and five years of extended supervision. His drivers license will also be suspended for three years followed by three years of blowing into a tube to start his car.