5/28/16 - The National Weather Service has confirmed that damage in the Village of Brandon last night was caused by a tornado. Twenty-five homes were damaged in the storm; most of the damage was windows that were blown out and shingles that were blown off rooftops. The damage happened over a four to six block area of the village in western Fond du Lac County. The storm was reported at 5:45 Friday evening and it knocked out power to the village of 1,000 people. The American Red Cross has been providing canteen services to village residents. No injuries were reported. The National Weather Service says they are preliminarily rating the Tornado and EF-0, but it may have been a low-grade EF-1.
5/28/16 - State employees who work on a task force that cracks down on online child pornography receive regular mental health checks. Workers with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force have regular monitoring of their psychological welfare. Special Agent Ryan Klavekoske, a former Beaver Dam Police Detective, says it’s a topic that is often ignored in an overall law enforcement sense. He says in his experience working for the Justice Department, the program that is in place is the best that he has seen. One-hour counseling sessions are required twice a year. If a supervisor feels an agent needs to meet with a counselor, additional sessions would be ordered. In addition, agents have the ability to temporarily step aside from any case and focus on a different area of law enforcement, like narcotics, until they are ready to return. We continue our look at the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force tomorrow by looking at the role of law enforcement in engaging online predators.
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5/28/16 - Crews working on the upcoming Horicon Street project in Mayville may need to access private property along the road. At this week’s meeting, Mayville’s Finance Committee recommended a payment plan to compensate those homeowners. The council suggested a minimum payment of $250 for any property owner whose land the state might need for widening turns on Highway 28/67. Boelk says some homeowners could receive more than $250 and says most easements will be temporary. The state recommended the amount. Mayville would front the money to residents and be reimbursed by the state. The Common Council and Wisconsin Department of Transportation still need to give final approval.
5/28/16 - A Watertown man who molested a child in March 2015 will spend five years in a state prison. Terry Lee Langner was found guilty earlier this year on one felony count of Second Degree Sexual Assault. The 45-year-old went to use the toilet in a bathroom where a 15-year-old girl was showering. Langner made an inappropriate comment and then later sexually assaulted her while they were watching television. The girl said she was afraid to tell him ‘no’ but never gave consent. Langner will also spend ten years under extended supervision.
5/28/16 - Area vehicle sales last month and through the first third of the year are down from 2015. According to the Waterloo-based industry tracking firm RegTrak, 254 vehicles were sold in Dodge County last month. That is down 125 vehicles, or 33-percent, from April 2015. Year-to-date sales through April in Dodge County were 1,064. That is over 9-percent fewer than the 1,174 sales in the first four months last year. Columbia County had 213 vehicle sales in April, 35 less than the same month in 2015. Year-to-date sales were down over 12-percent from the first four months of 2015 to 723. Jefferson County saw a smaller drop in vehicle sales. The 219 sold in April 2016 were 16 less than last April. Year-to-date sales were down 8-percent to 831. The nine-county south-central Wisconsin region as a whole has also seen fewer sales this year than in 2015. The 3,632 vehicles that rolled off the lots last month was nearly 10-percent less than April 2015. Year-to-date sales were down roughly 5-percent to 13,569.
5/28/16 - Beaver Dam residents are encouraged to display their patriotism this weekend. AMVETS Post 33 is asking all people, especially those along Monday’s Memorial Day Parade route, to fly the American flag outside their house. For veterans, current military members, and military families that cannot afford to display the flag or may have difficulty hanging the flag, AMVET Chuck Vogl says the group is offering the “Show Your Stripes” program where a flag will be provided and installed free of cost. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Post Commander Eric Bates said the offer is now open to all Beaver Dam residents since only 1-3% of most communities have served in the military. Anyone interested in a flag should contact Vogl at 920-296-9169 or Ross O’Brion at 920-887-7745.