4/30/16 - A Brown County businessman indicted for fraudulently obtaining bank loans from Horicon Bank’s Appleton branch has filed for bankruptcy protection. Ronald Van Den Heuvel of De Pere filed on behalf of Green Box N-A Green Bay in federal court. One of the 21 creditors listed on the filing is the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Van Den Heuvel owes the state’s job creation agency more than one-point-two million dollars. The court filing reportedly says Green Box has less than 50-thousand dollars in assets and owes between 10-million and 50-million dollars. Van Den Heuvel is facing 13 counts of federal bank fraud for an alleged scheme dating back to 2008 and 2009. Earlier this week, we spoke with Horicon Bank’s Executive Vice-President Jay Vanden Boogart who assured customers they dealt with the issues when they occurred and that all accounts are safe.
4/30/16 - Assembly Democrats want to know the reason state health officials delayed telling people that a blood infection was spreading in Wisconsin. The Department of Health Services began investigating an Elizabethkingia outbreak in December. The agency told hospitals to be on the lookout for infections in January but didn't announce it to the public until March. Assembly Democratic leaders sent Governor Scott Walker a letter Thursday asking for an explanation. D-H-S officials said this month that they didn't want to alarm the public because they hadn't determined the source, which limited advice on how to avoid infections. A Walker spokesman said yesterday that D-H-S officials would respond to the lawmakers and clarify their reasoning. Walker this month approved nine additional D-H-S positions to help investigate the outbreak. At last word, nineteen Wisconsinites had died from the bacterial outbreak, including one in Dodge County. State officials have confirmed 59 cases in the state with four possible cases and two others under investigation.
4/30/16 -Fewer houses were sold in Wisconsin last month than in March 2015, but the average sales price increased. Statewide, 5,505 houses were sold in March. That is 40 fewer than the same month the year prior, but the median sales price was up $6,000 to $155,000. In Dodge County, the 73 homes sold in March were 17 more than the same month last year. The median sales price stayed around $120,000. Columbia County had 65 house sales last month, six more than March 2015. The median sales price increased by $59,000 to $170,000. Jefferson County had 11 more homes sold in March 2016 than the same month last year, for a total of 80. The $161,000 median sales price was up $16,000. Washington County had 157 homes sales moth, up 23 from March 2015. The median sales price was down $9,000 to $199,000. A couple counties in our listening areas had fewer home sales last month than in March 2015. Fond du Lac County went from 88 to 83 with the median sales price increasing $24,000 to $129,000. Green Lake County had one less house sold, for a total of 14. The median sales price was up $52,000 to $147,000.
4/30/16 - People are encouraged to head to Madison tonight to greet veterans returning from a day in Washington D.C. The Madison-based hub of the Badger Honor Flight has its first flight of the 2016 season today. A plane with 86 veterans left Dane County this morning. Once the flight lands, the veterans will spend the day touring various sites including Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Iwo Jima, World War II, Korean, Vietnam, and Air Force monuments. Upon returning to Madison, Organizer Jim Bublitz says the veterans are greeted by a crowd of family, friends, and complete strangers who are there to meet and thank them for their service. Bublitz encourages folks to arrive at the airport around 8 pm and says the flight should land around 9:15 pm. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Bublitz said the Madison hub has taken over 1,900 veterans to the nation’s capital on its 21 flights. 21,000 Wisconsin veterans have made the trip while 160,000 have gone nationally. An additional 21,000 veterans are currently on the waiting list. The other flight dates in 2016 are May 21, September 24, and October 22. Applications are available at badgerhonorflight.org.
4/30/16 - Local law enforcement is working with a statewide program to get drugs off the streets. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is participating in today’s statewide Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Residents are encouraged to bring any unwanted, unneeded, or expired medications to the sheriff’s office in Juneau for disposal. In the wrong hands, Sheriff Dale Schmidt says these medications can lead to more serious addictions such as opiate drug abuse. Schmidt says all solid, non-liquid medications should be taken out of their original container and placed in a clear, sealable, plastic bag for disposal. Blister packs are accepted while liquids, creams, and sprays must be in their original packaging. There is no cost for residents or the county to dispose of the drugs since the state is covering that cost. Schmidt says while the official event runs until 4 pm this afternoon, the drug drop-box is open 24/7 in his office’s lobby. Similar boxes are available in a number of local police departments including Beaver Dam, Columbus, Horicon, Juneau, Lomira, Mayville, Watertown, and Waupun.
4/30/16 - The City of Mayville is in good shape with its salt supply. That’s according to officials from its Public Works Department who provided an update at this week’s committee meeting. After not taking 140 tons of its 2015-16 order, the city will receive that amount early this season. Officials say the city will receive another 1,350 tons for the coming winter. Mayville is sitting on a 350 ton reserve, all of which fits in its storage shed.