1/31/15 - Dodge County Law Enforcement is seeing an increase in the number of problems that it is having with its records management system, New World, which is intended to connect all law enforcement agencies countywide. Five new issues have surfaced within the last two weeks, bumping the number of problems with the system up to 49. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says that a major incident occurred this past week when the system went down twice in a twelve hour period. The first instance came when the system locked a dispatcher out during the process of a records check, and the second transpired when three dispatchers had to reboot the system during a major domestic incident, something the sheriff says could have been costly to public safety. Other major issues that law enforcement has had with New World include non-functional in-car routing, non-functional civil processing, and locations from previous transports being unrecoverable by dispatch. With all of these system problems, Schmidt says that a number of human resources are being tied up. He notes that in addition to a number of law enforcement and information technology employees allocating far more of their time on trying to fix the problems than he says should be the case, Schmidt mentions that secretaries’ ability to complete reports is also being affected. He says that there is currently a backlog of 100 dictations that will now require overtime pay for those administrators to complete due to the slow nature of the New World system. Among other things, New World used in squad cars for background checks, writing citations and GPS. Back in the office, it’s an administrative tool for not only patrol but also corrections and dispatch. County leaders have said that they want the current system update, which is supposed to fix 11 of the issues, to be ready to go live in March before they will pay any more funds to New World. If they have not seen satisfactory progress by May, they will consider putting out a request for proposals from different vendors.
1/31/15 - Moraine Park Technical College will hold a ‘Discover Moraine Park’ event later this month. The event is open to anyone graduating from school, completing their GED/HSED requirements, or considering a career change as it will allow them to speak with a number of instructors, admissions staff members, and financial aid representatives. Those who attend will receive a $30 application fee waiver that can be used toward associate degree and technical diploma applications. The event will run from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the school’s Beaver Dam campus. A photo ID is required to attend, and registration can be completed by visiting the MPTC website.
1/31/15 - The Mayville Fire Department announced at this week’s common council meeting that it responded to more incidents in 2014 than it did the year prior. The 62 arrivals this past year was three more than were seen in 2013. A total of 684 hours were recorded to have been spent at these incidents. An average of seven firefighters responded per call with the maximum number of responders to an event being nineteen and the minimum being just one. November is said to have been the month with the most incidents in 2014 and the Noon to 6 pm day-part was said to be the busiest time of day.
1/31/15 - Dodge County Highway Safety Coordinator Bob Sell is encouraging motorists to frequently check their vehicle lights to ensure that they are properly functioning. With more frequent inclement road conditions in the winter, Sell notes that working vehicle lights are especially important to ensure that other drivers are aware of one’s driving intentions. He says that a convenient time to clean the road salt and dirt off of one’s lights is each refueling stop. Sell says that auto manufacturers are required to equip vehicles with safety features, but it is up to the drivers to use and maintain those devices.
1/31/15 - Columbia County saw a significant increase in tobacco being sold to minors during compliance checks. 17 of the 137 tobacco retail establishments checked sold to minors in 2014, which led to a non-compliance rate of 12.4%. That is up about 5% from the previous year and is the highest reported rate since 2009. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ WINS program sends 16 and 17-year-old youth inspectors to stores to purchase tobacco products. The minors then report back to the Tobacco Free Columbia Dane County Coalition who inform law enforcement of where the sales occurred. Continued education and outreach is planned for 2015 in an attempt to lessen the number of infractions. The recently released 2014 Wisconsin Youth Tobacco Survey says that while smoking rates have hit an all-time low, the use of other tobacco products are rising dramatically.
1/27/15 - A request for conditional release was granted Monday for a former Beaver Dam man implicated in a severe case of child abuse and neglect. In November of 2012, 47-year-old Larry Hillyer was committed to Mendota Mental Health Institute in Winnebago for up to 12 years after being found guilty by reason of mental defect for a pair of felony Child Abuse charges. Hillyer was determined by mental health professionals to be safe to return under community supervision by the Department of Health Services. District Attorney Kurt Klomberg says he will be transitioning to a state-approved apartment in West Bend where his medication will be regularly supervised. In January of 2011, authorities found three kids bruised and burned, starving and freezing, huddled together on a couch wrapped in blankets. Hillyer, their mothers boyfriend, made them all refer to him has “God.” Police say they found Hillyer and 36-year-old Mandy Molina of West Bend upstairs, unable to comprehend questioning. Molina was sentenced to six years conditional release in 2012.