7/30/15 - A Waupun man is accused of sexually assaulting a dog. Prosecutors say Ronald Mueller had inappropriate contact with the canine several times in February. The 55-year-old is facing a felony charge because the assaults on the dog were allegedly done in front of a teen he is said to have later touched inappropriately. He is now being held at the Winnebago Mental Health Facility. Muller is scheduled to make his initial appearance in a Dodge County courtroom on August 10. If convicted, the charge carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison.
7/30/15 - This Saturday is the application deadline to be part of Leadership Beaver Dam’s 2015-2016 class. The nine month long course is put on by the Chamber of Commerce and looks to train its students on how to be community leaders. The class meets for one daylong workshop each month from September to May. The topics covered include learning about the city’s history, government, and education system. In addition to the workshops, students work in teams to complete a service project of their choosing. They report on their results during the final meeting. The cost is $550, which includes supplies and meals. That can either be paid by a student, employer, or sponsoring group. Anyone living or working in Beaver Dam is invited to apply.
7/30/15 - They are called "remarkable homes" and there are several in Wisconsin, including a half dozen in the Columbus area. The history of these historic buildings will be showcased tonight at a special presentation at the Fireman's Park Pavilion. The Columbus Area Endowment will be presenting "Wisconsin Remarkable Homes and The Columbus Historic District" at 6:30 pm. Television host Michael Bridgeman will be in attendance along with local historians. Bridgeman is host of PBS’s "Remarkable Homes of Wisconsin." The program was inspired by the Wisconsin Historical Society's book "Wisconsin's Own: Twenty Remarkable Homes." The book will be available for sale after the program. Tonight’s activities begin at 5:30pm with food and refreshments. The Remarkable Homes presentation will begin at 6pm. Tickets to "Remarkable Homes" are available at the Public Library and Senior Center.
7/30/15 - An inmate at Waupun Correctional is accused of assaulting his cellmate. Marcus Berry is charged with felony Battery By Prisoner for an incident at the institution in April. The fight reportedly erupted after Berry told his cellmate to get him oranges that were being passed out in the unit but the cellmate refused. The 27-year-old Berry repeatedly punched the other prisoner even after attempts failed to subdue the two with a Taser gun and pepper spray. Berry accused the victim of stabbing him with a pencil. Berry could have an additional six years added onto his sentence if he is convicted. An initial appearance is scheduled in Dodge County court late next month.
7/30/15 - A Manitowoc woman is accused of trying to smuggle chewing tobacco into the Waupun Correctional Institution. Michelle Olson is charged with one felony count of Deliver Illegal Articles to an inmate. According to the criminal complaint, the 48-year-old was caught at the prison last month with the contraband in a breath mint container. She reportedly tried to hand the container to her inmate under a table in the visitor’s area of the state prison. The inmate told his mother that if she does not to bring tobacco to him then do not bother visiting. Olson now faces three-and-a-half years in prison, if she is convicted. She is scheduled to make her initial appearance in Dodge County court next month.
7/30/15 - A final reminder: taxpayers who postponed the second installment of their property taxes, the payment is due on Friday. Dodge County Treasurer Patti Hilker says letters should be postmarked no later than July 31. She also says to make sure you check the balance of your first installment receipt to ensure proper payment because your second payment is not the same as your first payment. Payments can be made with a credit or debit card online or by calling an 800-number (www.officialpayments.com or 800-272-9829) or at the Treasurer’s Office, (127 East Oak Street) in Juneau. Hilker says if you come in now, there are no lines and no waiting, unlike waiting until the last minute. Office hours are weekdays 8am until 4:30pm. There are additional fees to pay online or by phone. Taxpayers mailing after the deadline are subject to interest and a penalty of ten point five percent (10.5%)… and for the second installment that is retroactive to February 1.