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Top Stories April 19, 2015

SWAT Team Smashes Car Window To Remove Suspect


4/19/15 - The SWAT team in Fond du Lac took a woman into custody by smashing the window of her Mercedes Benz and pulling her out. The Fond du Lac Reporter says the incident started Saturday afternoon around 4:30pm on North Pioneer Road near Johnson Street. The woman reportedly refused to pull over for police as she exited the Forest Mall parking lot. The City of Fond du Lac Police SWAT later surrounded her stopped vehicle. Law enforcement dressed in riot gear tried to negotiate with the woman by phone for nearly an hour before smashing the driver’s side window, pulling her out and placing her in handcuffs.


UW Madison Students Warned Following Assault


4/19/15 - The University of Wisconsin-Madison has warned its students after receiving a report of an attempted sexual assault.  A female student told an official at a residence hall she was walking down a hallway April 10th when she was pulled into her room by an unknown man.  The man reportedly hit her and tried to grope her, but she managed to get free.  The U-W-Madison Police Department website is urging students to report any suspicious activity. 


Drought Conditions Relatively Unchanged


4/19/15 - Drought conditions have eased a little in Wisconsin over the past week. The latest figures from the U-S Drought Monitor say that 55-percent of the Badger State's land area remains in a moderate drought, the same as last week. The moderate drought territory covers most of the northern half of Wisconsin, and as far south as portions of Fond du Lac and Green Lake counties. A handful of counties in western Wisconsin are drought-free, from the Mississippi River east to a sliver of Marquette County. The rest of the state is abnormally dry, including Dodge, Columbia,  Jefferson and Washington counties.


Chinese Firm Infringes On Patent Of Manitowoc Company


4/19/15 - The federal government said a Chinese firm infringed on a patent from the Manitowoc Company and stole trade secrets.  As a result, industrial cranes made by the Sany Heavy Industry Company have been blocked from entering the American market.  The U-S International Trade Commission announced its conclusions this week, but the Obama White House can still overturn the import ban for public policy reasons.  According to officials, the Manitowoc Company said the Chinese outfit hired its top engineer away five years ago -- and that person copied Manitowoc machines used for constructing wind energy turbines, nuclear power facilities, and other things.  Sany Heavy denied the allegations, and said the engineer only used his experience and did not steal trade secrets. The trade commission ruled in favor of the Manitowoc Company in one of its two patent violation complaints, and on the charge of lifting trade secrets.  Sany Heavy was given a 10-year ban on selling cranes that used data from Manitowoc's trade secrets.


VA Center Cannot Afford To Staff Urgent Care


4/19/15 - The V-A Medical Center in Tomah does not have enough staff members to run its urgent care clinic late at night.  Officials say they do not know whether an ongoing federal investigation of the center has affected employee recruiting. Spokeswoman Charity Anderson tells the La Crosse Tribune that three nurses left recently.  Because of that, the center's urgent care clinic is temporarily ending its overnight hours, starting on April 27th.  The shutdown is expected to last three months.  Veterans who need after-hours' care are being told to call 9-1-1, or go to emergency rooms at other hospitals.  Initial findings by the U-S Veterans Affairs Department showed that Tomah patients were more likely to receive high doses of narcotic painkillers than those at other V-A facilities -- and that employees who spoke out about it were fired or otherwise punished. The investigation continues. 


Waupun WFV Accepting Scholarship Awards


4/19/15 - The Waupun VFW is accepting applications for its senior scholarship awards.  Two $500 scholarships are awarded to seniors who live in the Waupun Area School District.  Applications can be picked up at either the Waupun Area High School or Central Wisconsin Christian High School.  Completed applications must be submitted by April 24.


Beaver Dam Council To Consider Elimination of Bike Fee


4/19/15 - The Beaver Dam Common Council will consider a plan Monday evening that would repeal the charge associated with getting a bicycle license.  The current system requires that owners pay a one-time cost of $3 to register their bike, per city ordinance.  That fee can only be paid at the police department and must be done on a weekday between 7:30am and 4:30pm.  Police Chief John Kreuziger requested that the fee be removed, allowing officers to issue the licenses at any time.  Kreuziger says that some stolen bikes cannot be returned to their owners under the current system due to them not being registered.  Instead, they are sold at auction.  The chief expects that the changes would reduce the number of bikes that must be sold at auction and hopes it would lower the bike theft rate.  Kreuziger also feels the policy change could help build contact and positive relations between police officers and younger members of the community.  The Beaver Dam Common Council meets tomorrow night at 8pm in City Hall.


Beaver Dam Mayor To Hold Listening Session


4/19/15 - Beaver Dam Mayor Tom Kennedy is hosting another round of listening sessions Tuesday.  Kennedy offers city residents a chance to sit down with him in a one-on-one setting, without an appointment, on the first and third Tuesday of every month, which is typically the day after each regular common council meeting. The listening sessions are on the first floor of City Hall, in Room 158, from 10am until noon and again from 5pm to 6pm on Tuesday. Kennedy says private meetings can also be arranged by appointment through the mayor’s office. 


Dodge County Master Gardeners Educational Garden Viewing


4/19/15 - The Dodge County Master Gardner Association is inviting people to view its educational garden.  The garden is at the Dodge County Highway Department Building which is located at 211 East Center Street in Juneau.  It’s on the building’s south side near the east entrance.  All of the plants are native due to the location and potential for heat-stress and drought-like conditions.  The plants are all marked with identification stakes if the name is known.  DCMGA will also be starting a help line for people who have questions about plants or general gardening.  Office hours will be from 9am to Noon on Tuesdays and 1-4 pm on Thursdays starting on May 5.  The phone line can be reached by calling 920-386-3790.  You can also email 


Dodge County UW Extension Holding Lyme Disease Program


4/19/15 - The Dodge County Association for Home and Community Education will be holding a session this week titled: Experiencing Lyme’s Disease-One Family’s Journey.  It will document one family’s experience in dealing with the debilitating disease.  The session will be held on Thursday at 1:30pm at the Dodge County Administration Building in Juneau.  To register for the event that is open to the public free of charge, contact the Dodge County UW-Extension office.


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