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Top Stories July 6, 2015

Three Transported Following Vehicle Crash Near Calamus

7/6/15 -Three people were transported following an accident on Highway 151 in the Town of Calamus yesterday.  The crash happened just before 4 pm.  33-year-old Amy Galica of Oshkosh was heading north on 151 when her vehicle went into a counter clockwise spin and went through the median into the southbound lane.  There her vehicle collided with one being driven by 30-year-old Timothy Mcessey of Middleton.  Galica’s vehicle split apart and her 3-and-a-half year old child was ejected while in its car seat.  Galica was transported by Flight for Life to the UW Madison Hospital with severe injuries. Mcessey and the infant were each taken to local hospitals.  Highway 151 southbound was closed for almost three hours while the crash was being investigated, and the Dodge County Crash Investigation Team is continuing its investigation.  The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office received assistance from Beaver Dam Police, Fire, and EMS, Lifestar Ambulance, Flight for Life helicopter, Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Dodge County Emergency Response Team. 

Dodge County Sheriff Reflects On First Six Months In Office

7/6/15 - In his latest ‘Sheriff’s Column,’ Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt reflects back on his first six months in office.  Schmidt says one of the best changes has been the increased use of social media to reach the citizens.  Supervisors and dispatchers have been using Facebook to post information about things like traffic crashes and road closures.  He says adding a traffic car to patrol areas that have a lot of violations reported have helped make the roads safer.  Schmidt says safety is also increased through the Child Abduction Response Team and Project Lifesaver program that can make finding a missing kid or person with dementia or autism easier.  Out of all the programs, Schmidt considers the implementation of the Most Wanted list to be the most successful.  He says 19 of the 30 cases put on that list in the first 2 � months have been resolved, thus clearing up time for those in the District Attorney’s Office.  Schmidt also thanks the community members who donated money for the department to purchase tactical rifle vests that help better protect his deputies.  Having worked for the sheriff’s office for years before claiming the corner office, Schmidt says he sees a change in his staff’s ability to understand what is expected of them without being told how to complete a task.  He says his leadership style has allowed those in leadership positions to make decisions.  Schmidt feels this has made the sheriff’s office run more effectively.  The sheriff says he’s seen a big jump in his department’s efficiency through changes like the reassignment of K9 Paige from an administrator to an officer on the drug task force.
Local Restaurant Partnering With Green Valley To Offer Jobs
7/6/15 - Through a recently founded partnership, folks with special needs have started working at a local restaurant.  In the past three months, the Beaver Dam Culvers has brought on three new staffers who are students in Green Valley Enterprises’ Life Academy.  GVE is an organization that serves special needs families in Dodge County, and the Life Academy program teaches a variety of necessary work-related skills.  Heuer says things like interview skills and getting resume material have been picked up through the students volunteering in the community and visiting area businesses.  The three new hires perform a variety of tasks including washing dishes and running orders out to customers.  Store Owner Dave Luepke says bringing them on the payroll has helped free some of his other workers up to perform other roles within the company.  He considers this a great program to be involved in and says there is no reason why special needs individuals should be sheltered from being a contributing part of the community.  Luepke hopes to expand the program into his Waupun store in the coming months.
Waupun Guard Was Suspended For Racial Comment On Obama
7/6/15 - A state prison guard in Waupun served a one-day suspension what he called a "joke" he posted on Facebook about President Obama and lynching.  Collin Visser put up a photo of Christmas tree ornaments which depicted the president, with the words "Look guys, Obama Christmas ornaments.  Suddenly it's legal to hang a black man from a tree again." That was back in December.  Visser reportedly served his suspension on February 11th, and was ordered to take diversity training.  That was after the Waupun warden told Visser he violated four work rules in the Corrections Department, and his use of social media was "demeaning and derogatory."  Visser reportedly said he meant no harm, he was not a racist, he meant it to be a joke, and he asked to keep his job.

Governor Walker Hopes To Sign Budget Into Law This Week

7/6/15 - Governor Scott Walker says he hopes to sign the new state budget into law late this week, prior to his expected announcement next Monday on his likely White House bid.  The Republican Walker plans to meet today with G-O-P legislative leaders to hash over the budget -- plus separate financing plans for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena that were taken out of the budget last week.  The Joint Finance Committee finalized its version of the two-year budget early Friday, and passed it on to the full Legislature for action this week.  On Saturday, after a loud outcry from the attorney general on down, lawmakers promised not to move forward with a sweeping budget plan to close public and litigants' access to a host of government documents that have been open for decades.  Walker told reporters in Wauwatosa this weekend he'll be happy to get through this week, saying "There's been very little focus on the good things in this budget."

Fishing Tournament To Be Part Of Lake Days
7/6/15 - As part of Lake Days, the Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association will be holding a fishing tournament on the Beaver Dam Lake this Saturday.  Check-in at Tahoe Park will start at 5 am and the tournament will run from 5:30 am to noon.  BDLIA’s Bill Boettge says boats can launch anywhere except for Tahoe Park since there that area will be busy hosting all the other Lake Days events.  The cost to enter is $25 per person or $50 per boat.  While a portion of that money will go towards Lake Days, Boettge says the rest will be used as prize money.  One prize will be awarded for the largest fish by length and the other prize will be for the longest combined length of five bass and three walleye.  The prizes will be awarded at 1:30 pm at the bleachers in Tahoe Park.  Registration forms can be found on the Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association website.
Wisconsin Cheese Production On The Rise
7/6/15 - Wisconsin's year-to-year cheese production has risen every month in 2015. New figures from the U-S-D-A show that the Badger State pumped out over 251.5 pounds of cheese in May.  That's 4% more than a year ago -- more than twice the national increase of 1.8%. Italian cheeses made up just over half of Wisconsin's total output.  Mozzarella, American, and Cheddar cheese production were all up as well. The Badger State had just over 25% of the nation's total of 989,000,000. Second-place California had around 21% of the country's cheese total for May, with a much smaller increase than Wisconsin and the nation -- just four-tenths of a percent.


Yesterday's Headlines
- BDUSD Director Named To Statewide Position
- Former NCAA Star Coming To Beaver Dam
- Motorcycle Deaths Up In Wisconsin

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