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Top Stories March 27, 2015

Randolph Woman’s Death Not Caused By Vehicle Accident


3/27/15 - According to a press release issued by the Randolph Police Department, the 82-year-old Randolph woman who died on Tuesday passed away due to a medical event.  This is contrary to reports from earlier this week that stated she was killed when her 92-year-old husband struck her with his vehicle while backing-up his car in their driveway to pick up garbage cans filled with yard waste.  This conclusion was reached after an autopsy was performed by the UW Hospital Forensic Pathologist and evidence was gathered at the scene of the incident, which occurred on the 400 block of Williams Street.  The Randolph Police Department, Dodge County Medical Examiner, and Dodge County Crash Investigation Team have been leading the investigation.

Police Chief Address Local Law Enforcement Issues


3/27/15 - At this week’s City Council meeting, Horicon Police Chief Joseph Adamson spoke about the issues that his department, along with those in other area municipalities, is facing.  He says that these issues were addressed at a recent meeting where the Wisconsin Chief’s Association asked local law enforcement heads to champion certain issues that have a notable fiscal impact on the municipal level.  Adamson notes that one of his major concerns is the emergency detention process not running smoothly or in a cost effective manner in its current form of existence.  He says that this system takes a great deal of time and resources from areas with smaller municipalities like Dodge County.  In addition to that, Adamson says that the understaffing of local District Attorney’s offices, including that of Dodge County, is presenting challenges for the law enforcement system.  He cites the lack of pay progression for prosecutors as a challenge as it is causing many qualified professionals to leave for the private sector.  Adamson says the number of prosecutors in Dodge County is too low as each is handling roughly twice as many felony filings per year as they were a decade ago.  Adamson hopes to see strides made on the matter as he feels that communities are suffering from the current delays in punishment being handed down to criminals.  Dodge County has not seen an additional position created in its DA’s Office in over two decades.  The county currently has one prosecutor per 22-thousand residents when it is supposed to have one for every 10-thousand people.


Horicon Shows Support For Local Trail


3/27/15 - The City of Horicon approved a resolution supporting the Gold Star Trail at its meeting this week.  In the document, the city noted its desire in remembering and honoring local heroes who died defending their country.  Mayor Steve Neitzel says that the resolution was drafted to show the city’s support to the state and county effort as well as to help Horicon in applying for future grant funding.  He says that the trail will likely help bring more people to Horicon by providing them with a path to enjoy the scenic aspects of the area.  The Gold Star Trail is planned to be completed in three segments.  Phase one is targeted to be completed this summer and will connect Mayville to the Horicon Marsh.  The second and third phases are to incorporate Horicon and Beaver Dam, respectively.  A five-year window has been established in completing the trail which will allow for biking, hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.


Memorial Service To Be Held For Fallen Trooper


3/27/15 - A memorial service will be held on Sunday at Kiel High School for Trevor Casper, the state trooper killed in a shootout on Tuesday in Fond du Lac.  Visitation will be from noon until 4:45 at the school, followed by a service which begins at five.  Law enforcement from throughout Wisconsin is expected to join a grieving Kiel community at the service.  A private burial will take place on Monday.  The 21-year-old Casper was in his first day on solo patrol when he tried apprehending Steven Snyder.  He's the suburban Detroit man accused of robbing at least one bank and maybe two, and killing a rural Wausaukee man when he apparently car-jacked the victim's vehicle.  Those incidents happened earlier on Tuesday, and they remain under investigation.  Governor Scott Walker has ordered flags at all state government and military facilities at half-staff through Tuesday in Casper's honor.

Local Counties See Modest Population Changes


3/27/15 - The state of Wisconsin’s population grew in the year that ended last July from the last report, which was issued in July 2013.  The Badger State gained 14,600 residents over that time, and the current population is over 5.75-million.  The population decreased in roughly half of the state’s counties from the previous report, but the local area did not see much fluctuation.  Dodge County gained 175 residents in the year ending July 2014 from the previous year for a two-tenths of a percent increase.  Washington County gained 505 residents for a four-tenths gain.  Fond du Lac County increased its year-to-year population by one-tenth by adding 111 residents.  Columbia County saw a minimal change, increasing by two persons.  The populations in Green Lake and Jefferson Counties decreased from July 2013 to the same month in 2014 by seven-tenths and three-tenths of a percent, respectively.  Menominee County saw the largest year-to-year percentage increase at three-point-two percent while Adams County was the lowest at one-point-four percent.


Conference Scheduled For Horicon Man On Assault Charges


3/27/15 - A 61-year-old Horicon man had his motion for bond modification denied in a Dodge County courtroom yesterday on charges of sexually assaulted a teenager.  Gary L. Koppen previously entered a not guilty plea at arraignment on six felony charges including Second Degree Sexual Assault with the Use of Force and Third Degree Sexual Assault, which are alleged to have occurred between October 2013 and January 2014, all with the same victim.  Koppen was arrested in St. Croix Falls in January after a three month ongoing investigation.  He was staying with his sister and is believed to have been in possession of a one-way plane ticket to California for a flight that was set to leave within two days of his arrest.  If convicted, Koppen faces up to a combined 180 years in prison.  He has a scheduling conference set for April 9. 


Iron Ridge Man Enters Not Guilty Plea On Burglary Charge


3/27/15 - An Iron Ridge man entered a not guilty plea to charges of having kicked-in the door at his estranged wife’s home and holding her at gunpoint. Charles Kaepernick was in a Dodge County courtroom yesterday on felony charges of Armed Burglary and Threats to Injure with Use of a Dangerous Weapon. Dodge County deputies responded to emails earlier this year from the victim who reported that her soon-to-be-ex-husband had forced his way into the Hustisford home and smashed her phone. The 65-year-old reportedly held a 44-Magnum to her head and threatened to kill her for (quote) “ruining his life.” Kaepernick is also alleged to have fired several shots into the floor next to her.  If convicted, the charges carry a maximum combined sentence of 26 years.


Dodge County Residents Asked To Weigh In On Plan


3/27/15 - A public hearing on the proposed Dodge County Comprehensive Plan will be held next month.  The gathering will be held by the County Board’s Planning, Development, and Parks Committees and will provide residents the opportunity to comment on the recommended draft of the plan.  This plan, which is used by the County Board and the previously mentioned committees as a guide for land use and development related decision making, will replace the existing Dodge County Year 2030 Comprehensive Plan.  A copy of the recommended draft is currently available for review at the Dodge County Land Resources and Parks Department on the third floor of the County Administration Building in Juneau as well as online at the county’s website.  Those interested are encouraged to review the plan and submit oral or written comments prior to the public hearing.  That hearing will be held on April 20 at 7pm on the first floor of the Administration Building.


UW-Madison Scientist Develops Ebola Vaccine


3/27/15 - A research team led by U-W Madison scientist Yoshihiro Kawaoka has developed its version of a vaccine to fight the dreaded Ebola virus.  The university announced the discovery yesterday, as an article appeared in the prestigious journal Science.  Kawaoka's breakthrough was tested in monkeys and not in people. It's an in-activated "whole virus vaccine" that can prime a body's immune system with a complete range of Ebola genes and proteins -- thus making it more likely to cause a more robust immune response. Kawaoka said the whole virus vaccine offers "excellent protection."  And it's different than other Ebola vaccines which are now in the development stage.


Yesterday's Headlines
    - Fond du Lac Bank Robber Identified
    - C-F School District Future May Ride On Referendum
    - Ribbon Cutting Today In Columbus For Combo Store

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