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Top Stories December 18, 2014....

911 Service Restored in Columbia, Dodge Counties

 

12/18/14 - Both the Columbia and Dodge County Sheriff’s Departments’ are once again able to receive 9-1-1 calls.  Frontier Communications had made a notification to a handful of departments in south-central Wisconsin at around 9:10 this morning that they were part of a group of public safety points that were not receiving calls.  Columbia County got the service back at around 4pm and Dodge County was up and running about a half-hour later.

 

Sheriff Ninmann Discusses Career On WBEV

 

12/18/14 - Departing Sheriff Patricia Ninmann appeared on Wednesday’s edition of Community Comment on AM 1430 WBEV.  She reflected on a number of different aspects of her approximate twenty months serving as Dodge County’s top cop.  Ninmann says that she feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to move as far up the ladder as she did in her field, having begun as a dispatcher and ending up as the county sheriff.  She says that she feels that she is leaving the department in a better place than it was when she first took office.  Ninmann says that she appreciates having been able to meet a number of great people and to have made an impact through the programs she helped develop.  She mentions losing the election as the most surprising moment of her time in office.  Ninmann notes that she believes that the timing of the primary election, not her job performance, ultimately sealed her fate.  The sheriff mentions possible future endeavors in AODA counseling or going to Madison to advocate interests that are important to her.  However for the time being, she is looking forward to some down time to relax once she leaves office early next month.

 

Former Waupun Cop Gets Probation In Barron County

 

12/18/14 - A former Waupun police officer was placed on probation Wednesday in one of the six counties where he is facing charges in connection with an extensive crime spree. In September, Bradley Young entered a guilty plea in Barron County to a felony count of Taking a Vehicle Without Consent and had a felony charge of Fleeing an Officer dismissed but read into the record. He had a three year prison sentence imposed and stayed yesterday. Most of Young's alleged crimes took place in a two-day period in August of last year.  Prosecutors say he stole a pick-up truck in Green Lake County and crashed it in Barron County during a police chase, stole another vehicle near Rice Lake and broke into to a cabin west of Spooner where he gave up after he realized that officers were surrounding him. The 45-year-old was later connected to several other crimes in the area and is still facing charges in five other counties. Felony charges related to the cabin break-in are still pending in Burnett County. Young is scheduled to enter a plea this February in Green Lake County where he is charged with seven felonies – for not only Vehicle Theft but also Burglary– for breaking into grocery stores and burglarizing restaurants in Berlin and Markesan, along with stealing that pick-up truck in Green Lake. The most recent charges were filed in Marquette County for a burglary that occurred in November of 2011.

 

Competency Determined Today In Slender Man Slaying

 

12/18/14 - Two Waukesha girls could find out today whether they'll be considered mentally-competent to stand trial in the Slender Man stabbing case.  Defense lawyers have challenged tests from state psychiatrists, which concluded that 12-year-old Morgan Geyser and 13-year-old Anissa Weier are able to help with their cases. Circuit Judge Michael Bohren agreed to hold full-scale, back-to-back competency hearings for each girl today.  Prosecutors said the girls plotted to kill their classmate Peyton Leutner in allegiance to the fictional online horror character Slender Man.  Officials said Peyton was stabbed 19 times in late May, but she recovered enough to return to school this fall.  In August, the judge ordered up to a year of mental treatment for Geyser, finding her incompetent to stand trial at the time.  Weier is having her first competency proceeding today.  Both are charged as adults with attempted homicide.  

 

Watertown Man Sentenced For Illegal Videotaping

 

12/18/14 - A Watertown man will spend the next two years on probation for taking a video of a topless woman without her consent. Dennis Jackson pled “no contest” Wednesday in Dodge County court to felony Capturing An Image of Nudity Without Consent. The 57-year-old said it was part of a game and he had her permission to take the photo’s four years ago. The victim was unaware there was a video camera but she conceded because she was afraid of Jackson.

 

Officials 

 

12/18/14 - Authorities expect to finish their clean-up work today at a house in Oshkosh where the deadly chemical ricin was said to be made.  The federal E-P-A and the Wisconsin National Guard began the project yesterday.  Trucks and trailers lined the street outside the home, while a dozen people tested the building for the chemical's presence.  Winnebago County officials sought outside help for removing contamination.  U-W Oshkosh student Kyle Smith was arrested on Halloween after his off-campus house was searched.  He has pleaded innocent to federal charges of possessing ricin, and intending to use it as a weapon. 

 

Group of Waupun City Workers to See Pay Increase

 

12/18/14 - The Waupun Common Council approved a raise for a couple of groups of city workers at a special meeting Wednesday night.  Mayor Kyle Clark says that city representatives met with the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Union last week to discuss the wages of the city’s public works and library employees.  He says that AFSCME and its members accepted the initial offer of a one-point-five-seven percent raise that will take effect in the coming year. 

 

New Waupun Childcare Center to Open in 2015

 

12/18/14 - It’s expected that there will be a new childcare center opening in Waupun early in the new year.  The Waupun Common Council approved an amendment to a zoning code to allow the building of a childcare center to be incorporated as part of the definition.  This action allows the two Waupun residents who plan to open the business to move forward with their planning.  The childcare center will operate out of a building located on the city’s west side at 1001 West Main Street that is currently unoccupied.

 

Construction Coalition Opposes Right-To-Work

 

12/18/14 - More than 300 private construction-related firms are banding together to oppose a right-to-work bill that's expected in the Wisconsin Legislature next year.  The group is called the Wisconsin Contractor Coalition.  Spokesman Steve Lyons tells the A-P that the group will announce leaders and board members in the coming weeks -- but not now.  The coalition does not disclose which labor unions might be members.  Unions among the strongest opponents of a right-to-work law, which would bar employees from having to join unions or pay union-dues to keep their jobs.  Lyons said his group believes that right-to-work would result in lower wages, higher health insurance costs, and less money for pensions.  He also said right-to-work jeopardizes a successful business model in which workers get privately-funded training to do their jobs.  Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau cited that last concern in suggesting that he might consider exempting trade unions -- something that hasn't been in the two dozen states with right-to-work laws.  Supporters of the concept said it would give workers the freedom of deciding whether or not to join unions or pay dues.  Lyons said his group would most likely run an ad campaign against the measure. However, it would not seek to organize the types of protests that public unions held at the State Capitol when the Act-10 bargaining limits were being passed in 2011.

 

Advanced Disposal Now in Columbus, Fall River

 

12/18/14 - The City of Columbus and the Village of Fall River have joined other area communities in using Advanced Disposal as their refuse management company. Advanced acquired Badger Disposal's coverage area pick-up routes last month and has already begun service. Advanced Disposal representative Jason Johnson has been talking with city and village officials with assurances that there would not be any big changes in their service to community residents. The Horicon-based company has its corporate headquarters in Florida. Johnson also told officials that his company is assessing disposal improvement areas for the two communities. One improvement area being discussed is a switch to automated cart pick up. Cart pick up is already standard in Beaver Dam and is being considered for Fox Lake and Waupun.

 

Harley Davidson Recalling Softail Motorcycles

 

12/18/14 - Harley-Davidson is recalling almost 47-hundred Softail motorcycles, due to a problem with the lamp detection indicators for their front-turn signals. According to a federal notice, the rider might not be aware that a turn signal is not working -- thus increasing the risk for an accident.  The recall affects F-L-S Softail bikes made by the Milwaukee motorcycle firm between March 25th of 2013 and October second of this year.  Harley plans to notify the affected owners, and resolve the issue for free.  Owners can also contact Harley's customer service line. 


 

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    - TAD Program Now Coordinated By Human Services
    - Fatal Wreck Stemmed From Police Chase

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