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Top Stories December 1, 2015

Man Taken Into Custody After Waupun Shooting


12/1/15 - A 26-year-old Waupun man was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries following a shooting incident yesterday morning.  Waupun police responded to the 200 block of Rounsville Street around 11:20 am.  A 33-year-old Waupun man was taken into custody after officers set up a perimeter around his home. He was later released.  Charges against the 26-year-old of Criminal Damage to Property, Endangering Safety with the Use of a Dangerous Weapon, and Disorderly Conduct have been referred to the Fond du Lac County District Attorney’s Office.  Police are calling this a (quote) “isolated incident” and say the community is safe.  An investigation is ongoing.


DNR Confirms, Identifies Third Hunter Fatality


12/1/15 - A deer hunter found shot-to-death near Spencer in central Wisconsin has been identified as 50-year-old Mark Bychinski. State D-N-R Hunter Education Coordinator Jon King says the victim was found at the base of a tree. His rifle was found hanging nearby on a rope that was apparently used to move the gun in-and-out of a tree stand. Bychinski died at the scene. Authorities were called there Sunday night, almost four hours after the state's nine-day gun deer season officially ended. An autopsy was performed Monday. Officials are waiting for toxicology test results to finalize the cause of death, but the D-N-R says Bychinski is the state's third fatal shooting victim this season. Meanwhile, the D-N-R is expected to release deer harvest totals on Tuesday. More than 192-thousand deer were registered in the first eight days of the hunt -- more than in all nine days a year ago.


Employee Accused Of Stealing Jung’s Customer’s Credit Card Info


12/1/15 - A Beaver Dam woman is accused of stealing credit card information from her employer’s customers.  Julieann Noyce is facing six counts of felony Identity Theft.  According to the criminal complaint, the 29-year-old, who works at the Jung Garden Center in Randolph, used six customer’s credit card information to purchase Kwik Trip gift cards online.  Noyce had seven other gift card purchases with additional customer’s information declined.  She allegedly admitted the crimes to officers.  If convicted on all counts, Noyce faces 36 years in prison.  Her initial appearance is December 14.


Allenton man Charged In Work-Related Theft


12/1/15 - An Allenton man is accused of steaking thousands of dollars in jewelry while he was doing flooring work at a Randolph home. Jacob Engel is charged with felony Theft of Movable Property, which carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison if he is convicted. Prosecutors say the 30-year-old was working for Neosho-based B&B Flooring Refinishing in May when he stole $9400 in jewelry, including a wedding ring. Engel was confronted by his boss about the theft and admitted the rings were pawned in Slinger. A receipt with his name shows that he allegedly received $480 for the stolen items. Engel is scheduled to make his Initial Appearance in Dodge County court in two weeks.


Lowell Woman Accused Of Taking, Crashing Landlord’s Car


12/1/15- Bond was set at $1,000 yesterday for a Lowell woman accused of taking her landlord’s car.  Joy Strader is facing one felony count of Operating a Motor Vehicle Without the Owner’s Consent.  The 45-year-old allegedly took the car to get cigarettes from a gas station and rolled the vehicle over on Highway G near Lowell while swerving to avoid hitting an animal.  Strader reportedly did not have a valid driver’s license.  If she is found guilty, Strader faces six years in prison.  Her preliminary hearing is January 28.


Waupun Man Accused Of Stealing Woman’s Credit Card


12/1/15 - A Waupun man is accused of stealing a woman’s wallet out of her car.  Steven Grainger is facing two felony counts of Identity Theft for Financial Gain along with two misdemeanors.  The 26-year-old allegedly tried to use the woman’s credit card at four area businesses for over $700 in purchases.  All of the transactions were declined except for two Redbox purchases totaling less than $5.  If he is found guilty on all counts, Grainger faces over 13 years in prison.  His initial appearance is December 14.


Woman Charged With Writing Bad Checks To Herself


12/1/15 - A Sullivan woman is accused of writing bad checks from the account of an Emmet man.  Denise Kaercher is facing counts of felony Identity Theft and misdemeanor Theft.  According to the criminal complaint, the 36-year-old entered the father of her child’s house and stole two books of checks.  Kaercher cashed two checks she wrote to herself totaling $18-hundred dollars.  After initially denying involvement, she allegedly admitted to the crime.  If convicted on both counts, Kaercher faces over six years in prison.  Her initial appearance is December 14. 


Gudex Not Seeking Second Term


12/1/15 - State Senator Rick Gudex announced Monday he will not be seeking a second term representing the 18th State Senate District. Gudex focused on his achievements in a press release saying he will return to the private sector where he has spent 26 years. He says he was offered a job in August he could not refuse but will serve out the remaining year of his term. Gudex says when his Senate term is complete he will put politics behind him. Meanwhile, Fond du Lac County Republican Party Chairman Dan Feyen wasted little time announcing his candidacy for the 18th State Senate seat. Feyen has been the chairman of the County party since 2007 and the Republican Party of the Sixth Congressional District since 2010. Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris says he was prepared to run for the 18th State Senate seat no matter who his Republican opponent was. Harris, a Democrat, says the announcement Monday by Gudex leaves the field wide open. He says it gives him an advantage because he’s a know name and he doesn’t know if his opponent will be. Harris staged an unsuccessful run for the Sixth Congressional District seat last fall. 


Markesan Company Raises Money For Expansion


12/1/15 - Dairyvative Technologies, a Markesan company that gives milk a multi-year shelf life and makes it more economical to transport, has raised $2.5-million dollars from four investors, according to a filing with federal securities regulators. Dairyvative was founded in 2014 by Charles Sizer to create new, global markets for milk products. Sizer previously worked in research and development for international food corporations, including Frito-Lay, Tetra Pak and the National Center for Food Safety and Technology. Dairyvative's technology allows it to process a quart of milk into a yogurt-like texture that reduces to one-seventh of its original volume and can fit in a yogurt-sized container.  The resulting product has a nearly indistinguishable flavor from regular milk, and the processing makes the product acceptable for the huge global lactose intolerant market.


BDACT: Workshop Offered With New York Playwright


12/1/15 - The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre is offering an opportunity to learn to write a short play with a New York playwright. The workshop will be taught by Beaver Dam-native Jeremy Kamps who has a Master of Fine Arts from New York University. Participants in the class will develop a ten-minute play that will be developed for the stage as part of the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre planned Ten Minute Play Festival next year. The workshop will focus on writing and re-writing, honing key elements of dramatic writing and finding each writer’s individual voice as a storyteller. There is a $10 fee that will be collected at the first session in early January, when there are three, two-hour sessions planned. Two more three-hour sessions are planned in March after extensive re-writes and there will also be one-on-one video chats. 


Completed application forms, available at, at the Beaver Dam Community Library, and at the BDACT office, must be postmarked no later than December 1, or e-mailed no later than December 5.  Selected participants will be notified by December 20.  A ten-dollar registration fee will be collected at the first session. For further information, contact Managing Director David Saniter, 920-885-6891 or e-mail


Yesterday's Headlines
- Kottke To Governor: 'Don't Forget 4-H'
- Jobless Filings Continue Downward Trend
- Waupun Woman Charged In Burglary Spree

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