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Top Stories October 24, 2014

Burnett Woman Proceeds To Trial In Coyote Robbery


10/24/14 - A Burnett woman accused of helping the man suspected in the June armed robbery of Coyote Gas and Liquor will proceed to trial. 21-year-old Kellie Diels waived her right to a preliminary hearing Thursday on charges of Aiding a Felon and Delivery of Heroin.  22-year-old Zachery Turck of Beaver Dam is charged with Armed Robbery with the Threat of Force and selling heroin. Prosecutors say a witness saw Turck exit a purple Dodge Status on June 4 and pull on a black ski mask as he walked toward the Beaver Dam gas station. He displayed a pellet gun, demanded cash and fled with around $400. Before exiting the premises, Turck is said to have apologized to the clerk. A police search for a vehicle matching the purple Dodge Stratus led investigators to the couple. Two days after the robbery, a confidential informant allegedly purchased heroin from the two and they were taken into custody a short time later. Turck initially denied involvement in the robbery but later admitted that it was his idea and that Diels was not involved. Diels told investigators that when she found out what was happening she tried to talk Turck out of it and they fought about it for ten minutes. She later reportedly admitted that she saw Turck put the weapon used in the hold-up in her glove box.  After the robbery, Turck bought heroin but his dealer kicked him out of his house after learning about the robbery. Turck remains jailed on a $100-thousand dollar cash bond and has a plea hearing next week. Diels remains jailed on a $50-thousand dollars cash bond and will be arraigned in December.


More Burglary Charges Referred Against Former Waupun Cop


10/24/14 - The Fond du Lac Police Department has sent a referral to the District Attorney’s Office for burglary charges against a former Waupun Police Officer. Brad Young was a member of the Waupun Police Department when the burglaries occurred in 2010 and 2011. Among the businesses that were victims in 2010 were Citi Financial, Euphoria, Sisters Nail Salon, Automotive Supply Company, Sombreros, Creation Hair Studio, Coaches Corner and Optivision. He also allegedly broke into Whispering Springs Golf Club in 2011.


Fond du Lac Charges Dismissed Against Former Corrections Officer


10/24/14 - A former corrections officer at the John Burke Center in Waupun who had inappropriate contact with an inmate will not be facing additional penalties. 40-year-old Andrea Teschendorf of Oakfield was sentenced to seven months in jail last month in Dodge County. Similar charges were pending in Fond du Lac County, where a judge yesterday dismissed and read in a felony count. Detectives were called to a job site in March of last year after an inmate on work release had gotten into a car similar to Teschendorf’s. The inmate told authorities that he and Teschendorf had contact on several occasions, including a job site in Fond du Lac County. Teschendorf admitted to the relationship in an interview with detectives saying she knew it was wrong but could not stop.


Ashippun Man Arraigned In High Speed Chase


10/24/14 - An Ashippun man accused of running from police entered a “not guilty” plea at arraignment on Thursday. Zachary Justin allegedly refused to stop for a Dodge County Sheriff’s Deputy last July in the Town of Hustisford. According to the criminal complaint, deputies attempted the stop Justin on County EE because his vehicle had bright yellow headlights. The 23-year-old reportedly turned his headlights and taillights off when the deputy turned his emergency lights and siren on. A half-mile long pursuit followed that ended with Justin arrested at gunpoint without further incident. Justin told the deputy he (quote) “just did not want to get pulled over.” If convicted, the charge of Attempting to Flee a Traffic Officer carries a maximum three-and-a-half year prison sentence.


Sheriff’s Candidates on WBEV Today


10/24/14 - On this afternoon’s Community Comment program, the two candidates for Dodge County sheriff will be our guests. After an unsuccessful effort in the August partisan primary, Sheriff Patricia Ninmann is running as a write-in candidate.  The only candidate whose name is printed on the November 4th ballot is Sergeant Dale Schmidt. The two will join us in separate segments Friday on AM1430 WBEV.


AG Debate Tonight

10/24/14 - About one of every six likely voters in Wisconsin still don't know who they'll pick for state attorney general -- and a televised debate tonight might offer some help. Republican Brad Schimel and Democrat Susan Happ will appear in a debate which starts at seven p-m on Wisconsin Public Television and Radio.  The race between the two county prosecutors has been spirited, to say the least.  Both campaigns have accused each other of being soft on crime.  Schimel has tried to label Happ as an activist liberal, while Happ says Schimel would be too rigid in defending every state law regardless of whether it's constitutional or not.  The latest Marquette Law School poll has both Schimel and Happ with 42-percent support among likely voters, with 16-percent undecided.  Among registered voters, almost one-of-every-five are still undecided with the election just eleven days away.  Schimel and Happ debated each other almost two weeks ago. They're scheduled for a final debate on Wednesday by the State Bar Association.


Retired Fall River Employees Upset Over Dropped Insurance


10/24/14 - One of the grievances aired at Fall River School's annual meeting this past Monday was the loss of long-term care insurance. Former Fall River Superintendent Steve Rubert says that he was one of about a dozen retirees who were dropped from the Wisconsin Education Association long-term care program. He says he has been paying into the plan for the past 14 years and has gotten to the point where he could collect. However, the retired teachers and administrators lost their WEA group long term care benefits this past summer. Current Superintendent Kellie Manning said that she would be contacting the WEA office to see if there is any recourse to the loss of benefits.


Centro Inc Up and Running In Beaver Dam


10/24/14 - It has been nearly a year since Centro Inc. purchased the old Green Giant Factory.  The North Liberty, Iowa based company already had a local presence in Dodge County with its manufacturing facility in Horicon.  When the company grew out of that facility last year, it purchased the additional nine acres of land in Beaver Dam.  Centro’s Operations Manager Cale Dietrich says that the renovations that began last November were quite an involved process.  He says that the company remodeled and updated parts of the facility to bring certain aspects of it up to code and help to better fit its custom rotational molding process of polyethylene plastic.  Dietrich says that the factory is now fully operational and has expanded the amount of machinery it houses to increase production.  The facility is now home to three mold machines that operate 24-hours per day, 5-days a week in addition to some weekend manufacturing.  Seventy-five workers are employed at the location, which provides custom rotational parts for several large equipment manufacturers in Wisconsin and the surrounding area.  Dietrich says that there are no short-term plans to expand, but he notes that there is enough space on the Green Valley Road property for Centro to double its current manufacturing area if further growth demands.


Gas Breaks $3 Mark In Wisconsin


10/24/14 - Gas in Wisconsin is below three-dollars a gallon. Unleaded regular in Kenosha is $2.88 while Marinette is reporting $2.94. Regional oil analyst Jim Ritterbusch tells the Journal Sentinel that we've already seen most of the decline for this fall -- but prices could drop another 10-to-15 cents.  Also, Ritterbusch does not expect a rapid rise in fuel prices during the winter.  He said it's possible we could see prices within a dime of three-dollars either way.  An over-supply of crude oil is being credited for the latest drop in fuel prices at the pump.  According to, the average price of regular unleaded is just under 3.12-a-gallon today.  That's just over a penny lower than yesterday, but it's still about a nickel higher than the Triple-"A's" national average. Gas in Beaver Dam is averaging $3.18.


Beaver Dam DPW Seasonal Reminders


10/24/14 - Beaver Dam residents are coming up on their last chance this year to take advantage of curbside brush and bulk garbage pick-up. The final pick-up for loose tree limbs and shrubbery cuttings will take place during regular garbage collections beginning on Monday, November 3 and continuing through Friday, November 7.  Loose tree limbs and shrubbery cuttings should be up to 7 inches in thickness and 8 feet in length.  The service will resume again in May. Bulk waste is defined as, but no limited to, furniture, wooden doors and windows and rolled carpet, not exceeding 4’ to 6’ in length. Per the state’s E-Cycle law, items that will not be collected include desktop and laptop computers, printers, fax machines, cell phones, DVD players and computer monitors. In addition, no metal items like bed springs, doors, windows and pipes will be collected.  No bundled or loose piles of building materials will be collected either.  Building materials like lumber must be broken down and placed in the weekly collection cart.  The next bulk garbage pick-up will be the first waste collection day of May. Items should be placed at the street edge no later than 7am on the day of collection and cannot be placed out sooner than 24 hours prior to the scheduled pick-up. 


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2014 Sheriffs Debate

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Dale Schmidt Segment 1

Dale Schmidt Segment 2

Pat Ninmann Segment 1

Pat Ninmann Segment 2