Missing Child Alert Issued For Juneau Teen
3/10/14 - A missing child alert has been issued for a Juneau teen missing since mid-February. The Dodge County Sheriffs Department says 14-year-old Austin K. Odebrecht was last seen leaving the Dodgeland School in Juneau on February 13. Odebrecht is described as a white male, five-feet-seven inches tall, 130-pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black and grey hoodie, grey wool coat, and black and white Adidas shoes. Sheriff Pat Ninmann says he was last seen in the Lowell-Reeseville area. At this time, Odebrecht is not believed to be in immediate danger. However, Ninmann says he is listed as missing through the Juneau Police Department and there is concern for his well-being. Anyone with information should contact the4 Dodge County Sheriff’s Department. (920) 386-3726.
Warmer Weather Leads To Flooding
3/10/14 - Wisconsin will lose a lot of snow during the next two days, as temperatures could surpass 50-degrees for the first time this year. All that snow has to go somewhere -- and the National Weather Service is telling cities along the state's numerous rivers to start preparing for floods. Senior hydrologist Steve Baun says actual flooding is still some time away -- but if the snow-melt happens too quickly, there could be some pretty big floods. Wisconsin never had its traditional January-February thaw, which means our heavier-than-normal snow is still sitting on ground that has up to eight feet of frost in some places. Also, there's still heavy ice on many waterways. Lake Michigan set a new record during the weekend for ice cover. Almost 93-point-three percent of the lake was covered with ice on Saturday, breaking the old mark of 93-point-one set in 1977. Buan says there's a potential for heavy ice-jams during the spring melt -- and it might cause floods in unexpected places. State officials have asked farmers not to spread manure this week, to avoid run-off. Forecasters say today will be the warmest day of the week, with highs close to 50 statewide. Light rain and sleet are due in tomorrow, with temperatures about ten degrees cooler. A colder day is in store Wednesday before the mercury goes back up to the 30's-and-40's by the end of the week.
BDPD Conducts Alcohol Compliance Sweep
3/10/14 - The Beaver Dam Police Department conducted an alcohol compliance sweep this weekend. Detective Ryan Klavekoske says the operation late Saturday night and early Sunday morning brought together K9 units from the city and the county. The enforcement was primarily on the 100 block of Rowell Street. Klavekoske says officers were investigating several complaints of physical violence, one possibly involving an armed individual, along with controlled substance-related complaints. Police conducted walk-throughs at several liquor establishments and no citations were issued. A walk through of the Up and Down tavern resulted in one underage person being removed who had been wearing a wristband indicting they were of legal drinking age. Enforcement concentrated along Rowell Street resulted in several people – mostly from the Madison area –cited or arrested for marijuana possession, open alcohol and operating while suspended. A 44-year-old Belleville man was cited for Operating without a Valid Commercial License for driving a bus to the 100 block of Rowell Street without a valid CDL. The smell of marijuana was detected and search of the bus resulted in a 23-year-old Madison woman cited for possession. Klavekoske says similar checks are planned in the future.
Horicon Man Accused of Burglarizing Cenex Station
3/10/14 - A Horicon man is expected to appear in a Dodge County courtroom today on charges that he burglarized the Cenex United Cooperative in Iron Ridge. Christopher Miley was found in a ditch in Iron Ridge on September 6, about 12 hours after the gas station was broken into. Officers noticed that his clothes matched the description of the suspect in that morning’s burglary and connected him the crime. Miley reportedly confessed, telling investigators that his friend stole his dad’s car and they drove to the gas station. That friend, 19-year-old Mitchel Mueller of Iron Ridge, allegedly through a rock through the window and Miley entered through the broken glass; nothing was taken. In January, Mueller had cash bond set at $1000 on a felony charge of Taking A Vehicle Without Consent and misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property. The criminal complaint says the two were also riffling through several vehicles in the area. Miley says they got over a hundred dollars in loose change that Mueller cashed in for pills. Iron Ridge Police Chief Charles Young noted in the complaint that Mueller has a history of using developmentally disabled people like Miley in theft incidents. If convicted, the charges carry a combined maximum of over 13 years in prison.
Schreiber Pleads Insanity
3/10/14 - A Markesan man entered an insanity plea Friday to charges that he officiated youth sports in spite of being a convicted sex offender. Aaron Schreiber allegedly called-in a series of bomb threats after his ref license was suspended. The 32-year-old is charged with 41 felony counts in Dodge County alone. Schreiber was a ref for school districts in Beaver Dam, Mayville and Waupun. In November, dozens of phony bomb threats were reported at Waupun restaurants, along with the school, hospital, library, a grocery store and a gas station. They later spread into Fox Lake and Beaver Dam. Court activity is on the calendar next month.
Former Reeseville Man Enters Plea For Illegal Images
3/10/14 - A Reeseville man pled “guilty” Friday to charges that he had child pornography on his computer. 49-year-old Paul Phillips, who now lives in Ixonia, pled to a felony count and a second felony was dismissed but read into the record. Authorities executed a search warrant at Phillips South Main Street home in January of 2013. Law enforcement found two email addresses on the computer that Phillips later admitted he used to pose as a 15-year-old boy and a 37-year-old woman. Investigators also found images of underage children on the computer. A sentencing hearing is scheduled next month.
Classes Held Today At St. Lawrence Despite Fire
3/10/14 - Classes will be held today at St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Mount Calvary despite a fire in St. Joseph’s Hall Saturday morning. St. Lawrence Rector and President John Holly says all 190 students were accounted for and no one was hurt. He says he’s grateful for that and buildings can always be replaced. St. Joseph’s Hall is the oldest building on campus dating back to the 1870s it’s been remodeled a number of times over the years. Holly says they are also grateful for the tremendous outpouring of firefighters who showed up. A total of 41 agencies responded to the blaze. Mount Calvary Fire Department First Assistant Chief Greg Mueller says one of the biggest challenges was getting the water up the hilly terrain of the campus. He says there are hydrants on campus, but not enough to put out that type of fire. No one was injured during the blaze.
Rubicon Woman Injured In Fond du Lac City Bus Crash
3/10/14 - A 45-year-old Rubicon woman and her 17-year-old passenger were taken to St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac with non-life threatening injuries after their vehicle was rear ended by a Fond du Lac City bus last Friday afternoon. It happened at the intersection of West Johnson Street and Pioneer Road. The 54-year-old Omro man driving the bus thought the car had entered the intersection to travel West on Johnson Street. The bus driver was cited for a traffic violation.
Task Force Finds Rural Schools ‘Stripped To The Bone’
3/10/14 - The head of a task force that's studying Wisconsin's rural schools says he's surprised at how much they've been stripped to the bare bones. Still, Assembly Republican Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander does not expect his panel to suggest a major financial overhaul when its report comes out during the next month. Instead, you might see proposals to give more state aid to districts with the highest busing costs over large land areas -- or perhaps helping more of the smallest schools get aid in places where state funding is limited due to high property values. Wisconsin imposed revenue limits on its public schools 20 years ago, as Republicans tried to rein in what they called out-of-control school taxes. They allowed local voters to approve taxes above the revenue limits -- and those referendums have had mixed success over the years. Swearingen told the Associated Press the task force was looking to find cost savings for rural schools but he found that quote, "Referendums are just tearing these schools apart." Jerry Fiene of the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance said 80-percent of revenue cap referendums are held in the smallest districts -- although 80-percent of Wisconsin districts are not rural.
Regional Vehicle Sales Off To A Sluggish Start
3/10/14 - Vehicle sales in the region have been lackluster so far this year. According to the Waterloo-based industry tracking firm Reg-Trak, year-to-date car and light truck sales in the region were down nearly across the board. Of the nine-counties that make up south central Wisconsin, only Sauk County has sold more vehicles this year, compared to last year, at a modest three-and-a-half percent (3.5%). Dodge County vehicle sales saw the sharpest decline at 27.5-percent with 400 vehicle sales so far this year, compared to 552 at this point last year. Columbia County sales were down 11.5-percent with 306 vehicle sales through the end of February, 40 less than during the same period a year ago. Jefferson County was down just over two-percent (2%) with 329 vehicle sales to date this year, down from 337 by this time last year. The region as a whole experienced a seven-percent (7%) decrease in sales, with just under 5600 cars driving off the lot this year, over 400 less than last year.
Dodge County Snowmobile, ATV Trails Closed
3/10/14 - All zones of the Dodge County Snowmobile Trail are now closed. Trail Manager Bill Ehlenbeck says as of yesterday, the ATV trail on the Wild Goose Trail in Dodge County is also shut down.
Scott Fitzgerald On Community Comment Monday
3/10/14 – We welcome the Majority Leader of the Wisconsin Senate on WBEV’s Community Comment this afternoon. Senator Scott Fitzgerald will join us for the hour to discuss the recent property and income tax cut that passed through the legislature. The Juneau Republican will also talk about the bills that are likely to pass before the current legislative session winds down. Tomorrow on Community Comment, we kick-off our look at the contested races that Dodge County area voters will see on the next month’s general election ballot. We will be covering three mayoral races along with local referenda and contests on the Dodge County Board and the Beaver Dam Common Council. Community Comment airs weekdays on AM1430 WBEV beginning at 12:35pm.