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Top Stories July 28, 2014

No- Call List For Telemarketers


7/28/14 - Wisconsinites who are on the state's no-call list for telemarketers will be transferred to a federal list on August first.  The governor and Legislature voted earlier this year to do away with the state's list.  That's because the Federal Trade Commission's list offers the same protections, and will give state consumer protection personnel more to investigate violations.  State officials say the change will become effective this Friday, the first day of the new month.  Those on the federal list will not have to re-register every two years -- their registrations will take effect the day after they sign up instead of just four dates per year under the state list -- and once you're on, telemarketers will have 31 days to stop calling.  The change applies to both land-lines and cell phones.  The no-call list applies to companies which have not done business with you in the past. 


Beaver Dam Man Sentenced For Burglary Of Former Sheriff’s Home


7/28/14 - The Beaver Dam man who burglarized the home of former Sheriff Todd Nehls was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Friday. Scott Schonitzer was sentenced to four years initial confinement and seven years of extended supervision. Schonitzer also was sentences to three one-year terms initial confinement and two years extended supervision terms to run concurrent to the initial sentence. In May, Schonitzer withdrew plea of “not guilty by reason of insanity” and pled to Burglary with a Dangerous Weapon and four counts of Theft; three other charges were dismissed. The 45-year-old was discovered in December by Nehls newly-deputized son who was off duty when he went to his parent’s house to retrieve ice fishing equipment. The deputy heard a commotion upstairs, went to investigate and found Schonitzer hiding behind a chair wearing black gloves. Stolen cash and the former sheriffs Smith & Wesson were reportedly found in his pocket. A restitution hearing will be held in September. 


Waupun Woman Guilty Of Burglaries


7/28/14 - A Waupun woman accused of breaking into homes and stealing jewelry and prescription drugs was found guilty Friday. Robyn Slock is facing three felony charges for offenses this past September. The 23-year-old pleaded no contest to one count of burglary and a second count of burglary was dismissed and read into the record. The victims in one break-in suspected that Slock stole their jewelry and prescription drugs. Officers contacted a local jewelry store and learned she had attempted to sell the items there. Slock later consented to a police search of her residence. She was connected to a second burglary after authorities reportedly discovered prescription pill bottles that belonged to the victim. Her sentence was withheld, and she was placed on probation for five years. Counseling was recommended and she must pay court costs and submit a DNA sample.


Drunken Driving Arrest In Columbus


7/28/14 - A Columbus man was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of Operating While Intoxicated. According to the Columbus Police Department, 51-year-old Kelly Puntillo was arrested Saturday morning at 8:54am on Park Avenue in Columbus. An officer arriving in the area located the suspect vehicle and observed it to drive over a curb and almost into the path of another vehicle. The vehicle was stopped and the operator was arrested. Puntillo was taken for a blood draw and then he was booked into the Columbia County Jail on the charge of 6th offense OWI. 


Missing Lodi Man


7/28/14 - The search continues for a missing and endangered Columbia County man. The Lodi Police Department are searching for  78-year-old David D. Shipley who left his home at Pebble Brook Lane in the City of Lodi on Friday morning around 8:45am and has not been seen since. Shipley has a history of strokes, memory loss, and is on substantial medications for health concerns. The 78-year-old left the home with approximately $2500 dollars in a 2001 Tan Lexus RX-300 SUV bearing WI registration plate 375-WPB. The vehicle is registered to Shipley and he has made recent mention of visiting Florida, Indiana, and/or Arkansas. According to the police, Shipley does have family in all of these locations and the family members have been alerted. The Lodi Police Department is requesting police organizations to attempt to locate Mr. Shipley and his vehicle, check his welfare, and contact the Lodi Police Department. Shipley’s credit card has been flagged to alert police if used. The Lodi Police Department can be contacted through the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (608) 742-4166.


Walker Declares Aviation Week


7/28/14 - Wisconsin’s aviation industry is being propelled into the spotlight this week. Governor Walker has proclaimed today, July 28 to August 3 as "Wisconsin Aviation Week" to coincide with the annual EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. Wisconsin’s eight commercial airports accommodated over four million passengers last year. The state is home to 131 public-use airports in communities small and large that also move about 118 million pounds of cargo annually. To support aviation’s important role in transporting people and commerce, the Wisconsin DOT oversaw 80 million dollars in state and federal investments in 77 airport improvement projects around the state last year.


Stage Two Construction Begins


7/28/14 - Crews plan to begin stage two of construction in Green Lake County Monday. The construction will take place between County A west and WIS 49/ County A east from Green Lake to Ripon. According to the D-O-T this stage of the project includes the reconstruction of the Puchyan River Bridge. Traffic impacts and detours for WIS 23 in Green Lake and Fond du Lac counties will be closed to through traffic and detoured. Officials say there will be local access to properties and businesses located on the project will be maintained. Motorists may encounter daytime, single lane closures and flagging operations on WIS 49/ County A east. For more information on this project, you can call the DOT at 5-1-1 or visit


Three Major Construction Projects To Take Place In Columbus


7/28/14 - Three major summertime construction projects in the City of Columbus are all proceeding on schedule. Foundations are being laid for a new Sentry Grocery Store and Ace Hardware building in the city's west side Commerce Center. The American Packaging Corporation expansion project in the industrial district is well underway on James Street. And, the new pattern for student drop off & pick-up traffic and a new parking lot between the Elementary and Middle School is nearing completion. Residents can expect the projects to be completed before the winter weather returns. The Commerce Center projects could be finished by mid-November. The School District's projects are scheduled to be completed before students return for the 2014 / 2015 school year.


Public Meeting Held To Discuss Reconstruction


7/28/14 - The city of Columbus is holding a public information meeting Tuesday to discuss reconstruction of a major highway in Columbia County. The proposed project includes reconstruction and new signals at the intersection of Highway16-60. The length of the project is just under a half-mile mile and also includes two-tenths of a mile of reconstruction on Highway 60. Officials say the highway will be open to traffic during the construction and is expected to last from May to November of 2016. The Department of Transportation encourages the public to attend tomorrow’s meeting, provide input and ask questions about the project. The meeting will be held from 5pm to 7pm at the Columbus Community Center.


Yesterday's Headlines
    - Wisconsin May Offer Future Home For Immigrant Children
    - Nominations For FSA Accepted Through August 1st
    - Property Taxes Deadline Approaches

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