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Top Stories October 25, 2014.

Hustisford Child Dead After Dog Bite

10/25/14 - A seven year old boy is dead after being severely bitten by a dog. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident around 5:30yesterday afternoon.  Numerous agencies responded to the Hustisford home where the boy was pronounced dead.  The name of the boy as well as other personal information has not been released out of respect to the family.  The sheriff’s department is investigating the matter.  As of now, no criminal charges have been issued.


Happ, Schimel Attorney General Debate

10/25/14- The two candidates for the state’s attorney general post squared off in a debate last night. Democrat Susan Happ and Republican Brad Schimel came into the meeting dead even according to the latest Marquette Law School poll.  During the debate, each accused the other of being soft on crime and sex offenders. Happ painted herself as a citizen advocate while Schimel focused on the number of endorsements that he has received from law enforcement officials.  Schimel labeled Happ as a liberal activist due to her opposition to the gay marriage ban, voter ID law,and hospital admitting privileges requirement. Happ criticized Schimel for saying that he would defend every state law regardless of its constitutionality.  The two candidates did agree on not wanting to criminalize first-time drunken driving offenses and using treatment and prevention measures as the key way of reducing heroin use.  The election to see who will replace the outgoing J.B. Van Hollen is just over a week away.


Personnel Files’ Content Discussed in Sheriff’s Race

10/25/14 - Each of the candidates for Dodge County sheriff appeared separately on yesterday’s Community Comment program.  The personnel files of the candidates were once again among the topics of discussion.  Sergeant Dale Schmidt said that there are four items within his folder that he says Sheriff Pat Ninmann wants to be made public ahead of the November 4 election. One of those items is a document that stated he was out of line for comments he made years ago regarding his opponent.  Schmidt says that he made reference to the amount of perfume the sheriff would spray. He says that he tried to apologize to Ninmann, had that apology shutdown, and was told by his superior that the comments were inappropriate.

Ninmann disputed that by saying the comments that caused the item that was placed in the sergeant’s folder were not about perfume but rather personal hygiene. Ninmann says that the comments were inappropriate and offensive.  If you would like to hear the complete audio from the program, scroll down to the bottom of this webpage and follow the link.




Dodge County Involved in John DoeProbe


10/25/14 - Dodge County may play a role in the state’s John Doe probe and accusations of misconduct against the chief prosecutor in the investigation. The conservative group Citizens for Responsible Government petitioned the Dodge County District Attorney on October7 requesting the office investigate Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm.  Allegations claim that Chisholm pursued campaign law violations against Governor Scott Walker and others because Chisholm’s wife -- a teachers' union member -- was angry about losing most collective bargaining under Walker's Act-10 law.  Chisholm also denies that his office leaked evidence to the media to make Republicans look bad.  Because Dodge County residents are part of the John Doe, the conservative group says the county has standing to pursue the case. DA Kurt Klomberg declined the request to investigate Chisholm because of a conflict-of-interest; Klomberg sits on a board with senior leadership from the Milwaukee County DA’s office. He did contact 49 other DA’s in south-central Wisconsin in an attempt to find a special prosecutor. All 49 DA’s also declined citing a “lack of resources” or a “conflict of interest.” In an October 22letter provided to WBEV-WXRO that was addressed to Clerk of Court Lynn Hron,Klomberg notes that he attempted to enlist prosecutors from far northern Wisconsin as well but decided against it because they would likely have to take up temporary residence in Dodge County, as the investigation could go on for weeks or months. According to Wisconsin Circuit Court Access website, a motion to request a John Doe hearing was filed on Wednesday by Chris Klies met of Citizens for Responsible Government and the matter was assigned to Judge Steven Bauer; a date in the case has not been set. The John Doe has looked into claims that Walker, Senate Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau and other Republicans illegally coordinated campaign fund-raising and other activities in the state's recall elections of 2011-and-'12.


West Bend ER Doctor Convicted

10/25/14 - An emergency room doctor from Washington County has been sentenced to a year-and-a-half in a federal prison for evading federal income taxes.  Fifty-seven year old Michael Mangold of West Bend pleaded guilty in May to a single charge of tax evasion and making a false statement. Prosecutors said Mangold under-reported his income for four years between 1997-and-2006.  He also lied on a financial form that went to federal prosecutors.  Authorities said Mangold reported no taxable income for 1997-and-'98, and then made what was called "frivolous legal arguments" to the I-R-S about his overall tax liability.  He owed as much as 191-thousand dollars.  As a doctor, Mangold was reprimanded in2010.  Officials said he failed to adequately complete hospital and patient records.


Clinton Stops in Wisconsin to Back Burke

10/25/14 - Former President Bill Clinton was in Wisconsin yesterday to speak at a rally in support of the Democratic challenger for governor, Mary Burke. Clinton spoke to a crowd of hundreds at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Milwaukee.  The Republicans are expected to counter by having New Jersey Governor Chris Christie visit the state within the coming days to endorse the current Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker.  Polls still have the race as being very tight with just over a week until the November 4 election. 



Local FFA Member Selected to National Chorus


10/25/14 - A member of the Dodgeland Future Farmers of America chapter has been selected to the National FFA Chorus.  High school senior Andrew Twardokus is one of eighty members selected from a nationwide pool to perform as part of the choir at the 2014 National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky.  This year’s convention will be held next weekend, October 29 through November1.  The choir is scheduled to perform several times throughout the three days. 



Trick or Treating Schedule


10/25/14- A number of communities are holding trick or treat hours this weekend. There is trick-or-treating today in Randolph, Fox Lake and downtown Mayville. On Sunday, Beaver Dam residents will have their chance along with the communities of Burnett, Hustisford, Columbus, Reeseville, Iron Ridge, Lowell, Juneau and all of Mayville. There are some communities that are trick-or-treating on Halloween, including Waupun, Cambria-Friesland and Horicon. The full list of Dodge County-area dates and hours can be found on our website


Yesterday's Headlines
    -Burnett Woman Proceeds to Trial in Coyote Robbery
    -More Burglary Charges Referred Against Former Waupun Cop
    -Fond Du Lac Charges Dismissed Against Former Corrections Officer

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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