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Top Stories July 2, 2015

Man Dead From Apparent Self-Inflicted Gun Wounds After Chase


7/2/15 - A suspect is dead after a vehicle chase in Columbia County yesterday.  The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 12:33 pm from a woman who said she was involved in a domestic violence incident with her boyfriend who had threatened to kill her.  The woman escaped the vehicle her boyfriend was driving and sought shelter in a church just east of Rio.  A sheriff’s deputy saw the suspect vehicle traveling west on Highway 16 until officers conducted a traffic stop just north of Rio.  The suspect continued to drive at speeds up to 50 miles per hour and began to shoot at the deputies’ squad cars.  One vehicle was struck with two bullets.  One of the deputies returned gunfire without hitting the suspect or his vehicle.  The low to moderate speed pursuit continued until the vehicle came to a complete stop.  When the Columbia County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team approached the vehicle, they found the driver was dead from apparent self-inflicted gunshot wounds.  The incident is being investigated by the Columbia County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office with help from the Wisconsin State Patrol.  Assistance was received by the Rio Police Department and EMS, Portage Police Department, Pardeeville Ambulance Service, and Wisconsin DNR.


Rubicon Man Injured In Motorcycle Crash


7/2/15 - A 21-year-old Rubicon man was flown by flight for life following a motorcycle crash last night.  Nathan Hennes sustained severe injuries during a crash in the Town of Rubicon just after 8 pm.  The crash was on Payne Road near Taylor Road.  He was heading east when his motorcycle went off the north side of the road and struck several trees.  Hennes was transported to Hartford Hospital but was then immediately flown to Summit Hospital.  He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and speed and alcohol may have been factors in the crash.  The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash and received assistance from Hartford Fire and EMS and Flight for Life.  The crash remains under investigation by the Dodge County Crash Investigation Team.  


Beaver Dam Celebrating National Parks And Rec Month


7/2/15 - July is National Parks and Recreation Month and officials in Beaver Dam are observing the occasion with a full calendar of activities. Community Activities and Services Coordinator Evonne Boettge says activities planned all month long highlight the resources available at the cities 19 parks. A “Calendar of Ideas” is available at the rec department all month long. It includes the cardboard boat races that will be held during Lake Days next weekend. The outdoor movie at Waterworks Park on July 16 is “The Land Before Time.” There will also be the “Splish Splash Pool Bash” at the Swan Park wading pool on July 21. On July 22, there will be a Dog Day Parade at Edgewater Park with competition and prizes. Finally, the community has until tomorrow to name the new city mascot, which is a turtle. Forms can be obtained through the Beaver Dam Community Activities and Services website or at the Senior Center and Recreation Building on East Third Street. The winner will be announced by the mayor at next Wednesday’s Concert in the Park at Swan Park and will receive $25.


Columbus Fourth Of July Celebration Preview


7/2/15 - The Columbus Fourth of July Celebration kicked off yesterday and runs throughout the weekend.  The annual event is once again being held at Fireman’s Park.  There will be live music on the main stage each night through Saturday.  The parade will start Saturday at noon.  The band will take a break on Saturday night for the fireworks show that starts at dusk.  As part of that show, one of the festival’s signature events will be returning.  A huge pit will be lit on fire to create a multi-story high flame.  Things will wrap up on Sunday afternoon with a tractor pull and a performance by the Fall River Pep Band.  If it rains Saturday night, the fireworks will be pushed back to Sunday.


Waupun Fourth Of July Celebration Preview


7/2/15 - The City of Waupun will be holding its fourth annual Celebrate Waupun Festival this weekend.  It will run today through Saturday at Tanner Park on East Spring Street.  There will be carnival rides, games, and live music throughout the three days.  A tractor pull will be held on Friday and Saturday.  The fireworks will begin at 10 pm on Saturday.  Other events include a lumberjack show, Friday fish fry, and Saturday night barbeque.  The event is open to the public, not just Waupun residents.


Watertown Rep. Jagler Has Two Bills Signed Into Law


7/2/15 - Governor Scott Walker signed a pair of Watertown Representative John Jagler’s bills into law yesterday.  The first requires the UW System to give an annual report that identifies the high schools of students who were required to take remedial college math and English courses.  More than one in five students is required to take these classes which they have to pay for without getting college credit.  Jagler hopes this will start talks on both the local and state levels to find solutions on how to better prepare students.  The second bill, which was co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau, allows colored L-E-D lights to be added to motorcycles to better illuminate the ground below the bike.  Jagler hopes this will lead to increased visibility and less accidents.  Colors such as red, blue, and amber that are used by first responders as well as oscillating and rotating lights are still prohibited. 


Watertown Man Enters Not Guilty Plea To Teen Sex Assault


7/2/15 - A 30-year-old Watertown man accused of sexually assaulting a young teenager entered a not guilty plea at arraignment yesterday.  Prosecutors say Cosme Alejo Juarez Juarez started the relationship with the girl after the two met at work. The offenses are said to have occurred over a six-month period beginning last September. Juarez Juarez allegedly admitted to the contact claiming the victim’s parents gave him permission to date the child. If convicted of felony Sexual Assault of a Child Under the Age of 16, Juarez Juarez could be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison.   


Beaver Dam Man Enters Not Guilty Plea On Exposing Genitals


7/2/15 - A Beaver Dam man accused of exposing himself to a minor on the internet entered a not guilty plea at arraignment in a Dodge County courtroom yesterday. Fredrick Grignon was arrested after a search warrant was executed at his North Lincoln Avenue residence. A joint investigation by the Beaver Dam and Sun Prairie Police Departments allegedly found an explicit online conversation and an exchange of photographs between the 43-year-old Grignon and a 16-year-old girl. He is charged with a felony count of Exposing Intimate Parts to a Child, which carries a maximum prison sentence of three-and-a-half years if he is convicted.


Milwaukee Bus Strike Hurting Frequent Riders


7/2/15 - It may only last until Saturday, but the 72-hour Milwaukee County transit strike still punched regular riders in the gut.  Churches and social networks scrambled to put car-pools together, after about 750 transit bus drivers and mechanics walked off the job.  U-W Milwaukee social work major Timothy DeVorse says the strike is "detrimental" for those needing to get to work -- and it could get a number of people fired.  Union members opposed plans by the transit system to start hiring part-time workers -- and their request for a large pay raise was rejected.  Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abelesaid the union was punishing residents who rely on bus service -- and the thousands of residents who pay for the system "didn't do anything wrong."  The Milwaukee transit strike is the first since 1978.  That one lasted 39 days.


Walker Leading Republican Field In Major Iowa Poll


7/2/15 - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker continues to lead a major independent poll in Iowa.  The survey from Quinnipiac University has Walker with 18-percent support among the crowded field of possible GOP presidential candidates.  Retired neuro-surgeon Ben Carson and Donald Trump are tied for second, each with 10%.  Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are at nine-percent.  Walker's lead is beyond the 3.8% percent margin of error, among 666 likely Iowa G-O-P caucus participants surveyed


Yesterday's Headlines
- One Killed In Town Of Herman ATV Accident
- Beaver Dam Child Molester Sentenced To Life
- Waupun Child Molester Sentenced To Life

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