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Top Stories February 24, 2017.

Derogatory Statements Made At High School Basketball Game


2/24/17 - A Cambria-Friesland high school basketball player used derogatory statements during their game last night against Horicon. An unnamed player reportedly used the n-word when referencing players on the opposing team, those involved in the incident were ejected. Cambria-Friesland Superintendent, Timothy Raymond, says that the incident is under investigation and that he will be talking with both the parents and students of those involved. He notes that while the WIAA does not normally handle these types of situations, they have been helpful in resolving the matter.  Horicon High School Principal, Teresa Graven, says that they are working on taking care of the issue. Raymond adds that he hopes that the school can move forward and use this as a learning experience. The WIAA had no comment on the incident; no further information has been made available.


County Rejects Request To Fund City PD Computer Fees


2/24/17 - The Dodge County Board this week rejected a proposal to use county sales tax dollars to cover some of the costs that local police departments have to pay to connect to the sheriff’s department’s new countywide computer system. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of implementing a new records management system that would link 17 municipal law enforcement agencies in the county together. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says the software for Spillman will be free to each municipal department however those departments will each have to pay a one-time training fee of $720-per officer this year and a yearly maintenance fee of $280-per computer beginning in 2019. For the Beaver Dam Police Department, that translates to $26-thousand dollars for its 37 officers plus $14-thousand annually for its 51-computers.


Police Chief John Kreuziger says that is considerably higher than the $4300 total cost to be part of the failed New World computer system, which was put into place three years ago but has been plagued with issues. The higher costs led city leaders in Beaver Dam to ask the county board to use revenues from the county’s half-percent sales tax to pay the fees. Among other things, Kreuziger notes that he has 13 officers who work part-time in other local police agencies and Beaver Dam would pay that fee without reimbursement, unless the city can find a way to recoup the costs. Kreuziger says that he does not feel those negotiations should be his responsibility when it is a countywide software program.  On a 19-to-10 vote, the county board this week rejected the request by Beaver Dam to have county sales tax dollar’s pay $29-thousand dollars in maintenance fees for all 17 city, village and township police departments.


Sheriff Schmidt says negotiations will continue with Beaver Dam, one of two agencies that have yet to sign-on to Spillman. Schmidt says it would cost Beaver Dam a half million dollars to get a comparable system on their own. Both Sheriff Schmidt and Chief Kreuziger say they are confident that a deal will be reached that will be in the best interest of both agencies and the taxpayers.


January Vehicle Sales Outpace Last Year


2/24/17 - January vehicle sales this year are outpacing last year’s numbers. According to the Waterloo-based industry tracking firm Reg-Trak, Dodge County dealerships sold 328 cars and trucks last month, around 100 more than the same month last year. In Columbia County, there were 206 sales last month, up 46 from last January. Jefferson County saw 200 vehicles roll off the lot last month, an increase of 26. In total, the nine-county south central Wisconsin region saw a 20-percent increase from January-to-January with 3795 vehicle sold, most of which – just over 2700 – were trucks while the remaining 1000 were cars.


Dodge Correctional Inmate Pleads Not Guilty


2/24/17 - A Dodge Correctional Institution inmate accused of attacking a corrections officer was in court for his arraignment hearing yesterday. Brian K. Adams entered a “not guilty” plea to one felony count of Battery by Prisoners for allegedly hitting the officer in the face when questioned about leaving his cell without permission in July. If he is convicted, the 28-year-old faces up to six additional years in prison. A telephone scheduling conference is set for March 24.


Watertown Man Will Head To Trail


2/24/17 - A Watertown man accused of having inappropriate contact with a minor will head to trail. Andrew Schommer waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday on one felony count of Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. The 26-year-old allegedly had a relationship with a 15-year-old girl in January. A friend of the victim brought the relationship to the attention of the school resource officer. The victim refuted the claims at first but came forward voluntarily last week after the relationship ended. When questioned, Schommer initially denied that accusations but eventually admitted that he had contact with her. If convicted Schommer faces up to 40 years in prison. An arraignment hearing is set for March 8.


Opening In Dodge County Board


2/24/17 - There is a vacancy on the Dodge County Board. District 27 Supervisor Michael Malloy will no longer be filling the position, which consists of 1st, 3rd, and 4th wards in the City of Waupun. No information was given for Malloy’s departure. Any residents interested in filling the Town of Waupun seat should send a letter of interest to County Board Chairman Russell Kottke at 127 East Oak Street in Juneau by March 7. Kottke will make a recommendation to the county board, which will likely be acted upon at its March 21 meeting. 


Dodge County Sees Wintry Weather


2/24/17 - A mixture of rain, sleet and snow overnight left about an inch of crusty wet covering on the ground here in Beaver Dam this morning. Thunder and high winds added to a stormy overnight. Just a couple of days ago it seemed like spring had arrived but this wintry weather is going to continue today and tonight. The National Weather Service says we can expect freezing rain before 11am, then rain and maybe freezing rain until and possibly after 2pm. We may also hear more thunder with wind gusting up to 30 miles-per-hour. They’re predicting additional ice accumulation of a tenth to two-tenths of an inch. Tonight, a possibility of snow mixed with freezing rain, then a little more ice accumulation could amount to about an inch by tomorrow morning. Later in the day tomorrow, mostly sunny but still breezy with winds up to 25 miles-per-hour.


Winter Weather Returns To Wisconsin


2/24/17 – Wisconsinites who took summer like bike rides on trails last weekend are being jolted back into winter. Up to 12 inches of snow is predicted by early tomorrow in parts of southwest and western Wisconsin. The National Weather Service has winter storm warnings and advisories for virtually the entire state through 6am Saturday. The state’s midsection was the first to be hit during the night, with almost six inches near Eau Claire and three inches at Green Bay. While Sheboygan had two inches of “thundersnow” and the Milwaukee area had hail of up to one half inch. 


Kohl’s To Reduce Inventory


2/24/17 – The C-E-O of the Wisconsin based Kohl’s Department Store chain says it plans to reduce inventories and square footage in about 200 locations this year. Kevin Mansell told industry analysts Thursday it’s important to keep brick and mortar stores open as a way to grow its online sales. With earnings down, he says he’d rather reduce store sizes than close a lot of stores like Macy’s is now doing. Kohl’s of Menomonee Falls has slimmed down about 115 full sized stores to a smaller template that it now has in almost one fifth of its 1,150 total locations. Kohl’s only closed 19 stores nationally in 2016, and Mansell does not expect that to continue. His comments came after Kohl’s reported a nearly 3% drop in sales for the three months ending January 28th.


Yesterday's Headlines
- Beaver Dam Adopts Capital Improvements Borrowing Plan
- Beaver Dam Police, Dodge County Sheriff Joint Arrests Made
- Four-Week Trial Set For Berit Beck Murder Suspect

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