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Top Stories July 27, 2017

Bill McCollum Way Unveiled Today


7/27/17 - There will be a ceremony held this afternoon to officially unveil the new street signs in front of the radio station that will honor a local, living legend. Stoddart Street, which runs for about two blocks in front of the WBEV-WXRO studio’s, is being renamed ‘Bill McCollum Way.’ The Common Council approved the name change last month. The public is invited to the unveiling which will take place at 1pm this afternoon. McCullum has been with the station for well over five decades.


Foxconn Coming To Wisconsin


7/27/17 - Donald Trump announced Wednesday that the Taiwanese technology firm Foxconn would invest 10-billion dollars in a new Wisconsin plant to make L-C-D screen panels that could have up to 13-thousand employees -- and an exact site was not announced but it's expected to be in either Racine or Kenosha counties. Taxpayers would put up a state record three-billion dollars in government subsidies and incentives, which Assembly Speaker Robin Vos hopes that lawmakers would approve next month. Vos, Governor Scott Walker, and other state government and business leaders attended Wednesday's White House ceremony -- where Walker called the project the largest of its kind in state history, and Foxconn chairman Terry Gou called it America's first to make complicated L-C-D screens while reportedly offering wages of about 54-thousand-dollars a year plus benefits to an initial three thousand workers. Democrats expressed concerns about the size of the state's subsidy package, which crushes the previous record of 65-million dollars to Mercury Marine to keep its headquarters and a large plant in Fond du Lac in 2010.


Foxconn Executive To Collaborate With UW On Cancer Research


7/27/17 - Making screen panels for T-Vs might not be the only thing Foxconn does in Wisconsin. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, executives of the Taiwanese firm have met with the U-W Madison cancer center about ways they can collaborate on cancer research. Foxconn chairman Terry Gou lost his younger brother and his first wife Serena Lin to cancer -- and he is said to have donated hundreds of millions of dollars to the National Taiwan University's cancer center where the director is a former fellow at the U-W, Ann Lii Cheng. In March, Gou said he was support cancer research using a newly created foundation and a center based in China for the sequencing of human genes.


Dodge County Sheriff’s Law Of The Month


7/27/17 - Dodge County motorists are reminded to stop their vehicle at yellow lights prior to entering the intersection. The state statute is being highlighted by Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt as his July ‘Law of the Month.’ Many crashes at intersections are caused when drivers violate the signal because they were travelling above the speed limit, not paying attention, or trying to beat a yellow light. When it comes to red lights, Schmidt says there is a unique exception to the rule. Schmidt says after 45 seconds of being stopped at an intersection, motorcyclists can pass through the red light. He says motorcycles are often not heavy enough to trip the sensors that change the light. On a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Schmidt suggested individuals using a wrist watch to make sure they are full seconds. Schmidt says it is important to remember that anyone attempting to drive through a red light must yield to other traffic or pedestrians that would otherwise have the right of way.


Beaver Dam Man Convicted For Drug-Fueled Crime Spree


7/27/17 - A Beaver Dam man was convicted yesterday in connection with a drug-fueled crime spree. Douglas Rinden pled no contest to two counts each of felony Burglary and Bail Jumping and had ten other charges dismissed but read into the record. Prosecutors say the 30-year-old stole electronics and other items from several Beaver Dam residences in February of 2016 to support his drug addiction. Rinden also tried to break into the apartment of his child’s mother after she kicked him out and then he threatened to harm both her and himself.  Officers recovered some of the stolen items from storage units in Rinden’s apartment complex.  A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered and a hearing is scheduled in October.


Waupun Man Sentenced For High Speed Chase


7/27/17 - A Waupun man will spend four years in prison for leading officers on a high-speed chase. Dustin Duket was sentenced this week in Fond du Lac County court after pleading no contest to felony counts of Resisting an Officer Causing Great Bodily Harm, Recklessly Endangering Safety and Fleeing an Officer; a felony and three misdemeanors were dismissed but read into the record. The November 2016 chase started when a Ripon Police officer attempted to pull over Duket’s vehicle for a registration violation. Duket failed to stop, sparking a 14-mile pursuit that reached speeds in excess of 100 miles-per-hour into Fond du Lac County. Several tactics were attempted to stop the vehicle, including tire-deflation sticks. The chase came to an end when a deputy used his squad car to force the 23-year-old off the road. The officer reportedly sustained injuries to his knee and hip. Duket fled on foot but was captured. In addition to four years in prison, Duket was also ordered to serve 12 years of extended supervision.


Appleton Man Placed On Probation For Church Burglary


7/27/17 - An Appleton man will spend three years on probation for breaking into a Mayville church. Tristan Vandeneng was sentenced this week in Dodge County court after pleading no contest in December to felony Burglary; two misdemeanors were dismissed and read into the record.  The 19-year-old used a pipe wrench to break into Christian Life Fellowship Church in November 2015 to steal cash and electronics.  It was part of an effort to build a home stereo system.  An eight year prison sentence was imposed and stayed. Vandeneng was also ordered to pay $6600 in restitution.


Clean Sweep Returning To Dodge County


7/27/17 - The Clean Sweep program being held in Dodge County again next month, for the first time since 2014. The program allows Dodge County residents to safely and legally dispose of unwanted pesticides, household products and chemicals. Jeff Hoffman with Dodge County UW Extension says the Clean Sweep will be offered on Friday, August 25 at the Dodge County Highway Shop in Neosho from 9am until 1pm. On Saturday, August 26 Clean Sweep will be at the Dodge County Highway Shop on County Road A in the Town of Beaver Dam from 8am until noon. Farm and household hazardous materials will be collected at both locations and there is a $10 fee per vehicle. Both sites will also be a drop off for hazardous materials from small businesses, which requires pre-registration through the Dodge County UW Extension Office by August 15. Items generally accepted as part of the Clean Sweep program include pesticides, household cleaners and agricultural materials, along with light bulbs, mercury thermometers and oil and metal-based paints. Items that will NOT be accepted include explosives, human medical and biological wastes, radioactive materials, compressed gas cylinders, used motor oils, fertilizer, tires, asbestos and anti-freeze. More details are on the Dodge County UW Extension website, a link is on our website /


Rechek’s Recognized By Wisconsin Grocers Association


7/27/17 - The Wisconsin Grocers Association is recognizing Rechek’s Food Pride in Beaver Dam with its Excellence In Operations Award. It is the 14th year the Association has presented the award which is intended to recognize store owners, managers and others in the grocery industry who are instrumental in the success of their stores. Brett and JoDee Rechek have owned Food Pride since 1996. They were nominated by their supplier, SpartanNash who noted their involvement with the community and mission of giving back. That includes around $65-thousand dollars in scholarships funded over the years and $30-thousand dollars given to local charities last year. The nomination says that the Rechek’s also have an “incredible appreciation for their employees,” providing things like continuing education and membership dues to service organizations. Store owner Brett Rechek learned of the award during a surprise announcement at his store this week. Rechek says he has adopted his dad’s philosophy that if your community is going to support you, you need to support your community. He says nobody should ever work for anybody but instead work with everybody, putting people on the same common ground toward the same goal. A formal award will be presented to the Rechek’s at a Wisconsin Grocers Association’s banquet in Green Bay on October 18. 

Yesterday's Headlines
- Beaver Dam Superintendent Steve Vessey Resigns
- Volunteers, In-Kind Donations Sought For Gold Star Trail
- Thefts From Vehicles Growing Problem In Beaver Dam

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