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Top Stories August 20, 2014

Kreuziger Named Beaver Dam Police Chief


8/20/14 - Beaver Dam has a new police chief. The city’s Police and Fire Commission last night named John Kreuzinger, who was the interim police chief, to fill the top post permanently. Kreuziger is a 1979 graduate of Beaver Dam High School and has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Concordia College. The Beaver Dam-native has been with the department for 24 years. He was a sergeant for two years, lieutenant for six years as was most recently in charge of the detectives division. Kreuziger is also the Town of Beaver Dam Police Chief, a position he will be stepping down from after a replacement is found. He replaces former Chief Ron Smith resigned in January after two years on the job.


Nine-Year-Old Succumbs To Injuries


8/20/14 - A 9-year-old from Illinois has died as a result of injuries sustained in a three-vehicle accident from last Friday. Ilan Hurtado of Lindenhurst, Illinois was the passenger in a car operated by 45-year-old Judith Haddad who is also from Lindenhurst. Authorities say Haddad was traveling south on County Highway A, slowed to turn into Indian Hills subdivision and was rear-ended by a semi-truck. The impact pushed Haddad into the northbound lane where her vehicle collided with one driven by a 31-year-old Waupun woman. The 67-year-old Fox Lake man operating the semi-truck was not injured but the other three were flown to Madison. The 9-year-old was the most seriously hurt and the death was announced yesterday. 


Hubertus Man Convicted In Hartford Teen Killing


8/20/14 - A 20-year-old Hubertus man could spend the rest of his life in prison, after he was convicted yesterday of killing a former high school classmate in Hartford.  A Washington County jury deliberated for three hours before finding Daniel Bartelt guilty of first-degree intentional homicide in the strangling death of Jessie Blodgett.  Her mother testified that the 19-year-old Blodgett was at a theater group's cast party last July -- and the mother found her dead in her bed the next afternoon.  An autopsy showed that she was bound and strangled.  Bartelt initially pleaded insanity, but two experts found him mentally competent to help with his defense.  Sentencing is scheduled for October 14th.  Bartelt will get a mandatory life term, but the judge can set a date for a possible supervised release at least 20 years down the line.


Waupun Teen Places On Probation For Waupun Burglaries


8/20/14 - A Waupun teen who broke into two restaurants in the city was recently sentenced to two years of probation. Andrew Biever broke into Chang Jiang’s Restaurant last February and Helen’s Kitchen last April. He was caught when police got a call from a bank in the City after the 17-year-old tried to exchange a large amount of coins for paper money. He later confessed to Waupun Police Detective Brian O’Donovan. Biever pled to felony Burglary and misdemeanor Theft and Criminal Damage to Property and had a second felony and two other misdemeanors dismissed in a plea deal.


County Board Approves Addiction Counselor Positions


8/20/14 - The Dodge County Board approved the creation of two full-time counselor positions within the Human Services and Health Department at last night’s meeting. The positions were created as part of the county’s effort to assist those with drug addictions and reduce drug-related crime. Department director Janet Wimmer says that the program will be open to all Dodge County residents, regardless of ability to pay.  She also stated taxpayer dollars, grant funding, and reimbursement from Medicaid and insurance companies will share the cost for the program.  Tuesday’s vote was just to create the jobs and will have no effect on the current budget as the funding for these positions will be voted upon as part of the 2015 budget. The total cost of these jobs with benefits included is $150-thousand. Grant money has been applied for to cover some of this amount but so far none has been received. 


County-Owned Property Sold To Fox Lake


8/20/14 - The Dodge County Board Tuesday night agreed to sell a highway maintenance facility to the Town of Fox Lake.  The property is located on the west side of Highway 33. This facility was used most recently for canine training and to house vehicles confiscated by the sheriff’s department. The township plans to primarily use a salt storage shed located on the property. Dodge County will receive just under $36-thousand for the facility, which Fox Lake has already been using.  The property was never listed, and discussions between the two sides had been going on for about four months as Dodge County was debating what to do with the land. 


Speed Limit Change On County AA


8/20/14 - The Dodge County Board voted Tuesday night to change the speed limit on a portion of County Highway AA in Fox Lake. The section of highway extends from the western county line to the intersection with County A.  The speed limit will drop from 55 to 45 miles per hour. 


Serchen Named To PFC


8/20/14 - There will be a new face on the Beaver Dam Police and Fire Commission. Last night’s meeting was the last one for Jane Hooper, who was seated in April of last year in a vacancy created following the departure of Patrick Phillips. Ken Serchen, a former Dodge County Board Supervisor, will be seated at the September meeting. Serchen’s appointment will expire in May of 2019.  The common council approved the appointment on Monday night.


Wisconsin ACT Scores Second Best In Nation


8/20/14 - Wisconsin continues to have the nation's second-best scores on the A-C-T college entrance exam.  However, the results show that about half of last year's seniors would struggle to succeed in a first-year college reading, science, and math course.  Wisconsin had an average composite score of 22-point-two of a possible 36 on the A-C-T.  That puts Wisconsin in sole possession of second-place, after tying with Iowa a year ago.  Minnesota continues to have the top scores on the A-C-T, which is the predominant college entrance exam for Midwest colleges.  Schools on both ends of the country mainly use the S-A-T test.  The A-C-T also released benchmark scores that would give students a 75-percent chance of getting a "C" or better in college courses, and a 50-percent chance for a "B."  One of every five Wisconsin high school grads in May failed to reach any of the benchmarks on the exam.  Seventy-five percent met or surpassed benchmarks in English -- but only around half did the same in reading, math, and science.  However, at least ten-percent of the students were just a point-or-two short in reading and science.  The numbers of Wisconsin youngsters taking the A-C-T have grown immensely.  Seventy-three percent of the Class-of-2014 took the test, and the state is requiring it for all public high school students next year.


Appeals Court Schedules September Hearing For Voter ID


8/20/14 - A federal appeals court has scheduled a hearing for September 12th on the Wisconsin Justice Department's effort to get the state's voter I-D law re-instated.  A three-judge appellate panel in Chicago will hear arguments in the state's appeal of a ruling this spring.  Federal Judge Lynn Adelman said the photo I-D voting requirement was unconstitutional and a violation of the federal Voting Rights Act.  State Attorney General J-B Van Hollen has asked the appellate court to overturn Adelman's ruling -- and while it's considering that, Van Hollen has asked that the voter I-D mandate be put in place for the November 4th elections.  In July, the State Supreme Court ruled that the Republicans' 2011 voter I-D law was constitutional -- but the law remained blocked until the federal courts resolve the issue. 


Yesterday's Headlines
    - Beaver Dam Council Unanimously Accepts Watermark Grant
    - Operations Committee Tables Bidding For Watermark
    - Kennedy Upset With Media For Announcing Grant

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