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Top Stories May 23, 2017

Semi Crash At Highway 151, County G Interchange


5/23/17 - A medical condition may have been a contributing factor in a crash involving a semi-truck in the Town of Beaver Dam Monday afternoon. The accident happened at 12:19pm on the interchange ramps at Highway 151 and County Highway G. Dodge County Sheriff’s officials say the semi exited at the Highway 151 off-ramp, failed to stop at the stop sign at the top of the ramp, crossed over County G, and crashed alongside the Highway 151 on-ramp. No other vehicles were involved. The driver of the semi – 62-year-old Chanakira Goodwill of Durham, North Carolina – was transported to a local hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries and-or a possible medical condition. The trailer of the semi – which is owned by Berg Grain and Produce of Fargo, North Dakota – was loaded with Coors beer; none was spilled. However, the DNR responded to the scene because a small amount of diesel fuel may have leaked from the truck fuel tanks. The on-ramp was closed for several hours while the truck was removed. The crash remains under investigation.


Name Released In Hartford Fatal Crash


5/23/17 - The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the 18-year-old Richfield man who died following a two-car crash in the Town of Hartford Thursday night. Reconstruction of the accident shows that Nathanial Jackson Miennert crossed the center line on a curve on Highway 83 and struck an oncoming car head on that was driven by an 18-year-old Erin man. Miennert died after being flown to a Hartford hospital.  The name of the other driver was not released.


Cambria Teen Facing Felony Charges For Killing Dog


5/23/17 - A 17-year-old Cambria boy was arrested Monday for shooting a 10-year-old yellow lab. Green Lake County Sheriff’s officials say the dog was a family pet that had been running in a field near a fence line off Yunker Road in the Town of Manchester. It failed to return and had been missing since May 12th.  Its body was located Sunday and identified. It’s believed the boy was turkey hunting in the area. He is being charged with felony mistreatment of animals causing death.


Dodge County Sheriff Warns Of Thefts From Vehicles


5/23/17 - Dodge County Sheriff’s officials are warning residents after numerous vehicles in the towns of Hustisford and Hubbard were entered and items were stolen over the weekend. Items taken included; loose change, medications, a removable center console and audio equipment. Authorities caution residents remove valuable items and lock their vehicles. They also ask if you see anything or anyone that looks suspicious to taken note of what they are wearing, the kind of vehicle they are driving and license plates. Then call 9-1-1.


Vendor Ordinance Advances Through Mayville Committee


5/23/17 - An ordinance regulating street vendors made its way through committee in Mayville last night. Currently, there is no permit process in place. Mayor Rob Boelk says that this is something needed for the general good of the public. He says there will be regulations so they do not park so close to downtown or other businesses. The ordinance will also set the time of day a vendor can operate, parking restrictions and permits costs. Boelk says he looked at other municipalities similar to Mayville when to lay the ground work for the ordinance. He says he hopes the council will come back with some changes and suggestions to make it better for everyone. The goal is to have the ordinance approved by the end of summer.


Columbus Schools Names Student Services Director


5/23/17 - Columbus schools named a new Student Services Director at the final board meeting of the current school year last night. District Superintendent Annette Deuman says the new administrator is Brandon DeWalt from the Madison School District. Deuman says DeWalt will bring a lot of skills to Columbus when he takes over the administrative post currently held by Brian Johnson. Johnson turned in his resignation earlier this year. The new Student Services Director will take office on July 1.


Home Sales, Prices Up In Dodge County, Statewide


5/23/17 - Wisconsin Realtors sold almost eleven percent fewer existing houses in April than the year before -- and they blame it on a continued drop in the numbers of buildings for sale. The state Realtors Association says its members sold 66-hundred houses in April, down from 74-hundred in the same month of 2016. The Realtors' group says the numbers of houses on the market dropped from 50-thousand two years ago to 36-thousand last month -- a drop of 28-percent in the past 24 months. And the lack of supply has driven up prices to a statewide average of 171-thousand dollars -- almost seven-percent more than last April. In Dodge County, there were 95 homes sales last month, seven more than April of last year. The median sales price in Dodge County increased by just less than one percent to $136-thousand dollars. For the year as a whole, there have been 274 homes sales in Dodge County, up from 256 by this time last year. Realtors' C-E-O Mike Theo says tight inventories are hitting lots of U-S regions' hard, with only four-point-one months of housing supply in March while Wisconsin's supply was five-point-three months in April.


Walker Again Threatens Veto Of Entire State Budget


5/23/17 - For the second time in five days, Governor Scott Walker has tweeted that he would veto the entire state budget if it raises property taxes. The threats come as some majority legislative Republicans consider breaking with their party's governor on key parts of his two year, 76-billion dollar package. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he doesn't understand where Walker's coming from -- although WisPolitics Dot Com says the governor might be warning some Republicans concerned about Walker's plans to eliminate a forestry tax, and the state's share of local property taxes to create more general state revenue. Walker again tweeted that state taxes are too high, and the G-O-P ran on a promise to lower people's tax burdens. The governor again vowed to veto a gas tax hike -- and Assembly Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca says he's never seen Republicans "more divided."


State Asks US Supreme Court Not To Mandate Redistricting


5/23/17 - The state has asked the U-S Supreme Court to block an order to have G-O-P legislators redraw state legislative district lines by November first. Attorney General Brad Schimel has waited for three months to find out if the justices in Washington will hold oral arguments on the state's appeal of a ruling by three federal judges last fall that the G-O-P's district maps from 2011 were unconstitutionally gerrymandered in the party's favor -- and new maps should be drawn in time for the 2018 elections. On Monday, Schimel told the Supreme Court it should not have to spend the time and money to draw new maps, unless the justices agree that the current ones are unconstitutional. The Fair Elections Project says the justices should let last year's ruling stand, saying the G-O-P would go to "ends of the earth" to defend what a group spokesman calls "their unfair maps."


Federal Grant Will Help Treat Youth Mental Health, Drug Issues


5/23/17 - Wisconsin is getting three million federal dollars to help treat teens and young adults with issues involving mental health, and drug and alcohol abuse. State health officials say the funds will create a program that offers family based therapy to those between 16 and 25. It's called the Wisconsin Youth Treatment Initiative, and it will get about 750-thousand dollars in each of the next four years from the U-S Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. State Health Services Secretary Linda Seemeyer says the grant will help Wisconsin in its fight against heroin, methamphetamine, prescription drug abuse -- as well as other disorders affecting young people in many communities.