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Top Stories September 22, 2017

Mayville Mayor Issues Press Release On Chief Position

 

9/22/17 - Mayville officials are now considering other candidates to fill the vacant police chief position. In a press release, Mayor Rob Boelk says the city presented acting Police Chief Ryan Vossekuil with a formal employment contract prepared by the city’s legal counsel that included appropriate protections from an employment standpoint. The safeguards stemmed from allegations against former Chief Chris MacNeill, who resigned in March, amidst allegations that he altered documents to help the son of a former Mayville police officer get into the army. Boelk says that the city’s legal counsel included terms and conditions which are “commonly used” in contracts for a new police chief, such as a 12-month probationary period. He says that Vossekuil did not make any counter-proposals. Vossekuil reportedly has had several problems with the original contract. It has been reported in the media that one of those issues is a total loss of benefits if he would be removed from office for any reason, or if he failed to give 90 days’ written notice if he planned to resign during the life of the contract.  It was also reported that Vossekuil and Boelk exchanged emails in which the mayor asked the 15-year-veteran with the department if he would accept the contract if certain items were removed. In those emails, Boelk says he could not do so himself but would bring the idea back to the council for consideration. Vossekuil says that he would need to see a new contract in writing without the terms included before considering the offer with his attorney. Last week, the Common Council voted unanimously to accept Vossekuil’s rejection. The city says they will no longer comment on the situation or discuss confidential personnel matters. A group called Mayville First has started an online petition with over 600 signatures at change.org seeking to keep Vossekuil as police chief.

 

Walker Touting Budget On School Tour

 

9/22/17 - Governor Scott Walker continues his road tour of Wisconsin today (Friday) to highlight the new state budget he signed into law Thursday in Neenah. The Republican Walker has visited numerous public schools to promote the 639-million dollar increase in state school aid he approved in the two-year budget, after reducing state funds by the millions after the G-O-P's public union crackdown in 2011. Today, he'll visit schools in Chippewa Falls, Mosinee, and Sheboygan. Meanwhile, the Assembly's incoming Democratic minority leader -- Gordon Hintz of Oshkosh -- calls this the third straight budget without a long-term solution to highway funding. Hintz also slammed a repeal of the state's alternative minimum tax, saying it would benefit the wealthy -- and he said the G-O-P's two-and-a-half-month delay in approving the budget was all about political games and earmarks.

 

Fitzgerald Rejects Notion Of Veto Action

 

9/22/17 - Assembly Republicans are said to be grumbling about some of the 99 items their party's governor vetoed from the new state budget. And the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says there's at least some talk that the majority might to try to override what they do not like -- including extra state aid for districts that get the smallest amounts now for each student. But Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau says there would be "zero chance" his chamber considers any veto overrides if the Assembly tries that approach. Any veto of a governor's action is rare, and the last time it happened was in 1985 when Democrat Tony Earl was governor. The state budget also contains about a $200 million buffer in case state income and sales tax collections soften. Fitzgerald says you probably will not hear much about that, but it gives the state some protection in case the economy does not stay strong. It will help the state avoid having to do a budget repair bill, something other states may have to do because they did not plan as well. Fitzgerald was among the state legislators who attended the Governor’s budget signing ceremony at a Neenah elementary school Thursday.

 

Local August Unemployment Filings

 

9/22/17 - Jobless numbers in the region remain relatively low. According to numbers released by the state Department of Workforce Development, unemployment filings in Dodge County were 2.9-percent in August, down one-tenth of one percent from July. The rate last year was 3.7-percent. Jefferson County was down two-tenths from the previous month to three-percent even. Filings in Columbia, Washington and Fond du Lac counties were flat in August compared to July. Columbia County was at 2.8-percent, Washington County was 2.9-percent and Fond du Lac County was three-percent. Green Lake County was up two-tenths over the two-month period at 3.5-percent. Dane County had the lowest rate in the state at 2.4-percent while Menominee County was the highest at 7.5-percent. The statewide, non-adjusted unemployment rate in August was 3.4-percent, a full percentage point below the national rate.

 

Waupun Man Sentenced For Injuring Officer

 

9/22/17 - A Waupun man who sparked a police chase that resulted in injuries to a sheriff’s lieutenant was sentenced yesterday to one year in jail. Matthew Ellcey pled no contest in July to felony Obstructing an Officer Resulting in Bodily Harm. A second felony count of Fleeing and Eluding an Officer was dismissed but read into the record. During a traffic stop on Highway 49 in March, the lieutenant reached in the car to try and stop Ellcey who was slowly putting his vehicle into gear. The 23-year-old dragged the lieutenant a short distance before heading to Waupun where he crashed his vehicle and took off on foot before being apprehended. The officer was treated and released from Waupun Memorial Hospital. Ellcey had a three-year prison sentence imposed and stayed and will be able to serve his one year in jail with work release privileges. He must also pay $1300 in restitution. 

 

WCI Inmate Charged In Guard Assault

 

9/22/17 - An inmate at Waupun Correctional is accused of assaulting a prison guard. Jesus Quintero is charged with one felony count of Battery By Prisoner for punching a corrections officer last month. The 29-year-old was upset about not being able to use the shower, charged at the guard and struck him repeatedly in the face. Quintero got into a boxing stance, was pepper sprayed and then cooperated after a brief struggle. If convicted, he faces an additional 12 years in prison. Quintero is scheduled to make his initial appearance in Dodge County court next month.

 

United Way Seeking Help For Packing Food

 

9/22/17 - The United Way is looking for volunteers to help pack 50-thousand meals for those in need. The Chapters in Dodge and Fond du Lac counties are teaming up tomorrow for their 12th Annual Day of Caring in Waupun to stock local food pantries. Susan Jentz, the Executive Director of the United Way of Dodge County says this year they are packaging protein and vitamin fortified cinnamon apple oatmeal and tomato basil pasta. Jentz says the packages fill a vital need when food supplies are low during lean times of the year. Because the packages have a two-year shelf live they will be available year round for pantries to hand out as needed. The Day of Caring food packing event is being held tomorrow at the Union Youth Center in Waupun on Jackson Street. Pre-registration is requested at volunteerdodge.net. More information can be found at unitedwayofdodgecounty.org.

 

Dodge County Fair Wristband Proceeds Donated

 

9/22/17 - The Dodge County Fair raised over $8300 this year for local non-profits through the sales of wristbands that are required to drink alcohol. Fair Association Secretary Sharon Keil says the one-dollar wristband policy helps control underage drinking. The groups that are splitting the funds raised this year include the Dodge County Boots and Saddle Club, the Beaver Dam Exchange Club, the Dodge County Emergency Response Team, the Juneau Lions Club and Green Valley Enterprises. In addition, the American Legion donated their share to Camp American Legion at Lake Tomahawk. Also, Bayside Concessions donated their share to the WBEV-WXRO Children's Radiothon.



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

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