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Top Stories August 19, 2017

Woman Killed Helping Motorist On Highway Identified


8/19/17 - The Beaver Dam woman killed Thursday on Highway 151 after exiting her SUV to help motorist has been identified as 37-year-old Kayla Davis. The incident occurred at 5:16am just north of Forest Road in the Town of Calamus. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says it all began with an unrelated crash involving two vehicles that had resulted in only property damage. Davis stopped in the left lane of southbound Highway 151 to render aid, exited her SUV and walked onto the shoulder of the median. 28-year-old Troy Kelm of Beaver Dam was driving a southbound pickup truck that swerved to avoid striking her SUV. Kelm struck Davis instead outside her SUV. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dodge County Medical Examiner.  Kelm was not injured. The accident remains under investigation. 


Remains In Ixonia Fatal Fire Identified


8/19/17 - Authorities in Jefferson County have identified the remains of a second body found in a fatal fire in the Town of Ixonia this spring. DNA tests have confirmed that the deceased is 52-year-old Charles Lawrence who resided at the property. Both a shed and a home were burning when firefighters arrived around 6:30am on April 24. In May, authorities learned that the human remains recovered in the were from two separate individuals. The other victim was identified as 61-year-old Brion Downie who also lived at the residence. Sheriff Paul Milbrath says the investigation is still ongoing and no further information was released.


Mayville Has New Police Chief


8/19/17 - The City of Mayville has a new police chief. On Thursday, the city’s Police and Fire Commission offered the position to interim Chief Ryan Vossekuil, who accepted pending a background check. The vacancy was opened when former Police Chief Chris MacNeill resigned in March amidst allegations of wrongdoing in office after 17 years with the department. MacNeill allegedly altered documents in 2011 to help the son of a Mayville police officer get into the army. Vossekuil has been with the department just shy of 15 years.


Former Beaver Dam Student Gets Deferred Prosecution For Threats


8/19/17 - A former Beaver Dam student who took part in threats that led to the cancellation of school districtwide in May entered into a plea agreement with Dodge County prosecutors yesterday. Dylan C. Graf was placed on deferred prosecution for a felony count of Terrorist Threats meaning he will avoid a felony record if he stays out of trouble while on probation for the next year. Graf and another minor were talking via Skype with a juvenile from Las Vegas. The 17-year-old initially said that the Las Vegas teen composed a threatening email to an associate principal. Graf later admitted to having some input in the email. The email said, in part, (quote) “I plan to enter the proximity of your board of education tomorrow with hatred within my grasp.  With a pistol in one hand, and the button that shall set off several explosive materials in the other…. I hate all of you…Don’t try and stop me, there’s no way to find out who I am.  I advise you to be prepared tomorrow.  I’ll be executing my plan during the 4th period.  So long and goodnight.” In addition to probation, Graf is not allowed any contact with the Beaver Dam School District properties.


Beaver Dam Man Convicted Of Stealing Jewelry


8/19/17 - A Beaver Dam man was convicted yesterday of stealing jewelry from a neighbor. Cody Reifsnider entered a guilty plea to felony Burglary of a Building or Dwelling. Beaver Dam police were dispatched after the victim reported that someone stole the items from a bedroom. The 30-year-old Reifsnider had a key to the residence. The victim also noticed that a juice box had been moved and fingerprints were taken. The results from a DNA analysis linked Reifsnider to the juice box. Investigators also connected him to the stolen items through a Beaver Dam pawn shop. If convicted, Reifsnider could face up to 13-years in prison. A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered and sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 1.


Attendance At Dodge County Fair Picks Up After Slow Start


8/19/17 - Attendance at the Dodge County Fair this year got off to a slow start. Fair Association Secretary Sharon Kiel says Wednesday’s numbers were hampered by bad weather. The Badger State Tractor Pullers were cancelled along with other activities including events at Radio Park because of inclement weather. While there were also some passing storms on Thursday, Kiel says based on the amount of tickets sold at the gates Thursday this year fared better than Thursday last year. When we spoke with Kiel late last night she Friday attendance was great all day long. On tap for today at the fair, day four includes: the horse pull and tractor pull at the grandstand along with the Holstein futurity show, the small animal auction, and supreme showmanship all at the Farm Progress Arena. At Radio Park, something new this year: Love & Farriage which is a large vow renewal ceremony for married couples complete with a bouquet and garter toss, a grand march, wedding toasts, wedding pictures and dancing. On the grandstand tonight, southern rockers 38-Special. The cost to enter the fair before 2pm is $7 and after 2pm is $10. There is no additional charge for the grandstand acts or parking.


Cream Puff Contest Results


8/19/17 - Past Fairest’s of the Fair were the big winners at the Dodge County Fair’s 22nd Annual Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Contest last night. 2014 Fairest Carrie Warmka beat rival Fairests from 2011, 2015, 2016 and this year’s Fairest Alicia Burnett along with 2017 Dodge County Fire Queen Maggie Condon of Burnett. Warmka took home the Sweetest of the Fair trophy with a time of one-minute-two-second (1:02). 2010 Fairest Danielle Clark took home the Fastest of the Fair trophy after edging out a close second place Elwood Lee of Elwood and the Eccentrics. Clark had a time of 55-seconds. Clark and Warmka also had the fastest times of all seven cream puff rounds, even beating the sheriff who took home the Excellence in Pastry Consumption trophy with a time of one-minute-eight-seconds (1:08). Sheriff Dale Schmidt withstood a challenge from Republican legislators Scott Fitzgerald, Mark Born, John Jagler and Keith Ripp along with Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg who unsuccessfully challenged the judge’s decision following a close second place finish. In the round dedicated to the WBEV-WXRO Children’s Radiothon, the finish was so close judges had to review the video before awarding the (hashtag) #itsforthekids trophy to Big Brother Nick Lenzendorf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dodge County, over objections from Joann Lehman of Green Valley Enterprises. WXRO Morning Show host Thomas Rehfledt downed a cream puff in one-minute-four-seconds to take the trophy from Beaver Dam’s new mayor, the Dodge County Emergency Management Director, and folks from the Beaverland Mustskis and Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre. Brand new this year was a round dedicated to 4-H leaders in Dodge County. Heather Rynearson of the Watertown Badgers 4-H bested fellow 4-H-ers from the A-OK 4-H in Iron Ridge, the River Oaks 4-H in Clyman and Lowell and the UW Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Director. And last but certainly not least, the Thank You For Serving Our County Trophy went to Darvin Seibert of the Nation of Patriots who narrowly got past Andrew Johnson of the Gold Star Memorial Trail and also the trail’s Laura Johnson, Jim Bublitz of Badger Honor Flight, David Noe of the Maine Corps League and Dodge County Veterans Service Officer Andy Miller.

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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