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Top Stories March 23, 2017

Mayoral Candidates Field Tough Questions At Forum


3/23/17 - Over one hundred people turned out at the Beaver Dam Veterans Center last night for a Candidates Forum sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Both candidates for Beaver Dam mayor fielded some tough questions from the audience intended to cast doubt on their experience and effectiveness as elected officials.  Last night’s forum allowed for questions from the media, the candidates themselves and the general public. City resident Mary Klatt told mayoral candidate Rebecca Glewen that her resume looks like a lot of fluff and asked why she would leave her position as a first term alderman to run for mayor. After a pause, Glewen responded by saying that she “takes on things that mean something” to her and noted that in 24 years she has had three jobs which she says is not “job-hopping.” Glewen says she has been preparing herself for her future and making the biggest impact she can make in the community. She says being on city council has been a great experience and she does not feel any of her work experience has been fluff. City resident Brian French asked incumbent Mayor Tom Kennedy to point to one initiative that was 100-percent his idea. Kennedy said “just the day-to-day operations of mayor for one” and noted that he meets with his department heads every three months which had never been done by a mayor before. Kennedy also said that he goes to the senior center every month, works weekends and is very active in the community with various groups. Glewen will discuss the issues with us one-on-one next week Thursday on WBEV’s Community Comment while Kennedy will join us next Friday.


Circuit Judge Candidates Trade Barbs At Forum


3/23/17 - The two candidates for the Dodge County Circuit Court Judge traded barbs at the Beaver Dam Chamber’s Election Candidates Forum last night.  Incumbent Martin J. DeVries went up against challenger Randy Doyle. DeVries, who was appointed to the position in 2016, made comment on Doyle’s lack of diversity in the types of cases he has taking in his practice. Stating, his opponent has had 96 small claim collections, one criminal case representing a child pornography case, one divorce, and a forfeiture ticket. So that’s 96 versus 3 and the job of sentencing is one of the difficult parts of this job and I believe I’ve got the experience and the rigor in my practice to do that. Doyle, who is currently an attorney in Beaver Dam,  agreed that he does handle more small claims cases than any other but says it is a result of him representing a collection company that wants to make sure their clients get paid for the goods and services they provide. Doyle adds that his cases are ongoing and a misrepresentation of his practice. Saying that family cases can take years to finish because if there are children involved they need time to grow up before decisions can be made. Later in the forum, Doyle points out an instance where DeVries tried to pass down a sentence that was mishandled. Stating, it took a half an hour to straighten out two illegal sentences that DeVries tried to order for the defendant and after those two illegal sentences and a lecture from the district attorney he finally gave a legal sentence. The format did not allow a response from DeVries but the candidates will have a chance to respond when they visit WBEV’s Community Comment next week.


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Suicidal Driver Crashes Vehicle


3/23/17 - A woman was apparently suicidal when she took several pills and crashed her vehicle. The one-vehicle rollover occurred around 8pm Tuesday evening on State Highway 26 and St. Ann Road in the Town of Oak Grove. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says Valerie L. Neuman was arrested for first offense Operating While Intoxicated. The 58-year-old Neuman reportedly told emergency room staff that prior to the accident she had taken 30 Diazepam pills in an attempt to end her life.


First Wisconsin Survey Released On President Trump


3/23/17 - In the first major Wisconsin poll of Donald Trump's presidency, the Marquette Law School survey gives the Republican a 41% approval rating. 47% disapprove, and 11% say they're not sure. Trump's popularity rides along party lines, with 86% of Republicans approving of his job performance so far and 89% of Democrats disapproving. Also, 54% of the 800 registered voters in the new Marquette poll favor keeping and improving Obamacare, while 28% support a full G-O-P replacement. And Governor Scott Walker's approval rating is 45%, his highest since 2014 as he considers a possible run for a third term next year.


Waupun Man Sentenced For Child Sex Crimes


3/23/17 - A 44-year-old Waupun man has been sentenced to six years in prison and six years of extended supervision on charges of child enticement and causing a child under 13 years of age to view or listen to a sex act. Judge Gary Sharpe sentenced Michael LaFond this week in Fond du Lac County Court. Three other charges were read into the record and dismissed and another of 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety was dismissed on a prosecutor’s motion.


Man In Court For Fleeing Officers 


3/23/17 - A man accused of running from Dodge County officers was in court for his arraignment yesterday. Eric Henson entered a “not guilty” plea on three criminal charges including felony Attempting to Flee or Elude a Traffic Officer. On January 14, Dodge County officers were dispatched to the Fish Camp boat landing on the Beaver Dam Lake for a reported suicidal subject in a pickup truck.  The person, later identified as Henson, had allegedly consumed pills and was threatening to take his life.  A woman, whose identity has not been confirmed, was following the 30-year-old.  When Henson drove past a squad car, that officer began following him.  Despite the officer turning on his squad lights, Henson reportedly kept driving on Highway 33.  Officers say Henson stopped multiple times but drove off after yelling inaudibly.  Henson reportedly came within a few feet of striking a parked squad car before driving off the road, into a ditch, through a fence line, and through a snow-covered cornfield near Highway 33 and North Center Street.  He allegedly then left his vehicle and started running down the railroad tracks near the dead end of Cherokee Road, yelling that officers should come after him and shoot him.  Authorities called on K-9 Kid from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office to track Henson.  After hearing a coughing or vomiting sound, Kid began barking, which was enough to get Henson to show himself.  Henson reportedly threw a cell phone at officers and kicked one of them while being arrested.  If he is convicted on all counts, Henson faces up to four-and-a-half years in prison. No further court activity has been set.


Former Senator Launches Nonprofit Group


3/23/17 - Former Democratic U-S Senator Russ Feingold is launching a new nonprofit political advocacy group focused on voters' rights, campaign finance reform, protecting the independence of the U-S Supreme Court and abolishing the Electoral College. Feingold yesterday announced the new group, called LegitAction.  It comes four months after he lost a rematch for the U-S Senate against Republican Senator Ron Johnson. Feingold had previously headed a political action committee called Progressives United that he ended in 2015 before his Senate run.


Four People Shot To Death In Wisconsin


3/23/17 - An Everest Metro police officer is one of four people shot to death at three different locations in the Wausau area Wednesday afternoon.  The names of the victims haven't been released.  Police say the shooter is in custody.  The string of incidents started as a reported "domestic situation" at a Rothschild bank at about 12:30pm.  Forty minutes later shots were reported at a Schofield law office, then the shooter was cornered at a Weston apartment complex.  Apartment residents were evacuated, then several shots were heard just before 5:00pm and an ambulance rushed from the scene.  Several schools were locked down in the D.C. Everest School District.


Vehicle Fire Shuts Down Highway 151


3/23/17 - Both the northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 151 in Dodge County were closed for over three hours yesterday because of a vehicle fire. Sheriff Dale Schmidt tells us the vehicle involved is a cattle trailer. Most of the cattle were able to make it out of the burning trailer safely though one animal did perish in the blaze. The incident occurred at 12:21pm.


Yesterday's Headlines
- Teen Seriously Injured In Crash Near Rubicon
- Former Booster Club President Charged With Theft
- Beaver Dam Man Enters Plea To Bank Robbery Charges

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