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Children’s Radiothon Noon Total: $19,806.50


6/22/17 - The WBEV/WXRO Children's Radiothon is here with a 27-hour marathon broadcast to benefit ten local charities. It began with a live on-air auction Thursday morning at 6am, and continues through 9am Friday morning.  John Kraft is traveling around the county Thursday as the organizations benefitting from the Radiothon compete to raise funds with the winner taking home the Annual DCS Trophy Cup. There is a kid’s carnival, brat fry and ice cream social at the Verizon Wireless Zone of Beaver Dam on North Spring Street until 2pm. New this year at the kid’s carnival is Nate’s Lemonade Stand. Seven-year-old Nate Smith is the son of Scott and Lori Smith, who organize Noel’s Angel Walk. As part of a virtual lemonade stand, lemonade packets were previously handed out to raise money. There will also be an actual lemonade stand today at the kid’s carnival. We are again be collecting cash donations on the roof of the Stoddard Street radio station. Kevin Haugen is the “News Guy in the Sky” on the roof for the entire duration of the Radiothon along with Vilay the Verizon permitting. He will be joined by local officials including Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt and Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen. Tonight, the Radiothon Bash will be held at Bayside Supper Club in Beaver Dam from 6:30pm 8:30pm with bingo from 4pm to 6pm. The ten organizations benefiting from the Children's Radiothon are People Against A Violent Environment, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dodge County and the Watertown Community, Green Valley Enterprises, YMCA of Dodge County, Clothes for Kids, the Watertown Family Center, ARC Dodge County, Community Care Preschool and Child Care, the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association and – new this year – Church Health Services. For more information on the WBEV-WXRO Children’s Radiothon, follow the link on the banner on the left hand side of this webpage or go to:


BDFD Urges Public To Check For Recalled Dehumidifiers


6/22/17 - Beaver Dam Fire Chief Alan Mannel is urging the public to check to see if their dehumidifier is on a recall list. A dehumidifier was said to be the cause of a basement fire on the 100 block of Cleveland Street Tuesday morning. Mannel says they have had several fires that can be traced back to defective dehumidifiers that are on the recall list. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall of millions of dehumidifiers last fall because they can overheat and start on fire. The recall affects around 3.4 million Midea dehumidifiers of varying sizes sold under dozens of brand names including GE, Kenmore and Frigidaire that were manufactured by GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Ltd. of China and sold at department stores including Menards from January 2003 through December 2013.

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Toddler Struck By Minivan Near Pardeeville


6/22/17 - A toddler was struck by a minivan near Pardeeville on Wednesday. Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards says the boy ran into the roadway near County Highway EE in the Township of Scott north of Pardeeville. The westbound minivan was driven by 53-year-old George Buss of Lake Mills, who was not injured. Richards says the two-year-old ran into the roadway.  The child sustained multiple injuries and was transported by Med Flight to an area hospital. The accident remains under investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Wisconsin State Patrol.  Pardeeville Fire, Pardeeville EMS and Divine Savior EMS assisted at the scene. 


Juneau Woman Arraigned On Child Abuse Charges


6/22/17 - A Juneau woman charged in connection with a series of abusive acts toward children entered a not guilty plea at arraignment yesterday. Anna Marie Lloyd is facing two counts of felony Physical Abuse of a Child Intentionally Causing Bodily Harm and misdemeanor Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Prosecutors say the 48-year-old has 13 children but the state of Oklahoma had previously removed most from her care. She reportedly left the Arkansas-based Tony Alamo Cult in 2008, in advance of a police raid that resulted in the children of cult members being placed in protective custody. A local school district contacted Child Protective Services after learning that the children were not in school and were not registered with the state for homeschooling. Among the allegations outlined in the criminal complaint: Lloyd would smack a baby and pre-teen multiple times a week with a closed fist across the head to gain compliance; the baby would play in a litterbox, drink out of a toilet and eat dishwasher tablets while Lloyd stared blankly at a computer screen for hours and an older child tended to diapers; Lloyd reportedly smoked cigarettes before, during and after the birth of a child; a preteen who was said to be homeschooled could not read, write or count and would have used a computer program for homeschooling but did not know the password. Lloyd also reportedly condoned molestation saying the child was “fine with it.” She also allegedly told a preteen to smoke marijuana.  Lloyd apparently admitted to some of the charges to investigators saying that the incidents only happened once not multiple times like she is being accused of. If convicted, Lloyd faces over 12 years in prison.


Fond du Lac Authorities Look For Speeding Motorcycle


6/22/17 - Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying two individuals involved in a high-speed chase between a motorcycle and sheriff’s deputy on Interstate-41 last Thursday about 11:30pm. Sheriff’s Captain Ryan Waldschmidt says a deputy was conducting radar operations when he clocked a motorcycle going 91 miles an hour near County Highway N.  When the motorcyclist increased speed the pursuit was cut off near the Fond du Lac/Winnebago County line. The last speed the deputy got on his radar for the bike was 123 miles per hour. Waldschmidt says because of the speed, time of night, and because there was a passenger on the back of the motorcycle the chase was cut short. Because the bike had a distinct look; a silver-colored Yamaha with white and blue auxiliary lighting around the engine and undercarriage, the deputy doubled back to see if the motorcycle had stopped for gas along I-41. Waldschmidt was able to locate a gas station where the bike had stopped and got video for still photos that were posted on the Sheriff’s Facebook page. The motorcycle also had a very loud exhaust and also has leather saddle bags and only one rear view mirror on the left side. Anyone who can identify the individuals is asked to call (920) 929-3390 or you can leave an anonymous tip at 906-4777.


New Circuit Judge Named For Madison Area


6/22/17 - A state Justice Department attorney has been named as a new circuit judge for the Madison area. Governor Scott Walker has appointed Timothy Samuelson of Middleton to replace Dane County Circuit Judge John Markson, who spent almost ten years as the Branch One judge before he left earlier in June. Samuelson was with the attorney general's office for the past five years as the head of a unit that investigated Medicaid fraud and elder abuse. He was also the Number two person in the department's appeals and special litigation unit. Last year, Samuelson was a finalist for the new chief administrator of the state Ethics Commission.


Fitzgerald Says Budget Should Be Complete By July Fourth


6/22/17 - State Senator Scott Fitzgerald says he and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos are hashing out some of the final big pieces of the state budget that they think are necessary for the Joint Finance Committee to fully take action on the budget. The state lawmaker from Juneau feels a state budget could be approved by the 4th of July if not sooner. He says he feels more confident now than he did a couple of weeks ago. Fitzgerald some of the big differences have been over transportation and education.


DNR No Longer Staffing State Fair


6/22/17 - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will no longer have a large presence at the state fair to promote hunting, fishing and other recreational pursuits. A D-N-R spokesman tells the Wisconsin State Journal that the department will no longer send between 100 to 200 staff members to the 11-day event. The decision is part of the department's attempt to refocus its efforts after budget cuts and criticism from the Legislature. The agency has previously operated a two-acre Natural Resources Park on the state fair park grounds where it offered activities such as archery, birdwatching, fishing, knot-tying and tracking. Department spokesman Jim Dick says starting this year it will offer information on state parks, recreation areas and endangered species, but the state fair will now manage the two-acre site.