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Top Stories March 22, 2017

Sheriff’s Lieutenant Injured In Chase


3/22/17 - A Dodge County Sheriff’s Lieutenant was injured Tuesday night after a suspect fled the scene traffic stop. The incident happened at 11:40pm on State Highway 49 near Shamrock Road in the Town of Chester.  The driver, identified as Matthew Ellcey of Waupun, reportedly fled the traffic stop dragging the Sheriff’s lieutenant for a short distance as he fled.  The lieutenant sustained minor injuries and was treated at Waupun Memorial Hospital and released. A pursuit of Ellcey was initiated and continued into the city of Waupun.  The 22-year-old Ellcey lost control of his vehicle and crashed at the intersection of East Main Street and South Watertown Street.  He fled from the scene but was later apprehended at a Waupun residence after deputies searched other locations that the suspect had entered, including National Rivet and Manufacturing Company. Ellcey was arrested and booked into the Dodge County Detention Facility.  This case remains under investigation. Charges being requested through the Dodge County District Attorney’s Office include Knowingly Fleeing an Officer and Obstructing an Officer Causing Injury, among others. The Wisconsin State Patrol handled the investigation of the crash with assistance from the Waupun Police Department, and the Beaver Dam Police Department K-9 Unit. 


Beaver Dam Chamber Candidates Forum Tonight


3/22/17 - The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce is hosting candidate’s forum tonight. Confirmed participants include candidates for mayor, alderman and circuit court judge. Incumbent Mayor Tom Kennedy is facing a challenge from Ward Eight Alderwoman Becky Glewen.  The other contested local municipal race is in the city’s ninth aldermanic ward where Richard Barcus is challenging incumbent Lisa Davidson. Two candidates are also competing for the judicial seat previously held by Judge John Storck: Incumbent Judge Martin De Vries of Randolph and Attorney Randy Doyle of Beaver Dam. The format will allow for questions from the media, the public and the candidates themselves. The Spring Election Candidates Forum will be held at the Beaver Dam Veterans Center beginning at 7pm this evening. It will be broadcast live on AM 1430 WBEV.


Beaver Dam Aldermanic Race: Davidson Vs Barcus


3/22/17 - We had an opportunity to sit down with the candidates for Beaver Dam’s ninth ward this week on WBEV’s Community Comment. That’s where incumbent Lisa Davidson is facing challenger Richard Barcus. Beaver Dam’s ninth aldermanic ward is home to most of Lake Shore Drive, an asphalt street without curb and gutter that winds along the shoreline. A $1.7-million-dollar reconstruction of the roadway from Oneida to Denning targeted for 2011 was scrapped. Residents opposed the project citing the loss of the neighborhood’s character and assessments of between $7000 and $10-thousand per homeowner. While such assessments are typical of projects with new sidewalks, curb and gutter and concrete roadway, city leaders were more responsive at the time to the “cookie cutter approach” to designing the road which would have resulted in the loss of around 75 trees. The project was eventually pushed back indefinitely so that limited funds could be directed to a new police station. Even though the roadway is considered to be in poor condition under a state rating system, the project has yet to be revisited and does not appear on the city’s current five-year plan for street repairs. Challenger Richard Barcus says he would like to see the street fixed but as a homeowner does not want to see the costs associated with news curbs and sidewalks. Barcus says you do not have to be a civil engineer to strike a grade and see where there are problems in the layout and of the street. He says he would like to see more blacktop work done than just filling holes. Alderwoman Lisa Davidson says she walks the street frequently and patching needs to be done in the short term while in the long term it is important to have the effected homeowners be part of the conversation. Davidson says the people most impacted have indicated that they do not want to see the street reconfigured excessively with the addition of sidewalks. She says if the matter comes up again while she is on the council, she would ask that the effected property owners have a greater involvement in the plans.


Hustisford Facilities Referendum On Community Comment


3/22/17 - On Community Comment this afternoon our guests will be in to discuss the facilities referendum that voters in the Hustisford School District will see on the April 4 ballot. If approved, the referendum would cover a variety of facility upgrades at John Hustis Elementary School including the creation of a safe, secure entryway, renovation of the existing gym into a larger cafeteria space, a new gymnasium, a new hard surface playground and parking lot, and three additional classrooms.  The spring referendum includes the same items as the question that failed by 80 votes this past November.  However, the price tag increased by $235-thousand dollars to $5.8-million due to cost bumps throughout the construction market.  If successful, the mill rate would increase by an estimated $1.59, meaning the owner of a $150,000 house would pay an extra $238 per year.  Our guests this afternoon will be Hustisford School Superintendent Heather Cramer and Director of Financial Services Mike Gerlach. Community Comment airs weekdays on AM1430 WBEV beginning at 12:35pm.


Dodge County Land Conservation Changing Name


3/22/17 - The Dodge County Board last night approved a name change of both the Land Conservation Committee and Land Conservation Department. The group recommended the name of the Dodge County Land and Water Conservation Committee and Department. County Administrator James Mielke says the change is more reflective of what they do. Some of the things that the Conservation Department focuses on is water quality improvement, soil erosion control, wildlife damage, and public awareness. Mielke adds that it is a very common name used throughout the state and that the group wants to indicate to both the public and the committee that it is the land and water conservation.


New Supervisor Appointed To County Board


3/22/17 - The Dodge County Board has a new member. Kira Sheahan-Malloy was approved by the board last night to represent District 27, which consists of the First, Third and Fourth Wards in the city of Waupun. Sheahan-Malloy is taking the place of Michael Malloy, her husband, who left the position last February for an out-of-town job opportunity. Sheahan-Malloy says that her husband was positioned two and half hours away and he was not going to be able to be locally engaged. Sheahan-Malloy adds she will be free four days a week and can attend any meetings and get interested in what is going on in the area. This will be Sheahan-Malloy’s first political position. She has run bars and restaurants, has her certification in divorce and labor mediation, and she works for Wal-Mart in a quality control position. Her term is for one year and Sheahan-Malloy says if it all works out she will run next year.


Unknown How Many Wisconsinites Would Lose Insurance


3/22/17 - State Health Services Secretary Linda Seemeyer says she has no idea how many Wisconsinites would lose coverage in the Obamacare replacement bill now in Congress. At a Wisconsin Health News forum Tuesday, Seemeyer says her agency does not have an estimate. She says the number of residents gaining or losing health insurance would hinge on what happens in the marketplace. The Congressional Budget Office says about 24-million Americans would lose insurance during the next decade. According to liberal-based groups, almost 130-thousand state residents would be left uninsured next year, and 900-thousand could lose coverage in the next decade. Seemeyer says no one can tell for sure.


Watertown Man Sentenced For Business Theft


3/22/17 - A Watertown man will spend 60 days in jail for stealing from a Clyman business. Armando Tovar pled no contest to one felony count of Burglary of a Building or Dwelling. The 32-year-old was found guilty of breaking into his former place of employment, Pernat Haase Meats, and stealing nearly $6,000 dollars from the safe last July. In addition to the jail time, Tovar will have two years’ probation and pay $5,669 dollars in restitution to the victim.