Drowning Blamed on Current
The recent drowning of a 21 year old man in the Wisconsin River is believed to have been a result of a strong current. According to a release from the Columbia County Sheriff’s department the man was attempting to swim back to shore when he “appeared to have gotten caught in the strong current and went under”. The drowning is the fourth in the general area since April of last year, however unlike the previous 3 alcohol was not involved in the incident. The man’s name has not been released, pending notification of all family members.
Blaze Pink Bill
Hunters in the region could have choice between blaze orange or pink for the hunting season this year. Current state law requires at least 50-percent of the outerwear worn by hunters to be blaze orange. A bill from state Representative Nick Milroy (D-South Range) would expand the rule to include blaze pink as an option, which he hopes will appeal to the growing number of female hunters.The bill is currently being circulated for co-sponsors.
Juneau County Woman Charged
A Juneau County woman charged with two counts each of failing to stop child sexual assault and failing to stop child abuse is now scheduled for a competency hearing. 30 year old April Oldfield of Elroy is also charged with trafficking a child. She faces up to 77 years in prison if found competent and convicted on all charges.
New Lisbon Schools Donation
The New Lisbon school district has received a $5,000 donation from the Minnesota Twins Community Fund to be used towards the building of their new athletic fields. The school applied for the grant through a process online. The Brewers have a similar program, but the team has a two year period before a foundation can receive the grant donation.
Most experts have said the bird flu should be gone by now -- but Wisconsin is not letting its guard down. Raechelle Cline of the state agriculture department says the H-5 virus may still be in the environment, so bio-security precautions still need to be made on poultry farms. The last known instance of the avian flu in Wisconsin was reported three weeks ago yesterday. Also last week, restrictions were lifted close to a backyard flock in Juneau County where the virus was detected in mid-April.
West Baraboo Man Remains Missing
Authorities are on the lookout for a West Baraboo man who hasn’t been heard from since earlier this month. 30 year old Nicholas Moen hasn’t been seen or heard from since around May 11th. Investigators believe that he has not returned to his apartment since that day. Moen’s cellphone and other personal items that would be needed for an extended period of time are not in his possession. If you have information on his whereabouts contact the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department at: 608-356-4895
Mauston Men Arrested
Two men from Mauston were arrested last week following an altercation. The incident occurred last Monday night at just after 11 o’clock at a Mauston tavern. James Howery and Todd Brandt were cited for disorderly conduct and taken to the Juneau County Jail. They will be back in court early next month.
Chicago Man Drowns
The body of a Chicago man was found last night near Wisconsin Dells, two days after he disappeared in the Wisconsin River. Authorities said the 21-year-old man was fishing on a rocky island, and he was swimming back to shore when he got caught in a current. He went underwater around 7 p-m Saturday, and never re-surfaced. Witnesses and relatives tried saving him then, but couldn't. Rescuers used sonar equipment to try and locate the man's body, which was found by a dive team around six last evening. His name was not immediately released.
Click It Or Ticket
Memorial Day weekend is behind us, but the annual Click It or Ticket mobilization continues. The governor proposed increasing the fine to 56 dollars for not wearing a seat belt, but that plan failed last month at the Capitol. Even so, motorists caught unbuckled will be ticketed according to David Pabst with the Bureau of Transportation Safety at the DOT. Wisconsin's seat-belt fine has remained the same since the late 1980s. The fine is $10 & no points are added to the driving record. The Click It or Ticket campaign continues through May 31.
Necedah Woman To Plead In June
The case of a Necedah woman who Juneau County Police say killed the father of her daughter in February is all but officially headed to trial. 21 year old Natalie Murphy will be back in court to make a plea on June 10th. Police say Murphy has admitted to shooting 24 year old Andrew Dammen in the chest.
Donation To Hope House
The Columbia County Tavern League recently joined with other area Tavern Leagues as a Gold sponsor for Hope House’s “Journey of Hope” fundraiser last month. The campaign helped raise awareness through April for Sexual Assault Awareness month. The Columbia County Tavern League presented Hope House a $1,000 donation.
Mauston Man Taken Into Custody
A man from Mauston was taken into custody for bail jumping and obstructing an officer last Tuesday. Jason Sonnenberg of Mauston allegedly damaged the property of a neighbor while intoxicated, which was a violation of his bond of absolute sobriety. He was taken into custody for the violations.
A TIFF district to help support development of a future world class golf course in Adams County was approved by a state senate committee late last week. Sand Valley has the potential to be a top golf destination according to state senator Julie Lassa. That could lead to business development too. Site work is already underway. The course is expected to create 100 new jobs.
Highly Visible Enforcement Saturation Patrol
The Juneau County Sheriff’s Department along with the Mauston and New Lisbon Police Departments will be having a highly visible enforcement saturation patrol this Saturday night from 7 until 3 o’clock Sunday morning. Juneau County residents and visitors will see an increase in law enforcement visibility during that time. The campaign hopes to prevent traffic deaths and injuries involving drunken driving.