The Eli Young Band appeared to have lost everything onboard their tour bus after it was destroyed in a fire early Wednesday morning (Jan. 18) in Kansas. The band was at home with the night off, and the bus was making its way to their next show on Friday (Jan. 20) in Minnesota. There have... Read more »...more
In his new âHold You Backâ music video Ryan Hurd is holdinâ up after saying goodbye to an off-and-on-again love who is leaving for a new life in New York City. Set in cinematic black and white, Hurd sits by himself in a chair as he comes to terms with his new reality — sheâs... Read more »...more
Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley and Brantley Gilbert are among the acts announced Tuesday (Jan. 17) for the iHeartCountry Festival set for May 6 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. Rascal Flatts, Old Dominion, Jake Owen, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini and the Raging Idiots have also been confirmed for... Read more »...more
1/18/17 - An arrested warrant has been issued for an Oshkosh woman who failed to appear in Dodge County court yesterday on charges that she caused an accident with medications in her system that injured several people. Amy Galica was scheduled to make her initial appearance yesterday on felony charges of Using a Vehicle with a Controlled Substance Causing Great Bodily Harm and Operating with a Detectable Amount of Restricted Controlled Substance Causing Injury, with a Minor in the Vehicle. In July 2015, the 34-year-old was involved in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 151 in the Town of Calamus. Galica was heading north when her vehicle went into a counter clockwise spin and went through the median into the southbound lane, where it collided with another vehicle. Galica’s vehicle was split apart, and her three-and-a-half-year-old child was ejected while in its car seat. All three people were taken to the hospital as a result, including the driver of the other vehicle who had multiple surgeries tied to injuries sustained in the crash. Prior to the accident, officers received a call stating Galica was all over the road. She reportedly admitted to falling asleep before the crash, and officers found a number of pill bottles prescribed to Galica in the vehicle. Galica refused to provide a blood sample, but officers subpoenaed her hospital sample, which reportedly tested positive for a restricted substance. If she is convicted on both counts, Galica faces over 14 years in prison.
1/18/17 - Emergency calls continue to increase in the City of Beaver Dam. The fire department received 2,901 calls in 2016, up 131 from the year prior. Chief Alan Mannel says calls have nearly tripled in the past 20 years. In 2016, there were 2,137 EMS calls, 357 fire/service related issues, 260 inter-facility transports, and 147 intercepts. Mannel says the increased amount of calls is in line with the national trend, which he believes is partially due to a large number of baby boomers turning 65 years old each year. He says older adults often utilize EMS more frequently than younger folks. Mannel says his department had to administer Narcan, which is the drug that counteracts the effects of an opiate overdose, 72 times in 2016, up from 51 the year prior and 20 in 2010. Looking ahead to 2017, Mannel says the department is working with the Watertown Fire Department and Dodge County officials to implement a ‘rescue task force,’ which would aim to reduce life loss in active shooter situations as EMS would no longer wait for law enforcement to clear a building before entering to aid people inside. Mannel says the task force idea came from the documented disconnect between officers and EMS personnel during the 2012 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado. In recent years, Mannel says the city has purchased ballistic vests and helmets for its responders. Those are stored in each departmental vehicle and were used as precautionary measures five times in 2016. Mannel says the department plans to buy additional safety equipment in the coming years and hopes to expand the proposed task force to include other municipal fire departments in Dodge County.
1/18/17 - Approval of a mayoral appointment to a seat on the Columbus Police and Fire Commission was tabled at last night's city council meeting. Mayor Kelly Crombie recommended former alderman Shawn Coyle for the vacancy. First District Alderman Regan Rule was among those who declined to make a motion for Coyle. Rule says that he is not against the candidate but does not think the process for choosing the seat on the commission is appropriate, given the oversight responsibility and authority of the position. The appointment died for lack of a motion, which is the first time the Columbus city council has blocked a commission seat recommended by Mayor Crombie, who is not seeking a third term in the spring election.
1/17/17 - A winter weather advisory has been extended until noon in Dodge, Columbia, Green Lake, Marquette and Washington counties and counties to the north, as part of the large Midwest ice storm that moved into the Badger State on Monday. Overnight advisories were allowed to expire at 6am in the Madison and Milwaukee areas. The current advisory says a freezing rain mix is possible and notes that air temperatures are above freezing and icing is not expected on elevated surfaces but pavement temperatures are still near freezing causing untreated roads to continue to ice up.
The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office responded to a number of traffic incidents related to the icy road conditions. Vehicle accidents resulted in the closure of both lanes of Highway 49 at County Road Z for three hours early this morning with traffic resuming around 4am. Highway 26 between Highway 151 and County Road C re-opened around 6:45am after being closed for over two hours this morning. In Columbia County, a jack-knifed semi-truck blocked both lanes of Highway 33 near Portage for over an hour with traffic resuming around midnight. There were two separate injury accidents reported Monday morning in Dodge County, one in Lomira the other in Theresa. One motorist was transported to Waupun Memorial Hospital Tuesday morning around 4am after an accident in the Town of Chester at Highway 26 and County Road I. From yesterday afternoon through 6am this morning, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office responded to 22 runoffs. In addition, Sheriff Dale Schmidt also says two Dodge County snow plows went into a ditch this morning.
1/17/17 - The city of Beaver Dam will be able to address more street repairs now that neighboring townships have indicated that they will help contribute to water rescue equipment. The city Operations Committee last night approved changes to the street portion of their five-year borrowing plan. The proposed Capital Improvements Plan, or CIP, maps out projects over five years while locking-in spending for the upcoming year. In the CIP for 2017, road project funding is $57-thousand dollars higher than when first proposed at $684-thousand dollars. City officials had originally planned on borrowing $225-thousand dollars for water rescue equipment for the fire department. As part of negotiations for a new three-year contract, the townships for the first time agreed to fund a total of $50-thousand dollars of the cost. City Director of Facilities Ritchie Piltz says that freed up more money for general concrete street rehabilitation with $184-thousand dollars-worth of work planned now, an increase of 14-thousand dollars. Other cost projections were revised upward, including this year’s concrete reconstruction of West Mackie Street behind the middle school along with a mill and overlay of North Lincoln Avenue. That was not the only change from when the borrowing plan was introduced late last year. The Operations Committee last night also moved a $150-thousand-dollar elevated walkway to Edgewater Park from this year to next year. Meanwhile, the $44-thousand dollar resurfacing of the tennis courts at Lincoln Park were moved up from 2018 to this year. Other road work being funded this year includes: $55-thousand dollars to sealcoat various streets and $64-thousand dollars to repave the library parking lot. The CIP is working its way through committee and a final vote on the borrowing is anticipated next month.
1/17/17 - The Beaver Dam Common Council last night approved changes to an ordinance that regulates pawn brokers and secondhand retailers. Beaver Dam Police worked with elected officials to add safeguards to the process. Within 24 hours of a purchase, the buyer will now need to upload information about that purchase to a website widely used by law enforcement called ‘LeadsOnline.’ Police Chief John Kreuziger says there is no cost for the buyer to use the system and says the site is useful in tracking down missing items so they can be returned to their rightful owner. The ordinance was modeled after one adopted recently by the county giving the city an avenue to collect fines. The buyer must report any inability to record the transaction due to technical problems within 12 hours. Backup options include submitting the information to the police department via telephone or written communication. Citations will be issued if a buyer fails to comply.