News – January 12, 2019

(Beaver Dam) Cash bond was set at $25,000 yesterday (Friday) for a domestic violence suspect who was shot by Beaver Dam police. Richard Henke of Beaver Dam sustained non-life-threatening injuries after being wounded in the lower extremities in October. Authorities responded to the Henke residence after reports to 9-1-1 from a child. The first officer entered the home, observed a physical altercation with a screaming woman and described the suspect with a blank stare and eyes that were (quote) “black and evil.” The 35-year-old shoved the woman into a bedroom, the officer lost site then advanced into the bedroom only to be attacked by two dogs. Henke was then observed in a crouching position against a wall pointing a rifle at him. The officer unloaded his weapon then dove into another bedroom. Additional personnel then arrived in the home and arrested Henke. The officer sustained bruises and scratches but was otherwise not physically injured. If convicted, the charges carry a maximum penalty of over 17 years in prison.


(Madison) Governor Tony Evers reacted Thursday, on news that liberal groups have filed a lawsuit to block restrictions on his authority as governor. Evers, at a stop in Wausau, said he has no control over legal action taken on his behalf.


(Barron County) The man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents last fall had extensive plans to commit the crime. That’s the latest from Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald. He says that 21-year-old Jake Patterson went to great lengths to make sure that police and the public wouldn’t track him. He says those lengths included things like not leaving trace evidence, changing his physical appearance, like shaving his head not to leave hair behind. Deputies are still trying to figure out the connection between Patterson and the Closs family, but believe he was specifically looking to take Jayme. Patterson will face homicide and kidnapping charges at a court appearance on Monday.


(Mauston) ShopKo is closing of six more stores in Wisconsin. The stores are in Appleton, Grafton, La Crosse, Menasha, Seymour, and Sussex. The closure of the Mauston store has already been announced. ShopKo is based in Green Bay. It announced late last year that it’s closing 39 stores in 19 states by the end of February. ShopKo operates about 360 stores in 24 states. ShopKo has said the closures are dictated by the long-term outlook on profitability and other factors. ShopKo intends to seek bankruptcy protection from creditors next week.


(Madison) Wisconsin is seeing an increase in the number of bald eagles.  The state’s Department of Natural Resources this week said their staff counted almost 17 hundred bald eagle nests in the state.  That’s up over 100 from last year.  D-N-R spokesperson Laura Jaskiewicz says the numbers suggest that the eagles are making a comeback in Wisconsin.


(Horicon) The public is being invited to help clean up a local park. The Nitschke Mounds Care Day will take place tomorrow (Sunday) beginning at 10am and ending around 4pm. Following several mound care days, there are two mounds that still need work done as well as the north field line. Organizers say they will be doing some major brush pile burning. They also remind those interested in helping to do no harm to the mounds and to keep foot traffic to a minimum. Volunteers are asked to dress appropriately for the weather and bring drunks and snack items. The park is located on W5934 County Road E in Burnett. For more information visit // Those interested in volunteering can contact Kurt Sampson at [email protected] or call 414-405-4367.


(Juneau) A new group of Dodge County residents have completed a three-month long insight into local law enforcement. The sheriff’s office recently graduated its fourth Citizen’s Academy class. During the fifteen-week course academy participants were exposed to various types of investigations and duties the sheriff’s office is responsible for including patrol operations, criminal investigations, communications and jail operations. This year’s graduating class included Karen Sanders, Melanie Zarate, DarlaJean Spielman, Rita Schram and Josh Kysley. Sheriff Dale Schmidt thanked Detective Michael Willmann for his hard work coordinating this annual program and also congratulated this year’s participants. Those interested in the 2019 Sheriff’s Citizen Academy can begin filling out applications in June. The class will begin in September.