News – November 23, 2021

(Beaver Dam) A former Beaver Dam teacher was among those killed in Sunday’s Christmas parade incident in Waukesha. Tamara Durand taught at the district for seventeen years between 1992 and 2009. She was known then by her married name Frinak. Superintendent Mark Distefano says on behalf of the district, their hearts go out to all those who have been impacted by this tragedy. He says they are particularly saddened to know that they lost a former staff member to such a senseless act. Distefano says their hearts and prayers are with Tammy’s family and friends. She was 52-years-old.

(Waukesha) Authorities have identified the individual suspected of plowing an SUV through the Waukesha parade that killed five people and injured 48 others. Darrell Brooks was reportedly identified as the driver and was taken into custody a short distance from the scene. Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson says the 39-year-old was fleeing a domestic disturbance before the incident. Police are expected to file five counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide and additional charges against Brooks.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Charities, Inc. is fundraising for the victims of the tragic event in Waukesha. The charity will match all community donations up to $1,000. All monies raised will be sent to the United for Waukesha Fund which was set up to support those affected. The public can drop off cash or check – payable to the Beaver Dam Police Charities – at the police department at 123 Park Avenue any time. Officials ask that all donations be made by December 5th. They say that they hope to have an online donation method set up soon.

(Dodge County) Dodge County health officials yesterday reported 177 new COVID cases since Friday. That brings the total number of positive community tests since the pandemic began to 13,636. The total number of confirmed cases has nearly reached 16,000, that is because health officials include those incarcerated in Dodge County prisons among the positive test count. There were also 10 additional hospitalizations over the weekend, bringing that number to 1,094. Deaths stand at 236. So far, 48.2-percent of Dodge County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 46-percent have completed the vaccination series.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department are highlighting several winter safety tips as homeowners begin firing up their heaters and lighting their fireplaces. Firefighter Nick Smith says fireplaces should be cleaned and inspected annually. He says to check for cracks or holes and encourages everyone not to use accelerants. Kerosene heaters should be placed in open areas to reduce the likelihood that it emits the dangerous and poisonous gas carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide detectors have a five-to-10-year lifespan so fire officials say to check that they are up to date.

(Columbia County) An elk was killed during opening weekend of the gun-deer season. It happened in Columbia County. The Department of Natural Resources wardens say they are looking for who did it. It’s illegal to kill an elk outside of elk season. Whoever pulled the trigger will be fined and could face misdemeanor criminal charges. – WRN