July 30, 2016

DCSO Busts Dodge County Drug Party


7/30/16 – Authorities shut down a drug party in the Town of Hubbard last weekend.  In a press release, Sheriff Dale Schmidt says he received an anonymous tip last Friday about a Saturday night party being advertised at N5022 Butternut Terrace in the Town of Hubbard.  Schmidt says invites were sent both in and out of the county.  Deputies arrived at the party early in the night to shut it down.  Eleven people were arrested: seven for underage drinking, three for possession of drug paraphernalia, and one for an OWI.  Schmidt says “I would not allow this to turn into another drug overdose in Dodge County.”


Second Beaver Dam Man Charged In BP Robbery


7/30/16 – A Beaver Dam man is accused of helping steal alcohol from a retail store.  Rasja House is facing felony Retail Theft and misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property counts, both as a party to a crime.  The 18-year-old and alleged co-conspirator Joshua Benson reportedly stole nearly $1,000 in alcohol from the BP Gas Station on Beaver Dam’s Madison Street.  If he is found guilty on both counts stemming from the May incident, House faces over four years in prison.  His initial appearance is August 15.  Benson will be arraigned next month.


Waupun Man Sentenced For Role In Overdose Death


7/30/16 – A Waupun man will spend three more years behind bars for supplying the drugs in a 2009 overdose death.  In Dodge County court yesterday, Christopher Skalitzky was sentenced in connection with the death of Shallen Carlene Manske. Skalitzky had previously pled “no contest” to five counts, including felony Delivering Narcotics and had 14 other counts dismissed but read into the record.  Most of those charges occurred while Skalitzky was out on band and included felony Bail Jumping and misdemeanor Battery, Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Damage to Property. The 34-year-old supplied Manske with methadone and oxycodone. The 25-year-old Juneau woman was found unresponsive by officers responding to a possible overdose; she was pronounced dead a short time later at the hospital. An autopsy later indicated that Manske died as the result of those drugs though it noted a pre-existing seizure disorder.  Skalitzky has been in the Dodge County Jail since February. He was sentenced to a total of nearly 16 years in prison but many of the sentences were concurrent meaning they will be served at the same time and after time served, Skalitzky will serve another three years and one month in prison followed by four years of extended supervision.


Reeseville Man Accused Of Possessing Illegal Drugs


7/30/16 – A Reeseville man is accused of receiving an overseas drug shipment.  Jonathan Contreraz is facing felony counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver Amphetamines and Possession with Intent to Deliver Other Controlled Substances, both as a subsequent offender.  Dodge County’s Drug Task Force worked with a postal inspector to deliver the package to the 23-year-old in April.  Once it was delivered, officers arrested Contreraz.  During a search of his residence, officers found a safe that reportedly contained over 112 grams in drugs and several pills.  If he is found guilty on both counts, Contreraz faces up to 92 years in prison.  His initial appearance is August 15.


Federal Judge Rules On Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law


7/30/16 – U.S. District Judge James Peterson issued a ruling yesterday that upheld Wisconsin’s voter ID law but struck down a number of statutes that restricted voting.  Peterson ordered the state to issue credentials valid for voting to anyone trying to obtain a free photo ID for voting.  He also struck down restrictions limiting municipalities to one location for in-person absentee voting, time limits on in-person absentee voting, an 18-day increase in residency requirements, and prohibiting expired but qualified student IDs.  Two liberal groups filed a lawsuit in May challenging the G-O-P authored laws.


Showmanship Contests Returning To Dodge County Fair


7/30/16 – The showmanship contests are back for another year at next month’s Dodge County Fair.  During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, UW-Extension Youth Dairy and Livestock Summer Intern Dustin Winkleman discussed this year’s Supreme Showmanship Contest.  Competitors show beef, sheep, dairy, and swine in the all-encompassing round.  Participants qualify through the individual animal showing competitions that are held earlier that week.  The top four youth in the Intermediate Showmanship (grades 7-9) and Senior Showmanship (grades 10 and up) qualify.  Belt buckles will be awarded to the winners of the Supreme Showmanship Contest, which begins in the Fairgrounds’ Farm Progress Arena on Saturday, August 20 at 7pm.  Winkleman says there is also a “Little Britches Showmanship Contest” for younger fairgoers to display their calves.  Participants will be placed into age groups ranging from four years old to fourth grade.  Winkleman says the children will be judged primarily on the way they handle their calves.  Registration for the Little Britches competition is free of charge, but forms must be returned to the UW-Extension Office in Juneau by close of business Monday.  Those forms are available on the county extension’s website.  Little Britches will be held on Sunday, August 21 at 1:30 pm.  This year’s Dodge County Fair runs from Wednesday, August 17 through Sunday, August 21.


Columbus Schools To Work On Strategic Planning


7/30/16 – Columbus School District residents have received a mailed invitation to a three-day community planning session. October 6th, 7th and 8th are planned to “Launch a New Legacy” for students in Columbus area schools.  District Superintendent Annette Deuman says the initial planners are trying to involve a large cross-section of the school community in the October program. The strategic planning effort is being led by a design team made up of local business leaders, teachers, students, representatives from faith-based and non-profit organizations, city officials, and school board members.


Dodge Co. Junior Law Team Competed At Nationals


7/30/16 – Dodge County’s junior law enforcement group took part in a national competition earlier this month.  Six members of the Dodge County Law Enforcement Explorers were in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Easton Meier of Beaver Dam took second place in a physical agility competition.  The rest of the group, which included Bradley Kulibert of Mayville, Quinton Rennhack of Clyman, and Grant Allar, Scott Anderson, and Megan Falkingham, all of Beaver Dam, took part in various other group and individual competitions.  Categories included arrest and search, bomb threat response, crime prevention, crime scene investigation, and white collar crimes.  Anyone interested in joining the team, which consists of people between the ages of 14 and 21, should contact the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.


Aviation Center Could Be Headed To Milwaukee


7/30/16 -A coalition of aviation and aerospace companies is teaming up with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation for a proposed aviation/aeronautics center of excellence.  Plans are to locate the facility in southeast Wisconsin on the Milwaukee campus of Astronautics Corporation of America.  The facility would develop and test new aerospace and cybersecurity systems in one location.


Green Valley Enterprises Holding Fundraiser In Beaver Dam


7/30/16 – Green Valley Enterprises is hosting a fundraising event in Beaver Dam today.  The Ham ‘n Jam will offer live music from Beaver Dam’s Most Wanted in addition to food, drinks, and raffles.  The event at the Beaver Dam Conservationist’s Club is free and open to the public.  It runs from 3 pm to 8 pm.  Dinner plates are available for $5 each.