Murder Convictions 2019 High Point For Dodge County Sheriff’s Office

(Juneau) Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says the convictions of two Dodge County murderers were high points for his office in 2019. In March, Laverne Ware Jr. of Fox Lake was convicted by a Jefferson County jury on five felony charges including First Degree Intentional Homicide and Hiding a Corpse in connection with the December 2016 death of Sesalie Dixon. Three months later Ware was sentenced to serve life in prison with the earliest date he could petition for release in 2076.

In August, Nigel Schultz of Portage entered a no contest plea to a felony count of First Degree Intentional Homicide in the death of Bradlee Gerke. The Beaver Dam man’s body was found in a cow posture on Halloween in 2018 with 16 gunshot wounds. Schultz will be sentenced next Tuesday. Schmidt says his detective bureau put together two great cases and deserve all the praise.

Schmidt says the biggest success over the past year was the closure of two Dodge County strip clubs – the Hardware Store in Clyman and the Wild Rose in Lebanon. Both establishments closed as allegations of sex trafficking surfaced, resulting in federal indictments against three people to date.