News – April 10, 2021

(Portage) The Portage Fire Department was able to prevent a kitchen fire from spreading at a multi-family home yesterday. Crews were dispatched around 12:42pm to 927 Klemp Street and found light smoke showing from the exterior of the two-story residence. Fire Chief Troy Haase says the tenant was cooking on the stove when she saw flames and smoke from the stovetop. He says she evacuated the building with her child, but not before pulling the fire alarm to alert other residents. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze before it left the stove. No residents were displaced, and no injuries were reported. Haase says the cause was from a pressure cooker sitting on the stove burner when it was accidently turned on.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting alcohol compliance checks this spring and summer. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says the goal is not to issue citations, but to educate and remind business owners and their employees about the importance of refusing the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors. Schmidt says citations will be issued if a violation does occur. The participants in the compliance checks will be from 18 to 20 years old and they will comply when asked for identification. None of the participants will have fake identification cards and if asked how old they are they will tell their actual age or actual birthdate. The forfeiture for selling alcohol to a minor is $389.50 for the first offense and $515.50 for the second offense.

(Beaver Dam) A Milton teen accused of running from Dodge County deputies entered into a plea agreement yesterday (Thursday). Trenton Hines pled no contest to a felony count of Fleeing and two misdemeanor charges of Resisting – Failure to Stop. The judge withheld a finding of guilt on the felony charge and placed Hines into a deferred prosecution agreement. Meaning he will avoid a felony record if he stays out of trouble while on probation for two years. A sheriff’s deputy attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the Town of Beaver Dam last November for speeding. According to the criminal complaint, as the deputy activated his emergency lights the vehicle increased its speed. A pursuit that lasted over 12-miles ensued and reached top speeds of 111-miles-per-hour. The vehicle stopped just short of spike strips placed by deputies on Highway 151 just north of Industrial Drive. Hines, who was identified as the driver, was taken into custody.

(Madison) A Missouri man is under arrest for trying to carry a loaded handgun onto a plane in Madison. Dane County deputies arrested 42-year-old Brandon Winslow as he was coming through a T S A security line. Agents discovered a loaded, unsecured handgun in a carryon bag. Winslow doesn’t have a concealed carry permit for the gun, and carrying a weapon onto a flight is a felony. For now, Winslow faces charges of carrying a concealed weapon. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported five COVID deaths yesterday bringing that total to 6,672. Dodge County has 161 deaths with 11,613 cases to date. Health officials in Dodge County are actively monitoring 65 cases. Statewide, active cases total 8,566, a one-day increase of 379. 18.9-percent of Dodge County residents have gotten the vaccine while 28.4-percent have had at least one dose. In Washington County, 20.5-percent have completed the vaccination series. That figure is 22.7-percent in Fond du Lac County, 21.9-percent in Jefferson County, 25.5-percent in Columbia County and 25.6-percent in Green Lake County.

(Hartford) Public comments are being accepted as part of the city of Hartford’s application for funding through the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program to address deficiencies in its public drinking water system. The projects primarily include the replacement of lead line services throughout the city. The DNR has determined that the project will not result in significant adverse environmental effects, though based on public comments received by their deadline April 23rd, the state may prepare an environmental analysis before proceeding with the funding process.

(Beaver Dam) Warmer weather and thawed ground means that Wisconsin homeowners, contractors and government workers are digging into more outside projects. Alliant Energy is urging Wisconsinites to call 811 before they dig to avoid having to call 911 due to injury. 811 is a free service. When you call, a professional will mark your yard for buried utilities. The average yard contains several different buried utilities ranging from natural gas lines to internet cables. When calling 811, the operator will notify local utility companies where and when you want to dig. Within a few days, a locator will mark the approximate location of underground lines, pipes, and cables in your yard with spray paint and flags. Call 811 before you plant trees, install a mailbox, put in a fence or start any other project that requires digging. Any person who hits a line while digging should assume they have caused damage. Report the incident immediately to 811. Alliant Energy will be notified if electric or gas lines are involved. We will repair any damage so buried lines stay safe.

(Madison) Democrats in the legislature propose allowing the attorney general to investigate civil rights violations in Wisconsin. It is unlikely to advance in the Republican controlled legislature. Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul supports the bill from Representative Jimmy Anderson of Fitchburg and Senator Latonya Johnson of Milwaukee. According to a press release from the AG’s office, the bill would allow investigations and lawsuits for civil rights violations relating to housing, employment, education, or public accommodations. – WRN