News – April 11, 2019

(Beaver Dam) The two missing Beaverland Must-Skis boats have been found. The group announced the news in a Facebook post yesterday (Wednesday). The Must-Skis thanked the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office for devoting resources to help recover the stolen property as well as the Wisconsin DNR for notifying agencies of the boat’s hull numbers. They also acknowledged the roughly 2,000 people who shared their plight on social media. This led to a fan recognizing the boats near Rockford, Illinois and contacting local authorities. The incident is still under investigation, we will have more information as it becomes available.

(Beaver Dam) There was no change after a recount Wednesday for an aldermanic race in Beaver Dam. Incumbent Ward Five Alderman Mick Fischer received three more votes than challenger Betsy Ramsdale; the initial tally was 90 votes-to-87. The city of Beaver Dam Canvass Board held the recount at City Hall and certified the results as unchanged from the initial count.

(Columbia County) The Dodge County District Attorney will serve as special prosecutor in charge of the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office. Kurt Klomberg will fill the role until Governor Tony Evers can appoint a successor to District Attorney Tristan Eagon who left the position Tuesday. In her letter of resignation Eagon cited a “toxic environment” in Columbia County government. The D.A’s office was closed Monday and Tuesday. The governor’s office will be accepting applications for the next two weeks.

(Juneau) A Pardeeville man who attempted to escape from the Dodge County Jail was arraigned yesterday (Wednesday). Eric Frymark entered a not guilty plea to a felony charge of Escape Criminal Arrest after he tried fleeing from the facility while in route from court on February 25. The 28-year-old Frymark was apprehended a short time later in a shed behind a residence on Main Street and was taken to Jail.

(Watertown) A Watertown man charged with kicking a nurse in the head at the Watertown Regional Medical Center entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment hearing yesterday. After injuring his left eye in October, John Porter was taken to the hospital for stitches. According to the criminal complaint, as a nurse attempted to lower Porter back into his bed he reportedly swung for a nearby doctor and missed, then kicked a nurse in the back of the head. If convicted, the 56-year-old faces over six years in prison.

(Beaver Dam) A Marshall man was sentenced to one year and three months in prison yesterday (Wednesday) for his role in robbing Beaver Dam Menards. In November, David Seely pleaded guilty to felony Retail Theft. Last April, Seely exited Menards with a cart that contained approximately $2,000 dollars’ worth of hardware tools. Witnesses told police that he displayed what looked like a Taser gun and told them to back away. The 39-year-old Seely was also placed on extended supervision for two years.

(Emmet) A motorist is facing drunk driving charges after driving the wrong way on State Highway 26. Dodge County dispatch received a call from just before midnight Tuesday reporting the northbound vehicle in the southbound lanes in the Town of Emmet. A second caller then reported the same motorist was blacked out on the side of the road near State Highway 19. A 38-year-old Madison woman was arrested on charges of third offense operating while intoxicated.

(Dodge County) Inclement weather has forced the postponement of the statewide tornado drill that was scheduled for today (Thursday) until tomorrow (Friday). Dodge County Emergency Management Director Amy Nehls says while the potential for severe weather is low, there is a chance that the National Weather Service may need to issue a warning or two. Nehls says if there are warnings issued today (Thursday), they will be real warnings, not a drill. Tomorrow shows no threat for severe weather and officials are fully expecting to be able to go forward with the drill. A mock tornado watch will be issued at 1pm tomorrow followed by a mock tornado warning at 1:45pm. There will be another mock tornado warning issued at 6:45pm tomorrow evening.