News – April 15, 2022

(Waupun) The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a vehicle versus motorcycle accident late Thursday night. Responding to HWY 151 at CTH AS in the town of Waupun, deputies found the operator of the motorcycle, a 39 year old Horicon man, to have serious injuries. they were transferred by air to ThedaCare for further treatment, before being arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. The operator and sole occupant of the vehicle involved, identified as a 49 year old Brandon woman, was taken by ambulance to Waupun hospital to be checked for minor injuries. Northbound traffic was shut down for about 5 hours for cleanup. The crash is under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office.

(Oak Grove) A Horicon man facing Vehicular Homicide charges is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday. Daniel Bryfczynski also plead not guilty during his arraignment. The defendant was allegedly under the influence of marijuana, cocaine, ketamine, and opiates when he crossed the Highway 33 centerline last June. The 47-year-old reportedly told authorities that he fell asleep behind the wheel. A 50-year-old Lake Mills woman was killed. If convicted, Bryfczynski faces over 62 years behind bars.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff says he hopes to reopen a closed jail pod in July. The pod has been shut down since the fall as the sheriff’s office has struggled to find qualified workers to apply for vacant positions. Sheriff Dale Schmidt credits sign on and retention bonuses as well as pay incentives approved by the county’s HR committee in their recent hiring successes. He says if he does not lose anyone else and nets roughly six more people who can be fully trained by the end of June, the closed pod can be opened in July.

(Columbus) A state representative from Columbus is praising Governor Tony Evers for signing a workforce housing rehabilitation loan program into law. The bill is part of a larger legislative package to provide safer, more affordable housing options across the state. Will Penterman says Wisconsin is in the midst of a growing workforce housing shortage. The Republican lawmaker says the new bill will create low-interest or no-interest loan programs for the rehabilitation of certain residential properties.

(Dodge County) The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has released a workforce profile for Dodge County. Every two years, the Department compiles and distills local data on all 72 counties through 2021. In Dodge County, employment decreased by 1,098 jobs – or three-percent – across all industries over the course of 2020. The report says the county’s unemployment rate has declined steadily through last October after seeing record peaks at the start of the pandemic. A link to the full report is available at DailyDodge.com.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s job growth hit record levels in March. Officials with the Department of Workforce Development say unemployment dropped to 2.8-percent and the number of employed people in the state reached a record high of just over three-million. Wisconsin is also seeing a higher than average labor force participation rate at 66-percent, four-percent higher than the national average. – WRN

(Milwaukee) People in Milwaukee describe the alleged New York City subway shooter as an angry drifter. His former neighbors on Milwaukee’s near-north side say Frank James did not have any friends. He recently posted in one of his many online videos that he was leaving Wisconsin, and that he never planned to come back alive. – WRN