News – April 18, 2019

(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in identifying a suspect associated with the theft of the Beaverland Must-Skis boats. Last week the group announced that two of their boats were stolen but within 48 hours a tip led to their recovery. Authorities say the incident is the product of a Craigslist scam. Two individuals responded to the ad for outboard boat motors and met with the suspect and traded cash and other items for the boats. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.

(Milwaukee) Milwaukee’s Common Council has approved an increase in the minimum fine for people who solicit for prostitution.  It will now be at least 25-hundred dollars, five times higher than the original minimum, with the maximum remaining at five-thousand.  The goal is to eliminate the demand side of prostitution.

(Marshall) The cause of death of a man found in a Dane County cornfield back in January was not due to a homicide.  An investigation by the county’s Medical Examiner’s Office determined the death of 47-year-old Kurt Meyer was due to exposure to cold weather and intoxication.  The Cottage Grove man was missing for five days before he was found in a cornfield in Marshall.

(Beaver Dam) Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says he was told as a deputy to “stand-down” when it came to patrolling strip clubs for prostitution because it is a victimless crime. He told a group assembled in Beaver Dam for a program on sex-trafficking that it was a message to not do his job, which disturbed him. When he was elected sheriff, Schmidt says he made it a priority to send a detective to training on human trafficking. That eventually led to a collaboration with other agencies and the FBI resulting in the arrest of a Hartford man for allegedly arranging prostitution at two Dodge County strip clubs, which have both since closed their doors.

(Waupun) The Waupun Police Department arrested two people on burglary and theft charges this week. Police were called to a residence in the 400 block of Bittersweet Lane around midnight Monday for a burglary complaint. That same day, police received reports of thefts from several unlocked vehicles. Numerous items were taken including two handguns. On Tuesday, police took a 17-year-old Waupun boy and a 18-year-old Watertown man into custody for Burglary, Criminal Damage to Property, Obstruction, and Theft. The two were taken to the Fond du Lac County Jail. Both handguns were located by police after searching a wooden area in the city of Waupun.

(Watertown) A Madison man who burglarized a Watertown residence was placed on probation for 18 months yesterday (Wednesday). Donald Beran entered into a deferred prosecution agreement, meaning he will avoid a felony record if he stays out of trouble while on probation. Beran forced his way into the home on December 22 and took an address book. Law enforcement as able to reach Beran by phone and he admitted his actions.

(Madison) A new fight is brewing over the future of the Foxconn deal. Governor Evers said on Wednesday it will be unlikely that the tech company will be creating 13-thousand jobs like it promised to President Trump and former Governor Walker and that it’s already rolled back the scale of the plant. He says that means the deal may need to be “downsized.” Legislative Republicans are crying foul. State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau says “if the state is willing to renege on its commitment to Foxconn and open up a contract without agreement by both parties, then what guarantee can Wisconsin make to any other company that wants to expand here?”

(Madison) State Attorney General Josh Kaul says his office will not launch a new investigation into the state’s youth prison.  His decision comes after a federal probe ended with no charges regarding youth prisoner’s rights.  Kaul says federal investigators did a full and thorough investigation into the facts, and a state probe will not be necessary.

(Madison) This month’s Conservation Congress’ annual meetings found a majority of attendees support offering bounties for deer infected with chronic wasting disease.  The Payment for Positive plan would pay hunters and landowners around one-thousand dollars for every CWD-positive deer, with businesses hosting drop off sites earning 300-dollars for each deer.  The vote will be used in an advisory manner to aid in the DNR’s decision on the matter.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Community Hospital is asking the public to fill out a survey on health challenges in the region. The effort, in collaboration with partners in Dodge and Jefferson counties, seeks to complete a community health needs assessment, which will be used as a tool to prioritize significant health needs and to create a plan for improving the overall health of the community. The anonymous survey, which takes around seven minutes to complete, needs to be filled out by Friday, April 26. Results will be made available at a Community Health Summit on May 9. You’ll find a link to the survey in English and Spanish with this news story at