News – April 22, 2021

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is no longer releasing the names of victims, that includes car crashes, robberies and this weekend’s murder-suicide in Watertown. The county’s legal team is advising against releasing victim’s names following last years implementation of Marcy’s Law, which gives crime victims the same protections as the accused. Not all agencies are interpreting the new law the same way and the names of those involved in this weekends incident have been widely reported. Schmidt explained yesterday on WBEV’s Community Comment that the county is waiting on clarification from the state attorney general.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers has issued an executive order on police policies. Evers’ order requires state police agencies, including the State Patrol, Capitol Police and Department of Natural Resources, to update use-of-force policies to bar chokeholds or blocking a person’s airway except in situations where deadly force is allowed. The order also requires officers take “reasonable action” to prevent another officer from using excessive force.

(Waupun) Several Dodge County law enforcement agencies, along with On-Star, aided the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office in arresting an individual following an eight-mile pursuit Monday evening. Shawn Wheeler had a warrant out for his arrest and reportedly fled after deputies contacted him. Authorities lost sight of the vehicle which was eventually disabled in Waupun by On-Star. Wheeler was taken into custody without incident.  The Waupun and Beaver Dam Police Departments assisted in the arrest along with sheriff’s offices in Dodge and Fond du Lac Counties.

(Juneau) A Huber inmate charged with failing to return to the Dodge County Jail was sentenced to 60 days in jail with work release privileges. Austin Odebrecht (oh-duh-brech) did not go back to the jail after visiting the Beaver Dam hospital in November for tooth pain. Sheriff’s deputies later located the 22-year-old hiding at his home in Reeseville. Odebrecht was also placed on probation for three years.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board has voted to terminate its COVID Emergency Declaration. The county board adopted the resolution a year ago which, among other things, allows the board chairman to order whatever is necessary to protect the public from the impact and spread of the virus. Some supervisors were concerned the message terminating the Emergency Declaration would send while others want to return to how the board conducts business pre-pandemic. The vote has no impact on public health guidelines that include mask wearing and social distancing.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board is looking to fill a vacant Town of Hubbard and Village of Iron Ridge seat. The vacancy was created with the recent passing of supervisor Naomi Kriewald (kree-wald), who was appointed to the board in August of 2019. The District 9 seat consists of Wards one and two in Hubbard and Iron Ridge and runs through April 19 of 2022. Residents of the district interested in filling the vacancy should submit a letter of interest to Russell Kottke by Thursday, May 13.

(Juneau) Dodge County Public Health has open spots for the Moderna vaccine. The two-dose shots are available to anyone age 16 and up and are administered at the Henry Dodge Office Building in Juneau.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported three COVID deaths yesterday bringing that total to 6,721. Dodge County has 162 deaths with 89 active cases. Twenty-three-point-three-percent (23.3%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 32.4-percent have had at least one dose.