News – April 29, 2022

(Beaver Dam) April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and officials with Dodge County’s only domestic violence shelter are using the occasion to raise awareness of the issue. PAVE’s child advocacy program offers safety planning, counseling, and support groups to both victims of abuse as well as children affected by domestic violence. Officials with PAVE say roughly one in seven children will experience child abuse within the last year. PAVE’s contact information can be found at

(Ashippun) An Ixonia woman accused of attacking another person with two butcher knifes is heading to trial after waiving her right to a preliminary hearing yesterday. During a subsequent arraignment hearing, Holly Molley entered a not guilty plea. Molley allegedly attacked the 78-year-old victim while wielding two large knives earlier this month. The victim suffered injuries to her hand and above her eye. The complaint did not give a reason for the alleged attack. If convicted, the 62-year-old faces up to 67-and-a-half years behind bars.

(Watertown) A Watertown man was sentenced to three years in prison and was placed on extended supervision for three years for possessing illicit images of children. Thirty-one-year-old Jared Osborn admitted to searching for the illicit content and attempting to save it in a draft email on his google account.

(Juneau) The deadline to apply for a Dodge County Executive Law Enforcement Association scholarship is this weekend. The scholarship program is designed to assist a Dodge County high school senior or college student that is pursuing a degree in criminal justice or a related field. The applicant must be a full-time student. The deadline to apply is Sunday May 1st. Contact details for more information can be found at

(Columbus) A road through the town of Columbus is going to be shutdown beginning Monday for roughly two months. Wendt Road will be closed to all traffic at the bridge over the Crawfish River, a quarter mile south of Duborg Road. Columbia County sheriff’s officials say this is necessary in order to complete the replacement of the existing bridge. Work is slated to last for 70 days or until approximately June 1st. No detour route is being posted.

(Wisconsin) State regulators have approved an expansion of solar power plants by Alliant Energy. The Public Service Commission approved a 414-megawatt expansion of Alliant Energy’s solar plants Thursday. This is in addition to a 675-megawatt expansion that was approved in 2021. The new plants will be in Dane, Grant, Green, Rock, and Waushara Counties. Alliant wants to have 20-percent of its electricity solar based by 2025. – WRN