News – April 7, 2022

(Chester) A Columbus man has been charged with running from Dodge County sheriff’s deputies. Jason McDonald allegedly fled from deputies last month, reaching speeds of up to 100-miles-per-hour before the chase was called off. Later that same night, McDonald reportedly fled from Fond du Lac County deputies. If convicted, the 35-year-old faces up to seven years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for May 23rd.

(Portage) A Marquette County jailer has been arrested for soliciting a minor for sex following an investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Roger Brandner says Travis Bittelman was involved in internet and social media activity where he was attempting to have sex with a minor. Brandner adds that Marquette County officials wanted an outside agency to complete a fair and impartial probe. Bittelman is facing charges of Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Citizen’s Police Academy is in full swing again, after being on hiatus during the pandemic. A recent class covered OWI Procedures featuring volunteers from the community consuming various amounts of alcohol and taking part in standardized field sobriety testing demonstrations. Video from OWI Procedures night is available on the DailyDodge Television page at DailyDodge.com.

(Juneau) Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson says there were relatively few issues with Tuesday’s election. She noted that of the few errors that did occur, they were human in nature such as a wrong ballot being handed out. Gibson says the voting machines were not the ones making any mistakes. She adds that the reported issues were limited to just a small number of municipalities and were not widespread.

(Horicon) There is a new mayor in Horicon. Josh Maas was the only name on the ballot and garnered 346 votes, just about 97-percent of the total number of votes cast. Maas replaces incumbent Jim Grigg. Other communities with new mayors include John Guinn in Mayville and Rohn Bishop in Waupun.

(Rosendale) School district funding referendums in Rosendale-Brandon and Oakfield had mixed success with voters Tuesday. Residents in Rosendale-Brandon were asked to approve $29.7-million-dollars for school improvements and upgrades, but voted it down. District voters in Oakfield approved borrowing up to $16-million for facility improvements.

(Beaver Dam) Moraine Park Technical College will begin surveying a random sampling of homes within their district starting tomorrow Friday. The goal is to help the College obtain input on future business and industry needs. The Moraine Park District includes Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, and Washington counties with campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac, and West Bend. Those randomly selected should reply by April 25th. Final survey results will be reported at the MPTC board meeting on May 18th and posted to their website.