News – August 10, 2022

(Juneau) Incumbent Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt has cleared the biggest hurdle in securing a third, four-year term after defeating Mark Colker by a vote of 75-percent to 25-percent in yesterday’s (Tuesday) primary election. Schmidt is facing no Democratic challenger on the November ballot.  

(Juneau) Voter turnout in Dodge County was 43-percent, compared to 37-percent in 2018, which Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson says is (quote) “pretty good.” 

(Town of Beaver Dam) Voters in the Town of Beaver Dam rejected a referendum by a vote of 61-percent to 39-percent. The township wants exceed revenue limits in perpetuity to fund increased fire and EMS costs along with annual road maintenance needs.

(Madison) Tim Michels secured the Republican nomination for Wisconsin governor, defeating Rebecca Kleefisch and three other candidates. 

(Washington DC) Sixth District incumbent Congressman Glenn Grothman withstood a challenge from centrist Republican Douglas Mullenix in advancing to the November ballot, where he is unopposed.  

(Emmet) A woman died in a motor vehicle crash in the township of Emmet yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. A Toyota was taking the 26 off-ramp north to head eastbound onto Highway 16 but failed to negotiate the curve around 5:19pm. The vehicle went off road and overturned multiple times. The driver, and sole occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is still under investigation. 

(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County Health and Human Services Department played a crucial role in the tactical situation at a Beaver Dam hotel Monday. While authorities were negotiating with a man who barricaded himself in a room at the Holiday Inn Express and was making threats, a social worker was called to the scene. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says having a social worker on site provided an opportunity to gather information about the subject’s past, giving insight to their negotiators on how to best proceed. The man eventually surrendered without incident.

(Sumner) Jefferson County authorities are actively working a death investigation. Sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence in the town of Sumner for reports of gunshots just after midnight yesterday. Upon arrival, law enforcement observed an individual walking away from the home. Sheriff Paul Milbrath says this person matched the description of the suspect and was taken into custody. The investigation is still ongoing.

(Addison) Major injuries were avoided when a car collided with a train in Washington County yesterday (Tuesday) morning. A motorist was driving too fast for the foggy conditions and nearly rear-ended another vehicle stopped at the Highway DW crossing in the town of Addison around 5:40am. The vehicle continued east and struck one of the last cars of the northbound train. The driver was taken to a local hospital where he was reported to be in stable condition.

(Beaver Dam) After getting rained out last week, the Beaver Dam Concerts in the Park series returns tonight (Wednesday) with a local legend. The Eddie Rivers Quartet will play at the Swan Park Band Shell. The Beaver Dam musician Eddie Rivers, which is the stage name for Mark Malak (ma-lick), says they will play classic country and rockabilly, noting that their songs are all prior to 1959. Games and activities get underway at 6pm. Music kicks off at 7pm and goes until 8:30pm.