News – August 21, 2019

(Lebanon) An Ixonia woman will make an initial court appearance September 3 for helping cover-up the murder of a Beaver Dam man. Dakota Schlesner is charged with being a party to a crime of Hiding a Corpse. Nigel Schultz of Portage was convicted of homicide last week in the death of Bradlee Gerke whose body was found on Halloween at an Ashippun farm. Schlesner reportedly told law enforcement that she helped (quote) “hide the body that [Schultz] killed.”

(Watertown) A Watertown child molester has entered into a plea agreement with Dodge County prosecutors. Juan Cagal Malage was found guilty yesterday (Tuesday) of felony Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child for inappropriate contact with a youngster in April 2018. The 27-year-old faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced in November.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board reviewed the final draft report of an operational analysis of the sheriff’s office last night. The audit found that the jail has inadequate supervision and recommends adding four sergeant positions. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says he was already aware of the issue and had not brought the matter to the county board because of opposition to increase staffing levels in the jail. Now that the report is complete, it will be reviewed by the board’s External Audit Committee. The sheriff’s office has final say on any operational decisions while the county board will be able to vote on any fiscal recommendations made in the report.

(Columbus) Columbus is in the process of establishing a new Tax Increment Finance District on the city’s west side. The common council last (Tuesday) night authorized the creation of TIF #5 and approved an agreement with Ehlers Associates to create a project plan. The new TIF would include nine parcels bordered by James Street, Industrial Drive, American Packaging Corporation (APC) Way and the railroad tracks. City Administrator Patrick Vander Sanden says the mixed-use TIF was spurred by a planned expansion of GD Roberts and Company though there are open parcels for potential new developments. There are still a few more state and local approvals needed and the new TIF is expected to be in place by the end of next month.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam police and fire personnel engaged in active shooter training at Prairie View elementary school in Beaver Dam yesterday.  Police Chief John Kreuziger says the training is important to help improve response and coordination between departments.  First responders were assisted in the training exercise by volunteers from the school district who played victims. Kreuziger says working with the district will help staff and administrators understand how to react when first responders arrive on the scene.  Video of the training exercise can be found at