News – August 3, 2022

(Poynette) Authorities in Columbia County say it was a male juvenile who shot a seven-year-old girl in the leg over the weekend. The victim suffered a non-life-threatening bullet wound to her upper thigh Saturday afternoon on West Seward Street in Poynette. Police arrested Andrew Long on charges of Leaving a Loaded Firearm within Reach of a Child. He has not been formally charged because the case is still ongoing, but an initial appearance is scheduled for August 17th.

(Juneau) A Neenah woman who failed to return to the Dodge County Jail from a pre-approved appointment was given more jail time Tuesday. Nicolle Semrau left for the appointment in July of 2019 and did not immediately return to the facility. The 37-year-old was sentenced to four months in jail with work release privileges.

(Juneau) A Juneau man accused of having inappropriate contact with a minor had his bond reduced Tuesday. Nehemiah Reiss had cash bond set at $50,000 during his initial appearance in court. That was lowered to $15,000. According to court records, if Reiss can post bail, he would be responsible for the fees associated with the GPS monitoring through the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office to keep track of his whereabouts. The 30-year-old faces up to 185 years in prison, if convicted.

(Juneau) The candidates for Dodge County sheriff have a difference of opinions on how the agency is and should handle crimes against the younger population. Challenger Mark Colker says he wants to create an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and set up several full-time staff members to investigate these issues. Incumbent Sheriff Dale Schmidt says his department is investing several resources and staff to handle these matters already. He says over the last four-to-five years there have been 50-plus investigations into internet crimes against children.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin has passed a coronavirus vaccine milestone. As of Monday, Wisconsin doctors and nurses had administered ten-million coronavirus vaccine doses. In Dodge County just over 44-thousand people have completed the vaccination series, or 50.7-percent of the population. Roughly 46-thousand have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 24-thousand booster doses have been administered.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Concerts in the Park series returns Wednesday with a local legend. The Eddie Rivers Quartet will play at the Swan Park Band Shell. Beaver Dam musician Eddie Rivers, the stage name for Mark Malak, says they play classic country and rockabilly, noting that their songs are all prior to 1959. Games and activities get underway at 6pm. The concert kicks off at 7 and goes until 8:30pm. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be held at the Beaver Dam High School Auditorium at 500 Gould Street.