News – August 30, 2022

(Beaver Dam) A Prairie du Chien man was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison and was placed on three years of extended supervision for running from Beaver Dam police. Kyle Orr fled from authorities after he was tied to a theft complaint in Fond du Lac in January. The chase passed through the downtown at speeds in excess of 75-miles-per-hour. The pursuit ended on the Madison Street bridge when Orr’s vehicle hit a curb and rolled several times down the embankment. The 29-year-old said he was not driving but when asked who was, he just repeated the statement.

(Calamus) A Windsor man accused of running from Dodge County authorities made his initial appearance in court Monday. Cole Ronallo allegedly fled deputies on his sports bike Saturday, eventually crashing just outside Beaver Dam. Authorities reportedly found THC in Ronallo’s backpack and other drug paraphernalia. If convicted, the 20-year-old faces up to four years behind bars. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 6th.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office has joined a nation-wide effort to end drunk driving. The agency announced Monday that it is taking part in the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which runs through Labor Day. Sheriff’s Sergeant Jeremy Wolfe says it is their goal to keep roads safe from the dangers of impaired driving, adding that the deaths and injuries caused by it are preventable. He says they want to make sure all travelers reach their destination safely. Tips to mitigate impaired driving crashes is available at DailyDodge.com.

(Juneau) While no ground was broken at the site of the meeting between the Wild Goose State Trail and Phase 2 of the Gold Star Memorial Trail, that did not deter the crowd of people gathered Monday afternoon for the announcement of a Transportation Alternatives Program grant that will help complete the second phase of the trail. The proposed 15-mile trail extends from Theiler Park in Mayville and currently terminates at the Horicon Marsh Visitor Center with the next phase looking to connect the trail with the existing Wild Goose State Trail before continuing to Beaver Dam. Video of the grant award ceremony is available at DailyDodge.com. Gold Star family member and one of the visionaries behind the Gold Star Memorial Trail, Andrew Johnson, will be our guest today on WBEV’s Community Comment.

(Waupun) The president of SSM Health’s Waupun Memorial Hospital says the CDC’s COVID community levels for counties use different standards than health care providers to gauge the virus. DeAnn Thurmer says currently Dodge, Green Lake, and Fond du Lac counties all have low community levels, but transmission rates for the coronavirus in those three counties are still high. She says the community levels are based more on the overall health risk to a person. Thurmer says they are not seeing as many hospitalizations or need for treatment in intensive care units.