News – August 4, 2020

(Watertown) The Jefferson County District Attorney says no charges will be brought against the Watertown police officer who shot and killed a domestic violence suspect. In a press release, District Attorney Monica Hall says her office concluded its review of the incident and determined the actions of law enforcement were lawful and reasonable acts of self-defense. She says on May 31st Thomas Sutherlin fired two shots at police after he refused multiple commands to show his hands. Police returned fire 13 times, with one of the bullets striking Sutherlin in the head. Hall says an analysis of Sutherlin’s phone showed pictures of the handgun he used in the incident and a text exchange from where he purchased it.

(Lake Mills) Authorities in Jefferson County are asking the public’s help in locating two suspects involved in an armed robbery at Lake Mills Travel Plaza. Just after 10pm on July 24th, a male holding a revolver held up the gas station as a female accomplice took money from the register. The male suspect has a large tattoo of a wolf on his left arm. The female was wearing a black Nike hooded sweatshirt, Adidas three stripe pants and a Nike drawstring pack. Authorities say both suspects appear to be white. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (920-674-7312). Photos of the suspects are on DailyDodge.com

(Beaver Dam) A Sauk City teen who is facing charges for a swatting incident in Beaver Dam made his initial appearance on court yesterday. Thomas Gallas allegedly called a false report on May 11th, stating that a 15-year-old had shot his mother with a shotgun and that he was going to end his own life. The 15-year-old’s mother warned police the day before that unknown people were threatening to initiate a swatting incident against her son. After authorities located Gallas through an online user ID, he reportedly admitted his actions. If convicted, the 17-year-old faces no more than three-and-a-half years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 20th.

(Wisconsin) A statewide crime alert has been issued over an apparent counterfeiting ring that’s making its way through the state. Brown County Sheriff’s detective Roman Aronstein says the group of criminals has been passing extremely well made fake 100 dollar bills that even have a security thread inside. So far the bills have mostly been passed in big box stores like Walmart, where the crooks prefer to buy small gift cards in order to get as much change as possible.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council last (Monday) night approved the installation of a barrier to prevent motorists from making illegal left turns into the post office. Following reconstruction of North Spring Street two years ago, the left turn lane that had been in place for decades was eliminated. State transportation officials say the left turn lane was a safety issue because it was too close to the intersection, backing up traffic onto Mackie Street. There is a no left turn sign in place but motorists, faced with no easy way to turn around, have been chronically ignoring the signage. The council voted 9-to-4 to install flexible marker posts between the northbound and southbound lanes on Spring Street.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council last (Monday) night approved the installation of camera’s in Swan Park. The Beaver Dam Rotary Club spearheaded the effort as part of a plan to monitor their annual Christmas Light Display for malfunctions and vandalism. Wireless internet covering the entire the park will also be made available for use year-round. Police will have access to the cameras year-round. The Rotary is making the initial $10-thousand-dollar investment and Interquest will cover all maintenance free for five years. After five years, the equipment could be sold to the city for one dollar once in place. The vote was nine-to-four with those dissenting citing privacy concerns.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported 404 positive coronavirus cases in Monday’s daily update, which is 5.6-percent of the 7,100 tests announced. There are 9,866 active cases in the state, a decrease of 128 from Sunday. There was one death reported by state health officials, for a total 949. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 705 cases, an increase of three from Sunday. County health officials are actively monitoring 113 people.