News – August 5, 2022

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam teen is accused of retail theft. Sharief Williams allegedly admitted to taking two vape cartridges from the Beaver Dam business, which was not named in the complaint, on Monday. If convicted, the 17-year-old faces up to 10 years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 during Williams’ initial appearance in court and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 9th. (Fond du Lac) A Fond du Lac man has been convicted of illegally voting in the last presidential election. Donald Holz was found guilty of a felony charge of Election Fraud after entering a no contest plea in Fond du Lac County court. Holz was sentenced to 10 days in jail and was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus court costs. The 64-year-old was on felony supervision stemming from a drunk driving conviction and was ineligible to vote. (Juneau) The candidates for Dodge County sheriff discussed their plans to increase traffic safety and reduce fatalities. Challenger Mark Colker says there needs to be a data driven approach to learn why, where, and when these crashes are happening. Incumbent Sheriff Dale Schmidt credits his agency’s crash reduction strategy to educating the public about slowing down and driving safer. You can watch interviews with both candidates at (Washington County) Authorities in Washington County are increasing their presence in areas that have high reports of aggressive driving and speeding. The sheriff’s office has fielded a number of complaints from motorists of vehicles driving extremely aggressively, passing on gravel shoulders while traveling at high speeds. The agency notes that citations for speed and other aggressive driving violations range from $187 to $895 and can include driver’s license suspension. (Markesan) Markesan Fire Chief Tom Wilde has stepped down from the position. He plans to stay with the fire department for at least one more year which will give him five decades with the agency. Wilde started with the department in 1973, then became recording secretary, worked his way up to assistant chief, and took over as chief in 1998. (Beaver Dam) Musicians United To End Displacement or the MUTED Festival returns tomorrow (Saturday) to Beaver Dam. The event raises money for the New Beginnings Homeless Shelter of Dodge County, a non-profit that operates a family and women’s shelter as well as finds accommodations for homeless and displaced men. The fundraiser begins Saturday at noon at Swan Park and goes until 9pm.