News – August 9, 2019

(Washington County) The two people killed in a single vehicle accident near Slinger Tuesday night were from Fox Lake. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was called to Interstate 41 in the Town of Polk just before 10pm. Authorities say 66-year-old James Debny and 55-year-old Daniel Luedke were ejected from a Ford Mustang and found lying on the interstate. The crash remains under investigation.

(Beaver Dam) Authorities in Beaver Dam are looking for a motorist who struck a child and then fled the scene. The incident happened at 6:22pm yesterday at the intersection of South Spring Street and East Davis Street. The child was taken to the hospital by his mother; his condition is being withheld at this time. The mid-1990s to mid-2000s silver sedan, possibly a Buick, fled south on Spring. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Beaver Dam Police Department.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man convicted of threatening police was sentenced yesterday (Thursday) to four years in prison and seven years of extended supervision. In May, Michael Nelson was found guilty on charges of Battery to Law Enforcement. Beaver Dam police attempted to arrest the 34-year-old following a domestic disturbance last July, but he made derogatory statements, spit in their face and said he would shoot them if he ever saw them on the street. District Attorney Kurt Klomberg says the threats made by Nelson cause concern for police safety and the safety of their families.

(Madison) State regulators have fined a contractor in connection with last summer’s fatal explosion in Sun Prairie. The 25-thousand dollar fine imposed by the Public Service Commission on VC Tech is the maximum allowable. The PSC determined that the drilling company violated state law when it failed to contact Digger’s Hotline before starting work on July 10 of 2018. The three-member panel also imposed a 10 percent surcharge to be paid to Diggers Hotline.  The gas line explosion killed one firefighter and injured two others.

(Beaver Dam) Governor Tony Evers was in Beaver Dam yesterday touring Church Health Services, a non-profit that provides medical services to the un-insured and under-insured in the Dodge County-area. Evers asked about how the need has grown since the organization opened its doors 25 years ago. Board President Shirley Kitchen says they began as a small operation focused on medical but then adapted to the needs of the community, adding dental and then mental health services. Kitchen says they are trying to work with schools to provide more mental health services for students, but they do not have the staff nor the means to serve every school in Dodge County. Evers noted that there is clearly an extraordinary need for health care and says he will continue to push for expanded Medicaid in Wisconsin.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board’s Executive Committee this week tabbed Strategic Management and Consulting, LLC to conduct an external analysis of the region’s emergency medical services. The goal would be to find solutions to significant concerns about the sustainability of EMS services in Dodge County. The firm’s bid came in at $21,500 which would be paid for with grant money, area EMS agencies pooling their resources and county support. The study is schedule for completion by the end of this year. The Dodge County Board will consider the hiring during their August 20th meeting.

(Waupun) The 30th annual Waupun Truck-N-Show kicks off today (Friday) and will run through tomorrow (Saturday). The event celebrates the trucking industry and will feature hundreds of truckers from across the country. From 8:45pm to 11pm tonight, and from 2:45pm to 4:45pm tomorrow, State Highway 49 will be closed from Gateway Drive to Fox Lake Road. Also, State Highway 26 will be closed from East Spring Street to East Jefferson Street but will be open to local traffic only. More information is at waupuntrucknshow.com, a link can be found with this news story on DailyDodge.com.