News – December 11, 2019

(Waupun) The Waupun Common Council adopted an ordinance last night allowing all-terrain vehicles to operate on city streets. ATV’s and UTV’s can operate on all designated city streets except county and state highways or connecting highways with a speed limit above 35-miles per hour. All-terrain vehicle use is prohibited within the city from 10pm to 6am. Mayor Julie Nickel says even though the ordinance passed, ATVs are still not allowed until signs are erected which could take three to four months.

(Juneau) After months of delays, the city of Juneau is finally closing on a property that will be their new city hall. The common council last (Tuesday) night approved the purchase offer for the former Farmers and Merchants Bank. The bank is selling the Jewel Street building to the city for $165-thousand dollars, $10-thousand dollars lower than the original offer. Closing was supposed to be in June but was held up by matters still being worked out related to covenant restrictions in the subdivision where the building is located. Mayor Dan Wegener says the bank offered a very discounted rate and much of the building could be used for city hall almost immediately. Closing on Juneau’s new city hall is tomorrow (Thursday).

(Juneau) Juneau Mayor Dan Wegener asked for a moment of silence at the onset of last (Tuesday) night’s council meeting to remember a lifelong member of the community who was killed last Friday in a motor vehicle accident. Wegener’s voice cracked as he highlighted the role that Charles Schultz played in Juneau over the years, from multiple terms spent on the city’s Plan Commission, to his time as treasurer and secretary of the fire department, to his part-time role as a custodian of city parks following his retirement.  Wegener noted that Schultz used to joke about spending time in the county jail. That’s because the 66-year-old was the son of a former Dodge County Sheriff at a time when the sheriff and his family lived at the county jail.

(Madison) Republican legislative leaders have proposed a date for the governor’s “State of the State.” Governor Tony Evers had requested a joint session of the legislature on one of three dates next month, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate President Roger Roth have invited him to deliver his address the evening of Wednesday, January 22.

(Columbia County) The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in locating a work release inmate who failed to return to jail. Marcos Antonio Avila was supposed be back at 7am Monday. The 34-year-old is serving a 180-day Huber sentence on charges of Domestic Disorderly Conduct and Battery to Police. Avila’s last known address was on West Wisconsin Street in Portage.

(Ripon) A Ripon teen has been charged for allegedly making a threat to kill 17 students and a teacher at the Ripon High School. Lillian Cavell made her initial appearance in Fond du Lac County court Tuesday via video conferencing from the county jail. The 18-year-old was released on a $1,000 signature with conditions including no access to firearms or ammunition in her home and no contact with the high school or anyone listed on the threatening message that was discovered in a high school bathroom last Wednesday.

(Dane County) A man is charged in Dane County with trying to have his probation agent killed. Forty-one year Christopher Dolajeck is accused of offering another inmate at the Dane County Jail a thousand bucks to kill his probation agent. According to a criminal complaint, the state Department of Corrections employee was trying to put Dolajeck in a drug treatment facility. He is on probation for a felony drug possession conviction in Columbia County. The complaint says the inmate agreed to wear a wire and recorded Dolajeck talking about how he would get the money to pay for the murder.

(Beaver Dam) A Sullivan man who ran from Beaver Dam Police has struck a plea deal with Dodge County prosecutors. Victor Kleinschmidt entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement yesterday, meaning he will avoid a felony record if he stays out of trouble while on probation for two years. As part of the plea, the 25-year-old will spend one year jail. He was clocked going 45-miles-over the speed limit on North Spring Street in June. Officers believed Kleinschmidt had taken LSD because he was asking questions about (quote) “God and death.”

(Beaver Dam) A Sullivan man who ran from Beaver Dam Police has struck a plea deal with Dodge County prosecutors. Victor Kleinschmidt entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement yesterday, meaning he will avoid a felony record if he stays out of trouble while on probation for two years. As part of the plea, the 25-year-old will spend one year jail. He was clocked going 45-miles-over the speed limit on North Spring Street in June. Officers believed Kleinschmidt had taken LSD because he was asking questions about (quote) “God and death.”