News – December 11, 2021

(Waupun) A semi-tractor trailer driver was seriously injured after colliding with a tree yesterday (Friday) morning in the Township of Waupun. Fond du Lac County sheriff’s deputies were called to Highway 26 south of Neitman Road around 8:42am. The initial investigation showed that the semi was traveling northbound on Highway 26, travelled off the roadway striking a tree. The tractor trailer sustained total damage due to the impact. The engine compartment became separated from the cab of the semi and parts were damaged after they started on fire. Several citizens also assisted with fire extinguishers. The operator of the semi, a 47-year-old man from Toledo, Ohio, was transported from the scene by Life Star Ambulance to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah with serious injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt. The crash remains under investigation.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man who failed to return to the jail from a pre-approved medical appointment was sentenced to 10 days in jail with work release privileges yesterday (Friday). Robert Lee Haley entered a no contest plea to a felony count of Escape. Haley was reported missing from the jail in October of 2020 and turned himself in three days later. The 32-year-old was serving a nine-month Huber sentence at the Dodge County Jail for a sexual assault-related crime.

(Fox Lake) A Wauzeka woman is heading to trial on charges that she mailed an illegal drug into Fox Lake Correctional. Angelica Pitzer waived her right to a preliminary hearing this week on a felony count of Deliver Illegal Articles to an Inmate. Correctional staff at the prison intercepted an envelope addressed to an inmate that contained three suboxone strips. According to the criminal complaint, recorded phone calls between the inmate and Pitzer suggested she was responsible for sending the envelope. When questioned by investigators, Pitzer said (quote) “I don’t have anything else to say.” If convicted, the 33-year-old faces three-and-a-half years in prison. Pitzer will be arraigned next month.

(Watertown) A Watertown teen accused of making threats against her school is heading to trial after waiving her right to a preliminary hearing this week. Elizabeth Higgins allegedly posted a picture to Snapchat late last week that showed three assault rifles in opened gun cases with a caption that read (quote) “yes do not come [to] school tomorrow.” Authorities allegedly tied the account the picture was posted under back to Higgins. Officials with the school, redacted in the criminal complaint, where notified and Higgins was brought to the assistant principal’s office before entering the building. Higgins reportedly told police that the photo was fake and the threat was not legitimate. If convicted, the 17-year-old faces over four years behind bars. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for January 6th.

(Beaver Dam) Dodge County’s free walk-in COVID test site will be operational this Wednesday. The site, located at 1701 North Spring Street, was originally staffed by the Wisconsin National Guard through December 8th. County health officials say that they have recently learned that the National Guard will be at the facility on December 15th. No confirmation about the National Guard’s availability beyond that date has been made yet. Health officials say once they know more, they will share that information with the public. No appointments are required but the public is asked to pre-register before you arrive.

(Poynette) The Columbia County Health Department will be hosting a free walk-in COVID vaccine clinic this weekend. Pfizer doses will be available at the clinic for those aged five and up. Anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian with them. Appointments are not necessary to receive the vaccine but people can schedule ahead of time. The clinic will be at the Poynette Elementary School at 225 West North Street from 10am to 3pm this Saturday.

(Columbus) A Columbus bank is helping area elderly residents learn more about the dangers and signs of a scam. Between January of 2020 and June, more than $13-million-dollars was lost nationwide due to “grandparent scams” alone. Officials with Farmers & Merchants Union Bank say they feel strongly about educating community members about scams that target consumers who want to help their loved ones. Earlier this month, bank employees Shaina Hannaman and Samantha Petrie spoke to a group at the Columbus Senior Center. During the presentation, they discussed scam basics, what to look for as well details of charity and grandparent scams. Bank officials encourages people to talk to someone if they are unsure of a situation.

(Beaver Dam) Wayland Academy’s 57th Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols is right around the corner. The show is a non-denominational music service featuring singing of Christmas carols, hymns, and choral music performed by Wayland’s students and faculty. The service will be held on December 12th at 4pm in the Kimberly Chapel on the Wayland Academy campus located at 101 North University Avenue. It is free and open to the public. Masks are required to attend the performance.