News – December 15, 2021

(Juneau) Based on the number of papers circulating, there could be as many as 14 contested races on the Dodge County Board this spring. There are currently 47 people circulating paperwork to run for the 33-member board. Because of the redrawing of district lines, there are four races where two incumbents may be squaring off against each other. Candidates in all state and local spring races have until Tuesday, January 4 to submit their nomination papers.

(Juneau) A Juneau teen made his initial appearance in court yesterday Tuesday on charges he possessed illicit images of children. Jeremy Slayton allegedly uploaded multiple illegal photos to an account with Dropbox. When questioned, Slayton denied making or placing images in a Dropbox account. Detectives allegedly found images consistent with child pornography during a search of Slayton’s laptop. If convicted, Slayton faces up to 250 years in prison. Cash bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 23rd.

(Fond du Lac) Cash bond was set at $10,000 for a Fond du Lac man suspected of driving his vehicle into a piece of the county’s highway department machinery. Tony Schumacher made his initial appearance in court on felony charges of Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Criminal Damage to Property, and OWI Fifth Offense. A Fond du Lac County highway worker narrowly escaped injury by leaping from the piece of equipment when Schumacher allegedly drove into it on Kinker Road December 2nd. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 4th.

(Seneca) Multiple people were injured following a two vehicle crash in the Town of Seneca in Green Lake County Monday morning. Deputies were called to County Highway F east of Highway D just before 8am. Authorities determined that a vehicle with a single occupant was eastbound on Highway F when it crossed the centerline, striking a westbound vehicle with a lone driver. Both individuals were transported by EMS with one person needing to be air lifted by a helicopter.

(Beaver Dam) The mask requirement for elementary students in Beaver Dam public schools is now optional but “highly recommended.” The school board Monday night made that decision with two dissenting votes. Two months ago, the school board lifted the mask requirement for middle and high school students, the only age groups then eligible for vaccinations.

(Beaver Dam) Dodge County’s free walk-in COVID test site will be operational for three more weeks. The site, located at 1701 North Spring Street in Beaver dam, was originally staffed by the Wisconsin National Guard through December 8th which was then extended through today. Dodge County health officials say the facility has offered PCR lab testing each Wednesday from 11am to 5pm. Starting next Tuesday, the site will be staffed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This will continue until January 5th. There is no change in the site’s hours of operation.