News – December 16, 2021

With winds topping over 60 miles per hour in the overnight hours, power outages have been reported throughout much of Wisconsin.  Alliant Energy reports over 950 outages affecting nearly 39,000 customers across their service area, while WE Energies is reporting over 450 outages within the state leaving as many as 58,000 consumers without power.  Crews will be out in force working to restore services.

(Lomira) A Dodge County judge sentenced an Appleton man found with a pound of meth to 10 years in prison and placed him on 10 years extended supervision yesterday. Justin Kautzer admitted to selling over 50 pounds of meth since 2019 after he was stopped by authorities in Lomira in September of 2020. A search of his vehicle yielded a bag containing 425.7 grams of meth. At sentencing, District Attorney Kurt Klomberg said the defendant peddles poison for profit and presents a grave danger to the community.

(Fond du Lac) Cash bond was set at $75,000 for a Fond du Lac man accused of setting his home on fire last week. Nathaneal Hankerson is facing a felony charge of Arson of a Building as well as Criminal Damage to Property. The blaze destroyed the kitchen, the rest of the home at 302 North Macy Street was significantly damaged by heat and smoke. When questioned, Hankerson reportedly said he was trying to let go of his earthly possessions to earn a shortcut to heaven. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Friday.

(Waukesha) There’s now only one child in the hospital injured in Waukesha’s Christmas Parade attack. Doctors at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee say two children sent home Tuesday still have a long road to recovery. In all, 16 kids were rushed to the hospital after police say Darrell Brooks Jr. drove an SUV into the parade in late November. Six people, five adults including former Beaver Dam teacher Tamara Durand, and one child, died. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Charities, Inc. presented a check Wednesday to the Waukesha Fund to support those affected by the tragic Christmas Parade attack. The organization says they raised $6,500 to the cause. Detective and Beaver Dam Charity Director Daniel Kuhnz as well as Charity Board Member and Detective Heather Johnson delivered the check to the Waukesha County Community Foundation Fund.

(Beaver Dam) St. Vincent de Paul of Dodge County has been playing a critical role in getting new clothing to the Afghan refugees at Fort McCoy. The Beaver Dam based nonprofit has been a conduit for other area organizations as they pool money and resources to send to the Dodge County store. So far, over $30-thosuand-dollars has been sent to purchase over 39-hundred hats and mittens and over a thousand sweatshirts and sweatpants, among other articles of clothing. There are over 13,000 refugees at the base with about 45-percent of that population children.

(Dodge County) After briefly dropping to “very high” COVID activity level, the state health department lifted Dodge County’s rank to “critically high.” That means the case activity level is growing. Dodge County health officials recorded 40 new COVID cases Wednesday. There were five additional hospitalizations. Active community cases decreased 77 from Tuesday to Wednesday and now stands at 802. So far, 49.9-percent of county residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 47.3-percent have completed the vaccinations series.