News – December 21, 2021

(Dodge County) A Milwaukee man who was part of a multi-agency pursuit in Dodge County last year was sentenced Monday to over four years in prison. Justin Carter-Smith was also placed on four years of extended supervision. From around 2:19pm to just before 3pm on November 5th, authorities from Beaver Dam, Fox Lake, Waupun, and sheriff’s deputies pursued a vehicle tied to a theft complaint in Columbus. The vehicle was eventually disabled when it struck a curb in Waupun. The driver, who was identified as 33-year-old Carter-Smith, was arrested.

(Byron) Fond du Lac County authorities pursued a burglary suspect for 10 miles before the person was arrested Monday. Deputies were called to the area of Highway F and Highway 175 in the Township of Bryon around 9:40am after a home was burglarized. Authorities soon located a vehicle that matched the complainant’s description and chased the suspect northbound on Highway 151. Due to the vehicle driving into oncoming traffic, the pursuit was terminated. A deputy with the Calumet County Sheriff’s Office spotted the vehicle at a gas station and took the suspect into custody.

(Beaver Dam) Some Beaver Dam residents will be voting in a new place for the next election. The Beaver Dam Common Council Monday night approved all polling locations citywide, and some locations are changing as part of nationwide redistricting with the 2020 Census. You can find a list of the new polling places, along with a side-by-side comparison of the old wards and new districts, with this news story at

(Beaver Dam) A contractor has been hired to paint the water tower in downtown Beaver Dam. The common council Monday night hired James Orr Coating Inspection at a cost of $1.1-million dollars. The work next year will include the application of four coats on the exterior and three coats on the interior. A wraparound design features the city logo on two sides with the tagline: “Beaver Dam, Life Here Is Good.” Money for the project comes from the Water Utility budget.

(Beaver Dam) One of the community’s long running eye care providers is joining Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam’s employed physician group. Vita Park Eye Associates will be part of Marshfield Clinic Health System effective May 1st. The practice has served the Beaver Dam area since 1949 and currently features two board-certified ophthalmologists: Dr. Thomas Castillo and Dr. Jay Wilkins. Vita Park Eye Associates also has two optometrists who work at locations in both Beaver Dam and Waupun. Although some regulatory and legal requirements are still to be completed, the organizations informed their staff of the move Monday.

(Dodge County) Dodge County health officials confirmed four COVID deaths Monday. That brings the total death count to 250 with 219 confirmed and 31 probable deaths. Health officials recorded 159 cases since Friday. So far, just over 50-percent of Dodge County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 47.5-percent have completed the vaccination series.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s coronavirus vaccine count is holding steady. State health officials say as of Friday, Wisconsin was averaging 26-thousand vaccine doses and 18-thousand booster shots each day. That’s about where the state has been for weeks. – WRN