News – December 27, 2021


(Waukesha) Last month’s Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy has Green Bay officials considering additional safety measures for large outdoor gatherings. A city bond approved three years ago sets aside 400 thousand dollars to buy two dozen vehicle barriers.  The steel barriers would stop a vehicle traveling at 30 miles an hour.  When 39-year-old Darrell Brooks Junior drove into the crowd at Waukesha, killing six including a former Beaver Dam educator, and wounding more than 60, the need for those barriers was heightened.  Green Bay is looking for more ways to improve safety for celebrations like the Fourth of July, Artstreet, and for marathons.

(Watertown) A Watertown man charged will possessing illicit images of children was arraigned last week. Jared Osborn stood mute and the court entered a not guilty plea on his behalf to eight felony counts of Child Pornography. Osborn reportedly admitted to searching for the illicit content and attempting to save it in a draft email on his google account. If convicted, the 30-year-old faces up to 200 years in prison.

(Beaver Dam) Spring of 2022 should see the completion of a new training facility for the Beaver Dam Police Department.  This comes in the wake of a $52 Thousand commitment in the cities 2022 Capital Improvement Plan.  The 14 Acre facility sits on land donated by Walmart, and Police Chief John Kreuziger says it will be utilized for all types of department training.  This includes emergency vehicle operations, defense and arrest tactics, batons, tasers, firearms and scenario training, saving the department from having officers travel outside of the area to train.

(Watertown) Watertown Regional Medical Center has announced the recent hire of a general surgeon. Dr. Panna Codner received her medical degree and completed her residency in General Surgery at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She also completed her fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the University of California. Dr. Codner says she is excited to bring her experience to Watertown and continue the hospitals tradition of providing quality and safe care.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Community Library is reminding the public to update their library card before the end of the year. The library joined the Monarch Catalog in September and all older cards will no longer work after January 1st, 2022. Officials say this change will allow users access to over 2.7-million items shared by the 31 member libraries of the Monarch Library System. The card themselves are free and if you already have one, just bring it in with a valid photo ID and register for new card.

(Beaver Dam) A yield sign on a Beaver Dam side street may be changed to a stop sign. The Beaver Dam Common Council will vote at their January meeting on a plan to add a two-way stop on Norris Street at its intersection with West Street. Beaver Dam Department of Public Works Supervisor Dan Mulhern says the signs will be installed with flags prior to the vote but enforcement would not begin until after the change is formally approved.

(Dodge County) The Dodge County Health Department is reporting an additional 9 COVID deaths with 1 additional probable death, through last week Friday.  This brings the total death count to 276 with 241 confirmed and 35 probable deaths. Health officials recorded 100 new cases and seven new hospitalizations. Active community cases stand at 821. The seven-day daily average of new cases per 100-thousand people is at 69.52, twenty-five cases and above is what health officials classify as the “tipping point.” So far 52.7 percent of Dodge County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 49 percent have completed the vaccination series.