News – December 31, 2022

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department is investigating numerous shots fired in the city. Authorities say around 1:37am Thursday, someone fired approximately 14 rounds near the Cooper Street Bridge on the south side of Beaver Dam. They note that casings were recovered from the scene but the direction fired or what was struck is still unknown. Around that same time, a vehicle in the 800 block of South Lincoln Avenue was struck three times by fired rounds. The casings from both scenes are the same. Police are asking anyone that lives in this area with security cameras to check for any footage that may be of interest to law enforcement. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Daniel Kuhnz at 920-356-2552 or email [email protected].  

(Juneau) Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says that those planning to drink alcohol or use other impairing drugs tonight at New Year’s Eve celebrations should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Schmidt says he and his staff will be on duty and making arrests, regardless of the holiday. In addition, he says that no one should lose a life during the holidays and reminds everyone to be responsible.

(Juneau) The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” holiday enforcement campaign continues through New Year’s Day tomorrow (Sunday). Dodge County Sheriff’s Sergeant Jeremy Wolfe says they cannot combat drunken or drugged driving alone. He says if a friend is about to drink and drive, take the keys and help them get home safely. Wolfe adds that if you suspect a driver is under the influence call 911. Last year in Wisconsin, there were 6,368 alcohol-related crashes that killed 166 people. Alcohol contributed to more than a quarter of all traffic fatalities. Someone is killed or injured in an impaired driving crash every two hours in Wisconsin. During the last holiday season, there were nearly 400 crashes that involved an impaired driver; these crashes killed seven people and injured 192 others.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers recently completed his 72 county tour of the state, including a visit to Dodge County. In June, Evers visited High-Gem Holsteins and Normandes in Neosho. The small dairy farm is a recipient of $100 million dollars from the Wisconsin Farm Support Program to help them recover from the pandemic. The governor also met with Chris and Brenda Conley and learned about the farm’s practices of raising cattle and their involvement in their local watershed group and community.         

(Dodge County) Vehicle sales in Dodge County for the first eleven months of the year were down when compared to 2021. According to the Waterloo-based industry tracking firm Reg-Track, there were 2,359 trucks sold in Dodge County from January through November, a decrease of 19-percent. At the same time, there were 243 cars sold, a drop of nearly 30-percent. Overall, sales were down 20-percent to just over 26-hundred vehicles. For the nine-county, south-central Wisconsin region as a whole, there were 33-thousand vehicle sales over the eleven month period, a drop of 16-percent. Car sales were down 22-percent while truck sales dropped 15-percent.

(Beaver Dam) David Alan Smith was in elementary school when his teacher suggested he try out for a play with the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre. He secured a role in Oliver with the theatre’s Tell-A-Tale youth troupe, and eventually that brought him to Hollywood. Over the years he worked with Keanu Reeves, Dan Ackroyd, Cameron Diaz and even filmed an episode of a sitcom with Snoop Dog as his co-star. Since retiring and moving back to Beaver Dam, Smith has taken on a role as the managing director of the community theatre. He tells DailyDodge that he is proud to say that the Tell-A-Tale theatre is still going strong and he looks forward to continue working with young and old alike, sharing the valuable learning opportunities that come with theatre.