News – December 4, 2019

(Oshkosh) No classes in the Oshkosh Area School District today following a shooting incident at Oshkosh West High School yesterday morning. A 16-year-old student stabbed a school resource officer with an “edged weapon.” The officer shot the student once. Both were taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Police later investigated a possible threat on social media against Oshkosh North High School, but determined no students were in danger. The shooting at Oshkosh West happened a day after a student was shot by an officer at Waukesha South High School. That 17-year-old student had allegedly brought a pellet gun to school.

(Waupun) Cash bond has been set at $1-million for a Waupun man facing a dozen new charges including First Degree Intentional Homicide in the death of his grandmother. Gregory Spittel made an initial appearance in Fond du Lac County court Monday on the new charges stemming from the August death of 75-year-old Carol Foreman. She was found in the basement of his home with serious head injuries and died several days later.  The 30-year-old Spittel will be back in court on January 2nd.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam woman accused of assaulting a minor is changing her plea. In June, the court entered a not guilty plea on Jennifer Schmidt’s behalf during her arraignment hearing but yesterday she requested to change it to not guilty by reason of mental defect. Judge Steven Bauer accepted the request. Schmidt allegedly had inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old on multiple occasions last spring. She at first denied the accusations but later reportedly admitted to her actions. If convicted on all charges, the 49-year-old is facing up to 120 years in prison.

(Reeseville) A two-day jury trial was added to the court calendar yesterday (Tuesday) for a Pennsylvania man accused of assaulting two minors in Dodge County. Steven Barlow allegedly admitted to the assaults that occurred while he was living with the victim’s family between 2015 and 2017. If convicted, the 23-year-old is facing a maximum sentence of 120 years in prison. The trial is set to begin on February 26.

(Horicon) The Horicon City Council adopted their 2020 budget last (Tuesday) night, one week after officials wound up deadlocked. Three aldermen voted against the document last week following questions raised during the public hearing. The city clerk-treasurer addressed each question raised at the onset of last night’s meeting, leading to a unanimous vote. The $3.9-million-dollar budget is up roughly $100-thousand dollars from the previous budget. The $2.4-million-dollar levy increased $60-thousand dollars. The mill rate of $11.17-per one thousand dollars of assessed value is down 71-cents from last year’s mill rate of $11.88. Equalized values are increasing in Horicon by as much as four percent.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board’s External Audit Committee is close to finishing their review of an operational analysis of the sheriff’s office. Supervisor Joseph Marsik, a member of the audit committee, told the board’s Executive Committee yesterday that they are recommending three-and-a-half full-time positions for the sheriff’s office drug task force which currently sits at two full-time. The study also recommends up to four additional staff members from other local agencies. Also recommended: the replacement of ten squad cars a year once they hit 125,000 miles. The external audit committee is expected to finish their review this month and have it before the county board at their January meeting.

(Dodge County) Gun deer licenses were down two percent this year compared to last year. That according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources which says that 564-thousand licenses were sold through the end of the nine-day season that wrapped up Sunday, compared to 576-thousand in 2018. Preliminary figures show a huge drop in the deer harvest with 160-thousand registered this year, a decrease of over 53-thousand deer from the 214-thousand registered last year. In Dodge County, there were 2200 deer harvested this year compared to 2700 last year.