News – December 5, 2019

(Juneau) A community forum held last (Wednesday) night allowed the public to ask questions about the study of local EMS staffing shortages and possible consolidations. Dan Williams, with Strategic Management and Consulting LLC who is conducting the study, says Dodge County is facing a decline of volunteers as first responders continue to age. He says the goal is to avoid area agencies from having to close down from a lack of qualified and interested applicants. The firm’s final report is expected to the presented to the County Board in January.

(Fond du Lac) A single vehicle accident in the town of Fond du Lac overnight claimed two lives. The crash occurred around 1:11am on County Highway D when a southbound vehicle struck a pole at a high rate of speed, splitting it in two. The driver, a 24-year-old Fond du Lac man, and his passenger, a 28-year-old Fond du Lac man, were killed after being thrown from the vehicle.

(Oshkosh) The Oshkosh school resource officer involved in shooting a 16-year-old student at Oshkosh West High School Tuesday has been identified. Police Officer Michael Wissink has been with the Oshkosh Police Department for 21 years and has been a school resource officer since 2017. Wissink allegedly shot the student in his office at the school when the student stabbed him with an “edged weapon.” Officer Wissink and the student were both taken to a local hospital for treatment. The state’s Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the incident.

(Ripon) Ripon Police are investigating a threat at the high school. School district officials say a high school student found a message in a bathroom Wednesday with a threat directed toward 17 students. The high school and middle school were placed in a soft lockdown. Police were notified and students affected by the threat were located. They were allowed to leave school. Once they left the lockdown was lifted. The nature of the threat was not specified by district officials. Classes are being held today.

(Reeseville) A Reeseville man accused of raising an infant in a drug house entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment hearing yesterday. 27-year-old Matthew Hansen is facing a felony count of Neglecting a Child. In May, Hansen was reportedly involved in a drug-related shooting in near proximity to the child. Also charged, 21-year-old Sara Schimmel who allegedly admitted to doctor’s that she used cocaine while she was pregnant. If convicted, the charges carry a maximum three-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam woman accused of embezzling money from Coyote Gas and Liquor entered a not guilty plea during her arraignment hearing yesterday. Jennifer Singsheim reportedly told investigators that she developed an addiction to scratch-off lottery tickets after winning $500 several years ago. In July, the 44-year-old manager of the Beaver Dam gas station failed to make several nightly deposits. She’s already paying back $5000. If convicted, Singsheim is facing up to ten years in prison.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department’s vehicle replacement fund will see some additional monies thanks to a recent online auction. Chief Alan Mannel told the Beaver Dam Police and Fire Commission this week that they were able to garner over $6,080.25. A 2006 Ford ambulance was sold for $5,725, three compressed air cylinders went for a combined $320.25 and an old air delivery system used for confined spaces garnered $35. Mannel says the sale was held through the Wisconsin Surplus Online Auction site.

(Waupun) The Waupun Police Department now has a Lieutenant of Investigations. It’s a new position and Ted Sullivan was sworn in for the position on Monday. Sullivan comes over to the department from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office where he worked for 21 years. Sullivan succeeds Detective Brian O’Donovan who retires January 3rd.

(Madison) Some collateral damage during the state’s deer hunt. According to the Department of Natural Resources, a novice hunter self-reported unintentionally shooting two elk in Rusk County during the nine day deer gun season. The DNR says they are working with the woman who shot the elk so that the meat can be salvaged locally.