News – December 8, 2022

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department says a new Fire Suppression Tool can save lives and protect property. Donated by the Dodge County Chapter of the Masonic Lodge, the device releases an aerosol that slows or stops the spread of a fire. Lieutenant Jeremiah Johnsons says it is fantastic for saving people’s houses and keeping residents safe in apartments if they are not evacuated. He says equipping officers with a Fire Suppression Tool is important because police can often be the first to arrive at a fire call because they are out on patrol.

(Lake Mills) The FBI is now involved in tracking down a suspect in a series of Culver’s drive thru robberies throughout southern Wisconsin, including one in Jefferson County. The suspect’s spree began in September, with a series of hold ups and attempted hold ups at Culver’s drive thru locations in Janesville, Beloit, Lake Mills and Mequon. The suspect drives a reddish Jeep Wrangler and he’s not just partial to Culver’s. Police in Janesville say this same guy is the suspect in an armed robbery at a Best Buy earlier this week. In this heist, he pulled a gun while in the prior hold ups he implies he has a weapon.

(Fall River) A couple area school districts have received funding from the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The DOJ announced Wednesday that all funds for the Digital Mapping School Buildings 2022 grant program have been awarded. The Fall River School District is getting $15,000 while the Lodi School District is in line for $24,000. The money will help the districts provide blueprints of their school to the local law enforcement agency.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin Congressman Glenn Grothman was elected to the Republican Policy Committee. The committee consists of members from 19 regions across the United States and its territories. They serve as an advisory team to House Republicans in crafting policy priorities and provides a forum for members to discuss legislative proposals. Grothman will serve as the representative for Region Eight which includes Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan.

(Columbus) The raising of rates on non-resident summer passes at the Columbus Area Aquatic Center was discussed at this week’s committee of the whole meeting. Alderperson Shelley Albright suggested the price of a family summer pass be $125 dollars, while Alderperson Ian Gray suggests that rates be raised across the board. Moving forward, the council would like to see rates go up. The matter will be discussed further at the next regular meeting.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre’s One Voice Children’s Choir has a busy weekend coming up. The ensemble will be performing two pieces with the Beaver Dam Area Orchestra at the high school auditorium on Saturday during the free, 5pm family-friendly program. One Voice will host their Christmas Concert at the community theater at 2pm Sunday, performing beloved Christmas tunes including “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Frosty the Snowman.” The Christmas Concert is $10 dollars for adults and $5 dollars for children.

(Madison) A dog is doing okay after going through security screening at Dane County Regional Airport in Madison. The Transportation Safety Administration putting out a tweet of the dog, in someone’s carryon bag, going through an x-ray machine at the airport in Madison. The TSA says anyone traveling with a dog needs to take it out of their bag before going through security. Passengers are told to notify the airline when traveling with a pet and know their rules. The passenger in question at Dane County Regional was unaware of the screening protocol and did not tell security officers about her dog. -WRN