News – February 1, 2021

(Beaver Dam) An Oshkosh man was arrested over the weekend following an eight hour standoff with Dodge County authorities. The Juneau Police Department initiated a pursuit with a Chevrolet Envoy just after 8pm Saturday. During the chase, the Envoy struck three law enforcement vehicles before running off the road just west of Crystal Lake Road between Juneau and Beaver Dam. Authorities learned the suspect was armed and negotiated for nearly eight hours before taken the 25-year-old Oshkosh man into custody after 4am Sunday morning. The suspect faces multiple charges stemming from the incident which remains under investigation.

(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County Sheriff says he is extremely proud of his deputies, dispatchers, SWAT team and all other agencies who helped resolve the tense situation outside of Beaver Dam. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says they all performed with outstanding professionalism and patience and served the citizens of the county well.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam American Bank and St. Vincent de Paul of Dodge County have teamed up to raise money for the 15 families displaced by last week’s Lakecrest Drive apartment fire. Those interested in donating are asked to inform the teller that your donation is for St. Vincent de Paul’s Emergency Relief Fund or donations can be made through American Bank’s website, a link can be found on

(Appleton) Grand Chute Police say one person was killed and another injured following a shooting inside the Fox River Mall in Appleton Sunday afternoon. In a press release, authorities said they are looking for Dezman Ellis for his alleged involvement, and believe the 17-year-old played a part in the shooting. Officials say 19-year-old Jovanni Frausto died in the mall shooting. The other victim was treated and released from an area hospital.

(Beaver Dam) Alliant Energy’s has been named among the Best Place for LGBTQ+ Equality on the 2021 Corporate Equality Index. Administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the equality index is the national benchmarking tool on LGBTQ+ workplace equality. Companies must provide employees with workplace protections, equal benefits, and support an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility. Alliant Energy satisfied all of the criteria and scored a 100-percent for the fourth year in a row.

(Dodge County) Dodge County had one of the three deaths announced by state health officials yesterday after reporting two deaths on Saturday, bringing the county total to 147 of the 5896 people who have died of coronavirus in Wisconsin. Washington and Columbia Counties reported the other two deaths.

(Wisconsin) The state passed a coronavirus vaccination milestone over the weekend. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, more than half a million vaccine doses have been administered, and more than 100,000 people have received the required two doses.

(Wisconsin) The state Assembly is expected to vote this week on a resolution which would end Governor Tony Evers’ COVID-19 emergency declaration and statewide mask order. Speaker Robin Vos maintains the mask order was essentially unenforceable – although he generally wears one. He says it’s “unfortunate” that people believe an order was necessary to get them to wear masks.

(Wisconsin) The Better Business Bureau says posting a photo of your vaccination record could lead to personal information including your full name and date of birth to be compromised. An image of the form could also provide scammers with a template to produce fake forms that could be sold online. The Better Business Bureau encourages people who wish to share that they got vaccinated on social media, to just post a photo of your “I’m vaccinated” sticker or just taking a selfie after your shot.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Community Library is reopening to the public today. Library officials say masks will be required for entry. They add that at this stage of their reopening plan, essential services are the primary focus which includes browsing and check out of materials, limited public internet and Wi-Fi access.