News – February 1, 2022

(Neosho) Cash bond was set at $250-thousand-dollars Monday for a Columbus man accused of robbing a Dodge County bank. Alan Schade allegedly robbed the Horicon Bank in Neosho last Wednesday. An aftermarket exhaust system reportedly led authorities to locate his vehicle in Waterloo. The 43-year-old was also wearing a GPS ankle monitor at the time which allegedly placed him at the Neosho bank at the time of the crime. It also reportedly placed him at a bank in Ixonia two days earlier that was also robbed. If convicted, Schade faces up to 58 years in prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 10th.

The Fond du Lac Sheriff’s Office and Town of Fond du Lac Fire Department were dispatched on reports of a shed fire at N5221 CTH V in the town of Fond du Lac early Tuesday morning.  At 2:23AM Fond du Lac dispatchers received a call from a passerby who had observed a shed on fire with flames and smoke visible.  Deputies arrived on scene to find the shed was nearly entirely consumed by fire.  Fire fighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to other nearby structures.  The property owner identified as Jeffrey Brown advised that there had been 2 goats and 6 ducks in the building, all of which perished in the fire.  The fire is believed to have been caused by an electrical issue from heated water dishes or a heat lamp inside the building.

(Lake Mills) The State Patrol and Jefferson County authorities arrested a Madison man for Seventh Offense Operating While Intoxicated. Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash near Lake Mills Sunday evening. The driver, reportedly identified as Alexander Siniard, fled on foot. Sheriff’s deputies and Lake Mills police helped locate the 30-year-old and take him into custody. A field sobriety test was conducted and determined Siniard was allegedly under the influence of intoxicants. An evidentiary blood draw was taken and Siniard was transported to the Jefferson County Jail.

(Madison) State Representative Mark Born is hopeful three bills he backed expanding the HOPE Agenda will get the governor’s signature. The legislation directs the Department of Health Services to establish a web-based substance use disorder treatment platform to help individuals find and obtain appropriate addiction treatment in their region. Born says that these types of packages normally pass both Houses unanimously or almost unanimously. The Beaver Dam Republican also voted in favor of two bills that direct funds to expand substance treatment services and training for treatment providers.

(Beaver Dam) The Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam Pharmacy has installed a medication disposal container. The project is a partnership between the hospital and the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention of Dodge County. Customers and patients can bring in their unused medications to the hospital’s pharmacy, located on the first floor of the medical office building, and drop them into the specially designed box.

(Columbia County) The Department of Natural Resources is taking comments on a proposed permit for a tree removal project in Columbia County that may result in the incidental taking of a rare snake. The American Transmission Company and its contractors identified 61 hazardous trees that require limb or tree removal to maintain the company’s reliability. DNR officials say the presence of the state endangered and federally threatened Eastern Massasauga snake is confirmed in the area. They add that the proposed project may result in the incidental taking of some snakes. Comments on the project can be sent to the DNR by February 10th. More information can be found on

(Wisconsin) A teen convicted in a fatal shooting a year ago at the Fox River Mall is scheduled to be sentenced today. Dezman Ellis and Jovanni Frausto got into a confrontation at the mall in Grand Chute last January 31st. Investigators say the two were arguing about a young woman, and that the then 17-year-old Ellis threatened to “shoot this place up” before pulling out a handgun, killing Frausto and injuring a second man. Ellis was arrested days later in Des Moines and charged with First-Degree Intentional Homicide. – WRN