(Waukesha) The Milwaukee man accused of running down and killing six people and injuring dozens more at the Waukesha Christmas parade pleads not guilty. The attorney for 39-year-old Darrell Brooks, Jr. entered the pleas to all charges, including six homicide counts, during a brief court appearance Friday. Brooks’ attorneys filed for a change of venue in the case on Thursday. It’s not clear when that motion will be considered. Brooks remains jailed on five million dollars bail. One of the six victims was a former Beaver Dam educator. – WRN
(Beaver Dam) The United States Postal Service is proposing to relocate the Beaver Dam post office. The reason behind the suggested office change is due to the existing location’s traffic patterns which the U.S. postal service says has negatively impact access to the Beaver Dam office. The USPS is proposing moving to a roughly 9,000 square foot building within the Beaver Dam and Fox Lake Zip Code areas. They say service levels will not change. The USPS is seeking public comments on the proposed post office location change within the next 30 days. More information is available at DailyDodge.com.
(Beaver Dam) A plea and sentencing hearing was scheduled this week for a Juneau man charged with running from Beaver Dam police. Jonathan Prag allegedly fled from police in March, going 88-miles-per-hour on North Spring Street, stopping once he reached Industrial Drive. If convicted, the 24-year-old faces over four years in prison. The plea and sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 13th.
(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man accused of assaulting and making suggestive comments towards hospital staff is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing this week. Bradley Toft allegedly made inappropriate comments and gestures towards employees. He also reportedly grabbed a razor and attempted to place it close to a nurse’s neck before she backed away. Toft also allegedly struck a security guard. He was reportedly under the influence of THC edibles. If convicted, 44-year-old faces over 12 years behind bars.
(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney announced election fraud charges against five people. According to the criminal complaint the five registered for voting with the same address, the address is for the UPS Store in Fond du Lac which has no attached apartments. The five were identified as Markeis Carter, Jamie and Sam Wells, Jeffrey Testroete, and Lawrence Klug. The investigation was conducted by the Fond du Lac Police Department.
(Poynette) The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a phone scam were a caller posed as a U.S. Marshal. Employees from the Subway restaurant in Poynette reported this week. The caller told a restaurant employee the owner was in legal trouble and the employee needed to take money from the register and purchase a cash card to prevent the business owner from going to jail. They were then told to give the caller the number from the back of the cash card and if they told anyone or other employees what was happening they too would be in trouble.
(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam politician was recognized by a non-profit organization. Mark Born was named Policy Maker of the Year by the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association for his work during the 2021/2022 legislative session. Born supported legislation that was signed into law by the governor that aided the groups conservation efforts. Born says conservation tools like the state waterfowl stamp and the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program are crucial to ensure hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation can continue for future generations.
(Beaver Dam) Moraine Park Technical College will soon be accepting applications for five positions on their district board. The openings are for one Employer Member, two Additional Members, and two Employee Members. The application window runs from February 18th to March 4th. Further details about the district boundaries for each seat as well as information about where to send the applications, visit the news tab at DailyDodge.com.
(Fond du Lac) The Department of Natural Resources recently took water clarity readings on Lake Winnebago. Fourteen depth readings were taken in six geographic regions of the lake. The average water clarity was 10.7 feet. Officials says strong winds prior to freeze-up and patches of open water held throughout January likely played a role in the decreased average clarity this season. No water clarity readings were taken on the Upriver Lakes. The sturgeon spearing season begins today.