News – February 16, 2023

(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County sheriff says license plate reader cameras help spot stolen vehicles. It is part of the Flock Safety Cameras System, which runs license plate numbers against a wanted vehicle database. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says those cameras have aided them in a number of apprehensions and Tuesday night’s incident was instigated because of a Beaver Dam Police Department’s Flock camera. Beaver Dam police pursued a stolen vehicle before it crashed. Two juvenile occupants were taken into custody, with a third apprehended later. The Beaver Dam Police Department is seeking a fourth individual.

(Horicon) A Watertown man is accused of running from police. Lonnie Ramsey allegedly fled from Watertown police in December. He reportedly blew through several stop signs. According to the complaint, Ramsey admitted his actions and said he was intoxicated and did not want to get in more trouble so he ran. If convicted, the 27-year-old faces three-and-a-half years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for April 10th.

(Beaver Dam) The cities of Horicon and Mayville have invested in technology to livestream their government meetings. Mayville mayor John Guinn says his city has invested in an OWL, an owl-shaped pod with built in cameras and microphones. Horicon mayor Josh Maas says a YouTube page has been created.

(Horicon) Customers ordering out from Domino’s in Horicon will now get their pizza’s delivered in an electric vehicle. The company has announced that the business, located at 622 Washington Street, features delivery via four custom-branded Chevy electric vehicles. According to Domino’s website, it is the only store in the state to have EV’s on the road now.

(Fond du Lac) The Fond du Lac County Board this week approved spending more of the American Rescue Plan Act funds allocated to the county. About $20-million-dollars in ARPA funding was originally issued. One of the things the board approved was a resolution to spend up to $50,000 to pay an accounting firm to keep the county in compliance with federal ARPA spending guidelines. The board also approved spending over $1.5 million in ARPA funds to begin converting the sheriff’s department’s radio system over to a dual-band digital system, which has more frequencies available to it.

(Wisconsin) DNR officials say only 11 fish were harvested Wednesday on Lake Winnebago and the Upriver lakes. They say it is the slowest harvest they have seen since 2019 when there were a few days with only 10 fish harvested. Eight of the fish were taken on Lake Winnebago yesterday. There are still 2 adult females left until the 90 percent trigger is activated or 10 more adult females until the 100 percent cap is reached on the Upriver lakes. No sturgeon over 100 pounds were harvested during the fifth day of the season. The biggest fish was just over 75 pounds and measured 67.1 inches in length. It was taken by Anthony Woelfel. DNR officials are hoping colder weather over the next few days will help ice conditions and bring out more spearers.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers made a case for finding common ground, as he delivered his budget address Wednesday night at the Capitol. Evers said, “Let’s dispose of the notion that priorities in this budget are somehow extreme, or farfetched.” The governor proposes targeted tax relief and an historic $2.6-billion-dollar funding increase to K-12 schools. Evers’ budget plan now goes to the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee. Committee co-chairs Senator Howard Marklein and Representative Mark Born of Beaver Dam have indicated that most of Evers’ proposals would be rewritten. – WRN