News – February 18, 2022

(Oak Grove) A Horicon man was charged Thursday with Vehicular Homicide. Daniel Bryfczynski  was allegedly under the influence of marijuana, cocaine, ketamine and opiates when he crossed the Highway 33 centerline last June. The 47-year-old reportedly told authorities that he fell asleep behind the wheel. A 50-year-old Lake Mills woman was killed.  Prosecutors say Bryfczynski admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day. If convicted, he faces over 62 years behind bars. Bryfczynski is slated to make his initial appearance next month.

(Beaver Dam) A Randolph teen charged with taking thousands of dollars from their employer has made his initial appearance in court. Robert Nelson allegedly took just over $20-thousand-dollars between last April and June from the business, which was not named in the criminal complaint. Nelson reportedly admitted to his actions and said he needed to pay back a drug dealer.  If convicted, the 17-year-old faces up to 10 years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 24th.

(Barton) Washington County authorities arrested a suspect Wednesday evening for firing a shotgun at a pizza delivery driver. Deputies received a report that a 46-year-old West Bend woman was shot at while attempting to drop off the pizza at a property in the town of Barton. The investigation revealed that a 32-year-old Barton man ordered the food but accidentally fired the shotgun upon the deliverer’s arrival. He is facing charges of First-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School District now has three school resource officers. Andy Strachota and Matthew Edwards have both been on the job for less than one month and replace Officer Lisa Dake-Jones. Strachota is stationed at the middle school while Edwards is at the five elementary buildings. Officer Tony Karel, who has been at the high school since classes began in the fall, told the school board recently that being a resource officer is a bigger job than he ever thought it would be but, in the end, he knows it will be really rewarding.

(Dodge County) Dodge County health officials confirmed one COVID death yesterday. That brings the total death count to 304. There were 28 cases recorded Thursday with no new additional hospitalizations. So far, 52.2-percent of Dodge County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 49.7-percent have completed the vaccination series.

(Waupun) SSM Health will be hosting their final COVID forum on Monday. The roundtable discussion addressed fast changing virus updates and next steps. SSM officials say after nearly two years of adjusting to life during a pandemic, there are some bright lights at the end of this long tunnel. The forum will feature Fond du Lac County Health Officer Kim Mueller and SSM Health St. Agnes Hospital President Katherine Vergos. It will be held at 3:30pm on February 21st. Links will be posted to SSM Health’s website following the forum.