News – February 25, 2023

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office yesterday (Friday) announced the availability of a new “Special Needs Alert Form.” Agency officials say law enforcement, fire departments, and EMS professionals encounter individuals every day who struggle with disabilities including blindness, cognitive impairment, deafness, prone to seizures, and others. They add that they want to be prepared and be able to respond to the needs of citizens to the best of their ability. Officials say if you or someone in your family that lives in Dodge County and may struggle with a disability can fill out the Special Needs Alert Form. A link can be found with this news story at

(Fond du Lac) Cash bond has been set at $1-million-dollars for a Fond du Lac man suspected of trying to kill his mother with a hammer. Aristotle Wurtz was charged this week with attempted First-Degree Intentional Homicide – Use of a Dangerous Weapon. According to the criminal complaint, the 33-year-old told Fond du Lac Police detectives his parents were “being mean to God.” He reportedly admitted trying to kill his mother by hitting her in the head with a hammer and wanted to kill his father too. The victim was struck in the head about 30 times. Wurtz allegedly suffers from schizophrenia, according to the complaint. A preliminary hearing is set for March 3rd.

(Lake Mills) Governor Tony Evers has ordered the flags to half-staff tomorrow (Sunday) in honor of Lake Mills Fire Chief Todd Yandre. The 40-year veteran with the department passed away in the line of duty on February 15th. Initial reports indicated that Yandre died of a cardiac arrest. Evers says by all accounts, Yandre was a caring and loyal friend, mentor, coach, husband, father, and grandfather who was dedicated to his community. Services for Yandre will be held this Sunday in Lake Mills. Chief Yandre was 61-years-old.

(Dodge County) Vehicle sales in the region in the first month of the year were on a bit of an uptick when compared to 2022. According to the Waterloo-based industry-tracking firm Reg-Trak, there were 227 vehicle sales in Dodge County last month, which is one more sold than in January of 2022. That one extra sale was a car, and there was 20 total sales last month while there was 19 last year. Truck sales were exactly the same with 207.

(Watertown) Watertown Regional Medical Center has been recognized as a top 100 rural and community hospital for 2023. The distinction comes from The Chartis Center for Rural Health, an annual program that honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the organization’s performance INDEX. Hospitals are rated in the Chartis rankings using publicly available data sets and scored across eight performance pillars. According to the Chartis website, “these top performers are excelling in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction, and operating at a lower cost than their peers.”

(Slinger) The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says Ney’s Natural Premium Meats and Sweets in Slinger is issuing a voluntary Class I recall. The recall is for packaged pizzas sold at retail. One is a Nico’s Authentic Premium 12-inch combo pizza and the other is a Nico’s Authentic Premium 12-inch sausage pizza. The affected products carry a mark of inspection with establishment number 177 and package code 04823. The package codes can be found directly below the state of Wisconsin inspection legend on product labels.