News – February 28, 2020


(Milwaukee) Authorities have released the names of the victims at Molson Coors in Milwaukee, and of their killer. Police Chief Alfonso Morales said five men were shot to death Wednesday, Jesus Valle (vigh-ya) and Trevor Wetselaar (wets-ler) of Milwaukee were both 33 years old. Dale Hudson of Waukesha was 50, Dana Walk of Delafield was 57, and Gene Levshetz of Mequon was 51. The shooter, 51-year-old Molson Coors electrician Anthony Ferrill of Milwaukee, killed himself. Police have no motive at this time. The Journal Sentinel reports there had been long-running dispute between co-workers before Wednesday’s shootings.

 

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board this week voted against borrowing internally for plans to repurpose the old jail into storage. After the outdated facility was closed last year, the building committee determined there was need to repurpose the basement of the 1977 section into storage space for the sheriff’s office while demolishing the original section from 1959. Several board members who were against the project cited concerns that it came in $600-thousand-dollars over budget. The matter will now go back to the building committee for further discussion.

 

(Jefferson County) A former Jefferson County deputy who lost her job is in trouble again. Janelle Gericke (gare-ick) still faces charges from an alleged burglary in December. Investigators say she broke into people’s homes to rob them while they were away at funerals. Prosecutors filed *new* charges against Gericke for a break-in on Monday. The homeowner says he saw Gericke on his home surveillance camera, then noticed some missing hydrocodone medication.

 

(Beaver Dam) A Juneau man accused of not returning a rental car is heading to trial. Probable cause was found yesterday (Thursday) against Gregg Mitchell who is facing a felony charge of Theft of Movable Property. During a subsequent arraignment hearing, Mitchell entered a not guilty plea. Mitchell reportedly failed to return the 2018 Ford Fiesta to Beaverland Parkway’s Enterprise in June. Four days after reporting the vehicle stolen on July 12th, deputies reportedly located it behind Mitchell’s apartment building. If convicted, the 48-year-old faces no more than six years in prison.

 

(Green Lake) Green Lake County Republican Party Chairman Alex Dallman made it official last night announcing his candidacy for the 41st State Assembly District seat. Dallman made the announcement during a party caucus Thursday evening. Dallman grew up in the district, graduated from Markesan High School and got a bachelor’s degree in political science from Edgewood College. He currently works as an Outreach Representative for Congressman Glenn Grothman.  The 41st State Assembly seat is currently held by Joan Ballweg who has announced she will seek the 14th State Senate seat that Senator Luther Olsen is retiring from.

 

(Beaver Dam) Dodge County’s only domestic violence shelter say they are starting their capital campaign to help raise funds for their new location. In November PAVE – which stands for Protect, Advocate, Validate and Educate – purchased a building on East Burnett Street. Executive Director Ashley Welak says there are no current fundraising goals as the project is still in its early stages, working currently on the blueprints. Welak says while PAVE will be utilizing most of the building there is some space they will be leasing out which will help increase cashflow and help the organization pay for utility costs. More information is available at DailyDodge.com.

 

(Beaver Dam) A local historic church will reopen April 3rd. Two-years ago, St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Beaver Dam announced their “Building From Our Belief” campaign that looked to improve accessibility, enhance worship space and expand their facilities on South Spring Street. Fr. Mike Erwin says the goal was to have the building ready a month earlier but several important safety features needed to be competed first which included getting sprinkler heads in the right location. St. Katharine Drexel is still looking for donations to reach their $4.2-million-dollar fundraising goal. Information about donating is available with this news story at DailyDodge.com.