News – February 28, 2023

(Beaver Dam) State Representative Mark Born says the state should look into filling vacancies rather than create new jobs to address the staffing challenges district attorney offices have faced. The governor’s proposed budget includes hiring 50 more prosecutors and public defenders, and increase the pay for elected district attorneys. Born says he grows suspicious of agencies that say they need more positions to help address their struggles when they have large vacancy rates. The proposal seeks to add nearly 817 new full-time positions and the Beaver Dam Republican is doubtful that many will ultimately be added.

(Juneau) A Juneau man is accused of running from police. Tracy Froehlich allegedly fled a Juneau police officer after getting pulled over in November of 2021. The chase lasted roughly 676 feet as Froehlich reportedly sped towards his apartment. Authorities had to deploy a Taser to take the 66-year-old into custody. If convicted, Froehlich faces over three-and-a-half years behind bars. An initial appearance is scheduled for April 3rd.

(Juneau) A Fond du Lac man is charged with resisting Dodge County authorities which lead to an injury for a deputy. Justin Bachman, who was reportedly tied to a disorderly conduct complaint, was found lying on the Dodge County Administration Building parking lot on February 24th. He allegedly pulled away from first responders and attempted to kick an EMT and a deputy. A deputy’s hand was injured while trying to take Bachman into custody. If convicted, the 26-year-old faces up to six years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 during Bachman’s initial court appearance and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 30th.

(Juneau) University of Wisconsin Extension Crop and Soil Educator Will Fulwider says the idea of additionality is preventing farmers that have been doing no-till for a while from cashing in on storing carbon. Fulwider also suggests that farmers look at their entire contracts before changing from no till to a new method.

(Wisconsin) People in the Waupaca area are being asked to look out for a bald eagle, after the bird was spotted with an arrow in its abdomen last Tuesday. Raptor Education Group Director Marge Gibson says the fact that the eagle has survived this long is a good sign. The DNR continues to investigate the shooting of the eagle with the arrow. – WRN