News – February 3, 2021

(Beaver Dam) Cash bond was set at $100-thousand-dollars yesterday (Tuesday) for an Oshkosh man charged with leading Dodge County authorities on a pursuit followed by an eight hour standoff over the weekend. Tyler Anderson reportedly struck three law enforcement vehicles while being pursued Saturday evening. His vehicle eventually went off the highway just west of Crystal Lake Road between Beaver Dam and Juneau. Authorities used gas rounds to subdue Anderson because he was allegedly brandishing a handgun that was later determined to be inoperable. The 25-year-old was taken into custody just after 4am Sunday morning. If convicted, Anderson faces over 50 years behind bars. A preliminary hearing is scheduled next week.

(Iron Ridge) An Iron Ridge man was found guilty yesterday (Tuesday) of Second Degree Reckless Homicide in connection to a fatal opioid overdose. Timothy Sedlmeier pled no contest to the reduced felony count after first facing First Degree Reckless Homicide charges in the October 2017 death of 19-year-old Samantha Mattila. The 29-year-old admitted that he bought the heroin that Mattila used but says she took it without his knowledge. A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered and Sedlmeier is due back in court on May 6th.

(Ashippun) A Hartford man made his initial appearance in court yesterday (Tuesday) on charges he supplied the drugs that lead to an overdose death in Ashippun. Micthell McDonald allegedly provided the heroin that killed a 28-year-old woman in April of 2019. If convicted, the 29-year-old faces no more than 40 years in prison. A signature bond was set at $10,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 11th.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in locating a Huber inmate who failed to return to the jail. David Pirtle’s last known address is on North Military Road in Fond du Lac, but he has also been known to frequent an address on Morris Street in Fond du Lac and Michigan Street in North Fond du Lac. The 50-year-old was also known to travel in a 2016 black Nissan Altima and a 2007 grey Chrysler 300. Pirtle was serving a Huber sentence on GPS monitoring for Operating While Intoxicated and Resisting an Officer. People are asked to call the sheriff’s office or your local enforcement agency if you have any information.

(Waupun) Waupun Police arrested a Green Lake man that fled from the scene of a three vehicle crash Monday. Police responded to the area of West Main Street and Fox Lake Road around 2:45pm for a reckless driving complaint. The vehicle was then involved in the crash on East Main Street near South Mill Street, but the suspect vehicle fled the scene and was later stopped on State Highway 26 north of County Road TC. The 68-year-old was arrested and taken to the Fond du Lac County Jail. He’s facing charges of Hit and Run Causing Injury and Operating While Intoxicated Causing Injury.

(Wisconsin) With Governor Tony Evers scheduled to propose a state budget later this month, Republican co-chairs of the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee have let him know what they do not want to see in it. While not listing specific items they would consider unacceptable, letter from JFC co-chairs Representative Mark Born of Beaver Dam and Senator Howard Marklein cautions against a budget like Evers’ first, which included (quote) “divisive, non-fiscal policy items that should be discussed through the normal legislative process.” The Democratic governor is scheduled to introduce his budget on February 16.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 1,095 positive coronavirus cases in Tuesday’s daily update. State health officials recorded 40 deaths bringing that total to 5,937. Dodge County has experienced has 147 deaths and 11,174 cases, a one-day increase of 10 positive tests. County health officials are actively monitoring 245 people, six fewer than on Monday. Washington County reported one death while Green Lake County had two.

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Health says there have been 578,336 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Wisconsin as of yesterday, including 107,860 second doses.

(Wisconsin) Alliant Energy says it’s planning to shut down its last coal power plant in Wisconsin. The company announced on Tuesday that the plant in Columbia County would be shut down by 2024. The closure would affect around 110 jobs, but many of those workers are nearing retirement, and Alliant will work to find the other staff jobs throughout the rest of the company. Alliant is working to expand its renewable energy power generation, and is set to open up a large scale solar array by the end of 2023.