News – February 3, 2023

(Juneau) An out of state sex offender is no longer residing in Lomira. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office say Derrick Brooks returned to New York on Wednesday. He was staying at AmeriVu Inn and Suites as he obtained his CDL license. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says Kreilkamp Trucking was shocked to learn that Brooks passed a background check conducted by a contracted service. Schmidt says New York law forbids an employer from asking prospective employees about their criminal history until a job offer has been made. After the offer there is a process by which an employer can turn away a potential hire in New York after a criminal history is discovered, but Schmidt says it is a process and one that was not made available to Kreilkamp Trucking.

(Beaver Dam) State Representative Mark Born of Beaver Dam is hopeful that a medical marijuana bill can get to the governor’s desk this legislative session. Governor Tony Evers has said he will propose medical marijuana in his next state budget and reintroduce a plan to legalize it for recreational use. The needle has moved slightly with Republican leaders to get a bill passed, for medicinal use only. Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu believes legislation to create a medical marijuana program could pass as long as regulations are put forward to ensure it is for those in serious pain.

(Mayville) The Mayville Police Department is bringing back its Citizens Police Academy. The classes will consist of use of force, defense and arrest tactics, traffic stops, and firearms. The academy will meet every Thursday night from March 30th to June 1st. The classes will be from 6pm to 9pm on most nights. Only 12 people will be selected to join and applicants must be 18-years of age and live or work in the city. Applications can be picked up at the Mayville Police Department and can be downloaded from the agency’s website. The deadline to apply is March 1st.

(Waupun) Construction on SSM Health’s Waupun eye care services is on schedule. The new 54-hundred-square-foot area on the lower level of SSM Health Waupun Memorial Hospital’s recent two-story addition will welcome eye care services starting in late March. Hospital officials say all drywall is complete with painting underway along with cabinet installations. They add that ceiling tiles and flooring installs are slated to begin soon.

(Byron) A Milwaukee man was arrested during a high-risk traffic stop in Fond du Lac County Wednesday night. Sheriff’s officials say a deputy tried to pull the man over for speeding on Interstate 41 near Church Road in the town of Byron just after 9pm, but he continued north at excessive speeds. The suspect’s vehicle exited I-41 at Hickory Street in Fond du Lac, where it was intercepted by city police and the vehicle came to a stop. The 25-year-old was arrested on felony Fleeing charges.

(Juneau) A Juneau-based food pantry says they had a successful 2022 and look forward to building on those successes in the coming year. Officials with the Gathering Source say they continue to experience significant increases in demand for their services. Throughout 2022, the pantry served 42-percent more households and 56-percent more members than the year prior. This included 213 new households with 625 new members.