News – February 5, 2022

(Lomira) A Minnesota woman was charged yesterday with a felony count of Seventh Offense Operating While under the Influence in Dodge County court. Ebony Lane is also charged with Operating with a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration Seventh Offense stemming from the 2016 incident. Dodge County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Highway 41 near Lomira on July 4th for a report of a vehicle that was swerving all over the road. The car was located and the driver was identified as someone from Minnesota with no prior OWI convictions. After the case closed as a default OWI First Offense conviction authorities learned the true identity of the suspect. Information was shared with Minnesota Probation and Parole, which led them to reportedly believe the individual in custody was Lane who had six prior OWI convictions. Local authorities later learned that Lane allegedly used an ID she found in Minnesota that a person had misplaced while visiting. If convicted, the 39-year-old faces up to 20 years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for February 7th.

(Portage) A home was damaged by fire Thursday evening. The Portage Fire Department was dispatched to N5307 Highway 78 just after 9pm for a report of electrical issues and the smell of smoke coming from the residence. The tenant said there were electrical sparks coming from the ceiling fan and half of the house had no power. The building was evacuated by the time crews reached the scene. Upon arrival, they found smoke coming from the attic vent. Firefighters gained entry to the attic fire by removing the ceiling of an upstairs bedroom. They were able to extinguish the blaze before it could spread throughout the structure. Crews removed the insulation and other burned materials to fully extinguish the fire. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office assisted with traffic control and scene security. Emergency Management was notified to contact Red Cross to find a place for the tenants to stay.  There were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire was from electrical overheating of combustibles.

(Green Lake) A Green Lake County inn caught fire Thursday evening. Sheriff’s deputies responded to The Dartford Inn on N6264 North Lawson Drive in Green Lake just before midnight. Crews found a large portion of the building was involved in the fire upon arrival. Flames were visible and there was a large quantity of smoke. All occupants had evacuated prior to emergency responders reaching the site. Fire units remained on scene for roughly eight hours while they battled the blaze. Law enforcement assisted in relocating the displaced residents with assistance from the Red Cross. The fire remains under investigation by the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office with support from the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation.

(Dane County) An accused bank robber allegedly tried to dig himself out of the Dane County jail. Todd Templeton is awaiting sentencing in federal court for bank robberies last year in Stoughton, Madison, and Tennessee. Fellow inmates snitched on what Templeton was up to. Authorities say he managed to chisel a hole in a concrete block under his cell that was about six inches in diameter and several inches deep. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam-based contractor was recently recognized for their work. WDS Construction – which serves 48 states and develops, manages, and constructs commercial buildings – received two Project of Distinction Awards. ABC of Wisconsin’s Project of Distinction Awards recognize quality, safety, and execution in construction projects. WDS Construction’s work on Coastland Center in Naples, Florida, and the House of Sport in Victor, New York, earned silver and gold recognition this year respectively. WDS demolished a retail store and auto center to redevelop the site into a CMX Cine-bistro and future build out space at Coastland Center. In New York, WDS dealt with skilled trade and supply shortages, scheduling changes, and virtual inspections as they constructed the 120-thousand square foot Dick’s Spring Goods’ House of Sport concept. WDS received their awards during the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin annual banquet held on January 27th at the Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee.

(Waupun) SSM Health is hosting a COVID forum on Monday. The roundtable will address fast changing virus updates and next steps. SSM officials say while cases and hospitalizations are starting to decline, deaths are still rising, and community transmission is still high nationwide. They say vaccinations continue to be a focal point with two new CDC reports showing that people who are up-to-date with their shots have the highest amount of protection against variants. The forum will feature Fond du Lac County Health Officer Kim Mueller, SSM Health St. Agnes Hospital President Katherine Vergos, and SSM Health System Vice President Mo Kharbat. It will be held at 3:30pm on February 7th. A link will be provided on the websites and social media pages for SSM Health following the event. The forum, scheduled via Zoom, will conclude with participant questions. Links to submit questions and additional information is available at

(Wisconsin) The state DOT’s Division of Motor Vehicles says people can obtain identification free of charge that is valid for voting. Valid ID’s can include a driver license, identification card, military, or student ID card. Anyone unsure if their identification meets the requirements should visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission website to check. Identification to show at the polls for can be obtained on the Wisconsin website. If the required documents needed for an ID are not readily available, the DMV has a process called the Voter ID Petition to obtain the necessary information. There is no charge for the process which can be used to quickly obtain a receipt valid to take to the polls for voting while the remaining documents or verification are obtained. Anyone with questions can call 844-588-1069. The Spring Primary Election is on February 15th.

(Green Lake) The city of Green Lake will be the featured community on the latest episode of John McGivern’s new show. John McGivern’s Main Streets will offer a unique fieldtrip through towns and neighborhoods in the Midwest. The Emmy award-winning actor was former host of the PBS program “Around the Corner with John McGivern. In 2020, the show did a feature on Beaver Dam. McGivern filmed the Green Lake segment over four days last July, chatting with local business owners and residents. The show will air this Sunday at 10am on Fox 47 Madison. Season one of Main Streets will showcase 13 communities across six states.

(Milwaukee) Madison’s mayor is predicting a Milwaukee-to-Madison passenger train within five years. Satya Rhodes-Conway tells the Milwaukee Business Journal that money from the new federal infrastructure package could provide the money for a new Amtrak line. Leaders in Madison and Milwaukee have been working for years to expand Amtrak service in Wisconsin. In addition to the Milwaukee-to-Madison line, there are plans for a Milwaukee-to-Green Bay line, and a line that will run from Milwaukee to Minneapolis, connecting several Wisconsin communities along the way. – WRN