News – February 9, 2023

(Beaver Dam) Members of the Beaver Dam Police Department will be meeting with the county’s new district attorney in the coming weeks. Andrea Will was appointed by the governor to fill the remainder of Kurt Klomberg’s term following his resignation. Police Lieutenant Jeremiah Johnson says the goal is to introduce the new DA to their agency and how they run things as well as understand how Will prosecutes. Will has been an assistant district attorney in the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office since to 2008.

(Sauk County) The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office is asking for information about the 2020 murder of a 24-year-old Wauwatosa man at Devil’s Lake State Park. John Schmutzer was fatally stabbed in October of 2020 after a confrontation at the park’s Grottos Trail. Witnesses near the scene saw a man “frantically” running away from the area of the park where the body was found. The man was described as about six feet tall, average build, wearing pants with ripped knees and a dark-colored top that was possibly a hoodie.

(Berlin) We’re learning of the death of a Green Lake County man who was killed in a snowmobile accident in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. An obituary was recently published for William Shane Stimpfl (STIMP-fill) of Berlin. The accident occurred in Gogebic County’s Town of Wakefield early on Sunday, January 29. The 53-year-old was traveling with a group of snowmobilers on a trail near Ramsey when the crash occurred. He died at the scene.

(Columbus) Columbus City Administrator Kyle Ellefson says the Columbus Police Department will be getting some new equipment in 2023. The department was able to purchase a new squad car because expenses budgeted in 2022 for personnel were not fully realized due to staffing shortages. It may be a while before the new squad car is on the streets due to supply chain issues. Ellefson also says body cams were purchased and should be up and running in the next few weeks.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Operations Committee will vote on a resolution later this month that would assess township property owners on Madison Street for water and sewer if they choose to annex into city limits. When the new Kwik Trip was built at the city’s southern gateway, the company agreed to pay 100-percent of the costs to run the underground utilities with Kwik Trip reimbursed for half of that from township residents when and if they annexed into the city. If Madison Street property owners choose to annex into the city, they would have to tap into city water and sewer and pay the related costs.

(Juneau) The Dodge County treasurer is providing some details on lottery credits in the midst of tax season. The Wisconsin Lottery and Gaming Credit provides direct property tax relief to qualifying taxpayers. The lottery credit is displayed on tax bills as a reduction of property taxes due. Patti Hilker says if you did not receive the lottery credit but were eligible, you must file a late claim application with the Department of Revenue by October 1st. Forms are available online or call the Dodge County Treasurer’s Office at 920-386-3782.