News – January 10, 2020


(Watertown) A jury convicted a Watertown man Thursday for a home invasion. Tommie Plummer was found guilty of Armed Robbery with Threat of Force and Armed Burglary with a Dangerous Weapon both as a party to a crime. The 29-year-old entered the Watertown residence pointing a gun and demanding money and drugs. Plummer initially denied involvement but later admitted that the victims sold him marijuana and shorted him in a deal. He allegedly stole a bag of pot and $800 dollars in cash. Plummer will be sentenced in April.

(Lomira) A Milwaukee man who ran from authorities in Dodge County was sentenced to a year in prison yesterday after having his probation revoked. In October of 2018, Javier McCants was given two years’ probation after pleading guilty to a felony count of Fleeing an Officer. The State Patrol conducted a traffic stop on I-41 in the Town of Lomira in September of 2017. The 22-year-old, who’s temporary license plate and title were expired, forced a tow truck driver to leap out of the way as he ran from the scene. He was spotted the next day but fled authorities again by passing cars on the right-hand shoulder. In addition to prison, McCants was placed on extended supervision for two years.

(Waupun) A convicted sex offender who is accused of assaulting his cellmate at the Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing. Donald Coughlin, who is now at Boscobel, allegedly denied assaulting the other prisoner in 2017. Tests of the victim reportedly confirmed the presence of his DNA. Coughing is serving a 48-year sentence for assaulting numerous children in Juneau County. If convicted, the 62-year-old could face up to an additional 80 years in prison. Coughlin will be arraigned in February.

(Emmet) An Iowa man accused of having inappropriate contact with a minor was bound over for trial yesterday after probable cause was found. Last fall, authorities were made aware of a complaint made against Selvin Ivan Santos Ortez for allegedly assaulting a minor in the summer of 2015 in the town of Emmet. According to the criminal complaint, the victim told investigators that Ortez did make sexual contact. If convicted, the 25-year-old faces forty years in prison. He will be arraigned in February.

(Sun Prairie) The jaws of life were needed to remove the driver of a vehicle that crashed yesterday (Thursday) afternoon on Highway 151. The incident occurred around 1:20pm near County V exit 114 at the Dane, Columbia county line. Columbus Public Information Officer Jerrod Fox tells us that the suburban was hauling a trailer with a motorcycle when it rolled over multiple times into the ditch. The driver and lone occupant was transported by Lifestar EMS to Madison with unspecified injuries. A dog in the vehicle, who Fox says appeared to be ok, was taken to a veterinarian. Traffic was snarled for around 90 minutes as northbound 151 was down to one lane.

(Hartford) There will soon be a new police chief on the beat in Hartford. The city’s Police and Fire Commission Wednesday unanimously appointed Hartford’s current Administrative Lieutenant, Scott MacFarlan, to the position effective February 11. MacFarland will succeed Chief David Groves who has been in the position since 2006. MacFarland has spent his entire 24-year law enforcement career in Hartford. He is only the eighth police chief in the city dating back to the departments founding in 1922.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidate’s forum in advance of the February primary. There is a three-way race for mayor in the city next month but all candidates appearing on the April ballot have been invited. The Chamber’s Candidates Forum will be held on Wednesday, February 5th from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Veteran’s Center.

(Dodge County) The National Weather Service has issued a pair of Winter Storm Watches for the area this weekend. The Watch for Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette and other counties is from Saturday afternoon through late Saturday night. Snow totals could be from 5 to 9 inches. A watch for an area that includes Waupaca, Waushara, and Winnebago counties is for the same time frame with 5 to 10 inches of snow possible. Both watches include the possibility of winds gusting up to 40 miles an hour with blowing and drifting snow.