News – January 13, 2022


(Waukesha) Over 70 new charges have been filed against the man accused of killing six people at the Waukesha Christmas Parade. Prosecutors are now charging Darrell Brooks Junior with 61 counts of Recklessly Endangering Safety, six counts of Hit and Run Causing Death, two counts of Bail Jumping and two counts of misdemeanor Battery. That’s on top of the six charges of Intentional homicide that Brookes is already facing. Police have still not said what they think Brooks’ motive was in the attack. One of the six victims was former Beaver Dam teacher Tamara Durand. – WRN

(Bryon) A Theresa man suffered minor injuries following a two-vehicle crash yesterday (Wednesday) morning on Highway 175 in the Township of Byron. An SUV, driven by a 27-year-old Fond du Lac man, was passing vehicle unsafely a little before 7am. The vehicle lost control, crossed the centerline, and struck a northbound pickup truck operated by a 43-year-old man from Theresa. He suffered minor injuries. The Fond du Lac man was flown from the scene. Authorities say he will be cited for Passing in a No Passing Zone, among other offenses.

(Trenton) A Fox Lake man charged with his tenth OWI offense is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing. Daniel Kraft was allegedly drunk when he veered into the ditch in the Town of Trenton on New Year’s Day. When asked how much he had to drink, Kraft allegedly said (quote) “a lot” but that it did not matter because he was not driving. He also reportedly refused Field Sobriety Testing but he was taken to the hospital in Beaver Dam for a blood draw. Kraft has nine OWI convictions between 1991 and 2003. If convicted, the 57-year-old faces up to 15 years in prison. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for February 23rd.

(Portage) The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will be recognizing members of their staff as well as the community tonight. The agency’s 2021 awards presentation is at the county’s administration building at 112 East Edgewater Street in Portage. Highlights include the Medal of Valor Award which will be given to Deputy Ryan Fleischhacker and Detective Sergeant Brian Johnson. The Portage Veterinary Clinic and Portage Police Chief Keith Klafke will receive the Outstanding Support Award. The Citizen Recognition Award will be handed to Kitzi Muniz. The awards ceremony will start at 5pm.

(Beaver Dam) 5-Stones Dodge County say there are several resources available for parents to help them keep better track of their kid’s online activity. Defend-young-minds.com has free and for-purchase guides for online safety, common-sense-media looks at certain sites or apps age-appropriateness and gives them one-to-five-star ratings for quality and educational value. The site also provides guides for parents on how to discuss pornography, body safety skills, and digital skills with their kids. Links to the websites can be found at DailyDodge.com.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam residents are being reminded of city ordinance to clear sidewalks following a snowfall. Property owners must clear the sidewalks fronting their home including sidewalk ramps on corner lots each day following a snowfall. Ice accumulation that cannot be removed must be treated with a deicing or abrasive agent. The city will remove any snow or ice left on the sidewalks after the required time period with associated costs assessed against the homeowner. Small quantities of Sand/salt mixture is available for pickup for city residents only at 640 South Center Street, 24 hours a day.

(Wisconsin) The American Red Cross is once again appealing for donors, amid an historic nationwide blood shortage. There is a blood drive Wednesday at Dodgeland School; the Beaver Dam High School on Tuesday, January 25 and the YMCA of Dodge County two weeks from today on Thursday, January 27.