News – January 14, 2019

(Juneau) The Dodge County Jail will receive $35-thousand dollars in state funding to help combat opioid abuse. A total of 16 county jails received word that they are getting a combined $1.3-million dollars in grants from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Dodge County will use the funding for a medication-assisted treatment program. Participants in the program will receive a dose of medication called Vivatrol, which counteracts the effects of heroin, and a post-release treatment plan is put into place that includes counseling and follow-up treatments. The grant runs through the end of June with the possibility of renewing it after its completion.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam police chief says fostering good relationships with nearby agencies is a continued goal for his department in 2019. Chief John Kreuziger says those partnerships are vital in building a fun and safe community to live in. He says working well with other law enforcement offices, like the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is something he strives for. He also points to a strong bond with community groups including the Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions Club, Salvation Army, PAVE and St. Vincent de Paul.

(Barron County) The suspect in the Jayme Closs case is due in court this (Monday) morning. Twenty-one-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson is expected to be charged with two counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide and kidnapping in the abduction of the Barron teenager and the murders of her parents. Patterson was arrested Thursday in rural Douglas County, after Closs was apparently able to escape from the cabin where she’d been held for nearly three months.

(Fond du Lac County) A Kaukauna woman was struck and killed by a pickup truck as she was exiting a restaurant in Fond du Lac County last (Sunday) night. Sheriff’s officials say Kimberly Parker had just walked out of Capone’s restaurant and bar in Pipe around 5:30pm, stepped out onto the sidewalk, and then walked onto southbound Highway 151 where she was hit by a pickup truck. The 36-year-old died at the scene. The 31-year-old New Holstein man driving the truck and his two children who were passengers were not hurt.

(Oneida County) Wisconsin had its second snowmobile death for the season over the weekend.  The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department says it happened around 1am Sunday after a snowmobile left a trail and struck several trees.  The rider died at the scene.

(Beaver Dam) People will soon be seeing wayfinding signs in Beaver Dam. One of the items approved as part of the 2019 budget was $10-thousand dollars for the installation of signage that directs people to various landmarks in the city. Mayor Becky Glewen says officials with the state Economic Development Corporation first pointed out the lack of signage popular in other communities when they were in the city for work on downtown revitalization grants. She says while private businesses will not be included on the signage, there should be directions to schools, popular non-profit destinations and municipal buildings and landmarks.

(Cambria) Congressman Glenn Grothman will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Friday. The program will be held at the Cambria Village Hall on Edgewater Street from 3pm to 4pm. Earlier in the afternoon he will be holding a Town Hall in Dalton and on Sunday another is scheduled in Manitowoc.

(Berlin) A teacher’s aide at Clay Lamberton Elementary School in Berlin put training she received in September into action when a child was choking in the cafeteria. Amanda Osterberg knew exactly what to do when fifth grader Ben Griffin was choking on a tater tot that he inhaled while laughing with other students. She says it was a dire situation, but she slammed the palm of her hand between his shoulder blades and got him breathing again. Osterberg says kids in the cafeteria appreciated the effort as well because they stood up and began cheering and clapping.

(Milwaukee) Explosive charges dropped the roof of Milwaukee’s vacant Bradley Center into the the seating bowl of the Bucks former arena Sunday morning. The Bradley Center is coming down to clear room for development adjacent to the team’s new Fiserv Forum.