News – January 14, 2022

(Beaver Dam) Scanner reports within the last half hour are indicating a gas line may have been damaged by crews working Two blocks north of Swan Park, near the corner of Henry and University in Beaver Dam.  Streets in the area are being closed while the damage is assessed.  These streets include Henry, Vita, Washington, and University.  Alliant Energy is on the scene.

(Waupun) A Waupun man has announced his candidacy for Dodge County Sheriff. Mark Colker is a 24-year law enforcement veteran and started his career following service in the U.S. Marine Corps. Colker says he is eager to address the county’s varying and increasing needs in issues such as addiction, crime, and traffic fatalities. In a Facebook post, Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says he has not yet announced his candidacy. A primary election is scheduled for August 9th. The general election will be on November 8th.

(Rubicon) A Rubicon man guilty of felony Battery had prison time added on to his sentence Thursday. Graham Lulich was originally sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison on Substantial Battery charges with two repeaters. Judge Kristine Snow added another two-and-a-half years of incarceration stemming from the same domestic incident in 2012. Lulich threatened to kill the victim nine years ago. He also vomited on her and said he was going to cut her eyes out. At sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Jin Ho Pack said this case is why the legislature created the repeater statutes.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department is highlighting the promotion of two of their firefighters. Lieutenant Wesley Jahnke has been promoted to the rank of captain. Jahnke will be tasked with leading the agency’s Technical Rescue Team. He also plays a key role in the departments training program. Firefighter/Medic Matthew Weidler was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He will continue to be responsible for the department’s communications programs, he will also be taking on responsibilities with the emergency medical services program. Both began their new roles on Tuesday. A swearing-in ceremony will be held sometime this spring.

(Pardeeville) A Columbia County man was pardoned by the governor. Tony Evers Thursday announced another 54 pardons, bringing the total number of granted pardons to 391 since 2019. Among the 54 pardons was Steven Johnson, who currently lives in Pardeeville. When he was 19-years-old, Johnson and some friends burglarized a tattoo parlor. The governor’s office says Johnson now volunteers with his church. Evers has granted more pardons during his first three years in office than any other governor in contemporary history.

(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam has announced the recipients of its Community Health Stipend Program. A total of $25-thousand-dollars are going to Bo William Hartwig Foundation, Church Health Services, Living Hope Food Pantry, Mayville Open Door, National Alliance for the Mental Ill Dodge County, and Strive Mentoring Program at Dodgeland School District. Initiatives receiving funds will enhance access to health care services by providing screenings, support groups, mentoring and counseling, and training at reduced or no cost.

(Wisconsin) The Department of Corrections is halting all visits to adult prison residents. Secretary Kevin Carr says a sharp jump in COVID cases due to the omicron variant is warranting the closure. The Department of Corrections will also be stepping up their rapid testing capabilities. Many criminal cases are already being delayed because defendants are unable to leave quarantine. The closure will not be applied to medical personnel or religious services. – WRN