News – January 14, 2023

(Erin) Washington County reports its first fatal crash of 2023. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway K and Donegal Road in the town of Erin around 5:30pm Wednesday. The preliminary investigation showed that a vehicle travelling north on K failed to yield the right of way and attempted to turn west onto Donegal Road. A southbound vehicle collided into the turning car. Before first responders reached the scene, it was reported that the driver of the northbound vehicle was unconscious. The 88-year-old man from the town of Erin was conscious when deputies reached the crash and he was transported to Froedtert Hospital. Sheriff’s officials said yesterday (Friday) that they were later notified that he died at the hospital as a result of his injuries. They add that the investigation determined the man was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and heavy fog was also a contributing factor. The driver and two occupants of the southbound vehicle were evaluated on scene and were released. The crash remains under investigation.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff explains the myth of entrapment. In his monthly column, Dale Schmidt says entrapment is defined as “a practice in which a law enforcement agent or agent of the state induces a person to commit a crime that the person otherwise been unlikely to or unwilling to commit.” Schmidt says an officer attempting to purchase narcotic drugs in a non-forceful or persuasive way is not entrapment. However, the sheriff says that if he were working in an undercover operation pestering someone to sell drugs to him even if they did not ask him directly if he wanted them is considered entrapment.

(Juneau) A Markesan woman accused of depositing checks from a closed account at a bank in Juneau was arraigned this week. Crystal Steinike entered a not guilty plea to three felony counts of Fraud Against a Financial Institution. According to the complaint, Steinike deposited funds from her closed bank account at Landmark Credit Union on three separate occasions at the Juneau financial institution which was not identified. The first check was for $400, the second for $550, and the third for $2,750. All alleged infractions occurred between May and June of last year. Steinike reportedly failed to talk with law enforcement after they reached out to her multiple times. If convicted, the 32-year-old faces up to 18 years in prison.

(Juneau) Optional training for Private Pesticide Applicator Certification will be available via in-person, on Zoom or online for interested farmers. A self-study option is also available. To achieve this certification, those interested must purchase the General Farming manual and take a test. The manual can only be purchased online on the Wisconsin Pesticide Applicator Training website for $40 dollars each as the Dodge County Extension will not have them for sale. To pass training in-person, attendees must achieve a 50 percent test score and 70 percent for self-study. Local in-person training will be available at the University of Wisconsin-Fon du Lac campus on January 18, in Arlington at the Arlington Ag Research Station on January 25, and at the Dodge County Administration Building on February 2. Each session will be from 9am-3:30pm. For more information, contact Extension Dodge County at 920-386-3790, or visit the Extension Dodge County website.

(Beaver Dam) For a third consecutive year, a Wisconsin business has made a prestigious list. Alliant Energy has made Newsweek’s “America’s Most Responsible Companies.” The public utility holding company ranked in the top-25 of the energy and utility industry based on a combination of environmental, social, and governance scores. The ranking accounts for the progress made in renewable energy, inclusivity in the workplace, and social causes. The company says they are honored to be recognized for a third straight year and say it is a testament to their employees and the work they do to create a better tomorrow. 

(Juneau) The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dodge County is hosting a class to educate the public about federal health insurance for people age 65 or older. It is called “Medicare Basics and Beyond” and is an introduction to those using Medicare for the first time. Farmer says that the class is also for anyone who wants to be prepared to use Medicare and some people take it more than once. In addition, she says that there are multiple ways to attend the class. The Aging and Disability Resource Center class called Medicare Basics and Beyond is on January 17 at 1pm.