News – January 15, 2021

(Juneau) Wisconsin sheriffs are calling for calm across the state. The Badger State Sheriffs’ Association, which Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt is First Vice President of, issued a press release saying that many Wisconsin residents were disappointed, shocked and angered by either the national election results or the rioting in Washington DC. They ask the public to use good judgement if plans for protests continue and to consider the repercussions of your actions before taking part.

(Washington DC) Wisconsin is sending the National Guard to Washington, D-C for Joe Biden’s inauguration. Governor Tony Evers is ordering 500 troops from the Army and Air National Guard. The Wisconsin troops are just part of a massive deployment from across the country ahead of next week’s swearing-in, and possible protests at the U-S Capitol. – WRN

(Kekoskee) A Hartford man charged with running from Dodge County authorities made his initial appearance in court yesterday. Matthew Maynard allegedly sped away from deputies at speeds up to 119-miles-per-hour Wednesday before stopping in Mayville. If convicted, Maynard faces no more than three-and-a-half years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a judge will decide next month if there is enough evidence to order a trial.

(Calamus) A Waupun man charged with running from Dodge County deputies is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday. Timothy Savannah was reportedly pulled over for speeding through a construction zone in August on Highway 151. The deputy allegedly smelt a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and that Savannah had bloodshot eyes. When asked to step out, the 28-year-old reportedly sped away. The pursuit was called off after two miles. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for February 17th.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department is encouraging the public to keep their vehicles locked to keep criminals from riffing through and finding valuables.  Sgt Jeremiah Johnson says two juveniles went car shopping at three different residences earlier this month on Madison, Rosendale and Mill streets. One property owner confronted the teens after capturing them on camera trying door handles on Mill Street. Johnson encourages the public to always call the police first noting that the suspects were hostile when confronted, though nothing escalated to the level of physical behavior. In addition, he says if you scare the criminal off, there is a greater chance that they would come back than if you call police. One of the suspects in these cases was apprehended the next day.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 2,712 positive coronavirus cases in Thursday’s daily update. State health officials recorded 42 deaths bringing that total 5,290. Dodge County has experienced 129 deaths, two more than yesterday, and 10,833 cases; a one-day increase of 22 positive tests. Columbia County reported two additional deaths yesterday.

(Wisconsin) The nationwide eviction moratorium is set to expire at the end of the month. State consumer protection administrator Lara Sutherlin says the next round of COVID-19 rental assistance is on its way, and that the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection is set to help. She says there is a form on their website that people can fill out to determine whether or not they are eligible to prevent eviction. You can find that form and more help from rental assistance to dealing with landlords and tenants online at D A T C P dot WI dot Gov. – WRN