News – January 16, 2020

(Beaver Dam) An Oshkosh woman charged with running from Dodge County authorities made her initial appearance in court yesterday (Wednesday). Amanda Dwyer was allegedly clocked speeding on Highway 151 south of Jackson early yesterday morning. Dwyer was pulled over but allegedly speed off again, first at speeds roughly 75-to-80-miles-per-hour then down to 60-to-65. Spike stripes forced Dwyer to pull over on the offramp to Industrial Drive in Beaver Dam and she was arrested. Inside the vehicle, authorities reportedly found drug paraphernalia and a pink tablet that tested positive as ecstasy. If convicted, the 36-year-old Dwyer faces over four years behind bars. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for next month.

(Juneau) Dodge County recently launched a new software system that makes processing financial data more streamlined. The Enterprise Resource Planning Project officially went live on January 2nd. County Administrator Jim Mielke says the Tyler-Munis system touches all county departments and operational areas, providing efficiencies in budgeting and budget forecasting. The program also oversees various procedures including accounts payable and receivable, cash management, contracts and the payroll budget. Mielke expressed his appreciation for all county employees who supported the project over the past two-and-a-half years. Adding that the success of the project would not have been possible without them.

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s officials have released more information about the driver that led a deputy on a high speed chase on I-41 and in the city of Fond du Lac late Tuesday night, including the fact that the driver should be considered armed and dangerous. The vehicle that driver got away in is a 2016 Dodge Challenger SXT, dark in color, possibly black. It was bearing Illinois license plates BT18257. People should not make contact with occupants of the vehicle, but if you know of its whereabouts call the Sheriff’s Office at 920-929-3390 or the tip line at 920-906-4777.

(Waupun) A Trempealeau County man accused of tying to get illegal contraband into a Waupun correctional facility stood mute at arraignment yesterday and the judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Kyle Klimek allegedly threw chewing tobacco into a ditch near the John Burke Correctional Center. The 33-year-old faces a maximum three-and-a-half year prison sentence if convicted.

(Theresa) A Theresa man accused of having inappropriate contact with a minor entered a not guilty plea at arraignment yesterday. Anthony Barron turned himself over to Dodge County authorities last month. He allegedly admitted to assaulting the teen victim in Dodge and Washington counties. If convicted, the 34-year-old Barron faces up to 56 years in prison.

(Beaver Dam) A bill that would allow private transport companies to handle emergency detentions received bipartisan support in the state Assembly yesterday (Wednesday).  Currently, the so-called Chapter 51 transports to mental health facilities are handled by law enforcement agencies, a process that takes on officer off the streets for up to nine hours on average. Representative Mark Born of Beaver Dam applauded passage of the measure calling it a significant start that will have a direct impact on local communities. The legislation has been introduced in the Senate and is awaiting a public hearing.

(Madison) State Representatives John Nygren of Marinette and Jeremy Thiesfeldt of Fond du Lac are calling for an audit of the state’s Department of Public Instruction. Both are concerned about the decline in reading scores for students despite a nearly $3 billion increase in funding since 2012 in the DPI budget. Thiesfeldt says “recent Forward Exam results show that 60-percent of Wisconsin students cannot read or write at grade level.” He says taxpayers and students deserve better. The Legislative Audit Bureau would conduct the audit. Nygren is Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Finance and Thiesfeldt Chair of the Assembly Education Committee.

(Beaver Dam) Tomorrow is the deadline to attend the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner, which recognizes the individuals and businesses for their impact on the community. The Business of the Year is Hometown Glass and Improvement. The Nonprofit of the Year is Community Care Preschool and Child Care. Citizen of the Year is Kraig Kasten. New this year, an award for the Citizen Who Has Left A Legacy. That honor goes to the late Nancy Zieman, founder of Nancy’s Notions and host of the long-running television show “Sewing With Nancy.” All four will be honored at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner on Wednesday.