News – January 17, 2020

(Wisconsin) No matter where you live in Wisconsin, snow is probably in your forecast this weekend. A winter storm could bring heavy snow, beginning today (Friday) through tomorrow (Saturday) morning. Snow could impact afternoon commutes in locations like Baraboo, the Dells, Madison and maybe the Milwaukee area. Northern Wisconsin could get six-to-nine inches, with around four-to-seven inches in the southern half of the state. The heaviest snow will start falling this (Friday) evening and continue overnight before wrapping up Saturday.

(Juneau) A Beaver Dam woman who helped hide a murder suspect was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday (Thursday). In September, Rebecca Wolc pled no contest to felony Harboring or Aiding A Felon. The 33-year-old was implicated along with Nigel Schultz of Portage who was sentenced this month to life without parole in the death of Bradlee Gerke of Beaver Dam. The Beaver Dam man’s body was found in the fall of 2018 in the Town of Lebanon. Wolc lied to police when she told them that Schultz was not hiding out at her Lakecrest Apartment. In addition to prison, Wolc was placed on extended supervision for five years.

(Beaver Dam) A former inmate at the John Burke Correctional Center in Waupun, accused of committing various crimes while on work release, made his initial appearance in a Dodge County courtroom yesterday. It started when James Pederson allegedly stole a co-worker’s vehicle from Northwoods Paper Converting in Beaver Dam before stealing two more vehicles; one he crashed into a ditch and another he used to drive himself back to work. The 38-year-old also reportedly stole a vape device from a parked car, attempted to hotwire a truck and took a pair of sunglasses and a set of keys from a house. If convicted, Pederson faces up to 56 years in prison.

(Watertown) A Watertown man will spend four years in prison and five years on extended supervision for selling drugs. Joseph Lehmann sold $50 worth of crack and heroin from his residence to a confidential information in October of 2018. One month later, officers conducted another controlled buy from the 34-year-old and obtained another bag of crack cocaine.  Upon completing a field test, the crack cocaine tested positive for Fentanyl.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man charged with his ninth Operating While Intoxicated offense is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing. David Stroede was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when he was pulled over earlier this month by Beaver Dam police. The 62-year-old reportedly only admitted to drinking a 12 ounce beer. He reportedly blew a point-zero-five-three (.053). Stroede has OWI offenses dating back to 1992 and as recent as 2008. If convicted, Stroede faces up to 12-and-a-half years in prison. Stroede will be arraigned on February 26th.

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s officials say the vehicle has been located that led a deputy on a high speed chase on I-41 and in the city of Fond du Lac late Tuesday night. Yesterday the department issued a description of the vehicle, which bore Illinois license plates and cautioned that the driver should be considered armed and dangerous. Sheriff’s Sergeant Paul Metzger says the vehicle was found in Illinois, but there was no word on whether anyone was taken into custody.

(Dodge County) The Wild Goose State Trail is opened to ATV/UTV traffic. Dodge County Parks Supervisor Jason Roy says ATV/UTV traffic should use caution because the Wild Goose is a multi-use trail. He says operators are reminded to slow down to ten-miles-per-hour or less when within 100 feet of pedestrians, bicyclists or horses. Roy says ATV/UTV riders on the Wild Goose State Trail must display a public use registration and license plate on the rear of the machine. Roy says that all snowmobile trails in Dodge County will remain closed until further notice.