News – January 20, 2022

(Beaver Dam) Cash bond was set at $50-thousand-dollars Wednesday for a Beaver Dam man accused of assaulting his girlfriend. Martin Macias allegedly beat the victim with a leather belt, metal spatula, and wooden spoon causing severe bruising and redness. The victim said the 27-year-old then sexually assaulted her. According to the criminal complaint, she said their infant child was nearby and witnessed the attack. If convicted, Macias faces up to 120 years in prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 27th.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office was busy during this year’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Between December 17th and New Year’s Day, deputies made 13 OWI arrests. Deputies assigned to traffic enforcement detail made 74 traffic stops in which citations or warnings were issued. There were 17 speeding violations, five operating after revocation, three drug arrests, seven misdemeanor arrests, and one felony arrest.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board approved creating an ad hoc committee to evaluate American Rescue Plan Act project proposals. The county is slated to receive just over $17-million-dollars in Rescue Act funds. Counties must commit to spending the money no later than 2024 and be expended by the end of 2026. The committee will be comprised of chairpersons from other county sub-committee’s including Executive, Finance, Building, Human Resources, Highway, among others. Any county board supervisor can join. The committee will meet quarterly or when there are at least five ARPA project proposals available for review.

(Madison) A Beaver Dam politician has introduced a bill that aims to increase workforce participation. State Representative Mark Born says the legislation reinstates work requirements and drug testing for certain recipients of FoodShare. He says it comes as part of a larger package of bills introduced by legislative Republicans that seeks to curb the massive expansion of welfare in recent years that has caused increased worker shortages in the state. Republicans also want to remove unemployment and medical assistance like BadgerCare from people who fail to show up to job interviews or who turn down job offers. The governor is unlikely to sign the bills if they make it to his desk.

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is making some changes to help school districts find more bus drivers. The DMV says it is doing all it can by removing barriers so more people will apply. A portion of the test that has stopped some candidates will be waived until March 31st. People who get the required license through the waiver would only be cleared for school buses – not trucks, motor coaches, or other commercial vehicles. – WRN