(Addison) Washington County authorities arrested a man late Thursday night who was armed with a knife and attempting to stab multiple people. Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on Sunset Drive in the town of Addison around 9:24pm. Upon arrival, law enforcement observed the man holding a knife near a woman in an enclosed porch. The suspect retreated into the main portion of the residence and the woman was evacuated to a position of safety by deputies. The 19-year-old had several minor defensive knife wounds and strangulation marks on her neck. Authorities also had contact with another resident of the home that was chased out at knifepoint prior to their arrival. The deputies set a perimeter on the home with assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol. Due to a language barrier, mutual assistance was requested by West Bend Police. Law enforcement was able to make contact with the 20-year-old suspect who told interpreters (quote) “ask them to kill me” and “no one is leaving this house alive.” Sheriff’s officials determined that two additional victims barricaded themselves inside the home, in separate bedrooms. With a possible hostage situation, SWAT was called to the scene. Authorities say the suspect failed to comply with orders, and emergency entry was made by SWAT. The man jumped from a second-story window and fled on foot before being taken into custody. Officials say the individual has no direct ties to any of the residents of the home and is originally from Nicaragua. He currently resides in Chicago, but his immigration status is under investigation. The suspect is facing charges of First-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Disorderly Conduct while Armed, Strangulation, and Failure to Comply.
(Herman) A wind turbine malfunctioned yesterday (Friday) in Dodge County. The incident was reported at the Butler Ridge Wind along Highway 33 in the town of Herman. No injuries were reported. An investigation is underway.
(Green Lake County) The Green Lake County Crime Stoppers are looking for tips about catalytic converter thefts from a U-Haul business. Sometime between the evening of January 9th and early morning hours of January 12th, catalytic converters were stolen from two U-Haul trucks at ACE Island in Green Lake. The thief or thieves returned the evening of January 16th and took catalytic converters from four more U-Haul trucks. Sheriff’s officials are seeking information about the crimes. Anyone with information is urged to report it to the Green Lake County Crime Stoppers [at 1-800-438-8436. You can also text GETTHEM at 847411]. Tips may be eligible for up to a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects. You can report your tips anonymously.
(Watertown) The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dodge County is highlighting upcoming memory screens. The free screens will take place at the Watertown Senior Center on January 24th between 12pm and 2pm and take about 15 minutes. ADRC officials say memory screens are tools that look at different functions of the brain and are good for everyone as they establish a baseline for you if you have never done one. They add that the screens do not diagnose, rather it is a chance to start a conversation for your best next steps. Officials note that many things that look like cognitive decline can be reversed if caught and treated. The screens will be a monthly occurrence held every fourth Tuesday at the Watertown Senior Center. Officials say they will alternate their months between the Watertown Senior Center and the Watertown Library held every third Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm. Reservations are required. More information can be found at DailyDodge.com. // Call 920-386-4308.
(Juneau) The University of Wisconsin Extension Dodge County will be hosting the Raising Wisconsin’s Children Parenting Conference. The online conference is free for parents and caregivers and provides supportive, practical parenting and child development information. Sessions include “Parenting Your Autistic Child”, “Does My Child Have an Anxiety Disorder?,” “Fatherhood” and many more. The sessions begin Monday January 23 and end Friday, January 27. All sessions begin at noon, end around 7pm, and will be recorded for viewing convivence. Live Spanish interpretation and closed captions will also be available. Additional information about the conference and how to register can be found with this story at DailyDodge.com.
(Beaver Dam) The state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection are taking applications for the 76th Alice in Dairyland competition. Alice in Dairyland educates Wisconsin children and adults about the value, economic impact and future of the state’s $88-billion-dollar agricultural industry. Applications can be submitted through February 3rd. To apply, submit an application form, cover letter, resume, three professional references and summary of qualifications. Application materials are available online. Alice in Dairyland applicants should have an interest in Wisconsin agriculture, at least three years of experience, education, or training in communications, marketing, education, or public relations, and public speaking experience. The Dodge County-area’s most recent connection to Alice in Dairyland was in 2010. Christine Lindner of Fall River, who grew up on her family’s farm just outside of Beaver Dam, was the state’s 63rd Alice. For information is available at DailyDodge.com.