News – January 29, 2022

(Neosho) A Columbus man was taken into custody in connection to a bank robbery in Neosho. Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says Alan Schade of Columbus was arrested Thursday evening and has been booked into the county jail. He says the 43-year-old is also a suspect believed to be involved in a robbery that took place in Jefferson County. It was a multi-agency effort to investigate this case. The sheriff’s office collaborated with the Jefferson County’s Sheriff’ Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Dodge County District Attorney’s Office.

(Kenosha) In keeping with his stated wishes, the rifle used by Kyle Rittenhouse will be destroyed. Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger outlined the procedure in court yesterday. Rittenhouse, who was not present in court, had asked that the AR-15 style rifle he used to kill two men and injure a third be destroyed. He was acquitted earlier this year in the shootings that took place during August 2020 riots in Kenosha. – WRN

(Wisconsin) COVID hospitalizations and case activity continue to decline in Wisconsin. The number hospitalized COVID patients as of Thursday was 1,774, as that key indicator continues a steady decline from its high of 2,278 earlier this month. All 72 Wisconsin counties continue to report “critically high” COVID case activity, but according to the state Department of Health Services, that is declining in the majority of counties. There have been 10,997 deaths attributed to COVID in Wisconsin, since the start of the global pandemic. – WRN

(Dodge County) Dodge County health officials recorded 106 new COVID cases yesterday (Friday). Active community cases saw a one day increase of 106 to 1,178. There were two additional hospitalizations. The total death count remains unchanged at 299 with 262 confirmed and 36 probable deaths. The seven-day daily average of new cases per 100-thousand people has been on a steady decline and is now at 118.9, on Thursday it was 136.3. Twenty-five cases and above is what health officials classify as the “tipping point.” So far, 51.8-percent of Dodge County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 48.9-percent have completed the vaccination series.

(Wisconsin) Republican leaders in the state Legislature want to sit on a projected state budget surplus of nearly four billion dollars until next year, and then use it to provide tax relief. Governor Tony Evers this week announced his own proposal to use some of that revenue. Evers wants to use some one-and-a-half billion dollars on caregiver and childcare credits, and a one-hundred-fifty dollar refund to every state taxpayer. Speaker Robin Vos calls that “an election year bribe.” – WRN

(Juneau) Dodge County Treasurer Patti Hilker is reminding taxpayers that the first installment of property taxes is due on Monday, January 31, payable to your local treasurer’s office, not the county. Hilker says that means you cannot use the county’s online payment system for first installments. If you miss Monday’s deadline, then the entire unpaid balance is subject to interest and penalties, retroactive to February 1, at a rate of 1.5-percent per month until paid in full. Delinquent real estate tax payments are payable to the Dodge County Treasurer. State statute says that failure to receive a property tax bill does not relieve the taxpayer of the obligation to pay taxes. If you did not receive your tax bill, Hilker suggests that you print your bill from the county website; you find a link with this news story at DailyDodge. Second installment real estate taxes are due to the Dodge County Treasurer by July 31.

(Dodge County) Dodge County vehicle sales last year were down slightly when compared to 2020. According to statistics released by the Waterloo-based industry tracking firm Reg-Trak, Dodge County had just over 35-hundred vehicles sales in 2021, down about a half-percent from the previous year. Car sales were up two-and-a-half-percent with 370 while truck sales were down point-eight-percent to just over 31-hundred. For the nine-county south central Wisconsin region as a hole, there were over 42-thousand vehicle sales last year, a nearly half-percent jump. Car sales were down over four-percent to 64-hundred while truck sales were up one-percent to 36-thousand.

(Beaver Dam) Moraine Park Technical College recently hosted their third annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literacy Week Project. The effort donates more than 500 culturally responsive books to three local elementary schools. The college began exploring opportunities to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 2019 and developed strong partnerships with Jefferson Elementary in Beaver Dam, Chegwin Elementary in Fond du Lac, and Green Tree Elementary in West Bend.

(Beaver Dam) An annual winter event returns to Beaver Dam today (Saturday). Cabin Fever Fest is being held throughout the downtown and city parks including Crystal Lake and Tahoe, highlighting local amenities like sledding and winter disc golf along with outdoor games and bonfires. Nest Vitality has an Ice Sun catcher make and take, there is a jigsaw puzzle competition at the Watermark, a scavenger hunt with prizes at the Dodge County Historical Society, and a luminary lake walk sponsored by the Boy Scout Troop 6838. There will also be a vendor market, food, and s’mores.