News – January 31, 2020

(Ashippun) A rural Ashippun woman was sentenced to 10 months in jail with work release privileges yesterday (Thursday) for helping cover-up the murder of a Beaver Dam man. In October, Dakota Schlesner entered a no contest plea to a felony count of Harboring A Felon. Earlier this month, Nigel Schultz of Portage was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering Bradlee Gerke with two guns in October of 2018 at an Ashippun farm. At sentencing District Attorney Kurt Klomberg said while he can appreciate that Schlesner was scared and confronted with a situation that would terrify any person, she owed a duty to the victim, the victim’s family and society. In addition to jail, Schlesner was placed on probation for two years.


(Watertown) A Watertown man was sentenced yesterday to 90 days in jail for leaving the scene after striking a bicyclist with his car. Jacob Lynch pled no contest to reduced misdemeanor drunk driving and hit and run charges. Watertown police found the victim in July, lying on the ground in a large pool of blood next to a mangled bicycle. A tip led police to Lynch who was leaving a Watertown bar when he was confronted. Lynch at first denied driving but then told officers that he believed he had struck a trash can.


(Madison) A Madison high school teacher plead not guilty to federal child porn charges. David Kruchten was arrested yesterday (Thursday) morning and entered not guilty pleas at his initial appearance in federal court Thursday afternoon. The charges against the 37-seven year-old business teacher at East High School apparently do not stem from a December school trip to Minneapolis, during which students found cameras in their hotel rooms. Kruchten is due back in court February 5th.


(Beaver Dam) Even though Beaver Dam will not be the site of the official departure or arrival of the Patriot Tour this year, the city could host the national fundraiser during milestone dates. In October, the Wisconsin-based non-profit announced the hosting of the Patriot Tour launch and homecoming celebrations will be given to other states around the country going forward. Organizer Brad Weber says the reason for selecting a different site is to recognize locations that raised the most money during the previous year’s tour. He says it is his expectation that Beaver Dam will host the launch and arrival of the Patriot Tour during their fifteen, twenty and-or twenty-five year anniversary.


(Dodge County) Jobless numbers in the region are low overall but increasing. Unemployment filings in Dodge County were at three percent last month, up three-tenths from November and above the 2.4-percent reported in December of 2018. Columbia County was also at three percent, up four-tenths from the previous month. Jefferson County notched up three-tenths over the two-month period to 2.9-percent while Fond du Lac County went up two-tenths to 2.7-percent. Wisconsin’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate edged up one-tenth to 3.4-percent while the national rate held steady at 3.5-percent.


(Juneau) A reminder that the first installment of property taxes is due by close of business today (Friday) at your local municipal treasurer’s office. The second installment payments are due at the county treasurer’s office by July 31. Taxpayers mailing after the deadline are subject to interest and a penalty of one and a half percent (1.5-percent) of the total amount for the first month, and that increases by 1.5-percent percent for every month the tax remains unpaid.