News – January 31, 2022

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Police Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson says the dogs in their K-9 unit are certified in the three main areas they are primarily utilized for. The first area is apprehension, or as Johnson says, the ability to go after a fleeing suspect and if necessary, bite them in order to apprehend them. The second area is narcotics detection with training in four key smells: methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin or opioids, and THC. Johnson says the last area is tracking, which is the ability to follow a scent to find a missing person or suspect. He says they do not pay to have the dogs certified for corpse sniffing or bomb detections because there are not enough instances to require it.

(Columbus) A Columbus man was arrested for operating while intoxicated. Columbia County sheriff’s deputies responded to a single vehicle crash near the intersection of Highway 60 and Highway N in the Town of Columbus Friday evening. Upon arrival, authorities found the operator asleep inside the vehicle and during their investigation discovered he was intoxicated. The driver, reportedly identified as 42-year-old Andrew Jenkins, was taken into custody on a charge of Sixth Offense Operating While Intoxicated.

(Portage) The Portage Fire Department is highlighting the promotion of four of their firefighters. Melissa Pohl and Matt Gavinski were both promoted to the rank of captain. Pohl started with the department in 2005 while Gavinski began his career in 2015. Nicholas Bredemann and Charles Coppernoll have been made lieutenants. Bredemann joined the department in 2014 while Coppernoll is in his second stint, being re-hired in 2018.

(Markesan) Markesan School District voters will be asked to approve a school spending referendum that would allow the district to exceed state revenue caps. Specifically, the district is seeking permission to exceed revenue limits by $950-thousand-dollars annually for four straight years beginning with the 2022-23 academic year. If approved, it is projected Markesan’s annual school district property tax rate would decrease the first year to $7.09 per $100-thousand-dollars of assessed value. In its second year, it would increase to $7.28 and to $7.67 the third year, before falling to $7.35 in the fourth year.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Area Community Foundation recently announced that over $17-thousand-dollars in grants will be disbursed to 14 Dodge County non-profit organizations. Those non-profits are Transitions Resource Center, New Beginnings Homeless Shelter, Living Hope Food Pantry, Mayville Open Door, A Pay It Forward Foundation, Randolph Cambria-Friesland FFA, Green Valley Enterprises, Bo William Hartwig Foundation, Friends of Dodge County Parks, Marsh Haven Nature Center, Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre, Dodge County Center for the Arts, Kids and Mentors Outdoors, and Horicon High School Physical Education.

(Wisconsin) Absentee ballot drop boxes will be allowed for the spring primary election, following a ruling from the state Supreme Court. Justice Brian Hagedorn sided with the liberal justices on the court on Friday, denying a request for an emergency ruling against an appeals court order that allowed the drop boxes to be used. Hagedorn says any change in the elections at this point ahead of the primary would be confusing for voters. Conservative Justice Rebecca Bradley called Hagedorn’s opinion “astonishing”, and that Hagedorn’s statement on confusing voters was wrong because there’s “always an impending election.” – WRN