News – January 6, 2023

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is reminding everyone that traffic safety is important on public roadways and helps reduce the number of deaths. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says while the 2022 traffic fatality numbers are down from last year, it still is a figure that law enforcement would like to see much lower. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Crash Records Unit, which last updated their numbers on December 18th, Dodge County saw 12 fatalities in 2022 down from the 15 it recorded in 2021.

(Juneau) A key figure in the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is retiring. Chief Deputy Scott Mittelstadt has retired after a 28-year career in law enforcement. Mittelstadt was with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office for just under six years. While with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, he was operations captain and chief deputy. Twenty-two-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, Corrections Office Curt Knoll, is also retiring. Knoll had served as transport officer, fire training instructor, emergency preparedness member, as well as a member of the search team during his tenure.

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac County authorities seized roughly one pound of cocaine and one pound of marijuana following a traffic stop Wednesday. Sheriff’s office K-9 handler Nathan Birkholz and his dog Rip pulled the vehicle over on Hickory Street around 7pm. During an open air sniff, Rip alerted to the odor of illegal drugs. The vehicle’s two occupants, both from Wisconsin Rapids, are facing charges of Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Possession with Intent to Deliver THC.

(Beaver Dam) Dodge County’s only domestic abuse shelter has a new executive director. PAVE’s Board of Directors has named Emily Shier to the post. She succeeds Ashely Welak, a 15-year employee of the organization who recently left to become a grants specialist with the Office of Crime Victim Services at the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Shier, a 16-year resident of Dodge County, started her new job on December 30th.

(Portage) The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is helping cleanup up after a fire broke out at Associate Milk Producers, Inc. in Columbia County earlier this week. The blaze at 301 Brooks Street in Portage happened around 9:15pm Monday. The DNR reported Thursday that approximately 20 gallons of butter entered the adjacent canal via a storm sewer. Absorbent booms were deployed to contain the discharge and the butter has since been removed. Officials note that, so far, environmental impacts are minimal. Thirty Associate Milk Producers employees were safely evacuated at the time of the fire. The cause is still under investigation.