News – July 10, 2021

(Lowville) A Columbia County man was arrested earlier this month on attempted homicide charges. Authorities were dispatched to a Columbia County hospital just before midnight on July 1st for a physical domestic report which included strangulation. Sheriff’s Captain Jason Kocovsky says the incident took place at a campground in the Township of Lowville. He says deputies started an investigation, information was gathered from the victim, injuries were observed, and documented. The captain adds that this was a very serious and significant domestic incident. The alleged suspect was identified as Michael Cisneros. During the investigation, Cisneros was taken into custody without incident and was transported to the Columbia County Jail. The 45-year-old is facing felony charges of Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide as well as Strangulation and Suffocation. Kocovsky says the sheriff’s office takes domestic incidents very seriously and encourages those who see something to say something by contacting law enforcement. He says if you are a victim of abuse, to reach out for help.

(Dane County) Detectives found human remains Thursday at a rural Dane County property, while searching for a missing Town of Windsor couple. Sheriff Kalvin Barrett said he will not speculate on whether or not the remains are those of 50-year-old Bart Halderson and 53-year-old Krista Halderson, who were last seen at their home on Thursday, July 1. The couple’s son, 23-year-old Chandler Halderson, was arrested for providing false information on his parents’ whereabouts.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man was sentenced to six years in prison Friday for possessing illicit images of children. In January, Adam Biddle entered a not contest plea to three felony counts of Child Pornography. Six additional felony charges were dismissed but read into the record. Multiple CyberTipline reports were made against an IP address that was tied to Biddle last year. Authorities executed a search warrant last May at Biddle’s residence and recovered several devices. A review of Biddle’s account on a social media platform uncovered multiple images of child porn he sent to another user. It also showed that he used derogatory terms to describe woman, believing that they should never been allowed to learn to speak. During sentencing, District Attorney Kurt Klomberg said the defendant clearly has an interest in depraved and criminal exploitation of children as well as an extreme derogatory view of woman. Klomberg says his commentary documented his beliefs that women are little more than objects for his amusement and abuse. The DA added that he found particularly-satisfying justice in the fact that Biddle was sentenced for his crimes by Judge Kristine Snow, the first female judge in Dodge County. The 51-year-old was also placed on extended supervision for 20 years.

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Supreme Court says state regulators can impose operating conditions on factory farms and consider high-capacity wells’ cumulative environmental impacts when considering whether to grant permits. Thursday’s rulings mark a major win for conservationists and clarifies that the Department of Natural Resources has broad authority to protect Wisconsin’s waters. Environmental groups had sued the DNR seeking stricter regulation of waters pollution from high-capacity wells. Industry groups including the Dairy Business Association and Republican legislators had argued a 2011 state law limiting state agencies’ regulatory powers trumped the DNR’s broad authority to protect state waters.

(Wisconsin) The split on the Wisconsin Supreme Court is becoming much more public. Conservative justice Rebecca Bradley used a ruling last week to complain that some justices do not want to answer serious and substantive questions. Her remarks came in a ruling about Racine’s public health order to close schools. Bradley wrote that, in her opinion, the court’s unwillingness to answer bigger questions is making the Supreme Court, quote, “feckless,” and leaving people in Wisconsin without clear guidance about what state law means, and who will enforce it.

(Wisconsin) The state department of health services has rolled out a new, more concise map of who has and has not gotten the COVID-19 vaccine based on census data. Deputy secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk says the website breaks down not only vaccinations by location, but also by demographic groups.  You can find the maps and reports online at DHS.WI.Gov.

(Poynette) The Columbia County Health Department will be hosting a free walk-in COVID vaccine clinic next Thursday (July 15th). County health officials say the clinic will be for a first dose Pfizer shot, available for ages 12-and-up, and a one-and-done Johnson and Johnson shot. The J and J vaccine is only offered to those 18 and older. The second Pfizer dose will be provided on August 5th. Appointments are not necessary to receive the vaccine but people can schedule ahead time. Those interested in going must stay on site for a 15-minute observation period after receiving the vaccine. Health officials also ask those in attendance to practice social distancing and wear a mask. The clinic will be at the Poynette Elementary School at 225 West North Street from 12pm to 6pm. Information about scheduling a vaccine shot is available at // To schedule a vaccine shot visit

(Waupun) Waupun Fine Arts brings music to West End Park on Beaver Dam Street each Thursday evening this month. Lori Page is the President and co-founder of the organization. She says the concerts are free unless you would like to make a free will offering, which defrays the cost of putting on the concert series. Things get started with concessions opening at 5:30 and the performance is at 6:30. Page says the music will vary each week. For example, the Del Rays performed hits from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s last week and Genesee Ridge Bluegrass Band performed bluegrass. The series wraps up on July 29th with Remington’s Ride.