News – July 11, 2019

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in locating a work release inmate who failed to return to the jail from a pre-approved appointment. Nicolle Semrau has an active warrant for her arrest. The 34-year-old was serving a one-year jail sentence for resisting arrest and driving on a revoked license. Her last known address is on North Main Street in Reeseville and has been known to frequently travel in a white, 2010 Nissan Altima. Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact the Sheriff’s Office or their local law enforcement agency.

(Watertown) A Watertown man made his initial appearance in court yesterday on felony charges of Hit and Run Involving Injury. Jacob Lynch allegedly struck a bicyclist near North 4th Street and East Green Street Tuesday (July 9th) night. Lynch at first denied driving but then allegedly told officers that he believed he had struck a trash can. If convicted, Lynch faces nine months in prison. Signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 22.

(Reeseville) A Carlisle, Pennsylvania man charged with assaulting two minors in Dodge County was arraigned yesterday (Wednesday). Steven Barlow stood mute and the court entered a not guilty plea on his behalf on two felony counts of First Degree Child Sexual Assault Under 12 Years of Age. Barlow allegedly admitted to the assaults that occurred while he was living with the victim’s family between 2015 and 2017. If convicted, the 23-year-old is facing a maximum sentence of 120 years in prison.

(Mayville) A Mayville man charged with his seventh offense Operating While Intoxicated is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday. Gregory Cundy was allegedly drunk when he backed up into a parked car during the evening hours on July 2. The 55-year-old refused to take Standardized Field Sobriety Test’s or submit to a blood draw but a preliminary breath test taken at the jail reportedly returned a reading of point-one-four-seven (.147). If convicted, Cundy faces a maximum of 12-and-a-half years in prison.

(Waterloo) Fire crews returned to the scene of a barn fire near Waterloo early yesterday (Wednesday) morning. On Wednesday of last week, 13 cattle perished in a blaze at the J & R Ranch on State Highway 89 in the Town of Portland. Personnel returned around 3:30am yesterday (Wednesday) after a passerby noticed flames coming from the week-old rubble. Waterloo Fire Lt. Matt Petrie (pee-tree) says there was a lot of steel material on top of heavy timber that flared-up. Firefighters spent about one hour dousing the debris with water before clearing the scene.

(Fond du Lac) The Fond du Lac County Board meeting scheduled for next Tuesday has been cancelled. A majority of the board signed a petition to cancel the meeting. Supervisors can petition to cancel a meeting due to lack of business or for other reasons. The board rarely holds a meeting in July due to the County Fair falling during the same week. The Fair runs July 17th through the 21st. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Fond du Lac County Board is Tuesday, August 20th at 6pm at the City-County Government Center in Fond du Lac.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Lake Days returns for its 26th year today. As is tradition, the three-day festival kick-offs with a teen night. Organizer Tom Stebbins says new this year is an inflatable carnival that features an obstacle course, axe throwing and a three-play sports game. Also new: a mechanical bull. Music is being provided by WBEV’s own Jeff Hall. Tonight’s admission is $5, those under age five are free, and activities are included in the ticket price. The Lake Days Teen Dance runs from 6pm until 10pm at Tahoe Park. More information is available at

(Beaver Dam) It is opening night for the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre’s summer production for middle schoolers. The show is called “Honk Junior” and it tells the time-tested tale of the ugly duckling. Performances are tonight (Thursday), tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday at the theatre’s Fine Arts Center.