News – July 12, 2021

(Fond du Lac) Two Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office cruisers were damaged in a six-and-a-half-mile pursuit early yesterday (Sunday) morning. An 18-year-old Fond du Lac teen fled from a traffic stop in the Town of Fond du Lac around 12:40am. Law enforcement utilized a vehicle intervention technique, or a PIT maneuver, which forced the suspect to exit his car and flee on foot. The 18-year-old Fond du Lac teen was quickly found and taken into custody. He is facing criminal charges of Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer and Recklessly Endangering Safety. There were no injuries.

(Lomira) A Fond du Lac woman made her initial appearance in court on charges she burglarized a residence in Lomira. Tracy Gantner allegedly took $850 from the home. When questioned by investigators, the 40-year-old allegedly admitted to being at the property on the night in question and to taking money but she noted it was not that much…only $620. If convicted, Gantner faces 24-and-a-half years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 26th.

(Columbia County) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has revoked the wholesale dealer license of six Columbia County dealers for various violations of their licensing requirements. The wholesale license revocation for Moore Auto Group, Motor Werks, Prime Time Automotive, R L Cars, Super Auto Inc, and ZMK Auto took effect on July 3rd. Wisconsin law has minimum requirements to protect consumers, such as premise and proper signage at the place of business. DOT officials say these auto dealers, co-located at 101 Skyline Drive in Arlington, did not meet these requirements.

(Madison) Attorney General Josh Kaul is officially running for his office in 2022. Kaul announced his candidacy on Saturday, after spending several months raising money for the effort. Kaul touted his efforts in eliminating the sexual assault kit backlog, and his work to fight opioid manufacturers and drug companies during a small ceremony in Madison. A pair of Republican candidates are already in the running, UW-Madison law professor Ryan Owens and Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen says a surprise call four years ago helped jump start the need for a donation fund for the revitalization efforts for Swan Park. During a recent WBEV Community Comment, Glewen said a woman in Colorado contacted her looking to donate in honor of her mother, who grew up in the area and loved Swan Park. That donation was to the tune of $40-thousand-dollars and has since been joined by other donations, such as the $10-thousand donated by Dodge County Historical Society President Patrick Lutz and his wife. The current estimate for the project is $1.4-million. Those seeking more information or wishing to donate to the revitalization efforts of Swan Park should reach out to the city of Beaver Dam.

(Beaver Dam) Improvements to Rotary Park along the east shoreline of the Beaver Dam River is scheduled to start today (Monday). The city’s Director of Engineering Todd Janssen says construction is also planned in the South Tower Parking Lot from West Mill Street northerly 250 feet. Work includes the installation of a new river wall, concrete curb and gutter, concrete sidewalk, asphalt pavement, a kayak launch, turf restoration, storm sewer, and lighting. Janssen says the project area will be closed to through traffic during construction schedule which will be determined based upon weather conditions. Work is anticipated to be completed in October.

(Wisconsin) Now that the initial rush of people seeking the COVID-19 vaccinations has died down, state health officials want to move those vaccinations away from specialized clinics and to more regular care facilities. Dr. Ryan Westergaard with the Department of Health Services says that helps people who are reluctant about the vaccine to get answers from their doctors. Health officials in Milwaukee are now administering vaccinations door to door in order to reach communities that have not been able to access centralized clinics.