News – July 15, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department say they are doing everything they can to monitor the four-way stop on North Spring Street at Woodland Drive. Stop signs were installed at the intersection in 2019 due to increased traffic from an apartment complex close to the city. Some in the community have reported to authorities that motorists have ignored the signs and drive through the intersection without stopping. Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson says patrol officers sit at the intersection often, but it is when they are not there, that is when issues arise. Johnson says there are no current plans as of this year to do away with the stop-signs.

(Fond du Lac) Law enforcement agencies throughout Fond du Lac County partnered with state authorities to conduct one of the largest highway drug interdiction efforts ever initiated in Wisconsin. The endeavor, undertaken June 22nd and 23rd, involved 21 sheriff’s deputies working in conjunction with 14 troopers and 17 officers from departments including Waupun and Rosendale. The initiative resulted in 331 traffic stops, 157 citations, 55 speed violations, 21 felony arrests, and 23 misdemeanor arrests.

(Fond du Lac) A Fond du Lac teen that led sheriff’s deputies on a six-and-a-half mile chase early Sunday morning has been charged. Jordan Straub made an initial court appearance Tuesday on felony charges of Fleeing and a misdemeanor charge of Resisting. Cash bond was set at $500. He also facing traffic charges of speeding, operating left of center, and operating without a valid license. During the pursuit two deputy cruisers and the suspect’s vehicle were damaged, but no one was injured. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 29th.

(Winnebago County) The Wisconsin State Supreme Court has suspended a Winnebago County judge for conduct violations. The suspension begins August 2nd for Judge Scott Woldt and will continue for seven days, along with a loss in pay. The complaint was filed against Woldt in June for six incidents, the earliest of which occurred in 2009. Some complaints involved the use of crude language and another the displaying of a handgun during a visit by high school students. Woldt has been a judge since 2004.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin could hit its next coronavirus vaccination threshold number in a week or two. A little more than two-point-nine million people in Wisconsin have had at least one dose of the vaccine. State health officials say they are vaccinating about five-thousand people a-day; or about 30-thousand people each week. That means Wisconsin could hit three-million people vaccinated in the coming weeks. Just over 40-percent of all Dodge County residents have had at least on dose while 38.9-percent have completed the vaccination series. – WRN

(Portage) The Columbia County Health Department will be hosting several free walk-in COVID vaccine clinics next week. County health officials say the clinic will be for a one-and-done Johnson and Johnson shot. The J and J vaccine is only offered to those 18 and older. The clinic will be at the Columbia County Fair located in the Bidwell Building at 1 Fair Boulevard in Portage next Thursday (July 22nd) and Saturday (July 24th) from noon to 6pm.

(Mayville) The City of Mayville is hosting an electronics collection event for area residents and businesses this coming weekend. Collections will take place at Theiler (tyler) Park this Saturday (July 17th) from 10am until 2pm. City officials say Legacy Recycling will be on site accepting all electronics, batteries, and small appliances. There is a $10 fee to recycle computer monitors, $25 for standard TV’s and $40 for projection TV’s, wooden console TV’s and bare tube TV’s.