News – July 16, 2020

(Juneau) Dodge County public safety officials announced yesterday (Wednesday) that Smart911 is now available. The service is free and allows individuals or families to sign up online to provide key information to 911 call-takers during an emergency. When a citizen makes an emergency call, their safety profile is automatically displayed allowing the call-taker to send the right response teams to the right location with the right information. Smart911 users have the ability to choose which information they want to include. Safety profiles can be created on the Smart911 app or website. A link will be available with this news story at

(Beaver Dam) The decision to hold school in person or online in Beaver Dam will be made in a way similar to a snow day. The Beaver Dam School Board adopted a return to school plan this week that details multiple options for in school or virtual learning based on the number of covid cases in the county. Superintendent Mark DiStefano told us this week on WBEV’s Community Comment that if trends move upward or downward sharply and there is a regular board meeting within a reasonable time frame, he says it would make sense to speak with the board to talk through the decision. But DiStefano cautions that the school board may not be able to meet in a timely fashion. He says with the plan that was approved on Monday, he has the ability to make a pandemic decision in a manner similar to when the snow starts falling.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported 821 positive cases of coronavirus in Wednesday’s daily update, which is 5.9-percent of the 13,100 tests announced. There are 7,972 active cases in the state, up 172 from Tuesday. So far, there have been nearly 30-thousand recoveries. State health officials recorded one more death yesterday, bringing that number to 827. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 537 cases, an increase of nine from Tuesday. County health officials are actively monitoring 54 people while 244 have recovered.

(Beaver Dam) A Madison woman was convicted yesterday (Wednesday) of passing counterfeit $100-dollars bills in Beaver Dam. Twenty-one-year-old Hazel Freiberg entered a no contest plea to two felony counts of Forgery. Twenty-year-old Kierre Washington was placed on a deferred prosecution agreement in February for his role in the crime. The pair passed the phony bills in March of 2019 at Recheks, Wal-Mart, Game Stop and Animart. Freiberg bought low-cost items, like chewing gum, and walked away with the change. In some of the incidents, she was also able to make change for a second, phony $100 bill. GPS coordinates taken from their phones place them at the scene of the crimes. Freiberg will be sentenced in November.

(Hustisford) A Pewaukee man was resentenced yesterday (Wednesday) for his role in burglarizing a residence in Hustisford. In 2018, Nicholas Lee was sentenced to 60 days in jail with work release privileges after pleading guilty to one felony of Burglary. During a revocation hearing yesterday, the 23-year-old was sentenced to two years in prison as well as placed on four years of extended supervision. Lee entered the Lake Street property in 2016 and 2017 and was identified through security cameras.

(Portage) A Mazomanie man is facing several drug related charges following his arrest by Columbia County authorities yesterday (Wednesday). Trenton Lilly was reportedly observed leaving a known drug area in Portage. When approached by detectives, he allegedly ran sparking a pursuit but was apprehended a short time later. The 23-year-old was allegedly found with 28 grams of methamphetamine, a scale and other drug paraphernalia. Lilly is facing Possession with Intent to Deliver, Deliver of Meth, Obstruction, Carrying a Concealed Knife by a Felon, among other charges.

(Waupun) Two Dodge County prisons have reported additional coronavirus cases since Monday according to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Waupun Correctional, which has had the most positive tests among inmates in the state, added one more case since earlier this week and now has 229 confirmed cases; over 200 of those cases were reported in early June. The facility has reported 22 staff members to date with COVID-19, also the most in Wisconsin, unchanged from recent updates. At nearby Dodge Correctional, two more inmates have tested positive since Monday and that number now stands at 11. The prison has had three employees with coronavirus.

(Wisconsin) The Vice President returns to Wisconsin this week. Mike Pence is scheduled to visit Ripon and La Crosse on Friday, as the Trump campaign continues its focus on Wisconsin. According to a campaign press release, Pence will visit Ripon College, recognized as the birthplace of the Republican Party, to deliver remarks on the Trump administration’s agenda. Pence will then travel to the Morning Star Farm in Onalaska for a round table discussion on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.