News – July 18, 2019

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department is investigating a string of break-ins on the city’s east side. Authorities responded to three separate locations Wednesday morning: Lidtke Motors, Forefront Dermatology and Peace Lutheran Church. Two vehicles were stolen from Lidtke Motors and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken in all three burglaries.

(Waupun) Jake Patterson is no longer at Dodge Correctional. The 22-year-old is serving life in prison for killing Jim and Denise Closs of Barron then kidnapping their teenage daughter. The department of corrections says Patterson was moved out of the Waupun facility on Monday, but according to WBAY would not specify where he was moved.

(Waupun) A Waupun man is accused of running from police with a revoked license. Damian Vande Zande is facing charges of felony Fleeing and a handful of misdemeanors. The 25-year-old allegedly refused to stop for Waupun Police last month before parking and fleeing on foot. He was apprehended a short time later, hiding in an alley. Vande Zande told officers he panicked because he had a warrant out for his arrest.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man was arraigned yesterday for threatening to “drop kick” the police officer who was arresting him. Dale Lengling stood mute and the court entered a not guilty plea to four felony charges. The 40-year-old was taken into custody after shouting profanities to a neighbor at the Lakecrest Apartments in May. Lengling was treated at the hospital after intentionally banging his head against the rear seat of a squad car.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board reviewed the 2018 audit at their meeting this week. The auditing team from Johnson Block gave county finances an “unmodified opinion” which is the highest level of assurance an entity can get. The audit examined the county’s General Fund, reporting an increase of $1.87-million dollars from 2017. Total revenues were $59.3-million, an increase of $553-thousand dollars while total expenses came in at $38.2-million for a decrease of $1.3-million dollars.

(Madison) A proposed $25-million-dollar Salvation Army homeless facility on Madison’s east side faces some opposition. The five-story building would include transitional housing, a gymnasium, a chapel, a playground, an apartment complex, an area for medical treatment and much more. Some people living nearby are opposed, pointing to criminal activity at the current Salvation Army location.  People who are chronically homeless would be served.

(Roswell, New Mexico) The Patriot Tour recently rolled through Roswell, New Mexico. The fundraiser for veterans will see one flag hit 48 states before returning back to Beaver Dam in September. Flag bearer Terry Proctor, who carried the flag from Roswell to Clovis, says it is touching to see people stop on the side of the highway and get out of their cars to place their hands over their hearts and salute the American flag. The Patriot Tour is departing Dallas today then heading to Oklahoma.

(Columbus) Columbia County Emergency Management has identified several cooling centers. If you do not have air conditioning to weather this heat wave, officials suggest going to a public building such as a municipal hall or library, staying with family or friends, or taking in a movie or two. A list of cooling sites can be found at