News – July 2, 2022

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin has its first confirmed case of monkeypox. The Department of Health Services has identified the state’s first confirmed case of ortho poxvirus presumed to be monkey pox. In a Dane County resident, that person is currently isolating and DHS reports the risk remains low for the general public. As of June 30 there have been 396 confirmed monkey pox and ortho pox cases in the US. DHS, federal, state and local partners are working to investigate and monitor the current outbreak. – WRN (Lomira) A two-day jury was scheduled this week for a Milwaukee man accused of threatening to kill his girlfriend while passing through Dodge County. Daniea Lanier allegedly struck the victim with a closed fist multiple times and even fired a gun while the two of them were inside the vehicle. According to the criminal complaint, the bullet passed through the glovebox. The vehicle was stopped near Lomira and Lanier was arrested. He denied anything had occurred. If convicted, the 46-year-old faces over 30 years behind bars. The trial is slated to begin on September 8th. (Chester) A Columbus man charged with running form Dodge County sheriff’s deputies entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment hearing this week. Jason McDonald allegedly fled from deputies in March, reaching speeds of up to 100-miles-per-hour before the chase was called. Later that same night, McDonald reportedly fled from Fond du Lac County deputies. If convicted, the 35-year-old faces up to seven years in prison. (Randolph) A plea and sentencing hearing was scheduled this week for a Randolph man facing charges that he possessed illicit content of children. Thomas Bryant allegedly uploaded several explicit videos of minors to the social media platform Kik. If convicted, Bryant faces over 85-years in prison. The hearing is scheduled for August 30th. (Markesan) Markesan Police are warning residents after a recent suspicious incident in the city. A man came to a resident’s home claiming he was from their mortgage company and needed to go inside to inspect the home. The owner denied him access and the man became upset. He showed the homeowner a very short and generic letter explaining why he was there. He then sat in his dark-colored SUV for a moment, took a couple of pictures of the home and left. Police say the property owner did the right thing. They say bank or mortgage companies that need something from you would reach out in advance to schedule a meeting. If someone shows up unannounced at your residence and says they need to enter your home call police. (Dodge County) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is reminding ATV/UTV riders to operate safely this Fourth of July holiday weekend. A lack of safety equipment is the leading cause of ATV/UTV incidents. When enjoying off-road rides and adventures, wearing a helmet and seat belt, monitoring speed, and using caution on hills and uneven terrain could save your life. Make safety your top priority when enjoying Wisconsin’s many ATV/UTV riding opportunities. Always operate at a responsible speed and ensure you and your passengers wear helmets and seat belts. So far this year, eight people have died in ATV/UTV crashes. Six of the eight fatal crash victims did not wear a helmet at the time of the crash. Additionally, two of the five fatal UTV crash victims were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Safety tips DNR officials encourage include never consuming alcohol or drugs before or during your ride, always wear your seatbelt and protective gear such as a helmet and gloves, keep your distance, and check for speed while on uneven terrain. (Wisconsin) DNR officials also encourage the public to keep fireworks out of state parks and forests. Arial and explosive pyrotechnics are prohibited on DNR-managed lands. Most wildfires caused by fireworks occur during the weeks leading up to and after the Fourth of July holiday or under extended drought conditions. Wildfires can start anytime the ground is not completely snow-covered. The DNR recommends being especially cautious with fireworks, and all fires, when the fire danger is elevated and fires spread quickly and burn more intensely, especially in the spring and during periods of summer drought. Exploding fireworks, such as firecrackers, m-70s, bottle rockets and roman candles, cause the most fireworks-related wildfires. Although holiday favorites such as sparklers and fountains are not defined as fireworks per state law, the DNR says they do pose a significant fire threat, particularly near grassy areas in hot and dry weather. A citation for illegal fireworks in a state park or forest can cost up to $200.50. Violators, or parents of violators, could be responsible for the total costs of extinguishing a fire and up to twice the cost of damages. (Juneau) Dodge and its surrounding counties has a new regional dairy educator. The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension recently welcomed Alison Pfau to the position. Pfau earned her Animal Science degree from the National University of Colombia-Bogota in 2017. She recently completed her master’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2022, with a focus on research in rumen nutrition and microbiology. Pfau also worked as a manager, herdsman assistant, and certified breeder in northern Colorado, training dairy farm employees in health care, animal well-being, and on-farm accident prevention. She also has experience with dairy animal transport, calf care, administration of medicine, artificial insemination of dairy cows and heifers, and overall dairy operation management. (Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam road will be closed for construction beginning next Tuesday (July 5th). South University Avenue, from Webster Street to Stone Street, will be shut down to motorists to accommodate public utility construction for the ongoing East Davis Street reconstruction Project. South University Avenue traffic will be detoured on Webster Street, Warren Street, and Stone Street from Tuesday to approximately July 22nd. The work schedule is based upon weather and other construction conditions.