News – July 22, 2021

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a string of daytime burglaries. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says the reports have been in the northeast potion of the county, in the area of Highway 49 south to Iron Ridge. Burglars are often times looking for a house that is already open so they do not have to break in. Schmidt encourages everyone to simply make sure their doors are lock. And if you have an attached garage with a garage door opener in your vehicle, be sure to lock your car doors as well. Schmidt says no one knows your house better than you so figure out ways you would burglarize your own house.

(Beaver Dam) A Watertown teen charged with using pepper spray while robbing a Beaver Dam business entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment hearing this week. Avery Bence allegedly used pepper spray on the store clerk and took several pack of cigarettes in November. The 17-year-old reportedly admitted to his actions.

(Dane County) Investigators continue their search of a landfill in a homicide case. Dane County deputies have been looking in the Waste Management landfill near Johnson Creek, in their search for a missing Windsor woman. Krista Halderson went missing along with her husband earlier this month. Some of Bart Halderson’s remains were found in Cottage Grove earlier this month. Deputies also recently found remains on DNR land near Sauk City, but they have not been identified. The Halderson’s 23-year-old son Chandler is jailed and currently just charged in his father’s death. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s coronavirus count is going back in the wrong direction. State health officials reported 451 new cases Tuesday; the largest number of new cases in a week. But it is still far from Wisconsin’s peak of nearly eight-thousand cases in one day last November. A little more than 51-percent of eligible people in Wisconsin have had at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. – WRN

(Dodge County) In Dodge County, 41-percent of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine while 39.3-percent have completed the vaccination series. That figure is 42.1-percent in Fond du Lac County, 44.1-percent in Washington and Jefferson County, Columbia County is at 52.5-percent, while Green Lake County is 43.3-percent.

(Dodge County) There was an uptick in jobless claims in the region from May to June. The state Department of Workforce Development says the unemployment rate in Dodge County last month was 3.7-percent, up a half-point from the 3.2-percent reported in May but well below the 7.1-percent logged last June. Statewide jobless numbers held steady over the two-month period at 3.9-percent, well below the national rate of 5.9-percent.