News – July 27, 2022

(Juneau) Dodge County Sheriff’s candidate Mark Colker says a federal lawsuit involving his opponent is disturbing and potentially costly for taxpayers. A Beaver Dam man was detained in the Dodge County Jail for six months because of an apparent deportation order following a drug arrest 20 years ago. The Supreme Court later determined that drug offenses did not rise to the level of deportation. Colker shared concerns that emails from incumbent Dale Schmit sent to those involved after the incident suggest a cover-up. Schmidt calls the accusations false and politically motivated and says his team did nothing wrong.

(Lomira) Cash bond has been set at $250,000 for a 28-year-old Racine man who led authorities on a 14-mile chase on Interstate 41 through Fond du Lac County late last Tuesday night. The chase began in Winnebago County went south on Interstate 41 and ended after Jarvis Starks crashed the vehicle he was driving near Quad Graphics in Lomira. He was found hiding in some tall grass. Seized during the incident were a loaded handgun, digital scale, 2,500 counterfeit oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl and 3 bags of suspected cocaine weighing 84 grams. Starks is charged with Possession of Fentanyl and Cocaine, First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, two counts of felony Eluding, Resisting or Obstructing an Officer, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. All six charges carry an enhancer for Use of a Dangerous Weapon. A preliminary hearing is scheduled next week.

(Watertown) A Colorado business owner is facing Burglary and Aggravated Assault charges after allegedly breaking into a Watertown apartment. William Mills allegedly forced his way into the apartment in October and assaulted a male resident, and at one point brandishing a gun. The 36-year-old Mills was stabbed twice in the shoulder before fleeing. If convicted, Mills faces up to nearly 32 years in prison. An initial hearing is scheduled for next month.

(Juneau) An altercation between inmates housed at the Dodge County Jail has resulted in felony charges. Daniel Ray Thompson of Fox Lake allegedly attacked a fellow inmate last month because he was trying to sleep. That victim apparently pressed his intercom button to speak with the guards, resulting in his door opening. Thompson reportedly entered the victim’s cell and struck him repeatedly in the back of the head. If convicted of Battery By Prisoner, the 28-year-old faces up to six years in prison.

(Winnebago County) An eight-month-old boy is dead after a semi-trailer crashed into an occupied home in Winnebago County Monday evening. -WRN

(Wisconsin) Authorities will be out in force Wednesday as six Midwest states will take part in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations Region 5 high visibility Speed Awareness Day. The enforcement campaign will see law enforcement officers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin take on a combination of zero-tolerance speed enforcement and effective high visibility communication the importance of obeying posted speed limits. Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt notes the campaign is about raising awareness and saving lives, calling speeding unnecessary, and adding if you obey the speed limit signs, you will most likely arrive at your destination alive.

(Mount Pleasant) Today marks an anniversary for Foxconn when the Taiwanese electronics firm announced plans to invest 10 billion dollars in a new plant to produce liquid crystal display panels. Activity at Foxconn’s Mount Pleasant campus has fallen well short of those expectations.-WRN

(Wisconsin) Dozens of endangered dogs have been brought to safety in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Humane Society announced Tuesday it brought nine Beagle mothers and 53 puppies to Wisconsin over the weekend, as part of an operation to remove the dogs from a mass breeding facility in Virginia. – WRN