News – July 29, 2022

(Beaver Dam) An Oshkosh man charged with a felony for robbing the Beaver Dam Menards entered a no contest plea Wednesday to lesser misdemeanor Retail Theft charges. Donnie McKenzie tried to walk out of the store with two dehumidifiers in 2020. When confronted by store staff he said (quote) “stop following me unless you want to get shot.”. The 55-year-old will be sentenced in September.

(Theresa) A Milwaukee man who ran from Theresa police was sentenced Thursday to ten days in jail and placed on probation for one year. Malik Berry was initially facing a felony Fleeing count but pled to reduced misdemeanor charges of Failing to Stop and Bail Jumping. The 24-year-old fled from an officer in April, traveling 80-miles-per-hour in a 55-mile-per-hour zone. At one point he passed a school bus in a no passing zone. He was driving on a revoked license due to an OWI.

(Iron Ridge) A Dodge County judge found probable cause Thursday for an Iron Ridge man to proceed to trial on charges that he injured two people a two-vehicle crash while under the influence. Cory Lenhardt allegedly admitted to having two or three drinks before the crash that occurred on Highway 67 in the village of Iron Ridge last month. He reportedly blew a point-two-three-two (.232) during a preliminary breath test on a weak blow, according to the complaint. If convicted, Lenhardt faces up to six years in prison.

(Washington County) A 31-year-old Horicon man is facing three counts of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, a charge of reckless driving causing great bodily harm, and texting while driving. This stems from an accident on June 28th when Steven Paul Bruskiewicz Jr’s vehicle struck another from behind, sending it into oncoming traffic. This resulted in a second crash and the death of a 30-year-old Mayville woman, her unborn child, and her one-year-old son. Additionally, a 67-year-old Waukesha man sustained severe injuries. Investigations show that Bruskiewicz Jr was engaged on social media on his phone during the incident. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 7th.

(Watertown) A competency hearing Thursday found a Watertown area man not fit to stand trial at this time. Bryan Peterson is accused of disorderly conduct and lewd lascivious behavior-exposure for allegedly exposing himself and engaging in inappropriate conduct while at Riverside Park in Watertown in April of last year. Authorities say the act was witnessed by several park goers. The 25-year-old Peterson initially denied any wrongdoing before telling officers he was “just laying down and chilling” and he might have done something stupid. A review hearing is scheduled for September 15th, if convicted Peterson faces nearly 5 years behind bars.

(Lebanon) The Lebanon Firemen’s Picnic gets underway Friday 7/29. The three-day event at Lebanon’s Fireman’s Park, in its 90th year, includes music, food, Friday fish fry and tournaments for softball and co-ed volleyball and bean bags. There will be musical performances from the Downtowners and Dan Lepien on Friday; Tim Castle Country Legends Tribute and Rebel Grace on Saturday and the Lebanon Band and Andrea and the Mods on Sunday. The Lebanon Fire Department has free round trip shuttle bus service from Watertown to the park on Highway R in Lebanon on a half hour rotation.