News – July 7, 2020

(Beaver Dam) After over two hours of presentations and discussion on both sides of the issue, the Beaver Dam Common Council last (Tuesday) night on a split vote tabled the placement of a referendum on the November ballot seeking to fund a half dozen new positions in the fire department. The hiring’s were the conclusion of a staffing study that also included the construction of a northside substation, which would not be part of the referendum. The impact for property owners would be $44-per $100-thousand dollars of assessed value. The motion to table was made because last night’s agenda did not include an opportunity for the public to weigh in on the matter.

(Baraboo) An Amber Alert for a missing ten-year-old Baraboo girl has been issued. Kodie Dutcher was last seen around 4pm Monday afternoon in the 1100 block of 12th Street in the City of Baraboo prior to going missing. Officials say she may have taken an unknown of amount of pills and may have been suicidal. She was believed to be traveling on foot. A picture of her and physical description were issued as part of the alert. Those with information are asked to contact the Baraboo Police Department [608-963-5622].

(Dodge County) For the third consecutive day the Wisconsin Health Department recorded no new deaths. Statewide, the death rate is 796. State health officials are reporting 484 cases of COVID-19 in yesterday’s (Monday’s) daily update. There are 6,018 active cases in the state, which is 19-percent of the 32,061 people who have tested positive. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 484 cases, an increase of one from Sunday. County health officials are actively monitoring 38 people while 212 have recovered.

(Lomira) A Fond du Lac man is expected to recover after being hit by a stray bullet at a Lomira golf course yesterday. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office received reports of the incident at The Golf Club at Camelot on State Highway 67 just after 11am. While the incident remains under investigation, it initially appears that a 50-year-old Lomira man was attempting to shoot a woodchuck that was on his property. Authorities say a bullet ricocheted off some trees and struck the 80-year-old who suffered non-life threatening injuries.

(Beaver Dam) A Sauk City teen was charged yesterday (Monday) for a swatting incident in Beaver Dam. Thomas Gallas allegedly called a false report on May 11th, stating that a 15-year-old had shot his mother with a shotgun and that he was going to end his own life. The 15-year-old’s mother warned police the day before that unknown people were threatening to initiate a swatting incident against her son. After authorities located Gallas through an online user ID, he reportedly admitted his actions. If convicted, the 17-year-old faces no more than three-and-a-half years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for August 3rd.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam woman charged with leaving the scene after striking a child with her vehicle made her initial appearance in court yesterday. Rebecca Davison allegedly struck the 10-year-old child in the area of 704 South Spring Street last October. Davison reportedly said she came to a complete stop and noticed the child walked into the rear passenger side of her SUV. Davison allegedly said she stopped for a short period of time but noticed the child seemed fine and walked away towards the sidewalk so she drove away. If convicted, the 44-year-old Davison face no more than nine-months in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a judge will decide next month if there is enough evidence to order a trial.

(Fond du Lac) A Milwaukee woman is being charged after accidentally shooting herself in the leg at a Fond du Lac water park yesterday afternoon. The 32-year-old had the gun inside of her purse when it became wet at Fondy Sports Aqua Park. When she returned to her vehicle to dry it, the weapon accidentally discharged. The woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Charges of Recklessly Endangering Safety and Carrying a Concealed Weapon are being referred to the district attorney’s office.