News – July 7, 2022

(Fox Lake) A Fox Lake man is accused of assaulting minors across several decades. Perry Nelson allegedly assaulted three separate victims multiple times between 1992 and 1995, 2015 to 2017, and 2020 to 2021. The victims ages ranged between eight and 15-years-old. If convicted, the 56-year-old faces up to 314 years behind bars. An initial appearance is scheduled for July 25th.

(Brownsville) A Brownsville man has been charged with possessing illicit content of children. Dylan Rieman allegedly admitted that unknown people would send him links containing child pornography and that he traded the illegal content with others. Rieman also reportedly said he used an online chat website to view child porn. If convicted, the 25-year-old faces up to 250 years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for July 25th.

(Portage) Three people from Madison accused of killing another person in Columbia County have made their initial appearances in court. Jesse Freiberg, Laura Johnson, and Ja’Kenya Patty are all facing charges of First-Degree Intentional Homicide as a Party to a Crime. The 28-year-old Freiberg had cash bond set at $1-million-dollars, bond was set at $750-thousand for the 38-year-old Johnson, and $500-thousand-dollars for the 21-year-old Patty. All three face life in prison for their alleged actions in the shooting death of Manuel Martinez in June.

(Fond du Lac) Three different traffic stops over three days last month yielded a significant amount of illegal drugs being seized by Fond du Lac County authorities. During the stops on June 28th, 29th, and the 30th roughly 86 grams of cocaine, 64 grams of marijuana, and over 1,000 counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl were confiscated. All the stops happened on Interstate 41. Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt says it is likely these drug seizures saved lives.

(Columbus) A home was damaged by fire in the town of Columbus Tuesday. The Columbus Fire Department was called out to W1551 Duborg Road around 10:20am. Upon arrival, crews encountered flames showing from the upstairs bedroom. Firefighters on scene sprayed water from the outside until other responding units arrived and were able to go inside. The cause is undetermined at this time and there were no injuries reported. Fire units cleared the scene around 3:10pm.

(Columbia County) The Merrimac Ferry, which serves State Highway 113 across the Wisconsin River between Okee in Columbia County and Merrimac in Sauk County, is closed for repairs until further notice. Alternate routes include State Highway 60, State Highway 78, US Highway 12, and Interstate 39/90/94.