News – June 14, 2019

(Rubicon) One person is dead following a head-on crash Wednesday evening in the Town of Rubicon. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office received a report around 8:20pm that two vehicles collided on State Highway 60 west of County Highway P. The initial investigation shows that a 65-year-old Baraboo woman driving a Ford Ecosport crossed the center line and struck an Infinity FX35 driven by a 63-year-old woman from Hustisford. The 65-year-old woman later died at Aurora Hospital in Hartford, the 63-year-old woman was treated with non-life-threatening injuries. The case remains under investigation at this time.


(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Team is currently in limbo as the department works through some personnel matters. The in-house unit, which is not mandated, investigates motor vehicle crashes with a fatality, serious injury, or a large amount of property damage, providing a detailed analysis. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says the department is going through a transitional period following a couple recent resignations and retirements. He says retaining every employee is not always possible and that things change over time. Schmidt notes that his department has a very capable detectives division that could be tabbed for specific cases as needed.


(Lomira) A Milwaukee man charged for his role in assaulting and robbing a truck driver at a wayside in Lomira was found guilty yesterday (Thursday). It took a jury a little over an hour to convict Keenan Brown of two felony counts of Robbery with the Use of Force and Substantial Battery. In September of 2017, Brown and second individual stole the victim’s wallet, cell phone and roughly $90 dollars in loose change. Authorities sent the victim’s clothing in for testing which came back positive with DNA from Brown who denied any involvement in the attack. Brown is currently in prison for a 2016 robbery and will not be released until 2021. With his conviction in Dodge County Brown could potentially lengthen his sentence by more than 20 years. A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered and a sentencing hearing will be set at a later date.


(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man who took flooring materials from a home under renovation was found guilty yesterday (Thursday). Andrew Rodriguez entered a plea of no contest to two misdemeanor charges of Criminal Trespassing and Theft of Movable Property. A felony count of Burglary of a Building or Dwelling was dismissed but read into the record. Police found him walking down the street with a large box under his arm in 2013. Footprints in the fresh snow around the victim’s house were an exact match. Rodriquez was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus court costs.


(Clyman) A plea and sentencing hearing was added to the calendar for a Clyman man charged for his role in burglarizing a bar in Clyman. 22-year-old Kaleb Reardon is facing charges of felony Burglary. 19-year-old Matthew Schneider, also from Clyman, was given two years’ probation for his role in the crime. Reardon and Schneider allegedly broke into Mercer T’s during the early morning hours on March 31 and took over $400 worth of alcohol, cigarettes and a money jar. If convicted, Reardon is facing over 19 years in prison. Reardon is due back in court on July 19.


(Fond du Lac) A dozen charges have been brought against a 27-year-old Fond du Lac man who barricaded himself in an apartment last week. Bond was set at $15,000 cash when Takarie Cook made his initial appearance in Fond du Lac County court this week. Police say he armed himself with a knife and had three children with him in an upstairs apartment in Fond du Lac. One child escaped and the other two were rescued when a police SWAT team breached the apartment. Cook has a preliminary hearing next Thursday.


(Madison) The state budget plan crafted by Republican’s on the legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance passed out of committee after a 12-4 party line vote yesterday (Thursday). The two year spending plan rejected many of the proposals contained in Governor Tony Evers’ original budget proposal. They say it prioritizes the state’s needs for roads, education and health care. Representative Mark Born says this is a fiscally responsible budget that invests in the priorities the people of Wisconsin have made clear they value. The Beaver Dam Republican says that Evers’ budget included huge spending and expanded welfare that used massive tax increases to pay for it – something that neither he nor citizens in Dodge and Washington counties will stand for. The budget will be taken up by the full legislature before being sent to the governor.