News – June 14, 2022

(Trenton) The owner of an animal rescue in the town of Trenton is facing criminal misdemeanor charges over how she treated the animals in her care. Fostina Uelmen allegedly sheltered seventeen dogs in crates that were too small and kept them there anywhere from 19 to 23 hours a day. An investigator reportedly said that the odor of urine, feces, and ammonia was so overwhelming they were nauseated. If convicted, the 32-year-old faces up to three years behind bars. An initial appearance is scheduled for August 15th.

(Rubicon) A Juneau man accused of running from authorities made his initial appearance in court Monday. Kenneth Wilkowski allegedly fled deputies after they observed him squeal his tires and accelerate rapidly near the town of Rubicon. He eventually stopped after being pursued for just over two miles, reportedly reaching speeds of up to 130 miles-per-hour. The 57-year-old allegedly said it’s fun to drive his sports car fast. If convicted, Wilkowski faces up to three-and-a-half years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 21st.

(Juneau) Dodge County leaders have nominated the next county administrator. Cameron Clapper has been selected to fill the role that was made vacant by the recent retirement of Jim Mielke. Clapper has been the Whitewater city manager since 2012. The Dodge County Board’s Executive Committee selected Clapper from a field of seventeen applicants for the job. The full county board will vote on Clapper’s nomination at their meeting later this month. If confirmed, he will begin work in Dodge County on August 21st.

(Dodge County) Area emergency management officials are warning people of the high temperatures expected throughout the region today. Temperatures could reach the mid-90’s but the heat index is anticipated to be in the 100’s, according to the National Weather Service. The heat index for the Beaver Dam area could reach 102-degrees, 104-degrees in Portage, 105 in Jefferson, and 102-degrees in Fond du Lac. Weather officials warn people to use extreme caution as a heat index above 100-degrees could lead to heat disorders with prolonged exposure or strenuous activity.

(Wisconsin) The price of gasoline in Wisconsin is down – slightly. As of Monday morning, the statewide average for a gallon of gas is down about a penny, at four-dollars and 91-cents. That is still eleven-cents more than a week ago and 71-cents more than last month. The average price of gas in Dodge County is four-dollars-and-eighty-three-cents.

(Wisconsin) The Department of Transportation says it’s time to watch for deer while driving. State DOT officials say deer are most active this time of year, especially in the early mornings and evenings. Remember not to swerve to avoid a deer. That could put you into oncoming traffic or into the ditch with a rollover crash. – WRN