News – June 15, 2020

(Trenton) A Fox Lake man was killed yesterday after failing to negotiate a curve in the Township Trenton. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene on State Highway 33 at 7:14am. The car crashed into the west ditch before driving into the front of a house. The 24-year-old driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead the scene. Authorities believe alcohol use was a contributing factor.

(Lodi) The Wisconsin State Patrol is thanking five citizens who pulled two motorists from burning vehicles during a series of crashes Friday morning. It all started around 4am in the northbound lanes of I-39 near Lodi when one semi rear-ended another semi. About an hour later, a pickup truck hit a State Patrol cruiser stopped at the scene. With traffic backed up at 6:45am, a major crash occurred a mile south of the two initial crashes. A semi sparked a chain-reaction crash involving three semis, a dump truck and four cars. In total, four people were killed and three others seriously injured.

(Green Lake) One person died in a three-vehicle accident on State Highway 23 and Saint Marie Road in the Green Lake County Town of Brooklyn Friday morning. An SUV was westbound when it drifted into the eastbound lane, clipping the rear of a semi-tractor trailer before striking an eastbound sedan. The lone occupant of the sedan died at the scene.

(Ripon) A radio station in Ripon is mourning the loss of an on air personality. Tammi McCauley, who listeners of Hometown Broadcasting’s The Bug knew as Lexi Young, was kayaking with her sister Saturday afternoon on the Mecan River in Marquette County when something went wrong and she drowned. Witnesses at the scene performed CPR, but to no avail. The Marquette County Coroner pronounced her dead at the scene.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting an increase of 240 cases of COVID-19 in yesterday’s (Sunday’s) daily update, which is 2.6% of nearly 9,000 tests administered. There are nearly 23-thousand people now having tested positive. One more death was reported yesterday bringing that number to 692. Dodge County has four deaths on record and 423 cases.

(Beaver Dam) Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt recognized the Beaver Dam Fire Department for their efforts over the weekend. After responding with two ambulances to a non-life-threatening rollover crash on Highway 151 Friday evening, additional paramedics were called to an overdose emergency in the City of beaver Dam. Schmidt, who was one of the first on scene, says his nerves were getting the best of him as he was preparing narcan but in that moment one of the fire department paramedics took over and calmly gave instructions. A short time later the individual was revived and his life saved. Schmidt says the Beaver Dam-area has top notch service and citizens should be proud.

(Lake Winnebago) A sinking watercraft on Lake Winnebago was rescued thanks to a nearby boater yesterday (Sunday) morning. Fond du Lac County dispatchers received a call around 6:30am from a 31-year-old Fond du Lac man who said his boat was sinking. A civilian boat was able to keep the craft from sinking and transported the man to shore. The sheriff’s office water patrol team took the sinking craft to the Fond du Lac Marina. The cause was determined to be a missing drain plug which came out during the boat ride.

(Columbus) Traffic on Highway 151 near Columbus will be impacted today (Monday) as upkeep work begins on several overpasses. State DOT officials say 151 will be down to one lane in each direction between East Bristol and Columbus in Dane and Columbia counties. The northbound Highway 73 ramp to 151 will also be closed until mid-July.

(Beaver Dam) The United Way of Dodge County has announced their new executive director. Harper Mruk (murk) has been appointed to fill the position after Susan Jentz stepped down earlier this year. Mruk has over 20 years of nonprofit leadership.