News – June 17, 2022

(Portage) Three people from Madison are accused of killing another person in Columbia County. Jesse Freiberg, Jakenya Patty, and Laura Johnson allegedly assaulted the victim Tuesday then bound him and took him to rural Portage where he was shot with a handgun. The 28-year-old Freiberg is facing First-Degree Intentional Homicide charges. The 21-year-old Patty and the 38-year-old Johnson are facing a similar charge but as a Party to a Crime. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family and an autopsy.

(Fond du Lac) A Fond du Lac man has been found guilty of shooting another person to death. Denell Logan entered a guilty plea to a felony count of First-Degree Reckless Homicide. Thirty-nine-year-old James Posey died after being shot in the left thigh in February of 2021. Thirty-year-old Callie Bender of Eldorado is charged for her role in purchasing a gun for Logan and harboring him. The 31-year-old Logan will be sentenced in October.

(Waupun) The Waupun mayor says everyone involved in handling the response to a gas leak in the city last Friday acted quickly and professionally. Rohn Bishop says that includes the police and fire departments that responded after a piece of construction equipment struck a gas main in the area of South Madison and Doty Streets. About 20 homes had to be evacuated and power was shut off for about 350 customers. Bishop says thankfully no one was injured and although some people were inconvenienced for a few hours it ended without incident.

(Waupun) President and CEO of United Cooperative of Beaver Dam David Cramer says the newly approved $100-million-dollar feed production and soybean processing facility will be the largest such location they have. The Waupun Common Council unanimously approved the developer’s agreement for the facility. The company hopes to break ground on the facility later this year. It will join 55 other United Coop locations across the state.

(Beaver Dam) Moraine Park Technical College has taken the first steps towards a referendum. The District Board this week passed a resolution stating an intent to borrow $55-million-dollars to enhance campus learning spaces to meet future student and regional workforce needs. If approved, annual property taxes would increase by $21-dollars per $100-thousand-dollars of property value for the next 20 years. A public hearing is scheduled for July 11th at the Fond du Lac campus. The Moraine Park District Board will vote in August on the final referendum question language, which will solidify a path forward to the November election.