News – June 23, 2020

(Cambria) A Cambria man is facing a variety of tax fraud charges. Timothy Ashley is facing three felony charges of Fraud in Obtaining Refund with Fraudulent Intent along with 18 misdemeanors. The 59-year-old is the owner and operator of AC Auto Body in Cambria. He allegedly failed to report over $135-thousand dollars in income to the Department of Revenue for a three-year period beginning in 2016. The action resulted in a tax loss for the state of Wisconsin of nearly $17-thousand dollars. If convicted, the each felony charges carries a maximum six year prison sentence while the misdemeanors each carry up to nine months. Ashley is slated to make an initial appearance in a Columbia County courtroom on July 15.  

(Johnson Creek) The Wisconsin Crime Alert Network has issued a bulletin for a retail theft suspect in Jefferson County. A woman stole $1500 worth of merchandise from the Menards in Johnson Creek last Thursday and again on Sunday, even after being confronted by employee. The items stolen – home video surveillance equipment – were hidden in her handbag. She is described as having a slender build, brown hair with visible tattoos and was seen leaving in a Subaru Forester with license plates that turned out to be fake. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Johnson Creek Police Department; a photo can be found at 

(Waupun) A Marshall man was sentenced yesterday (Monday) to one year in jail with work release privileges for running from police in Dodge County. Vincent Artis plead no contest to a felony count of Fleeing. Artis was clocked going 80-miles-an-hour on Highway 151 last July. When officers asked for his driver’s license, Artis fled at speeds up to 116-miles-per-hour. The 32-year-old’s vehicle was disabled by spike strips.

(Fox Lake) A Cambridge woman who brought illegal contraband into Fox Lake Correctional was sentenced to four months in jail with work release privileges yesterday (Monday). Margaret Gordon attempted to smuggle a balloon filled with chewing tobacco inside a piece of clothing last April. At first Gordon denied the accusations but later admitted to her actions when informed that she was caught on camera. The 36-year-old was also placed on parole for two years.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is among the agencies participating in the annual Click It Or Ticket campaign that got underway yesterday (Monday) and runs through Sunday, July 5. State Department of Transportation officials say of all motorists killed in Wisconsin traffic crashes last year, 44percent were not wearing a seat belt. Dodge County Sheriff’s Sergeant Jermey Wolfe says despite advances in vehicle technologies, wearing a seat belt remains the most important and effective step motorists can take to prevent being injured or killed in a traffic crash. 

(Wisconsin) State education officials have released guidance for a return to school this fall. The state Department of Public Instruction on Monday issued Education Forward, a guidance document for school districts to use as they plan for the 2020-21 school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan lays out various flexible scheduling scenarios. Those include a four-day week – with one day of deep cleaning. A two-day rotation, would have all students report to a school, outdoor learning spaces or community-based organizations two full days a week. And an A/B weekly rotation would have half the student population reports for classes four days a week, while the other half participates virtually.

(Waupun) The Wisconsin Department of Corrections say an additional inmate and employee at Dodge Correctional has tested positive for COVID-19. The Waupun prison now has three confirmed cases among inmates and two among staff members. At nearby Waupun Correctional, 228 inmates have tested positive along with 22 employees; both figures are the most in the state.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting an increase of 249 cases of COVID-19 in yesterday’s (Monday’s. State health officials have recorded one more death bringing that number to 745. Dodge County has five deaths and 437 cases, an increase of three from Sunday. Public health officials in Dodge County are actively monitoring 18 people while 190 have recovered.