News – June 24, 2020

(Mayville) A former Mayville police officer convicted on Misconduct in Office charges was sentenced to nine months in jail yesterday (Tuesday). In January, Mark Forster pled to three felony counts and had two other charges dismissed: felony Child Enticement and misdemeanor Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Forster talked to the 17-year-old on social media, while on-duty, seeking to meet up. An internal investigation into the matter revealed that Forster used police software to lookup the victim’s personal information. The 31-year-old was also placed on probation for five years.

(Hustisford) A Hustisford man was placed on probation for two years yesterday (Tuesday) for leading authorities on a chase last Christmas Eve. Matthew Hyke fled from a possible domestic incident at a home in Hustisford just after midnight on December 24th. He was spotted driving faster than the posted speed limit of 25-miles-per-hour. The 32-year-old was later arrested when he returned to the residence, telling deputy’s he let them catch him.

Portage) Two people from Portage have been charged with a number of drug related crimes. Twenty-nine-year-old Andrew Kripps and 31-year-old Justine Rogers were taken into custody Monday following an ongoing drug investigation by detectives in Columbia County. A large amount of illegal substances was allegedly located after both Kripps and Rogers were searched by authorities. Additional drug paraphernalia, marijuana and illicit prescription medications were also reportedly found at a Portage motel room.

(Richfield) Authorities in Washington County are asking the public’s help in looking for a pair of suspects connected to a burglary in the Village of Richfield. Sheriff’s Lieutenant Tim Kemps says in the afternoon of June 15th, an elderly woman was approached by a male suspect who identified himself as a utility worker. He says this individual told the woman he would be installing a new electrical box on her property. At that time, a second suspect entered the residence and committed the burglary. He says the suspects are described as possibly being white bilingual males. Their vehicle was reported as a white four door pickup truck with no known markings. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (262-335-4420).

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting an increase of 263 cases of COVID-19 in yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) daily update. There are 25,331 people now having tested positive. State health officials have recorded five more deaths bringing that number to 750. Dodge County has five deaths 440 cases, an increase of three from Monday. Public health officials in Dodge County are actively monitoring 22 people while 192 have recovered.

(Beaver Dam) Another event has been cancelled because of the pandemic. The National Night Out was scheduled for Tuesday, October 6 at Swan Park in Beaver Dam, in conjunction with events across the country. Local organizer Chuck Stangl (stung-ullsays mark your calendars for the next National Night Out which is scheduled for Tuesday, August 3, 2021. The event is a nationwide celebration of neighbors and law enforcement intended to help connect people together. 

(Beaver Dam) The intersection of South Spring Street and Cooper Street/Judson Drive will now be closed for traffic through Friday. Engineering Director Todd Janssen says crews are performing roadway grading in the area. He says the stretch of road was originally going to be closed off for traffic through Tuesday but now has been extended through the rest of the week. South Spring Street traffic is encouraged to use an alternate route or the signed detour route of Front Street, South Center Street, Cooper Street, Myrtle Road and Beltline Drive. Janssen says completion of the work is weather permitting.