News – June 25, 2020

(Horicon) A motion to reduce the bond set for a Beaver Dam man charged with vehicular homicide was denied yesterday (Wednesday). Attorneys for Dustin VanderGalien argued to reduce the $100,000 cash bond set earlier this month. Judge Martin De Vries ruled that the amount is appropriate. The 35-year-old allegedly had a couple mixed drinks prior to the crash that killed one person last July. If convicted on all charges, VanderGalien is facing a combined maximum of 165 years in prison. He will be arraigned in August.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man accused of hitting a squad car while attempting to run from police entered a not guilty plea at arraignment yesterday. Tamarie Jeffries allegedly struck the Beaver Dam cop car with his vehicle as he fled from a domestic dispute on Wayland Street in May. According to the criminal complaint, Jeffries speed down North Spring Street at speeds ranging from 45-to-55-miles-per-hour. Jeffries eventually returned to the same address and was subdued by an electronic control device. If convicted, the 29-year-old faces over five-and-a-half-years in prison

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man charged with burglarizing the Beaver Dam Public Transit building stood mute at arraignment yesterday and the court entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Charles Daniel allegedly broke into the Beaver Dam Public Transit building last August and took roughly $1,500. Staff reportedly told police that Daniel was one of the last people in the structure before the burglary. When questioned, Daniel at first denied the accusations but later allegedly admitted to his actions. If convicted, the 49-year-old faces no more than 14 years in prison.

(Jefferson County) A federal judge has sentenced a Jefferson County man to 12-and-a-half years in prison on a charge he distributed child pornography. Kyle A. Riggs pleaded guilty last January. The 34-year-old was caught in a sting operation last year when he reached out to what he thought was an 11-year-old girl named Miranda. It was actually an undercover officer.  A video he sent during a continuing online conversation will likely result in state charges at a later date because it showed him sexually assaulting a young girl.

(Madison) Eight groups testified to the State Assembly’s Committee of Education Wednesday regarding the 87-page “Education Forward” guidelines that will help districts reopen their buildings this fall.  School Nurse Health Services Consultant for the Department of Public Instruction Louise Wilson says the guidelines will try to make the return to classrooms as safe as possible. Lawmakers asked a number of questions ranging from transportation to attendance taking to fall sports.

(Madison) At the Capitol yesterday, state Assembly leaders called out what they saw as a failure of leadership, after a violent night in downtown Madison. State Senator Tim Carpenter, a Milwaukee Democrat, was assaulted by protesters, who also pulled down two statues and broke windows. Madison’s mayor said in a statement that those responsible will be held accountable but as of Wednesday afternoon no arrests had been made. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the governor has all of the tools at his disposal to stop this. The Juneau Republican adds that the Madison mayor and Dane County Sheriff need to stop hiding and use local police forces to better protect the seat of government. Evers has called up the National Guard.

(Dodge County) In yesterday’s daily update, Wisconsin health officials reported an increase of 432 cases of coronavirus, which is four-point-three-percent (4.3%) of the 9,600 tests administered. State health officials have reported seven more deaths bringing that number to 757, which includes one person from Washington County where they have seen 14 deaths and 330 cases. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 444 cases, an increase of four from Tuesday. County health officials are actively monitoring 21 people while 193 have recovered.

(Madison) State health officials have a new way for the public to keep track of current COVID-19 activity.  The dashboard on the state health department website allows people to see each county and region’s active cases, how much that has changed in the past two weeks, and whether they are in low, medium and high activity levels.