News – June 25, 2021

(Town of Ashippun) Authorities have identified those involved in a fatal collision between a truck and semi-truck Monday in the Town of Ashippun. Forty-five-year-old Kathryn Christopherson of Juneau was killed when she missed a stop sign near Neosho and collided with a semi-truck. The crash occurred at the intersection of State Highway 67 and Town Road MM. The 21-year-old driver of the semi, Arshdeep Singh and his 22-year-old passenger Anoop Singh – both from Manitoba, Canada – were not injured.

(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County Sheriff’s is asking the public’s help in looking for an individual suspected of theft of the Best Dam Bait Shop Monday evening. Multiple items of live bait and clothing with the Beaver Dam business’ name and logo were removed from the store without payment. Schmidt says anyone with information should contact the sheriff’s office. A photo of the suspect along with contact information is available at

(Clyman) A Clyman man was sentenced to ten months in jail Thursday for threatening police during field sobriety tests. When Kevin Ivans was pulled over last June he told deputies that he thought he was in Clyman, when he was actually in Leroy, and said he was heading to Beaver Dam but was driving in the opposite direction. The 38-year-old refused a preliminary breath test saying that when sees the deputy without his badge he is going to punch him in the nose and knock out his teeth. A two-year prison sentence was imposed and stayed and Ivans was placed on probation for three years.

(Theresa) A Theresa woman charged with stabbing another person multiple times is heading to trial. Attorneys for Michele Schacht attempted to get the case dismissed during a preliminary hearing Thursday but the court found probable cause to go to trial. During a subsequent arraignment hearing, Schacht entered a not guilty plea to felony charges of First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Aggravated Battery, and Substantial Battery. Schacht allegedly stabbed the male victim with a large kitchen knife in the neck, thigh, and stomach in December. The victim said the attack was unprovoked. If convicted, the 51-year-old faces up to 29 years in prison.

(Beaver Dam) A Randolph teen charged with changing the price of items at a Beaver Dam business and paying significantly less for them is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing. Dominick Jarden allegedly replaced the product’s code so that when it was scanned at checkout, it would read as a $2.48-cent pack of chewing gum. Jarden would scan the items at the self-checkout lane and pay with a credit card. A total loss of $1,232 was reported by the unidentified business. If convicted, Jarden faces over four-years behind bars. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for July 20th.

(Horicon) The Horicon School District has received a $100-thousand-dollar donation from John Deere Horicon Works. Half of the donation will go toward a new greenhouse. Superintendent Rich Appel says the FFA grows their own vegetables for the district lunch program along with plants that are used both for fundraising and to beautify the community. The other half of the six-figure donation will be used for athletic upgrades. That $3-million-dollar project would bring the football field and shuttered track onto one site at their newly renovated campus.

(Wisconsin) An overwhelming majority of Wisconsin businesses say they cannot find workers. Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce says its latest Wisconsin Employer Survey shows 86-percent of business owners say they struggled to hire people this year. Kurt Bauer of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce says he wants Governor Tony Evers to immediately end the extra $300-dollars a week in federal unemployment benefits that the organization says is keeping people from returning to work. He also wants lawmakers to look at worker training and retention programs.

(Wisconsin) Cases of COVID variants continue to be identified in Wisconsin. As of Thursday, the Department of Health Services’ COVID dashboard shows 36 cases of the Delta variant of concern have been identified in total. Forty-seven cases of the Alpha variant, originally identified in the United Kingdom, were reported for a total of more than 33-hundred in the state. As of Thursday, just over 56-percent of those 18 and older were fully vaccinated. In Dodge County, 37-percent have completed the vaccine series while just under 40-percent have had at least one dose.

(Beaver Dam) Swan City Park is the place for fun this weekend as the Beaver Dam AM Kiwanis will be hosting Family Fun Day.  This Sunday from 10am till 3pm, attendees will be able to enjoy a craft fair, bake sale, live music from local Legend Elwood Lee, all while enjoying brats, burgers, and wine and beer by Naughty Nun Wines and Ooga Brewing Company.  In addition area residents who have ever thought they look like their pet can prove it at 1pm at the Pet & Parent Look-A-Like contest.  Money raised at the event is put back into the community in the form of grants benefiting area children.