News – June 28, 2021

(Dodge County) With the recent uptick in traffic incidents, and resulting road closures, Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt is reminding residents of the critical role responders play at the scene. He says priority one is protecting the scene using squad cars to re-route traffic and prevent further injuries.  The sheriff says it then becomes important to ensure everyone who needs aid gets it, allowing EMS and Fire responders to do their jobs. Schmidt says an investigation into the incident must occur before crews can come in and clean up the accident, and the roadway can re-open to normal traffic flow.

(Watertown) A Johnson Creek man is charged with running from Watertown police. Thomas Daane allegedly fled at speeds of up to 90-miles-per-hour last Wednesday. The chase ended when Daane stopped near the Highway 26 underpass. He was arrested at gunpoint. If convicted, the 28-year-old faces over 10 years behind bars. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 29th.

(Columbia County) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has revoked the wholesale dealer license of five Columbia County dealers for various violations of their licensing requirements. The wholesale license revocation for April Auto Inc and ASI Auto Haus Inc took effect June 14th while the revocation for AL Luxury Motors LLC, Auto Kings LLC and AWA Autos LLC took effect June 17th.

(Mayville) The City of Mayville’s contract with Waste Management will be ending this Wednesday. GFL Environmental will assume collections beginning July 1st. City officials say dates of collection will remain unchanged with trash being collected every Monday and recycling being collected every other Monday. Waste Management and GFL will be collecting old cans and dropping off news ones over the next couple days. The city’s common council voted in May to end their contract with Waste Management over numerous complaints made to city hall taking issue with the company’s service.

(Waupun) Applications are now being accepted for a program in Waupun intended to attract small businesses to the community. The City of Waupun’s Business Improvement District (BID) is behind the 2021 Pop-Up Waupun Program. The initiative is for small business owners and offers an opportunity to occupy a storefront for a three-month period for a greatly reduced price. The program uses grant money supplied by the district and storefront owner discounted rent. Applications are due by noon on Friday, August 13. More information can be found with this news story at

(Madison) Experts at UW Madison say we may be seeing masks for a long while, even as the COVID pandemic is starting to get under control in the US. Professor Ajay Sethi from the UW-Madison School of Health says the US may be joining other countries where mask use by those who are sick is much more commonplace. Sethi says that while not everyone will be wearing masks all the time, you can expect masks to become part of a basic routine for the sick, like frequent hand washing and coughing or sneezing into an elbow.

(Wisconsin) The Better Business Bureau is warning people to be on the lookout for no-show psychics scams on social media. Those who follow astrology, tarot, or similar accounts online need to watch for scammers offering a personal session, but do not reply after they get money from victims. The BBB recommends people do their research prior to paying for any online psychic service.