News – June 30, 2021

(Horicon) A Beaver Dam man was found guilty yesterday (Tuesday) of Vehicular Homicide While Under the use of a Controlled Substance. Dustin VanderGalien (vander-gale-in) entered a no contest plea to the felony charge as well as felony Injury by Use of a Vehicle While Under a Controlled Substance, and Cause Injury While Operating under a Controlled Substance. The charges stem from a multi-vehicle crash that killed one person last July. The 36-year-old had several mixed drinks prior to the crash. At yesterday’s hearing, District Attorney Kurt Klomberg called VanderGalien a repeat drunk driver and said the crash was preventable. A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered and VanderGalien is due back in court on September 15th. Klomberg said he will be seeking a long term in prison for the defendant.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin Department of Transportation received a grant to combat impaired driving. The $45-thousand-dollar grant, from the Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, will fund law enforcement training to identify drunk drivers through the state’s Drug Recognition Expert program. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office has four experts on staff: Sheriff Dale Schmidt, Detective Michael Willmann, Detective Michael Lake, and Deputy Dustin Waas (wah-s). Schmidt says his office is committed to this program as another tool to ensure the safest possible travel to the motoring public.

(Beaver Dam) Like many agencies across the country, it has been a challenge for the Beaver Dam Police Department to find and recruit those interested in a career in law enforcement. Chief John Kreuziger says it has been difficult to find good applicants and it requires going out into the community, attending public events, and finding different venues to market the department. Kreuziger says they are one officer short from being fully staffed. He says they have had several recent retirements, but they are recruiting right now to fill that position in the next month. The department did swear-in two new officers to the force last Friday.

(Milwaukee) The lawyer for Milwaukee’s former police chief says his client plans to be back on the job as soon as Saturday. The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission has until the end of the week to either reach a financial settlement with Alfonso Morales or re-hire him. Morales retired after being demoted last year, then he sued. The city asked a judge for more time but was refused. – WRN

(Madison) The Wisconsin Assembly passed the two-year, $87-and-a-half-billion-dollar budget plan from Republicans last night.  The centerpiece of the document is more than $3-billion-dollars in tax cuts over two years. State Representative Mark Born of Beaver Dam says their budget proposal sends a significant amount of money back to the people of Wisconsin. The spending plan will now go to the senate, which is likely to take up today. Senate approval will send the document to Governor Tony Evers, who can use his veto authority on portions of it or veto the entire bill.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin researchers have found the presence of a state prison in a county was associated with more COVID cases. According to a new study from the UW-Madison, 11-percent more COVID cases occurred through July 1st of last year in U.S. counties with state prisons. Many of the cases were likely due to the spread of the virus within those prisons. However, researchers estimate that 95,000 cases and more than 3,300 deaths across the U.S. – the majority of the prison-associated cases – were due to spill over into surrounding communities. – WRN

(Waupun) There has been a combined total of 2,446 positive COVID tests at Waupun Correctional, Dodge Correctional, Fox Lake Correctional, and John C. Burke Correctional. Officials with the Dodge County Health Department say they include prison numbers when calculating total positive tests for the county. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health website, Dodge County has 11,995 confirmed cases which is 15th most out of the state’s 72 counties.