News – March 17, 2022

(Juneau) A third attempt by the Dodge County Board to borrow for road repairs in as many months failed. County leaders again took the matter up at their meeting this week after voting down just over $9-million in borrowing in January and roughly $4.6-million-dollars last month. The resolution to borrow $10-million was nearly approved but it required a three-fourths majority of the 33-member board to pass. Twenty-four supervisors voted in favor but 25 were needed. Five board members voted against it while four were absent. At the board’s January and February meetings, similar resolutions also fell just one or two votes short of passing.

(Beaver Dam) A Portage man who ran from Beaver Dam police was sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison and was placed on extended supervision for two years Wednesday. Ralph Czuczko fled police after they initiated a traffic stop for expired plates last July. The chase ended after roughly four-and-a-half miles when the vehicle stalled in the middle of a cornfield near County Road W. The 54-year-old did have a warrant for his arrest at the time of the pursuit.

(Neosho) A Columbus man accused of robbing a bank entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment hearing Wednesday. Alan Schade allegedly robbed the Horicon Bank in Neosho in January. An aftermarket exhaust system reportedly led authorities to locate his vehicle in Waterloo. The 43-year-old was also wearing a GPS ankle monitor at the time which reportedly placed him at the Neosho bank at the time of the crime. If convicted, Schade faces up to 58 years in prison.

(Fond du Lac) A Fond du Lac woman was sentenced to just over two years in prison for killing her two-month-old child. Twenty-eight-year-old Shauntina Fuller-Pankey was given 796 days behind bars and 20 years of extended supervision on a First-Degree Reckless Homicide charge for the 2018 death of Rehloari Pankey-Brown. The baby suffered a skull fracture, and an autopsy found the cause of death was due to “blunt force injury” to the head while the family was staying in Fond du Lac.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff is asking those who plan to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day activities to be careful. Dale Schmidt says establishing a designated driver can save lives and encourages calling someone to set up a ride before going out. Schmidt adds that it’s better to catch a ride in a taxi than with one of his deputies. He says their rides are a one-way trip to the hotel in Juneau called the Dodge County Jail.

(Dane County) A Dane County man convicted of killing and dismembering his parents must attend his sentencing hearing. Chandler Halderson’s lawyer asked the judge last week if her client could skip today’s sentencing. Judge John Hyland denied the motion yesterday, citing a 1997 Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling as precedent. Halderson was found guilty in January of murdering and dismembering his parents, Bart and Krista Halderson, last year. He faces a mandatory life prison sentence. – WRN