News – March 18, 2022

(Juneau) There are new developments in the “Baby Theresa” death investigation. A joint press conference with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, Medical Examiner’s Office, and the District Attorney’s Office will be held Friday at 1:30pm. The case began in April of 2009, when a newborn baby was found in a garbage bag in a secluded part of the Town of Theresa. Dodge County Medical Examiner PJ Schoebel says the full-term infant had no trauma which could have caused her death — and no drugs were found in her system. Authorities have been searching for the baby’s mother since. The press conference is only open to media members, but it will be live streamed at the video page at

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man charged with burglarizing a residential property has made his initial appearance in court. Raul Contreras allegedly broke into the home and took several garments. He reportedly said he was at the residence but believed it to be his ex-wife’s home. If convicted, the 31-year-old faces over 12-and-a-half years behind bars. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 21st.

(Juneau) Dodge County supervisors can now attend a limited number of meetings virtually. The county board this week approved a rule change that allows supervisors to attend up to three meetings virtually within a calendar year and be able to cast a vote. However, they will not receive a per diem and cannot attend closed session. Under the old rule, board members could take part in meetings by either telephone or other electronic means, but they were not considered present and did not have a vote.

(Juneau) Dodge County Board meetings will be starting an hour earlier. For years board meetings got underway at 7pm but will now begin at six. That change was approved by county supervisors during their monthly meeting this week. There was also a 30-minute public comment period added, giving two minutes to each speaker.

(Waupun) SSM Health Greater Fond du Lac Region is updating its visitor policies beginning Friday. The healthcare provider, with facilities in Waupun, will allow for two visitors at a time for both hospital and clinic patients. Birthing suites at St. Agnes Hospital will allow one primary support person and one visitor per stay. SSM Health Cancer Care patients receiving services at the Fond du Lac clinic will still only be permitted one visitor. There are no visitors allowed for COVID positive patients. A health screening must be completed prior to entry. Face coverings are still required.

(Dane County) Chandler Halderson will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing his parents. A Dane County judge Thursday sentenced Halderson to life without parole for killing and dismembering his parents Bart and Krista last summer. Halderson did address the court for the first time after his sentence was read, stating that he does have feelings, but that he did not want to show them during the case. Prosecutors say Halderson never showed remorse for killing his parents throughout his time in custody. – WRN