News – March 2, 2023

(Watertown) The Watertown Police Department arrested a man Wednesday following a foot chase. Police spotted the 36-year-old who had several warrants walking around 7:50am and a foot chase ensued, lasting several blocks. When law enforcement took the suspect into custody, the man tossed a 9mm handgun. There were no injuries reported.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department is bolstering their ranks. Lieutenant Jeremiah Johnson says Officers Joseph Salazar and Megan Ruhland recently completed their 16-week Field Training program and will soon be on solo patrol. He says Officer Jeni Reinhold is just staring the program after graduating from the Recruit Academy at the end of December. The agency also hired lateral transfer Officer Russel Ebert from the Juneau Police Department. Johnson says Ebert already has experience talking with Dodge County dispatchers as well as using the county’s records management system.

(Fond du Lac) A Fond du Lac man has been arrested on 10 counts of Child Pornography. In September, Fond du Lac police executed a search warrant in the 600 block of South Main Street and seized multiple electronic devices. Authorities say numerous images and videos of child porn were found to be stored on the devices. They add that the 28-year-old was taken into custody Tuesday and was transported to the county jail.

(Washington County) One person was injured during a semi crash on Interstate 41 north of Highway 145 Wednesday morning in Washington County. The operator, a 68-year-old man, was treated with non-life threatening injuries. Authorities say inattentive driving appears to be a factor in the crash which is under investigation.

(Dodge County) State Representative Mark Born has announced several upcoming budget listening sessions in Dodge County. They will be held throughout the month of March at various city, town, and village halls including Beaver Dam, Mayville, Fall River, and Juneau, among others. A full schedule of the budget listening sessions can be found at The Beaver Dam Republican says these meetings provide constituents with the opportunity to ask questions and speak directly with him on issues important to them during the budget-writing process.

(Madison) Born also commented Wednesday that he does not expect a flat tax will be part of the next state budget. However, he says it is a goal that they will continue to work towards. The idea of a 3.25-percent flat tax has been heavily promoted by state Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, but is one Governor Tony Evers has made clear would lead him to reject the Joint Finance Committee’s budget. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) The deadline to register for the Disability Advocacy Day of Action is Friday, March 3rd at noon. Dodge County’s Elder Benefit Specialist Jenny Farmer says the event is an opportunity to speak up and make an impact within the state legislature. The Disability Advocacy Day of Action will be held on March 23rd in Madison. More information and links to register can be found with this news story at