News – March 5, 2022

(Wisconsin) An association of all 72 Wisconsin sheriff’s office’s received an anonymous donation to enhance deputy safety. The Badger State Sheriffs’ Association says last fall they learned of an individual interested in making an anonymous donation to protect law enforcement during high-risk events. The group’s Executive Director Dean Meyer contacted the Law Enforcement Foundation of Barron County to facilitate the donation. He also worked with President Sheriff Nate Dreckman to create the 2021 BSSA Safety Initiative to survey the 72 sheriff’s office on their safety needs. A total of fifty-three Sheriffs responded to the survey with equipment needs that exceeded $1.4-million-dollars. The anonymous donor received the survey results and reiterated a desire to help keep law enforcement officers in Wisconsin safe while handling high-risk events. Officials say the donor was determined to fund the requested equipment fully. They say in December the Law Enforcement Foundation of Barron County received a check for just over $1.5-million-dollars.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office has another drug recognition expert. Deputy Scott Anderson attending the Fall Drug Recognition Expert course, held between October and November in Franklin. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says Anderson successfully completed the program, known for its demanding and highly-challenging curriculum. The sheriff’s office now has five certified drug recognition experts. Schmidt says the course is federally funded and operated by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Safety.

(Oak Grove) A Menasha-area man accused of fleeing the scene of a crash in Oak Grove is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing this week. Justin Enge of Harrison was allegedly driving when he rear-ended another vehicle on Highway 33 in November. The victim, who reported back pain, obtained a license plate but Enge denied any involvement. If convicted, the 40-year-old faces no more than nine months behind bars. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for April 27th.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam Man charged with leaving the scene after colliding with a motorcycle entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment hearing this week. James Juino allegedly collided with the bike at the intersection of North Spring Street and Industrial Drive in September then left the scene. Shortly after, Juino called authorities and allegedly said he left because his dog was in the vehicle which had no air conditioning. If convicted, Juino faces no more than nine months behind bars.

(Wisconsin) There’s a new effort to have Brendan Dassey released from prison. Steven Avery’s former lawyers, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, wrote Governor Evers this week asking that he shorten Dassey’s sentence. Dassey is serving a life sentence for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach. Strang, Buting, and many others believe Dassey was coerced into confessing to a role in the killing. Dassey was almost freed by a federal judge in 2016 but lost on appeal. Dassey is eligible for parole in 2048. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) A road construction project in Beaver Dam is slated to begin on Monday. Crews will be working on Haskell Street, between West and Madison streets, starting March 7th. Road construction will include removal and replacement of the existing pavement structure, curb and gutter, driveway aprons, sidewalk, sanitary sewer, water main, and storm sewer. The project area will be closed to through traffic during construction. Work is expected to be completed by the end of June. Crews will also be working on South Spring Street, between Mill Street and Front Street, beginning Monday. That project is expected to wrap on by October.

(Wisconsin) Marquette Law School Poll director Charles Franklin says that despite fervent opposition to Assembly Speaker Vos from some supporters of President Donald Trump, the average Republican respondent doesn’t have much of an opinion of him. More than half of the respondents to this month’s poll don’t have any thoughts on the Speaker, but for those who do, more disapprove than approve of him. – WRN

(Madison) A show of solidarity, with the people of Ukraine. Governor Tony Evers and First Lady Kathy Evers have announced the Executive Residence in Maple Bluff is being lit with blue and yellow lights, in solidarity with the people of Ukraine as they continue to resist Russia’s unprovoked military invasion. The lights will remain on for the foreseeable future.

(Beaver Dam) Moraine Park Technical College and Kreilkamp Trucking have combined efforts to create a truck driving academy. The college and Allenton based company have started the Wisconsin Regional Truck Driving Academy which officials say is a unique opportunity to help respond to worker shortages. Members of both Moraine Park and Kreilkamp have worked together to explore how to fill positions feasibly. The Wisconsin Regional Truck Driving Academy is an eight-week program taught by two Moraine Park instructors. Cohorts will run every eight weeks, with 12-15 students in each session. Those interested must be 18 or older, have a good driving record and be able to pass both a drug test and a Department of Transportation physical. More information is at