News – March 9, 2022

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam woman is now accused of killing a pedestrian following a hit and run crash. The two felony counts against Maria Hernandez were upgraded from Cause Great Bodily Harm to Cause Death. An arrest warrant was issued yesterday Tuesday after Hernandez failed to appear for her arraignment hearing. The 52-year-old allegedly struck a pedestrian with her vehicle during the morning hours in December at the intersection of Wayland and East Burnett streets. When questioned, Hernandez reportedly said she did not see the victim because it was dark.

(Waupun) Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched last Tuesday night to the scene of a two vehicle accident on US Highway 151 near Oak Center Road in the Town of Waupun. Initial investigations show that a southbound vehicle driven by a 40-year-old Waupun woman rear ended another southbound vehicle driven by an 18-year-old Beaver Dam Man. The striking vehicle then entered the median, rolled several times ejecting the woman who was pronounced dead at the scene. The second vehicle lost control and slid into the west ditch, with the driver and two passengers transported to Waupun Memorial Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the crash.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire department responded to a car fire Monday afternoon on Highway 151. Crews responded to the scene south of East Salem Road around 3pm. Fire Chief Michael Wesle says a state trooper reported that the vehicle was fully involved. He says their units responded and extinguished the blaze. Due to the wintery conditions, the Dodge County Highway Department was requested to salt the highway to prevent icing. The car was a total loss. Firefighters cleared the scene by 3:45pm.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board’s Executive Committee backed a resolution this week supporting the public health department. It comes at a time when Health and Human Services is struggling to find qualified workers to apply for open positions. Director Becky Bell says the COVID pandemic has been (quote) “a considerable stressor” and a reason for several recent resignations. The resolution now goes to the Dodge County Board for a final vote.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Area Community Foundation has announced that their spring grant cycle is now open. Eligible non-profit organizations located in Dodge County are invited to submit grant applications for up to $2,500. Projects should be practical, set into action within a near timeframe, and have prospects for long-term sustainability. The deadline to apply is April 15th. More information is available at

(Lodi) Two bridge projects in Columbia County have received state funds. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Governor Tony Evers recently announced nearly $15-million-dollars in grants and loans for five freight rail projects worth an estimated $24.4-million. The Wisconsin and Southern Railroad was awarded roughly $620-thousand-dollars in grants to rehabilitate two bridges located near Lodi. The money comprises 80-percent of the $773-thousand-dollar total project cost.

(Dane County) A Dane County Judge has rejected an attempt by the office of Mike Gableman to prevent the release of records requested by a watchdog group. Among those documents are apparently direct emails from My Pillow CEO Chairman Mike Lindell to Mike Gableman and conversations between Gableman and attorney Erick Kaardal, who was referred for sanctions in federal court for previous attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. – WRN