News – May 14, 2022

(Cambria) A federal indictment has come down against the Didion Milling plant in Cambria related to an explosion that killed five people and injured 14 others in 2017. A grand jury has charged the company along with Vice President of Operations Derrick Clark, Food Safety Superintendent Shawn Mesner, Environmental Manager James Lenz, and Environmental Coordinator Joseph Winch, as well as two, dayshift superintendents. Charges include Fraud Conspiracy, two counts of Willful OSHA Violation Causing Death, Conspiracy to Commit Federal Crimes, Document Falsification in Contemplation of a Federal Investigation, False Entries in EPA Records, and Two Counts of Obstruction of Agency Investigations. The 36-page indictment states that Didion Milling failed to create and carry out a plan to prevent and remove combustible grain dust accumulation. It also alleges the company failed to properly maintain equipment to control ignition sources. No court dates have been scheduled. (Juneau) A Beaver Dam man has filed a notice of appeal after his federal lawsuit against Dodge County law enforcement was dismissed. Eastern District of Wisconsin Judge Brett Ludwig dismissed Selepri Amachree’s suit with prejudice in March. The lawsuit stemmed from a deportation order following a drug arrest 20 years ago. However, the Supreme Court determined in 2006 that such drug offenses did not rise to the level of deportation. Amachree claimed that the sheriff conspired with Immigration agents to detain him. Amachree says (quote) “there was some misleading talk from the defendants that the case was over, so this solidifies that it is not.” Schmidt said at the time of the suit’s dismissal, he was grateful the federal court concluded that no viable claim was alleged in this case and dismissed the lawsuit. Now that the notice of appeal has been filed, Amachree’s legal team has four to six weeks to file the appeal. (Wisconsin) Nearly 30 tons of unwanted medications were collected during Wisconsin’s Drug Take Back Day. State Attorney General Josh Kaul says Wisconsinites stepped up to participate in the event, and now 59,840 pounds of unused and unwanted medications will be safely disposed of. Statewide, over 135 law enforcement agencies participated including a number of departments across Dodge County. Medications were also collected from permanent drug disposal boxes at law enforcement agencies. Wisconsin has more than 490 permanent drug disposal boxes accessible year-round at law enforcement agencies, hospitals, pharmacies, and health clinics. (Watertown) Watertown Regional Medical Center recently announced that a retina specialist has joined their medical staff. Dr. Ryan Vogel provides comprehensive treatments for retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal tears, macular holes, vitreous floaters, and retinal detachment. Vogel received his medical degree from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. After graduating, he completed an ophthalmology residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He then traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to complete his surgical and medical retina fellowship training at Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. The hospital’s CEO Richard Keddington says the addition of advanced retina surgery highlights the advanced care their facilities provide to the people of Watertown and surrounding communities. (Madison) Madison police are putting extra resources in place for a Saturday protest in support of abortion rights. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin has scheduled a rally at the Capitol, in response to reports that the Supreme Court’s conservative majority intend to overturn Roe v. Wade. Organizers expect to draw up to 20-thousand people. – WRN (Juneau) The Dodge County Master Gardener Association has announced their scholarship award winners. Loretta Klecker and Luis Avila Vette have been awarded $1,000 each. Klecker is a senior at Dodgeland High School and plans to attend Michigan State University to major in horticulture. She also participated in FFA in high school as well as the academic decathlon, mock trial, and German club. Vette, a senior at Watertown High School, will attend UW Platteville and major in soil and crop science and agronomy. He has been an FFA and 4H member and officer throughout high school. Vette is in the Youth Apprenticeship Program and is a member of the National Technology Honor Society. (Beaver Dam) The pickup of non-perishable items in the US Postal Service Stamp Out Food Drive is Saturday. Residents around the country and in Beaver Dam should have seen a bag in their mailbox in the past week. Postal officials are hoping that residents will fill the bag and leave it on their doorstep by 9am Saturday for pickup by volunteers. Those volunteers are typically retired postal workers so there will be no impact on mail delivery. The food collected locally will go to the Dodge County Food Pantry at St Vincent de Paul, the Gathering Source, PAVE, Food For Free at Habitat for Humanity, the Living Hope Food Pantry, and the Beaver Dam Community Food Pantry.