News – May 22, 2021

(Beaver Dam) A Brandon man was charged yesterday (Friday) with soliciting a minor for sex in Dodge County. Dean Krohn is facing four felony counts including Child Enticement, Soliciting a Child for Prostitution as well as several misdemeanor charges of Sexual Intercourse with a Child. A Beave Dam police officer was dispatched to the hospital in January after a staff member reported their concerns that a minor was being sex trafficked. The 17-year-old victim allegedly said that Krohn paid her $300 to have intercourse with him multiple times within the last year. According to the criminal complaint, the victim said it happened between 10 and 15 times. When questioned, Krohn at first denied the accusations but later reportedly admitted that it occurred roughly four to five times. If convicted, the 46-year-old faces over 100 years behind bars. An initial appearance is scheduled for June 21st.

(Emmett) An Emmett man was sentenced yesterday (Friday) to eight years in prison for having illegal images of minors. In January, Joshua Nickel entered a no contest plea to a felony charge of Child Sexual Exploitation and two counts of Child Pornography. Seventeen Cyber Tipline reports were made against Nickel’s social media accounts and he was suspected of uploading more than 40 images and videos of child porn. Last May, a search warrant was executed at Nickel’s home and a cellphone was confiscated. Authorities found five illegal images on the device. When questioned, Nickel said the individual sharing the pictures was not him but later admitted to sending child porn to numerous people on different platforms. The 36-year-old said he only wanted to gather information and provide it to law enforcement. In addition to prison, Nickel was also placed on extended supervision for 20 years.

(Campbellsport) The State Patrol arrested a 28-year-old Campbellsport man early Wednesday morning on State Highway 67 in Fond du Lac County for driving under the influence with a child under 16 years old in the vehicle. A state trooper pulled Adam Konstanski over on Highway 67 northbound near Campbellsport and detected indicators of impairment. He was arrested after field sobriety testing and was taken to a hospital for an evidentiary blood draw then released to a responsible party. It was Konstanski’s first OWI arrest.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported eight COVID deaths yesterday bringing that number to 6,986. Dodge County is reporting 165 deaths and 11,922 cases. Statewide, active cases total to 6,522, a one-day decrease of 174. Dodge County health officials are actively monitoring 121 cases. Thirty-two-point-nine-percent (32.9%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 37.1-percent have had at least one dose. In Washington County 36.7-percent have completed the vaccination series. That figure is 34.9-percent in Fond du Lac County, 36.3-percent in Jefferson County, 42.4-percent in Columbia County and 36.5-percent in Green Lake County.

(Madison) The mask mandate at most state government buildings is going away soon. Governor Evers’ administration says people will no longer be required to wear a mask at the state capitol, or other state offices, starting June 1st. The administration says most state workers can return to their offices in July. Many state employees have been working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. – WRN

(Madison) Do not expect a COVID-19 vaccine lottery in Wisconsin. Governor Evers says a vaccine lottery is a bad idea. Evers says he would rather spend Wisconsin’s coronavirus stimulus money on other things. Other states like Ohio have seen huge jumps in vaccinations after setting up lotteries to entice people to get their shots. Evers says businesses need the money more. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) Vendors from across the area will be kicking off this year’s flea market and craft fair season in Beaver Dam today. Rows of booths and tables featuring unique treasures and collector items will be on display at the Dodge County Fairgrounds from 8am to 2pm. Organizers say be sure to bring shopping bags and carts to transport your purchases back to your vehicle. Parking is free. Some of the items that will be up for sale include yard signs, tools, handmade wooden furniture, antique glassware, vintage toys, and homemade jewelry and home décor. The fair will be held rain or shine. It will also be the first of six monthly events with the next on June 19th, then July 24th, August 28th, September 18th, and on October 16th. Organizers say each month will offer a variety of new items and vendors, as well as seasonal produce. They add that vendor space is still available for each event. For more information visit DailyDodge.com.

(Green Lake) Green Lake Greenways and the Freeland Film Festival are partnering Saturday for Bikefest. A Bike Rodeo for the kids kicks off events at 2:30 pm at the Mill Pond Terrace in Green Lake. There will also be a family bike ride, spin classes and competitions and the day will be capped off with a bike-in movie outdoors at Town Square Terrace at dusk. Howard Hansen of Green Lake Greenways says they will show the 1979 film “Breaking Away” about a bike relay race and the clash between the “townies” and university students. He says it is a film the audience can root for. The two groups will partner again in August for another bike-in movie in the vineyard at Vines and Rushes.

(Wisconsin) You can now see the latest results of several wildlife surveys on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website. The D-N-R conducted the surveys throughout last year, addressing five groups: small game, big game, waterfowl, furbearers, and non-game. Results will be used by wildlife program managers to help them make species management decisions. The agency says interpretations of the data are subject to change after a closer look. – WRN