News – May 24, 2022

(Rubicon) A traffic crash north of Rubicon resulted in injuries and the closure of a Dodge County highway for several hours Monday morning. The sheriff’s office responded to the scene on County Highway P between Highway NP and Butler Road around 8pm. A car crossed the centerline and struck a southbound dump truck carrying rock aggregate, which spilled over the roadway and closed the highway. It reopened around 11:30am. The operator of the dump truck, a 42-year-old Rubicon man, and the driver of the passenger car, a 55-year-old Palmyra woman, were both transported from the scene with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

(Forest) A Chilton man died in a two-vehicle crash in the township of Forest Monday. The 67-year-old’s motorcycle struck the rear driver’s side tires of a dump truck that was turning left on Highway G just before 11am. The driver of the dump truck, a 61-year-old man from Eden, was uninjured. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

(Chester) A Columbus man charged with running from Dodge County sheriff’s deputies made his initial appearance in court Monday. Jason McDonald allegedly fled from deputies in March, reaching speeds of up to 100-miles-per-hour before the chase was called off. Later that same night, McDonald reportedly fled from Fond du Lac County deputies. If convicted, the 35-year-old faces up to seven years in prison. A signature bond was set at $5,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 30th.

(Juneau) The final four candidates for Dodge County administrator were announced Monday. They are current Dodge County Human Services and Health Director Rebecca Bell, Whitewater City Manager Cameron Clapper, UW – Stevens Point Assistant Professor of Accounting Daryl DeDeker, and Kewaunee County Administrator Scott Feldt. Each candidate will go through a two-day assessment process on June 6th and 7th. The county board will make their pick at their June meeting, and whoever is hired is slated to start August 1st. Current Dodge County Administrator Jim Mielke is retiring next Wednesday.

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is recommending COVID booster doses for everyone age five and above. State health officials support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that children ages 5-through-11 should receive a booster dose five months after their initial Pfizer vaccination series. – WRN

(Dodge County) Dodge County is one of 19 counties to have low community levels, which means masks are not required. So far, 52.7-percent of Dodge County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 50.5-percent have completed the vaccination series.

(Wisconsin) The J.M. Smucker Company has recalled a number of JIF peanut butter products due to salmonella contamination concerns. According to the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the products are suspected of making 14 people sick leading to two hospitalizations. The recall affects lot code numbers 1274425 through 2140425, with “425” at the end of the first seven numbers.